Kyle Trefny

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. We hear the story of one of them, Ben Rivers, who has found ways to maintain an active inner life even as his body slows down.

On this week's Revolutions Per Minute, guest host David Latulippe welcomes Paul Dresher and Amy X Neuburg to talk about their upcoming collaboration "They will have been so beautiful".  

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Hope Mohr and composer Beth Wilmurt about their collaboration for the world premiere of ‘Manifesting’, a dance theater work inspired by art manifestos, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Amelia Rudolph, the artistic director of Bandaloop stops by to discuss her choreography for ‘#SFPublicCanvas’, a large-scale, multi-media, vertical dance performance that premieres on June 16 on the exterior of the Hastings School of Law building on Golden Gate Avenue.  Executive director Harvey Malloy is in the studio to talk about the ongoing Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. And comedian and story teller Ady Lady talks about her one-woman show ‘From Piss to Bliss’, currently at The Marsh SF.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, June 9, at 1pm.

Bill Hocker

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress Kathleen Chalfant, about the current Berkeley Rep production of “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” in which she stars. Also, a conversation with conductor Ming Luke and tenor Brian Thorsett, about the upcoming (June 3-5) Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra’s performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” – Thorsett will also talk about his role in Curious Flight’s production of Mark Blitztein’s “Airborne Symphony”, this coming weekend.  Actor Corey Fischer stops by to discuss his show “Lightning in the Brain” at The Marsh SF, through July 9; and Rob Melrose and Paul Walsh share details about August Strindberg’s “A Dreamplay”, in a new translation at the Cutting Ball Theatre, opening this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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New state agency wants input … Calaveras officials and public clash over Green Rush … Pot prices plummet with legalization … and more

Today's Local Music: Brian Thorsett

May 10, 2016
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Brian Thorsett has been described as having “a deeply moving, resonant, and unblemished voice.”

Thorsett, who has studied at a variety of Bay Area music programs, will be accompanied on piano by Ming Luke, Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Chorus & Orchestra, taking place Saturday, May 14, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Music starts at 2pm.

Gregory Goode

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to cellist Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, which is celebrating its 20th and final season by offering a series of pop-up concerts around San Francisco called ‘Beethoven in the City’. Unfortunately, the  planned conversation with Monique Hafen, who plays Charity in the Hillbarn production of the musical ‘Sweet Charity’, opening this weekend, could not take place because of an injury that the actress sustained. Actors John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker stop by to discuss the world premiere of The Empty Nesters’ at Z Below in San Francisco. Native San Franciscan composer Mark Grey shares details about the premiere of his ‘Frankenstein Symphony’ with the Berkeley Symphony under Music Director Joana Carneiro; and regular contributor and critic at Large Peter Robinson reviews the new movie Francofonia.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

Monday, May 2 at 9pm:  The Berkeley Symphony’s season opening concert from 10/14/15.  Music Director Joana Carneiro with Ravel’s “Bolero,” “Laterna Magica” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d'été” sung by Simone Osborne.

Monday, May 9 at 9pm:  The U.S. premiere of “Fachwerk” by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, featuring bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll, brass works by Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (from 12/3/15).

Here's our cherry picked selection of community events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Happy April 1st! If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do over the weekend, we’ve mined a few suggestions with no tricks, just treats. 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Utah Governor Signs Bill to Advance Oakland Coal Plan // KQED

"Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that approves $53 million in state funds to aid construction of a new Oakland cargo terminal that backers hope to use to export coal.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lauren Gunderson: author and co-writer of the play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly opening at Marin Theatre in November.

The San Francisco Public Library.


In the Berkeley Public Library last year, Board of Trustees Meetings were packed with library users who showed up to defend the library’s books.

Looking for something fun and unique to do around the Bay Area this weekend? Don't fret. We have you covered.

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The music you’re hearing now is by The Blondies. All the band members are from Berkeley – except for the ones who are from Oakland.

Berkeley scientist designs tools for the visually impaired

Mar 2, 2016
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Dr. Joshua Miele's morning commute to Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute takes about an hour—as long as no one gets in the way. In fact, most people move out of his way when they see him coming, because Miele is blind.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Anthony Wayne: co-creator and star of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, playing now at Brava Theater.

Looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend? Check out our suggestions for the weekend of February 5, 2016.

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Brown removes March 1 medical deadline… Conflicting medical views on legalization, and commercial grows… cannabis Christians… Tommy Chong... and more.


Take a peek at our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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Surgeon General to review drug rules… RICO charges dropped in Berkeley… Mexican farmers converting to other crops… Kosher cannabis… Year-end review… and more.


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Towns and counties vote for local control… Oklahoma still suing neighbors… Columbia legalizes medical marijuana… Concentrates are medicinal…  What “Trumbo” doesn’t tell you… and more.


Heather Wreckage

Check out our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Queer Youth Still Threatened, Even in Bay Area

Dec 10, 2015

With recent gay rights gains, why is it still difficult for young people to be lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or “queer,” even in the San Francisco Bay Area? The Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBT counseling and community center in Berkeley, reports that many queer youth feel unsafe at school every day.

Pier Andrea Morolli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist Garrick Ohlsson about his upcoming concerts at Cal Performances, featuring the music of Beethoven, Schubert en Granados. Also, a conversation with actress Adrienne Eller, about her role in ‘A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder’ at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco; and Norwegian bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll offers a studio performance in anticipation of his featured role in this week's Berkeley Symphony concert.  Plus, a touch of music of the holiday season from local composers.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, December 3 at 1pm.

Do you have a 'Duncle' in your family?

Nov 24, 2015

“Well, I thought he wasn’t exactly my dad but I made a present for him on Father’s Day and I made a little thingy and it said duncle ‘cause he’s my uncle but he’s like sort of my dad… but not really.” 

Happy Friday, everybody! We have a few recommendations of what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

Environment Health Trust

Have you ever taken a close look at the documentation that came with your phone?

If you're like me, probably not. The manual is voluminous, and safety information is hard to find.

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Dispensary operator sues Berkeley… “Serious misconduct” at DEA… News from native tribes… How to stop football brawls... Can you be fired with a prescription?  And more.


First Days: Thu-Thuy Truong

Oct 1, 2015
Thu-Thuy Truong



This week, we’ve brought you stories of what it’s like to arrive in America. As young children, brother and sister Thu-Thuy Truong and Sy Truong fled with their family from their war-torn home of Vietnam to a refugee camp in Arkansas. They eventually settled in the East Bay.