June 1st: Porchlight at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

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Porch Light

May 24, 2019, 2:30:20 PM5/24/19
to Arline Klatte

Hosted by the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight storytelling series, "Oops I Did It Again" invites storytellers to explore the magic and mystery of the things we do over and over. Whether its describing day jobs, night shifts, bad choices, or nasty habits, these stories celebrate and lament all too common sensations; stuck in a groove, won't quit, don't stop, can't fight the feeling. With live musical accompaniment by Marc Capelle. Storytellers include Anthony Bedard, Mary Goree, Horehound Stillpoint, Scott Vermeire and Michael Warr.

Part of "Performance as Edition," curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts' exhibition "What is an edition, anyway?" on view May 24 – September 7, 2019. This series acknowledges performance’s implicit conundrum between poles of repetitive and unique actions. Original, limited-edition posters, designed by Herschend and THE THING QUARTERLY co-founder Will Rogan, are released at each event.

Storyteller Bios:

Anthony Bedard is a San Francisco drummer/guitarist, music scene denizen, and live venue talent buyer. As a teen, he once sang 15th-century madrigals and 20th-century show tunes at Disney World’s Tomorrowland Terrace. He moved to SF in 1989 and began drumming for the room-clearing cult favorite band, Icky Boyfriends, and later went on to serve time in other groups including Hank IV, Theme Weavers LLC, and The Roofies. For the past 16 years, he booked the dearly departed Hemlock Tavern (where Porchlight first got its start) and now he runs his own independent live events entity, Talent Moat, through which he books bands and comedy around the Bay Area.

Mary Goree is a music booking agent for Atomic Music Group and manages San Francisco’s beloved Green Apple Books & Music. A Bay Area native with a remarkable passion for music, live events and books. She has 20 plus years’ experience in the music industry that began with Bill Graham Presents. Prior to her current position at Atomic Music Group she was an agent at Leafy Green Booking, Mary also managed the Great American Music Hall and was the Festival Administrator for the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco. Previous projects include the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (California), Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Tennessee), African World Festival (Detroit) and Project Pabst (Oregon). Mary loves experiencing and supporting the amazingly creative local music and arts community, and most evenings, you can find her hosting a book club or enjoying a performance at one of the Bay Area's many incredible live music venues.

Horehound Stillpoint’s poetry has been taught at Harvard and booed offstage by a drunken audience in a Mission bar in San Francisco.   As one of the first gay punk rockers in America, he bought the New York Dolls debut the same week it was released, though the clerk in Woolworth’s refused to touch the album.  Horehound has seen pus-filled third nipples and upside down crescent moons erupt on his chest at 3am, so . . . keeping a safe distance is probably advisable.  

Scott Vermeire is a writer and performer living in Oakland, CA.  Scott is known for his solo performances and his ongoing collaborations with Sad Vicious and Wonderment Consortium.  His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Onion, Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Viceland.  Scott has been nominated for the SFMOMA SECA Award and has performed at BAM/PFA, YBCA, and SF Sketchfest. Scott co-produces Oakland’s experimental comedy show ‘TALKIES’ at All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland’s Uptown district every second Friday of the month.

Michael Warr’s books include Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, The Armageddon of Funk, and We Are All The Black Boy. He received a Creative Work Fund award for his multimedia project Tracing Poetic Memory, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award, Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Poets Award, NEA Fellowship, and San Francisco Library Laureate. He is former Deputy Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Learn more at armageddonoffunk.tumblr.com.

ABOUT Porchlight
Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick founded Porchlight in 2002 with the goal of getting people of the Bay Area onstage to tell their stories. They have produced over 250 shows with a wide variety of folks, including school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites sex workers, musicians, authors, system analysts, filmmakers, and social workers. Porchlight has also produced shows in collaboration with LitQuake, SketchFest, SFFILM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Shakespeare & Co. in Peris, and the Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi. They are thrilled to be collaborating with MFA for the first time. porchlightsf.com

Porchlight // Oops I Did It Again: Stories about Repetition
Saturday, June 1 • 4:30pm

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