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Sights & Sounds: Kelly Dessaint

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Kelly Dessaint

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene.  Author, taxi driver and San Francisco Examiner columnist Kelly Dessaint told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Credit Conservatory of Flowers

Night Bloom is a five-week light and sound exhibition installation happening at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. This is an interactive nighttime experience that features five galleries that will glow and glimmer with different light installations that will transform the greenhouse. Night bloom opens this weekend and will run until January 6.

“I think that anything affiliated with Howard Zinn is just going to be kind of a quality experience.”

Named after the late historian, The 5th annual Howard Zinn Book Fair brings together all types of writers and publishers for a day of readings, workshops, and discussions. This year’s theme is “Fighting for the Air We Breathe” and it will focus on environmental devastation.  This one-day event is happening this Sunday at the  City College of San Francisco Mission Campus


The Lantern Light Festival will shine at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton beginning this weekend. The festival is a six-week celebration of Chinese culture and tradition and features displays of gigantic handcrafted lanterns, live performances, rides and games for the kids, as well as plenty of food. The Lantern Light Festival will run until January 20.

“When you have a child you start to look for places and things to do to take them out in the world, and things that you can enjoy as well.”


Kelly Dessaint will be doing a reading from the newest edition of his “Behind the Wheel” zine series on Thursday, December 6th at Alley Cat books in San Francisco and you can read Kelly’s weekly column “I Drive SF” every Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.