Friday, June 12, 2009

Wanda's Picks Radio June 12, 2009

Today we will speak to the wonderful photographer, Howard Bingham, who has documented the Black Panther Party in his new book: Howard L. Bingham’s Black Panther’s 1968, just released on AMMO (

Unfortunately his exhibit, by the same title, just closed this week at the California African American Museum(CAAM). Visit
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An interview with director Johnny Symmonds follows. His film: "Ask Not," airs on the PBS Series, Independent Lens, Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. The film is about the U.S. Military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Visit

We were looking to have Christian McBride on. He is in Oakland 6/13-14, following a 3-day at Yoshi’s Oakland, “Kind of Blue @ 50” with Wallace Roney, and Jimmy Cobb's “So What Band:” Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson, Larry Willis, and John Webber (Buster Williams is ill, but feeling better.) Kind of Blue at 50 takes the show to Southern California, Saturday, June 13, for the Play Boy Jazz Festival. What makes this a treat is the fact that Jimmy Cobb is the only member on that date who is still with us. He said in an interview today, that he gets asked about the making of Kind of Blue all the time because he was there. I’m happy he felt like sharing this afternoon.

Storytellers: Linda Gorham and Kirk Waller are performing stories of Freedom, Change and Hope at the Storytelling Association of Alta California, Saturday, June 13, 7-9 PM at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, in Oakland. Visit and also and

Anna Maria Flechero, singer/songer writer, closed the show. She shared stories about being Filipina and African American and how music has been a way for her to discover her roots. Today is also Filipino Independence Day, the date of a wonderful fundraising benefit concert tonight @ Club Anton, 428 3rd Street (at Broadway) in Jack London Square. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is from 8-10 p.m., with a raffle at 9:30 p.m. DJ music closes the evening from 10-12 midnight. The event is a preview and features besides Flechero: Little Brown Brother, Raquel and Ann Marie Santos. Tickets are $12— Visit

Anna Maria Flechero is also headlining the 2nd Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival Sunday, August 8, 2009, 5-9 p.m. at The Forum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco. Visit


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