Sights and Sounds of Bayview

The Sights and Sounds of Bayview is a project of KALW and the San Francisco Arts Commission to tell the stories of the people who live, work, and have a positive impact on San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood. Radio producers and photographers documented the stories in sound and imagery.

The first Sights and Sounds event took place September 19, 2013. Stories were presented live on stage at the historic Bayview Opera House in front of an audience of local community members and newcomers to the neighborhood.

The second Sights and Sounds event is June 19, 2015. Stories will be presented live on stage at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center.

Hear and view the completed stories below.

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!

TaSin Sabir

The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. Homeless camps, graffiti, and factories surround the area, but there’s also a small, quaint park with native cherry trees and a gravel boat launch. Bo Barnes, a laid back man with shoulder length hair and an easy smile, is getting ready to take me out kayaking on Islais Creek.

Kevin B. Jones

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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.

Pernilla Persson

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On a wide street full of work spaces, lined with cars and no trees in sight is the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. It’s the one building on the block where there’s constant activity. Laughter pours out of the cafeteria which for now has been turned into a dance floor. 

R.J. Lozada

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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.”

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