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The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.

The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.
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The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.

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Episodes

"The Princess Diaries" - SF Cinema GOAT with Kevin Fagan and Tony Bravo

12/13/2018
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In Episode 52 of The Big Event, host Peter Hartlaub is joined by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan and Style reporter Tony Bravo to pay tribute to "The Princess Diaries." The 2001 film, set in San Francisco, features Anne Hathaway as an awkward girl who finds out she's a princess - and Julie Andrews as her grandmother and queen. The Garry Marshall film was not embraced by critics, but Bravo, Fagan and Hartlaub make an argument it's an excellent S.F. film, and worthy of S.F. Cinema...

Duration:00:42:44

Barry Jenkins interview - "If Beale Street Could Talk"

12/10/2018
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In Episode 51 of The Big Event, "Moonlight" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" director Barry Jenkins comes to the San Francisco Chronicle to speak with host Peter Hartlaub about his new movie - and the eight years he spent living in San Francisco. Jenkins worked in telemarketing before making "Medicine for Melancholy," his debut film shot in San Francisco. After a Best Picture Academy Award win for "Moonlight" in 2017, "Beale Street" is getting strong awards season acclaim. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:30:24

Leslie Sbrocco interview - "Check, Please! Bay Area"

11/20/2018
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In Episode 50 of The Big Event, "Check, Please! Bay Area" host Leslie Sbrocco joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the show's origins, why they ply guests with wine before a show, her sparkling wine-themed tattoo and the new "Check, Please! Bay Area Kids" four-part special. The KQED show is in the middle of its 13th season. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:39:43

Total SF: Cable car gripman Val Lupiz interview

11/16/2018
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In Episode 49 of The Big Event, host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight are joined by their cable car friends from Total Muni 2018 - Val Lupiz, Jeremy Whiteman and Frank Zepeda. Peter and Heather announce their latest Total SF project, sponsoring an S.F. cable car for a charity event. And they interview Lupiz, a 20-year gripman who met his wife on a cable car, and has other fun stories. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset...

Duration:00:29:49

Datebook podcast: Bay Area entertainment bargains

11/9/2018
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In a The Big Event bonus episode, host Peter Hartlaub introduces an episode from Datebook podcast, a new podcast produced by Hartlaub and featuring members of the arts and entertainment team at The San Francisco Chronicle. In this Datebook podcast episode, Hartlaub, pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and theater critic Lily Janiak share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats. After talking about the rising prices for some bigger shows - and researching The Chronicle to find out what...

Duration:00:33:09

Jerry Rice interview - "In Search of Greatness"

11/2/2018
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Episode 48 of The Big Event is an interview with San Francisco 49ers great Jerry Rice, who appears in the new documentary "In Search of Greatness." The wide receiver talks to host Peter Hartlaub about the little things that set him apart, his "nerdy" childhood and the reason why he decided not to celebrate in the end zone. They also look through the San Francisco Chronicle "Jerry Rice" photo file, and Rice tells stories about his first trip into San Francisco to be introduced as a 49er -...

Duration:00:27:51

Burrito stories: An afternoon of S.F. burrito history and storytelling

10/31/2018
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Episode 47 of The Big Event is a discussion of burritos in San Francisco, including the history of the Mission-style burrito, discussions about Chipotle and the Pacifica Taco Bell - the most beautiful Taco Bell in the world. Host Peter Hartlaub welcomes San Francisco Chronicle food editor Paolo Lucchesi and editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper to discuss the best burritos they've ever eaten, and burrito etiquette. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks...

Duration:00:36:39

Rami Malek interview: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee

10/24/2018
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Episode 46 of The Big Event features "Bohemian Rhapsody" stars Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee drop by The Big Event archive studio to talk about what it was like to play Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon in the new biopic. They also talk with host Peter Hartlaub about California earthquakesm the 1985 Live Aid concert and make a dramatic reading of the San Francisco Chronicle's scathing first Queen reviews from 1976 and 1980. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle...

Duration:00:30:01

"Surrealistic Pillow" - SF Music GOAT with Joel Selvin and Aidin Vaziri

10/17/2018
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Episode 45 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to Jefferson Airplane and the band's breakthrough 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow," the second album inducted into the podcast's SF Music Greatest of All Time. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by former Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, now an author of rock books including the recent "Altamont" and Grateful Dead post-Jerry Garcia breakdown "Fare Thee Well." Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri also joins the episode to talk about recently...

Duration:00:48:32

Total SF: It's It tribute

10/9/2018
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In a 2017 episode, San Francisco Chronicle Food editor Paolo Lucchesi and Food writer Justin Phillips join host Peter Hartlaub to rank the It's It ice cream sandwich flavors from best to worst. The research is relevant for the 2018 Night of the Living Deadline project, where readers have challenged the Chronicle to build an It's It costume on deadline for Halloween. Tony Bravo joins the intro to talk about the costume's progress.. Recorded in the basement archive of the San Francisco...

Duration:00:33:36

Night of the Living Deadline: Best S.F.-themed Halloween costumes

10/3/2018
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On the latest episode of "The Big Event," host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Tony Bravo, Heather Knight and Jill Tucker to talk about their best and worst Halloween costumes over the years - and discuss Night of the Living Deadline, a Chronicle costume build chosen by readers and executed by Chronicle staff. The group argues whether to include Laughing Sal, the Vaillancourt Fountain and Millennium Tower among the finalists. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme...

Duration:00:34:59

“Inside Out” – SF Cinema GOAT with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

9/28/2018
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Episode 43 of The Big Event podcast inducts “Inside Out” in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and columnist Heather Knight, who talk about the subtle genius of the 2015 Pete Docter film, what it’s like to raise kids in San Francisco (where Riley moves to in “Inside Out”) and why this qualifies as one of the greatest S.F. films made. They also rank their favorite Pixar films, including … “Planes 2”? Learn more about...

Duration:00:37:07

SF tourist traps we like, Part II: Skirmish at the Hard Rock Cafe

9/20/2018
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Episode 42 of The Big Event celebrates the best tourist traps in San Francisco, with reader feedback from our first episode, and a brutal rundown of our journey to Hard Rock Café at Pier 39 after the first tourist traps episode. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. We also prepare for Sept. 26, which will be the first Tourist Trap Day in San Francisco, where readers and listeners are invited to visit their favorite S.F. tourist traps – or ones they’ve been wanting to check out. Peter and Heather Knight...

Duration:00:21:57

Jan Yanehiro and Richard Hart interview – “Evening Magazine” tribute

9/17/2018
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Episode 41 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to the original “Evening Magazine,” the innovative TV newsmagazine that began in 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hosts Jan Yanehiro (1976 to 1990) and Richard Hart (1979 to 1989) worked together for a decade during the show’s original run, and continue as colleagues at the Academy of Art University, where Yanehiro is the director of the School of Communications & Media Technologies. While happily reminiscing about “Evening” (the parties...

Duration:00:55:01

Not dead yet ... The Big Event is back!

9/13/2018
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In a bonus episode of The Big Event, host Peter Hartlaub is happy to announce the podcast is back after our Apple Podcasts near-death experience, and ready to finish September strong. Heather Knight joins the conversation to talk about how her podcast City Insider benefited from the disaster, the triumphant return, and what’s up next on The Big Event. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening signature...

Duration:00:08:17

“The Joy Luck Club” – SF Cinema GOAT with Vanessa Hua and Heather Knight

8/30/2018
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"A River of Stars" author Vanessa Hua joins host Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to induct "The Joy Luck Club" in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:37

The Bands We Follow – The Jam and Y&T, with Susan Slusser

8/23/2018
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Susan Slusser joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the bands they follow, including Paul Weller/The Jam and hard rock band Y&T. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:24

S.F. tourist traps we like, with Heather Knight and Paolo Lucchesi

8/16/2018
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San Francisco columnist Heather Knight and food editor Paolo Lucchesi join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the S.F. tourist traps they tolerate and even like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:00

Bay Area roller rink tribute with Paolo Lucchesi and Jill Tucker

8/7/2018
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Paolo Lucchesi and Jill Tucker join host Peter Hartlaub to pay tribute to the lost roller rinks of the Bay Area and to celebrate skating culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:25

Greg Proops interview – The Big Event flashback

7/26/2018
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Comedian Greg Proops joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk San Francisco comedy and Bay Area nostalgia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:18