Chicago Artists Month "Crossing Borders" Through Culture And Art

The theme for Chicago Artists Month 2014 has the "Crossing Borders" and features exhibitions, open studios, art openings, performances, neighborhood festivals, art walks and tours September 27-October 31, 2014.

Below are some highlights of the events that crosses ethnic borders in Chicago neighborhoods.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
"A Day in Avalon: Homemade Festival"

The event poster for "A Day in Avalon" showcases Spanish, Polish and English languages to showcase how the family friendly event focuses on the ethnic diversity of Avalon neighborhood. The event features art events and sidewalk sales on Milwaukee Ave. between Kimball and Central Park. The events are all free and open to the public.

Chicago artists participating in "A Day in Avalon: Homemade Festival" are: Lynn Basa, Elastic Arts, Jorge Felix, Lion vs Gorilla vs Lawn Gallery, Voice of the City are the primary artist/producers.

September 27-28, 2014
Edgewater Fall Art Fair

Multicultural festival with 100 artists from Chicago showacasing painting, photography, jewelry, mixed media art works. The festiva also features two live music stages that include bands such as flamenco music by El Payo y La Tiranta on Sunday, September 28.

Festival located at Granville Avenue between Broadway Street and Kenmore Avenue. CTA Granville, Red Line train stops at the festival.

October 1-31
Crossing Church Borders

Fourth Presbyterian Church presents respresentations of different art media of various denominations & Religions --that Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago has agreements with,from street ministries to Temples.
Opening Reception for "Crossing Church Borders" will be October 1 at 7pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. Gratz Center in Chicago.

October 5, 2014

Our Voices, Our Stories is the inaugural event for a Chicago writers group made up of diverse writers of color from Chicago's North, South, and West sides. Attendees will hear readings of multi-genre work (non-fiction, fiction, and poetry), participate in a visual art project, and make moves to cross-genre music. Held in Humboldt Park, the afternoon is a family friendly way to create connections between Chicagoans from all over the city.

Event held from 1pm-4pm at Humboldt Park, 1440 N Sacramento Ave.

October 3-5, 2014
9th Annual Little Village Arts Festival (LVAF)

In Pilsen neighborhood, the 9th Annual Little Village Arts Festival (LVAF) is a neighborhood festival that includes art, films and workshops that engages the community by transforming storefronts, homes and other venues unto Pop Up galleries to create a weekend art walk.

Festival begins at 3610 W 26th Street 2nd Floor.

October 9-12, 2014

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s (CHRP) Global Rhythms dance company will present Che Malambo, a series of contemporary percussive arts at Athenaeum Theater (2936 N. Southport Ave.).

Che Malambo is an inspired interpretation of the all-male Argentine Malambo tradition and is infused with primal energy and heart-pounding rhythms. "Che Malambo" arose from the language and expressions of the Gaucho experience as a solo dance performed by men. Award-winning choreographer, Gilles Brinas, combines two Malambo styles featuring powerful foot stomping from the North and and the subtler Southern style in bare feet. The rhythms are echoed by "bombos," large, fat, rustic drums, "boleadoras," or bolas (long, thin ropes with two or more stones attached at the ends), accentuated by passionate songs and live musical accompaniment. Che Malambo is a vibrant, exciting, fiery, Argentinian music and dance theatrical experience.

October 10-26, 2014

Photo exhibit Dhaka Photo Stories; a workshop taught by Chicago-based Teaching Artists Juneer Kibria & Betsy Zacsek in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2014.

The public exhibition at Voice of the City debuts the work of 12 Bangladeshi Photographers while examining the process and limitations of transposing languages, narratives and information across cultures and time.

Opens October 10 at 8pm Voice of the City
3429 W Diversey Ave., Chicago