Arts & Culture

5:17pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Open Air ~ 3/27/14 at 1pm

Blomstedt Returns ~ 'Wittenberg' at the Aurora ~ Adlers in Recital

Open Air with David Latulippe, March 27, 2014.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to actors Dan Hiatt and Michael Stevenson, along with director Josh Costello, about the witty play 'Wittenberg' at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley;  Sheri Greenawald, director of the San Francisco Opera Center, discusses the upcoming Schwabacher Recitals involving singers from the Merola Opera Program; and San Francisco Symphony's Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt talks about his return to Davies Symphony Hall for concerts which include Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. Regular contributor Peter Robinson shines his light on some recent and upcoming cultural offerings. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on March 27, 2014. Listen now or anytime.

9:07am

Wed March 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Junior Bach Fest

This music – Bach’s Sonata in G Minor – is from a competition that has taken place every year since 1953: The Junior Bach Festival.

The final concert in this year’s Junior Bach Festival is this Sunday, March 30th at the Old First Presbyterian Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Music begins at 4:00pm.  

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6:45am

Wed March 26, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/26/14

The Dirty Old Man of Delhi

Singh at his home in Delhi

These days, thanks especially to television, journalists have become celebrity pundits in India. They opinionate, bloviate and pontificate on TV all the time. Khushwant Singh became a celebrity long before cable television. He was sometimes callled "the dirty old man of Delhi" because he spoke without much attention to social formalities.  Singh was 99 and still writing when he died in Delhi last week.  

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9:09am

Tue March 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Melanie Ida Chopko

The voice you’re hearing belongs to Melanie Ida Chopko of Oakland. Her songs combine American folk and jazz, as well as Brazilian sounds. And she is noted for being pretty good at telling jokes, too.

Melanie Ida Chopko will join Lauren Hulbert at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Friday, March 28th. It’s an intimate space, so reservations are essential.  

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5:56pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Viola Rusca's memories of San Francisco

Viola Rusca at the Visitacion Valley library

Viola Rusca has been watching San Francisco evolve for over nine decades. She shared some of her childhood memories from growing up in Visitacion Valley with our Hear Here community storytelling project. 

"Well everything was dirt," Rusca remembers about the streets in her neighborhood. "Because I remember my father... the Italians liked to play bocce ball.  Because our street was dirt, his friends would come on Sunday and play bocce ball."

Click the audio player above to hear the story.

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