Arts & Culture


Tue December 13, 2011
Arts & Culture

Local music: Misisipi Mike

Misisipi Mike with Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Mike Wolf

In the clip above, you can listen to Misisipi Mike Wolf, a prolific San Francisco singer-songwriter, who plays in – as he says – “as many bands as it takes to rock your socks off.” If you missed his sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall back in the summer, you have a chance to hear him this Saturday (12.17), along with Paul Griffiths, at the very intimate Bazaar Café on California Street in San Francisco. Music starts about 7pm.


Mon December 12, 2011
Arts & Culture

What's brewing in San Francisco

KALW Pumpkin Ale
photo by Brian Pelletier

Brewing beer is a complete sensory experience. I can feel the heat on the stove top as the grains and water are boiled to make the wort, the smell of hops fills the kitchen. Later, I can hear yeast feasting on the freshly brewed wort and see the release of the gaseous bubbles that result.

Making beer is like learning a fine art – one that’s been nourished here in the Bay Area for more than 200 years. And as a San Francisco-based homebrewer, I wanted to find out more about our fermenting forebears.

San Francisco’s brewing history

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Mon December 12, 2011
Arts & Culture

Local music: Christmas Jug Band

What can you say about jug band music? If you’re “The Christmas Jug Band,” you can say you’re the “kings of 100 percent acoustic-folk-skiffle-swing holiday high jinks.” And, really, what more can be said after that? If you like your jug band music live, head over to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley this Wednesday. The Christmas Jug Band will be there with a special guest: Country Joe McDonald. Music starts about 8pm.


Thu December 8, 2011
Arts & Culture

“Crosscurrents” goes live for December MAPP

The KALW news team and guests took the stage at the Polish Club SF on December 3rd for an evening of multimedia storytelling as part of the Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP). The theme of the night was “Beginnings and Endings.” Performers included Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington, John Reichmuth of the comedy troupe Kasper Hauser, StoryCorps, and New York Times and Pop-Up Magazine contributor Jon Mooallem. KALW’s own reporters told ghost stories, love stories and stories about the end of the world.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Arts & Culture

Berkeley’s Shotgun Players celebrates their 20th season

The Berkeley theater company Shotgun Players started performing twenty years ago in the basement of a Berkeley pizzeria. Now it’s got its own building, but the company has stuck with its founding principles: taking on little-known or brand new plays and working hard to create theater for the community.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the company is presenting an entire season of world premieres: five brand new plays.

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