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Sights & Sounds: Baruch Porras-Hernandez

 Latinx Comedian Baruch Porras-Hernandez in front of books
Photo Provided by Baruch Porras-Hernandez
Latinx writer, organizer, and comedian Baruch Porras-Hernandez in front of books

“Sights and Sounds” is our weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with writer, organizer, and comedian Baruch Porras-Hernandez. He’s the creator of the literary series ¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente?

“Muni Diaries”
Anything can happen on Muni and “Muni Diaries” is the podcast where riders share hilarious, sweet, or just plain weird stories on the bus. The podcast has episodes from in-studio storytelling and from their live events. Listen to their podcast, maybe even while you’re on the Muni, and follow them for info on future in-person events.

Up on High
Roxie Theater
May 21st & 22nd
According to their website, this 9-part dance film follows a group of kings and queens as they “soar into futurism, queer legacy, and embodied ancestry.” It features over 60 queer and trans BIPOC artists, drag performers, and activists. And the film is set in the Bay Area.

Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival
Double Tree Hilton Hotel
June 10th to 12th
The first of its kind, the goal was to create a safe space where queer, trans, and ally individuals can dance with their hearts and be their true selves. There will be workshops to brush up on your dance skills, discussion panels, pool parties, and, of course, show stopping performances. Shout out to the festival’s creators Angelica Medina and Jahaira Fajardo. They’ve been on KALW.

Watch Baruch Porras-Hernandez's literary show ¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente? online. Also, follow him on social media for his upcoming shows.

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.
Porfirio Rangel is a Producer for Sights & Sounds