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Passing the Mic Public Showcase

October 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT


The theme for the 16th Annual Passing the Mic Festival is Love & Revolution: how we revolutionize the ways we care for ourselves and each other across generations, languages, abilities, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, identities. We have seen the pandemic revolutionize the ways we can connect with each other, work together, access space and stories. We have seen and felt people across the globe call for revolution, demand revolution, fight for revolution of the status quo. All are invited to join for this intergenerational hip hop festival dedicated to this conversation: How does our love span borders? How does our love create change? How does our love save us? How far does our love motivate us to go? 

This year’s festival features a performance of The Loophole by Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program Artists-in-Residence Jay Adana and Zeniba Now. A sci-fi adventure musical set in The American Civil War with Book & Bars by Zeniba Now and Music & Lyrics by Jay Adana, The Loophole is the story of the self-liberation of Polly Danfield, a black scientist and cartographer stuck at a crossroads. As The Civil War rages and the call of the mysterious Alligator Queen beckons, Polly must choose: safety in hiding or love and revolution? With a folk/rap score, verse and body percussion, this swampy epic recasts the American hero.

Free, all ages, and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.


Play Circle, Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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