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Daily news roundup for Monday, February 9 , 2015

Feb 9, 2015
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Whether it makes you weak in the knees or weak in the stomach, Valentine’s Day weekend is inescapably upon us. Highlights include cinematic love letters to the May-December romance, 80s power ballads for jilted lovers, and one of the biggest record swaps around. When that’s all said and done, film festivals, Lunar New Year celebrations and music abounds.

Welcome to your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

Christian Steiner

On this week's Valentine Edition of Open Air, host David Latulippe ignores the "holiday" completely while talking to pianist Stephen Hough, who is performing Liszt with the San Francisco Symphony this week, but broaches the subject with comedian Kurt Bodden, and gets some historical and literary background about valentines from our regular contributor, critic Peter Robinson.  

Originally broadcast on Thursday, February 14 at 1pm.

Listen now or anytime.

For Kurt Bodden's show 'Steve Seabrook: Better than you', visit: http://themarsh.org 

If you think love letters are quaint and lack passion, Janet Gallin of the Love Letter Squad has news for you.

“It’s felt the touch of your hand,” she says of these testaments to our feelings. “You have probably, when you finished it, held it to your lips. You might have just caressed it.”

You may have held it to your heart. And Gallin concludes, “You have licked the rim of that envelope, closed it with your own sweet tongue – you are all over this thing!” And that’s just the outside.

Caltrain is making progress in rail electrification, with the transition expected to occur 5-10 years sooner than anticipated. Electrification would allow for a San Jose to San Francisco direct bullet and is a step forward for the Los Angeles to San Francisco high speed rail. Prop 1A would fund most of the project but would also require the Bay Area to match approximately $1 billion in funds...