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Castro Theater

This week on Open Air, guest host Leah Garchik welcomes members of BATS Improv on to the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater, with a completely original radio play, improvised live in the style of the Golden Age of Radio, titled “BATS Improv Presents the BATS RadioVenture Hour”.

Touring the Deep South with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Jun 27, 2019

Following the 2016 presidential election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus decided to take their songs and message to the south. They toured areas of the southern United States with the most discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and the experience was turned into a new award-winning documentary called Gay Chorus Deep South. KALW’s Truc Nguyen sat down with SFGMC artistic director and conductor Dr.

Singer/songwriter Eli Conley: Sights & Sounds

Dec 21, 2017
Brooke Porter

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Musician Eli Conley is playing Queer Folk Punk Holiday Disaster Show at the Lost Church on 12/22, and told KALW’s Jackie Sojico about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Sights & Sounds: Sara Maamouri

Jan 19, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Documentary filmmaker Sara Maamouri told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Lost Landscapes

Dec 15, 2016
Claire Mullen / cropped and resized

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.

Weekend Go-Tos for July 30, 2015

Jul 30, 2015

This Saturday and Sunday, BART will stop service between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations for track repairs. For all alternate travel options for this weekend, call 5-1-1 or visit Do not fear, we have a few unique suggestions to help you plan your weekend, which ever side of the BART tube that you find yourself.

The anonymous celebrity behind the Wurlitzer organ

Feb 23, 2012

You probably know Jim Riggs best by the back of his head. He's often seen rising out of the stage in Bay Area movie theaters playing the organ. He is among a handful of people in the world who can tame the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive instrument with eighteen hundred pipes, 244 keys, and 32 foot pedals. April Dembosky sat down with Riggs at the Paramount Theater in Oakland to talk about the history of the organ, his technique, and what it's like being an anonymous celebrity.

DEMBOSKY: Can you explain the anatomy of the organ? It seems very complicated.