Arts & Culture

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Almanac - Tuesday 2/6/18

4 hours ago

Today Tuesday, 6th of February of 2018 is the 37th day of the year.

There are 328 days remaining until the end of the year

42 days until spring begins...

99% Invisible: On Average

12 hours ago

In many ways, the built world was not designed for you. It was designed for the average person. Standardized tests, building codes, insurance rates, clothing sizes, The Dow Jones – all these measurements are based around the concept of an “average.”

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Almanac - Monday 2/5/18

Feb 5, 2018

Today Monday, 5th of February of 2018, is the 36th day of the year.

There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year

43 days until spring begins

Host Dana Rodriguez is joined this week by teacher Laurie Fischer and technical editor Kira Pace.

It's Groundhog Day! Today is Friday, February 2, 2018, the 33rd day of the year with 332 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:13am  
  • Sunset: 5:35pm us 10 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.  97% of the now waning moon will be visible, rising at 8:23pm

Philosophy Talk: Why Propaganda Matters

Feb 1, 2018

Why is propaganda more effective than rational persuasion?

Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News


Alemany Farmers Market started during WWII to support rural farms near San Francisco. Throughout the market’s evolution, its maintained modest prices, diverse customers, and a “local first” attitude towards selling produce. You’ll find an assortment of Latin and Southeast Asian ingredients unlike anywhere else, and it’s open every Saturday, all year long.

Kari Orvik

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Documentary photographer Jean Melesaine told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Binah: David Biale

Feb 1, 2018

Historian David Biale discusses how, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world.

Almanac - Thursday 2/1/18

Feb 1, 2018

Today Thursday, 1st of February of 2018 is the 32nd day of the year.

There are 333 days remaining until the end of the year

47 days until spring begins

FSFSF: Comedy from Kate Willett and Sam Morril

Feb 1, 2018

Kate Willett is performing several different shows in the Bay Area this week and weekend. For more information, visit her website here.

Sam Morril is performing Wednesday (01/31/2018) through Saturday (02/03/2018) at the Punch Line in San Francisco. Find tickets here.


Ramekon O’Arwisters is a fabric and social practice artist who likes to say he has “no reverence for systems of control.” He is best known for creating a series of public art events called crochet jams, where he makes a space for people to create a communal work of art.


Bay Area Beats: DiaPa’Son

Jan 31, 2018
Courtesy Maria De La Rosa.


Son Jarocho is a style of Mexican folkloric music that’s been growing roots here in California for at least 50 years. The music grew out of the historical mix of Indigenous, Spanish, and African cultures in the state of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico. It’s often practiced at a type of gathering called a fandango, where the community shares music, dance, poetry, and food.


Teresa Tam

On this week’s Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts, we are visited by Bay Area based, Early Music ensemble Agave Baroque, which specializes in string chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Almanac - Wednesday 1/31/18

Jan 31, 2018

Today, Wednesday, the 31th of January of 2018 is the 31st day of the year

There are 334 days remaining until the end of the year

48 days until spring begins

Fog City Blues: Seth Augustus Band

Jan 30, 2018
Photo: HGH

The music of Seth Augustus has been described as "sharp, black diamonds flicking with their own sinister twinkle," "urban swamp music for which dark alleys and basement speakeasies were surely invented," and "the music God hears in his sleep when He has a high fever."

Should there be limits to violence in the service of liberation?

Almanac - Tuesday 1/30/18

Jan 30, 2018

Today Tuesday, the 30th of January of 2018 is the 30th day of the year.

There are 335 days remaining until the end of the year...

49 days until spring begins...

Almanac - Monday 1/29/18

Jan 29, 2018

Today Monday, 29th of January of 2018 is the 29th day of the year.

There are 336 days remaining until the end of the year.

50 days until spring begins

99% Invisible: The Giftschrank

Jan 28, 2018

In May 8, 1945, the Allied powers declared victory in Europe, putting an end to the Nazi regime. There was much to be done, and figuring out what to do with Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”), Adolf Hitler’s fictionalized autobiography, was prominently on the list.

99% Invisible: The Stethoscope

Jan 28, 2018

Imagine for a moment the year 1800. A doctor is meeting with a patient – most likely in the patient’s home. The patient is complaining about shortness of breath. A cough, a fever. The doctor might check the patient’s pulse or feel their belly, but unlike today, what’s happening inside of the patient’s body is basically unknowable. There’s no MRI. No X-rays. The living body is like a black box that can’t be opened.

99% Invisible: McMansion Hell

Jan 28, 2018

Few forms of contemporary architecture draw as much criticism as the McMansion, a particular type of oversized house that people love to hate.

99% Invisible: Public Works

Jan 28, 2018

Infrastructure makes modern civilization possible. Roads, power grids, sewage systems and water networks all underpin society as we know it, forming the basis of our built environment … at least when they work.

Minds Over Matter 1/28/18

Jan 28, 2018

The Bay Area's favorite quiz show!

99% Invisible: Negative Space

Jan 28, 2018

Michael Bierut is an award-winning designer, partner at Pentagram in New York City, and author of various books on design. 

99% Invisible: Unpleasant Design

Jan 28, 2018

Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. 

Kevin Dooley

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Happy 89th birthday to illustrator Jules Feiffer!

Today is Friday, January 26, 2017 the 26th day of the year with 339 days remaining.

Sunrise: 7:18am  

Sunset: 5:27pm us 10 hours and 9 minutes of daylight.  59% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 1:00pm

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

Jan 25, 2018
Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch / CC Flickr User University of Oregon, resized and recropped


This week the Bay Area lost a homegrown hero, Berkeley-born writer Ursula K. Le Guin.