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Sights & Sounds: Mimi Lok

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, Jenee Darden sits down with author Mimi Lok to talk about three events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s brilliant film 5 Dedicated to Ozu is a meditative work in which all the characters are part of nature, like water and animals. Kiarostami created the film as a dedication to one of his inspirations, the Japanese silent filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. The screening at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive this Sunday is a nice option if you're looking to unwind after the holiday.
This Thanksgiving weekend, reflect on the first peoples of this land. Check out the exhibition “When I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California” at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The title is a phrase that encompasses memory, race, bloodshed and anger. The exhibit features five decades of contemporary art by Native American artists.

If you love '80s movies, this last pick is for you--a special screening of the film "Ghostbusters," with a live score by the San Francisco Symphony. The music will be conducted by Peter Bernstein, son of the late composer Elmer Bernstein who created the original film score. Have fun while listening to world-class musicians interpreting this classic film.

Mimi Lok’s latest short story collection is Last of Her Name. She’ll be speaking about the book in conversation with Dave Eggers on Tuesday, December 3 at Green Apple Books on the Park in 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.