samba When The Drum Calls You: An Interview With Theo Williams, Artistic Director of Samba Funk By Jenee Darden • Sep 12, 2019 Courtesy of Theo Aytchan Williams Theo Aytchan Williams was walking through Oakland when he heard African drumming. The beat stayed in his and hasn’t left. Now he’s sharing his love for music and dance as founder of Samba Funk. Sights & Sounds Weekly: 5/26/16 By Chris Hambrick • May 26, 2016 Photo by Kathrin Miller / Resized and cropped Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lavay Smith, vocalist and frontwoman for her band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers who perform at the Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose on Saturday. Charo mixes samba with techno beat; and Alice B. Toklas on Gertrude Stein By Eric Jansen • Jul 19, 2012 7 pm on Out in the Bay: Time travel with Alice B. Toklas and Charo. Hear Alice B. Toklas in her own voice -- on a rare morsel of tape 60 years old -- describing her first encounter with Gertrude Stein, and more from the curator of “A Place at the Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image and Voice” at U.C.