Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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4:36pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 27, 2013

Napa shows its LGBTQ pride; nudists continue to cause controversy despite citywide ban; Oakland-born artist Ise Lyfe explores housing as a human right; this week's Audiograph revealed! and local singer/pianist Brad Brooks.

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1:47pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Oakland-born artist Ise Lyfe explores housing as a human right

Before artist and performer Ise Lyfe became Ise Lyfe, he was Isaac Brown, growing up in East Oakland, probably playing Nintendo games like he is right now. We’re in a bedroom in an apartment with these old video games, hat boxes, and vintage clothes – all carefully placed to capture what public housing units like the one we’re standing in must have looked like back in the day.

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1:03pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

“Beyond Belief” exhibit combines the spiritual and abstract

“Gebirge (Mountains)”
by Franz Marc (oil on canvas) SFMOMA

For centuries, artists depended heavily on commissions from churches and other religious bodies, but modern abstract art opened new avenues of creation in the 19th Century. Pablo Picasso and his contemporaries, for example, worked in cubism, a style that reduced subjects to geometric shapes.

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12:57pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Nudists continue to cause controversy despite citywide ban

Courtesy of Creative Commons and Flickr user Franco Folini

The Jane Warner Plaza, on the corner of Castro and Market streets in San Francisco, is better known, locally, as the Buff Stop. That’s because of the nudists who can be found letting it all hang out on sunny days. Earlier this year, they caused so much controversy with area businesses and residents that Supervisor Scott Wiener penned and passed an ordinance, in February, ordering nudists to cover their private parts in public. But that hasn’t necessarily made much difference.

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12:31pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Napa shows its LGBTQ pride

With events ranging from Big Gay Trivia Night to Big Gay Golf to the Dinner and Drag Show, and 19 other events – Pride in Napa has officially arrived. Chef’s Market is the weekly party Napa throws for its locals. This week, it comes with a twist – there are rainbow flags lining up and down the city light posts, proudly announcing “Do Pride.” Booths proclaiming LGBTQ organizations and clubs, and queer couples holding hands while experiencing the live music and fresh food, in what was once a very quiet homophobic country town. KALW’s Teddy Lederer was at the event and brought back these perspectives from the crowd.

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