Julieta Kusnir talks with muralist Juana Alicia, one of the seven visionary creators of the iconic Maestrapeace mural project on San Francisco’s Women’s Building. The murals are 35 years old this year and a spectacular new book from Heyday Press commemorates both the original production and the restoration, along with profiles of the artists (Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton, and Irene Pérez), and work by seven Bay Area poets including Alice Walker, Genny Lim and Sandra Cisneros and Dvora Major with a foreword by Angela Y. Davis. The artists and writers will celebrate the book with two upcoming events in San Francisco.
A major theme of the mural is water – one of the central images is the ocean Orisha/Goddess Yemaya – and the connections between women’s activism and care for the Earth. Youth climate strike organizer Xiye Bastida speaks with Tiokasin Ghosthorse of First Voices Radio about indigenous traditions of stewardship for the earth and waterways as she waits for Swedish activist Greta Thunberg‘s boat to arrive in New York. And we’ll hear part of Greta Thunberg’s address to the French Parliament about why youth have had to step up to demand that adults take the climate crisis seriously (courtesy of WINGS – the Women’s International News Gathering Service). Bay Area youth and adult allies will join the worldwide Youth Climate Strike September 20-27.
Then Kate Raphael speaks with Kyle Chu, writer-actor and co-creator of the web series CHOSEN FAM, which will have its first pilot screening party on Wednesday, September 11 at El Rio. CHOSEN FAM follows the members of all-QTPOC Indy rock band navigates relationships, growing up and growing apart in the Bay Area DIY music scene. I’ll talk with Kyle about the how and why of making a web series (what she calls a “baby TV show”) on a shoestring and what current and former shows she admires.