From Youth Radio: A New Type of Economics Coverage

May 5, 2010 · Filed Under arts, economy, future of journalism · Comments Off 

Youth Radio’s Noah Nelson and alldayplay.fm‘s Brandon McFarland recently launched a new podcast called Maker’s New Math. The series examines how media makers (bloggers, musicians, journalists, etc.) are making a living in the new economy — you know, the one where everyone expects everything to be free.

Nelson and McFarland do a great job capturing both the opportunities and challenges that result from readily available distribution tools like YouTube,  iTunes, and social media networks. Their best-of-times/worst-of-times analysis is some of the more accurate and honest I’ve heard. Interviews so far include Jesse Thorn from The Sound of Young America, vlogger Molly McAleer, and Fred Beneson of Kickstarter.

Listen to Maker’s New Math by visiting Youth Radio.org or by subscribing to the podcast at iTunes.

The California Report: The Mt. Eden High School Band

April 9, 2010 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, education · Comments Off 

The Mt. Eden High School Band is good. How good? Well, they were invited to perform at the Beijing Olympics. Unfortunately, the students had to decline the invitation because the trip was too expensive. Reporter Mina Kim caught up with the band for this week’s California Report Magazine. She’ll find out how a such a strong program has persisted in such hard times.

To listen to the program, click below:

To see a photo slideshow of the Mt. Eden High School Band visit TheCaliforniaReport.org.

Another Look at San Francisco Panorama

December 15, 2009 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, commentary, culture, future of journalism, journalism · Comments Off 

panorama-248x140By Linnaea Weld

When I think of preservation of the news media in written form, 300 plus gigantic pages of stories which seem (from what I have read so far) to be mainly in first person, is not the first thing that comes to mind. But never the less, San Francisco Panorama still appeals to this teenager who wakes up every morning and reads the paper.

The overall artsy style of San Francisco Panorama appealed to me. Articles about independent radio stations, two art sections, and handwritten reviews with foreign guitarists are all things that swayed me to pay sixteen dollars for a pound of paper. Other than the prominence of first person writing, the few problems I found were that some articles were simply too long, and after a week, I am still having trouble navigating my way through the paper. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there is an article about how to make the perfect bowl of ramen, but so far the most interesting thing I’ve found is a story about someone’s personal witch, Dori Midnight.
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A Youth Take on San Francisco Panorama

December 9, 2009 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, commentary, culture, journalism, news, Uncategorized · Comments Off 

panorama-248x140By Eric Gneckow

If you have ever tried to fit your Volkswagen into the refrigerator, then you know what it is like to carry home a copy of San Francisco Panorama. Many newborns weigh less than this newspaper, and finding a space for it in my backpack made me want to trade my journalism degree for an engineering one.

In fact, the act of portaging a newspaper has become decreasingly common for me since graduating this May. Amid the disordered and time-consuming lifestyle change from scholastic newsman to 23-year-old retail stooge, I visit my bank’s website more frequently than I peruse SF Gate.

Yet here was this nuclear bomb of a thing, San Francisco Panorama, the latest edition of Dave Eggers’ quarterly journal McSweeney’s. . . with two magazines spilling out of it and a wingspan to match its epic heaviness. But my awe quickly resolved into an urge to protect it. I would soon learn about its massive mix of graphics, investigative features and subtle humor, but right now I only knew that it was something very special. Only on the safe real estate of my living room floor would it again see the light of day.

What I uncovered after peeling back the first enormous page was a love story for knowledge and a call to arms for those who want to know. San Francisco Panorama is a celebration of news that plays out like a choose-your-own adventure, each path rich with the merits of print. It is the punch line to a long joke that reveals the reality of our modern media landscape: that podcasts, Twitter and YouTube are, as far as most news is concerned, profoundly annoying. Long live print.

“This,” I thought before pausing at a two-page color spread depicting the electromagnetic interactions of the Earth and Sun, “is the dangerous, heroic thing that can move a nation. This. . . is news!”
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KQED Arts: 5 Reasons to Love Lady GaGa

December 9, 2009 · Filed Under arts, culture, music · Comments Off 

fame-monster-200x200 By Emmanuel Hapsis

Now, I know that you’re skeptical, but trust me on this one: Lady Gaga is not just another vacuous fembot on her way to a life of sex tapes and publicity stunts; she’s of a different breed. Here are five reasons why Lady Gaga is cooler than you think she is:

1. For starters, she actually sings, plays the piano, and writes her own music. And she ain’t no dummy either. She was admitted to Juilliard at 11 and gained early admission at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied art, music, and religion. And she’s smart enough to take control of her image: “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough. The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”

2. While most pop starlets wouldn’t know how to spell avant-garde, let alone its meaning, Lady Gaga has her way with the concept, especially with her cutting-edge Grace Jones-esque fashion statements. Not to mention her unorthodox performances. During a recent awards show, the audience watched a blood-soaked Gaga die on stage:

Read more reasons to like Lady GaGa and The Fame Monster review at KQED Arts.

Justin Timberlake Listens to NPR?

December 3, 2009 · Filed Under arts, culture, music, social networking · Comments Off 

justin_customJustin Timberlake listens to NPR, or at least a character he’s playing does. The king of all things sexy was recently photographed wearing an NPR t-shirt. Who knew, the master of the dance off, the former Mousekateer, the SNL Digital Short darling, gets his inspiration from public radio. Well, we guessed it. I mean, can’t you just hear him doing an acapella version of the All Thing’s Considered theme song?

NPR’s Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes came up with ten reasons the star might be donning the NPR logo. My favorite? Number seven: “Just borrowing it from Lady Gaga.”

Check out NPR.org to read Holmes’ take, then in the comments below, tell us your own thoughts about why Timberlake has an affection for the network.  Personally, I think Mr. JT listens to NPR cause he knows there’s nothing sexier than knowledge. What did you say? Watching Justin take off the NPR t-shirt is sexier. . . hmm. We’ll have to think that one over. . . over and over again.

A Day in the Life of Tehran

November 24, 2009 · Filed Under arts, Bay Area, culture, politics, Uncategorized · Comments Off 
Courtesy of Insection for the Arts

Photo: Courtesy of Intersection for the Arts

This article is republished from WireTap.

By Zoneil Maharaj

Aerial views of nuclear test sites, armed troops, riot police attacking angry protesters, Ahmadenijad’s sly grin and demoralized citizens — these are the images Western media often transmits from Iran. Stories about Iranian life outside of politics, war, or anti-American extremists are rare. Stories that showcase everyday people doing everyday things are even less frequent.

A new group art show in San Francisco aims to change perceptions by celebrating the mundane and ordinary in the Islamic Republic.

San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts exhibit, “One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran,” (running Nov. 4 through Jan. 23) features photography, sculpture and installations that reveal both ordinary and surprising elements of Iranian life.

Featuring the works of eight Iranian artists living and working in Tehran, “One Day” documents daily life in Iran’s capital city, which has an estimated population of eight million. The exhibit demystifies what life is like in Iran and the Middle East, says Kevin B. Chen, program manager for literary, visual arts and jazz events at Intersection for the Arts. “A lot of people think they still ride camels there.”

Conceptualized by San Francisco-based artist Tahraneh Hemami, she and Chen hope the exhibit will humanize Iranians and Middle Easterners.

“These people have been bastardized by the media and, especially, our government,” Chen says. “The media is showing us the extremists. It’d be like showing rednecks in Appalachia and broadcasting to the world that this is what America is like.”

Among the installations are pieces that capture the ordinary in the Islamic Republic, such as photographer Abbas Kowsari’s triptych “The time is 24:00. This is Tehran.” One photo depicts Tehran’s smoggy skyline. The next sees police women dressed in full burkhas repelling from a police station wall during training. The final shot simply shows people walking.
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