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Calendar, Night&Day Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot

For the fourth year of the local reading series hosted by Quiet Lightning, the group has embarked on a Tour Through Town, inviting like-minded organizations to join in and shape its monthly events in new directions. The latest scenario pushes…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

For my money, there's nothing greater than the simple act of hearing someone tell a story. The direct route from their mouth to my ear. That beautiful little journey of audible transmission is becoming a lost art. These days, we…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eat, Write, Leap

Eat, Write, Leap

Change comes whether we like it or not. We get laid off from a job, a close friend moves away, our landlord decides to sell the apartment we rent. Yet change can also propel us forward, especially when the choice…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's in the Bag

It's in the Bag

Jibz Cameron is not known for her subtlety, and that's exactly why we love her. Performing as her alter ego Dynasty Handbag, lipstick smeared across her face, Cameron leaves no uncomfortable issue unexamined, whether it's planning her own funeral in…
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Calendar, Night&Day I'm Gonna Live Forever

I'm Gonna Live Forever

San Francisco's several storytelling series are growing. Many have added Berkeley or Oakland shows. One recently had an L.A. event. One is drawing national names to its stage and is banging on the door of PBS to get televised. Most…
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Calendar, Night&Day Carnival of Bad Taste

Carnival of Bad Taste

Peaches Christ doesn’t show movies — she stages events. Peaches is the longtime force behind Midnight Mass and director of last year’s horror comedy All About Evil. Her spring salute to taboo-smashing local filmmakers, the San Francisco Underground Short Film…
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Calendar, Night&Day That Little Something, er, Extra

That Little Something, er, Extra

You're with a group of friends and one of them says, “I worked with David Lynch.” The reply goes up, Awesome! What was it like!? “Well, there was a lot of standing around, and I was in a big crowd.…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Can Choose Your Friends, But ...

You Can Choose Your Friends, But ...

How Grinchy would it be to say that holiday stories these days seem to lack inspiration? Even the good ones can get so canned and tedious. Elves, reindeer, peace, goodwill. We get it! Even the plight of poor Charlie Brown…
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Calendar, Night&Day Say My Name, Say My Name

Say My Name, Say My Name

Many people were introduced to Creativity Explored when resident artist Michael Bernard Loggins tumbled into the limelight in 2003 with his well-received book, Fears of Your Life. The book chronicles the various anxieties, fears, and observations of Loggins, a developmentally…
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Calendar, Night&Day That Ice Cream Didn't Eat Itself

That Ice Cream Didn't Eat Itself

Tonight, Bucky Sinister gets onstage at Roommates from Hell and tells stories about his crappy roommates. Think about that: The punk-rock poet and comedian, who has books called All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go and Get Up: A 12-Step…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Can Laugh About it Now

I Can Laugh About it Now

Benefit for the queer writers' series retreat features performances by local queer talents Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen aka Carole and Mitzi, performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña, filmmakers Cheryl Dunye and Sam Green, and music by…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spit It Ou

Spit It Ou

Tours are like living organisms: disparate entities with something in common come together for moments to form a cohesive whole, percolate, and part. The Sister Spit Tour is rolling resolutely through several cities, scooping up performers and dropping them off…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fack? Feck? Fick? Fock?

Fack? Feck? Fick? Fock?

You don't go to "literary readings." You're afraid they might suck. We have four words and an exclamation point for you: GROW THE F*CK UP! This excellent and very San Francisco evening does not feature all the city's best readers,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sold Aziz

Sold Aziz

Is this country in a magical time for comedy, or are we just in a good mood? San Francisco has Ali Wong, Kamau Bell, Brent Weinbach, and Beth Lisick. The greater U.S. has Zach Galifianakis, Wanda Sykes, and Aziz Ansari.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Busy Busy

Busy Busy

Last election, when we were all wondering what was on Obama’s fabled BlackBerry, the sketch comedy troupe Kasper Hauser was wondering how fast it could get a book out. Record time, it turns out: Obama’s BlackBerry, released this month, is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shine a Little Light

Shine a Little Light

We're squeamish. We can hardly believe people even get Brazilian bikini waxes, let alone give them for a living. It seems so invasive; isn't that hair there for a reason? Yet ripping off the follicles around your anus is hardly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let's See Some Hustle Out There!

Let's See Some Hustle Out There!

We have not read local author Jennifer Sey's book Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams. But we did see Stick It, a movie on the same theme whose tagline is "It's…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Importance of Bee-ing Earnest

The Importance of Bee-ing Earnest

At some point during the last half century, writers, editors, and publishers turned their backs on the time-honored pastime of self-absorbed problem drinking. In its absence, troublingly sober literati began wracking their brains for slightly less sodden ways to serve…
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Calendar, Night&Day Industry Tools

Industry Tools

Try as we might, we've been unable to read Dan Kennedy's book Rock On cover to cover, instead rifling through it like a bowl of candy. The nonfiction tale concerns his years in a big fancy record company, and it's…
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Culture, Bookcap

Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone

By Beth Lisick William Morrow, $24.95 There's no denying that Berkeley author Beth Lisick's life is funny. Her 2005 memoir, Everybody Into the Pool, was hilarious. But for her new book, Lisick has decided she needs a gimmick. In Helping…
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