Sights & Sounds: John Fisher

Jun 15, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. John Fisher, Executive Director of Theatre Rhinoceros told KALW’s Jen Chien about three awesome events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Urs Fischer’s sculptures and paintings explore the tension between the material and the digital, object and image. The Legion of Honor has invited Fischer to bring a contemporary perspective to the Museum's permanent collection. More than 30 works are installed throughout the Legion of Honor. The exhibit will be up through July 2nd. 

FISHER: This is an amazing show. I can't recommend it enough ... Anybody who is a fan of the fine arts museums will really enjoy this exhibition. 

Nick Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which are full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes. Soundsuits totally conceal the wearer’s identity and are made of everything from collected and repurposed buttons, to wooden sticks, beaded baskets, doilies, and sequined fabric. The exhibition will feature eight Soundsuits along with video works, as well as a recently completed documentary on the artist, titled Here. The exhibit will be up through August 14th. 

FISHER: There's something so celebratory of the human body in such a silly, fun, camp way, that I can't help but feel there's something queer about [the Soundsuits'] creation.

Broadway Bares II: ManuSTRIPT will take the audience on a journey based on famous literary tales, all ending in a strip with featured strippers and backup dancers. At the end of the show, everyone comes on stage in their skimpiest attire ready to accept bills. All money raised will go to organizations providing aid for HIV services, hunger programs, and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth. The show will take place at DNA Lounge in San Francisco on June 18th.  

FISHER: These guys know how to dance, and they know how to strip. So this is like Chippendales for a good cause.