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Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Renée Kemp talks with opera singers Roy Cornelius Smith and Juyeon Song about their roles in Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking opera Tristan und Isolde, which will be performed live in concert form on Sunday, August 26 (2pm) at the Herbst Theatre (410 Van Ness) in San Francisco. Conductor Jonathan Khuner will join the conversation. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with comedian and festival co-producer Abhay Nadkarni about the 5th Annual Desi Comedy Fest which takes place from August 9 - 19 at comedy clubs and theaters in 9 Northern California cities: San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Milpitas, Dublin, and Mountain View.

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Mark Streshinsky, general director of West Edge Opera, about the Company’s 2018 Summer Festival, which includes productions of Debussy’s Pélleas and Mélisande, Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, and Matt Marks’ Mata Hari

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Renee Kemp talks with actors John Bambery and Nanci Zoppi who play the leads in the San Francisco Playhouse production of the musical Sunday in the Park with George, which runs through September 8.

Jim Cox

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Renee Kemp talks with actresses Denmo Ibrahim and Nadine Malouf from the cast of A Thousand Splendid Suns, which runs through July 29 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

Lance Huntley

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Peter Robinson talks with actor L. Peter Callender and director Kirsten Brandt, about the production of Shakespeare’s historical play Richard III by the African-American Shakespeare Company (AASC), which opens this weekend and runs through July 29.

Andy Dunnicliff

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Ben Yalom, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of foolsFURY Theater Company, and with director Deborah Slater, about the seventh FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theater, which runs from July 10-22 at venues in San Francisco and Oakland.

Craig Schwartz Photography

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with cast members Austin Ku and Maria-Christina Oliveras from the new play-with-a-musical, Soft Power, at the Curran (445 Geary Street) in San Francisco through July 8.

Alessandra Mello

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Katie Brayben and Vincent Randazzo about the world-premiere of the musical A Walk on the Moon, at A.C.T’s Theater's Geary Theater through July 1.

Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with San Francisco Opera’s general director Matthew Shilvock about The Ring, the Company’s production of Wagner’s epic opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, which opened this week with Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Wendy vanden Heuvel and Adrian Roberts about A Lesson From Aloes, a drama by South African playwright Athol Fugard about the injustices of Apartheid.   

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Randall Kline, founder and executive artistic director of SFJAZZ, about the 36th San Francisco Jazz Festival, which runs from June 5 to June 17, featuring artists like Ahmad Jamal, Monsieur Periné, Irma Thomas, Sérgio Mendes, Marcus Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Soweto Kinch, and many more.

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Peter Robinson talks with dramaturg Kip Cranna, about The Ring, San Francisco Opera’s production of Wagner’s epic opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, from June 12 through July 1.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actors Stephen Spinella and Randy Harrison about their roles in the current Berkeley Rep production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with playwright Melissa Ross, about the world premiere production of her play An Entomologist’s Love Story at SF Playhouse.

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with cast member Adrianna Hicks, who plays the role of Celie in the musical The Color Purple, currently at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, through May 27.

Joan Marcus

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulipe talks with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Suzan-Lori Parks, about the A.C.T. production of her explosively powerful and lyrical new play Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).

Rob Best

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with Tanya Chianese, director of the contemporary dance company ka·nei·see | collective about the world premiere of Nevertheless, a performance that explores the field of gender-based harassment from the subtle to the violent, in a marriage of song and dance, comedy and horror.

Edward Miller

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with members of Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT), the oldest continuously operating African American dance company on the West Coast. Founding Artistic Director Deborah Vaughan, and choreographer Latanya Tigner join us in the studio to share details about Kick High, Turn Fast, a program with two world premieres, marking DDT’S 45th anniversary.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Christy Funsch, about the premiere of Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel, a full-length work which celebrates the women of two distinct eras of San Francisco dance history. Featuring a cast of women/dance-makers over 40, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel is inspired by the California Dancing Girls, one of the first all-women dance companies based in San Francisco in the 1910s.

Prabhakar Subrahmanyam

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine on the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with Usha Srinavasan and Priya Das about FolkSi, the Silicon Valley Folk Festival, this Saturday in San Jose.

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine about the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Rose Aguilar is filling in for David Latulippe, and she talks with artistic director Bill English of the San Francisco Playhouse about The Effect, a play by British playwright Lucy Prebble.

Hien Huynh

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, host David Latulippe welcomes Finnish choreographer Raissa Punkki to talk about her dance company punkkiCo’s new work Controle, her response to the current era of escalating social media frenzy and its “fleshless interaction.”. She is joined by composer and sound designer Aaron Gold.

L. Peter Callender

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, host David Latulippe welcomes L. Peter Callender, artistic director of the African-American Shakespeare Company, and actress Jemier Jenkins, to discuss  the current AASC production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

RJ Muna

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, host David Latulippe talks with Liss Fain, artistic director of San Francisco based dance company Liss Fain Dance, about the premiere of ‘I Don’t Know and I Never Will’, an evening-length immersive performance installation, based on the verbatim text of letters from a college boyfriend.

Shayna Yasuhara

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine covering the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Los Angeles based artist Edgar Arcenaux, about his project Until, Until, Until…, a multi-media video installation and a live action play - written, staged, and directed by Arceneaux - that revisits a controversial 1981 performance by American actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen (played by Frank Lawson), which was televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration.

Scott Shaw

This week on Open Air, KALW's radio magazine about the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with ODC Theater's new artistic director, Julie Potter, about the Theater's 2018 Season, which starts off with three performances of ‘Grandma’, a ‘live televisual, set in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonderbread’, by New York artist Cori Olinghouse, who will also join the conversation. ‘Grandma’ runs February 15 - 17, 8pm at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street in San Francisco.

Marco Borggreve

On this week’s Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe meets with virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter, who performs at SF Jazz’s Miner Auditorium on his digital custom-built International Touring Organ, a one-of-a-kind electronic instrument and elaborate speaker system that brings the pipe organ tradition into the 21st century.

Cameron's interview was edited for inclusion in the full show, above.  Here is the full interview, in 2 parts:

Teresa Tam

On this week’s Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts, we are visited by Bay Area based, Early Music ensemble Agave Baroque, which specializes in string chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Kevin Berne

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with actor Scott Wentworth, who stars as Goldberg in ACT’s production of The Birthday Party, a so-called ‘comedy of menace’ by Harold Pinter. The Birthday Party runs through February 4 at ACT’s Geary Theater in downtown San Francisco.

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