| |Mingus Awareness Project Concert
to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation
ADMISSION: $20 / $15 for students
On December 16, a group of musicians will gather at Martyrs’ to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Mingus, an American musical hero who died of ALS, is one of the greatest figures in jazz history. His bass playing, compositions and philosophy have transcended his genre and left indelible marks on music history.
Attendees will have opportunities to participate in a raffle during the event. Donations can be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation via the Mingus Awareness Project link. Your donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
This Mingus Awareness Project concert is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This will be the twelfth Mingus Awareness Project concert since its inception in 2007. Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in Chicago (at the Velvet Lounge, Jazz Showcase, Hideout, HotHouse, and Fitzgeralds) and Richmond, Virginia (at the Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease (MND), causes motor neurons to stop working and die. The result is loss of voluntary movement and muscle functions such as speaking, swallowing, and breathing. ALS occurs regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. ALS is most common between 40 and 70 years of age, although it can strike at any age. In the US, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and 35,000 people are living with ALS. Average lifespan is three to five years from diagnosis. Approximately 10% of all cases are inherited forms, and a faulty protein pathway is known to play a role in all types of ALS. Though treatment of symptoms often improves quality of life, there is no cure for ALS.
| |About the Les Turner ALS Foundation
Since 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been a leader in research, patient care, and education about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and other motor neuron diseases (MND). The Foundation serves more than 90% of the ALS population in the Chicago area. The Foundation is also one of the nation's largest independent ALS organizations and has raised nearly $45 million to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. In addition, through wide-ranging research and symposiums for healthcare professionals, the Foundation reaches the ALS community worldwide. The Foundation is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and is a founding member of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations.
Check back soon for updates regarding the set list and other details!
You can RSVP via Facebook.
Saturday, October 12 (noon-2 p.m.)
3850 Grant St.
Gary, IN 46409
Artists, environmentalists, urban gardeners, activists & others in the community gather at the Grant Theater to celebrate and explore connections between nature, the arts, and urbanism. "Ars in Natura, Urbs in Horto" is the final Eighth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival event.
| | "Ars in Natura, Urbs in Horto" includes:
Click on the link below to listen to the audio from our community discussion about the arts, nature, activism and urbanism:
You are invited to attend "Librotraficante en Pilsen" --
Friday September 27 (6 p.m.)
2233 S. Throop St., Suite 206
Chicago, IL 60618
"Librotraficante en Pilsen" will include performances and readings from books that are banned from school curricula in Arizona. The readers will include Saul Aguirre, Vittorio Carli, Dan Godston, Paula Martinez, and other TBA readers.
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
On September 28, 2013, many poets around the world will make their voices heard. To declare the change they'd like to see most in the U.S. and throughout the international community, events are being staged worldwide as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This night of poetry and activism in Chicago asks the questions: What is freedom of expression? Is surveillance dangerous? Who chooses the information our government can access and censor?
| |Suggested donation $4
**proceeds to be donated to Kiva**
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible
Co-presented by the Red Rover Series and Chicago Calling Arts Festival, & curated by 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Chicago Community Council 2013: Barbara Barg, Laura Goldstein, Jennifer Karmin, Timothy Rey, Larry Sawyer, Keli Stewart, Lina Ramona Vitkauskashttps://www.facebook.com/events/580292085360475/
| |“Harvest Fest: An Interfaith Arts Celebration” features music, poetry, and readings from sacred texts—focused on the themes of harvest, thanksgiving, and autumn. This 2013 Chicago Calling Arts Festival event is co-sponsored by the Peoples Church, Treasures of Uptown, and the Borderbend Arts Collective. Free and open to the public.Program: | |
I Refuse To Not Read This Book:
Blazing Toward AntiBookBanning&Burning
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The Eighth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival is happening soon! Here's info about several Chicago Calling events --
Poetry Performance Event -- Wednesday, October 9
as part of Elizabeth Harper’s Performance Series
Neuro Spike Association: A Surveillance Throwdown
date & location TBA
| |Over the past several years we have witnessed examples of how fracking (hydraulic fracturing) can potentially cause a lot of harm to people and the environment. The Borderbend Arts Collective is inviting artists to contribute works in response to fracking. We are looking for literary works (poetry, fiction, hybrid genres), visual art (photography, painting, collage, etc.), new media, and works in other media. Borderbend has collaborated with many artists and organizations -- to present dynamic arts initiatives via performance, online and other platforms. "Silent Spring" at 50, Charles Mingus at 90, Bloomsday 2012 & "Ulysses" 90th are several such examples. WTF 2013 follows in this tradition. | |In particular, WTF 2013 continues some themes that were explored in "Silent Spring" at 50; many people have asserted that some of the same kinds of problems that Rachel Carson exposed in her masterpiece Silent Spring are still present with us today -- including persistent denials that humans have caused environmental problems (climate change, destruction of the Mississippi Delta by oil exploration, dangers regarding fracking, etc.), attacks on scientific evidence that oppose corporate interests, and so on. WTFrack 2013 contributions will appear in online media galleries, and contributions will also be part of performance events that will happen later this year.
Click here to be redirected to the WTFrack 2013 media gallery. Please send us an email, with "WTFrack 2013" in the subject line, to find out more.
| |We're planning another Mingus Awareness Project concert in Chicago for the fall. Congratulations to the No BS! Brass Band for the release of their new Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus CD. They've been promoting their new CD with a tour, and have been getting a lot of buzz -- with coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Paste Magazine, WBGO (88.3FM in Newark, NJ), and other media outlets. No BS! also released RVA All Day last month; check it out! Check out the Borderbend media gallery for "Charles Mingus at 90," a year-long celebration of Charles Mingus' life and legacy that happened last year.
Stay tuned for more updates!