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Sights & Sounds: Sabreena Haque

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Henna artist and Ritual by Design owner Sabreena Haque told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

 

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The Dholrhythms Dance Company will celebrate 15 years in the Bay Area with their  Bangles and Beats fundraiser. The evening includes Punjabi dance lessons and performances, live music, art and food. The night will end with an open floor Bhangra dance party. The fun happens Saturday evening at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley.

The floor is literally shaking because people are dancing and having a good time.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is literally the talk around the city right now. It's about San Francisco native Jimmie Fails and the impact of gentrification in his Fillmore neighborhood. This is the directorial debut of San Francisco filmmaker Joe Talbot. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is receiving great reviews. Check your local theatres for showtimes. 

It’s just painted in this really beautiful way- his experiences as a black male growing up in San Francisco and seeing the changes.

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The first annual Afrobeats at the Lake Festival is going down this Saturday at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Bring your blankets and chill on the grass or dance the afternoon away with some of the best afrobeat DJs in the Bay Area.  This kid-friendly event begins at the lake’s Pergola Pillars at 3pm.. The afterparty kicks off at 10 pm at Spirit Haus Gallery in Oakland. 

That community is just really vibing, and I just see it growing, and to see it at the Lake in the sunshine.

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.