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Host Phil Ponce and Correspondent Fawn Ring

Immigrant Experience

WTTW11 looks at the immigrant experience reflected in the arts. Join host Phil Ponce and correspondent Fawn Ring for Arts Across Illinois, made possible by the Illinois Arts Council.

Island Life

Each year the spirit of Puerto Rico comes alive at what has become the largest Puerto Rican event in the Midwest, the Cuatro Festival, featuring the ten stringed guitar that is a cultural symbol of the island.

Carlos Hernandez
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
1440 N. Sacramento
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-8865


Exile on Main Street

Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed tells the story of life inside one of Saddam Hussein's prisons in the award winning and disturbing Saddam City.

Mahmoud Saeed

Beardstown Fiesta

Arts Across Illinois travels to Beardstown for the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival, talking to residents as well as performers from the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago about this changing community.

Henry Roa
Mexican Folkloric Dance Co. of Chicago
3842 S. Archer
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 247-1522


Made in Japan

Take a group of traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, combine them with avant-garde jazz musicians from Chicago’s South Side and you’ll have an amazing music mix of distant cultures. The mix master is bassist Tatsu Aoki, an artistic ambassador who bridges these two worlds through his band, Miyumi Project, and the annual Asian American Jazz Festival.

Tatsu Aoki

Disappearing Memories

Filmmaker Silvia Malagrino returns to her native Argentina to learn more about the disappeared, thousands of college students, intellectuals and political activists, who simply vanished under a repressive regime in the 1970's.

Silvia Malagrino

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