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Sights & Sounds: Gabby Rivera


Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Gabby Rivera is the Author of the Marvel Comic Series America. She told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.


Credit Oakland Public Library

Free Comic Book Day is happening this Saturday at the Oakland Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Branch. Kids and teens can receive a free comic book from 10:00am - 5:30pm. There will also be comic book buttonmaking happening at the Diamond Branch from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. 

“Libraries are like the secret community magic centers. You can use the computers, you can get a job, you can do all sorts of stuff.”

Credit The Luggage Store Gallery
Artwork by Marcelino P. Necosia Jr.

The opening reception for the new Kularts Exhibition PostColonial Survival Kit is happening at the Luggage Store in San Francisco this Friday. This is a group art exhibit with Visual Artists addressing colonization and the survival tactics of Pilipinex against cultural erasure and marginalization.  Work being featured includes tribal soil paintings, sculpture, installation, and media art. This exhibition will run thru May.

“Postcolonialism is something so many folks are talking about and trying to work through.”



Oakland’s Queer + Trans Open Mic is a night of Art, Music, Film, Storytelling, and Comedy that has  been a weekly tradition since 2013.  This event is presented by  Spectrum Queer Media and it happens every Tuesday night at the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center. 

“Walking into the place is like walking into culture and history.”

Pick up Gabby Rivera's Marvel Comic Series America at your local comic book shop.

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.
Porfirio Rangel was a fellow in the Audio Academy class of 2019.