Shows: June 6, 2016

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We bring you local voices from the Worldwide Woodside Neighborhood Fest, Amy Paul and Claro Que Si, panel excerpt of “Trafficking is Everywhere” with Dorotea Mendoza, Kayla Wang, and Ninotchka Rosca, spoken word from Faith Santilla, a tribute to the late Muhammad Ali, music by the late Fred Ho, and rebel music from NYC and beyond...

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Worldwide Woodside: Creating and Documenting Public Space

2016 ushers in the first annual Worldwide Woodside Street Festival with free yoga and salsa, Irish dance, Filipino Martial Arts, Indian dance, live drawing, storytelling, Queens Mobile Library, and screen printing. I talked to Amy Paul and Claro Que Si about this year’s Neighborhood Fest, their work, gentrification in Queens, the use of art to publicly claim space, and the importance of community-based archival and documentation.

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Ending the Demand: The Trafficking of Women and Girls

“We Are Everywhere: The Trafficking of Women and Girls” followed the May 22, 2016 production of Spiderwoman Theater’s performance of “Material Witness.” Spiderwoman Theater is regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities.

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Spoken Word, Faith Santilla

Audio is excerpted from the 2nd ANNUAL KATIPUNAN POETRY SLAM at the 24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) in downtown Los Angeles.

Source: ValeranLothaniel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6hpN5XCo3A

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Rest in Power, Muhammad Ali

We’ll end the night by paying tribute to Muhammad Ali-- three time World Heavyweight Champion boxer who died on June 3, 2016 after fighting Parkinson’s disease after 32 years. For Asian Pacific Islanders and Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), Ali is known for his advocacy and his inclusion and candid discussion of APIAs in regards to race. Beyond Ali’s iconic sports career, he staunchly opposed the Vietnam war and refused to participate in the draft. Ali risked his professional career and popularity by using his mainstream, public platform to address state violence, white supremacy, institutionalized racism and exported wars. As a result, his passport was revoked and he was denied a boxing license in every state. We’ll listen to a segment where Muhammad Ali expresses his opposition to the Vietnam War and draft. And we’ll close out with the late Fred Ho and the Big Monster Band and an Afro-Asian jazz piece from the album, “The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali.”

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