Sights and Sounds of Bayview

photo by J. Astra Brinkmann

High up on a hill in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood is a tiny two bedroom apartment. From the outside it looks like any other apartment on the block.  But as you approach, the sound of laughing, yelling, stomping, squealing and music can be heard spilling out of the door and window.  

Ladies in line

May 18, 2016
PERNILLA PERSSON. Cropped and resized

The Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center is the only building on the block where there is constant activity. Laughter pours out of the cafeteria, which for now has been turned into a dance floor. 

The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. 

Kevin Jones

This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular.

Ta Sin Sabir

Where Kids Take Flight in Bayview from KALW News on Vimeo.

Bayview has long been known as San Francisco’s industrial hub. But on Yosemite Street there’s an imposing brick building with a dance studio. Inside the space there's a group of young people who climb on pieces of welded iron that hang three feet off the ground. They run and mess around with each other during breaks. But their joviality turns to concentration when they get in the air. Up there they’re spinning, floating, and thriving.

Michael Zelner

It’s Thursday, and do you know what you’re doing this weekend? If you don’t, fear not: I’ve got a list of go-to events that are open to everyone.

Kyung Jin Lee

Sixty-eight-year-old Oscar James stands on a hill overlooking the old Hunters Point Shipyard. He points out a street that’s now closed off by a chain-link fence. That’s where his family lived on a street once called Navy Road. There’s a striking view of the bay side of the peninsula.

“All that dirt, see it behind the lab, the road?” he asks. “From that road all the way back used to be water.”

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

Join KALW at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. for an evening of storytelling, live music, and dance.

The second Sights and Sounds of Bayview will be hosted by Crosscurrents’ Hana Baba. The event will feature stories about the remarkable people who live, work, and make a positive impact in the neighborhood. Sights and Sounds of Bayview is part of 3rd on Third, presented by the Bayview Opera House. The event is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Company and sponsored by Independent Arts and Media. 

RSVP on our Facebook event page here!

Kevin B. Jones


Like many people who see a pretty rose in bloom, Annette Smith likes to take in the sight and scent of it. But when she bends her head to inhale this particular rose’s fragrance, her enjoyment comes with a deeper meaning – she remembers where this rosebush came from, and how and when it was planted here.

R.J. Lozada


Deafening gunshots rang out just as James Martin arrived home. Troubled by the news of a 17-year-old young man dying in front of his house, he did what anyone would do – actually what most wouldn’t do. He grabbed his portable karaoke machine and stood at the sidewalk memorial erected for the young man and began singing, “Wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed, no more backward thinking time for thinking ahead.”

Pernilla Persson



San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of people ages 17 or younger in the city of San Francisco. Juana Teresa Tello is working to train these young people to be activists in their community.

Malaika Kambon



At first glance, Raquel Miller has more than a few things in common with a Hollywood heiress. She wears her hair in long, soft curls or braids and she carries a bedazzled hello kitty iPhone case that matches her neon pink Nikes.

Laura Flynn


Kevin B. Jones



Having Pride rolls up to the plaza at Third and Oakdale with a mission: hit the bricks, and tell everyone they meet about the group’s job placement, food assistance, and GED programs.