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

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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“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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.   

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

Image by Victoria Smith.

San Francisco outfit Geographer is known for their energetic live shows, with music featuring beautiful, haunting melodies. 

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Supreme Court tosses marijuana case … Canada ruffles U.N. narcotics conference … “Massive recall” of pot over pesticides … Vets risk felonies … Sports, opinion, and infused Nutella ….

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Canada shakes up the U.N. narcotics conference // National Post

Three Times Bad

The band you’re hearing now is called Three Times Bad, a San Francisco band that’s difficult to categorize. Some call it bluegrass music, others call it Americana – and still others say it includes “a hint of vaudeville.”

Three Times Bad is appearing tomorrow, Friday, March 25, at Peri's Bar in Fairfax. They'll start about 9pm.

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Looking for a reason to go out on a weeknight? Well, a band known as The Spiral Electric is playing at Bottom of the Hill in a couple of days.  This psychedelic group started as a duo, but soon expanded to a quintet.

You'll find The Spiral Electric and two other bands at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco on Thursday (03.24). Doors open at 8:30pm.

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California’s recreational initiative spawns opposition … NORML denied credit card processing … What pesticides are you smoking? ... and more.

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“Stop Pot 2016” hopes to block legalization // Reason.com

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The music you’re hearing now is by The Blondies. All the band members are from Berkeley – except for the ones who are from Oakland.

photo courtesty of Dirty Cello

 

Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl are willing to play music just about anywhere. In fact, they seek out unusual places.

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Paul Griffiths plays with various combinations of musicians, and you can hear him in person during his St. Patrick’s Day show on Thursday, March 17th.

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Marijuana laws modified…  Investors alerted to possible scam… “Altered States” exhibit preview… Opinion, Stephen Colbert, and more….

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The Leaf endorses AUMA // The Leaf

What pioneering advocate Chris Conrad likes and dislikes about the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Hey! Wake up! The Bum City Saints are in the house! This San Francisco punk trio started in 2007, inspired, as they describe it, “by boredom and a burning desire to play music.”

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