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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5:46pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman

The accordion has been recognized as the San Francisco’s official instrument. Back in the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco’s North Beach was a Mecca of accordion building (and playing) in the United States.

Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, was his apprentice. Tattooed, pierced, and part of the “steam punk,” DIY, Burning Man scenes, Fell now owns her own accordion repair shop in San Francisco, where she says an “Accordion Revolution” is happening among people of all ages.

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5:34pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 2, 2012

The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate; Elections 2012: the South Asian vote; Chew on This: Community service on the street level; Squeezebox Stories: Remembering Vince  Cirelli; Hear Here: The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony; and local group The Sierra Ensemble.

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4:45pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sierra Ensemble

Today's Local Music: Sierra Ensemble

http://www.sierraensemble.com/Sierra/Welcome.html

Today we're featuring the Sierra Ensemble, a trio of violin, horn and piano. They’ve titled their upcoming concert “From the Bosphorus to the Bay,” because they’ll be performing a world premiere by a Turkish composer, as well as the San Francisco premiere of another piece – and more.

You can hear them this Friday, October 5th, at The Old First Church  on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, starting at 8 pm.

3:23pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sierra Ensemble

Today's Local Music: Sierra Ensemble

Today we are featuring the Sierra Ensemble, a trio of violin, horn and piano. They have titled their upcoming concert “From the Bosphorus to the Bay,” because they’ll be performing a world premiere by a Turkish composer, as well as the San Francisco premiere of another piece, among others.

You can hear them this Friday, October 5th, at The Old First Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, starting at 8 pm. 

9:32pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Finding mental health somewhere between east and west

Khmer Rouge survivor Sophany Bay now provides mental health care to Cambodian patients in San Jose.

To find the Unify Event Center in San Jose, you have to weave your way through a huge parking lot, swing around the Wal Mart, and follow the music into a large banquet hall. Today just happens to be Khmer or Cambodian New Year. There are about a hundred people in the hall, sitting around large circular tables while the house band warms up for the evening’s party.

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