21 November 2013

Ira Glass and KALW

My local public radio station, KALW 91.7FM, delivered another opportunity for some event photography at a recent reception for Ira Glass.

During the fall pledge drive, KALW offered supporters a unique opportunity. Ira Glass was bringing a new live performance project to the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass." The project combines the seemingly incongruous art forms of radio and dance. KALW contributors could receive a unique package that included the chance to meet Ira Glass at a special reception and two tickets to the 16 Nov 2013 performance. I photographed the reception event for KALW Local Public Radio.

Ira Glass speaking with KALW supporters.

The team at KALW delivered a relaxed setting for their supporters to meet Ira. The reception struck the perfect balance between elegant and comfortable. The success of the event could be felt in the positive energy surrounding Ira throughout the reception. The photos capture but glimpses of that feeling.

Ira Glass and KALW supporter.

A complete set of images for the event are in my KALW Ira Glass 2013 gallery.

I highly recommend seeing the "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host" performance if you have the chance. The wit and flare that Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass bring to modern dance complements the verbal storytelling of Ira Glass in compelling ways. The two forms play off each other and occasionally jostle for attention. In the process, each adds depth and dimension to the stories not possible in their separate media. Besides, where else can you go to see Ira Glass bust a few moves?

28 March 2013

Donor Event at KALW Studios

Last weekend KALW 91.7, my local public radio station, hosted an event to celebrate the contributions of its donors and volunteers. I was invited to bring my camera and record the happening. The station opened its studios and put together a fascinating afternoon at their facilities.
Donors, volunteers and staff outside studios.
Many KALW staff and contributors were on hand, and visitors watched and participated in active productions. Marty Nemko was in Studio B recording five-minute career makeovers, JoAnn Mar was engineering the afternoon radio shows, and the Crosscurrents news team had their studio open to record segments for ongoing projects. The afternoon delivered a great sense of what KALW is all about. I am perennially impressed with what this talented group accomplishs with their resources. The photo set captures some of the activities and spirit of the day.

JoAnn Mar in Studio A with donors.

26 March 2013

Pictures for KALW Public Radio

Over the past several months I have had the pleasure of doing a few photo projects for my favorite public radio station, KALW, 91.7. The impressive events below are just a small sampling of what this listener-supported station accomplishes on a regular basis.

Ben Trefny interviews Nikki Silva.
The KALW Crosscurrents news team produced their first live episode at the Polish Club in the Mission district of San Francisco in December 2011 as part of a Mission Arts and Performance Project, MAPP event. The evening featured radio segments, storytelling and music. The final Crosscurrents segment is available online. See the event photo set.

KALW brought Tavis Smiley and Cornel West to the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, in April 2012 to discuss their recent publication, “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.” The event also brought together local community groups addressing economic inequality and the difficulties of poverty here in the Bay Area. Photographing this event in a beautifully restored Art Deco theater was a real treat, and the photo set captured some of the energy at this community event.

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on Paramount Theatre stage.
The production team at Hear Here, a pop-up radio project incubated by KALW, celebrated their launch with the return of public radio to the Polish Club for the June 2012 MAPP event. The performers included storytelling in rich and varied form. See the photo set here.
Natalie Nadimi and Lukas Brekke-Miesner perform on stage.
Working with the team at KALW is always a rewarding experience. They are an impressive group, and I am proud to contribute in a small way to their efforts.