Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Sound Opinons: Isleys!

Aug 28, 2015

The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. This week on Sound Opinions, guitarist Ernie Isley joins Jim Kot and Greg Derogatis for a career spanning discussion. 

Sunday at 3pm.

How should we reconcile conflicts between the state’s responsibility to properly educate minors and the parents’ rights to influence their children's values and ideals? 

On the August 28, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible.

Samson Yee

The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about they books they love. Today we hear about Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings from Adam Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer living in San Francisco. Johnson's latest collection of stories Fortune Smiles was released August 18th. 

RYSE Youth Center: A haven for Richmond teens

Aug 27, 2015
A. Mendelson

The city of Richmond has long had a reputation for violence. But things are starting to change. Recently, the city announced its lowest rate of homicide in 33 years. Even so, Richmond continues to be one of the most dangerous cities in the country. For young people seeking refuge from the violence, there’s the RYSE Youth Center. The organization provides a safe space for students to develop their musical talent and express themselves creatively. From the series Generation Change, reporter Anne Hoffman has more. 

Julie Caine

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

If you are sticking around the Bay Area this weekend, here is our shortlist of things worth checking out.

Jacob Groopman joins PT on Bluegrass Signal

Aug 27, 2015

Saturday at 6:30 pm on BLUEGRASS SIGNAL …

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jacob Groopman co-leads the cutting edge band, Front Country, and was a DJ in college. He’s been listening to lots of new music, and shares some of his finds — along with some earlier performers who’ve influenced the contemporary bands he enjoys. Note: not every selection can be considered strictly bluegrass ... 

We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.

 Tim Hockenberry will be closing this year’s series of free concerts in the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square on Sunday (08.30). He is there from 5 to 6:30pm.

Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings in this weekend’s Bay Area performances of Street Requiem, a choral contata to call attention to the plight of people living on our streets and in other insecure conditions around the globe.  On this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday), Australian co-creators Andy Payne and Kathleen McGuire – conductor and artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from 2000 to 2010 – play selections from Street Requiem’s World Premiere in Melbourne last year and speak with host Eric Jansen about their creative collaboration and their work to help people in need. (Broadcast 7pm PDT Thursday 8/27/15 on + 91.7fm SF.)

Nosing Around the Roses

Aug 26, 2015
Chris Hambrick

The Golden Gate Park Rose Garden is an oasis of color and smell, popular among both tourists and honeybees. Fuchsia, red, peach, yellow and white blooms explode everywhere.

 “The rose garden's divided into 64 beds, each with a different variety of rose,”  says Andy Stone, the Rose Garden supervisor, “Usually 12 roses to a bed and then there's the beds on the side that have the climbers and the old fashioned roses.”





Bay Area Beats: Dom Jones

Aug 26, 2015
Ian Davis

In our latest edition of Bay Area Beats we'll hear from Dom Jones. She came up in East Oakland, writing poetry and singing solos in church on Sundays. She grew up to be a writer, emcee, teacher, youth advocate, IT analyst -- and, the leader of her own music and media “empire”. Really -- the name of the multi-media company she founded and runs is called “Dom Empire”. Jones released her debut album, Wingspan, last year. And this month, she’s starting an entirely new venture: fulfilling a long-held dream and going off to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music.

 On this week's Open Air, you'll hear about the Hillbarn Theatre's production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" from actors David Blackburn and Tracy Chiappone; and about the new seasons of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and the Aurora Theatre, which opens its season with the Bay Area Premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky - we'll hear from the three female leads who star as flight attendants in the production, Rebecca Dines, Jamie Jones, and Laura Jane Bailey. Also, a live studio performance from Brenden Guy and the On Found Sound String Quartet, prior to their Saturday appearance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Fog City Blues with guest host DJ Honeycomb Brown

Aug 26, 2015

Regular host Devon Strolovitch sits out another week on paternity leave as local DJ Honeycomb Brown guest-hosts a program of Belgian Popcorn, a soul music sub-genre/curation of 50s and 60s soul & blues records played by DJs in Belgium in the 70s and 80s, including tunes from artists like Wynonie Harris and Wynona Carr — this Wednesday 8/26 at 9 pm.

The music you’re hearing now is by The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy.  Igoe describes the group as “a rock band in a jazz band’s body.”

You’ll find all 15 members of The Groove Conspiracy at Yoshi's in Oakland on Friday, August 27. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

On the August 25th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with award winning documentarian Hubert Sauper about his latest film, We Come As Friends.  Sauper traveled to Sudan to document the birth of South Sudan, which declared its independence in 2011. The film takes an in-depth look at the affects of colonialism, globalization, and corruption, and why South Sudan has been mired in a perpetual state of war. Join the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Hubert Sauper, documentary filmmaker, director, writer, producer, and actor


Sony Holland got her start singing for tips at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square – and notes that that’s where Robin Williams and Carlos Santana started, too!

Sony Holland sings in a fancier place these days: She’s at The Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:30 pm.

Poster design by R Black

  This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

Minds Over Matter ~ 8/23/15

Aug 23, 2015

Host/moderator Dana Rodriguez, this week with Joshua Kosman, the San Francisco Chronicle's music critic, and teacher Lorrie Fisher.

On the August 21, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible.

Philosophy Talk asks: Are some people better than others?

Aug 21, 2015

Should he most gifted among us be held back by the morality of ordinary folk?

Allegra Thompson on Bluegrass Signal

Aug 20, 2015

Bluegrass Signal guest co-host Allegra Thompson presents a collection of duets, blues, bittersweet, and otherwise powerful bluegrass and old time music. The show includes reflections of her fond memories of the 2015 Father’s Day Festival, as well as her current obsession with the Osborne Brothers. BTW, her parents (also pictured above) are both playing the Freight & Salvage -- immediately following the Bluegrass Signal broadcast (6:30 - 8:00 pm) on Saturday, Aug. 22nd.

The Tenderloin’s sanctuary of song

Aug 20, 2015
Courtesy of the Cadillac Hotel


Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl, members of the band Dirty Cello, are doing a sound check in the middle of the day, in an unconventional location: the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.



 All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

Do you know where you’ll be this weekend? If you are hoping to find some fun without traveling too far, we have a few highlights on what to see and do over the weekend here in the Bay Area.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with Jean Kellogg, executive director of the Merola Opera Program and apprentice stage director Mo Zhou, about Merola's Grand Finale performance on Saturday August 22nd at the SF Opera House. Also, Paul Andrews, founding director of  Slavyanka Russian Chorus, about upcoming performances of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (Vespers), this weekend in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Berkeley. Violinist Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet checks in to talk about his ensemble's latest recording and European tour with the San Francisco Symphony; and regular contributor Peter Robinson discusses two movies, and lists a number of activities at your local Public Libraries around the Bay. 

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

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus is celebrating two important San Francisco centennial anniversaries.  First is the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915, and second is the hundredth anniversary of the Mission Dolores Basilica.  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing in the Basilica on Saturday and Sunday. And it’s worth noting that all of the music in their program would have been familiar to audiences in 1915.

Fog City Blues with guest hosts Lyz Luke and Micah Dubreuil

Aug 19, 2015

With regular host Devon Strolovitch away on paternity leave, tune in for a special edition of Fog City Blues as guest hosts Lyz Luke (Executive Producer of UnderCover Presentes) and Micah Dubreuil (keyboardist in Con Brio) play songs to shape the next generation of Bay Area music lovers — this Wednesday 8/19 at 9 pm.

An iconic Indian "Bollywood" film reminds Sandip Roy that a solid relationship can transcend the oceanic gap of language.