Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Musician Karl Digerness of the Shakespeare cover band, The Frail Ophelias, told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three spectacular arts events happening around the Bay this week.
- Night Draws Near- Songs of Life, Death, and Mysticism 10/27 (SF) 10/28 (OAK)
- Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: Día de Los Muertos 2018 at SOMarts (SF) thru 11/9
- Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the Minnesota Street Project (SF) thru 11/27
“Night Draws Near" - Songs of Life, Death, and Mysticism is a concert being presented by the Clerestory vocal ensemble. The classical male acapella chamber will be performing music inspired by celebrations such as Halloween, All Souls’ Day and Dia de Los Muertos. Shows will be happening this Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco and on Sunday at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.
“They’re a great singer-led vocal chamber here in the Bay Area.”
Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future : the 2018 Día de Los Muertos exhibition at SOMarts in San Francisco is open now thru November 9th. This is the 19th iteration of the annual Day of the Dead group exhibition and it’s being dedicated to the late curator and pioneer in the Bay Area Chicano arts movement, René Yañez.
“I love the question that it seeks to answer this year, “How does the wisdom and work of the dead show us a path and means to a better future? What about your past must you take to your future?’”
Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is a solo exhibition by Bay Area-based visual artist Lava Thomas happening at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco thru Saturday. The exhibition is centered around Lava’s new series of graphite and pencil portraits based on mugshots of the women of the 1955 yearlong Montgomery Bus Boycott.
“It’s really interesting, her ability to use those images that are often used to denigrate and dehumanize and put them in a different light where it’s showing the resistance and the strength in the women.”