Sights & Sounds

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists.

Sights & Sounds: Jesselito Bie

May 18, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer and choreographer Jesselito Bie told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

KALW seeks producer/engineer for Sights & Sounds

May 15, 2017

KALW's Sights & Sounds is seeking a multi-talented producer/engineer to join the team. Sights & Sounds is KALW's arts reporting project which features artists and creative thinkers from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a special focus on those that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

Sights & Sounds: Francis Wong

May 11, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Francis Wong, co-founder of Asian Improv aRts told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds of East Oakland: Making dad hip hop

May 4, 2017
Bryon Malik

Hip hop music originally captured the spirit of a generation that was young in the 1980s. That generation and others that came after it are no longer young, but many of the people making the music are not ready to call it quits.

Kehinde Koyejo

 

When Oakland theater company Ragged Wing Ensemble first started making work in 2004, they were renting space show-by-show.  Eventually, they made themselves a permanent home in downtown Oakland, creating a shared arts space they called the Flight Deck. It’s now home to four resident theater companies, and hosts performances, classes, workshops, and a gallery.

Travis Jensen


If you like going to open mic nights in San Francisco, chances are you’ve seen comedian Irene Tu hosting one. Man Haters, Hysteria, The Mission Position — those are just some of the places you'll find Irene telling jokes, and trying to make better, safer spaces for women and queer comics to perform.

Sights & Sounds: Tanya Tomkins

Feb 23, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Cellist and co-founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival Tanya Tomkins told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Melonie Green

Nov 24, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist, curator and public programmer Melonie Green told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Seth Eisen

Oct 27, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Transdisciplinary artist and performance maker Seth Eisen told KALW’s Jen Chien about three wonderful arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Nicole Klaymoon

Oct 20, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer, choreographer, and educator Nicole Klaymoon told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik is an artist, chef and educator. Her artwork often uses food to celebrate and investigate culture and identity, especially around people of color and immigrant communities.  

Sights & Sounds: Sita Bhaumik

Oct 13, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist, writer, and educator Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Bay Area comedian Stroy Moyd was born in East Oakland, moved to Berkeley as a teen, and now performs all over the Bay, and beyond. The twenty-something has been doing stand-up since he was 16, inspired by his dad's sense of humor and way with words.

Sights & Sounds: Rotimi Agbabiaka

Sep 15, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Rotimi Agbabiaka, an actor and singer whose solo show Type/Caste is currently at the Brava Studio, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Walter Hood

Sep 8, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Walter Hood, an artist and designer who renovated the Bayview Opera House, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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If you came of age in the 90’s in the Bay you might be familiar with Aya de Leon. She was a local slam poet hero who found fame touring the states with her hip hop theater show, Thieves in the Temple. Now, she’s out with her first novel, Uptown Thief, which she calls a “feminist heist novel.”

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Aya de Leon, author of the new novel Uptown Thief, 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. Chris Treggiari, visual artist and co-curator of the exhibit Oakland, I want you to know... now on view at the Oakland Museum of California, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

 

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an artist and illustrator. Her work ranges from photography to printmaking to pen-and-ink drawings she does while riding BART. 

Tasha Ceyan and Brontez Purnell are members of Blank Map, a Bay Area collective of queer Black artist-performer-musicians. They describe their collaborative work as “Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism.”

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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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Mahea Uchiyama is the founder and director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley. She's also the president of the board of World Arts West, which puts on the annual extravaganza that is the San Francisco Ethnic Dance 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 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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The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been performing free satirical theater in Bay Area parks for 50 years. They also run the Youth Theater Project, an after school program currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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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.

Here's our cherry picked selection of community events happening around the Bay Area 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 Michelle Lynch Reynolds: program director at Dancers’ Group which presents Bay Area Dance Week kicking off on 4/22.

 

Turning down 23rd Avenue towards International Boulevard, I see the words “Culture is a weapon” painted the side of a building wall.

 

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