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Worldview: Conflict in Syria continues, an opera on film and Turkish comedy


  1. Conflict in Syria inches closer to Israeli border
  2. The New York Times reported that Syrian rebels had "seized the only border crossing along the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line in the Golan Heights," for several hours on Thursday.  This is not the first time the conflict has spilled over this area.  Earlier this week government forces reclaimed the strategic town of Qusair.  Moyheddin Kassar, the president of the Syrian American Society, joins us to discuss the latest developments in Syria.
  3. Documentary captures the drama in opera
  4. Philippe Béziat's new documentary Becoming Traviata follows the rehearsals and chronicles the drama behind a production of La Traviata, which is directed by Jean Francios Sivadier.  Film contributor Milos Stehlik and  Claire Salomon, an opera singer who has taught opera performance at Stanford University, join us to discuss how the film has captured the art form.
  5. Weekend passport: Gut-busting comedy, Persian music of resilience and doctors without borders 
  6. The 2nd Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival

    When: June 6-9, various times. Click here for schedule of events.

    Where: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont
  7. Come laugh your heart out at this four-day comedy extravaganza featuring 80 shows and 400 comediennes hailing from places like Los Angeles, New York, Kentucky, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Canada, Turkey. "What’s exciting is that it crosses all different art forms. We get sketch comedy. art, puppetry, burlesque-inspired acts. It runs the gamut. Within one night, you can see six different art forms," says Jill Valentine, executive director of the festival. 

    Turkish comic Aliye AJ joins us to talk about the festival, her act and the comedy scene in Turkey.

  8. Doctors without borders in Chicago: "Access to the Danger Zone" Film Screening followed by Q. & A.

    When: Saturday, June 8 at 12pm

    Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
  9. "Access to the Danger Zone" gives a striking glimpse of how humanitarian organizations reach people in the midst of armed conflicts. The documentary is narrated by Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis and features harrowing footage shot in war zones in Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 and 2012. It also features interviews with  experts from Doctors Without Borders, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations. 
  10. Access to the Danger Zone [trailer]
  11. Crossing Borders Music Collective presents 

    "Celebrating Resilience: Music from the Unvanquished Baha'i University of Iran" 

    When: June 7-9th, performances begin at 7:30pm

    Where: Various locations (see below)

    This event features live music by composers and performers who received their musical training at the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), an informal educational network created for followers of the Baha'i Faith in Iran. Come witness a musical experience of individuals who have been denied access to education and employment, attacked, imprisoned and even killed for their beliefs. Following the performances, check out "Education Under Fire," a documentary presenting a first-hand look at the denial of education to Baha'is. The documentary was produced in collaboration with Amnesty  International.

    Performance locations:

    June 7, 7:30PM

    International House at the University of Chicago, Assembly Hall

    1414 E. 59th St., co-sponsored by the Global Voices Co-Sponsorship Program

    June 8, 7:30PM

    Baha'i House of Worship, Foundation Hall

    100 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091

    June 9, 7:30PM

    Unity Temple

    875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

  12. Education Under Fire Trailer
  13. Teaser photo: M.J. Burkard