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Stories by Kurt Kohnen

San Diego Blues Man Tomcat Courtney Opens Up About His Life And Career

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San Diego music legend, Tomcat Courtney stops by KPBS to tell stories and sing some songs.

Gator By The Bay Celebrates Zydeco, Blues And Bayou Music

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A preview of San Diego's annual Cajun-fest, Gator by the Bay, with music from the band Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters.

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'Gem Of The Ocean'

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To celebrate Black History Month, Cygnet Theater brings in some of the cast from August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” to share a scene.

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Radio Play: 'Christmas, Inc.'

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If you feel Christmas has become a crass commercial event, then here's the perfect thing for you: an original radio play called "Christmas, Inc." The play was created for KPBS by Columbia Street Films and it serves up a sly comic tale of a very corporate Christmas.

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'Mars Is Heaven!'

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Listen to "mars is Heaven!" the second radio play from Ray Bradbury and performed by Circle Circle dot dot.

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'Zero Hour'

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In September, Circle Circle dot dot did a fundraiser called "Invasion" in which they performed five radio dramas. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando was so impressed she asked them to come in and record the two Ray Bradbury plays for air. Listen to the full play here and watch a behind the scenes video.

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Sing Along with Folk-Punk Frank Turner at the Casbah

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UK musician Frank Turner exploits the commonalities of folk and punk rock and demands that you join in.

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Brother Ali, Champion Of Difference, Plays Canes in Mission Beach

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Though Culture Lust contributor Kurt Kohnen has been listening to the music of hip-hop artist Brother Ali for years, the lyrics and music still resonate. Brother Ali has a new album called "Us" and he plays live at Canes in Mission Beach on Wednesday, October 21st.

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Inventor of Mobile Phone Talks Texting, Future of Communication

How have cell phones changed our lives? Inventor of the mobile phone, and purveyor of portability, Marty Cooper is still at it. We'll find out what the "father of the mobile phone" thinks about texting, and how he thinks we can improve wireless communications.

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Paying Tribute to Michael Jackson

These Days honors Michael Jackson with music from his "Off the Wall Special Edition" album featuring "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

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JJ Cale Has a Passion for Music, Not the Spotlight

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You've heard his songs, but you may not have heard of him. JJ Cale is one of the most low-profile rock 'n' roll legends you will ever find. His songs "After Midnight", "Cocaine", and "Call Me the Breeze" have been made famous by artists like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. We speak to JJ Cale about his musical influences, his friendship with Clapton, and why he's opted to stay out of the spotlight over the years.