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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This is Danny Click. One of his earliest memories is hearing his mother play a slide guitar. He picked up the guitar himself for the first time when he was six years old. 

 Danny Click will be picking up his guitar again tomorrow night (02.20) for a rare acoustic show at The Monkey House in Berkeley. Music starts about 8pm. 

That’s Josh Beemish Johnson playing banjo AND drums right now. He’s joined on this song by Alison Craig. But he could be joined by YOU tomorrow (02.19). That’s when Josh Beemish Johnson is hosting an Open Mike at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

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The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) takes place in San Francisco over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Alex Rogers, executive producer of the event, has deep experience in the field, much of it in the Bay Area.

Today's local music is The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. They’re a choir with a mission, which is: “to inspire joy and unity among all people, through black gospel and spiritual music traditions.” 

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will be sharing their joy on Sunday (02.15) at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. It’s part of The Freight’s Black History Month programming. Music starts at 8pm.  

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) takes place in San Francisco over Presidents Weekend. Alex Rogers, executive producer of the event, has deep experience in the field, much of it in the Bay Area.

The Dodos, who you’re hearing now, like to record: they say the best time to make a record is right after you’ve finished one. But you can hear them live on Wednesday, February 11th when they play the Great American Music Hall

It’ll be the last chance to hear The Dodos in their hometown of San Francisco before they start a national tour. Music starts at 8pm.

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Today's local music is Tumbleweed Wanderers, from Oakland. Maybe you heard them a couple of weeks ago on “Fog City Blues” here on KALW.

It’s one thing to hear them on the radio, and something altogether different to hear them live – which you can do tomorrow (02.06). That’s when The Tumbleweed Wanderers play The Independent, in San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.

 

The group you’re hearing now is called the Bella Piano Trio. But that doesn’t mean there are three pianos here – just one, along with a violin and a cello. 

 Bella Piano Trio of San Francisco will be playing a concert Friday (02.06) at the Old First Church on Sacramento Street, in San Francisco, beginning at 8pm. 

On February 7th at Yerba Buena Cetner for the Arts,  Berkeley-based clarinetist and virtuoso Ben Goldberg, of the renowned band Tin Hat, re-assembles an all-star lineup to present his seminal piece to date called Orphic Machine, inspired by a book of "speculative poetics" from writer Allen Grossman.

This band? They’re called Two Gallants (guh –LAHNTS). The name comes from a story by James Joyce.  Two Gallants, from San Francisco, have a new album, and they’ll likely be playing songs from it on Thursday (02.05) when they appear at Club Leo’s on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, starting about 9pm.  

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 “Jaw-dropping awesome!” That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about today’s local music: the four-hand piano duo known as ZOFO.  

ZOFO has won numerous awards and pleased audiences around the world. In fact, they’ll be in Switzerland next month. But this Sunday they’ll be at home, in San Francisco, at The Forte House in the Outer Sunset. Music starts at 4pm.   

“Jaw-dropping awesome!”  That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about today’s local music: the four-hand piano duo known as ZOFO.

This Sunday they’ll be at The Forte House [FOR-tay] in the Outer Sunset. Music starts at 4pm. “Jaw-dropping awesome!”  That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about today’s local music: the four-hand piano duo known as ZOFO.

This Sunday they’ll be at The Forte House [FOR-tay] in the Outer Sunset. Music starts at 4pm.

Survival Guide, from Petaluma, play this Saturday at the Rickshaw Shop. Music starts at 9PM.

We regularly hear about high rollers, but how about Low Rollers?  Well, that’s who you’re hearing now. 

The Low Rollers will be playing their hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday (01.28) at El Rio.  And just so you know, Colin Peden, a member of this band, is also a current member of the “Crosscurrents” Audio Academy. Other Academy members may be there, too, so come see if you can figure out who’s who.  Music starts about 8pm.   

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Today's local music is Waters. Their name was inspired by the fact that the band’s founder spent a few summers working on a salmon fishing boat.   

Waters has a show scheduled for Saturday (01.24) at The Independent, in their hometown of San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.  

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This is Vandella. You’d think, with a name like that, that they’d be soul group. Well, Motown is one of their influences, but they consider themselves “1970s rock via 1990.”  

Vandella will be headlining Saturday (01.17) at Neck of the Woods, on Clement Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.  

San Francisco is America’s second most densely populated area, after Manhattan. Perhaps you’ve noticed! And with new construction all over town, it’s going to get even denser. Yet, there’s a portion of it that is so lightly populated that you could shoot off a cannon, and not hit anybody. That area is the 1,500 acres of the Presidio, at the mouth of the Golden Gate.

The music you’re hearing is by a San Francisco band called The Tropics. They came upon their name while listening to one of their own songs, “one that suggested the feel of a luau.” 

The Tropics will be warming things up on Friday (01.16) at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The show starts about 9pm.

How many times have you appeared on camera today? How about this week? Cameras are so woven into daily American life that it’s difficult to imagine a time when people didn’t constantly carry numerous image-capturing devices in their pockets, or walk past countless security cameras.  

Images from a camera – a mere mechanical box -- certainly weren’t considered art in the early days of photography.  That changed dramatically when a handful of photographers met in Oakland in the fall of 1932. They called themselves Group f.64.

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December is the traditional time to hear choirs. Well, it’s January now, and The Conspiracy of Venus – who you’re hearing now – are NOT traditional. This a cappella women’s choir from San Francisco performs a wide range of songs, from medieval times to songs by Tom Waits.

The Conspiracy of Venus will be at The Great American Music Hall on Saturday (01.10). Music starts at 9pm.  

 

This music?  It’s by Luke Sweeney, from San Francisco. The East Bay Guardian says,  “Sweeney creates magic with lyrics that are deeply personal and music that's so powerful it sounds like it's being performed by a full band.” 

You can see and hear Luke Sweeney on Thursday (01.07) when he performs at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

This music is by Cryptical -- a Grateful Dead tribute band from San Francisco.

They'll play next at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on January 8th, starting at 8:00 p.m. 

Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve seen and heard it all? Then let us recommend Duckmandu

Duckmandu, also known as Aaron Seeman, is a virtuoso on one of the most feared instruments in the world: the accordion.  Duckmandu will cross the bridge from Oakland to perform at Doc’s Lab in North Beach on Thursday (01.08). It’s a free show, starting at 5:30pm.  

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