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Sights & Sounds

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists.

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Like other businesses, small movie theaters are also fighting to survive in the age of COVID. Derek Zemrak knows first hand. He owns the Orinda Theatre, which turns 80 next year. Derek talks about the future of the film industry and movie theaters.

Regal Cinemas, the second-largest movie theater chain, recently announced they were temporarily closing all 536 of their U.S. theaters this week due to the pandemic. Derek is trying to keep the Orinda Theatre afloat with fundraisers and virtual events.

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Lenny Gonzalez

Grammy-nominated violinist Alisa Rose is one-half of the duo Scroggins & Rose. Their contemporary roots music is a blend of classical and bluegrass. In this interview, Alisa talks about how her love for music has taken her from the midwest to the Bay Area.

Oakland DJ Nina Sol talks about spinning for virtual parties during the age of COVID and why she infuses her sound with messages of justice, freedom, and love.

Lyle Owerko

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito has gone from singing in BART stations to performing on stages around the world. The two-time Grammy winner’s latest album is "Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?"

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San Francisco poet Thea Matthews ignites the microphone in literary scenes around the Bay Area. Her debut book Unearth [The Flowers] is a personal collection of poems about survival, challenging oppression, and healing.

Tarek Kazaleh

Oakland artist Naima Shalhoub’s new album is "Siphr," which is Arabic for zero. The Lebanese-American vocalist and composer sings in both Arabic and English. She talks about the spiritual and cultural inspirations behind this album.

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Bradley Jacob Cox

Cellist Joshua McClain composes songs that make listeners feel like they’re in another world. His mystical sound is a blend of electronica, classical, and rock. Joshua’s latest album "Coming Home" is inspired by the story archetype of the hero’s journey. 

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Oakland author Mary Monroe has been captivating her readers with juicy storylines and unforgettable characters for decades. Her latest novel “Across the Way” is about two neighboring couples who are both friends and enemies living in 1930s Alabama.

Global events designer Edward Perotti put his glamorous touch on affairs for celebrities and corporations. He talks about how he went from being a shy San Francisco kid to planning luxurious parties in Hollywood, the Great Wall of China, and beyond.

Oakland hip hop artist Jwalt has opened for rap legends such as Nas and the WuTang Clan. And he’s barely out of high school. This is just the beginning for the rising star. Jwalt talks about mental health and his debut album 'Yours Truly.'

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter-in-place, instead of suggesting in-person events, we're offering ideas of ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with vocalist, composer, performing artist and educator Naima Shalhoub to talk about three great virtual events to enjoy this week.

Sights & Sounds: JWalt's Picks

Jun 4, 2020
Ryan Corr

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter-in-place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're recommending ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with Oakland hip-hop artist JWalt.

Picture People

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with author and Oakland resident Mary Monroe.

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When rapper Call Me Ace isn’t grinding at his YouTube job, he’s on the mic dropping positive lyrics about life and adulthood. His latest EP is ironically titled 'Working From Home.'

Photo by Scott LaRockwell

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with poet James Cagney. 

April is National Poetry Month, and for some poetry helps make sense of the world. M.K. Chavez writes poetry that reflects on what’s going on in society and inside of herself.

Chavez is the author of "Mothermorphosis" and "Dear Animal," Her work has been honored by PEN Oakland and the Berkeley Public Library Foundation among others. In this interview she talks about themes in her writing such as nature and her mother’s battle with schizophrenia. 

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Madeline Born

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with artist Paul Lewin to talk about three virtual events.

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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.

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, host Jenee Darden sits down with Coral Best and Aliada of the comedic duo Invisible Disabilities to talk about three events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, host Jenee Darden sits down with Melissa Jones, lead singer of the local band No Lovely Thing, to talk about three arts events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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Jaimel Hemphill’s comic book hobby grew into a passion. He and his friends launched National Press Comics, a publishing company in Oakland with diverse characters and genres. He stopped by to talk comics and wound up sharing a funny wrestling story.

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."

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In this edition of Bay Area Beats, we hear from Oakland musician Carina Ho. Carina studied ballet and played in bands for most of her life but never considered a serious career in the arts. A traumatic accident in 2014 changed that and set her on a brand new path. 

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Lisa D. Gray could barely read when she became fascinated with books. Now she’s penning award-winning stories about race and class. Lisa is the founder of Our Voices Our Stories SF, a literary event where women writers of color and the community engage.

Alicia J Rose

Singer and guitarist Graham Norwood put music on hold after getting married. Then a divorce inspired him to write new songs. Graham’s debut album is "Out of the Sea." In this interview he talks about love, music and being blind.

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, host Jeneé Darden sits down with author and educator Lisa D. Gray to talk about three events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Elisheva Biernoff centers people on her canvas, who are sidelined in society. She talks about her growth as an artist from New Mexico to the Bay Area. Her work is featured in the celebration of Fraenkel Gallery’s 40th anniversary.

Sights & Sounds: Carina Ho

Dec 19, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, guest host Truc Nguyen sits down with musician and choreographer Carina Ho, also known as Onikho, to talk about three arts events happening this weekend in the Bay.

Alicia J. Rose

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, Jenee Dardens sits down with singer-songwriter Graham Norwood to hear his recommendations for three arts events happening in the Bay Area this weekend.

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