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Central Market between 6th and 7th street is a tableaux of transition: individuals getting their lives on track, new businesses starting up, and artists decorating vacant storefronts. Amidst this yearning for change is Piper’s Jewelers, where used items are bought and sold, and time seems to stand still.

No longer run by Mr. Piper, meet the family members that sell used jewelry, time pieces, and collectibles, and the man who was called in to repair the clock in the bell tower of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral. Read the rest of this entry »

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Central Market was once the hub of big-screen entertainment celebrating seven theaters within two-blocks during the pre-television era. Today, these historic theaters, may be found in three states: abandoned, in the sex biz, or still going.

The Warfield on Market Streets is STILL going and regularly welcomes sold-out audiences. Built in 1922, the Warfield is one of the neighborhood’s few historic theaters still functioning as an entertainment venue and boasts performers such as Louis Armstrong, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and the Pixies.

Tune into this podcast to learn about the building and its underground speakeasy run by Al Capone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hibernia Bank, at the corner of McAllister and Jones streets, is arguably one of the city’s most prized historical buildings. Over a century old, it survived the 1906 earthquake. But today, people pass the boarded up building without batting an eye.
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The second episode of Deep Roots offers a rare look at the sculpture in City Hall of civil rights leader and San Francisco hero, Harvey Milk; its sculptor; and its meaning to the city and the community that it represents.

The podcast shares anecdotes from Milk’s friends and colleagues including: Charlotte Coleman, the first lesbian bar owner in San Francisco; Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s campaign manager; Harry Britt, Milk’s successor to the Board of Supervisors; photographer Daniel Nicoletta; Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; and Eugene Daub, the bust’s sculptor.

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Artist Statement: In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt began a series of informal fireside chats, evening radio talks to the American public. He calmed fears over the Great Depression by offering a sense of hope and security.

Unlike the presidential addresses, this fireside chat is multi-vocal. “Talking bricks” reveal stories about Kearny Street Workshop’s multiple homes and multiple displacements: from the International Hotel to North Beach to basement of the Manilatown Senior Center to the California Flower Market. These stories expose the resilience of KSW’s community and our ability to turn any place into a home.

Production Notes: This installation couldn’t have happened without the collaboration team of Max Chen and Sue Pak. With their help, we were able to construct the fireplace with wood and chiseled foam (by Max), make the "talking bricks" with very inexpensive speakers and short elbow 1/8" plugs (again, Max), and apply the images to the "talking bricks" (by Sue). We also each chipped in our resources to "borrow" the more expensive materials (mp3 players and frames).

And with our varying degrees of working with KSW, were were able to learn more about KSW history and current incarnation.

Featured interviewees: Al Robles, poet; Bob Hsiang, photographer; Chris Huie, photographer; Curtis Choy, filmmaker; Jim Dong, co-founder and printmaker; Leland Wong, printmaker; Mark Izu, musician; Nancy Hom, poet and printmaker; Norman Jayo, poet and musician; and Zand Gee, graphic designer.

Press:
Pacific Time
San Francisco Examiner (scroll down)

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Description: How I made it through all my Asian American/Ethnic Studies classes without understanding the genocide in Cambodia is embarrassing. Thankfully, I was assigned this story, which forced me to understand Pol Pot’s killing fields as well as the United States role in the region.

This segment illustrates a sad story about deficient refugee policies. With just English language and job training classes, many refugees failed to become citizens. Cambodian youth developed survival skills while struggling to adapt to life in urban America. In this story, the combination of those two elements (lack of US citizenship and life in urban America) along with anti-immigrant/anti-crime legislation, have forced the Thi family to face possible deportation of their son, Andrew.

Broadcast History :
NPR’s Day to Day
Crossing East: Exclusion and Resistance

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Description: My friend at the NRP had been encouraging me to file for Making Contact, but the topics always seemed too policy oriented for me. But she snagged me on what was to be a No-No boy story for the war resistance show.

Through research, I learned there is a difference between No-Nos and draft resisters and focused on the story of Japanese American men who refused to be drafted out of World War II internment camps.

The mp3 link above is to my “director’s cut” of the piece as I revised it some after producing the NRP version.

Broadcast History:
National Radio Project’s Making Contact
WETA

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