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

Courtesy of Ira Marlowe

The husky voice you’re hearing now belongs to singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him “Oakland’s sweet little secret.”

Ira Marlowe will perform solo at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Saturday (02.13) It’s a small place, so arrange for tickets ahead of time.

StoryCorps: Dancing despite disability

Feb 10, 2016

Twenty eight years ago, Bonnie Lewkowicz got a phone call from someone wanting to know what she thought about the idea of disabled people dancing. That question set her on an improbable odyssey.

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

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 3, 2016
Renata Gray

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Daily news roundup for Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016
"Super Bowl 50," by Flickr user Charlie Lyons-Pardue. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / resized and cropped

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

Super Bowl 50’s crazy ticket prices drop slightly, but Niner fans still left out // Mercury News

Colin Peden

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.

Your Call: Working to reduce violence in the Bay Area

Jan 25, 2016
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On the January 25th edition of Your Call, we are going to be discussing these programs working to make a difference in the Bay Area to halt gun violence and provide victims of violence with resources to keep them from the revolving cycle of gang violence. 

A Poem from Youth Radio: “Gumbo”

Jan 19, 2016
Oakland," by Tony Webster, used under CC license/ Resized and cropped

Shyra Gums grew up in Oakland and she’s a participant in Remix You Life an arts program run by Youth Radio.


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

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NAACP supports AUMA… More cities pass marijuana bans… Oakland dispensary to go public… Migraines and epilepsy… and more.


NAACP gives support to AUMA // Sacramento Bee “Legalizing marijuana is an important civil rights issue because pot-related arrests are ‘racially biased’ and disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos,” says the president of the California chapter.

The Specialist: Zoo Chef

Jan 13, 2016
Image courtesy of Oakland Zoo

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

We’d love your feedback, and your ideas. Do you know any specialists? Are you a specialist? Email specialistpodcast@gmail.com. 

Click the audio player above to hear the piece.

Sound design of this piece by Seth Samuel, who also wrote all the music. 

Oakland steps into nationwide gun debate

Jan 13, 2016
Jeremy Dalmas


When President Barack Obama announced his executive order tightening rules on selling guns last week, he called on local governments around the country to step up, saying, “all of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make our community safer.”

Jeremy Dalmas

One year into her term as mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the city's affordability crisis, the rising tech industry, public safety, education, police training and what will happen with the Raiders and the A's.

"Oakland Riviera" by FLICKR user Fragmentary Evidence used under CC, resized and recropped


In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. That neighborhood is Oakland's Jingletown.

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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.


With the holiday season clearly upon us, here are some suggestions for fun things to do around our Bay Area this weekend, whether you loathe or love celebrating winter holidays.

Courtesy of Bert Johnson/East Bay Express

Nextdoor.com is a website designed to bring neighbors together by helping them ask questions, get to know each other, and post local recommendations.

Dancing in and escaping from wartime Liberia

Nov 25, 2015

Karsumo Massaquoi is one of Diamano Coura’s former dancers. He’s a man who loves, and lives, to dance. But, he almost did not survive to do either.

Dancing with Mama Diouf

Nov 25, 2015

Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Get off your cell phone, dad!

Nov 24, 2015

Did you get a text? A new email? Maybe you’re emoji-ing your friends right now just for fun. Ninety percent of adults have a cell phone and almost 65 percent have smartphones. Nearly three quarters of teens have a smartphone or have access to one. Almost a quarter of them say they are online "almost constantly." Some teens, though, feel like they get in trouble for using their phones while parents get off scot-free. 

Stevie Evans has been a special education teacher for four years.

“I feel like when I first started this job, I was just thrown into the lions den,” she says. “I mean, I came into teaching through teach for America – and they really prepare you well for teaching.”

11/23 - Teachers

Nov 23, 2015

Proposed cuts at Mills spark protest

Nov 18, 2015
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

The Mills College Campus is beautiful – wide sweeping lawns, and tree-lined boulevards. It’s a tranquil place where I can picture myself reading a book in the warm sunshine, or maybe even doing interpretive dance in front of the student union – which is exactly what’s happening when I walk onto campus. 

Leila Day

In the past few months, one particular issue has become a flashpoint around gentrification in Oakland: noise.  

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  


                                                 Bay Area Book World Breaking News 

Image by Flickr user Daniel Arauz, with Creative Commons license. This photo was resized and cropped.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article contained errors that have been corrected, below:

* We stated that Brian Hofer had been working for a decade to scale back Oakland's Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The public became aware of the DAC in 2013, and Hofer began his work on the DAC in January of 2014.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
Image by Flickr user 1Flatworld, used under the Creative Commons license. This picture was resized and cropped.

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

New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

Angela Johnston

Ellen Frankel slips the last of her quarters into the Medieval Madness pinball machine and wipes the sweat off her forehead. It’s her second game of the night, and she’s trying to get a new high score. Although she is shy to admit it, Frankel is a real pinball wizard.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland awaiting new Raiders stadium plan // Bay Area News Group

"There’s a new proposal from Oakland’s newly hired stadium consultant to help build a $900 million facility for the Raiders that could include creating a special tax district for infrastructure improvements, developing land surrounding the Coliseum site as well as the city potentially issuing tax-exempt bonds."