We’ve been asking our staff to go out to a place they've never been. Reporter Eva Soncin brought back this profile from somewhere she hasn’t visited but that’s close to her roots. This week we venture to L’Alliance Française in Berkeley, a non-profit organization encouraging the study of French language and culture, through classes, tutoring, and social gatherings.
Sarah Cahill is considered one of the architects and champions of the new music scene in the Bay Area. She founded the annual Garden of Memory concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, which is one of the many ways she tries to make contemporary music more accessible to a wider audience. She also does that Sunday nights on her radio show Then and Now on KALW on Sundays at 8pm. Cahill spoke with KALW's Martina Castro and played some songs for her, as she described why she ended up leaving the more formal classical world, for the freedom of the experimental genre.