This article was originally published on December 13, 2012. It has been updated to include additional photos from the event.
On Saturday, December 8, KALW hosted its second annual Live Crosscurrents in the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum of California. Hana Baba hosted the event, supported by Tin Cup Serenade as house band for the evening.
Holly Kernan kicked off the night, with a welcome and introduction to the show, which began with a presentation by KALW's Hear Here project. Hear Here producers Erica Mu and Audrey Dilling took the audience on a tour of Oakland and San Francisco, guided by the voices of the people who have participated in the community storytelling project. The highlight of the presentation was the story of Lita Hernandez; a young girl who's story led to a serendipitous outcome. (Tune into Crosscurrents on January 7 at 5pm for a special broadcast of Hear Here's live presentation).
Reporter Julie Caine took the stage to share the story of how she found peace with the troubled highway that is the 880 freeway. Senior Editor Casey Miner followed, sharing some of the truth she's dug up about the unexpected dead bodies scattered around San Francisco. And Reporter Leila Day performed next, illuminating the struggles of a young girl suffering from misophonia, an auditory disorder that causes intense discomfort with certain kinds of sound.
Crosscurrents' Executive Managing Editor Ben Trefny closed out the show, with a story that combined art, poetry, and live music. Trefny profiled Marin-based woodcut printer, Tom Killion, accompanied by Philip Gelb on the Japanese wind instrument, the shakuhachi. Killion spoke to Ben about the painstaking process behind his beautiful prints of California nature.
Interspersed throughout the stories were Crosscurrents "Top Five Sounds" of 2012, presented by Crosscurrents' Sound Engineer Chris Hoff.
Click the audio player hear a special broadcast edition of the live show. (A note to listeners: The broadcast version of the show does not contain all of the evening's performances and has been shortened for the air.)
We'd like to say thank you to everyone who made our live event not only possible but special beyond our expectations:
Catherine Kitz, Curtis Maxwell, and the rest of the team at the Oakland Museum of California--the Bay Area's interdisciplinary museum dedicated to the art, history, and natural science of California.
Adam Barr, Nick Robles, and Shelley Turner from Belvedere Vodka for their fantastic cocktails--particularly the 'Crosscurrentini'.
Dave and Magnolia Pub and Brewery for their delicious contribution of their Kalifornia Kolsch.
Barbara Brown and the team at R&B Cellars, Alameda's largest family owned winery.
Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley for providing us with camera equipment to document the night.
Rolf Wilkinson and Tin Cup Serenade for providing us with music all evening--join them at the Rite Spot on Thursday, December 13th for their Christmas celebration!