Arts & Culture

5:44pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Playwright captures Berkeley’s diverse character in the midst of its changing landscape

Daylighting: The Berkeley Stories Project written by Dan Wolf. Picture courtesy of Shotgun Players.

A new play in in Berkeley is trying to capture and preserve the diverse character of the city through the stories of its people. Playwright Dan Wolf interviewed hundreds of people from all around Berkeley and asked them these three questions: when did you come to Berkeley, why do you stay in Berkeley and what’s magical about Berkeley?

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9:06am

Tue June 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Ultra World X-tet

The blending of East and West that you are hearing in this music was created by the Ultra World X-tet. Why an “X-tet”?  Because the number of players and their instruments keep changing. They admit to a “world fusion” sound, but their elements come from classical music rather than popular tunes.

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5:24pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: Patricia Chin, from Chinatown to a chorus line

Patricia Chin
Photo courtesy StoryCorps

 

Patricia Chin was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  She had never left the neighborhood when she auditioned to be a chorus girl. It was quite a leap for a young Asian-American girl, born in 1935, but Chin loved the adventure, and saw it as a way to bring home extra money. Her group, the Chinese Vanities, performed in nightclubs up and down the West Coast.

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5:01pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Birth of the Cool: San Francisco's New Fillmore District

A mural paying homage back to when the Fillmore was known as "The Harlem of the West."
Julie Blaumstein

As the city of San Francisco experiences new waves of growth and expansion, we travel back to another time before redevelopment reshaped the Fillmore District. 

In the 40’s and 50’s the Fillmore was a vibrant mix of cultures, and a national hotspot for jazz musicians. On any given night you could hear the voice of Billie Holiday, or the playing of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Dizzy Gillespie. The lively and diverse neighborhood quickly earned a nickname: The Harlem of the West.   

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12:26pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Guy Fox

Who’s this you’re hearing?  It’s Guy Fox. This Oakland band combines alt-rock energy with big band arrangements. And they have a reputation for getting folks to dance!

Guy Fox is in San Francisco tomorrow evening, June 10th at The Chapel, starting about 8:00pm.  It’s a free all-ages show.

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