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This second annual showcase of collaborations between local musicians, filmmakers, and performing artists and their counterparts from around the world is organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective and runs through 10/27 at various locations. For more information call 312-543-7027 or visit


Peter Jones Gallery A movement performance, A Phone Play, by Timothy Rey; a screening of the short film This Is Our Club: The History of Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., by Stan West and Yves Hughes Jr.; a collaboration between Sara Thompson (movement) and Paige Haxton (mixed media); music by Eric Leonardson and Bela Emerson; a performance of the play Sign of the Times by Jeffrey Helgeson and Clayton Horath. a 6-9 PM, 1806 W. Cuyler, 773-472-6725, $10.

Velvet Lounge Music from Zimbabwe Nkenya, Douglas Ewart, and Mike Nelson; poetry reading with Ed Roberson; Alpha Bruton paints during the performances. a 9 PM-midnight, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $10.


James R. Thompson Center Jennifer Karmin reads "Beast Poem," pieces collected from writers around the country, as a tribute to Jean Dubuffet's Monument With Standing Beast, the sculpture in front of the center. After reading she'll hand each piece off to a pedestrian. a 5 PM, 100 W. Randolph. F

Elastic Dance by Asimina Chremos; poetry from David Harrison Horton; broadcast of Eric Leonardson and Anna Friz's Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie; two short films each by Dan Rybicky and Ted Hardin, music by Guillermo Gregorio, Joel Wanek, Jayve Montgomery, Dan Godston, Jerome Bryerton, Paul Hartsaw, and Clifton Hyde. a 7 PM-midnight, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616 or, $8-$10.


Cafe Mestizo Musical accompaniment to poetry by Jeremy Seligson, Duane Vorhees, Divik Ramesh, J. Otis Powell, Janina Ciezadlo, A.D. Jameson, Harry Ross, Heidi Arnold, Karla Amour, Elizabeth Harper and Vittorio Carli; visual art by Carol Curtis Magri; music by Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes. a 10 AM-3 PM, 1646 W. 18th, 312-421-5920 or F

32nd & Urban Poetry from Michael Watson, Leonard de Montbrun, Zane Ivy, Shelley Nation, Cathleen Schandelmeier, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Rachel Javellana, Nora Bonner, Charlie Newman, Zan Hoffman, Marian Hayes, Larry O. Dean, Maggie Kast, Mario Smith, Christopher Welch, Francois LeRoux, Craig Christie, Kay Bradford, Wayne Allen Jones, Donna Kiser, and Donna Pecore; Robin Morrissey and Mari‡ De Vecchi present their "experimental fiction/co-translation"; Jeff Elder and George Bailey perform music. a 3-6 PM, 3201 S. Halsted, 312-846-6569 or F

Mess Hall Poetry from Eric Elshtain, Stefanie Marlis, Matthias Regan, and Christopher Alexander; visual art by Rheim Alkadhi; projected photography by Julie Downey; a movement performance by Carol Ng; music by Jessie Levine and Rob Pleshar. a 3-6 PM, 6932 N. Glenwood, 773-465-4033 or F

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