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Sights & Sounds: Tim Seelig's Picks

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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 speaks with Tim Seelig, artistic director and conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.  

Young Audiences of Northern California
Tim Seelig LOVES Young Audiences of Northern California. The organization is offering arts workshops and programs for pre-K to 12th grade students. About 50 professional artists, all based in the Bay Area, are teaching classes online. Kids can choose from dance to music to theater and visual arts. Visit their website to see wide range of options for classes to take.

"i Claudius"-- a solo exhibition by James Gobel
This exhibit features paintings and mixed media works with felt and embroidery thread. James Gobel's works in "i Claudius" is inspired by the late actor Charles Laughton, a closeted gay man. A theme of duality, reflecting the actor's public and private life, runs through Gobel’s work. The exhibit is named after Laughton's unfinished film.
Gobel is known for his vibrant, yet intimate portrayals of gay, burly, bearded men. Visit Et al etc gallery in San Francisco to see "i Claudius" until Dec 19th. Or see the works online. You must make a reservation to view the works in person.

Opera Parallèle
This innovative nonprofit in San Francisco brings contemporary opera to a new and broader audience. They do this through intimate shows, workshops, educational outreach. Opera Parallèle takes underperformed operas and give them new life. You can get an idea of what they do on their Youtube channel.

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus' annual concert will be streaming online. Watch their show (At) Home For the Holidays on Dec 24th. Go www.sfgmc.org for tickets.

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.