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Courtesy of Vanessa Rochelle

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis was bullied for her appearance and sexuality. She redefined ugly to mean Uplift Glorify Love Yourself. Vanessa is the founder of Reclaim UGLY, a movement that helps people heal from “uglification” and celebrate their beauty.

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Antoine Hunter is an Oakland-based dancer, choreographer, director, and advocate for the Deaf community — that’s Deaf with a capital D, which refers to Deaf culture. When Antoine was growing up, dance became a lifeline to the world around him.

Fernando Gambaroni

  

Sara Moore gives people the gift of laughter through the art of clowning. And clowning has been self-empowering for them when it comes to gender. Sara’s character is out of this world in "The Supers: A Science-Fiction Magical Realism Human Cartoon Opera."

Courtesy of Helkina

San Francisco drag queen Heklina is ending “Mother,” the long-running weekly show that she hosts at Oasis. 

Markus Mollenberg

When Kelsey Custard was a kid in Sacramento, she didn’t go to the circus or see clowns. Now she’s clowning for Cirque du Soleil and making people laugh all over the world. Her latest show is Amaluna.

David Allen

Magician Namigoro Sumidagawa brought Japanese magic shows to America in 1866, making the artform popular. Then western magicians appropriated his act. Actor David Hirata tells this story through monologue and magic in "A Box Without a Bottom: Soko-Nashi Bako."

Nina Haft & Company Debuts New Performance On Animals And Extinction

Nov 13, 2019
Photo: Pak Han

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Nina Haft & Company about their new immersive performance, 'Precarious Pod', which explores animals and extinction.

Dance Mission Theater Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with 'Adelante'

Nov 6, 2019
Dance Mission Theater


On this edition of Your Call, we speak with members of San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

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With Hallow’s Eve just around the corner, it's time to bring out the ghosts and ghouls that make the celebration fun. But drag performer, Hollow Eve, takes it a step further and leaves a crowd at the edge of their seat. Hollow pushes the limits of what their body can do.

Sandip Roy

When Queen Harish came on stage you could not look away. 

Courtesy of Theatre of Yugen

More than forty years ago, San Francisco’s Theatre of Yugen became one of the first American theater companies to feature classical Japanese theater arts.

The Fleet

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Robbie Sweeny

Bay Area choreographer and director Erika Chong Shuch has been making all kinds of performance work, ever since she discovered her love for it at UC Santa Cruz over two decades ago. She’s presented work in theaters for more than 1,000 people. But her latest work is for an audience of just 12. It's what she calls an “intimate adventure,” both personal and collective.

Sights & Sounds: Taro Hattori

May 25, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist Taro Hattori told KALW’s Jen Chien about three wonderful events happening around the Bay this weekend.

David Latulippe, in for Alan Farley, talks with violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who is performing the Bruch "Violin Concerto No.1" as part of the season-opening concerts of the San Francisco Symphony this week, under guest conductor Symon Bychkov.  He also talks with John Epperson, whose alter-ego, Lypsinka, opens at the Rrazz Room this week with "The Passion of the Crawford".  Broadcast from 9/6.

Many creative types in the Bay Area, from writers to radio producers, performers and artists, are managing multiple jobs to feed themselves these days. It's a struggle for many, but for some, wearing different hats isn't a matter of survival – it's actually a way of being. Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one such man: He's a poet, scholar, dancer, educator, director, and performer. He helped found Youth Speaks and the Living Word Festival.