Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Ready for Pride this weekend? Or maybe you're looking for something more low-key to do? We have you covered in our suggestions for what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

Erik Kabik/Las Vegas Philharmonic

On this week's Revolutions Per Minute, host Sarah Cahill welcomes Donato Cabrera to the studio to share some of his favorite recordings. 

Bluegrass Signal remembers Ralph Stanley

Jun 24, 2016

Ralph Stanley, one of the last of the first-generation bluegrass musicians, passed away on Thursday night, so on this week's Bluegrass Signal, Peter Thompson will present a memorial tribute to this wellspring of American music.

Philosophy Talk asks about the Limits of Self-knowledge

Jun 24, 2016

How reliable are the stories we tell ourselves about our character, our motivations, and our internal lives? 

Audrey Dilling


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.

Today’s local music comes to us by way of…Cuba! Tito Gonzales, who you’re hearing now, first started playing music with fellow cab drivers in Havana, but he has called the Bay Area home for the past dozen or so years.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. 

175th day of 2016, 191 days remaining

Sunrise: 5:49am

Sunset: 8:36pm, giving us 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight

My Mixtape: "Chico Redemption" by Diskarte Namin

Jun 22, 2016

This song reminds Oakland's Owen Li to think about the love that motivates him and the root of struggle. 

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Beauty's summer hegira." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Starting in July, you'll hear KALW's The Spot on Sundays at 2:00 p.m., right after This American Life.

Photo courtesy of Big Harp George

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day. It’s a blues harmonica, but it’s a big chromatic harmonica, which is rare in the blues world.

Big Harp George live on Fog City Blues

Jun 22, 2016

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica.

KALW Almanac - Wednesday June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016
By Sarita Robinson / cropped and resized

Chris Lopez always knew there was something a little different about her youngest child, Gabe. Although assigned female at birth, he always felt like a boy. Gabe Lopez, now 8 years old, talked to his mom about how one weekend at a camp for transgender kids helped to transform his life.

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from Dash Kwiatkowski and Natasha Muse.

Dash Kwiatkowski is performing tomorrow at Oasis in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

KALW Almanac - Tuesday June 21, 2016

Jun 21, 2016

  Today Tuesday, 21th of June of 2016, is the 173rd day of the year.  There are 193 days remaining until the end of the year. the sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:48 am  and sunset will be at 8:36 pm. 

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Ever since high school, people have pronounced Irma Herrera’s name wrong. When she'd correct their pronunciation, they'd ask where she was from, as if it was a foreign name. “I’m a fifth generation South Texan,” she’d say.

Today's Local Music: Rebecca Mimiaga

Jun 20, 2016

Today's local music is Rebecca Mimiaga. This native Californian started voice lessons at age 11, and was performing her own music at 16.

KALW Almanac - Monday June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016

    June 20 is the 172nd day of the year  There are 194 days remaining until the end of 2016. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer solstice occurs on this date, while the Winter solstice occurs in the Southern Hemisphere.

Moderator Dana Rodriguez is joined this week by teacher Pauline Teichman and author Gerry Nachmann.

A Patchwork Quilt Saturday June 18, 2016 at 5pm

Jun 18, 2016

Some folks coming to town

such as Mike + Ruthy and Veretski Pass

Songs about Orlando

from Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Robinson, from Puerto Rico and Afghanistan

and my son William and I revisit our old Father's Day program from years ago....

We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around our Bay Area this weekend.

Philosophy Talk asks about the value of private philanthropy

Jun 17, 2016

What happens when philanthropy by the wealthy becomes a substitute for democratically-controlled government action?

On the June 17, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

169th day of 2016, 197 days remain

  • Sunrise: 5:48am
  • Sunset: 8:34pm, giving us 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight


Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an artist and illustrator. Her work ranges from photography to printmaking to pen-and-ink drawings she does while riding BART. 

Julie Caine

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties.

Soraya Matos

On June 16, 2016, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Starline Social Club in Oakland.  

KALW Almanac - Thursday June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016