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Witching Hour — Track by track, part one: American Politics and Race and Gender in America


Witching Hour

various venues — Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. Throughout this week, we’ll highlight two of these tracks each day as insight into the festival and ideas for how to pursue your interests during it.

Political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow speaks about his quarter century of satire on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Englert.

The first two tracks look at some of the complex issues surrounding our country today. If politics or race and gender are how you orient your thoughts, these offer fascinating paths through Witching Hour:

American Politics

What’s the future of our country and how did we get here? Despite technological advances, our engagement with American Politics tends to be primarily one-dimensional content delivered through two-dimensional screens. The Witching Hour invites a more robust engagement with the state of American Politics. In a political world filled with lies, this track provides access to creative ways of encountering and encouraging the kinds of political truth that cannot fit on a screen.

Hari Kondabolu (comedian, political satire) 10/20, 9 p.m.
The Witchdoctor Sheriff Will See You Now (Baynard Woods, political columnist) 10/21, 1 p.m.
Youth Rising: Empowering the Next Generation to Speak Truth to Power (film, dance, reading & discussion) 10/21, 2 p.m.
Tom Tomorrow: 25 Years of Tomorrow (political cartoonist) 10/21, 4 p.m.
Field Noise (podcast from Craig Eley) 10/21, 5 p.m.
Talibam! presents: Osmotic Imagination (music & photography) 10/21, 11 p.m.

Race and Gender in America

What’s the American experience for a person of color today? It is sometimes difficult to dive deeply into how the experiences of others produce rich, meaningful, interesting and engaging forms of art. The Race and Gender in America track continues and deepens one of last year’s most powerful and popular themes by collecting some of the best and most innovative artists in America who reflect the challenges and delights of their particular embodied experiences in beautiful ways.

Somewhere is Here: Tameka J Norris (performance, photography) 10/20, 4 p.m.
• Danez Smith and the Writers of Color Reading Series (literature) 10/20, 5 p.m.
Broad Perspectives II: The Sankofa Outreach Connection (discussion) 10/20, 6:30 p.m.
Invisible & Ignored: A Panel Discussion with Women of Color from Iowa City (discussion) 10/21, 12:30 p.m.
Kaleidoscope: A Decolonization (Tymika Lawrence, performance) 10/21, 2 p.m.
• Youth Rising: Empowering the Next Generation to Speak Truth to Power (film, dance, reading, discussion) 10/21, 2 p.m.
Freedom is a Feeling in the Tongue: Tameka Cage Conley (scholar) 10/21, 3:30 p.m.
• Kiese Laymon and the Writers of Color Reading Series (literature) 10/21, 5 p.m.


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