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Sights and Sounds After Dark: The Love Factor

"Sights and Sounds" host Jenee Darden
"Sights and Sounds" host Jenee Darden

“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 “Sights and Sounds” producer Porfirio Rangel about a special live event called “Sights + Sounds After Dark: The Love Factor.” It’s taking place at KALW’s pop up venue on 220 Montgomery in Downtown San Francisco tonight at 6pm. There will be poetry, storytelling, and live music about love. Also, free pizza.

The reason why it’s called “Sights + Sounds After Dark” is because sometimes guests want to share stories that are too spicy to air on the radio. So at this event, for adults, artists have more freedom to express themselves. Here’s info on the guests performing at tonight’s event:

Nazelah Jamison
She’s a Bay Area based performance poet, author, comedian, vocalist, and emcee. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released on Nomadic Press in 2016, and reprinted and re-released on Black Lawrence Press in Fall 2023. In her spare time, Nazelah enjoys writing horror screenplays and saving the day. She hosts Thee Virtual Open Mic every 1st & 3rd Friday on Zoom, and gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

Norma Smith
She’s a community scholar and social researcher based in the Bay Area. She was born in Detroit, grew up in Fresno, and has worked as a journalist, editor, writing coach, and as a conference and event organizer. Smith’s writing has been published in scholarly, literary, and political journals. Her first book of poems, "Home Remedy" (Nomadic Press, 2017), is available here.

B DeVeaux
They’re a 23 year old, non-binary, neo soul artist and composer. Hailing from the Town (Oakland, CA), B DeVeaux has been surrounded by art and vibrancy from a young age. Get ready to get drifted away in the sounds of B DeVeaux.

Sumiko Saulson
Sumiko is the author of the Bram-Stoker Nominated The Rat King: A Book of Dark Poetry (Dooky Zines), and an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Sumiko's upcoming sequel to "Happiness and Other Diseases," (2022), "Somnali," is available from Mocha Memoirs Press.

This is a special live performance of “Sights and Sounds” at 220 Montgomery St. in downtown San Francisco tonight at 6pm. Also, stop by KALW’s pop up at 220 Montgomery Street in San Francisco for more events.

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