An Evening with the Kitchen Sisters

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva with Alan Acosta

Thursday, December 7, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The Kitchen Sisters—Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva—have been producing radio programs since 1979. With Jay Allison, they are the creators of two Peabody Award-winning series on National Public Radio: Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project.

Their new, critically acclaimed series, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More, features interviews with amateur cooks who use unconventional methods to prepare strange food in surprising places throughout the United States. Following tips solicited from NPR listeners and food historians, the Sisters explore and celebrate the worlds of street-corner cooking, local eating rituals, unsung culinary heroes, and various hidden kitchens and restaurants that reflect the way people live and adapt in twenty-first century America. For their wild and poignant chronicle of American life through food, they were awarded the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia Award for 2006.

The Kitchen Sisters’ work is recognized for its layering of archival audio with interviews and music, a feeling of place, and offbeat humor. They teach “Advanced Radio” at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and conduct interviews and broadcasting workshops throughout the United States.

In addition to her work in radio, Davia Nelson is a casting director and screenwriter who lives in San Francisco. She co-wrote and produced the feature film Imaginary Crimes, starring Harvey Keitel, and has co-directed and produced Making Tutti, a PBS documentary. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In addition to a career in broadcast journalism, Nikki Silva is a museum curator and exhibit consultant specializing in regional history for museums throughout California. She lives with her family on a commune in Santa Cruz. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

ALAN ACOSTA (moderator)

Alan Acosta is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is Associate Vice President and Director of University Communications at Stanford. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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