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Sights & Sounds: Sara Maamouri

Jan 19, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Documentary filmmaker Sara Maamouri told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Lost Landscapes

Dec 15, 2016
Claire Mullen / cropped and resized

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This Saturday and Sunday, BART will stop service between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations for track repairs. For all alternate travel options for this weekend, call 5-1-1 or visit 511.org. Do not fear, we have a few unique suggestions to help you plan your weekend, which ever side of the BART tube that you find yourself.

The anonymous celebrity behind the Wurlitzer organ

Feb 23, 2012

You probably know Jim Riggs best by the back of his head. He's often seen rising out of the stage in Bay Area movie theaters playing the organ. He is among a handful of people in the world who can tame the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive instrument with eighteen hundred pipes, 244 keys, and 32 foot pedals. April Dembosky sat down with Riggs at the Paramount Theater in Oakland to talk about the history of the organ, his technique, and what it's like being an anonymous celebrity.

DEMBOSKY: Can you explain the anatomy of the organ? It seems very complicated.