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.

NAKED TRUTH: real.stories.live

Friday, February 2nd

Main Reading Room – 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests

They told some of our favorite stories when we were just starting our series around 2011 and helped us build a loyal following. Josh Healey returns as emcee along with Jeff Greenwald, Doug Cordell, and Kari Kiernan to show true, live storytelling at its best.

If you have a story, we want to hear it! Throw your name in the hat to tell your first-hand one-minute story in our optional audience lightning round.

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.)

For adults and high school students only (high schoolers – no wine for you!) No one younger will be admitted. 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.

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

Jeff Greenwald is the author of six popular travel books, including Shopping for BuddhasThe Size of the World (for which he created the first international travel blog), and Snake Lake. Jeff’s one-man show, Strange Travel Suggestions, premiered in SF in 2003. Jeff is Executive Director of Ethical Traveler and hosts the recently launched Ethical Traveler Podcast. jeffgreenwald.com

Kari Kiernan is a writer and storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt!The Morning News and onstage at PorchlightThe Vent, and Literary Death Match.

Don Reed (HBO, Pop Up Magazine) is an entertainer. Works include: “Unleashed” on Netflix, a streaming comedy series “Bartlett,” five solo shows Off-Broadway and Bay Area – including “East 14th.” Other credits include “I Miss Toni,” the Snap Judgment 2016 Performance of the Year, The Flintstones, DMV, “A Different World,” and “Partners in Crime.” reediculous.com

Emcee: Josh Healey
Josh is a writer, performer, and creative activist. He has been featured in The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular on NPR’s Snap Judgment.


NAKED TRUTH: FRIDAY THE 13TH – CURSED!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Main Reading Room – 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Registration highly recommended (did we mention the wine reception?) 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 Friday the 13th and our theme is ‘Cursed!’ We’ve all had times when life seemed to progress from bad to worse. The unfairness of it all. “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug” (Mary Chapin Carpenter). Tonight there will be true stories from people who got a wake up call from reality and managed to survive with a sense of humor. Kay DeMartini is MC and host along with storytellers Dave Nihill, Scott Sanders, Tony Cyprien, and Michael Dorunda.

If you have a Cursed story – we want to hear it! Throw your name in the hat to tell your first-hand one-minute story in our optional audience lightning round.

For Adults and High School Students (not the wine).

Storytellers:

Kay DeMartini NPR storyteller, Slam winner, producer of BustingOut Storytelling, and founder of the Unruly StoryFest, the first personal narrative storytelling festival in Northern California, Kay has performed comedy and stories across the county and was featured on KPIX TV as the Chicken Comic.

Scott Sanders Ex-actor/ex-New Yorker Scott Sanders moved to the left coast 15 years ago and is still wrestling with cross-cultural challenges. Scott introduced graffiti to the Inner Mongolian territories. He’s been seen in multiple Moth Grandslams and Moth Mainstage events, Snap Judgment, Fireside, LitQuake, BustingOut and StorySlam Oakland.

David Nihill  Bestselling author, featured in Inc, NPR, Huffington Post, Forbes, and the Irish Times, David was recently part of the Irish Kings of Comedy Tour, SF Sketchfest, the Ventura Comedy Festival, and the Kansas City Irish Festival. A Moth Storyslam winner and Grandslam finalist, David has also told tales at Porchlight, Fireside and Litquake. davidnihill.com

Michael Dorunda A favorite storyteller at BustingOut Storytelling currently working in construction, Mike is based in the East Bay and is a recognized leader in the recovery movement. His stories of overcoming insurmountable issues are both unbelievable and crazy funny.

Tony Cyprien Born and raised in Watts, California, Tony now lives in Berkeley. He has won a Moth StorySlam, performed at two Moth Mainstage events, and has also performed for Marin Shakespeare’s Social Justice Troupe and Marsh Theater’s Monday Night Marsh.


NAKED TRUTH: SUMMER OF LOVE

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

Storytellers:

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.

Emcee:
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


NAKED TRUTH: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 7:00pm                                                            

Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests. Main Reading Room

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Mill Valley Public Library, Naked Truth’s stellar lineup of storytellers will share their favorite true stories of getting a little help from their friends.

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.)

For adults and high school students only.

Storytellers:

Steve Budd is an actor, storyteller, stand-up comic, and solo performer. He’s performed all over the Bay Area, as well as L.A., Israel, and Boston. His solo show “What They Said About Love” won Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe.

Bridget Frederick is the co-creator of the monthly series Tell it on Tuesday. She has written and performed several short solo shows since 2004. She sold her car in 2008 and now rides her bicycle. She teaches Iyengar-style and manages grantwriting for several small non-profit arts organizations. bridget-yoga.com

Mike Capozzola is a comedian and  cartoonist. He’s performed in the U.K. Israel and Canada and has appeared in some commercials that you’ve shut off.  He’s contributed to MAD Magazine and The Best of McSweeney’s. Other jobs have included three different species of mascot, a police sketch artist, substitute teacher and taxi driver.

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. http://www.virgietovar.com/

Emcee:
Wonder Dave is a writer and performer from Minneapolis, MN, now living in California. He has toured the country performing at poetry venues, schools, cabarets, science fiction conventions, burlesque shows, and bowling alleys.
*Josh Healey and Dixie De La Tour, previously scheduled to attend, are both sick and won’t be here tonight.

NAKED TRUTH: TRUE STORIES OF KISMET

Friday, October 14th 2016 7:00pm                                                             Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests. Main Reading Room

It’s our annual Litquake show! Naked Truth returns to the Library with an amazing lineup sharing their tales of “Kismit: true stories of things meant to be.” Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch as the Library is transformed into a venue for real people telling real-life stories.

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.)

For adults and high school students only.

Bios
Brian Copeland is an award winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk show host based in the San Francisco Bay Area.http://www.briancopeland.com/

David Nihill is a best selling author, Inc. Columnist and the Founder of FunnyBizz. He has performed at some of California’s leading comedy clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, and the Punchline and his writing has been featured in Inc., Fast Company, HuffPost, and Forbes. http://www.7comedyhabits.com/

Janis Bell is an English professor and writer. Her book Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences was published in 2008 by W.W. Norton.

Kari Kiernan is a writer and storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt!, The Morning News and onstage at Porchlight, The Vent, and Literary Death Match. www.cerealfordinneragain.com

Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (U. of Missouri Press), and the winner of the Devins Award for Poetry. Donovan is on the faculty of the graduate creative writing program of Virginia Commonwealth University, and he is Senior Editor for Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. 

Emcee:

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


Naked Truth: real.stories.live

 Friday, June 3, 2016                                                                                    

Main Reading Room,

7:00pm                                                                  

Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

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. Our amazing line-up of talented storytellers will have carte blanche to choose their favorite, go-to, killer stories—no constraints of a theme!  Some of your favorite storytellers will be back to share some of their favorite stories, including Matteson Perry, Doug Cordell, & Josh Healey.

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. )

For High School Students and Adults.

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 LA. His writing has appeared in The NY Times and McSweeney’s. Matteson’s first book,Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch, was recently published by Scribner. http://www.mattesonperry.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

Neshama Franklin tells frequently at The Moth and at Tell It On Tuesday in Berkeley. She is a Moth Grand Slam Champion.  She works at the Fairfax Library, blogs about books on the MCFL website, has a TV and web show– Marin Poets Live! and biweekly radio show on KWMR.

Julie Soller is a storyteller and show producer. She emcees StorySlam Oakland, Spontaneous Storytelling at the Layover, and Tales from the Tasting Room at Rosenblum Cellars. She’s currently working on a podcast of collected stories from talented Bay Area storytellers. www.storyslamoakland.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. http://joshhealey.org/


Naked Truth: True Stories of Love, Hope & Courage

 Friday, February 5, 2016                                                                                    Main Reading Room, 7:00pm                                                                          Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Trump, terrorism, and trouble seem to be the media’s current mainstays. Turn off your phones, TVs, radios; whatever your device of choice may be and come listen to real live people tell their personal stories of love, hope and courage. Throw your name in the hat to tell your own 1 minute story.

Storytellers will include Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F*** to Sleep”, writer/performer/comedian Marga Gomez  and poet/activist Josh Healey, among others.

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. )

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

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


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.

Click here to register

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.


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.


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.