Crossfade Lab: Rita Indiana and Calexico

Crossfade LAB welcomed Dominican-born writer, composer, and performance artist Rita Indiana and the Tucson, Arizona-based band Calexico. Whether through music or literature, live performance or composition, the Caribbean or the U.S. Southwest, both artists have paid keen attention to issues of national tradition and the borders of identity, while delving into the roles of mythology, popular culture, and cultural heritage in how everyday people survive and thrive amidst precarious conditions. Moderated by Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, the evening was a blend of genres and geographies, and a mix of storytelling, ideas, and live performance.