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Your Talking Points for August 2018

This month’s essential cocktail party fodder

Fatimah Asghar   Photo: Cassidy Kristiansen

1 Steve James’s 10-part docuseries “America to Me,” exploring racial disparity at Oak Park and River Forest High School, premieres August 26 on Starz. Word is, it’ll be an eye-opener for liberal “Woke Park.”

2 The new website State Matters aims to make the Illinois legislature accessible with playful explainer videos and stories. It’s like having funny friends who are experts in Springfield politics.

3 Brown Girls cocreator and queer Muslim Fatimah Asghar releases her debut poetry book, If They Come for Us, August 7. It’s part war cry, part quirky confessional, part history lesson — and entirely unputdownable.

4 Chicago gets its first Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room. The Japanese artist’s kaleidoscope of reflective surfaces arrives from New York City, where it generated six-hour waits and endless Instagram likes.

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