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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 3/31/16

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Director, Amir Soltani

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Amir Soltani: producer and director of the movie Dogtown Redemption.

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

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Artwork by Julio Barbon Davis

 Art Murmur’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk is on Friday, 4/1. Member galleries are open for viewing from 6-9pm. The Art Walk coincides with a street festival, organized by Oakland First Fridays along Telegraph Ave., between Grand and 27th. Some of the exhibitions on tap are Divine Invasions: Six Male Artists Allying with the Divine Feminine at Krowswork, and Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland at Joyce Gordon Gallery.

SOLTANI: It just shows how we can tell stories through so many different media.
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Attorney/Author, J. Tony Serra

City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco hosts a reading and book release for The Scaffold: A Treason Death Penalty Trial by J. Tony Serra on Wednesday 4/6 at 7pm.  Serra is a well-known civil rights lawyer, whose new novel is set in the South Pacific during World War II.  A court martial central to the story, highlights the ridiculousness of war, treason and the death penalty.

SOLTANI: The whole notion of death being a solution to anything, I find repulsive; it's just a total failure of the human imagination, so I think this [book] will be a very interesting take.

On Sunday 4/3, La Peña Cultural Center’s long running Lounge Rumba event beats on from 3:30-6pm. Held every 1st and 3rd Sunday for the past 12 years in Berkeley, this community participatory jam session features Afro-Cuban folkloric music, dance and drum. 

SOLTANI: Music has always transcended divisions, and we all move to the beat of drums. La Peña is a symbol of opening to Latin America and Cuba.