Open Air

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KALW’s weekly magazine of all things - Culturally - considered. 

Blithe Spirit ~ Amadeus ~ Mostly British Film Festival

Jan 20, 2015
JOAN MARCUS

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance is sitting in for David Latulippe, and he will be joined in the studio by Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers of  Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City about the new production of Peter Shafer’s play 'Amadeus'; also, actress Susan Louise O’Connor, who plays the part of Edith in Noël Coward's comic play  Blithe Spirit, currently on stage at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco;  actor-pianist Christopher Tocco discusses his role in the musical comedy '2 Pianos 4 Hands' at TheatreWorks in Mountain View; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses the movie American Sniper, plus the upcoming Mostly British Film Festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, January 22 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to director Jon Tracy about the regional premiere of the new play, ‘Tree’ by Julie Hebert at San Francisco Playhouse, which deals with the delicate balance of race and family; Executive Director Carey McCray and author Kirsten Guenther discuss the first show by the new FOGG Theatre Company, called ‘The Cable Car Nymphomaniac’, which is based on actual events from 1970, when a young woman succesfully sued the city of San Francisco after a cable car accident caused her to become a nymphomaniac. Also, harpsichordist and recorder player Hanneke van Proosdij, who is co-founder and co-director of the ensemble Voices of Music, talks about the upcoming concert program of 17th century Consort Music for recorder, strings and continuo name ‘The Great Poets - From Shakespeare to Dryden’; plus double-bassist and composer Shinji Eshima informs the listeners about some upcoming projects, which include several world premieres of his compositions.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 15 at 1pm.

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests are John Fisher, who directs David Mamet’s play ‘The Anarchist’, a Theatre Rhino production at SF’s Eureka Theatre; also, D’Arcy Drollinger, who is writer, director and one of the stars of ‘Sh*t & Champagne -- A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance’ at The Oasis in San Francisco; Will Giammona and Chris Morrell talk about the current production of 'Avenue Q' at the New Conservatory Theatre Center; plus regular contributor Peter Robinson joins us with his view on some recent cultural offerings, and gives tribute to English rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who passed away last month.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, January 8 at 1pm.

Amy Boyle Photography

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with directors/performers Jamie Coventry and Natasha Kaluza about the annual Winter Circus Cabaret ‘Mittens and Mistletoe’; Artistic Director Warren Stewart discusses the upcoming concerts of his baroque ensemble Magnificat in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco with the Missa Concertata by Italian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676); music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg shares details about this weekend's holiday concerts by the New Century Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael; and actress/singer Maggie Anderson stops by to talk about her role as Jovie in the Broadway Musical ‘Elf’ which can be seen at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, December 18 at 1pm. 

Revels Inc.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Artistic Director Magen Solomon about the upcoming holiday concerts of the San Francisco Choral Artists called ‘Postcards from Abroad’, in San Francisco, Oakland and Palo Alto; Music Director Joseph Piazza of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus discusses the ensemble’s annual holiday program, titled ‘Silver and Gold’ which is presented this coming weekend; Artistic Director David Parr joins us to share details about the 2014 edition of the California Revels called ‘An American Journey’, opening on December 12 in Oakland; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson brings the listeners up to speed about recent cultural events.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, December 11 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to pianist and composer Burt Bacharach, who will be in town for two performances with the San Francisco Symphony next week; Artistic Director Dan Demers and music Director Tracy Chiappone discuss the upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City; flutist and vibraphone player Roger Glenn shares details about his upcoming concert at Yoshi’s in Oakland; Artistic Director Susan McMane of the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco talks about the ensemble’s holiday concerts titled ‘Stars of Wonder’; and San Francisco Chronicle’s classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his top music picks for the month of December.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, December 4 at 1pm.

Justin Lane

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Dorothy Manly of the San Francisco Early Music Society, about the new season that starts this coming weekend with concerts by ensemble ‘East of the River’ in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco. Also, a conversation with director Bill English of SF Playhouse about the new production of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical ‘Promises, Promises’; and maestro Eric Kujawsky discusses the performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, this weekend at the Redwood Symphony; and regular contributor and Open Air critic at large Peter Robinson reviews two new movies.  

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, November 20 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.  

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor L. Peter Callender and director Jon Tracy about the Aurora Theater's West Coast premiere of 'Breakfast with Mugabe'; also, Michel Laprise, director and creator of the Cirque du Soleil show 'Kurios' shares his vision on the new production, which starts its US Tour in San Francisco this weekend; playwright Jonathan Spector, director Christine Young and actor Seton Brown discuss 'In from the Cold' that is being staged at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley; plus conductor Michael Morgan shares details about the November 22 concert of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, for which he is guest conductor.

Open Air with David Latulippe, broadcast live on Thursday, November 13 at 1 pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Angelina in Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola, or Cinderella. Bay Area composer Samuel Adams discusses his work Drift and Providence, which the San Francisco Symphony will play this weekend, and then perform during five of the nine concerts of the upcoming US Tour. Artistic/Executive Director Stephanie Weisman shares details about the 25-year anniversary of The Marsh: A Breeding Ground for New Performance; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson presents his view on the events on this week’s cultural calendar.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, 6 November 2014. Listen now or anytime... 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Katherine McKee, music director of the San Francisco Renaissance Voices about the ensemble’s tenth anniversary season, which kicks off this weekend. Opera singer Ronit Widmann-Levy shares details about the cultural programming at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, which opens this week with 10-time Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Arturo Sandoval; regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed on cultural offerings on the Peninsula; and San Francisco Chronicle’s classical music critic Joshua Kosman present his musical picks for the month of November.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, October 30 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with members of the Friction String Quartet who will be live in the studio for an on-air performance; also, conversations with Lance Knobel, founder and curator of Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, and musician Mina Girgis who speaks at the festival; and Rebecca Fisher discusses her new show ‘Memphis on my Mind’, which opens this weekend at The Marsh Berkeley; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson ruminates on the month of November, from Remembrance to Thanksgiving...

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday October 23 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime… 

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Artistic Director Kim Epifano of San Francisco Trolly Dances about upcoming live performances along Muni’s J Church line; also an interview with Reese Erlich about Jazz and Syria, this weekend at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley; actress Mindy Lym shares details about Sweeney Todd at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, in which she plays the part of Johanna; and we talk with artistic director Dan Demers about the production of The 39 Steps at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.

Open Air with David Latulippe; broadcast live on Thursday October 16, 1-2pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Pak Han

 

 This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Jenny McAllister, founder and artistic director of Thirteenth Floor Dance Theater, about the world premiere of A Wake, a dance theater piece based on the novel 'Finnegan’s Wake' by James Joyce; also, a conversation with Nina Menéndez, founder and artistic director of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival, about the 9th annual edition of the festival, which starts on October 10, and she will bring some festival artists for a live studio performance; plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews two movies and reports on what is happening on the Theatre Stages of London.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on October 9, 1-2pm. Listen now or anytime...

Joan Marcus

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe will not just talk to, but also perform live on the air together with flutists Robert Stallman and Isabelle Chapuis, and discuss some upcoming flute-centric performances and masterclasses in the Bay Area. Furthermore, a discussion with actor John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut as the title character in the 1972 production of the musical Pippin, and plays a different role in the cast for the revival production, currently at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco; also, the Berkeley Symphony season opener with a commission from composer Oscar Bettison; and San Francisco Chronicle’s classical music critic Joshua Kosman sharing his music picks for the month of October.

Open Air with David Latulippe, broadcast live on Thursday, October 2 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Pak Han

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests are playwright Christopher Chen and director Marissa Wolf, discussing Chen’s play The Late Wedding, which opens the new season at The Crowded Fire Theater; also, founder and director Marilyn Levinson and associate producer Michael Williams of Bay Area Cabaret talk about the new BAC season, which opens with a tribute to songwriter Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin); SF Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin shares details about the upcoming symphony concerts with music from 2001: A Space Oddyssey, and also about his new professional chamber choir, Capella SF; plus regular contributor Peter Robinson brings us up to speed on book club activities in and around San Francisco.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; broadcast live on Thursday, September 25 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Steven Sanchez

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama about The Anastasio Project, an evening-length multidisciplinary performance which investigates race relations, state brutality and border violence, based on personal experiences of people of color in Oakland; Lido Cantarutti, director of the Italian Film Festival in San Rafael shares details about the upcoming 38th edition, starting next week; musicians Joshua Raoul Brody and Steve Kirk discuss the new cd of Orchestra Nostalgico; and playwright Aaron Loeb talks about his play “Ideation,” which kicks off the 2014-2015 new season for San Francisco Playhouse.  Open Air, broadcast Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Austin Forbord/Rapt Productions

  

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Jo Kreiter about ‘Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane’, an aerial dance in which she explores the experience of older homeless women in San Francisco. This is a collaboration with journalist Rose Aguilar, who will also be in the studio. Furthermore, conversations with chemist, novelist, and playwright Dr. Carl Djerassi, about his upcoming autobiography and two new plays; and with conductor Dawn Harms about her concert with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony this weekend. Regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson brings us up to speed about goings-on at Cal Shakes.

Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast live on Thursday, September 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Jamie Wright, Executive Producer of the 2014 San Francisco Improv Festival; American Bass Raymond Aceto discusses his role debut as traveling preacher Olin Blitch, in San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Susannah’ by Carlisle Floyd; Bay Area DJ/composer Mason Bates shares details about his piece ‘Alternative Energy’, which is performed by the San Francisco Symphony as part of its ongoing Beethoven/Bates Festival; and SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month ahead.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday September 4, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Eric Wolfinger

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Hillbarn Theatre's  new Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers, who directs the musical 'Funny Girl', which opens the new season at Hillbarn in Foster City; Desdemona Chiang talks about her directing debut at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre with 'Rapture, Blister, Burn, a witty comedy which examines the pursuit of happiness in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals; Opera San Jose's new Music Director Joseph Marcheso discusses Verdi's famous masterpiece Rigoletto, with which the Company opens its 2014-15 season; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed about cultural offerings on the Peninsula. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday August 28 at 1pm; listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with Michael Urie about his one-man show, “Buyer & Cellar”, opening at the Curran Theatre, which takes us into Barbara Streisand’s basement; Helene Whitson, co-founder and board president of the SF Lyric Chorus, shares details about the ensemble's upcoming concert, with choral works from Maurice Durufle and Joseph Jongen; and  - Open Air serves a healthy helping of choral music this week -  conductor Robert Geary discusses this weekend's performances of Brahms' German Requiem by the SF Choral Society.  Plus, critic-at-large and regular contributor Peter Robinson reviews the movie  Calvary, the Cal Shakes production of Pygmalion, and offers a tribute to Lauren Bacall.  Open Air with David Latulippe; originally broadcast on 21 August 2014.  Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe welcomes San Francisco-born singer and actor Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. to talk about his part in 'Motown, the Musical', which opens at the Orpheum Theatre in SF this weekend; also a conversation with Franco Imperial, Artistic Director of San Jose Taiko, which will perform together with The Bangerz, as part of the Music Moves Festival running through August 24 at ODC; singers Tony Vincent and Jessica Phillips talk about their musical show 'I Heart the 80's' at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco; and director Susi Damilano and singer/actress Monique Hafen share details about Sondheim's musical 'Into the Woods' at SF Playhouse. Open Air with host David Latulippe; originally broadcast on August 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Isabel Yrigoyen and Marc Bamuthi Joseph about the  Performance Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which is part of the "Bay Area Now 7" festival that continues through October; choreographers Pearl Marill and Randee Paufve discuss their contributions to the  “Music Moves” festival at ODC; and cellist Dmitri Atapine joins us in studio to talk about the concluding weekend of concerts by the presenters of Music@Menlo.  Plus, our regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews the movie “A Most Wanted Man” and offers ideas for things to do with visitors to San Francisco.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ originally broadcast on August 7, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

  This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with James Darrah about his direction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Merola Opera Program; ODC founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way returns with Deputy Director for Advancement, Christy Bolingbroke, to discuss the upcoming 3-week festival called Music Moves; President and co-founder Paul Andrews from the Slavyanka Chorus shares details about the upcoming Russian Music Festival starting this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley; and SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month of August.  Open Air with David Latulippe, broadcast live on Thursday 31 July 2014. Listen now or anytime...

Stefan Cohen

 

 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking with RAWdance  founders and performers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein about the company’s tenth anniversary season, featuring the world premiere of a work called ‘Turing's Apple’ with music by Richard Einhorn, about British mathematician Alan Turing, known during World War II as "Britain's greatest code breaker"; David Latulippe interviews actor, singer and song writer Cheyenne Jackson about his upcoming performances with the San Francisco Symphony; musician and composer Joshua Raoul Brody will discuss ‘An Evening of Song’, this weekend at St. Cyprian's Church in San Francisco, and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shares cultural tips for listeners who are entertaining friends or guests in and around the City this summer. Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; originally broadcast on Thursday, July 24 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Kent Taylor

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking to pianist Gloria Chien about chamber music festival Music@Menlo, which starts this weekend and runs through August 9;  Bay Area actress and director Milissa Carey discusses a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos, opening July 24; San Francisco drag queen Heklina shares details about Sex and the City: LIVE!, Featuring San Francisco’s Finest Drag Performers, which starts on July 24 at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to date on cultural events on the Peninsula. Open Air, broadcast live on Thursday July 17, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to young artists from the Merola Opera Program about their roles in the upcoming production of Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”; conductor David Möschler and singer Caitlin Cobb-Vialet talk about the Youth Musical Theater Company’s production of “South Pacific", Stephan Stubbins, co-Executive Director for Transcendence Theater Company, shares details about the third season of ‘Broadway Under the Stars’ at Jack London State Historic Park; and Peter Robinson offers some summer reading suggestions and activities.  Open Air with David Latulippe; originally broadcast on July 10 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Ben Yalom and Debórah Eliezar, artistic directors of the FURY Factory festival of ensemble theater about the visiting companies from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and the Bay Area; Sammy Wegent shares details about Speechless Live, an improvised power point presentation spoof at Public Works; we have a conversation with Terry Baum, star of “Hick: A Love Story, the Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt;” and San Francisco Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month of July.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on July 3, 2014. Listen now or anytime...

This week, actors Rafael Jordan, James Carpenter, and Paul Vincent O'Connor talk about the Aurora Theatre's season closer, David Mamet’s “American Buffalo;” Peter Stein, Senior Programmer for Frameline38 is joined by Jonathan Taieb, director of the film “Stand” which explores Russia’s virulent anti-gay society; Michael Gene Sullivan shares details about this year's San Francisco Mime Troupe's offering; and visual artist Tal Rosner talks about his collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony for performances of Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes.”  Plus, critic Peter Robinson offers a film review of “Jersey Boys” and preview of CalShakes at Orinda.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/26/14 at 1pm.

Photo: Diana Blackwell

This week, conversations with playwright Dezi Gallegos about his one-man show at the Marsh, "God Fights The Plague", and with Christopher White from Mugwumpin.  We’ll also hear about the Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts piece "Number Zero: A Space Opera" at CounterPulse, and get an overview of the 38th Frameline Film Festival from Des Buford, Frameline’s Director of Exhibitions & Programming.  Plus Peter Robinson reviews Modernism at the deYoung and offers a movie review of "Chef".  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/19/14 at 1pm.

This week, conversations with Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, who shares details about the boys’ upcoming concerts here and at Carnegie Hall; Bay Area actress Sharon Rietkirk talks about her role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little” at Theatreworks in Mountain View; Hershey Felder is back in town, this time as Leonard Bernstein, in a one-man show called “Maestro” at Berkeley Rep.  Also, a talk with Rob Bailis of Cal Performances and composer Uri Caine about the Ojai North concerts this weekend in Berkeley.   Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/12/14 at 1pm.

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