Monday, September 27, 2010

The Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival

The Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival


CONTACT: Dan Godston


DATE: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (8 p.m.)

LOCATION: The Reconstruction Room at the Black Rock Bar

3614 N. Damen Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public, donations accepted.

The Reconstruction Room presents Translating 2010, which is part of the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Chicago Artists Month. Translating 2010 explores the theme of "translations" in its wide range of permutations and possibilities: translating matter into energy, poetry into prose, time into memories, the present into the past and the future into the present, sound into words and the page into the air, promises into reality / ideals into facts, pencils into sketches into sculptures, DOS into HTML, 1999 into 2012 into The Long Now, frames into motion, and clouds into rain and water into ice.

Participants to include:

· A Guest Giving Way like Ice Melting: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Laozi -- Sou Vai Keng (Macao) and Steven Schroeder (Chicago)

· Erin Teegarden (Chicago), Della Watson (San Francisco), and Eric Cressley (Pittsburgh)

· Brett Foster reads a selection of his English translations of Cecco Angiolieri's poetry

· RaKel Delgado (Barcelona), Saul Aguirre (Chicago), and Luis Humberto Valadez (Chicago)

· Catie Olson (Chicago), Meg Duguid (Chicago), and the purveyors of Lovitt Restaurant (Colville, WA)

· Eric Elshtain (Chicago) and Gregory Fraser (Carrollton, Georgia)

· Francesco Levato (Chicago) reads English translations of poems by Tiziano Fratus and Fabiano Alborghetti, and he and and Mariela Griffor (Gross Pointe Farms, MI) give a bilingual reading of her poetry

· Happy 150th Birthday, Jules LaForgue, Piccolo Mountains Repertoire -- David Harrison Horton (Beijing), Sheila Murphy (Phoenix), Harry Ross (London), and Dan Godston (Chicago)

Chicago Calling is organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts, to create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and to engage the community. Annual Borderbend projects include Chicago Calling and the Mingus Awareness Project. Other organizations partner with Borderbend to enrich and extend the reach of its project, such as the Experimental Piano Series, which is co-produced by the Chicago Composers Forum and Borderbend, in partnership with the PianoForte Foundation.

Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival

During the Fifth Annual Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Chicago-based artists collaborate with artists in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations involve a range of art forms -- including music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia -- and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations. 2010 Chicago Calling events include "Bicycles and the Arts" at Happy Dog Gallery, "Translations 2010" at the Reconstruction Room, "Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead Duo Concert" at Curtiss Hall, "Temperatures and Shapes / Arctic Live" at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, "I Remember Fred" at the Velvet Lounge, "Chicago Calling, Waiting for the Bus" at Café Ballou, "Two Way Tarot Mirrors" at Myopic Books, "My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out" at the Logan Square Library, "Aural Architecture" at WNUR, and other events.

Chicago Artists Month

Throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, neighborhood art walks and more in venues across the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago's art community.

This year's theme, "The City as Studio," explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies. Chicago Artists Month 2010 looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.

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