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.

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Spellbound

Friday, October 16th, 2015
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

It’s time for our annual Litquake show.  Our phenomenally talented lineup will share their tales of enchantment, bewitchery and fascination.

Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch as the Library is transformed into a venue for real people telling real-life stories. Throw your name in that hat to tell your one minute story.

Ages 14 and up welcome.

Registration opens October 1st, 2015

Storytellers:

Matteson Perry is a screenwriter, performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. His work has been featured on NPR and several podcasts, including Unfictional, Risk!, and Storyworthy. Matteson’s first book, Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch, will be published by Scribner on May 24th, 2016.

Paul Shirley is an author, editor, columnist, and teacher. Originally from Kansas, Paul now lives in Los Angeles, where he runs the writers’ workshops Writers Blok and Roundtable. Paul’s work has appeared in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and at Playboy.com. His first book, Can I Keep My Jersey?, was published by Random House in 2007. He is at work on his second and third books.

Jeff Greenwald is the author of six best-selling travel books, including The Size of the World and Shopping for Buddhas. He’s also the co-director of EthicalTraveler.org, an international alliance focused on human rights and the environment.

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.


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Road Trip

Friday, June 5th 
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Jack Kerouac wrote about it, Willie Nelson sang about it, Hopper & Fonda made it look dangerous and cool…and it has been the birthplace of countless favorite personal stories.

Join us as Naked Truth takes a road trip, or at least welcomes captivating storytellers sharing their favorite tales of hitting the open road.

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. )

Storytellers:

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

Justine Gubar is the author of Fanaticus:Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan (Rowman & Littlefield; On-Sale: June 16, 2015). She is a four-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist. For almost two decades, she’s worked as a television producer for ESPN, where she has covered most major sporting events as well as investigated preeminent institutions in the sports world.

Irish Dave (David) is the Founder of FunnyBizz, best selling author and Inc Columnist. He has performed standup comedy at California’s leading clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, the Improv and the Punchline even though he strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don’t understand his accent. His writing has been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.

Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist, Muslim Iranian-American comedian. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her solo show “All Atheists Are Muslim” a highlight of the Int’l NYC Fringe Festival.  She’s an SF Writer’s Grotto member, where she also teaches. Catch her on the internationally acclaimed podcast, “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim,” available for download on iTunes.  More info at ZahraComedy.com.

With Special Guest M.C.: Matt Lieb 

Matt Lieb is a comedian, writer, actor and street musician/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony cover band. He was named “one of my all-time favorite Bay Area performers” by the award-winning SF blog Courting Comedy and described as “extremely talented, charmingly dark and genuinely pleasant.” Matt has taken the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene by storm, performing with the likes of Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher, and W. Kamau Bell. This year will mark Matt Lieb’s 5th year performing at SF Sketchfest.  http://www.mattlieb.com/

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

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


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Love is a battlefield

Friday, February 6th 2015 
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

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 our annual Valentine’s day show. There are sure to be stories of torch songs, Dear Johns, and so much more .  Come listen to writers, poets, comedians and talented raconteurs share their true, personal tales of love-related war wounds, and maybe their favorite songs from the 80’s.

Storytellers:

Kari Kiernan is a writer, a storyteller, and a bona fide local; she graduated from Tam, holds a Master’s degree from Dominican University, and spent a great deal of her young life at the Mill Valley library. Her work has appeared in Skirt! Magazine and The Morning News as well as onstage at Porchlight, The Vent, and Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, among others. You can see more of her work at Cereal for Dinner Again (www.cerealfordinnneragain.com).

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a stand-up comic, storyteller, and TV host. She is a frequent storyteller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”, has told stories on PBS’s KQED, is the host of The Moth in San Francisco and Berkeley, and hosted the Emmy-award winning television series “High School Quiz Show” on PBS’s WGBH.  She was also named Best Comedian of 2013 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Readers’ Poll. She is very proud to say she grew up in libraries with a librarian mom. http://dhayacomedy.com/

Kay DeMartini is an NPR Storyteller, corporate speaker, emcee, facilitator.  She produces the popular East Bay storytelling series: BustingOut.  She says about her fantastic series: “Hookers, cops, doctors, ex-cons, trannies, salsa teachers, authors, tap dancers, pizza makers, and many more – have shared their stories onstage with us over the past 5 yrs. The stories are different but also similar. Barriers go down and people lean in. Often funny, sometimes poignant, always true.”

Mike Capozzola is a San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, actor and cartoonist/illustrator. His work has appeared in Mad Magazine, TED Talks, McSweeney’s, The Bold Italic, The Bay Guardian, WIRED, The Pacific Sun, Stars & Stripes, The Jerusalem Post, The Humor Times, the San Francisco Chronicleand more. He has also contributed a few dozen premises to the award-winnng, nationally syndicated cartoon, BIZARRO. http://www.capozzola.com/

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


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The Phoenix: stories of rising from the ashes

Sunday, October 12th 2014 
Main Reading Room, 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

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 our annual Litquake show and we are pulling out all of the stops.  Come listen to writers, poets, comedians and talented raconteurs share their true, personal tales of hope, redemption, metamorphoses and rising from the ashes.

Storytellers:

Joyce Lee is an internationally known poet, educator and a frequent Storyteller on NPR Snap Judgment radio show. Joyce is an Oakland, California native who has performed at Yoshi’s of Oakland and San Francisco, Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival and Oakland’s first Annual Pride parade. She has also been featured at UC Berkeley’s Womyn of Color Conference and Lexus’ television show Versus & Flow. Her work is described as everything from heart wrenching and soul seraching to just down-right hilarious and true. One thing’s for sure, she’s one you must see for yourself!

Eve Pell, investigative reporter, Dipsea winner and grandmother, is author of the nationally acclaimed memoir “WE USED TO OWN THE BRONX.” Her next book, tentatively titled “Love, Again,” is about people who find new romance in old age–as she did. It is scheduled for publication early next year.

Nato Green was described by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political spark plug.” His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS. He created the game show Iron Comic, wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, toured as Laughter Against the Machine, and performs every week in the Mission at The Business.

Bill Katovsky, who has lived in Mill Valley since the first Whole Foods came to town, has been a magazine editor and publisher, literary agent, author or co-author of a dozen books in the subject area of media, politics, biking, running, and fitness. His first book, “Embedded: The Media At War In Iraq,” an oral history with 60 journalists was awarded Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize. His second book, “Patriots Act: Voices of Dissent and the Risk of Speaking Out,” also an oral history that featured Daniel Ellsberg, Paul Krugman, and Mort Sahl, was a Book Sense Notable Pick.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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


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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.


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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.


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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.