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Sights & Sounds: Kim Nalley

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Kim Nalley

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. San Francisco jazz & blues vocalist Kim Nalley told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Credit courtesy of Tandy Beal & Company
courtesy of Tandy Beal & Company
performers from Joy! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance and Live Music

Tandy Beal & Company presents JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music. The show features circus comedy, world-class acrobats, and dancers performing to holiday music performed by the Oakland-based a cappella group SoVoSó. It’s happening throughout this weekend at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose.

“It is absolute fun! I’ve got two kids and you want to bring them to something that gets them inside of the Holiday mood, and this is the place to go.”

Bay Area blues band Howell Devine was recently voted runner-up for Best Bay Area Band by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and they’ll be performing at Club Deluxe in the Haight this Saturday at 10 pm.  The band is signed to legendary Bay Area music label Arhoolie Records, and play a vintage style of Delta Blues. Howell Devine performs at Club Deluxe twice-monthly. 

“I’ve known these guys from when they used to play out in the middle of the street busking in front of Haight Ashbury Music.”



The ODC Dance Company will be performing The Velveteen Rabbit, the classic tale about the relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit that comes to life. It’s a Bay Area Holiday tradition and it ’s happening at theYerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco thru this weekend. 

“The Velveteen Rabbit is just a Bay Area tradition, I go see it every single year.”

You can catch Kim Nalley’s Gospel Christmas show with organist Tammy Hall on Sunday, December 16th at Feinstein’s at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco.


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.