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Sights & Sounds: Troy Chew's Picks

photo by Troy Chew

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During the pandemic, we're offering suggestions for ways to experience art and culture from home and at social distance spaces. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with painter Troy Chew.

Hip Hop album Rich Slave by Young Dolph
Troy Chew is a big fan of Southern hip hop and he says this album is fire. Rich Slave is the first album Memphis rapper Young Dolph has released in a while. The album debut at #4 on the Billboard charts. Some of the songs are about social justice issues such as police profiling and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Respite, a Solo Exhibition by Chris Duncan
Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who uses both visual and sound-based media to address time and its effects. Troy Chew says in this exhibit Chris tries to remove his white male gaze from his artistry and uses the sun to help him create pieces. The visual works are abstract and the show includes lush original compositions featuring harmonicas, field recordings and electronics. See it at Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco through December 18th.

HBO’s Lovecraft Country
The series is about a young black man, Atticus Freeman, who travels across the segregated South in the 1950s. His uncle and friend. Atticus is search of his missing father. They learn of the dark secrets plaguing a town on which famous horror writer H. P. Lovecraft supposedly based the location of many of his fictional tales. There's a Northern California connection to this hit series. Actress Jurnee Smollet, who is from Santa Rosa, is unforgettable as Atticus' friend.

Troy Chew's solo exhibition Yadadamean is running at the CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions until Dec 5th. His work is also featured in the show I Yield My Time, F*ck You at the Altman Siegel Gallery until Dec 19th. Both shows are 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.
Precious has lived in and loved the Bay Area since 2012 when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia. Her reporting interests include the politics of race and gender and pop culture as a reflection of our changing cultural landscape. Prior to joining KALW, Precious worked with a variety of community development, social impact and economic equity focused organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area, she practiced law in her hometown.