Sights & Sounds: Lyz Luke

Jun 1, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Lyz Luke, Executive Music Enabler at UnderCover Presents, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Monsoon Wedding is a musical based on the award-winning movie of the same name from director Mira Nair. The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an Indian-American guy she’s never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. Monsoon Wedding's run has been extended at the Berkeley Repertory Theater through July 9th. 

LUKE: I relate to it ... coming home from college and my mom leaving an India West newspaper on the kitchen table with the classified matrimonial section circled, for fair-skinned gentlemen across America. 

The 35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival will kick off with a free celebration at the outdoor PROXY Walk-in Theater in Hayes Valley on Tuesday, June 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The evening will feature live music from John Brothers Piano Company and North Beach Brass Band, plus a beer garden, videos, and food trucks. PROXY is located along Octavia Street between Hayes Street and Fell Street.

LUKE: One of my favorite things in the Bay Area is SFJAZZ and the whole series they've cultivated, and what they do with the term 'jazz.' And I think this series, in particular, is a showcase of that. 

For architect and theorist Teddy Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman, border communities are opportunities for civic and political creativity, rather than criminalization. These sites, which they refer to as “geographies of conflict,” are the basis of three projects that present case studies for more expansive and inclusive ways of thinking of the relationships between the United States and its neighbors, and more broadly propose that citizenship is organized around shared values and common interests, and not on the action of an isolationist nation with a homogeneous identity. The exhibition is composed of videos, diagrams, maps, and visual narratives designed in collaboration with Studio Matthias Görlich, and is open through June 18th. 

LUKE: I think it's a really important time to have this conversation about borders ... it's important to talk about that and talk about the hard questions.