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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 1/21/16

Courtesy of Community Music Center
Flutist, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Martha Rodriguez-Salazar: musician and teacher at Community Music Center in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Rodriguez-Salazar told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening this week around the Bay.

The second annual Dance in Revolting Times (D.I.R.T.) Festival opens Saturday, 1/23, and runs through 2/7. Put on by Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater, the D.I.R.T. Festival features 18 choreographers in a series of performances that explore current social and political themes like gentrification, war, and police violence.

RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR: I’m intrigued, and I think it would be very good to go and see.

Credit Courtesy of Dignidad Rebelde
Dignidad Rebelde, Stop the Culture of Cruelty, 2011, silkscreen print.

Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra: We didn’t cross the borders, the borders crossed us is at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts until February 13. This exhibit brings together work from artists and activists who reside on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico. Featured artists are: ECPM68, TP28J, Sublevarte, Justseeds, Coryceps, Negro Semilla, Rexiste, Tinta Negra, Dignidad Rebelde, Political Grdilock, TANA, and Art Hazelwood among others.


RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR: The title is taken from the Mexican national anthem. It means that Mexicans are ready for anything. It’s like a war cry.


On Saturday, 1/23, San Francisco Performances presents the Alexander String Quartet with host and lecturer, Robert Greenberg at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. This is part of a series of Saturday morning musical conversations in which the Alexander String Quartet plays the music of Mozart and Beethoven while Greenberg gives background information on the pieces and their composers.


RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR: I love Beethoven. He really changed the vocabulary of music.