KPLU keeps fund drives short, and your pledge now will make our fall drive even shorter. For every $60,000 we raise toward our $300,000 goal, we’ll knock a day off of the drive. Help us make this the shortest drive ever! You even have the power to eliminate the drive altogether!
Firewise is the name of a long-running campaign to get homeowners in wildfire country to take steps to reduce risk. Outside Omak, Wash., John Belles didn't just do the simple things. He built a futuristic, thin-shelled concrete dome house. It's now an unscathed beacon amid acres of hillside blackened by the Okanogan fire, the largest in state history.
Dick and Nancy disagree about the culinary value of super-expensive restaurants.
Can any restaurant meal be worth as much as $800? $1700? How about a couple thousand? What about a Heimlich-demanding five figures? Laughing? So was I when I read Tonya Gold's A Goose in a Dress, her hilarious review of four absurdly expensive NYC restaurants in this month's Harper's Magazine.
But judging by some of the online comments it's plain to see that not everyone was amused. Sounds to me like an Emperor's New Wardrobe Malfunction but even my Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson thought the review unfair.
The City of Tacoma has launched a program to improve the relationship between police and the community. Project Peace will involve a series of meetings to be held over the next several months. The plan is that, with the help of facilitators, people will sit down with police and brainstorm how best to improve trust.
The Kareem Kandi Band performs in the KPLU studio.
Tenor saxophonist, Kareem Kandi, has been a lynchpin of northwest jazz for 20 years, and when it comes to be-bop, he’s the real deal. His classic tone (think Dexter Gordon and Pete Christlieb) and straight-ahead approach lays the music on the line. Kareem plays with different groups in different instrumental configurations but when he came in for his first KPLU studio session, it was just Kareem on tenor sax, DeVonne Lewis on drums and Delvon Lamarr tearin’ it up on the Hammond B-3 organ. Want a be-bop smack-down? Here it is.
Something about late Summer encourages reminiscence and as we planned this show, that seemed to emerge as a theme. Included are a couple of songs from the 60s, "Wichita Lineman" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" in new versions by Marc Seales and Alex Guilbert. Wayne Horvitz' new CD "Some Places are Forever Afternoon" was inspired by the NW poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982). Wayne Horvitz visited some of the places and people that inspired Hugo as he composed this music that balances between nostalgia and the future, chamber music and improvisation.