“Porchlight is that rare kind of production that shows us, on a fundamental level, what it is to be human."

- Evan Karp, KQED

Verdi Club


Arline Klatte 415.571.0998

Beth Lisick 510.593.1077

email: arline@aklatte.com






Monday, April 20



A very special edition of the Bay Area’s longest-running storytelling series, now in its 13th year! 

Join native San Franciscans Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle, along with Beth Lisick (born in San "The Hose" Jose, y'all!) for an evening of unforgettable stories by a stellar cast of feisty San Franciscans who are STILL HERE.

So you know: This show is not meant to be a bummer, but rather a rollicking night featuring people who love this city and would prefer to stay here and keeping on loving it. Come by if you're an old-schooler who wants to say hi to some of your favorite folks or a recent emigre who wants to find out exactly who those other people are.

Stories by:


SF Deputy Director of the Entertainment Commission Cammy Blackstone


actor, writer, and activist Shannon Matesky


48 Hills founder, editor, and reporter Tim Redmond

Season of the Witch author and founder of Salon David Talbot 

writer and HIV/AIDS educator Ed Wolf

father and son artists Rene and Rio Yañez


more storytellers to be announced soon!

and songs by Tom Heyman and Stephen Smith

Verdi Club

2424 Mariposa St

8 pm, $15 advance, $20 door


Tickets available from EVENTBRITE



Cammy Blackstone was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA, and moved to San Francisco as soon as possible (1981). She went to San Francisco State University, and a lot of bars, and somehow squeezed in a 25 year career in radio and television. Now she is the haggard mother of two fine teenaged boys and works as the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.


Tim Redmond is editor of 48hills.org, SF's online daily newspaper. He's been a political reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years, and until 2013 was editor of the SF Bay Guardian.


Ed Wolf has lived in San Francisco since 1976 and has been working in the HIV field since 1983. He’s featured in the award-winning documentary “We Were Here,” which chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the San Francisco response. He’s published a lot of writing about his San Francisco experience and has told many stories about it too, from China to Russia and many places in-between. More about him at EdWolf.net


From the moment he was conceived in an artist’s studio, Rio Yañez’ fate as an artist was sealed. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Yañez is a non-profit worker and artist. With his father, Rene Yañez, the pair have been curating art exhibits together since 2005. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. His re-imaginings of Frida Kahlo have included the Ghetto Frida Project, a series of prints, writings, and performance pieces featuring a thugged-out Kahlo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective.

René Yañez is an artist, curator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco. A founder and former Artistic Director of Galería de la Raza, Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States. Active as both a visual and performing arts curator, he has curated numerous exhibitions including “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge.” He remains a strong role model and vital cultural force in the San Francisco arts community.