Witching Hour — Track by track, part two: Think globally, act locally

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.

Talibam!’s dystopian concept piece Endgame of the Anthropocene can be experienced on Friday, Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. at RADinc.

These two tracks invite attendees to think globally — zoom out to explore what’s happening in (and to) the world — and act locally — dig deep into the way national issues play out in our own neighborhoods.

Climate + Earth

What’s the future of our planet? We live at the dawning of the Age of Apocalypse: 2017 has been a year of flood and flame as our planet has responded to human demands with huge devastations. From the micro level of local bees to the cosmic level of DJ Spooky, this track provides a multisensory understanding of our environment. Audiences who focus on this track will gain not only a deeper understanding of the delicate balance that creates an environment, but also a richer appreciation for how the arts construct a climate that is responsive to the changes and challenges that affect us.

Adam’s Run: A video opera about climate change by Rhymes With Opera (film, music) 10/20, 3 p.m.
DJ Spooky: Explorer I Remix (music, premiere performance) 10/20, 7 p.m.
• Talibam! Endgame of the Anthropocene (music) 10/20, 10 p.m.
Honey & Mass Extinction: What every Iowan should know about the state’s bee population with Paulina Mena (scholar) 10/21, 2:30 p.m.
Will Hunt: The Burrowers (writer) 10/21, 3 p.m.
It Devours! — A forthcoming noir-esque mystery exploring faith and science by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale (literature) 10/21, 4:30 p.m.

Community Conversations

National issues in our local context: This track invites audiences to think through the unknown ways that local engagement truly matters. From questions of race to education to the environment, the presentations in this track empower participants toward making discrete changes, here, with the promise of helping to construct a better future.

Local Media: Rising from the Dead? With Susan Patterson Plank (presentation) 10/20, 4 p.m.
Reimagining Elementary Education: Empowering the Next Generation to Flourish (film & discussion) 10/20, 5:30 p.m.
Invisible & Ignored: A Panel Discussion with Women of Color from Iowa City (discussion) 10/21, 12:30 p.m.
Youth Rising: Empowering the Next Generation to Speak Truth to Power (film, dance, reading, discussion) 10/21, 2 p.m.
• Honey & Mass Extinction: What every Iowan should know about the state’s bee population with Paulina Mena (scholar) 10/21, 2:30 p.m.
The Future of Higher Education: A Community Course Evaluation of The Green Room with David Gould (discussion) 10/21, 5 p.m.
Broad Perspectives II: The Sankofa Outreach Connection (discussion) 10/21, 6:30 p.m.

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