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Multi-talented musician Cellista: Sights & Sounds

Photo by Yellow Bubbles Photography, cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Multi-disciplinary artist Cellista will be opening her show Transfigurations on 11/17-11/18 at Little Boxes Theater in San Francisco. Cellista told KALW’s Jackie Sojico about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay Area this week.

Photo courtesy SOUTH First Fridays

San Jose’s First Friday Art Walk is a free, self-guided nighttime tour of galleries, museums, and indie shops along South First Street. There are new exhibits at Anno Domini, galleryONE, ART ARK Gallery, KALEID gallery , and many others. All art walk venues are free admission and open to the public from 7-11 p.m.

CELLISTA: “It’s a really great time to do people-watching. just walking up and down South First Street is really exciting. you can go to Cafe Frascati to go hear opera, you can go to Cafe Stritch to hear jazz, live jazz!”

From Lynne Sachs' Drift And Bough (2014), courtesy Center For New Music

Light Moves Like Sound Waves is a two-part screening series documenting the five-year collaborative relationship between filmmaker Lynne Sachs and sound artist Stephen Vitiello. The screening will be showing two films. Drift And Bough is a Central Park snowscape, a stark midtown pastorale in which life and hope assert in the face of midwinter blues. Every Fold Matters looks at the charged, intimate space of a Brooklyn community crossroads — the neighborhood laundromat — and combines narrative and documentary to explores stories of immigration, identity, money, stains, and the legacy of domestic work. Amidst the haunting images, Vitiello's sonic works explore space, ambiance, and location, presenting rich and minimal ephemeralities. Sachs and Stephen Vitiello will be in person at the screening on 11/4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for Cinematheque members and $10 general admission.

CELLISTA: “[The Center For New Music is] really a space where it’s not for show, it’s to share music. That's what it is: really intimate, it's a musician's space.”

Photo courtesy Alexander String Quartet

Founded in 1981 and a major artistic presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Alexander String Quartet stands among the world's premiere ensembles. Admired worldwide for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet will be playing this Sunday at the Crowden Center as part of the Sundays @ Four program — a series of low-cost, informal concerts featuring distinguished chamber musicians. The quartet will also be available afterwards to talk with audience members at a reception. The Alexander Quartet will perform a 4 p.m. program featuring Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major; Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110; and the Brahms Quartet in C Minor. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students over 18, and free for children under 18.

CELLISTA: “Their performances tend to be really exciting, really engaged, really intimate. So it’s really a treat.”