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KQED LIVE: Bay Curious National AIDS Memorial Walking Tour
November 4, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Choreographer Andrew Merrell
The KQED podcast Bay Curious is dedicated to answering questions and curiosities about the Bay Area. A listener asked about the history of the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park…so we made a theatrical walking tour to dive deep into the stories behind the memorial garden.
Journalists will take small groups on a guided tour, where they’ll tell you about the formation of the memorial. Along the way, pop-up performances will reflect on the people who are remembered in the space. Featured artists include:
- Choreographer Andrew Merrell and dancers Zoey Hue, Catalina O’Connor, Tajh Stallworth, Jubilee perform Something of Lasting Beauty
- Composer/cellist El Beh
- Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
KQED led in-depth interviews with activists, survivors, and loved ones who are integral to the grove. We spoke with the AIDS Quilt Conservator, an activist living with HIV, a young gay man whose uncle passed away in the 1990s, the CEO of the memorial, a social worker, and longtime grove volunteers who lost their children to the epidemic. Their stories are reflected in the dances and music you’ll see during the tour.
Space is limited.