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Sights & Sounds Thanksgiving Picks

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The powerhouse vocalist Ledisi celebrates the songs of the legendary Nina Simone.

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 through social distancing. This week, host Jenee Darden and audio producer Precious Green share their picks for the  Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott Songs of Comfort and Hope
Cal Performances at Home Concert presents this online concert by the legendary cellist and acclaimed pianist. The show was filmed this month during their performance at Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The songs are inspired by music that Yo-Yo Ma recorded at his home during the beginning of the pandemic lockdown. Stream it until December 12th. Yo-Yo Ma’s new album, which debuts next month, is also titled Songs of Comfort and Hope.

Ledisi Live: A Tribute To Nina Simone
The Grammy-nominated singer from Oakland is tapping into her jazz roots for this PBS special, which honors the legendary Nina Simone. “Four Women,” and “I Put a Spell on You” are a few of Simone's classics that Ledisi belts out on this special. The program debuts on PBS Saturday, Nov. 28th. Visit PBS.org for details. Ledisi puts on a great show. If you ever get a chance to see her live, do it.

The Wizard of Oz at Fort Mason Flix
An upside to social distancing, aside from staying healthy, is that drive-in movies have made a comeback. This Sunday Fort Mason Flix in San Francisco is showing the classic The Wizard of Oz. Originally we reported that Dreamgirls would also be streaming, but it looks like that has changed to Trolls World Tour. But you can stream Dreamgirls on Amazon.

Precious Green is an audio producer and alum of KALW's Audio Academy.

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.
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.