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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

Jerry Rice interview — The Big Event flashback

6/26/2019
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This bonus flashback episode of The Big Event is a November 2018 interview with San Francisco 49ers great Jerry Rice, who appears in the documentary "In Search of Greatness," now available for download on iTunes and Amazon. 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...

Duration:00:28:43

Jonas Rivera interview — "Toy Story 4" producer and Oakland A's superfan

6/17/2019
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Episode 76 of The Big Event is an interview with Jonas Rivera, producer of Pixar's "Toy Story 4," which is out on June 21. Rivera started working as a Pixar intern before the original "Toy Story" came out, and won Academy Awards for producing "Up" and "Inside Out." He's also a lifetime Bay Area resident and Oakland Athletics superfan. Chronicle Oakland A's beat writer Susan Slusser joins the discussion. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:38:46

Tribute to Oracle Arena, with Ann Killion and Demian Bulwa

6/12/2019
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Episode 76 of The Big Event is a tribute to Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors for most of the last half century, and premiere Bay Area concert venue. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by two more longtime Bay Area residents, Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion and metro editor Demian Bulwa. They talk Oracle Arena history, favorite moments, and what the legacy will be after the Warriors move back to San Francisco later this year. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide...

Duration:00:34:10

Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails interview — "The Last Black Man in San Francisco"

6/4/2019
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“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” director Joe Talbot and star Jimmie Fails come to The Big Event archive studio to talk about the scrappy road to making the indie movie that the longtime friends co-wrote. Host Peter Hartlaub asks about the 5-year production of the film, and the struggles (and heartwarming joy) of relying on the kindness of strangers for location scouting. And Hartlaub, Talbot and Fails all share their Danny Glover stories. The S.F.-based actor is a star in the...

Duration:00:41:06

Taron Egerton interview — "Rocketman" star talks about Elton John and visiting S.F.

6/2/2019
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Episode 73 of The Big Event is an interview with Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John in the new biopic "Rocketman." Host Peter Hartlaub talks asks Egerton about his friendship with Elton John, his approach to singing classic songs and what memorabilia he kept from the "Rocketman" shoot. (It's big, and going in his kitchen.) Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off the album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:23:25

Total SF Live! with Amanda Guest, Emily Silverman, Tara Ramroop and Eugenia Chien

5/28/2019
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A crossover episode of The Big Event and San Francisco City Insider podcasts, recorded live on May 16, 2019, at the Betabrand Podcast Theater in the Mission District. San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight interview BFF.fm online radio founder Amanda Guest, The Nocturnists podcast host Dr. Emily Silverman and Muni Diaries co-hosts Tara Ramroop and Eugenia Chien. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the...

Duration:01:12:44

Penelope Houston interview — the Avengers singer, on performing and punk rock history

5/20/2019
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Episode 72 of The Big Event is an interview with Penelope Houston, lead singer of the legendary 1970s punk band the Avengers. Houston joins host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle music critic Aidin Vaziri to talk about San Francisco, her solo career (including most recent album "On Market Street"), and her work at the S.F. Public Library, where she's curating a punk rock archive. And she talks about why she still enjoys touring with the Avengers and singing the old songs, which still have...

Duration:00:52:32

"The Game" tribute — SF Cinema Greatest of all Time, with Beth Spotswood

5/14/2019
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Episode 70 of The Big Event is a tribute to the 1997 movie "The Game," by David Fincher. Chronicle columnist Beth Spotswood and The Big Event host Peter Hartlaub celebrate the greatness of the movie, name a few flaws, discuss David Fincher's dislike for the film (and whether that matters) and estimate how much a real-life The Game would cost. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off the album "Community" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:47:25

Leah Garchik interview — Chronicle columnist on her 47-year career

5/1/2019
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Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik announced in her May 1 column that in June, she will leave the newspaper after 47 years. Host Peter Hartlaub and reporter Steve Rubenstein sat down with Garchik to talk about her first day in San Francisco, her beginnings as a columnist and what she plans to do next. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:44

Kaseem Bentley interview — San Francisco comedian and his new album "Lakeview"

4/30/2019
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Kaseem Bentley, the son of a Muni bus driver, moved to Los Angeles a couple years ago. But he came back to record his debut comedy album, "Lakeview," filled with crowd interactions, storytelling and seemingly endless Bay Area references, from the 5 Fulton bus to the Serramonte Mall. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:15

Art Spander interview — sports writer has covered Warriors since 1965

4/25/2019
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Episode 69 of The Big Event is a conversation with Art Spander, the former San Francisco Chronicle journalist who started covering the Warriors for the newspaper in 1965. Now in his 80s, Spander continues to cover the team for his web site www.artspander.com. The sports reporter talks about his beginnings as a reporter in 1960, and why he has no intentions to retire. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. The Big Event theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album...

Duration:00:39:18

Photographing the Warriors - The Big Event flashback with Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzales

4/18/2019
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Chronicle photographers Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzalez join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about what it's like to photograph Warriors games, and tell stories from the basketball court. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:35

The Bands We Follow — The Avett Brothers, with Ann Killion

4/15/2019
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Episode 68 of The Big Event is The Bands We Follow with San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion. Killion talks to host Peter Hartlaub about The Avett Brothers, who she has seen in concert 20 times since son introduced her to the band. She also talks about her father Leo, who wrote a hit song in the 1940s, her early sports fandom and her path to becoming a sports columnist. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. The Big Event theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:42:25

Total SF: Tribute to the Richmond District, with Heather Knight, Supervisor Sandra Fewer and more

4/9/2019
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Episode 67 of The Big Event is a tribute to the Richmond District. Recorded at the historic Balboa Theatre before their screening of "So I Married an Axe Murderer," host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight interview Supervisor Sandra Fewer, former Green Apple Books co-owner Kevin Hunsanger, Balboa owner Adam Bergeron, Richmond resident and affordable housing analyst Sophie Hayward and Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper. Recorded at the Balboa Theatre in San...

Duration:00:32:10

Michael Pritchard interview — SF comedian rejected Hollywood for social work

4/1/2019
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Episode 66 of The Big Event is an interview with Michael Pritchard, a Bay Area comedian and social worker. Pritchard was one of the biggest rising stars in the early 1980s, winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1980 and appearing on "The Tonight Show" the following year. But Pritchard rejected Hollywood to work in juvenile halls, with the homeless and in anti-bullying programs. Pritchard joined host Peter Hartlaub and reporter Kevin Fagan, who has gotten to know...

Duration:00:45:52

"So I Married an Axe Murderer" tribute, with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

3/21/2019
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Episode 66 of The Big Event is a tribute to the 1993 San Francisco movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer," which was filled with strife during production and was a box office disaster, but has endured as a classic. San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to induct "Axe Murderer" in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise"...

Duration:00:36:21

Total SF: Neighborhood theater tribute, with Heather Knight and Adam Bergeron

3/7/2019
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Episode 65 of The Big Event is a tribute to San Francisco's neighborhood theaters, past and present. Balboa and Vogue theater proprietor Adam Bergeron joins host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight to talk about their first theater memories, talk San Francisco theater history and announce a new Total SF event. "So I Married an Axe Murderer" screens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Balboa - with a special The Big Event "Tribute to the Richmond District" podcast...

Duration:00:38:15

Soleil Ho interview - new San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic

2/25/2019
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Episode 64 of The Big Event is an interview with new San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho. Food editor Paolo Lucchesi and host Peter Hartlaub speak with Ho about her upcoming first reviews, her background as a writer and cultural critic, how writing on culture and race will fit into her food coverage and how she'd been managing to review restaurants without driving. Ho also tries her first It's It ice cream treat live on the podcast ... with devastating results for her...

Duration:00:40:13

Rami Malek interview - The Big Event flashback with "Bohemian Rhapsody" co-stars Gwilym Lee and Joseph Mazzello

2/20/2019
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Episode 63 of The Big Event is a flashback, featuring an October 2018 interview with "Bohemian Rhapsody" stars Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee. They dropped 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...

Duration:00:29:29

Total SF: Best and Worst Muni Lines, Part 1

2/14/2019
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In Episode 62 of The Big Event, Muni thought leader MC Allen and Chronicle San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the best and worst Muni lines in the city. Inspired by Total Muni 2018, where Knight and Hartlaub rode every Muni line in one day, Allen spent last summer traveling on every Muni line end to end with his children. The group discusses what makes a good and bad Muni line, and break down the best, worst and most scenic Muni lines in...

Duration:00:45:22