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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The T Sisters are a contemporary folk band from Oakland, California. Songwriters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen are joined on stage by upright bassist Steve Height and Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar. The vocally-driven five piece will perform at the Sixth Annual “Backyard Concert” taking place Saturday afternoon, July 25th, in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 4pm.

 

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Another recreational ballot iniative announced… Drought becomes a campaign issue… Group calls on RICO Act to stop marijuana sales… Terry Gross hears about medical marijuana… and more.

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Today’s local music is by blues and jazz vocalist Kim Nalley. A review of one of her shows in Moscow called her “The Pearl of San Francisco.”

 Kim Nalley will be the SFJazz Center tomorrow (07.17). She plans a tribute concert honoring Billie Holiday. That show starts at 7:30pm.

This band?  It's The Coup. Critics call front man, rapper Boots Riley, "a national treasure" and "some kind of genius." Check out their upcoming concert here.

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Republicans kill federal research… Two California bills move ahead… Three more raids… “Farm to table” cuts out dispensaries… Don’t look at women that way… K-High Radio... and more.

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Oakland art-rock band Everyone Is Dirty performs as part of the Phono Del Sol Music & Food Festival in San Francisco on Saturday July 11th at San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park. Everyone is Dirty features Christopher Daddio on guitar, Tony Sales on drums, Tyler English on bass, and singer and violinist Sivan Lioncub on electric violin.

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Marijuana “sucking rivers dry”… Oregon’s recreational law: it’s complicated… Are delivery services legal?  Kosher cannabis… and more.

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Petaluma band One Armed Joey will be at Slim’s in San Francisco this Thursday, July 2nd. They're the featured band at a benefit for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Music starts at 8pm.

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“Huge step forward” by White House… Major raids in Emerald Triangle… Is “medical marijuana” real?...   Cannabis Cup winners… and more.

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San Francisco revels in its uniqueness. Last month it added another unique aspect: it just might be the only city on earth with officially designated cheerleaders, as voted by the Board of Supervisors.

Cheer San Francisco has been performing gymnastic feats since 1980.  It didn’t begin in San Francisco, but down the Peninsula in Hayward, as an all-male gay organization. After performing just for fun at LGBT sporting events, the group realized its potential as a money generator for worthy groups. Now, 35 years later, they’ve doled out over $300,000, according to the group’s communications director, Nguyen Pham of San Francisco.

 

The music you’re hearing now is by The Hot Club of San Francisco.

The Hot Club of San Francisco will be opening for Randy Newman on Sunday (06.28) at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. It’s the festival’s 78th year, and it’s free, as always. But get there early for good seats. Music starts at 2pm.

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Hopes run high for statewide regulations… Teen use does not increase in legal states… How many hours a week do Americans get high? … and more.

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Statewide cannabis rules could become a reality // EastBayExpress.com   Assembly passage of AB 266 “is an unprecedented compromise.”

 

Today’s local music is by The Bernal Hill Players. They have created a sister-city musical project, featuring two new works – one by a Bay Area composer, and one by a Mexico City composer.

 The Bernal Hill Players appear at the Presidio Officers Club tomorrow (06/19), starting at 6 pm. It’s a free show, but advance registration is required, due to space limitations.

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  Today’s local music is by Dirty Cello.  They say they play cello "like you've never heard before." This isn't classical cello, as you can hear now.  This Saturday, June 20, Dirty Cello is taking part in the 2015 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival is only one day this year, and it has a new location: St. Cyprian’s Church on Turk Street in San Francisco. The event takes place from noon until 10pm. 

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Hardcore band Fang, which formed in Berkeley in 1980, plays THE punk venue 924 Gilman this Friday, June 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $14 at the door.

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Hash oil explosions targeted by lawmaker… Cops behaving badly… Jimi Hendrix is now a brand… Giants hire a pot user… and more.

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Today's local music is by Gypsy Jazz band Barrio Manouche

Barrio Manouche is performing Sunday (06.14) at this year’s Fairfax Festival, starting at 4:30pm.   

The music you’re hearing now is by Underwoman - also known as Carolyn B. Chen. Her melancholic songs, which draw from pop and classical influences, have been compared to merry-go-round music. They’ve also been described as “haunting.” 

Underwoman & the Believers will be performing at The Stork Club in her hometown of Oakland on Saturday (06.13). Music starts around 9:30pm, but don’t expect Carolyn until around 11pm. 

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This music is by HowellDevine (one word!). Perhaps you heard their Bay Area Beats segment on Crosscurrents a few weeks ago.  Howelldevine will be performing Saturday (06.13) at Club Deluxe on Haight Street in San Francisco. It’s an early show, from 5 to 8pm. 

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Illegal grows on public lands targeted by Assembly…  Dispensary troubles… Native tribes warned about cultivation plans… Louis Armstrong's “marijuana tapes”… and more.

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Today's local music is Bells Atlas, from Oakland. They call their sound "Kaleido-sconic Soul Punch." 

 What does that mean? Well, you can find out tomorrow night (06.05), when Bells Atlas plays at The Independent, in San Francisco.  Music starts about 9pm. 

Today’s local music is by Janam from Oakland, a band that was formed in 2008. They say their music brings together the foothills of Appalachia with the foothills of the Balkans.  Janam has an outdoor concert planned for Saturday (06.06) at Wisteria Way in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Music begins at 3pm. 

This band is called The View from Bernal Hill, so you can guess that they’re from San Francisco Bernal Heights neighborhood.

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Federal law trumps state law, again… Triple murder over stash… What to do with 200 tons of pot?... Willie Nelson, The Who, Gavin Newsom and more.

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Today's local musician is Bay Area vocalist Derek Lassiter. His sound has been called “dark soul – a kind of moody haunting soul.” 

Derek Lassiter and band will debut some new unrecorded songs at The Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on Saturday (05.30). Doors open at 7:30pm.

Sometimes the things we write can cause controversy, and even end up being deadly. Early this year two gunmen opened fire in the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 employees.

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Feinstein evolves on CBD… Harris: War on drugs has failed… Oakland airport workers charged as smugglers… How to roll a joint…  and more.

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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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