Performances

Welcome to Naked Truth: Connect. Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch as the Library is transformed into a venue for real people telling real-life stories. Talented raconteurs take center stage to tell true, unscripted stories. Naked Truth has featured an array of amazing storytellers, from the host/executive producer of NPR’s Snap Judgment Glynn Washington to comedy icon Don Novello, a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci. These events always fill up, so don’t forget to register.

Waterfall Symmetry of Salmon

FIRST FRIDAY: NAKED TRUTH – COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

Friday, June 6th 2014
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Salmon running upstream, the ant and the rubber tree plant, that little engine…Come and listen to another amazing line-up of talented raconteurs tell their true personal stories of persistence and perseverance. Stories are told live and without notes.

Click here to REGISTER If registration for this event is full, there is a good chance you can still get a seat.  No shows and last-minute cancellations usually free up seats.  Please check back to the web site from time to time to see if spots have opened up. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event and join the wait line.  We will begin letting the wait line in at 6:45, based on available seating. The earlier you show up, the better.

Storytellers

Jamie DeWolf  is a performer, filmmaker, showman, teacher, and artist from Oakland, CA.  He is currently working on new screenplays, a one man show and is a producer for NPR’s storytelling show Snap Judgment. He is always looking for new ways to expand as an artist and filmmaker.  jamiedewolf.com

Doug Cordell is an NPR radio storyteller, performer and Emmy-nominated writer. His autobiographical radio stories air on Snap Judgment and Marketplace. Listen to his stories and find out about upcoming shows at dougcordell.com

Hailing from the Motor City and now living in the Bay Area, Karinda Dobbins‘ humor is sharp, distinctive and infused with hilarious social commentary. Karinda has performed on NickMom Night Out on Nickelodeon and she has opened for Greg Proops and W. Kamau Bell.  http://karindadobbins.site.socxs.com/Home

Emcee:

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with subversive humor and a fiery love for justice, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment. joshhealey.org
Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

This event is free and open to the public. For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.


Card-Wild

FIRST FRIDAY: NAKED TRUTH – WILD CARD

Friday, February 7th 2014
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

*Registration is strongly recommended.

Anything can happen at the next Naked Truth: real.stories.live.   Our amazing line-up of talented storytellers will have carte blanche to choose their favorite, go-to, killer stories from their archives–the theme Wild Card. Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and watch as the Library is transformed into a venue for real people telling real-life stories, raw and without notes.

The evening will also include the debut screening of a brief, but incredibly poignant and visually stunning digital story entitled “My Two World Daughter”.  It was written and created by Mill Valley resident, Joan Bullen, during one of the Library’s digital storytelling workshops.

Storytellers

Kat Evasco  Kat Evasco is a stand up comedienne, performing artist, writer, producer, and arts administrator.  She is a comedic storyteller, delivering her jokes in a theatricalized manner and using humor to alleviate any tension a topic may bring. Kat has always felt that theater is her main love, and stand up comedy is her mistress.  Now, she is experiencing a menage a trois, aiming to perfect the art of stand-up theater. katevasco.com/

Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is a writer and performer based in San Francisco. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed and on NPR. He’s the author of “Practical Classics 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School” and is currently working on a book about 80s movies. He’s got a few stories to tell.

Marcus Byruck recently emigrated from fifteen years of hard labor in Cambridge, Mass, and he and his wife Sara are happily back in the Bay area, and Mill Valley in particular.  He has long retired from a career as a pioneer years ago in the development and translation of computer languages. He writes a great deal of biographical stories for personal pleasure. He recently took the Naked Truth workshop at the library, but has never previously told any story in public.

Emcee:

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with subversive humor and a fiery love for justice, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment. joshhealey.org

 Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

This event is free and open to the public. For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.

Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services. Click here to support Library events.

This will be the culminating performance of Naked Truth: Connect, Create, Contribute which was made possible by a grant won by the Library from the California State Library in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Mill Valley Library was awarded $15,000 to create a program that includes multiple platforms for the public to tell and experience true, personal stories.


Venetian-Ball-Mask

First Friday: Naked Truth – Masquerade

Friday, October 18th
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.

*Registration will open October 1st and is strongly recommended.

Naked Truth: real.stories.live., Mill Valley Library’s true storytelling series, returns as part of the Litquake Literary Festival with an amazing line-up to share tales based on the theme Masquerade: stories of posing, pretending and faking it. Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and watch as the Library is transformed into a venue for real people telling real-life stories, raw and without notes.

Click here to register.

 

Storytellers

Josh Kornbluth: Josh has been creating and performing comic monologues — and occasionally working on TV and in movies — for over two decades. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and son. joshkornbluth.com

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan: Dhaya is a frequent storyteller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”, a favorite performer at Sketchfest and has appeared on PBS’s KQED. http://dhayacomedy.com/

Josh Cereghino: Josh is a writer who lives in Berkeley, travels extensively, and surfs as much as possible.

Kari Kiernan: Kari’s work appears both in print and onstage. She lives in San Francisco where, possibly illegally, she has neither a bicycle nor a dog. http://withraisins.blogspot.com

and other special guests…

Emcee:

Josh Healey: Josh is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Healey has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, and is a regular on NPR’s Snap Judgment. joshhealey.org

Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

This event is produced in association with the Library’s exciting multiplatform program Naked Truth: Connect, Create, Contribute which allows our community to tell and experience true, personal stories.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services. Click here to support Library events.