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Sights & Sounds: Cherilyn Parsons


Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and executive director of the Bay Area Book Festival and she told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.



This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day and Green Apple Books will host events throughout the day. Enjoy readings, live music, as well as food and drinks. Visit Green Apple’s 9th Avenue location in San Francisco. The celebration begins at 10 am.

“Green Apple was the place that founded Independent Book Store Day. It was staffed there and they created the idea.”

The highly acclaimed new play The Jungle is the story about a refugee camp in Calais, France that was a community and home to people from all over the world. Tickets for this show are high in demand.  The Jungle is running at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco thru May 19. 

“The whole thing is really built from the actual experience.”




The Full Moon Gathering is an evening celebration of Asian heritage and culture through art. Experience live music, visual art, dance performances, and a cooking class. It’s happening this Saturday at the Bindery in San Francisco. 

“It looks at the ability to convey stories and history from one generation to the next.”

The Bay Area Book Festival takes place May 4-5 in downtown Berkeley.



Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee 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.