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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7:06pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Give a hand to the Golden Gate Park Band

Courtesy of The Golden Gate Park Band

Few civic institutions in San Francisco pre-date the 1906 earthquake. One is the cable car, invented here in 1873. Another one is The Golden Gate Park Band. It dates from 1882, when it was a support unit of the California National Guard. Now it’s a Sunday afternoon mainstay at The Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park.

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9:04am

Tue May 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Golden Gate Park Band

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Don Meehan

You recognize this music – it’s our national anthem, performed by The Golden Gate Park Band, San Francisco’s municipal band. They stage free concerts throughout most of the year at the Spreckles Temple of Music in – where else? – Golden Gate Park.

The Golden Gate Park Band’s next performance is Sunday, May 25th, starting at 1:00pm.

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9:00am

Mon May 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Jimmy Grant Ensemble

Today’s local music is being played by the Jimmy Grant Ensemble. Grant, a native of northern California, grew up in a family of musicians. And that’s where he learned the music of jazz pioneer Django Reinhart.

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble will be playing Reinhart-style jazz guitar on Friday, May 23rd at The Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. Expect them to start about 7:30pm.

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11:22am

Fri May 16, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis News Roundup: 05.16.14

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Legislation progresses from coast to coast…  San Jose dispensaries conflicted over taxes… Microsoft loses tech award to cannabis site…  Alzheimer’s reduced by THC & CBD… “Classically Cannabis” concerts canceled... and more.

LEGALIZATION

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2:26pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Unique choir gives comfort to the dying

Members of Threshold Choir, San Francisco chapter
Jeanne Finley

Music has a special power that we all recognize. It can make us dance or sing along. It can make us happy, sad, reflective, agitated or calm. We can hear it live, or recorded. But seldom do we have a small choir serenade us - only us - at our bedsides.

That’s what The Threshold Choir does-- but not everyone can request these services. They only sing to a specific group of people: the infirm or dying.

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