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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2:25pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Arts & Culture

Local Music: Kendra McKinley

The singer you’re hearing is named Kendra McKinley. She’s only called the Bay Area home since 2013 – but she studied classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz, so that counts for something.  

Kendra McKinley will be joined by Scott Mickleson on Saturday (03.07) at Viracocha in San Francisco’s Mission District. Music starts about 8pm.   

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3:02pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Matt Jaffe & The Distractions

Mill Valley's Matt Jaffe, of Matt Jaffe & The Distractions.

 

“You know, you can only paint a painting once. But a song, you can replay, re-envision, re-imagine virtually an infinite number of times,” says Matt Jaffe. And that’s one reason he wants to devote himself to music.

This Mill Valley singer-songwriter has opened for the legendary Mavis Staples and will do the same March 7th for Megan Slankard. One thing he couldn’t do, if he wasn’t on stage, is legally attend many of his own shows; Matt Jaffe is only 19.

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2:40pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Source: How Jingletown got it's name

Mural in Oakland's Jingletown neighborhood.
flickr user "Oakland Daily Photo."

  In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. 

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12:33pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Other Mind's Fest

The music you're hearing was written by Bay Area composer Lou Harrison, and is being played by David Tenenbaum.  It’s a commission from Other Minds, the contemporary music organization dedicated to encouraging “creative exploration in new music.”

 It's part of the first concert in the twentieth "Other Minds Festival," taking place Friday (03.06) at the SFJazz Center on Franklin Street. There's a panel discussion at 7pm, with the concert at 8pm.      

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7:20am

Fri February 27, 2015
News

Cannabis News Roundup: 02.27.15

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Legalization from coast to coast, and beyond…  Price collapse worries Colorado dispensaries… Health… Opinion… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Cannabis now legal in Alaska // JuneauEmpire.com  “One can now carry up to an ounce in public — consumption in public is still illegal — and one can give another person without remuneration up to one ounce or up to six plants with three flowering.”

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