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Sights & Sounds: Nicole Klaymoon

Courtesy of Embodiment Project / cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer, choreographer, and educator Nicole Klaymoon told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Black Panther Party poster

This show, produced by the Sepia Art Collective, features more than 40 artists from all over the country who have paid tribute to Panther Icons. On Saturday, 10/22, there will be a round-table discussion called “Art and Activism+Political Prisoners” featuring Michael McCarty, Ericka Huggins, and Hank Jones, moderated by Robert Johnson. 

NICOLE KLAYMOON: Specifically Ericka Huggins on that roundtable discussion, just getting to be in her presence is transformative.

Mexican multimedia artist Erick Meyenberg has an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts called “The Wheel Bears No Resemblance to the Leg.” Meyenberg looks at participation and co-production between an artist and a specific community through drawing, collage, video, data analysis, and sound. 

NICOLE KLAYMOON: I also think that he brings a really unique perspective. I'd love to hear more about his history and the kind of identity politics aspect to it.

Sean San José in a still from Nogales

Nogales is a play written by Richard Montoya and directed by Sean San José, which explores the conflicts and personalities in the border town of Nogales. It’s described as a story about a contemporary America that has lost its moral center. 

NICOLE KLAYMOON: I think this is really important work. I'm just really excited to see also his innovative approach.