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Selected stories from Porchlight, San Francisco's longest-running storytelling series, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization.




Porchlight + Greenhouse: JOBS

Porchlight partners with Greenhouse, a software company that optimizes hiring practices, for a show of stories about JOBS. Our storytelling superstars for this special edition include writer/musician Eric Shea, HIV educator Ed Wolf, and producer/comedian Dana Merwin. Hosted by Arline Klatte at the Hilton Union Square on May 26, 2016. Recorded by PSAV and mixed by Patty Fung.

Duration: 00:39:19

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Porchlight returns with a Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution edition featuring Wavy Gravy, Bob Barsotti, Eric Shea, Deanne Franklin, Bart Davenport, and Lorrie Murray. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on May 12, 2016 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.

Duration: 01:19:55

Kitchen Confidential 2016

Kitchen Confidential is back! Hear some of SF's finest onstage with their insider stories about food, restaurants, kitchens, customers, and the vagaries of having a life in the service industry. Writer and restaurant person Karen Leibowitz. Natural foods expert/writer Matt Levine. Cookbook author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Comedian Kyle Mizono. Chef/teacher Erika Almeida Mooney and superstar chef Richie Nakano. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on April 13, 2016 at San Francisco's Verdi...

Duration: 01:10:46

You're Doing It Wrong: SF Sketchfest 2016

You're Doing It Wrong: Stories from Porchlight's annual SF Sketchfest show featuring Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte with guests Iris Haas-Biel, Moshe Kasher, Jackie Kashian, Kyle Mizono and Aparna Nancherla and songs by Bart Davenport. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick January 22, 2016 at the Swedish American Hall

Duration: 01:17:59

Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Art of Starting Over. Porchlight + Litquake 2015

Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of “Kill Your Darlings.” Featuring stories by Heather Mackey, Martha Tolles, Neal Pollack, Mark Haskell Smith, Siamak Vossoughi and Ali Liebegott. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on October 12, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.

Duration: 01:17:44

Flip The Switch: Stories of Change In An Instant

It seems like only yesterday that we got some friends together at the Hemlock Tavern to tell us their stories and now BAM, it's somehow 13 years later!Arline, Beth, and Marc celebrate the thrill again as some of our favorite Bay Area storytellers delight and surprise you with the theme Flip The Switch: When Things Change In an Instant. Featuring stories by Virgil Shaw, Tara Jepsen, Scott Kravitz, David Lynch and Dominic Riley. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on June 19, 2015 at San...

Duration: 01:06:17

Last One to Leave Please Turn Out the Lights

A very special edition of the Bay Area’s longest-running storytelling series, now in its 13th year!An evening of unforgettable stories by a stellar cast of feisty San Franciscans who are STILL HERE.So you know: This show is not meant to be a bummer, but rather a rollicking night featuring people who love this city and would prefer to stay here and keep on loving it. Stories from: Tim Redmond, Cammy Blackstone, Rio and Rene Yañez, Marilynn Fowler, Shannon Matesky and Ed Wolf. Also featuring...

Duration: 01:24:23

Kitchen Confidential 2014

Kitchen Confidential, Porchlight's most anticipated show of the year. Get all the dirt from the top food people in this unapologetically food-obsessed town, as stories from the kitchen, the front of the house, and the food truck are told onstage. Stories from: Chef and TV Personality Joey Altman, James Beard Award Winner and Slanted Door's Charles Phan, Author and St. Vincent Owner David Lynch, Restaurant Family Scion and ll Fornaio Co-Owner Mike Mindel, Writer and Culinary Tour Guide Nina...

Duration: 01:24:31

Comics Take the Stage: SF Sketchfest 2015

For the fifth year in a row,Porchlightteams up with the San Francisco Sketchfest to bring you a rollicking night of storytelling by a line-up of people in the writing and funny business.Working with the theme FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT, six superstars tell ten-minute stories for your joy and entertainment.Stories from: Shelley McLendon, Derrick Brown, Frank Portman, Phoebe Robinson, Scott Capurro and Ophira Eisenberg. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 25, 2015 at the Verdi...

Duration: 01:24:11

Porchlight Open Door: Scary, Creepy, Not OK!

Porchlight Halloween show. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle on October 27th, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern

Duration: 00:58:58

Brushes with the Other Side of Fame. Porchlight + Litquake 2014

This installment comes from our collaboration with the yearly Litquake Literary Festival. The theme of the evening was brushes with the other side of fame told by Frank Portman, Jennifer Longo, Antonia Crane, Caitlin Doughty, Joshua Safran, and Owen Egerton. Hosted by Arline Klatte & Beth Lisick on October 13, 2014 at the Verdi Club.

Duration: 00:55:20

Bay Area Love Stories

Stories about love and the Bay Area told by Chinaka Hodge,Thao Nguyen,Anthony Bedard,Dana Merwin,John Reichmuth,Hiya Swanhuyserand music by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte & Beth Lisick on September 4, 2014 at the California Academy of Sciences.

Duration: 01:16:54

Too Hard To Keep

Stories about times it was too hard to keep it together, too hard to keep a secret, too hard to keep thinking about, and too hard to keep up.Told byMichael Bunin,Suzanne Kleid, Brian McMullen, and Rick Oginz. Hosted by Beth Lisick andArline Klatte on March 20, 2014 at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Duration: 00:51:11

Idol Worship. PL Open Door

Stories of Fans, Stalkers, Acolytes, and Zealots. Hosted by Arline Klatte on February 24, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Club.

Duration: 01:14:02

Heartbreak: Porchlight Open Door

Broken hearts on the stage at Porchlight Open Door. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spotswood on February 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.

Duration: 00:53:32

Tough Crowd

PL+Sketchfest 2014 Stories from comics Nick Thune, Kevin McDonald, April Richardson, Anthony Bedard, Anna Seregina, & Caitlin Gill. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 26, 2014 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.

Duration: 01:11:18

Porchlight Open Door: Feast or Famine

Stories of appetites, obsessions, and hunger pains. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood on November 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.

Duration: 00:56:16

There Will Be Blood: The Family Show

Extra helpings of family secrets, evil step-grandmothers, famous fathers, and horrible dinner table conversation will be served.Stories from: Sean Keane, Marianna Cherry, Christopher Caen, Jay Beaman, Karen Duffin and Ali Liebegott. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on November 18, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.

Duration: 01:05:56

Comics take the stage: Sketchfest 2012

Etiquette advice for stalking celebrities, becoming a man through Bar Mitzvah and phone sex, howbreaking bones can be good for your health,and why sometimes you really need a BB gun to take down the Xmas tree. Stories from: Bobcat Goldthwait, Moshe Kasher, Caitlin Gill, and Anna Seregina. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 20, 2012 at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

Duration: 01:02:47

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Writer. Porchlight + Litquake 2013

Stories about Doubt, Debt, Drugs, and Determination: What to do when your writing session is interrupted by men with guns, how a writer shouldn't plan for her retirement, a writer’s life in the porn industry, and one of Oprah's favorite things that you won't find on The O List. Stories by:Kent Zimmerman,Sandra Tsing Loh,Jerry Stahl, and music byJohn Vanderslice and Marc Capelle. From October 14, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Podcast produced by...

Duration: 00:52:16

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