Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

John Pearson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductors Martha Stoddard and Jason Oestenstad (assistant) about their upcoming concert program ‘On American Soil’ with the Oakland Civic Orchestra on March 13. Also, a conversation with actor Jason Stojanovski who stars as an injured athlete in the play “Colossal”, opening next week at San Francisco Playhouse. Lucy Murphy and Ryan Doyle, students of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, stop by to discuss SOTA’s production of the musical “Cabaret”, in which they play lead roles. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on the end of "Downton Abbey" and on cultural happenings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 10, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Commentary: To join car culture or not?

Jun 18, 2013
Under CC license from Flickr user Michael Patrick

San Francisco is an environmentally conscious city, so it would make sense that many who live in and around it struggle with issues like how to get around. 

Avi Hoen sure is. He’s a high school student at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. He’s about to turn 16 and has a hand-me-down car, but he isn’t sure he needs it.

Commentaries: San Francisco high schoolers on the influence of music

Jun 13, 2013



For some, music is a source of inspiration, and even guidance. For others, it may be the beginning of a potential career path.

In these next two commentaries, high school students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco explore the significance of music in their lives.

Creative Commons/Flickr/jamiesrabbit

Battles with self-confidence often start early in life, most often in adolescence.  In this commentary, high school student Maya Litauer shares how a middle-school friendship first challenged her self-esteem, then helped her find it.

under creative commons liscense by flickr user Gayle Nicholson

High school students are looking for material that they can relate to. In this commentary, student Frances Saux from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco realizes she's not connecting with her work as much as she could and that there's a specific reason why.