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Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, the NPR News Quiz, is coming to San Francisco for two live tapings at Davies Symphony Hall -- Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th at 7:30pm.

Be part of the show with Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, the panel and their special guests.  Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am at City Box Office. 

(Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan & Margaret Miles)
Scott Rowe (photo cropped and edited)

  The song you’re hearing now is by Ed Sheernan, being sung by Yes M’am! This a-cappella trio (Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles) sings traditional folk songs, along with music that might never be considered “folk” … until you hear their version. Yes M’am! takes part in the 41st annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which is happening this year at Everett Middle School on Saturday, June 10 from Noon until 10pm. 

Claire Stremple

 

“Oh, my god!”

 

Erica Deeman gasps as she walks into her solo exhibition for the first time.

 

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself. It is the first time I’ve seen them all in a room together, all thirty pieces framed.”

Claire Stremple

 

(Editor's note: this story was inspired by Jill Tucker's feature profile of Tim Wilson in the April 21, 2017 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.)

When it comes to making it big at anything, you’ve got to do some hard work. Behind every rock star, there are thousands of hours of practice, touring and rocking out. Of course, to rock out, you don’t actually need to know how to play an instrument – at least not at the San Francisco Regional Air Guitar Championships. There, rock gods are judged on their stage presence, technical merit, and something called “airness.”

To find out what that is, just take a listen to this story from KALW’s Christopher Connelly, who was there to witness it all firsthand.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


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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: Lyz Luke

Jun 1, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Lyz Luke, Executive Music Enabler at UnderCover Presents, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, about the world premiere of his new play ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ at San Francisco Playhouse, which runs from June 6 - July 2 and is part of the ‘Sandbox Series’ of new works.

Roadmap to Peace

  

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with 2017 Peacemaker Award recipient, the Roadmap to Peace.

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Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Brotherhood Way

May 25, 2017
Truc Nguyen

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.

Lynne Fried

 

When Jesselito Bie co-founded Steamroller Dance Company over 20 years ago, he wanted to create performances to address the spread of HIV/AIDS. Since then, Steamroller has performed all over the Bay Area, addressing experiences of marginalized people through dance.

We’ll have a conversation about the San Francisco International Arts Festival, which takes place from May 25th to June 4th.

In the Bay Area, summer weather usually begins in the fall. Why is that? In this short-answer segment, San Francisco State meteorology professor Oswaldo Garcia explains our "peculiar" climate.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9pm  ~ “Remembrance” (5/4/17 concert)

Christian Reif, guest conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.13, "Babi Yar"

Denis Sedov, bass soloist

Marika Kuzma, chorusmaster

Men's Chorus, to include: Alumni of the Chamber Chorus of the University of California, Alumni of the Pacific Boychoir Academy, Members of the St. John of San Francisco Russian Orthodox Chorale

Sights & Sounds: Jesselito Bie

May 18, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer and choreographer Jesselito Bie told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

James Hardy

 

 

It was 1854 when the first patent for a breast pump was issued to an inventor in New York State. Since then, the device Lea Hardy is about to use to pump breast milk hasn’t changed much.

Beatrice L. Thomas

 

Forty-plus seniors both in and out of wheelchairs socialize in groups of twos and fours in the lobby of AgeSong University. Friday afternoons are happy hour time at the Portola eldercare facility, and the scene is complete with a caterer, and a singer performing lite rock hits. 

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.

Photo by Joen Madonna

 

If you’ve read the San Francisco Chronicle in the last 15 or so years, you probably saw something unique. Once a week, the paper published an illustration called “All Over Coffee” that showed a fresh view of San Francisco, accompanied by words of random insight. 

The blocky Vaillancourt Fountain near San Francisco's Ferry Building has been controversial since its installation in the 1970s. One issue that's dogged the fountain for decades? It's often dry. Listener Ingrid Roseborough wrote to Hey Area wondering why. Click the player above the hear the answer. 

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Today’s local music is by Dirty Denim, an all-girl band using elements of sixties garage rock and garage punk.  Should they call themselves girls? You can take it up with them when Dirty Denim appears Sunday at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco.

A regal statue keeps watch of San Francisco Main Library's Fulton Street entrance. Who is he and why is he there? 

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“Marijuana sanctuary” bill before Assembly ... Homeland Security chief changes his mind ... the fate of 4/20 event ... Scratch & sniff book for tokers ... and more

Binah: We Marched, We Rallied, Now What?

Apr 20, 2017

Join us for a new series of community panels on the state of the nation, the challenges we will encounter, and how ordinary citizens can affect change, presented in partnership with the Women’s March of San Francisco.

Credit: Library of Congress

 

President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

Marylee Williams

A line is forming outside Glide Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. People are waiting to get dinner or to get sent to another shelter for the night. But that’s not what Jana Lee* is here for.

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Do you have questions to ask, and stories to tell? Do you love going behind the scenes, and learning how things really work? Are music and sound a big part of your life? If so, the KALW Public Radio summer internship for high school students is for you!

Sights & Sounds: Vinita Sud Belani

Apr 6, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Vinita Sud Belani, artistic director of Enacte Arts, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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