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Sights & Sounds: BeBe Sweetbriar's Picks

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to 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. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with drag artist and actress BeBe Sweetbriar. Watch her in the miniseries "Hiraeth" on Amazon. 

The Oakland Museum of California
Enjoy exhibition tours, artist talks and special virtual events at home with the whole family. BeBe says the perk to viewing museums' content online is that you can take your time to appreciate and learn from the art or discussions.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Viola Davis and the late-Chadwick Boseman star in this film adaptation of August Wilson’s landmark play. Viola Davis portrays the brash Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey. Boseman plays one of her musicians who’s a little too eager to show what he can do. "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" has been getting a lot of buzz during the awards season. Stream it on Netflix.

The Stud’s Online Drag Shows
The Stud was San Francisco’s oldest gay bar. The physical location closed permanently last year, but they're keeping the party going on the streaming platform Twitch. Each week, drag artists from around the Bay Area and the country perform in shows such as "Drag Alive" and "Reparations."

BeBe Sweetbriar is a Bay Area drag legend and co-founder of SF Queer Fest. Stream her miniseries "Hiraeth" on Amazon. It's a drama about the interconnected lives of a group of immigrants. 

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.