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Sights & Sounds: Unique Derique

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Performer, Unique Derique

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Unique Derique aka Lance McGee : performer in Yerba Buena’s Garden Festival, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

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Don Reed in East 14th

Don Reed’s one-man play, East 14th, is at The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center until Sunday, 8/21. In it, Reed embodies characters from his childhood spent shuttling between the contrasting worlds of his mother's house and his father's house on opposite ends of East 14th street in Oakland.


MCGEE: There are so many ways that he's connecting to the audience that we are drawn in through the rhythm, the delivery and the timing. He is brilliant.


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Circus Bella jugglers

Circus Bella performs at Dimond Park in Oakland on Sunday, 7/17. This outdoor one-ring circus features a 9-person juggling act, trapeze, unicycling, contortion, a live band, and more. They present a series of  summer shows as part of their Circus in the Parks project with original French Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, and American Circus March music composed by Rob Reich.

MCGEE: It’s a great outdoor, free, family show that has a wonderful band. It’s fun for everyone!

Jamie Davis and Clairdee perform with a 17-piece big band directed by Aaron Lington, at SF Jazz Center tonight, 7/14. Fresh off a successful performance in Russia, they’ve been delighting audiences with baritone soul, blues and restyled classics. Davis and Clairdee plan a program of songs from Porgy & Bess and other classic Gershwin songs.


MCGEE: They both came out of the Count Basie Orchestra camp, so I know it’s going to be a powerful show.