Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week all three members of Oakland Future Trio — Ari Carpenter, Caleb Sankoh, and Mikhi Woodley — told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.
- The Artist's Struggle — Paramount Theatre on 5/18
- Oakland Mural Festival — Jack London Square thru 5/19
- Oakland School for the Arts Spring Dance Concert — Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts from 5/24-5/27
In this concert, the Oakland Symphony champions the role of the artist in society — as social activist, provocateur, and change maker. They'll be performing Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade, after Plato: 'Symposium'" with Liana Bérubé; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathétique’ in B minor.
Bernstein’s prodigious musical gifts mirrored his lifelong, and sometimes controversial, commitment to promoting political change. For Bernstein, music was a means of creating mutual understanding and peace.
CARPENTER: This show's concept, being an artist as someone that's like influential and making change in society, that's something I think about a lot trying to become a professional artist for the rest of my life. it's gonna be interesting how they translate that concept into a performance.
The Oakland Mural Festival is bringing together master muralists and Oakland youth through a series of artist residencies and workshops. It culminates in the painting of at least nine new murals in the Jack London District of Oakland.
The weeklong festival ends with a closing celebration in Jack London Square on 5/19 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with community painting, performances by local musicians and dancers, and activities for kids. There will be free bike tours of the new murals.
More information on the closing celebration, and artist lineup will be available soon at the Bay Area Mural Festival website.
WOODLEY: "A lot of the time, the murals that I see pertain to the community. So to see something, and be able to see yourself in, it can be a really great thing."
Come see the young up-and-coming talent from Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance in their one and only dance concert of the year. The show features performances from OSA's middle- and high-school students with choreography by School of Dance seniors, and by Department Chair Reginald Ray-Savage.
SANKOH: "I got to have a sneak peek of one of the senior dances and it was really dope ... interpretive, very spacious, a lot of motion. She said her dance was about her transformation through high school."
Oakland Future Trio are performing on 5/20 at KALW's Sights & Sounds of East Oakland Live at Red Bay Coffee Roasters.