Oakland

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This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

 

When Oakland native Terrie Odabi begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

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The Bay Area has a rich pro sports scene with distinctive voices who bring us all the action.

Sights & Sounds: Dwayne Morgan

Jul 27, 2017

 

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dwayne Morgan from the Sons of Soul Revivers told KALW’s Devon Strolovitch about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Sights & Sounds: Lucía Sanromán

Jul 20, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Lucía Sanromán told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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Cannabis coming to Alameda ... Oakland’s “pot equity” ... Humboldt growers shun permits ... Teen use drops again ... and more.

Bryon Malik

 

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Evergreen Cemetery is famous for its service to the community of East Oakland. For example, Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party was cremated here.

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African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated for marijuana charges. That’s true nationwide, and in Oakland, too.

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Earlier this year, Oakland City Council voted to stop banking with JPMorgan Chase because of the corporation’s investment in causes like the Dakota Access Pipeline and private prisons.

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The Oakland Police Department’s own investigation into the Bay Area police sexual exploitation scandal was “wholly inadequate” and “defective.”

Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
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In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

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Audrey Dilling

At the end of a narrow alley off of International Boulevard, through the open doorway of El ColectíVelo bike shop, I’m greeted by a young boy.

“R.B.! It’s the lady here for you!” he shouts.

“R.B.” are initials I’ll hear shouted out a lot of today. They stand for Reggie Burnett. He’s the leader here.

Bay Area Beats: Antique Naked Soul

Jun 13, 2017
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Oakland's Antique Naked Soul describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their sound, and their message.

Sights & Sounds: Marvin K. White

Jun 8, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Public theologian, artist and poet Marvin K. White told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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Pot ban in cars considered ... Monterey commercial greenhouses to grow new crop ... The return of Lynnette Shaw ... Marley son invests in High Times ... Events, health, and more. 

Sights & Sounds: Taro Hattori

May 25, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist Taro Hattori told KALW’s Jen Chien about three wonderful events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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The dark fiction genre, "noir",  evokes smoky black and white crime films, with fast talkin’, gun toting men in slick suits and fedoras. But what does noir mean today? 

Kamau Right Now! Live from the Bayview Opera House

May 18, 2017

The next episode of Kamau Right Now! was broadcast live from the newly-renovated Bayview Opera House in San Francisco.  

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This music is the "Quartet" from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” as performed by pianist Steven Bailey. Steven Bailey has a free performance scheduled on Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. He'll play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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Earlier this year, Anne Kirkpatrick became Oakland's newest police chief. Kirkpatrick’s got a Southern twang and change maker cred, having just left her job leading reform efforts at the Chicago police department. But some are skeptical that any one chief can change a department rocked by scandal for so long.

This week on Open Air, KALW's radio magazine of the Bay Area performing arts scene, you'll hear about the Central Works production of "Edward King" written and directed by Gary Graves, a new comedy about finding your roots.  Liss Fain talks about the Liss Fain Dance premiere of "Known Once" based on stories collected in partnership with 826 Valencia as well as The Redwoods, a mixed-income residential community for seniors in Mill Valley; actor Adam Strau

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.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

Like a lot of middle schools, Bret Harte’s hallways carry with them the faint scent of Axe Body Spray and the sounds of kids shuffling to class. The school sits in the middle of Oakland, nestled below the big Mormon Temple. Outside, backpacks dangle from a tall, chain-link fence encircling a busy baseball diamond.

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.

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Oakland Voices correspondent Kat Ferreira lives near the remains of the Ghost Ship warehouse—where 36 people died in a fire in December. She brings us this story about how a new mural is helping some neighbors process the tragedy and move on.

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.

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Sights & Sounds: Terrance Kelly

Apr 13, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Terrance Kelly, Artistic Director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir told KALW’s Jen Chien about three wonderful events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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