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Sights & Sounds: Star Finch

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Writer, Star Finch

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 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 Radkeyis 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.