Worldview: Canada's ambassador, tracking Japan's history through theater, and Iranian street art

March 22, 2013

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Worldview: Canada's ambassador, tracking Japan's history through theater, and Iranian street art

Canadian ambassador Gary Doer talks with Worldview about the Keystone Pipeline. Timeline Theatre's latest production takes viewers on a tour of Japan's history.

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Canadian ambassador on Keystone pipline controversy


An alliance of First Nationsleaders say they are prepared to fight a proposal for a new oil pipeline in theCanadian courts. Earlier this week, they gathered in Canada's Parliament to outlinetheir opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines. Worldview will talk about the pipeline controversy and much more with CanadianAmbassador Gary Doer.

'We, as a nation, have to wake up': First Nations leaders vow to do what it takes to block oil pipelinesOTTAWA - An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines both in the courts and through unspecified dir...
An idiosyncratic peak into Japan's past 

The Naomi Iizuka play, Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West, runs at Timeline Theatre through April 14th. The multi-layered work follows various characters in different historical eras as they stumble across photos that lead them through Japan and events in their own lives. We’ll preview the play with P.J. Powers, Timeline’s Artistic Director, and actor Tiffany Villarin.

TimeLine Theatre :: Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West :: VideoCast and production team as well as Company, Board, staff members and volunteers gathered for the first rehearsal of Concerning Strange D...
Weekend Passport: Iranian street art, salsa for a good cause, and tango with the pros


Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week he tells Worldview where to find Iranian street art, learn the art of tango, and hear salsa music for a good cause.

Iranian Street art from Icy and Sot with music from Yellow Dogs

When: Friday, March 22nd, 

opening party from 

8 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

           Saturday, March 23rd, exhibiting hours from 1-4 and 5-7 p.m.

           Sunday, March 24th, after party at 7 p.m.

Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan Street, Chicago (Fri. and Sat.)
              Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago (Sun.)

This weekend, experience the underground cultures of street art and indie rock as done in a place where the word "underground" is all too literal. In Iran, rock music is illegal, so bands like Yellow Dogs are risking a lot by even existing. Icy and Sot are two street artists in the same boat--unable to express themselves in their home country, they have now achieved worldwide recognition, meaning they cannot return to Iran. However, both the band and the artists just want to get their music out there, and they are collaborating on an exhibit at the Co-Prosperity Sphere to do just that.
The Yellow Dogs - Until The Night Was Doneemirmohssssseni

Havana in Chicago

When: Saturday, March 23rd, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, Chicago

Enjoy traditional Cuban food and salsa music for a good cause. Sidetrack is a gay bar in Chicago known for hosting fundraisers focused on equal rights for homosexuals. Co-run by a Cuban American, the bar is now branching out. With the help of award-winning salsa band Grupo Aye and local Cuban restaurant Paladar, they are hosting a fundraiser for First Hand Aid, an organization that provides medical care for children in Cuba as well as meals for the elderly and poor. 

Tango lessons and performance by 

Luciano Brigante and Alejandra Orozco

When: Saturday, March 23 

             8:30 p.m., introductory lesson

             10 p.m., open dance begins

             11:30 p.m., brief performance

             midnight-2:00 a.m., open dance continues

Where: The American Tango Institute, 325 N. Hoyne, Chicago


Dance the night away with professional tango dancers! Luciano Brigante and Alejandra Orozco are dancers from Argentina, and this weekend they will provide a lesson and brief performance, followed by an open dance into the night. The event is put on by the American Tango Institute. Tickets are $15 and the event is open to all!
Luciano Brigante & Alejandra OrozcoMartin Elduayen
Teaser photo: AP Images.