Here come the holidays! Let's celebrate the people we were born to love and tolerate by talking about their secrets, quirks, fears, and shortcomings on stage.
Open Door storyteller Jay Beaman
Marketing expert Christopher Caen
Writer Marianna Cherry
Radio producer/editor Karen Duffin
Comedian Sean Keane
Punk dancer/writer/musician Brontez Purnell
and songs by the Jesse Rimler!
Born in the back room in one of the many tenement buildings in Pacific Heights, Christopher Caen has always been of two minds about San Francisco. Although he works hard to maintain his street cred, he also is not above hanging with the upper crust, who tend to have better cocktail parties and free parking. He attended college at Stanford University where his creative writing teachers considered his writing the worst kind of sensationalism, leading to the inevitable unpublished first novel. His newspaper father was not amused. The San Francisco Newspaper Company finally made his sordid dreams a reality in 2004 with the launch of his columns in the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Independent. Which lasted exactly two years. Since then he has also scrawled grammatically questionable ramblings for The Huffington Post and The New York Times, keeping dozens of editors feverishly employed. Christopher lives in San Francisco with his wife Melissa and works for Theory Associates, a branding agency in San Francisco.
Marianna Cherry's fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best of Best Women's Erotica and elsewhere. She is part of the SF Grotto community. She performs Balinese gamelan with Gamelans Sekar Jaya and Gadung Kasturi.
Karen Duffin is currently a public radio producer and formerly a speechwriter, working everywhere from China to Egypt to Brazil. These days she lives in New York, but she left her heart and storage unit in San Francisco.
Sean Keane is a comedian and writer who runs an acclaimed weekly comedy show called The Business every Wednesday at The Dark Room. A former editor-in-chief of UC Berkeley's humor magazine, The Heuristic Squelch, his writing has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, the East Bay Express, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He's performed at SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Litquake, and has shared the stage with such acts as Greg Proops, Tig Notaro, TJ Miller, and Rory Scovel.
Brontez Purnell is a zinester, dancer, actor, and musician. You may have seen him on stage with his former party band Gravy Train!!!, new band the Younger Lovers, as a model in fashion shows, or on tour with Sister Spit. Last year he made the Hot List of OUT Magazine.
Jesse Rimler is a singer/songwriter and pianist based in Oakland. He is best known as lead singer and songwriter for the pop quartet Kapowski; he also performs solo under his own name. Rimler's concise, heartfelt and sometimes playful music is influenced by Tin Pan Alley songwriters from the first half of the 20th century, plus later greats such as Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, and Judee Sill. He is currently at work on a set of collaborative recordings -- original songs arranged by saxophonist/arranger Jacob Zimmerman (Lawson, Arts & Sciences) -- to be released in 2014.