Jayme Catsouphes

Photo courtesy of quinndeveaux.com

Oakland-based singer/songwriter Quinn Deveaux is one part city, one part country. When he plays with his band, the Blue Beat Review, he taps into Ray Charles and plays the savvy bandleader, burning his way through tune after tune and keeping his audience dancing late into the night.

Freda Banks

In 2008, double bassist and founder of the Musical Art Quintet, Sascha Jacobsen regularly attended the Sunday night chamber music jams at Cafe Revolution. But after his umpteenth time through Dvorak’s Opus 77, String quartet No. 2 in G major—one of the few chamber music standards that includes The double bass—he realized that if he wanted to play something else, he’d have to write it himself.

KALW’s Jayme Catsouphes brings us the story in this Bay Area Beats profile from our archives.

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Take a walk down any major street in San Francisco and you’ll see them: dead movie theaters. Corpses. It’s hard not to shudder when you walk past one – the doors locked and covered with plywood, the entrance collecting tin cans and old newspapers. The theater’s once grand marquee, now deprived of the electricity needed to power the lights, seems gaudy and hubristic. These are dark times for movie theaters.

(Sacramento Bee) // The California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow, but not require, business owners who contract with the state to self-identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce both support the bill because it would allow the government to collect data on the economic impact of LGBT-owned businesses. The bill goes to the Senate next...

California prisons are equipping themselves with new technology that can block inmates from using smuggled cell phones. Prison officials want to crack down on illegal phone usage within prison walls because inmates may be using them to conduct criminal transactions.

Bill McLaughlin / Surfrider Foundation

The only thing more powerful than human will is Mother Nature. At San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, the two forces have done battle for years over wave erosion, but only the city has something to lose. With the safety of its wastewater treatment plant at stake on the one hand and a lawsuit on the other, San Francisco’s planners are attempting to find a solution that will placate Mother Nature and avoid the most expensive fix: retreat.

The California Public Utilities Commission is preparing to open most of its records to the public, a move that would allow state residents to learn how safe pipelines are in their area…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has given Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi until 5pm today to resign. If he declines to remove himself from office, Mirkarimi will be charged with official misconduct and may be removed by force.

California's $9.2 billion budget deficit could grow, due to a proposed change to the investment forecast of CalPERS, California’s pension fund. The rate has not been changed since 2003. In 2010, CalPERS return on investment was over 20%, but it was 1.1% in 2011. If CalPERS decides to adjust its investment forecast from 7.75% to 7.25%, the cost of CalPERS could jump up by $425 million come July 1…

An Oakland judge has agreed to delay the release of a report on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. An attorney for a union that represents campus police says it needs more time to determine if releasing the report would violate a state law designed to protect the names of officers interviewed during the internal investigation...

A recent UC Berkeley study concludes that rich people are more likely to cheat at dice games, lie, and drive poorly. The authors say their results reflect a value system rooted in greed and competition…

Stanford Ph.D. graduate Rahinah Ibrahim continues her fight to get her name off the no-fly list. In the past year, the no-fly list has doubled and now contains over 20,000 names. To avoid mistaken identities, there is another list of 30,000 who are commonly confused with people on the no-fly list. Still, mistakes do happen and the protocol for redress has not been established…

Photo from event page / Occupyoakland.org

Last night, members of Occupy Oakland gathered at the Grand Lake Theater to discuss the Oakland Police Department’s crowd control policies and their use of force in response to Occupy demonstrations. The meeting was held in place of a similar event that was to be hosted by the Citizen’s Police Review Board, an independent volunteer body comprised of residents of the City of Oakland. Originally scheduled to be held at City Hall, the CPRB event was postponed somewhat last minute.

Occupy Oakland is heating up again after a controversial flag burning at last Saturday's demonstration. While some protestors encouraged the burning, others within the Occupy camp tried to stomp out the flames. Over the course of the day, Oakland police arrested 409 protesters, 354 of whom were actually taken to jail.

Matthew Washburn

San Francisco’s Bhi Bhiman set out from his home in St. Louis in pursuit of the mecca of classic rock and roll – a city where Jefferson Airplane still haunts the streets. But once he arrived on the west coast, Bhiman found only a few remnants of this once golden age of American music.

Not to be discouraged, the first-generation Sri Lankan singer/songwriter steeped himself in the rich American musical traditions of blues and folk.

Home to both Hollywood and Silicon Valley, California has become ground zero for the fight against online piracy. Filmmakers are looking for a way to stop the distribution of pirated content, but leaders in the internet world are vehemently opposed to policing the web. Craigslist and Wikipedia have both said they will go dark on Wednesday to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation…

KJ Pargeter

Change is coming to a community college near you. Despite objections from concerned students and faculty, the community college Board of Governors voted to approve 22 recommendations they say will help community colleges weather the economic crisis. Several of them will make it harder for students to take classes outside their focus or to spend too many years in school...

Opponents of the proposed redistricting lines that would be used in the 2012 California Senate elections will get to make their case before the California Supreme Court on January 10th. Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) submitted over 711,000 signatures along with a referendum challenging the new district maps. FAIR feels the new maps violate state Constitution by failing to respect existing city and county borders…

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That 52-inch flat-screen TV you just bought your loved one (or yourself) for the holidays should be arriving any day now. And what a deal – nice picture, good price, delivered right to your door. And since you made the purchase online, you weren’t charged California sales tax for that shiny new piece of technology.

Here’s the thing though: there’s a good chance you owe the California government some money. And the state needs it. You know it and Governor Jerry Brown knows it.

In an attempt to prevent deeper cuts to schools and other public services, Governor Jerry Brown has filed a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by half a cent and income taxes by one or two percent, depending on annual salary. People who earn less than $250,000 will not see any change in their income tax rate. A number of outside groups have filed alternative tax measures as well, so tax hikes in California may be inevitable...