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Weekend Passport: Artists Shed Light On Immigration And Racial Justice

A group of Chicago artists is working across mediums to theorize how justice can be had for Chicago’s marginalized communities.

The project is centered around a festival called Encounter from the Wicker Park-based social justice art center Collaboraction. The festival includes visual art, music, plays, and poetry. While most of the festival takes place in the historic Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park, many events also take place in Englewood, Hermosa, and Austin.

We’ll hear from Ada Cheng, writer and performer of the Encounter Festival’s Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, and Anthony Moseley, the artistic director of Collaboraction Theatre and curator of the Encounter Festival.

Another event this weekend focuses in indigenous Hawaiian art at the Old Town School of Folk Music. We’ll chat with Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, an indigenous Hawaiian singer, chanter, and dancer, transgender thinker, and a five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award-winner who’s performing at the Szold Music Hall on Lincoln Avenue on Sunday.

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