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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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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Looking back at 2014 drug policy successes // HuffingtonPost.com   Changes are moving California “towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights,” according to this summary by the Drug Policy Alliance.

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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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No charges for officer with pounds of pot… Tommy Chong, Peter Thiel & Rick Steves… Vape oil potency questioned… and more.

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No charges likely for officer with marijuana  // ContraCostaTimes.com   He says four pounds of marijuana in his home was being use to train his police dog.

Do you have kids? Do you know every word to every song from the movie “Frozen?”  Then maybe it’s time you took a break and discovered The Hipwaders, who you’re hearing now.  This award-winning band has been producing music for children – and their parents – for over 20 years. 

The Hipwaders will be coming in from Vacaville on Saturday (12.20) to play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Don’t worry about keeping the kids up late – it’s an 11am show.  

San Francisco has a rich history, with many groups claiming a piece of it. There’s the California Historical Society, and the Society of California Pioneers - which are not to be confused with the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society (SFMHS). Additionally, many ethnic groups and neighborhoods in the City preserve specific aspects of our past. Our history is a big draw for out-of-towners.

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What’s this you’re hearing?  It’s the sounds of Foxtails Brigade. This San Francisco group has so many diverse musical influences that they credit “Etcetera” on their website. 

Foxtails Brigade will be drawing from their many influences when they perform at The Chapel on Valencia Street in San Francisco. They'll be there Friday (12.19), with music starting at 9pm.  

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Close to half of US population lives in states with legal marijuana dispensaries // mmjbusinessdaily.com   That figure has more than doubled since 2011.

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The instrument you’re hearing now is a staple of country music known as the pedal steel guitar. Joe Goldmark, the man playing it, admits that San Francisco has always considered itself too cosmopolitan to support much country music. That may explain why he has to go to the edge of the city limits to find a place to perform!

 Joe Goldmark and the Seducers are playing on Sunday (12.14) at The Riptide, way out West … on Taraval in San Francisco, starting about 7:30pm.

The piano you’re hearing is being played by Debbie Poryes of Oakland. She keeps busy teaching and performing in the East Bay. And this Friday (12.12), she’ll also be half of a piano duo.  Debbie Poryes will be joined by veteran session player John R. Burr, of Pleasanton. They'll both take the stage at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. Friday's  show starts at 8pm.  

The music you’re hearing now is being performed by The San Francisco Girls Chorus. The chorus was formed 36 years ago and has now become a regional center for choral music education. 

The San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform their annual "Holiday Celebration in Song" on Friday (12.12) at the Old First Church in San Francisco. The concert begins at 8pm. And please note: there will be some sing-alongs!

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Cannabis regulation on next year’s Assembly calendar// EastBayExpress.com     The listings on the California Assembly calendar are primarily placeholders, to assure discussion.

This music is being performed by the San Francisco Bach Choir, and it’s likely to be part of this weekend’s traditional candlelight Christmas program.

Have you heard any of the Tiny Desk Concerts on NPR’s website? Musicians are invited to play for an audience of staffers at the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen. Back in the summer Boilen declared a San Francisco group as his new favorite band and chose the title track from their new album as his song of the week.  

The music you’re hearing is by Beth Marlin of San Francisco. She’s hosting an evening of talk and music tomorrow (12.02), focusing on the songwriting process. 

Beth Marlin and her band will be joined by Quiles & Cloud at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Things get started at 7pm. 

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Denver has surpassed Amsterdam as marijuana capital // msnbc.com  Society has not collapsed. In fact, things seem pretty normal.

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This is the sound of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, winners of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album.  This 19-piece Bay Area group was also named Best Band in the final “Best of the Bay” issue of the recently departed San Francisco Bay Guardian

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