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Join KALW for a great night of music and storytelling as part of Lit Crawl, the closing celebration for San Francisco's Litquake Festival.  Bay Area radio journalists, writers and entertainers perform live to wrap up the night in style.

For one poet, fine art and reality TV both inspire

Oct 11, 2017
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Poet and professor Dean Rader’s latest collection, "Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry," examines how we construct our own identities everyday using pop culture, politics, and literature. He isn’t afraid to make a wide range of references in his work, from the Internet to Expressionist art. He spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about where he draws inspiration for his poetry.



Ben Yalom

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors Michelle Haner and Debórah Eliezer, who star in ‘Role Call’, a double bill of highly personal one-woman plays presented by FoolsFURY at NOH Space (2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco). Director Ben Yalom will be joining the conversation.

Artwork by Dave Gibbons & John Higgins

We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

Sven Hagolani

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Sheyna Burt, North American president of the World Doctors Orchestra which gives two charity concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory. We are talking to conductor and artistic director Paul Flight and Dutch bass-baritone Marc Pantus about upcoming performances of the Matthew Passion by the California Bach Society, and a recital by Pantus of a program with poetry from Heinrich Heine, set to music by Dutch composers from the 19th century. Composer Paul Dresher stops by to discuss the world premiere of his new piece for the Berkeley Symphony, ‘Crazy Eights & Fractured Symmetries’. Jane Ganahl, co-founder of Litquake, shares details about the literary festival that opens today in San Francisco; and choreographers Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham discuss their latest work ‘The Way You Look (at me) Tonight’, currently at CounterPulse.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, October 6 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Sights & Sounds: Evan Karp

Oct 6, 2016
Ian Tuttle

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Evan Karp, founder and director of the reading series Quiet Lightning, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fun arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Tonight: Join The Litography Project and KALW at Lit Crawl

Oct 14, 2015
Cal Tabuena-Frolli

This Saturday, October 17th from 7:15-8:15pm at the Make Out Room, KALW and The Litography Project are teaming up to host Off The Air- a free night of storytelling as part of Litquake's annual San Francisco Lit Crawl. 


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This Thursday, members of the esteemed San Francisco Writers’ Grotto will stand up and read their worst writing, in front of an audience. It’s part of the annual Litquake Festival, and it’s called "Regreturature." KALW’s Martina Castro went to last year’s show and did some thinking about her own creative process.

When was the last time you read an American pop star's memoir? Have you ever flipped through one of those glossy volumes at a bookstore and thought, "How narcissistic! What would possess anyone to read this?"

The Hear Here mobile story tunnel is coming to Hear Here Live this Saturday at 5pm at Public Works in the Mission. The story tunnel features the photos of people who have contributed their story to the Hear Here project, along with a special link to their audio stories. Just a simple swipe of a smartphone will let you listen on the spot to the diverse and touching stories Hear Here has collected and produced so far. Think of it like an art gallery for sound!

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Note to listeners: This interview contains mature content. 

San Francisco’s premier literary festival, Litquake, is in its final days, with dozens of readings, performances, and author events all over San Francisco.

LitQuake and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts present an evening with novelist Daniel Alarcón and the team behind Radio Ambulante, the new Spanish-language podcast based here at KALW. Join us for a special night of live bilingual radio, featuring stories from Latin America and the U.S. moderated by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA's managing editor. The event is on Tuesday, October 9th, and begins at 7pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

A pinata-maker in the Excelsior District remembers his past life as a revolutionary; a peasant’s daughter journeys from a rural town in China to pursue the American dream in the Bay Area – these are just two of the local stories that will come to life at KALW’s Hear Here: A Night of Storytelling event on Saturday, October 13th at Public Works in San Francisco.