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Sights & Sounds: Marc Bamuthi Joseph


Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer, performer, educator, and Chief of Programming at the YBCA Marc Bamuthi Joseph told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Playwright Christopher Chen

A Tale of Autumn: Parts 1 and 2 is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a people over time. Playwright Christopher Chen collaborated with Crowded Fire Theater to create this production and will be featured on Saturday, November 19 as a part of the Matchbox Reading Series at Bindlestiff Studio. 

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH: I love the relatively new artistic director at Crowded Fire, Mina Morita ... She's going to be directing a new piece ... I would love to see this kind of historical narrative in her hand.

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inkBoat, 95 Rituals, 2015.


The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) exhibit at the Mills College Art Museum documents the performance project 95 Rituals, which was performed by physical theater company inkBoat in 2015. Dedicated to post-modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday, 95 Rituals culminated in a series of scored performances at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. The exhibit is up through December 11. 

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH: The conversation in creative circles right now is 'where is our creative edge?' ... She was one of those people who created a space in the dance world to explore the edge.

LOAN, a collective of artists integrating new-generation, African-American avant-garde poetry and jazz-influenced musical exploration. Their first set at 7pm will feature poet Bonnie Kwong and guitarist Oliver Mok. Their second set at 8:30pm will feature poet Josiah Luis Alderete and guitarist Eli Carlton-Pearson. All ages are welcome at this Red Poppy Art House show. 

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH: As we talk about safe spaces for iconoclastic, aesthetically rigorous art, you know, places like the Red Poppy; these are places we have to preserve, patronize and continue to activate.