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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McDonald’s to go to court over drugs?   Lobby Day in D.C.   Sidecar delivers cannabis in SF… Morgan Freeman says “Legalize it”… and more.

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Sometimes we can lose track of the seasons here in the Bay Area, but this poppy tune by Peninsula band, The Corner Laughers, should remind you that it’s spring.  The Corner Laughers will be performing songs from their new album at the downtown branch of the Redwood City Library on Wednesday (05.13), starting at 7pm.

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Another ballot measure to consider… Cannabis for chronic pain and autism?  Stevie Wonder & Snoop Dog, together at last… and more.

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 The band you’re hearing now is called The Brothers Comatose. But anyone who saw them at last year’s Outside Lands Festival knows they put on a lively performance – honest! You can find out for yourself on Saturday (05.09) when they play at Terrapin Crossing in San Rafael, starting about 8pm. 

Spring is here! Time for the annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, which is taking place this Saturday May 9th, 2015 at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. The Mt. Diablo String Band from Walnut Creek is scheduled to play at 2:30pm, and other shows, workshops, open jams, and family events are planned all afternoon, starting at noon. 

This music is by the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a 17 – piece combo that plays their own compositions and arrangements. 

You’ll be able to hear the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra on Saturday (05.09) as part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. That takes place – where else? -- at Yerba Buena Gardens, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon. It’s a free show, like all of the performances in this summer series. 

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Farm-to-table comes to cannabis… Synthetic pot sends users to hospital… Should women smoke more marijuana?  And more.

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Today’s local music is by the band Waterstrider, from Oakland. They were the guests recently on KALW’s new music program, “Liner Notes.” They say their songs are “filled with sincerity, sadness and joy – a style of rhythmic pop played with soul.”

Waterstrider has a record release party on Thursday (04.30) at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. Music starts at 9pm.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Today's local music is by Bay Area singer/songwriter Judi Jaeger.

She'll be accompanied by Sean Cody a week from Sunday (04.19). They have an evening of original material planned, and you can hear it – and them – at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco, starting at 7pm. 

The UC Alumni Chorus has an extravagant program planned on Saturday, April 11, 2015. They’ll be performing “Carmina Burana” along with singers from The Santa Barbara Choral Society and the UC Men’s and Women’s Chorales.  Those singers will all be joined by dancers from the Smuin Ballet.  The performance takes place at the Berkeley Community Theater, starting at 7:30pm.  

Friction Quartet doesn't only play music you’d expect from a string quartet; they also commission new works.

No, that’s not an experimental heavy metal band you’re hearing, and it’s not screaming babies, either. It’s the Parrots of Telegraph Hill

 

Do you know the saying, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?”  Well, when Bay Area percussionist Moe Staiano sees just about anything - it looks to him like a way to make music. That can include sheet metal, kitchen implements – even standard drum kits. 

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Statewide forums seek input… Emerald Triangle now favors legalization… CBD & Kids: does it really work?... and more.

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Public input requested at forums // Reuters.com  Focus will be on three areas: legalization, taxation, and regulation. The first meeting is April 21 at UCLA, followed by one in San Francisco in May and ending with one in Fresno in June.

Today's local music is by the Pacific Guitar Ensemble of San Francisco. All eight members of this group are faculty or alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

The Pacific Guitar Ensemble will be at Mt.Tamalpais Methodist Church in Mill Valley on Sunday (03.29). Their concert is part of the 41st season of the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. The concert begins promptly at 5pm.  

Today’s local music is by Queen Makedah of El Sobrante.  She’s one of four performers taking part in an event called Empress Meditations. The purpose of Empress Meditations, they say, “is to highlight the works and message of conscious female artists in reggae and world music.” 

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Cannabis goes to Congress… Nevada first state with 2016 ballot measure… “I speak for the salmon”…  Business news… Lawyer drops baggy in court room… and more.

LEGALIZATION

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Group seeks change in UN drug policy… Will Congress legalize marijuana?...  So Cal tribe forms cannabis business… CBD news… and more.

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Today’s local music is by Hoxton Mob from San Francisco. They describe their sound as “sad songs, in major keys.” 

Hoxton Mob will be playing at Great American Music Hall tomorrow (03.13), opening for another San Francisco band, The Shams. Doors open at 8pm.  

Flamenco music!  Is there any music more sensual?  If so, we probably can’t play it on the radio!  You can experience the passion and power of flamenco on Saturday (03.14) when Clara Rodriguez and David McLean present “An Evening of Flamenco” at the Sound Room in Oakland. Doors open at 7pm with the performance at 8pm.

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