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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Today’s local music is being played by Talley Up!, a band from Marin County, led by Jim Talley. Whether playing originals or covers, Talley Up! focuses on the funk, since their objective is to get you dancing.  Talley Up! appears at the “19 Broadway” nightclub in Fairfax on Thursday (04.30). They start about 9pm.  Oh, one more thing: Thursday is Jim Talley’s birthday. 

The peppy music you’re hearing now is by Alison Faith Levy. The pre-school crowd knows her as Sippy Alison, from her days with the kid-pleasing group, The Sippy Cups.  Her musical style has been described as “power pop meets bubblegum.” 

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LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

This is Bang Data, a side project of Bay Area MC, Deuce Eclipse. Maybe you’ve heard them on the cable TV hit, “Breaking Bad.” 

Bang Data will be on stage at Leo’s in Oakland on Saturday. Music starts about 9pm.

 

Today's local music is by The Lady Crooners. They're not all ladies -- despite the name -- but they do offer what they call “authentic, darn good, almost-country, music.” The Lady Crooners are on the bill Thursday April 23 at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.

DEA head in hot water over sex parties… Marijuana still a Schedule 1 drug… Are eastern Europeans backing dispensaries?... Happy 4/20! … and more.

COPS & COURTS

Judge denies reclassification of marijuana // SFGate.com   U.S. District judge says she was inclined to remove the Schedule 1 classification (the most dangerous) but says that decision belongs to Congress.

Today's local music is by Vinyl Spectrum.

You can experience Vinyl Spectrum live April 17, 2015 at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. They’re the opening band, starting about 8:30pm.

Today’s local music is by The Chris Cobb Band, who say they “proudly walk in the footsteps of the ‘80s blues revival.”

The Chris Cobb Band takes the stage at The Surf Spot in their hometown of Pacifica on Saturday afternoon (04.17), starting about 1:30pm.

Many people still think of San Francisco’s most famous intersection -- Haight-Ashbury -- as the epicenter of the hippie movement of the mid-1960s. Plenty of the businesses along Haight Street ensure that era is not forgotten.

What is forgotten is why that particular corner became the namesake of Flower Power. About 20 other streets intersect Haight Street, so why choose Ashbury? Greg Pabst of San Francisco City Guides says it has to do with its location along the Panhandle section of Golden Gate Park.

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Congressmen to DOJ: knock it off… New DOJ forfeiture plans… Mayor works for dispensary… California’s Blue Ribbon Commission wants input… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Colorado still hasn't collapsed // USAtoday.com  Another report from the front lines of the drug war: "Things in Colorado haven't really changed much since we legalized pot" over a year ago.

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