Friday, June 2, 2017
Main Reading Room – 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.
Registration highly recommended. Click here to register.
(If registration for this event is full, there is a good chance you can still get a seat. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event and join the wait line.)
It’s the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, when tens of thousands of young people, in search of something different, came to San Francisco to find it. In honor of this very special moment in time, our line-up of talented storytellers will share their own present-day stories of peace, love, and liberation. Josh Healey is back to emcee with storytellers Emily Epstein White, Kathleen Auterio, Phil Surkis, and Don Reed.
If you have a story to tell from the summer of love, we want to hear it. Throw your name in the hat to tell a one minute story in our optional audience lightning round.
For High School Students and Adults
Emily Epstein White comedian, storyteller and writer Emily Epstein White has been trapped in a self-cleaning toilet, has stitches from a treadmill accident, and watched her mother do a full split after slipping on a banana peel (yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds). She has been featured in the 360 Comedy Festival, the She-Devil Comedy Festival, the Boston Globe, and has won and is an occasional host for the San Francisco MothSlam. You can find her on Twitter @emeps.
Kathleen Auterio Kathleen is a horror and metal fanatic in a constant battle with gravity and reality. She’s recently told her stories from serious to absurd at The Moth GrandSlam, Risk! Live show and Podcast, Porchlight, Fireside, Spokespeople, Bawdy, and This Damn World.
Phil Surkis After leading a Seder, Phil Surkis was inspired to try comedic storytelling and comedy producing, and he liked it. Performance wise, Phil is a regular on the Solo Sundays series at Stage Werx, and has performed at The Marsh, Starline Social Club, Freight & Salvage, and many other spots around the bay. He produces KALW’s live radio show/podcast Kamau Right Now! hosted by W. Kamau Bell, and is also producing a new podcast for Zahra Noorbakhsh called “On Behalf of All Muslims, coming this summer. http://www.philsurkis.com
Zahra Noorbakhsh is s a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was deemed a “must listen” by Oprah Magazine, and recorded an episode at the White House under Obama. Zahra is also a solo performance artist and storyteller. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show “All Atheists Are Muslim,” a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival. She is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” which was featured in the NY Times. Currently, Noorbakhsh is writing a memoir entitled, “My Infidel Husband.” As a comedian, she’s performed with renowned comics, W. Kamau Bell and Maz Jobrani. This year, she will be touring her 1-hour comedy special “On Behalf of All Muslims.” She is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies. Find out more at ZahraComedy.com.
Josh Healey, writer, performer, and creative activist, has been featured in The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular on NPR’s Snap Judgment. www.joshhealey.org