BACK IN THE DAY: Porchlight's 15th Anniversary Spectacular

Event has passed (Fri Jun 23, 2017 - Fri Jun 23, 2017)
Verdi Club
08:00 PM


It's our 15th birthday and we're putting on a killer storytelling show to celebrate!
BACK IN THE DAY will feature true tales from a stellar assortment of humans including:

Muni Diaries founder Eugenia Chien
Lawyer, activist, and artist Matt Gonzalez
Bartender and writer Ginger Murray
Master bookbinder Dominic Riley
Writer and contributor to The New Yorker, Vice, and The Guardian, Carvell Wallace
author and critic Cintra WIlson
songs by Sonny Smith
with your emcees Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick
and Marc Capelle on the keys

Eugenia Chien is the co-founder of Muni Diaries, a storytelling blog, live show, and weekly podcast where anyone can share a story about what happens on public transit in San Francisco. Over nearly a decade, Eugenia and her partners, Tara and Jeff, have referee'd Muni haiku battles, written Muni mad libs, and published stories from more than 4,000 San Francisco transit riders. In a previous life, Eugenia was a reporter and editor at New America Media and a some-time commentator for 91.7 KALW. When she's not blogging in her pajamas, you can find her eavesdropping on the 49-Van Ness or 1-California.

Hailing from McAllen, Texas, Matt Gonzalez has been living in San Francisco since 1991. He previously served a term as a city supervisor, once played bass guitar in a band that no one has heard of, and has spent the last decade picking up pieces of paper and wood that he makes art with. His virtually unknown poetry volume, "The Violet Suitcase", makes him technically eligible for a Nobel Prize in Literature. He currently works as a public defender, where he represents people mostly charged with murder. He remains best known for losing political contests, including the 2003 San Francisco mayor's race, and for telling a story at the very first Porchlight held at the Hemlock Tavern.

Ginger Murray is a writer and performer. A once SF Weekly columnist and founder of Whore! magazine, she now spends far too much time in her kitchen reading political diatribes. You can find her behind the bar over at the Rite Spot and on Ginger currently lives in West Oakland where the lemon trees grow.

Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, artist, teacher and writer. His latest research has been into the Great Bookbinding Strike of 1786. Did you know that bookbinders were the first artisans to go on strike in England? And the first to form a Trade Union? And the first to pave the way for the forty-hour week? No, well you should. Dominic is here for the summer, teaching at the Center for the Book, and enjoying the convivial company of the nobler folk of this beleaguered land.

Carvell Wallace is a writer and father and perpetual procrastinator from Oakland. He has written for GQ, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and others and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and MTVNews where he wrote a weekly music column throughout 2016. He is also the co-host of the Slate parenting podcast Mom And Dad Are Fighting. He has written about everything from Sonic Youth to cowboy poets to the smallest point guard in the NBA. His first full-length book, The Sixth Man, co-written with Golden State Warriors Forward Andre Iguodala is due out in 2018 on Blue Rider press.

Cintra Wilson is an author, performer and Cultural Critic whose books include "Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style," "Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny" and "A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined as a Grotesque, Crippling Disease." (Twitter: @xintra)


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