Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is JooWan Kim: pianist, composer, and leader of the hip hop chamber orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj.
Kim stopped by the KALW studios to tell Jen Chien about three cool arts events around the Bay this weekend.
Now through Tuesday 10/11, Lizzie, The Musical by Ray of Light Theatre is at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Lizzie Borden was an American woman who was tried and acquitted for the 1892 murders of her mother and father. She became a tabloid sensation at the time and popular fascination with her story spawned the rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe, Gave her mother forty whacks, When she saw what she had done, Gave her father forty-one." Lizzie, The Musical, imagines the story behind the case with a cast of four women and a driving rock score.
KIM: Because of David Möschler's involvement, I know the level of musicianship is very high, and who doesn't love a story of a crazy person killing their parents?
On Saturday 10/10, Leap's 32nd Annual Sand Castle Contest takes place at Ocean Beach. This charity event features teams of schools and building industry professionals banding together to build large and imaginative sand sculptures. All proceeds benefit Leap, which helps to bring arts programs to Bay Area schools.
KIM: This makes me nostalgic for my childhood spent by the beach and seems like a good and fun time for families.
On Saturday 10/10, the 2015 APAture festival’s Comics & Illustration, and Film Showcase happens at the San Francisco Main Library. The schedule features seven films, over 15 visual artists, and a roster of workshops. APAture is presented by Kearny Street Workshop, an Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization, and runs now through Saturday 10/17, featuring different disciplines on each day of the festival.
KIM: Film is a big inspiration for me when I compose music, and I've always loved comics. This event is free, and I think it'll be good to check out.