Monday, January 28
The New Me: Stories of Reinvention
As your resolutions either fade away or kick into high gear, it's time for an evening of tales of metamorphosis.
With stories by:
Journalist Sheerly Avni
Cartoonist and comedian Michael Capozzola
Internet pioneer John Coate
Musician and recording engineer Eli Crews
Juvenile Hall alum and reality show star Russell Moore
President of the SF Police Commission Theresa Sparks
Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., SF
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8:00pm
Tickets also available at Ticketweb
Sheerly Avni is a Bay Area journalist whose work has appeared in Salon, LAWeekly, Variety, The San Francisco Chronicle and many other publications. Cinema by the Bay, her book about Northern California studios and filmmakers, was released in June 2006. She also an editor and workshop facilitator at The Beat Within, a print magazine written by and for incarcerated youth.
Michael Capozzola is a Bay Area based comedian and cartoonist. He has contributed to MAD Magazine and National Lampoon. His cartoon "Cheap City" runs each Thursday in the '96 Hours' section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
John Coate is best known for his 21-year internet career, most notably as community manager for the WELL and founding General Manager of SF Gate (where he was Beth and Arline's boss). But he didn't start that career until he was 35. Before that he had been an auto mechanic, house remodeler, urban squatter, interstate trucker, farmer, rock and roll musician, commune member, nomadic hippie and confused suburbanite.
Eli Crews is an American person. He sits down many hours of most days, and most of those hours there is music coming out of powerful speakers aimed directly at his head. At home there is a lovely five-and-11/12ths-year-old boy and a woman whom you may recognize as one of your hostesses this evening. (She is not home right now, as you may have gathered.) Going to the Berkeley YMCA has recently become one of his favorite things to do, which would amuse the 25-year-old version of himself to practically no end. www.newimprovedrecording.com
Russell Morse was born in San Francisco, grew up in foster care and took up writing in juvenile hall. He is now a working journalist and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and online at Salon.com. He is also an avid Giants fan and womanizer and you can view his musings on the current presidential election by visiting: theunablogger.blogspot.com.
Theresa Sparks has been transitioning all of her life. She’s gone from child to parent to grandparent; from single to married to single; from hetero to assexual to hetero to bi; from veteran to activist; from CEO to cab driver to CEO; from owning a million-dollar estate to homeless to renting a simple one bedroom flat; and, from man to woman. She is an addicted customer president of Good Vibrations and president of the San Francisco Police Commission. She serves on non-profit Boards and has worked with organizations as varied as the Lusty Lady, the Center for Sex and Culture and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was recently bestowed the title of Saint Dignity and Respect by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, was named one of OUT Magazine's 100 LBGT Leaders in the United States, GO! NYC Magazines 100 Women We Love in the United States, Empress of Justice by A.N.S.W.E.R SF and, a few years ago, named California State Legislature Woman of the Year. She has four grown children and three grandchildren, only one of whom lives in San Francisco.
Official Website: http://www.porchlightsf.com/thismonth.html
Added by christopher.pepper on January 25, 2008