Speaking Up for the Americas

While the Biennial of the America’s biggest names will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this morning, there’s a world -- or at least a Western Hemisphere -- of new ideas spilling out at Civic Center Park. “The McNichols Building is really all about emerging art, emerging thought,” says Lauren Higgins, who’s curated the Nature of Things Speaker Series that will be running there all month. “Everyone in the series is doing an amazing job in their own community to bring about change. Not only are they strong thinkers, but they are amazing activists in their own right. They all have something really awesome to give.”

And they’ll start delivering it at 4 p.m. today when Paola Santoscoy, lead curator of the Biennial exhibit, and Jeronimo Hagerman, who created the amazing work outside McNichols, will discuss “Lure of the Unknown Love or Tropical Fantasies.” At 6 p.m., that talk will be followed by “800x60: Adaptive Architecture and Security Infrastructure,” with architects Teddy Cruz and Ronald Rael talking about the border. At 4 p.m. tomorrow, the topic is “Catalysts for Social Good: Redefining Global Impact through Social Entrepreneurship.”

The ideas will continue to flow through the July; you can buy a pass for the month for $35, or a $9 daily pass. To buy tickets or study the complete schedule, go to www.biennialoftheamericas.org.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: July 1. Continues through July 31, 2010

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