Conservative talk show hosts like to pretend that “true” Americans just magically appeared on these great lands one day, inhabiting the 50 states via divine providence and transporter technology. It’s a fun little hallucination, but there’s no escaping the fact that we all came here from somewhere else in some way — and whether that was from ancestors on a boat 100 years ago or from parents on foot in 1993, there’s a rich back story behind everyone’s journey. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), 3120 McKinney Ave., partners with Making Art with Purpose (MAP) to celebrate those stories — the ones that trace our history as well as our path to this country — during “Immigrant Nation” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The program consists of short films that chronicle various aspects of immigration, then moves into an interactive format that includes panel discussions hosted by creator and Oscar-winning director Theo Rigby. Following that will be a reception featuring storytelling stations where anyone can share their account of immigration or ancestry, which will then be worked into a mural being created by artist Anthony Weeks. Visit the-mac.org for more.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013