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Sights & Sounds: Seth Eisen's Picks

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Seth Eisen

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're suggesting ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, Jenee Darden sits down with Seth Eisen, the artistic director of Eye Zen Presents.

Check out the talent of 31 trans and queer artists at this mind-blowing online festival. Watch five online programs of past festivals, featuring amazing performances including gender-bending boy bands, opera, hip hop, trapeeze, disabled dancers and a whole lot more.  See the festival June 18-27. 

This online exhibition features the work of artists from the Bay Area and Puerto Rico. Their art reimagines the domestic space as what it can be. This is a thought-provoking theme as we're all sheltering in place. The Queer Cultural Center hosts this every week in June.

This new collection of poetry explores the intersection of queer and Black identities, along with themes of racism, masculinity and family. The author is known for the raw openness of his work. Watch the book release on Thursday, June 18th, 7PM on Facebook.

Seth Eisen is the creator and director of the virtual live street theatre Out of Site: SOMA. His show runs June 19-28. 

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.