Sights & Sounds

THURSDAY AT 7:45AM & 4:45PM

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Every week, host Jen Chien speaks with a different local artist about upcoming arts events in the Bay Area.

Sights & Sounds is produced by Ninna Gaensler-Debs and engineered by Ted Muldoon.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Spulu, dancer and choreographer, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend: 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Joanna Haigood, artistic director of Zaccho Dance, which produces the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Joshua Raoul Brody, musician and member of BATS Improv Group, which has two shows this weekend at Bayfront Theatre, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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 Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Khafre Jay, Founder of Hip Hop for Change, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Saxophonist and music theorist Hafez Modirzadeh told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend: 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Unique Derique aka Lance McGee : performer in Yerba Buena’s Garden Festival, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Corey Rosen, writer, storyteller, and actor in "Warp Speed" by BATS Improv Theatre, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Our guest is Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore. DeMore told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists.  Star Finch, San Francisco writer and author of the new play, HOME: Hookers on Mars Eventually, told KALW's Jen Chien about 3 cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Stroy Moyd: Bay Area comedian and head of local independent comedy production company, Hella Funny. You can catch him at the Punchline on Wednesday, 6/28.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, an artist and illustrator with work in two exhibits: Home at Pro Arts Gallery  in Oakland and  No Heroes Allowed at Art Attack SF in San Francisco. 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Tasha Ceyan: multi-disciplinary artist, scholar and member of Blank Map, a temporary collective of Black artist-performer-musicians. Blank Map’s work can be seen at Dance Mission this weekend, as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lavay Smith, vocalist and frontwoman for her band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers who perform at the Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose on Saturday.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Mahea Uchiyama: kumu hula and artistic director of the Center for International Dance. Her Hālau, Ka Ua Tuahine, presents an Evening of Oceanic Dance and Music at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on May 28th.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Natasha Huey:  poet and teaching artist for youth through Performing Arts Workshop. Her poetry students from Galileo High school will perform in the Rhythm and Rhymes, youth showcase at Brava Theater later this month.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Molly Raynor: poet, educator, and Performing Arts Coordinator at RYSE Youth Center in Richmond. RYSE’s Fairytale: a Multimedia Production by Richmond Youth opens May 14th. 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Pete Nowlen: an orchestral and chamber musician, and the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB).  SFLGFB presents a Broadway tune sing along concert and fundraiser on May 14th.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lisa Hori-Garcia: a Bay Area actor, performer, and member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT). The SFMT’s Youth Theater Project celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances on 4/30 and 5/1.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Michelle Lynch Reynolds: program director at Dancers’ Group which presents Bay Area Dance Week kicking off on 4/22.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is El Beh: San Francisco-based musician and actor in the Shotgun Players current production of Hamlet.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Amir Soltani: producer and director of the movie Dogtown Redemption.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lauren Gunderson: author and co-writer of the play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly opening at Marin Theatre in November.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Brittani Sensabaugh: a photographer whose project, 222 Forgotten Cities, documents the beauty and struggle of daily life in marginalized communities of color across the U.S.  

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Rene Yung: artist, designer and director of Chinese Whispers, a research and performance project that uncovers the history of Chinese pioneers in the American West.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Favianna Rodriguez:  visual artist, activist, and cultural organizer. Her work will be featured in the new exhibition Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism, opening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF on March 11th.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Trinidad Escobar: poet and cartoonist whose work is in the Kwentóhan Komiks exhibit at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in San Francisco until April 17th.

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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.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is John Givens: guitarist and bandleader of No Lovely Thing, performing Friday, 2/12, at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Nomi Talisman: co-director along with Dee Hibbert-Jones of the Oscar nominated short documentary Last Day of Freedom, which is already a winner at the International Documentary Association Awards.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Christian Cagigal: magician and co-founder of the Fog City Magic Festival.

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