Now called Asian Improv aRts (AIR), this groundbreaking nonprofit organization celebrates its 15th anniversary with an extravaganza of music and dance by local artists. The event consists of two nights, the first of which -- titled "Forces in Motion" -- features the Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Facing East Dance & Music, and Red Jade (a performance ensemble that incorporates influences from both Asian and Latino cultures). The main attraction, "Wong Works," happens on the second night and stars Wong himself, along with a carefully selected band of acclaimed jazz musicians, including AIR co-founder Jang. The weekend-long celebration culminates with "It's Swing Time!," a dance party where you can shake your thang to the tunes of Chicago-based blues diva Yoko Noge and the Triangle Sister Cities Band.
With such an impressive range of Asian-American talent joining forces, the party should be an affair to remember -- and one that proves the best way to make a change is to do it yourself.