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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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.” 

Ted Maider

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.

Pete Hartigan

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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Have you ever experienced “enormous musicality?”  That’s one way critics describe Musica Pacifica, who you’re hearing now.

Today’s local music is by Logan Magness. Now living in San Francisco, Logan thinks his sound was definitely shaped by having grown up in Memphis. 

The Daniel Castro Blues Band brings their musical talents to the Club Fox in Redwood City on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Music starts at 7 p.m.

“Buzzed driving” bill introduced ... Medical dispensaries prepare for recreational customers ... California working on banking fix ... Thousands of joints to be distributed at presidential inauguration ... and more.

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What you’re hearing now is the singing, and ukulele playing, of Aireene Espiritu.  Espiritu is part of a fundraising concert for The Little Village Foundation. This group supports performers from non-traditional backgrounds who would never have heard their music recorded otherwise. All proceeds from CD sales and concerts go to the artists. 

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Murder for hire leads to marijuana charge ... Update on CBD classification ... Mexico importing medical cannabis from California ... Better golfing through cannabis ... and more.

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WHAT WILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DO ABOUT LEGALIZATION? ... STATE TREASUER EXPLORES BANKING WOES ... RECALL EXPLODING E-CIGS? ... HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND MORE.

LEGISLATION

Advocacy group wants to know where Trump Administration will stand on marijuana legalization  // Vice.com

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California recreational cannabis laws could stall sales ... New restrictions on CBD ... Santa Rosa extraction firm now legal ... Petitions, Health, and more.

San Francisco Girls Chorus

Looking for a holiday event like no other? Then you might consider this year’s concert by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, called “A Highlands Holiday.” Choristers will present seasonal works and sing-alongs, and they’ll be joined by local bagpipers! 

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Ah, for the good old days, when you could buy a piece of Bay Area property for $1,000.

If today’s local music sounds like something you’d enjoy on a long drive, that’s by design, according to songwriter Kevin Lehner from Berkeley.

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Before there was punk, there was the Bay Area’s Jonathan Richman. He's touring with his first new album in six years.  You can hear Jonathan Richman at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Today's Local Music - Sarah Cahill

Dec 12, 2016
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Sarah Cahill, host of KALW’s “Revolutions Per Minute" among many other things will be playing chaconnes, a musical style popular in the Baroque Era, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco. The music starts at 6:30 p.m.

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