Jill Soloway created the show Transparent on Amazon, Abdi Soltani directs the ACLU of Northern California, Boots Riley is a filmmaker and lead singer for the Coup, Saul Williams is a rapper and poet. And here’s what they have in common: they’re speaking and performing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 Summit. The Fillmore activists the Green sisters (pictured above) are also there. My guest co-host Ariana Proehl notes that one of her former mentors, Lateefah Simon, now president of the Bay Area’s Akonadi Foundation, is at the summit, and is one of the most spirited, lyrical speakers she’s ever heard. I’m also singing the praises of pianist Samora Pinderhughes, born and raised in Berkeley, and comedian Zahra Noorbaksh a KQED Women to Watch and Do List co-host. She’s very funny. And if you go, don’t miss Lil Buck, a master of Jook dancer out of Memphis. He’s a poet with his feet. Details here.

Artists and Activists at the YBCA 100 Summit 19 October,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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