Imagine you can witness the most beautiful, and most disturbing, sights in the world. Riding a hot air balloon over exquisite Burmese temples; descending into poisonous sulfur mines in Java; meeting robot clones in Japan; exploring factory farms in China. These are some of the images of Samsara: a new feature film from Emeryville director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson now showing in Berkeley and San Francisco.
Just chapters into Michael Chabon's tightly contained Telegraph Avenue —a novel so engaging, fun, and, to us locals, coolly familiar — the Berkeley author throws politically correct caution to the wind with a delightful portrayal of President Barack Obama, back in 2004. Chabon dresses down the then-senator with a funky attitude, a deep love of black music, and way with the ladies, as he attends a fundraiser in the Berkeley Hills to rap positive with Gwen the midwife. Suddenly, admiring the stutter-step speech of this young black man, all seems hopeful again.
New and recent releases: from the Irish traditional band Altan (pictured), singer-songwriter Richard Shindell, and the Bridge School Concerts 25th anniversary collection. Plus an interview with blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb who talks about his new CD "Deeper In The Well." Saturday 3-5pm.
This edition of Crosscurrents is a special one-hour show dedicated to an interview with This American Life host Ira Glass by Hana Baba in KALW studios, and stories from his show that were based in the Bay Area. In that spirit, we’re calling this show This Bay Area Life (in which Hana tries to pull off a subtle imitation of Glass).
Ira Glass visited with guest host David Latulippe to talk about "This American Life" and his new film with Mike Birbiglia, "Sleepwalk with Me". Plus, Peter Robinson provided some cultural pre- and re- views.