Lost in the recent — and rather idiotic — hubbub over immigration and the 14th Amendment is the fact that foreign cultures are freaking awesome. Need convincing? Try the 31st Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park (Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway). Approximately 68 countries are represented with vendors selling authentic foods (such as spanakopita, American Indian fry bread and fried plantains), crafts and artifacts, and with displays of ethnic culture on the festival stage — Japanese Kendo demonstrations and Israeli dancing among them. The festival runs from 6 to 10 p.m., continuing Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. That’s plenty of time to fight xenophobia and embrace the world’s diversity. Admission costs $3 for adults; children under 12 get in free.
Call 816-513-7553 or see eeckc.org for more information.— Danny Volin
Fri., Aug. 20, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 12-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 22, 12-6 p.m., 2010