Arts & Culture

4:10pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Olympic table tennis born in the South Bay

The US dominates in many Olympic sports – track and field, swimming, basketball. But, one sport the US has never won a medal for is table tennis.

This year, the US team is hoping to change that. It’s going to be challenging. Only 4 players qualified to compete on the 2012 US Olympic Table Tennis team. Three of those four live and train right here in the Bay Area at an unlikely Olympic training ground – a converted warehouse that’s part of the Indian Community Center in Milpitas (ICC).

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2:58pm

Thu July 26, 2012
SPORTS

Reporting on the Olympics, an interview with Scott Ostler

SFgate

Every two years, the Olympic spotlight shines most brightly on the athletes participating in the games. Amidst all the glamour and commotion some people who most of us don’t think too much about are the journalists, those tireless foot soldiers who bring the games to your screens and speakers. Well, we thought about them. What is it like to be a reporter covering the most prestigious sports competition on earth? We put that question to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Scott Ostler.

5:02pm

Wed July 25, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet Xiao Juan Shu

The Bay Area is known for its creativity and its critical thinkers: activists, free spirits, soul-searchers, and innovators. At Crosscurrents, we've been discovering some of these voices through our community storytelling initiative, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project. Our Hear Here producers recently popped up at the Ortega Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. There they asked the residents of the Outer Sunset District for their personal stories on food.

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2:21pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Arts & Culture

Run – or pole vault, or swim – to Legion of Honor’s “Gift from the Gods” exhibit

Robert Anderson (American, b. 1953) 1982 Gay Olympics, 1982 Color screen print Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. Photograph © FAMSF

Long ago and far away – in Greece, nearly 3,000 years ago, to be exact – highly-trained athletes gathered every four years at a place called Olympia to show off their skills and to honor Zeus, king of the gods.

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2:15pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli innovates within a framework

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pizzarelli

Singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli learned to play at the knee of his famous jazz musician father, Bucky Pizzarelli. But as a teen growing up in the 1970s, John was far more interested in Peter Frampton and the rock band Cream than in Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of Paris. John had a real talent for jazz guitar, however, and he joined his dad in playing club dates around the New York/New Jersey area. Pizzarelli recalls his father saying that he “was the only guy playing jazz to support his rock and roll habit. All the guys had it the other way around.”

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