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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM

  • Adam Savage

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 get the lives of our friends through tweets and texts, which makes the act of hearing a human being tell their story live in-person even more precious.

For ten years, Beth Lisick and Arline Klatt, literary heroes and Bay Area icons (at least in my world) have run Porchlight, the mother of oral storytelling series, where readers tell their ten-minute true stories live, without scripts to packed houses. Often finding their home at the Verdi Club, the series has been all over, including Open Door nights at the Hemlock Tavern.

What you get at Porchlight is a mixed bag of storytellers riffing on topics from sex to subways, but no matter the topic there's always one thing you can be sure of: you'll walk away feeling more connected to your fellow brethren than you did walking in.

This week celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Porchlight, with a two-day festival, highlighting the best stories of the last decade. Readers range from spoken word master Bucky Sinister to the can't-f-with performance artist Ben McCoy, from hilarious Cassie J. Sneider to the endlessly lovable Isaac Fitzgerald. It's sure to be an unforgettable mix of the human condition on display. Tickets are $20 to each show, or $30 for both nights (why not?!). And the icing on the proverbial cake? There will be the habit-forming sandwiches on sale from Banh Mi Love You Long Time.

As all-around literary man Evan Karp says, "Porchlight is that rare kind of production that shows us, on a fundamental level, what it is to be human." I couldn't have said it better myself.

Porchlight's ten-year anniversary show, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, is this Thursday and Friday at The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa (at Potrero). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. You can get tickets here

And just for fun, watch a lo-fi video of Porchlight storyteller Reny Ryan talk about being a Brazilian bikini waxer:

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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