Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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What’s this you’re hearing? It’s an Oakland band called Porch. They play alternative rock, with seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics. 

 Porch is part of the program on Saturday (3/25) at The Night Light on Broadway in Oakland. It's their last show before they start a European tour.  

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This story originally aired in August of 2016. 

Kelly Quirke, community engagement coordinator for Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, finds it ironic that so many people he deals with in their 60s and 70s are adamant about not getting high on cannabis.

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Today’s local music is by a member of the Jupiter Chamber Players – the ensemble doesn’t have any recordings of its own. Formed in 1997, the group has included several professionals, including members of both the Oakland and San Francisco symphonies.

This voice? It belongs to San Francisco native Sara LeMesh. She started writing poetry and songs in her mid-teens. The classically trained Sara LeMesh is part of this year’s Bard Music West festival at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sanchez Street. The festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.  

Justin Schlesinger and Mike Tkacheff

OK, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you’re thinking of some Irish rock — something by the band U2, perhaps. Well, that’s not gonna happen. So how about Zoo Station, a U2 tribute band?

Oakland passes War on Drugs equity program ... Oakland’s past mayor wants to open a dispensary ... Breast milk and cannabis studied ... and more. 

“An underground songwriting master.”  That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about Ruth Gerson, who you’re hearing now. 

Today’s soothing island sounds come from slack-key guitarist Patrick Landeza. He likes to say he was born on the island of Berkeley.

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

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Have you noticed the renewed interest in interstellar exploration? Elon Musk’s Space X company has a solid offer from some people wanting an extreme Tilt-A-Whirl ride from Earth around the Moon and back (they hope). And he’s talking of colonizing Mars, perhaps inspired by the ingenuity of Matt Damon’s character in “The Martian” film a couple of years ago.

What’s this you’re hearing? It’s an Oakland band called Porch. They play alternative rock, with seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

Will California be ready for “adult use” in January? ... Will Trump administration ignore pot? ... Cannabis treatment saves boy from institution ... Where to hide a nuclear bomb ... and more.

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Today’s local music features pianist Monica Chew, half of the Minsky Duo. She and the other half of the duo, a violinist known as Nato Green focus on Russian chamber music.

Local Music: Xiomara

Feb 22, 2017

 

Today’s local music is by Xiomara. This Berkeley native samples a lot of styles in her latest album — among them, hip-hop, soul, and gospel. 

Are you longing for the laid-back Mendo surfer vibe, but don’t have time to travel north? Then maybe you should hear Mendonesia. This San Francisco band describes their sound as “somewhere between psych and folk.” 

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Who’s this you’re hearing?  It’s the Bay Area band known as Van Goat. Not Van Gogh – Van Goat. Van Goat brings their lively swing/surf/punk show to the Elbo Room in San Francisco on Friday (2/24). Doors open at 9 p.m.

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State Assembly sees basket of bills ... Smokers gonna smoke ... Flow Kana buys fallow winery ... Another contamination report ...  What's a mother to do? ... and more. 

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Today’s local music is by a San Francisco band — The Good Bad. They’ve been playing “new grass/bluegrass” since 2010 and pride themselves on having “a mesmerizing stage presence.”

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Congress considers cannabis ... Marin blocks marijuana in county ... Dangerous pathogens found in medical cannabis ... Two conferences ... and more.

State not likely to meet 2018 start date for recreational sales ... Oakland diversity coalition examines industry rules ... Pot drive-thru shut down ... and more.

Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

 

Once there was a band called The Screaming Bloody Marys, who you’re hearing now. Then they broke up, for 18 years. Now they’re back, with the original members, plus a new vocalist. 

LEGISLATION

“No way” will California be ready for recreational pot, says state senator // Fresno Bee

“’Being blunt, there is no way the state of California can meet all of the deadlines before we go live on January 1, 2018,’” said Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. ‘We are building the regulatory system for a multibillion dollar industry from scratch.’”

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Have you ever wondered what becomes of members of boys choruses once they grow up? Well, in the case of Berkeley native Kurt Ribak, he became a jazz musician.  The Kurt Ribak Trio, who you’re hearing now, take the stage Friday at Armondo’s in Martinez, starting at 8 p.m.

Lila Blue, who you’re hearing now, has lived in San Francisco about a third of her life, yet she’s only been here since 2011. How’s that possible? Lila Smith is only 16 years old. Her first instrument was the ukulele. Now she also plays guitar, bass and piano.

The music you’re hearing now is being performed by the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. This group has a passion for playing in intimate settings, which brings performers and listeners closer together.

Trump Administration could undo legalization moves ... State banking bill could help canna businesses ... Marijuana prices still dropping ... Can cows get high? ... and more.

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Today’s local music is by singer-songwriter Bob Hillman of San Francisco. Susan Stamberg of NPR said, “I’ve never heard of this Mr. Bob Hillman but that song about ‘War & Peace’ is enough to make you want to pick up ‘War & Peace’ and start reading it.” 

Still recovering from the holidays? Can’t take a vacation? Then maybe you need Healing Potpourri. No, that’s not a spa treatment, it’s the San Francisco band you’re hearing right now. 

Cannabis under the Trump Administration ... Oakland municipal bank idea might help dispensaries ... “I bribed the sheriff” ... and more.

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