Public Interest

Beyond Dreams

When: Sat., July 18, 7 p.m. 2015

In a multicultural place like the East Bay, immigrant experiences are extremely varied and don’t necessarily fall in line with the clichéd narrative of chasing the American dream. For its Immigrant Dreams series, La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) gives the floor to artists of diverse backgrounds who use hip-hop, poetry, and performance art to address their personal experiences and uplift their communities. The latest installment in the event series is Beyond Dreams, a speaker panel and performance showcase hosted by Davey D, an Oakland radio personality, journalist, and hip-hop scholar who has been an active supporter of the genre since the late Seventies. The participating artists include Aisha Fukushima, a musician who travels internationally with her RAPtivism project; Rebel Diaz, a bilingual hip-hop duo that made their debut at an immigrant rights march in New York City; Paul Flores, a poet, playwright, and co-founder of spoken word organization Youth Speaks; and Jasiri X a rapper, educator, and speaker.

Nastia Voynovskaya

Price: $15, $20

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