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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.)

 

Latest Episodes
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with choreographer Mark Foehringer and dancer Brian Fisher about Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets (Dec 4-19) at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason. Also, a conversation with director Céline Ricci about the baroque opera Messalina, presented by Ars Minerva (Nov 19-21; ODC Theater). Plus, actors Sophia Introna and Loreigna Sinclair, who play the female leads Viola and Olivia in the SF Playhouse production of Twelfth Night, a rousing musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s original, starting November 24. And writer/performer Kate Robards, who is back at The Marsh San Francisco with her newest work, Can’t Afford To (through Nov 27).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with playwrights Shannon Davis and Matt Kizer about An Evening of New Native Plays (Nov 23-26) at SF Playground. Also conversations about the new opera Harriet’s Spirit (Nov 13-14), with composer Marcus Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera; and about the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas (Nov 13-28), with lead singers Nikola Printz (Dido) and Efraín Solís (Aeneas). Plus, Peter Robinson asks dramaturg Philippa Kelly: What was Shakespeare thinking?
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with dancers Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga (pic 1), who perform in These are the Ones We Fell Among, at ODC Theater November 5-7. Also, actors Laird Mackintosh and Adam Grupper, who play the parts of Professor Henry Higgins (pic 2) and Alfred P. Doolittle (pic 3) in My Fair Lady at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (Nov 2-28); and violinist Natasha Makhijani (pic 4) of the Chamber Music Society of SF about Notes from St. Petersburg, the opening concert of their new season (Nov 4-7). Plus, cast member Alison Ewing and executive artistic director Daniel Thomas from 42nd Street Moon, about their production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco (Nov 4 – 21).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with RAWdance founders and co-artistic directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein about Take 3, an evening of dynamic digital dance, created for the stage and re-envisioned for film (Oct 29-30). Also, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry about her performance with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at their 51st season opening concert, Reactivity and Response (Nov 6); and choreographer Adrianna Thompson, from Soulskin Dance, about the new dance film Closer (Nov 5-6). Plus, Peter Robinson talks with author Richard Greene, about The Unquiet Englishman, a new biography of Graham Greene.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with actors Aaron LaVigne and Jenna Rubaii, who star as Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the 50th anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar (pic 1) at the Golden Gate Theatre (thru Nov 7). We meet with conductor Robert Geary (pic 2) and violinist Sam Weiser, about the premiere (Oct 22-23) of Angel Island - Oratorio for Voices and Strings by vocal ensemble Volti, and the Del Sol Quartet (pic 3). Plus, discussions about At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen (pic 4) at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros (Oct 28); and about Lit Crawl, the big literary pub crawl through San Francisco’s Mission District, with which literary festival Litquake 2021 concludes on October 23.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host JoAnn Mar talks with San Francisco Opera’s Gregory Henkel about their new production, opening this week, of Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio, set in a modern-day detention center instead of the story’s original 18th century prison (pic 1). Also, conversations about the world premiere of Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy from Flyaway Productions (Oct 14-17); and about the 18th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances, by Epiphany Dance Theater (Oct 17-18). Plus, Peter Robinson discusses No Time to Die, the final James Bond movie with Daniel Craig.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with TheatreWorks’ artistic director Tim Bond and stage director Brandon Ivie about the new indie folk-rock musical Lizard Boy (see pic), opening this week at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Also, a conversation with Kathak artist/choreographer Charlotte Moraga and composer Alam Khan about Mantram, at ODC (Oct 15-17). Plus, we talk about The Great Khan at SF Playhouse (Oct 13-Nov 13); and the San Francisco International Arts Festival, outdoors at Fort Mason on October 23 and 24.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with choreographer Christy Funsch (pictured) about the world premiere of her twelve-hour dance performance EPOCH on October 2. We also talk about the 44th Italian Film Festival of Marin, opening October 2; and about the immersive 80s live-concert experience Bratpack, through November 7 at Feinstein’s at The Nikko. Plus, Peter Robinson discusses the importance of stories in our lives.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with members of the Quantum Quintet (pictured), about their upcoming concert (Sept 25) at the Incarnation Church in San Francisco’s Sunset, playing Dvořák’s Second Piano Quintet. Also, conversations about Opera San José’s production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely-seen opera Mozart and Salieri (Sept 30 - Oct 31); and about the South Bay Musical Theater production of SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Sept 25 - Oct 16). Plus, we talk about the world premiere of Bacchae Before, a dance theater project by Hope Mohr Dance (Sept 28 - Oct 2).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host JoAnn Mar talks with conductor Donato Cabrera, about this weekend’s opening of the new live concert season of the California Symphony, in Walnut Creek. Also, comedian Marga Gomez about her return to The Marsh SF with live performances of Spanking Machine; a conversation about the new show Dear San Francisco at Club Fugazi in North Beach. Plus, Peter Robinson talks about the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death.