Meditating on loss while celebrating life

Oct 30, 2017
Martina Castro

El Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday in which people honor the spirits of those who’ve passed. 

Ben Trefny

Rio Yañez has been putting together the Día de los Muertos exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center for many years. He took KALW's Ben Trefny on a tour of this year's exhibit.

The Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition is open  now through November 9th. 

Courtesy of Yetunde Olagbaju

Yetunde Olagbaju grew up in Minnesota but has embedded herself in the Bay Area’s creative scene as a multidisciplinary artist and youth arts educator. Her work ranges from video, and installation to performance, and often deals with themes of personal memory, ritual, and vulnerability. She sat down with KALW’s Jen Chien to talk about building human connections through the practice of art.

Bay Area Beats: Antique Naked Soul

Jun 13, 2017
photo courtesy Antique Naked Soul

Oakland's Antique Naked Soul describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their sound, and their message.

Sights & Sounds: Francis Wong

May 11, 2017
Leon Sun / cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Francis Wong, co-founder of Asian Improv aRts told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Weekend Go-Tos for November 6, 2015

Nov 6, 2015

If you’re looking for suggestions of interesting things to do around the Bay Area this weekend, search no further, we’ve collected a few recommendations just for our KALW audience.




On the December 9th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we're discussing creative responses to displacement. Median rent in San Francisco is over $3,000 a month. The city is now one of the most unequal urban areas in the country. Many long-term renters have been evicted. From 2000 to 2010, San Francisco’s black population dropped by 19 percent. What place does art have in the fight against gentrification? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


The many translations of Day of the Dead

Oct 31, 2013
Leila Day

If you walk down Mission Street this weekend you’ll see family members holding pictures of loved ones in one hand and candles in another. You may see ofrendas--small altars set up to pay tribute to people who have passed away. It’s a tradition that’s been present in the Mission for years, but how it’s celebrated depends on who you ask.

There are ghosts and skeletons everywhere you look on Halloween. But for many cultures the more serious commemoration of the dead takes place the next day, November 1. It’s known as el Dia de los Muertos in Latin cultures – the Day of the Dead – when parades, elaborate skeleton costumes, and temporary altars are built to honor ancestors and those who have recently passed.