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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 11/5/15

Peter Dobey
Philosopher, Alva Noë"

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is philosopher Alva Noë, author of the new book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

Noë will give a "performative lecture" with Deborah Hay and Michéle Steinwald as part of Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project on Saturday, 11/7. He told KALW’s Jen Chien about three other cool arts events happening this week around the Bay.


Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts is at the Oakland Museum of California until February 2016. The exhibit features 20 improvisational quilts and stories on their creation from the quilters themselves: Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Sherry Byrd.


NOË: It’s a chance to see something very familiar in a new way.


Until December, Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970s - Now, is showing at the Mills College Art Museum. Public Works is an exhibit about women who make art that is presented in public spaces. The show includes work by Favianna Rodriguez, Stephanie Syjuco, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Amy Balkin, Karen Finley, Guerrilla Girls, and Adrian Piper among others.

NOË: The focus of the show is on more subtle, ephemeral, passing things that might be hidden or not noticed. It’s a rare chance to have all this work brought together.



Degenerate Art Ensemble performs their work, Predator Songstress, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts tonight, 11/5 through Saturday 11/7. Combining live music and dance, Predator Songstress is the story of a “modern-day anti-heroine in search of her stolen voice.”


NOË: The live conducted music is very entraining. I’m going to go and I plan to sit up close.