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Sights & Sounds: Mel Waters

Nov 8, 2018

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. San Francisco muralist and tattoo artist Mel Waters told KALW’s Bo Walsh about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

Credit Brian Cross

Freaks of the Industry: Bay Area Hip-Hop Shot by B+ is a photography exhibition showcasing the work of longtime Irish photographer Brian Cross who has captured some of the most iconic snapshots in hip hop since the early 90’s.  The exhibition is being hosted at the Family Affair Gallery on Haight Street in the city and running until November 17th. 

“It’s beautiful to see how he’s captured a lot of these talents early in their career.” 

Bay Area Rhythm and Blues band The Soul Soldiers will be performing covers of soul classics from the 70’s alongside former Santana singer Tony Lindsay at Biscuits & Blues in the city this Friday evening. Come and enjoy some great food and music with shows happening at 7:30 and 10 pm.

“Good food, good music, good people, I mean that sounds like a good time!” 

work from Christopher Martin
Credit first ammendment gallery

Dark Is The Night is a solo exhibition by San Francisco visual artist Christopher Martin happening at the First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco. Much of the art created recently for the gallery are tapestry pieces, hand cut and sewn onto banners, that display the experiences of the African diaspora. The closing reception will be taking place this Friday evening. 

"He's got a different vision that I haven't seen in a while."

Mel Waters will be working on a new  13-story mural this month at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development’s Ellis Street Senior Apartments. If you’re ever interested in some fresh ink you can see him at his shop Moonrise Tattoos located on Taraval Street in San Francisco.