Archive for October, 2009

Dark River: An Opera By Mary D. Watkins

Posted in Culture, Events on October 23, 2009 by skyeviewtraveler

Skyeview: Mary D. Watkins is my s-hero–important work!

November 12-24, 2009

Oakland Metro Operahouse – 630 3rd Street Oakland, 510.763.1146



Ticket Information

Mary Watkins’ new opera, Dark River, tells the history of the SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) and the biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, a central figure of the early to mid sixties Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Hamer was a prominant organizer in Mississippi and the South, and an important symbol of the grass roots civil rights struggle/movement which became an important turning point for African Americans in US history. She is perhaps best known for the quote: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  Ms Hamer’s character portrays both the ugliness of the period and the resiliency of the human spirit. She is a sharecropper, illiterate, with little formal education; in many ways the product of a system engineered to exploit her. Her story is important for various reasons on both a local and national level. The opera will present a revealing portrait, not only of the titular character, but the regional South, SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) and other activist movements, and the shaping effect that the summer of 1964 had on the history of our country.

The Great Liberation Upon Hearing

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by skyeviewtraveler


Skyeview: I was thrilled to attend the premier in 2008.  Marvelous!

November 13-22, 2009
Dance Brigade presents
The Great Liberation Upon Hearing

Nov 13-22: Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8 pm, Sun @ 7 pm
Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon (btw 8th and 10th), Oakland
Tickets: $17-$20 in advance, $23 day of show *
Info line: 415-273-4633
Available online at

Once again the Dance Brigade takes us on an incredible journey presenting the Great Liberation Upon Hearing, a multi-media dance drama based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Artistic director, Krissy Keefer along with choreographic contributor Sara Shelton Mann, create a compelling piece of theater engaging the audience emotionally and intellectually, capturing the profound meaning of the enlightened manuscript. A translucent visual component depicts the luminous images transforming the tangible, reavealing the intangible. In these trying times the passage to hope is in our rebirth.