Check out this list of upcoming KPFA benefit events (and important co-sponsored events) – we’ll see you there!  Advance tickets are usually available via :: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times.


Herbie HancockNovember 1, Saturday, 7:30 pm

Herbie Hancock, Possibilities: A Conversational Voyage With Herbie Hancock
and Greg Bridges
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland
Hosted by: Greg Bridges
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Herbie Hancock is an internationally famous American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, modern classical music (like Debussy and Ravel), and funk. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining an unmistakable voice. His career spans five decades and includes 14 Grammy® Awards, including 2008 Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters.

Hancock’s best-known solo works include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. Recently Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. In 2013 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he teaches jazz music.

There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, “The Norton Lectures”, poetry being “interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.” Previous Norton lecturers include musicians Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and John Cage. Hancock’s theme is “The Ethics of Jazz”.

Greg Bridges, G1 Rhythm, is a radio dj and journalist living in Oakland. He can be heard at KCSM 91.1fm Tuesday nights 6 to 9pm, and Thursday nights 6pm to 2am, and at  KPFA 94.1fm Monday nights 8 to 10pm and also as a contributor to KPFA’s Hip Hop social affairs and music show HardKnock Radio. Greg has written for various publications including Jazz Now Magazine and Bayshore Magazine, and remains a constant presence on the Bay Area music and arts scene. 

John A PowellNovember 5, Wednesday, 7:30 pm

John A Powell, The Path to a Fair and Inclusive Society: Seeing the Other
in Me

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
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john a. powell (lower case his choice) is an internationally recognized expert in civil rights and civil liberties as well as a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. In addition to being Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor powell holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion. He was recently Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, and held the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. Under his direction, the Kirwan Institute has emerged as a national leader on research and scholaship related to race, structural racism, racialized space and opportunity. He has been a leader in developing an “opportunity-based” housing model that provides a critical and creative framework for thinking about affordable housing, racialized space, and the many ways that housing influences other opportunity domains, including education, health, health care and employment.

powell challenges those of us who consider ourselves relatively evolved on issues of race and social justice to think far more critically about the basic assumptions and paradigms that frame our perspectives, animate our scholarship, and drive our advocacy.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

The Path to a Fair and Inclusive Society: Seeing the Other in Me is a discourse on how we can work together to create political, economic, and social systems that support individuals in becoming compassionate, competent, and responsible members of the wider community. While justice and fairness are needed to support effective participation, how do we ensure that those who are excluded—whether it be by race, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or the like—belong and are included in the circle of human concern? In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, there is an urgent need to address systemic structural inequalities that police the bodies of some members of society more heavily than others. This dialogue will enable us to inhabit the space of a South African proverb, Sawubona, which means “We see you.” By “seeing” the other beyond our differences, we can create community that supports the personal and socially transformative ways of living and being in an increasingly complex and segregated world. 

Professor powell has worked in Africa, where he was a consultant to the governments of Mozambique and South Africa. He has also worked in India, and done work in South America and Europe. He is one of rthe co-founders of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and serves on the boards of several national organizations. In addition, he has taught at numerous law schools, including Harvard and Columbia University.

Among his books is In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred (co-authored with Gavin Kearney and Vina Kay) and The Rights of Racial Minorities: The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights (with Laughlin McDonald). His latest book is the widely applauded Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert is a host on UpFront, a KPFA public affairs show weekdays at 7 AM.

jeff_chang_in_oakland November 10, Monday, 7:30 pm

Jeff Chang, Who We Be: The Colorization of America
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland
Hosted by: Davey D
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Who We Be: The Colorization of America is an essential chronicle of the past five decades of American cultural history in which Jeff reveals exactly how the rise of Hip-Hop impacted today’s cultural politics, how Americans now view race, and how that view has changed over the past five decades. In a  narrative that moves from the 1963 March on Washington through the Obama election to the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, Jeff examines the role of artists in culturally desegregating America, including the multiculturalism movement.  While many viewed Obama’s election as proof we had moved beyond race, Who We Be shows the full paradox of the “post-racial era,”  including the darker tones of political debates reflecting deep pessimism, and social indexes showing rising rates of resegregation in housing and schooling.

Currently Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, Jeff is continuing his long career specializing in culture, politics, the arts and music . 

Besides editing the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-HopJeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ He has written for the The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, and Mother Jones, among many others.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from U.C Berkeley and a master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential hip-hop indie label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects, helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records, including the “godfathers of gangsta rap”, the Watts Prophets.The Utne Reader named him one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”.

Davey D is the Host of Hard Knock Radio (airing on KPFA 94.1 FM weekdays at 4pm) and Adjunct Professor, Afrostudies Dept, S.F.State University.

November 19, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
bruce_cockburn_in_berkeleyBruce Cockburn, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Hosted by: Luis Medina

Legendary singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long-awaited memoir—a fascinating chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is a vivid political and musical tour through the late twentieth century.

In Rumours of Glory the pioneering guitarist and award-winning songwriter invites us into his personal world, providing an intimate commentary on his life and work, focused on the roots of his songwriting and the stories behind his best-known songs  (referencing over 104 songs and lyrics throughout). From his birth in Ottawa in 1945 to Baghdad in 2004, Cockburn shares his family life, personal relationships, Christian convictions and the powerful social and political activism that has defined the man and his music. His lyrics have been covered by Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, Judy Collins, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett, k.d.Laing and others.

“Bruce Cockburn’s journey, both as musician and thinker, draws us with him into spiritual and political realms…Rumours of Glory is a highly personal account by one whose quest for expression engages the most important  social questions of our time.” —Jackson Browne

Music has always been Cockburn’s way to explore culture, the nature of the spirit, and politics, as he embraced folk, jazz, blues, rock and world beat styles, visiting Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Nicaragua, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Iraq and Afghanistan – not only performing his music, but also witnessing the plight of people throughout these countries. A longtime activist, he has spoken out on native rights, the devastation caused by landmines, human rights’ atrocities in war-torn lands, Third World debt and all the ecological devastation caused by corporate crime. He believes we can and should be dedicated to our shared humanity, to saving each other and this earth. He insists we simply need to find the will. For him, that comes out of maintaining a relationship with the Divine, and following the way of love.

Luis Medina is Music Director/Producer/Host at KPFA Radio, the first listener-supported, non-commerical radio station in the world.

KPFA crafts fairAnnual KPFA Crafts Fair moves back to East Bay, to the Craneway Pavilion, Richmond on the Waterfront, California
December 20 & 21, 2014: 10am to 5pm

A Bay Area cultural treasure benefiting listener-sponsored presenting original work made by hand and exhibited by the people who make it. This December the fair moves back to the East Bay for the first time in 19 years.

The Craneway Pavilion, new location of our 44th annual event, is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, Marina District at Ford Point, Richmond, CA 94804.  It is 10 minutes by car from Berkeley, 5 minutes from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It’s accessible by public transit via BART (Richmond Station), Amtrak (same) and AC Transit. It sits on the pedestrian and bike-friendly Bay Trail. Originally a Ford Motor plant, it was transformed in WWII for the war effort. The Craneway’s natural light is stunning. It has received numerous awards for its architecture after a major remodel into a showcase event venue. Its location on the waterfront and 180 degree views of the San Francisco Bay are breathtaking. On site is the Rosie the Riveter Museum and Assemble Restaurant which features fresh, local, seasonal fare and a full bar. The restaurant will stage a food concession area and bar inside the fair.

The Fair offers something for everyone, presenting the brightest talents in contemporary art and craft, highlighting both experienced and emerging designers who produce one-of-a-kind and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These artisans and craftspeople combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work. All the artists will be present at the Craneway Pavilion to interact with guests and exhibit their own work, from outstanding wearable textiles to sophisticated ceramics, luminous glass and beadwork, innovative furniture, practical housewares, evocative photography, block-printed art, contemporary paper goods and affordable, exquisite jewelry.

KPFA Radio has a reputation for embracing diversity and supporting local communities through its programming. Similar principles of discernment apply in the selection process of exhibitors for the KPFA Crafts Fair. The fair prioritizes a high level of artisanship, of craftwork created in studio (the artist/exhibitor must have an active hand in the making of their work), while trying to represent as much variety as possible. Jan Etre has been an advocate of artists and craftspeople for 27 years. “Buying directly from the artist affords the opportunity of establishing a personal connection. Buying from a store and not having any sense of whose hands helped create the item is more often than not a less meaningful experience. Interacting with artists and having a sense of the artist’s vision is rich; knowing where the materials came from is educational. To a certain extent mass produced goods are unavoidable and we understand that, but at the fair we celebrate the artisan and support his or her commitment to a life dedicated to creating unique arts

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