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Sights & Sounds: Francis Wong

May 11, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Francis Wong, co-founder of Asian Improv aRts told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds of East Oakland: Making dad hip hop

May 4, 2017
Bryon Malik

Hip hop music originally captured the spirit of a generation that was young in the 1980s. That generation and others that came after it are no longer young, but many of the people making the music are not ready to call it quits.

Sights & Sounds: Rasheed Shabazz

Apr 27, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Rasheed Shabazz, Media, Arts & Culture Director at RYSE Center in Richmond told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Most artists follow their visions in the privacy of their studios, but one Oakland artist is re-defining public space: a park. Laila Espinoza is a community artist — one whose art touches larger social themes while engaging the surrounding community. She does all this at Athol Plaza Park in Oakland nearly every weekend.

Let the artists tell it: East Oakland has a “vibe,” a distinctive feel and flavor, and they do all they can to capture and convey it. Join KALW Public Radio and Oakland Voices for Sights and Sounds of East Oakland: Come Together, the second annual event celebrating the community by the artists who live, work, and create here.

Some, Done, or None: To be Muslim in the U.S.

Apr 11, 2017
Judy Silber

The Spiritual Edge has been putting together a series of profiles about how people do — and do not — practice their religious beliefs. Ahmad Rashid Salim is Muslim, and a prayer leader at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.

Hey Area: Is Lake Merritt really a lake?

Apr 3, 2017

Is Lake Merritt actually a lake? The answer is no!

A more accurate name might be Lagoon Merritt or Slough Merritt, as it's connected to the salty ocean water of the Bay. In this short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm dives into the history of Oakland's heart-shaped body of water. 

Song Exploder: Oakland's tUnE-yArDs

Apr 3, 2017
tUnE-yArDs

In this episode, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs breaks down “Water Fountain.” It’s a song that draws inspiration from the politics of drought and dancehall reggae, and you’ll hear how and why she tried to make this song less catchy.

Was the flagpole on top of Oakland's Tribune Tower designed as a mooring for airships? Listener Robert Weiner submitted this question to Hey Area, KALW's collaborative reporting project. Click the audio player above to hear the answer. 

“Alternative facts” used in dispensary dispute ... Mendocino can’t fill regulatory jobs ... Events, Opinion ... and more.

What will the next four years look like for public education? Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, has spent years successfully working to privatize education in Michigan, and Donald Trump's budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the Department of Education.

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Major changes in Oakland pot regulations ... Cannabis at the gym ... What’s in your vape pen? ... Woody Harrelson, Grateful Dead ... and more. 

Sights & Sounds: Rulan Tangen

Mar 23, 2017
Paulo T Photography

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dance artist Rulan Tangen told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Oakland passes War on Drugs equity program ... Oakland’s past mayor wants to open a dispensary ... Breast milk and cannabis studied ... and more. 

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The Bay Area offers plenty of options of interesting things for you and friends to check out this weekend. Here are a few of our picks on what should be your Weekend Go-Tos.

Jeremy Dalmas

While many living in warehouses are worried they could lose their homes, those affected most immediately were the almost two dozen people who lived at the Ghost Ship. They woke up the morning after the fire, to find themselves homeless.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

Events like the one thrown the night of the Ghost Ship fire used to be a regular occurrence all over Oakland. But they’ve virtually died out, because venues fear drawing attention to themselves.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

The Oakland mayor’s office officially knows of 18 large industrial spaces doubling as unpermitted homes, but other estimates say there are dozens more, maybe as many as 60.

We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around our Bay Area this weekend.

State not likely to meet 2018 start date for recreational sales ... Oakland diversity coalition examines industry rules ... Pot drive-thru shut down ... and more.

LEGISLATION

“No way” will California be ready for recreational pot, says state senator // Fresno Bee

“’Being blunt, there is no way the state of California can meet all of the deadlines before we go live on January 1, 2018,’” said Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. ‘We are building the regulatory system for a multibillion dollar industry from scratch.’”

Sights & Sounds: Deuce Eclipse

Jan 26, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Deuce Eclipse, vocalist for local band Bang Data, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Cannabis under the Trump Administration ... Oakland municipal bank idea might help dispensaries ... “I bribed the sheriff” ... and more.

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. While trafficking might seem like an issue we’re all on the same side of, when it comes to how we should go about combating the problem, people don’t always agree.

Today's Local Music: Yassou

Jan 5, 2017
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Today’s local music is by San Francisco band, Yassou. Billboard magazine recommends that they “should be on your radar." Yassou is one of several artists appearing at a benefit for those involved in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire. That’s happening at the Starline Social Club, in Oakland, on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 8 p.m. sharp.

Looking for low-key alternatives to celebrate the dawn of 2017 in the Bay Area? Check out our shortlist of local events happening this New Year’s Eve weekend.

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WHAT WILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DO ABOUT LEGALIZATION? ... STATE TREASUER EXPLORES BANKING WOES ... RECALL EXPLODING E-CIGS? ... HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND MORE.

LEGISLATION

Advocacy group wants to know where Trump Administration will stand on marijuana legalization  // Vice.com

Update: President Donald J. Trump signed an executive action on Jan. 25, 2017 to withhold federal grants from "sanctuary cities." 

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States on Jan. 20, part of his 100-day action plan is to block federal funding to sanctuary cities. San Francisco received approximately $1 billion in federal funds last year. Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose also stand to lose funding.

State treasurer explores “marijuana banking” ... Oregon at a standstill due to testing ... New ‘drugged driving” rules ... Meet the trimmigrants ... Cannabis and Cabernet considered ... and more.

Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. as guest host Honeycomb Brown reads love letters from the Bay Area, written by KALW listeners, along with a soundtrack of love and heartbreak songs from yesteryear.

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