Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Laura Flynn

On the August 18th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about free and low cost local events, museums, nature walks and concerts.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Barbara Lee is the Congresswoman for the 13th District of California. She chose this song by Nina Simone because it has echoes in today's Black Lives Matter Movement. Listen, think, and react appropriately.

Joanna Haigood, Resized and Cropped

Joanna Haigood makes site-specific and aerial dance. Her dances take place outside, or on specially built structures, or even suspended by ropes and harnesses high above the ground.

For young Bay Area mariachis, music is a family affair

11 hours ago

 

Picture a mariachi band.

Paul Griffiths, Cropped and Resized

This is Bay Area singer/songwriter Paul Griffiths. Jim Bruno (musician and college instructor) describes Griffiths' lyrics as 'insightful and eloquent.' 

Paul Griffiths will be joined by two other performers at the intimate Monkey House in Berkeley on Friday (8/19). The show is at 7:30pm.  

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe Talks with Robert Geary, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society, about the performances of Verdi’s Requiem by the SFCS at Davies Symphony Hall, this coming weekend. Also, a conversation with Festival Producer AJ Baker, about 3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company's 5th Annual New Works Festival, which celebrates ‘Women and the Body Politic’, starting August 22nd. Cabaret singer Carly Ozard stops by to talk about her show ‘More Shift Happens’, on August 18 at Feinstein’s at the Nikko; and REAF Executive Director Ken Henderson shares details about Northern California’s Largest Annual, star-studded concert and gala benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco & AIDS Legal Referral Panel, this coming Sunday at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday August 18 at 1pm.

KALW Almanac: Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016

23 hours ago

 Today Wednesday, 17th of August of 2016 is the 230th day of the year  There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year.  The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:28 am  and sunset will be at 7:59 pm. Today we will have 13 hours and 31 minutes of daylight. The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

Dragons on Lake Merced

Aug 16, 2016

 

 

This piece was produced Jacky Chiu, one of our high school student summer interns.

 

I’m at Lake Merced in San Francisco for dragon boat practice. It's kind of smelly like usual, but you can get used to it when you're a paddler.

 

Courtesty of Astronaut, etc. // Cropped and Resized

Who’s singing this song? That would be Astronauts, Etc., from Oakland.

Astronauts, Etc. has a free show at Stern Grove in San Francisco. The band will debut a new composition, sponsored by the Stern Grove Festival’s Local Artist Commission Series. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday (8/21).

Philosophy Talk: The Big Bang - Before and After

Aug 16, 2016
"AbstractBalls34 - The Big Bang" by Drag'n'Drop used under CC license

Does it even make sense to ask what happened before the Big Bang?


KALW Almanac: Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016

Aug 16, 2016

Today Tuesday, 16th of August of 2016 is the 229th day of the year.   There are 137 days remaining until the end of the year.   The sun will rise at 6:28 am  and sunset will be at 8:00 pm. Today we will have 13 hours and 32 minutes of daylight. 

Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Aug 15, 2016
Photo courtesy of Youth Speaks

 

 

Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? Aug. 14, 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

 

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic treasure hunt. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area.

KALW Almanac: Monday Aug. 15, 2016

Aug 15, 2016

 August 15 is the 228th day of the year. There are 138 days remaining until the end of the year.  Today Monday, 15th of August of 2016, the sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:27 am and sunset will be at 8:01 pm. 

Moderator Dana Rodriquez is joined this week by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Steve Rubenstein and the Chronicle's Music Critic, Joshua Kosman.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Hopper's Hands

Aug 11, 2016

 

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.

 

American saxophonist Chico Freeman moved to Europe from the states ten years ago. He started exploring the musical traditions of Eastern Europe and Africa. When he moved back stateside he incorporated his experiences into a unique and lyrical sound.

 

Joo Wan Kim is originally from South Korea, where he trained as a classical musician. He fell in love with hip hop after moving to the U.S. as an adult. He now leads Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which brings those seemingly disparate musical styles together. He collaborates with Khafre Jay, a rapper, educator, and executive director of Hip Hop for Change, which uses the music as a tool for education and empowerment.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST / RESIZED AND CROPPED

Who’s this? It’s the Atomic Love Bombs, from San Francisco. 

The Atomic Love Bombs take part in this weekend’s International Pop Overthrown Festival at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They're performing Saturday. Show starts at 7:30pm. 

This week on Open Air, guest host Ashleyanne Krigbaum talks with Philip Watt and jazz guitarist Jack Tone Riordan, about the upcoming live jazz concert and recording sessions of organ trio jazz in Oakland, Sutter Creek and San Francisco. Regular host David Latulippe contributes conversations with Giovanna Sardelli, director of new works for Theatreworks Silicon Valley, which presents its 15th Annual New Works Festival in Palo Alto, starting this weekend through August 21; songwriter Don Currie shares his music for a special forthcoming reunion concert with singer Donna Pilar, on August 20 at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses audio books as traveling companions.

Open Air with hosts Ashleyanne Krigbaum and David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Courtesy of the artist/ Resized and cropped

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Joanna Haigood, artistic director of Zaccho Dance, which produces the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

KALW Almanac: Thursday Aug. 11, 2016

Aug 11, 2016

Today Thursday, 11th of August of 2016 is the 224rd day of the year.  There are 142 days remaining until the end of the year.  The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:23 am  and sunset will be at 8:06 pm.  Today we will have 13 hours and 43 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:15 pm.

By The Klipptones, Resized and Cropped

If this music sounds familiar, than you probably know the Britney Spears version. But this isn’t Britney. This is The Klipptones from San Francisco.

Taher Shah
tahershah.com

India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

KALW Almanac: Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016

Aug 10, 2016

 Today Wednesday, 10th of August of 2016 is the 223nd day of the year.   There are 143 days remaining until the end of the year.  The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:22 am  and sunset will be at 8:08 pm.  Today we will have 13 hours and 46 minutes of daylight. 

Blues Power Hour: Percy Mayfield and Gospel Greats

Aug 9, 2016

Fog City Blues takes the week off as Mark Naftalin presents two hand-selected episodes from the Blues Power Hour archives:

BPH #8 – Tribute to Percy Mayfield (originally aired August 13, 1984)

BPH #966 - Gospel music by gospel, blues and bluegrass artists (originally aired December 28, 2011)

The music starts at 9 pm this Wednesday 8/10.

KALW Almanac: Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016

Aug 9, 2016

Today Tuesday, 9th of August of 2016 is the 222st day of the year. There are 144 days remaining until the end of the year.  The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:22 am and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.  Today we will have 13 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. The solar transit will be at 1:15 pm.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? Aug. 7, 2016

Aug 8, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

 

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area.

Today's Local Music: Jenny Ferris

Aug 8, 2016
press photo// resized

Today’s local music is by KALW volunteer Jenny Ferris of San Francisco. She calls herself “an authentic, but accessible, mainstream jazz singer.”
While Jenny Ferris appears regularly throughout the Bay Area, her next show is tomorrow (8/9), at the Sausalito Seahorse in – where else? – Sausalito. Music starts at 7pm.

Band: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jferris
Email: ferrisjens@yahoo.com

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Bay area journalist Nathanael Johnson tells us why he chose this choral piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré, which he first sang while in choir as a teen. The recording presented here was by Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. 

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