Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Star Finch, San Francisco writer and author of the new play, HOME: Hookers on Mars Eventually, told KALW's Jen Chien about 3 cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:
- Frameline40: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival running until 6/26
- Punk band Radkey at Brick and Mortar on 6/25
- George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Stern Grove on 6/26
Frameline40: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival runs now until Sunday, 6/26 at various venues in San Francisco and in the East Bay. The festival is the longest-running showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema.
FINCH: The film documents [Treasure's] life, her energy, her community, what she meant to friends and family. Anything that can celebrate and show the light of a life, I definitely would want to check out.
Punk rock band Radkey is at Brick and Mortar in San Francisco on Saturday, 6/25. Formed by three brothers in Missouri, the band toured for five years and released a couple of EPs before debuting their full- length album Dark Black Makeup last year.
FINCH: I’m intrigued that they’re super close and their music is really good. If I were to recast a bunch of John Hughes movies with Black teens, they would definitely do the soundtrack.
The annual Stern Grove Festival is back in full swing, running Sunday afternoons through 8/21. This Sunday, 8/26, they welcome funk band, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Eleven-piece Latin reggae band, Bayonics open the show and will perform a brand new piece of music specifically commissioned for the festival’s 79th season.
FINCH: I just love that funk in general is so unapologetically Black that it can't be gentrified or co-opted.