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Sights and Sounds: Michelle Lin of Kearny Street Workshop

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APAture festival will feature emerging Asian Pacific artists in film, literature, visual arts, performing arts and music.

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with Michelle Lin of the Kearny Street Workshop. Michelle is their programs lead and development consultant. This weekend Kearny Street Workshop is kicking off "APAture," their annual arts festival for emerging Asian Pacific American artists. 

Johnny Huy Nguyen
CHERISH: a virtual performing arts showcase
Friday Oct 29th at 7pm
Johnny Huy Nguyen is a second generation, Vietnamese-American dance artist who lives in San Francisco. Johnny blends street dance, contemporary and martial arts in his performances. He's the feature artist for the APAture performing arts showcase "Cherish." Watch him and other artistsrs online on Oct 29th at 7pm.

Monica Sok
RISE: a literary arts showcase
Thursday Nov 4th 7-9pm
Monica Sok is a Khmer poet, daughter of refugees and author of ” A Nail the Evenings Hang On.” Her collection is about the Cambodian diaspora and the country's genocidal history from the 1970s. Monica is a lecturer at Stanford. She’ll be the feature artist for this literary event during the APAture festival.

Mild MonkHEAL: a music showcase
Kapwa Gardens
Saturday, Nov 6th at 3pm
Mild Monk is a San Jose-based artist. His sound is a blend of pop, R&B, hip hop and bossa nova. Fans say his music makes them feel good. See him perform at the Kapwa Gardens in San Francisco along with other musicians on Saturday, Nov 6th. There will also be vendors and room to dance.

APAture runs October 23rd to November 14th.

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.