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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California Symphony

It's the weekend, and you can't decide whether to go to the circus or to the symphony. Well, the California Symphony of Walnut Creek has solved that dilemma with this year's benefit called Cirque du Symphonie.

Local Music: ZOFO

Jun 14, 2016
Courtesy of ZOFO

We’re all familiar with the sound of a pianist playing a piano. But it’s less often that we hear TWO pianists playing a piano. And that’s exactly what you see and hear with the ZOFO duet.

ZOFO takes part in the Switchboard Music Festival at Brava Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, June 18. Their performance begins at 2:30 in the afternoon.  

Today’s local music is by Zoe Keating. She’s being accompanied here by a program on her laptop computer, while she plays the cello. 

You can hear Zoe Keating, with her laptop and cello, on Wednesday, June 15, at the SFJazz Center, starting at 7pm. 

Jamie Tanaka

Kevin Kelly has seen the future, and it’s full of numbers. Want an example?

“Every 12 months we produce eight million new songs, two million new books, 16,000 new films, 30 billion blog posts, 182 billion tweets, 400,000 new products,” writes Kelly.

 

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Medical pot now legal in half of U.S. … Legalization gets pushback … Oakland grow houses linked to Mexican cartels … Time for a cannabis cocktail … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

State excise tax out of Assembly, going to governor // Orange County Register

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This music? It’s by a San Francisco jazz artist and music producer known as Herbie One. He takes jazz samples and live performance and mixes them with drum sounds and grooves heard in club music. 

 Herbie One will be presenting his skills at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco on Sunday, 6/12. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

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What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a Brahms sonata for violin and piano. And that violin is in the hands of San Francisco native Kenneth Renshaw

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Composer Bryan Bowman grew up in a musical family in San Francisco, but not a jazzy one. His mother plays cello and his father is a classical pianist.

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Harborside’s next day in court … Trimmigrants told to stay home … Study shows limited smoking danger … CNR at book fest Saturday … and more

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The music you’re hearing now is by the Pacific Mambo Orchestra from San Francisco. They’re influenced by Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, and Stevie Wonder.

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Why the Teamsters oppose AUMA … Pot friendly gym planned for  San Francisco … When Bernie dumped Tommy … Opinion … Health … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

BMMR chief visits the Emerald Triangle // North Coast Journal

“ [T]he overwhelming attitude at the meeting wasn't about patients. It was about protecting Humboldt County growers' business interests.”

Photo by Jake Jacobson

So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

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Oakland tries to right wrongs with dispensary rules … Police fund opposition to recreation measure … Health … Opinion … and more.

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Reformed criminals, certain neighborhoods, win preference in Oakland dispensary plan // East Bay Express

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New state agency wants input … Calaveras officials and public clash over Green Rush … Pot prices plummet with legalization … and more

The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California. On view March 17–July 5, 2016 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum [Cropped]

 

How is it that Bill Graham, legendary Bay Area concert promoter, rates a major museum exhibit? Lorri Starr, executive director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco, where “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” is on display, says it’s quite simple: Graham deserves this show because he was “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll impresario that we will ever know.”

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After 20 years of making music together, the Cypress String Quartet have decided to disband this summer — but before they do, they’ll be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets in a two week series of free public concerts through the city. 

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AUMA qualifies for November … Former S.F. sheriff now cannabis consultant … Sex and pot … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

AUMA qualifies for November ballot // L.A. Times

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This music?  It’s by a seven-piece band from San Francisco called The Seshen.

The Seshen will be performing a free show at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday, May 7th, starting about 1 pm. 

Steven Short

“Be sure to take the stairs!”

That’s good advice from a cardiologist, and in this case it’s good advice for anyone visiting the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Oh, there are elevators, of course — old leisurely ones and new speedier ones. But Craig Dykers, co-founder of the Snohetta architectural firm and lead designer of SFMOMA’s newly completed expansion, isn’t giving health recommendations. He wants you to experience the stairs as art.

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Fight ISIS through legal pot … Cannabis cafes coming to Alaska? … Native tribes pull back from “green rush” … “Sisters of the Valley” chastised … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Legalize cannabis and fight ISIS, Italian mafia // Reuters

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Is punk dead? Not when it's in the hands of Them Creatures, who claim they're from Transylvania, California (but we know they're from the East Bay).

Them Creatures perform tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:30 pm. 

Steven Short

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

UC campus gets grant to develop “drugged driving” test // San Diego Union-Tribune

Thomas Hawk, courtesy of OMCA (cropped from original)

Four brightly lit dark-green marijuana plants are the first things visitors see when entering the room. No, this is not a grow house, it’s part of the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, “Altered State.”

You can’t touch the plants. That would be a federal offense. So a display is fitted with thick rubber gloves, the kind used to handle extremely toxic material, which allows you to pick up seedlings and mature leaves for a better look.

Thmas Hawk, courtesy of OMCA (cropped from original)

Four brightly lit dark-green marijuana plants are the first things visitors see when entering the room. No, this is not a grow house, it’s part of the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, “Altered State.”

You can’t touch the plants. That would be a federal offense. So a display is fitted with thick rubber gloves, the kind used to handle extremely toxic material, which allows you to pick up seedlings and mature leaves for a better look.

courtesy SFCheap.com

Meet California’s cannabis czar … Why do dispensary workers have to have a med card? … Opinion … and the origin of 4/20.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Meet California’s new “cannabis czar” // Los Angeles Times

"Tommy Guerrero" by flickr user kata rokkar. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / cropped and resized.

 This music is by Bay Area musician Tommy Guerrero.

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DEA looks at reclassifying cannabis … Grownups just say no … Harborside leaves Oregon … “Heavy users = losers” … Events, opinion and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

DEA to consider reclassification of cannabis by mid-year // Huffington Post

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The music you’re hearing now is by Terese Taylor of San Francisco. The New York Times describes her sound as “delicious miserable music.”

Sound appealing? Well then, get down to the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Sunday, where she’s on the program with two other bands. Doors open at 8pm.

Photo by Liz Iversen. Cropped and resized.

 

San Francisco band  Sea Knight have been compared to the Pixies and the Breeders.   

Seungho Yoo

Today’s local music is by the Wooden Fish Ensemble of San Francisco. They present concerts from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds.

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