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Sights & Sounds: Rotimi Agbabiaka

Sep 15, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Rotimi Agbabiaka, an actor and singer whose solo show Type/Caste is currently at the Brava Studio, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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... 

Nguyen Nhat Hoang

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist and actor Hershey Felder who is back in the Bay Area, this time with his one-man show portraying Irving Berlin at Theatreworks Silicon Valley.  Director Bill English stops by to discuss the SF Playhouse production of Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’, which explores the moral and psychological implications of human relationships in an increasingly technological age. Oscar-nominated and Emmy-Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ talks about the premiere of ‘The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America’, a new musical epic about the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People escaping war, the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom.  And director D’Arcy Drollinger shares details about the return of campy reverse-drag version of ‘Star Trek Live!’ at The Oasis.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on January 14, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Todd Tankersley

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright Amy Freed and director Art Manke about ‘The Monster Builder’, which opened last weekend at the Aurora Theatre. Actors Carrie Paff and Gabe Marin share details about ‘Stage Kiss’, a romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl at the San Francisco Playhouse; Broadway star James Snyder drops by to talk about his role in the touring production of ‘If/Then’ at the Orpheum; composer Stacy Garrop and conductor Bob Geary talk about the world premiere of ‘Terra Nostra’, a multi-part oratorio for chorus, children’s chorus, string orchestra, piano, percussionists and soloists, commissioned and performed this weekend by The San Francisco Choral Society. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson muses on the month of November.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; Heard live on November 12, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Fei Cai

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with Randy Rollison, Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his organization. Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis joins in via phone to talk about his play 'Between Riverside and Crazy', on stage at A.C.T. through September 27. And actor/singer Jeffrey Brian Adams shares details about the musical 'Dogfight', at SF Playhouse through November 7, in which he plays the lead character. Open Air's Critic At Large and regular contributor Peter Robinson shines his light on several theater productions around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday September 17 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week, you'll hear about the Central Works-commissioned musical "Project Ahab, or Eye of the Whale" from creators Gary Graves, Ben Euphrat, and John Patrick Moore; conductor Robert Geary talks about the 10th Golden Gate International Children's & Youth Choral Festival; SF Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye gets jazzy for Summer and the Symphony; plus a visit with Dave Dobrusky, the music director of SF Playhouse's production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, 7/9/15 at 1pm. Listen now anytime... 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Ivan Vera and Paul Asplund of the SF Contemporary Music Player’s Soundvoice project, which culminates in the day-long concert and exhibition at the Center For New Music, this coming Sunday. Director May Adrales discusses San Francisco Playhouse’s world premiere, ‘Trouble Cometh’ by acclaimed playwright Richard Dresser and she brings along actor in Patrick Russell, who plays the lead role. More theater with playwright Andrew Saito and director Rob Melrose who share details about Cutting Ball Theater’s world premiere of ‘Mount Misery: A Comedy of Enhanced Interrogations’. Plus, writer/performer Scott Barry talks about his new solo comedy show ‘Rise’, in which fantasy bargains with reality as one man desperately tries to regain his lost mojo.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, May 14 at 1pm. 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Johnny Moreno and Carrie Paff who are in the cast at San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Stupid F**cking Bird”, the regional premiere of an irreverent take on Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”; also in the studio is singer/actor Tim Wagner, sharing details about his upcoming performance in San Francisco; Zachariah Spellman, Principal Tubist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, joins us to discuss his upcoming performance as soloist with the Peninsula Symphony in Aurora Australis, a concerto for didgeridoo and orchestra by composer Ron Miller; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed on some of the cultural offerings on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Open Air with host David Latulippe, hear it live on Thursday afternoon, March 19 from 1-2pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to director Jon Tracy about the regional premiere of the new play, ‘Tree’ by Julie Hebert at San Francisco Playhouse, which deals with the delicate balance of race and family; Executive Director Carey McCray and author Kirsten Guenther discuss the first show by the new FOGG Theatre Company, called ‘The Cable Car Nymphomaniac’, which is based on actual events from 1970, when a young woman succesfully sued the city of San Francisco after a cable car accident caused her to become a nymphomaniac. Also, harpsichordist and recorder player Hanneke van Proosdij, who is co-founder and co-director of the ensemble Voices of Music, talks about the upcoming concert program of 17th century Consort Music for recorder, strings and continuo name ‘The Great Poets - From Shakespeare to Dryden’; plus double-bassist and composer Shinji Eshima informs the listeners about some upcoming projects, which include several world premieres of his compositions.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 15 at 1pm.

Jessica Palopoli

This week, during the Public Radio Party Edition of Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Rebecca Seeman, director of Chamber Chorus Sacred & Profane, about their upcoming Spring concert, which is a tribute to the late and great Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson; also stopping by is Joana Carneiro, music director of the Berkeley Symphony; and Steven Haines, executive director of Stern Grove Festival will talk about the upcoming season of Grove offerings; and director Amy Glazer shares her vision of “Seminar” currently at the San Francisco Playhouse.  Plus, regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson offers some cultural reviews and a preview of the Tiburon Film Festival.  Open Air on KALW, originally broadcast on May 8, 2014; listen now or anytime...

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This week on Open Air, actor and trumpet player Philip Watt discusses “Chetty’s Lullaby” at Stagewerx, about the tragic downfall of legendary  jazz musician Chet Baker; San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson shares details about her new stage play "Silent Sky", which is currently in production at TheatreWorks and tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th century female scientist who made startling discoveries in the 'man’s world' of astronomy;  and director Bill English talks about the first West Coast production of “Jerusalem” at San Francisco Playhouse, Jez Butterworth’s epic Tony and Olivier award-winning play. Regular contributor Peter Robinson talks about the San Francisco Public Library and gives some of his picks for the Mostly British Film FestivalOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on January 16, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actors Craig Marker and Gabe Marin talk about their roles in the SF Playhouse production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; composer Michael Daugherty talks about his residency with the New Century Chamber Orchestra; actor/director Russell Blackwood shares details about Shocktoberfest 14 at the Hypnodrome, which will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders; and we wrap up the Architecture and the City festival which closes this weekend with Home Tours.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday September 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, conversations with playwright George Brant, whose new work “Grounded” is being staged at SF Playhouse - we’ll also have actress Lauren English on hand; conductor Robert Geary shares thoughts on his upcoming concerts with the SF Choral Society of Haydn’s “The Seasons”; Word for Word co-founders Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter discuss their production of ‘In Friendship: Stories by Zona Gale’; and guitarist Julio Reyes offers a live preview of his upcoming concert at Old First Church (perhaps with a spontaneous collaboration with host/flutist David Latulippe).  Op

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly magazine of Most Things (Culturally) Considered, host David Latulippe talks with Lauren English, starring in “Bell, Book & Candle” at the SF Playhouse, with Cutting Ball Theatre’s Ben Fisher, and with Bay Area Fado Singer Ramana Vieira who will appearing next week at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.  And for 2013, a new feature:  on every 1st Thursday of the month, San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman will offer his cultural picks for the month ahead.   Original BroadcastThursday 1/3/13 at 1pm.