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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2:50pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

San Francisco’s two official songs or, the day Tony Bennett hid in his hotel

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/livenature/2556769885/

Everyone acknowledges that San Francisco is different. Maybe that’s why there are so many songs about the city by the bay.  So many, in fact, that it’s perhaps the only city in the country – and maybe the world – with not one, but two official songs.

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2:06pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

Buxter Hoot'n

Photo Courtesy of Buxter Hoot'n

You might have heard of Butxter Hoot’n band last month on another KALW program: “West Coast Live.” The East Bay Express says their unique song writing, and tight-knit performances make Buxter Hoot’n “an experience not to be missed.” You’ll have the opportunity not to miss them this Thursday (February 16), when they take the stage at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, starting about 9pm.

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11:46am

Tue February 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

AIDS quilt returns to San Francisco for one week

Over 91,000 people are memorialized in The Quilt.
photo: Courtesy of The NAMES Project

The AIDS quilt has come home for a visit.

Considered by organizers to be the largest participatory art project in the world, the AIDS Memorial Quilt began spontaneously on San Francisco’s Market Street a generation ago, when gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked people to create quilt panels memorializing loved ones who had died of AIDS-related causes.

That was in 1987; today, over 91,000 individuals have been memorialized on more than 5,800 quilt panels, each the symbolic size of a coffin (3 X 6 ft.).

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11:05am

Mon February 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

Robin Yukiko

Photo courtesy of http://www.robinyukiko.com/fr_title.cfm

The music you're hearing is by Robin Yukiko of San Francisco. She credits her voice training and piano style to her father, who drilled her on music mechanics every day on their trip home from school.

She'll be playing on  Thursday, February 16 at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco, beginning about 8pm. 

11:48am

Fri February 10, 2012
Arts & Culture

World War I comes to Redwood City; traveling exhibit open today only

Visitors get a glimpse at trench warfare in WWI exhibit.
Photo: courtesy of HonoringOurHistory.com

There’s an 18-wheel truck in front of the San Mateo County History Museum today. No, the museum isn’t moving -- the truck itself is a museum. It contains an interactive traveling exhibit on World War I, which is only on view today, until 4pm.

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