Arts & Culture


Wed August 29, 2012

Who puts that extra amount of heart into everything they do?

Photo and art by Page Hodel

We rely on a large dose of passion to do what we do at KALW, so we want to honor those around the Bay who do the same – for their work, families, neighborhoods, etc. Help us find them!

Maybe it's your child's teacher who goes the extra mile, the owner of your local corner store who goes out of his or her way to keep customers happy...whoever comes to mind, let us know, and we might feature them on the air.  

Just leave us your nomination on our tipline at (415) 264-7106. 


Wed August 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Yonat & Her Muse

band website

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s the sound of Yonat & Her Muse. Singer Yonat Mayer has been compared to Nora Jones, and Adele, but she probably prefers you consider her on her own. The band is currently recording an album in the Oakland hills, but they also like to get out of the studio. They have two shows scheduled this week, on both sides of the bridge.

Yonat & Her Muse will be at the Bottom of the Hill club in San Francisco on Friday (08.31).Doors open at 9pm. Then on Sunday (09.01), they’ll be at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. That one starts about 9:30pm.



Tue August 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Reviving America's first slave autobiography

Courtesy: Documenting the American South

Genealogy is becoming an easier field to navigate these days, with websites and organizations encouraging people to discover their family heritage.

That’s what Oakland’s Regina Mason did, but on her own. In the upcoming film Gina’s Journey, Mason chronicles her adventure in searching for her family history. Being an African American, that meant she would surely encounter slavery, which she did.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 9/8

Hard Pressed (but we can find a way)

Originals from Kathy and band members Tom Bekeny and Greg Booth, plus fresh interpretations of songs learned from Bill Monroe, Vern & Ray, the Delmore Brothers, Rose Maddox & Mike Seeger, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, and Kathy's mother.

This Saturday at the special time of 5:00 - 8:00 pm, it's the Bluegrass Signal Fall Membership Drive Special! Great music from great thank-you gifts -- including Rounder's "Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs," the Kathy Kallick Band's "Time," and Foghorn Stringband's "Outshine the Sun" -- plus your great support at 1-800-525-9917 or "Donate Now" at Thanks in advance!


Tue August 28, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 9/1

Old Time Music in Berkeley!

Jason & Pharis Romero are coming from Horsefly, BC to the BOTMC

Bluegrass Signal host Peter Thompson welcomes Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Director Suzy Thompson (no relation) to talk about the annual event and play music from some of the participants, including Pharis & Jason Romero, Riley Baugus, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Trevor & Travis Stuart, Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell, and the Stairwell Sisters.  Broadcast Saturday 9/1 at 6:30pm.  Listen anytime through 9/8 via KALW's Local Music Player.