Friday, March 11, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio, March 11, 2016

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! 

1. Māhealani Uchiyama,  director, Māhea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley, Kumu Hula (hula teacher) of Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine. She is creator and director of the annual Kāpili Polynesian dance and music workshops and Traci Bartlow, as Artistic director, Starchild Dance Company uses African, hip hop, house, praise dance, and authentic jazz dance styles in her choreography. Both choreographers are featured in the 21st Annual Collage des Cultures Africaines, March 10-13, at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, in Oakland.

2. Christian L. Frock, guest curator for Take This Hammer @ YBCA March-August, 2016. Opens tonight! Frock is an independent curator, writer, and educator. Frock’s practice focuses on art and politics. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise Frock founded and has directed since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in public spaces. She has organized programs, exhibitions, and commissions with many organizations, including the British Arts Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Southern Exposure, SOMArts Cultural Center, and Emergency USA | Thoreau Center for Sustainability. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian US, KQED Arts, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Chronicle Books published her first book, Unexpected Art, in March 2015. She recently co-curated Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now at the Mills College Art Museum and is presently 2015 - 2016 Scholar in Residence at California College of the Arts’ Center for Art + Public Life. Her work is archived on and

3. Risk Is This @ Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco opens next weekend. We are joined by one of the playwrights whose work is featured: Phillip Howze, a Yale School of Drama graduate in playwriting, who is the author of tiny boyfriend, abominable, and all of what you love and none of what you hate. These and other works by Phillip have been presented at The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Bay Area Playwrights, and now Cutting Ball. Ariel joins us from Cutting Ball to talk about this Risky Season.

4. We close with a prerecorded interview with Albert "Shaka Cinque" Woodfox, upon his release from Angola State Prison Feb. 19, 2016.

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