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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 2/18/16

Feb 18, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Anthony Wayne: co-creator and star of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, playing now at Brava Theater.

Wayne told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening this week around the Bay.

 

Alison Saar, Weight, 2012; wood, rope, cotton scale and miscellaneous objects
Credit Copyright Alison Saar, Images courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

Bearing, an Alison Saar exhibit, is at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) now through Sunday, 4/3. Through 26 works, the Los Angeles based artist examines the body and identify of African American women. Saar’s sculpture and installation work provoke a conversation on the effects of slavery and racial discrimination.

 

WAYNE: It’s amazing to see how she takes things that happened in the past and brings them into the present, so that everyone can experience them through her art.

Clara McDaniel as Aunt Ethel in “Cooking with Aunt Ethel” segment of The Colored Museum
Credit Lance Huntley

The African-American Shakespeare Company’s production of The Colored Museum runs now through Sunday, 3/6, at the Buriel Clay Theater in San Francisco. The satirical comedy, written by George C. Wolfe in the 1980’s, explores themes, stereotypes, and identities of African-American culture through a series of sketches that remain relevant today.

WAYNE: It’s about life from the African-American perspective. There is a strength in speaking about how you want to be yourself regardless of the situation.

Bridges: A New Musical is at the Berkeley Playhouse until Sunday, 3/6. This show, set in both 1965 and present day, intertwines the stories of two women, each going through her own civil rights struggle over time and distance in the United States. 

WAYNE: We all go through our challenges of finding equality, and this show definitely brings forward the idea of where we’ve come from and how far we have to go.