Chicago Calling

In "Chicago Calling," Chicago-based artists will showcase performances and projects that involve collaborations with artists living in other locations- here in the U.S. and in other countries worldwide. The collaborations between Chicago-based artists and those living elsewhere could be prepared, improvised, or a combination of both. For instance, a Chicago-based poet will be collaborating with a musician from Niger, a Chicago-based performance ensemble will be collaborating with a composer in New York, and so on. Some of the performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere. The first "Chicago Calling" event will begin at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, and the final event will end at 11:59 p.m. on that day. October 25 was chosen as the date of "Chicago Calling" because it is Pablo Picasso's birthday. This event is part of Chicago Artists' Month, which is organized by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about Chicago Artists' Month, please visit

Artists involved with Chicago Calling work in a range of media, including music, painting, photography, poetry, dance, and so on. The festival's participants will include Mars Caulton, Fred Anderson, Daniele Cavallanti, Tiziano Tononi, Sadira Muhammad, Jim Baker, Alan Emerson Hicks, Pam Osbey, Pauline Oliveros, Marian Hayes, Ed Roberson, Black Forest Theater, Joel Wanek, Susen James, Christopher Preissing, Mars Williams, Xianggang Delight, Jennifer Karmin, Bill MacKay, Weave Soundpainting Orchestra, Hamadal Issoufou, Amina Cain, Joshua Manchester, David Harrison Horton, Jayve Montgomery, Lisa Hemminger, Inouk Touzin, Daniel Godston, Elizabeth Marino, Eric Glick Rieman, Julie Downey, Dan Schwarzlose, Aguafuego, and others.

Performances and presentations will occur in the following Chicago venues: Elastic, Bloom Yoga Studio, Peter Jones Gallery, Café Mestizo, WNUR, The Hyde Park Art Center, Muse Café, The Empty Bottle, Quimby's, Mess Hall, The Zhou B Art Center, and The Meztli Gallery and Cultural Organization.

Chicago Calling: A 24-Hour Arts Festival is being organized by Borderbend, an arts collective. Borderbend's mission is to promote the arts, create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and engage the community.

The Chicago Calling Arts Festival is sponsored by The Chicago Moving Company, The Chicago Composers Forum, and WNUR.

For more information about Chicago Calling: A 24-Hour Festival, please send an email to You can also call Daniel at 312.543.7027 or Gene at 312.493.9736.


Chicago Composers Forum Chicago Moving Company WNUR


The placement of time slots is approximate. The exact times are as mentioned below.

00:00 Elastic  12:00 am - 2:00 am    
06:00 Bloom Yoga Studio  6:30 am - 8:00 am    
08:00 Peter Jones Gallery  8:00 am - 11:00 am    
10:00   Filter Café  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 WNUR  11:00 am - 12:30 pm Café Mestizo  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
12:00 Picasso Statue  Noon
14:00 Hyde Park Art Center  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm    
16:00 Muse Cafe  4:00 pm - 10:00 pm  
17:00 Empty Bottle  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm  
19:00 Zhou B Center  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Mess Hall  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
20:00 Quimby's  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Meztli Gallery & Cultural Organization  8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
21:00 Elastic  9:00 pm - 12:00 am Loyola University  9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Alternative Venues / Projects

Viewable at and, Mark Smithivas' experiences and observations will be on near real-time display during the 24 hours of Chicago Calling. Utilizing blog and cell phone updates, viewers can either passively follow along or actively engage with the artist as the day progresses. "Follow Me Chicago" is created and facilitated by Mark.

Chicago Calling Wikispace (ongoing)

Contribute your creative expressions to the Chicago Calling Wikispace! Please visit to do so.

For more information about Chicago Calling: A 24-Hour Festival, please send an email to You can also call Daniel at 312.543.7027 or Gene at 312.493.9736.