Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy of the Community Music Center



Three years ago, UCSF, in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and 95-year-old Mission district institution Community Music Center, initiated a clinical trial to study the impact that singing in a choir can have on older adults. 

Local Music: Quiles & Cloud

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  Today’s local music is by Quiles & Cloud. They started as a duo, playing the streets of San Francisco in 2011. 

Quiles & Cloud have a much nicer place to perform on this Thursday, January 28th. That’s when they’ll be at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley, starting at 8pm.

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from Amy Miller and Emily Epstein White.

Amy Miller is performing tomorrow night (@8PM) at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

Tuesday January 26, 2016

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January 26 is the 26th day of the year. There are 340 days remaining until the end of 2016.


ADVISORY: This story contains mature content.  

In the 1960s, the Tenderloin was a center for the LGBT community in San Francisco. But even there, they faced discrimination and harassment, often from the police. Felicia Elizondo first came to the Tenderloin from San Jose as a teenager in 1963. It was there that she took part in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966, one of the first transgender riots in the country.

"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Jan 25, 2016

Roxanne Murray chose this track because it reminds her of coming of age in the Civil Rights era, with Vietnam, student activism, and Women's Liberation as a backdrop to the music.


Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly roundup of bookish events in the wonderfully literary and bookish Bay Area. 



Bay Area Book World Breaking News!  


Illustration by Rich Black.

This is Audiograph—a guessing game featuring the Bay Area’s sonic signatures. Join us for a special anniversary edition this week. 


January 25, 2016

Jan 25, 2016

New releases on Bluegrass Signal

Jan 22, 2016

Saturday (Jan. 23rd) from 6:30 - 8 pm, we'll catch up with some great new releases. Danny Paisley & Southern Grass are featured -- and are playing in the area next month.

The show is archived on until Jan. 30th.

Thanks for listening -

BLUEGRASS SIGNAL: Across the Tracks - Jan. 23/16

"Ibi Dreams of Pavement" by Broken Social Scene

Jan 22, 2016

Nina Morente chose this song because of a moment of catharsis at a live concert.

Take a peek at our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Olivia Henry

On January 21st, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from The New Parish in Oakland.  W. Kamau Bell's guests included comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, Oakland city council member Rebecca Kaplan, artist & agitator Favianna Rodriguez, and Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale Station and Creed. Plus, music from Antique Naked Soul

It was an amazing show --  subscribe to the podcast to hear it and future episodes, plus podcast-only features.

Philosophy Talk asks about Nations and Borders

Jan 22, 2016

Are borders essential to nationhood, or do they form an exclusive club that unfairly keeps certain people from pursuing a better life? 

Friday January 22, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

 January 22 is the 22nd day of the year. There are 344 days remaining until the end of 2016

Gas Lamp Productions.

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance has an unexpected visit from radio veteran Bob Edwards to discuss his latest venture: podcasting. Violinist and recipient of the 2016 Jeffrey Thomas Award, Tatiana Chulochnikova stops by to talk about her upcoming performances with the American Bach Soloists, and she also plays a Toccata by Bach, live in the studio. We hear about the Palo Alto Player’s production of Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’ from director Kristen Lo and actor Tim Farrel, who plays Willy Loman. Critic at large Peter Robinson talks about the play ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’, currently at ACT in San Francisco. And: long time contributor Dianne Keogh says goodbye…

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on 21 January 2016. Listen now or anytime…


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

Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture

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

Musician Mads Tolling lives in Albany, but he’s played all over the world. He’s a classically trained violinist and composer who loves jazz, and his goal is to remind audiences that the violin is capable of playing all kinds of music.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Jan 21, 2016

January 21 is the 21st day of the year. 

Courtesy of Community Music Center

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Martha Rodriguez-Salazar: musician and teacher at Community Music Center in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Laura Flynn

On the January 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss ways to preserve arts and culture in the Bay Area. 

25 Years of the Blues Harmonica Blowout on Fog City Blues

Jan 20, 2016

Bay Area harp master Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout back in 1991. Since then it has grown into a much-heralded event featuring the most famous blues players alive, including John Mayall, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more. 

Recovery at Laguna Honda Hospital: the wedding singer

Jan 20, 2016
photo by Marcy Fraser


780 people live at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda hospital. They’re here for many reasons: profound disability, recovery from physical or mental  illness and injury, or significant caregiving needs. Some are here for temporary rehabilitation and some move in for much longer periods of time.

Courtesy Berkeley Choro Ensemble. Cropped from Original.

Today’s local music is by the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. Choro is a type of Brazilian music dating from the 1800s.  

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble will be performing on Sunday January 24 at the Old St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon. Music starts at 4 in the afternoon.  $20 tickets will be available at the door.

Learn more about the Berkeley Choro Ensemble here

Wednesday January 20, 2016

Jan 20, 2016

 January 20 is the 20th day of the year 

A dark side of the Pan-Pacific Fair

Jan 19, 2016
Courtesy of Society of California Pioneers / Cropped and Resized

The official celebration of the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco has ended, but a number of events associated with the Pan-Pacific Expo continue into the spring.

A Poem from Youth Radio: “Gumbo”

Jan 19, 2016
Oakland," by Tony Webster, used under CC license/ Resized and cropped

Shyra Gums grew up in Oakland and she’s a participant in Remix You Life an arts program run by Youth Radio.

Illustration by Rich Black.

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

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from Guy Branum and Maria Bamford.

Guy Branum is performing Sunday night at Cobb's Comedy Club. Click here for more details.