Porchlight's FIFTEENTH Anniversary Spectacular

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Porch Light

Jun 8, 2017, 3:12:33 PM6/8/17
to Arline Klatte

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, artist Matt Gonzalez

writer, performer, bartender Ginger Murray

master bookbinder Dominic Riley

contributing writer to The New Yorker, The Guardian Carvell Wallace

author and critic Cintra Wilson

songs by Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith is an American songwriter whose works veers into plays, monologues and art exhibits. He fronts the band Sonny & the Sunsets, and lives in San Francisco.

with your emcees Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick

and Marc Capelle on the keys



Verdi Club

2424 Mariposa St, SF

8 pm, $20 advance, $25 door





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 onMedium.com. 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 noblerfolk 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 masturbating at work. 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 originally from San Francisco, where she spent several years performing and writing for the stage. These writings begat journalistic writings, which in turn begat books and occasional forays into TV and screenwriting. After a very brief pit-stop in LA, she moved to New York, for obvious reasons.




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