Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

David Martin

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Pete Nowlen: an orchestral and chamber musician, and the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB).  SFLGFB presents a Broadway tune sing along concert and fundraiser on May 14th.

Courtesy San Francisco Mime Troupe

The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been performing free satirical theater in Bay Area parks for 50 years. They also run the Youth Teater Project, an after school program currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Radio Poets 2016: Mellana Jackson

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Smuin Ballet’s artistic director Celia Fushille, about the season-ending program ‘Dance Series Two’, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by ‘House of Cards’ composer Jeff Beal. Also, a conversation with composer Scrumbly Koldewyn, about his new musical ‘The Untamed Stage: Weimar Berlin Kabarett’, currently at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Composer Mason Bates shares details about the premiere of his new work ‘Auditorium’, by the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on cultural events around the Bay Area, including Summer Shakespeare.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Radio Poets 2016: Tyler Taylor

Apr 27, 2016

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional live on Fog City Blues

Apr 27, 2016

The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. 

Tom Levy

I’m Jewish.  I feel a strong affinity for Judaism – the beauty of its rituals, teachings and music. But it can be hard to relate. 

Local Music: Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Apr 26, 2016
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj is an avant garde hip-hop orchestra from Oakland. 

They will be playing music from their new album tomorrow, April 27th, 2016 at The Chapel in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from Will Durst and Kellen Erskine.

Will Durst is performing tomorrow through Saturday at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

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Is punk dead? Not when it's in the hands of Them Creatures, who claim they're from Transylvania, California (but we know they're from the East Bay).

Them Creatures perform tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:30 pm. 

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.   Sunset Youth Services affiliated artist Sire chose this Slim Thug track (featuring none other than megachurch pastor Joel Osteen) because of its personal message about letting go of those who bring us down.

Radio Poets 2016: Michael Phi

Apr 25, 2016

Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
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My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Author Janice Nimura contributes the song "Jerusalem," the William Blake poem set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. The performance here is that of English singer Billy Bragg.

Radio Poets 2016: Leslie Garcia

Apr 22, 2016

SF Urban Adventure Club

Whether you’re looking to dance in commiseration to Prince jams, or celebrate environmental protection work done by people here in the Bay Area, we have you covered in this edition of Weekend Go-Tos.

Do popular ideas spread because they're useful, or because they're infectious - like a nasty disease?

Photo by Liz Mak

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.

Radio Poets 2016: Cora Cost

Apr 21, 2016


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

My Mixtape: "Kiss" by Prince

Apr 21, 2016
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A tribute to Prince from KALW's Luisa Cardoza.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lisa Hori-Garcia: a Bay Area actor, performer, and member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT). The SFMT’s Youth Theater Project celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances on 4/30 and 5/1.

Sights & Sounds: Bay Area Dance Week

Apr 20, 2016


2016 marks the 18th year of Bay Area Dance Week, a 10-day free celebration of dance in the Bay Area. Julia Chigamba is receiving the festival’s “Dancers Choice” award — her company Chinyakare Ensemble brings the dance and music of her native Zimbabwe to the Bay Area. She joined KALW’s Jen Chien to talk about holding dance at the center of everyday life.


Radio Poets 2016: Vanessa DeLeon

Apr 20, 2016

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Robert Geary about the performance by the San Francisco Choral Society of ‘King David’ by Arthur Honegger, this weekend at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Jesse Moss, director of the feature documentary ‘The Bandit’, the closing night feature at the SF International Film Festival, about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of the 1977 movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Guest Conductor Pablo-Heras-Casado discusses his work at the San Francisco Symphony this week, in works by Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky and Debussy. And actor Benjamin Scheuer shares details about his one-man coming-of-age show, 'The Lion',  which just opened at ACT’s Strand Theater.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

Mark Growden live on Fog City Blues

Apr 20, 2016

Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. 

Radio Poets 2016: Hector Roa

Apr 19, 2016

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? April 17, 2016

Apr 19, 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.

Philosophy Talk asks about ancient wisdom for modern times

Apr 19, 2016

Could ancient virtues such as wisdom, courage, prudence, and justice help solve some of the most challenging problems of contemporary life? 

Doug Benson is performing tonight at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

Jesse Hett is performing Sunday at Piano Fight in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

"History Part2" by Flickr User Laura / Used under CC CC BY-SA 2.0 / resized and cropped

Drew Ackerman works in the Alameda County Public Library system by day, but at night, his Sleep with Me podcast helps listeners around the world fall asleep.