San Francisco

5:44pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

A visit with the string whisperer

Note: This piece loses much of its music in written form. Click the audio player above to get the full effect. 

Roland Feller is responsible for the well-being of many of the city's stringed instruments. When you imagine him working on a violin, picture him seated at a tiny old fashioned desk littered with tools and wood shavings, in a room piled with sheet music, billing forms...and violins. Violins hanging on the walls and from the ceiling; violins leaning against the table legs on the floor.

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5:30pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Getting to the heart of things at Creativity Explored

Kevin Roach's artwork
Rhian Miller

I’m sitting at a table with Walter Kresnik and Quintin Rodriguez. They’re bent over big sheets of paper with pencils and markers and paint, drawing hearts.

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10:00pm

Wed December 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

San Francisco's own brand of Northern Soul: An hour-long special

DJ Lucky Siegle at Nightbeat happening at The Knockout in San Francisco
Elias Perez

Click the "play" button above to listen to the entire show.

40 years ago, in small town bars across the U.K., you could find party goers spinning, twirling and pumping their legs to the fast sounds of American soul music. But, it wasn’t the top 40 Motown sound you’d usually hear, in fact, by that time in the 1970’s, Funk and Disco had already taken over the charts. These kids craved Soul they hadn’t heard yet--rare B sides, and small label releases that were overlooked in the surplus of American-produced Soul music in the 1960’s. DJs in the U.K. began collecting Soul records that were off the beaten track, and often impossible to find again. That specific sound of Soul, and the night-life culture that erupted around it, was branded "Northern Soul."

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3:44pm

Tue December 10, 2013
Out In The Bay, December 10th, 2013

Holiday Music and Comedy Galore!

Crackpot Crones

  

What would the holidays be without a little Judy? Connie Champagne talks with host Marilyn Pittman about her Judy Garland show “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on December 18th. On the flip side, there’s comedy and satire from The Crackpot Crones, a lesbian sketch comedy duo. Playwright and actor Terry Baum joins Marilyn as well. Music and clips! 

Thursday, December 12th, at 7pm Pacific. kalw.org and 91.7fm in San Francisco.

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9:33pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area falafel shop hop

Leila Sfeir makes Lebanese falafel sandwichCourtesy: Cindy Carpien

To many Americans, Falafel is a fried ball of mashed up garbanzo beans that you can put in a sandwich. But to me, falafel reminds me of where I’m from – Sudan. Until recently, I thought there was really only one way to make it. But it turns out, there are many ways to fry a falafel, depending on where you’re from – and of course, everyone thinks their way is best. So I headed out around the Bay on a falafel shop hop.

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