Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Stand-up comedian Dominique Gelin told KALW’s Jen Chien about three spectacular arts events happening around the Bay this week.
- Man Haters — White Horse Bar on 6/28
- Fillmore Jazz Festival — Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy on 6/30-7/1
- Flower Piano — SF Botanical Garden on 7/5-7/16
Oakland queer comedy phenomenon Man Haters was named Best Comedy Show by East Bay Express 2016 & 2017, featured in SF Sketchfest, and recently made their TV debut on Viceland's "Funny How?" Man Haters features the funniest women and queer comics from the Bay Area and beyond (plus one token queer dude, in honor of the comedy scene's tokenization of women). The show is hosted and produced by queer comics Ash Fisher and Irene Tu, and it happens every fourth Thursday at the historic White Horse in Oakland.
"This is a really fun show. It kind of leans into the stereotype that people have that all queer women, they hate men and so they're kinda like, eff you."
Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, wander through 12 blocks of fine art and crafts, and chow down on gourmet food and drinks. From Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.
"I'm a fan of jazz and I actually used to live in the Outer Richmond and the first time I went to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, I stumbled into it! And it was really fun! It's just a really great atmosphere."
Flower Piano is back this summer for its fourth year. This public piano project presented by Sunset Piano and San Francisco Botanical Garden is a highly anticipated annual event. Music, community, and nature join forces once again during the twelve-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano where the Garden transforms into the city's own al fresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen.
"I think the piano is a really great instrument, and I think most people have taken like a year of piano lessons or something, so I'm excited to see a mix of, 'oh, I remember chopsticks!' And then I feel like inevitably there's gonna be one person who's like, 'I'm a stockbroker and also a virtuoso!'"