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Sights & Sounds: Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Courtesy Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer and performer Baruch Porras-Hernandez told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Courtesy Radar Productions

The August Queer Reading Series is a monthly event by Radar Productions to showcase queer and feminist writers from all over the Bay. This month’s reading is a collaboration with the Hazel Reading Series and features Helen Klonaris, Melissa Sipin, Beatrice Thomas, and Maw Shein Win. 

PORRAS-HERNANDEZ: If you don’t know what Radar Productions is, where have you been? They’re an amazing organization that focuses on literature and performance of queer and women in the arts.



Queerly Tèhuäntin is a visual dialogue across borders and generations about the ongoing struggle to be simultaneously Mexican or Chicanx and queer. The show features art from Yolanda Andrade, Rurru Mipanochia, and Taller Documentación Visual. The exhibit kicks off with a reception that promises local DJs and drag performances. 

PORRAS-HERNANDEZ: Galeria De La Raza, honestly, is an incredible space, almost holy. Going to their shows changed my life as an artist. I’ve grown so much because of them.


Photo by Gareth Gooch

The Mathematics of Love, by Cherrie Moraga, takes place in the lobby of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel at the turn into the century. Peaches, an aging Mexican woman, waits for her son to come home when she meets a satirical version of the historical figure Malinche. Peaches is forced to concede a radically revised ledger on her life, loves, and losses while time-traveling with Malinche. The play begins in previews on Thursday, 8/10 at 7pm. 

PORRAS-HERNANDEZ: I can’t wait to see it. Of course, anything Cherrie Moraga does is A+. I love it. I love her work.