Street Stories Told in San Jose's Rap Opera ProjectThe rough, guttural street stories told in The Rap Opera Project aren't fiction. They're real-life experiences of San Jose youth, compiled by Carlos Aguirre and turned into song. Above, watch a young man's anxieties while growing up amidst gang violence transform into a dramatic musical performance.
Printing For The Movement, A Love StoryThe Love Story Behind the Graphics Arts Collaboration Dignidad Rebelde.
How do you make a poster that inspires, organizes and illustrates a social movement? For printmakers Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, the duo behind the Oakland-based graphic arts collaboration Dignidad Rebelde, the secret ingredient might be their own love story.
Veteran Art Model Bob Webb Strikes a Pose [NSFW]: ...Note: There is male nudity in this video.
You might not think to look twice at Bob Webb on the street, but for nearly 50 years artists have been paying to look at him — naked.
Webb began modeling in his home state of Oklahoma in the late 1960s. Coming from a theater background, he’s always loved what he calls the “performative aspect” of nude modeling. Art schools and creative industry professionals, including Academy of Art University and Pixar Animation Studios, now routinely hire the 67-year-old to pose fully nude. Watch Webb in action at a recent City College of San Francisco session, and find out what’s kept him modeling for generations of artists in the Bay Area.
Storytime in StilettosWith her joyful, game-for-anything confidence and impressive ability to make stilettos look comfortable, Persia is one of San Francisco’s most beloved drag queens. Her nightclub performances are legendary, as are her star turns in music videos -- but you might not know that she also teaches at Children’s After School Arts (CASA) and reads to kids at the SF Public Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour. Persia makes it look easy. But as KQED Arts learned on a recent visit, her journey has been anything but simple. Watch the video above for a peek behind the (fabulous, sequined) curtain.
Finding Power in 'Blasian Narratives' | KQED Arts...“What’s being Blasian anyway?” asks one cast member in 'Blasian Narratives,' a documentary-theater project staged at Stanford University earlier this year. The answer lies in the production’s participants — students and alumni of Stanford, as well as those of Spelman College and Morehouse Colleges in Atlanta, GA — as they tell stories about navigating their identity as both black and Asian (colloquially, “Blasian”). Watch the Blasian Narratives crew performing a recent west coast show as they share deeply personal experiences, challenge stereotypes and create community.
Slaying Demons and Stereotypes with Actor Rotimi A...Did you know God is a Nigerian drag queen? Let queer actor Rotimi Agbabiaka explain, as he shape shifts between characters that embody and expose the battles minority artists face in the exclusive world of mainstream American theater.
How Kid Andersen Makes the Greasy StuffMeet Kid Andersen, the Norwegian-born guitarist and producer whose become a San Jose institution, having produced more than 100 records at his Greaseland Studios. Andersen first picked up an electric guitar at age 11, and quickly fell in love with the sounds of T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, and other masters. He moved to West Coast at the age of 21, and in the decade and a half since, the records he’s played on and produced have been nominated for more Blues Music Awards than you can count on two hands. KQED Arts visited Andersen’s studio, which houses roughly 70 guitars, to hear more.