- Evan Karp, KQED
Arline Klatte 415.571.0998
Beth Lisick 510.593.1077
PORCHLIGHT OPEN DOOR AT THE HEMLOCK TAVERN
THEME: UP ALL NIGHT
Winner gets fifty bucks, hot nuts, and Nomadic Ground coffee
All storytellers get a free drink!
Monday, June 22
1131 Polk St., SF
and songs by VIRGIL SHAW
Kelly Beardsley has been telling stories about his wacky jobs in and around town since Porchlight first began. He has worked as a bike messenger, a locksmith, a tow truck driver (AAA), a school bus driver, a tour bus driver, and now a BART train operator over the course of 16 years. His stories have been heard on NPR This American Life, NPR The California Report, KPFA, Porchlight in San Francisco, and Radar reading series. He lives in Oakland with his lady friend Deez and Taco the cat.
Tara Jepsen is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles, California. She studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, occasionally performs stand-up comedy, and writes an original web series with her collaborator, Beth Lisick, called Rods and Cones. The first season of Rods and Cones was released by Jill Soloway and Rebecca Odes’s Wifey.tv in September of 2014. Tara appears in several short films, including an untitled project directed by Devon Kirkpatrick (2015), “Good Job” (2015, Robin Reiser), “Don’t Go Back to Sleep” (2014, dir. Stanya Kahn), “Tick Tock for Ding Dongs” (2013, dir. Jed Bell), “Sinking State” (2011, dir. Frazer Bradshaw), and Diving for Pearls (dirs. Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen). She has a small part in Jessie Kahnweiler's forthcoming web series, “The Skinny.”
Scott Kravitz recently returned to San Francisco after serving as the Animation Supervisor on the films Chappie and Elysium. His earlier work has been featured in The Matrix Trilogy, Madagascar 2, and Robot Chicken. He is currently working on animated projects for Android phones. As Norma Desmond said, "It's the pictures that got small." Scott has performed his stories for The Moth, Back Fence PDX in Portland, and Snap Judgment on NPR. He is a frequent contributor to the CBC radio show, Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein. You can see his stuff at www.scottkravitz.com
Prior to relocating to California in 2009, Sommelier and author David Lynch was the longtime Wine Director, then General Manager, of New York’s famed Babbo Ristorante — the flagship restaurant of Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich’s B&B Hospitality Group. During his tenure, he grew Babbo’s wine program into one of the nation’s best, winning a 2004 James Beard Restaurant Award for Outstanding Wine Service. He is now a restaurateur who oversees the Mission's beloved St. Vincent's restaurant.
Dominic Riley is currently enjoying his tenure as World Champion of Bookbinding. He has many claims to fame, including once owning Nancy Reagan's plastic surgeon's slippers, being descended from a Catholic saint who was burnt at the stake in 1600, and having once been baby-sitter to the future Queen of England. His story tonight will tell how stealing a block of cheese changed his life forever.