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Sights and Sounds: Michael French

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 at home or through social distancing. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with theater director Michael French.   

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Binding Ties: The 16th Street Station
We can leave the house for this pick! However, we must stay in our cars. "Binding Ties: The 16th Street Station" is where theater meets film. It's about Southern Pacific Railroad workers, and Oakland’s Black and immigrant communities in the first half of the 20th century. This is the first production of the year for the Oakland Theatre Project. Drive to the historic 16th Street Station in West Oakland for the event. Catch it now through February 28th.

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Michael French is director of the audio drama “Books & Roses." The story is a fiction short by Helen Oyeyemi. “Books & Roses." is the latest audio drama series fromWord For Word theater company. Listen to other audio dramas on KALW's "Open Air."

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.