Porchlight Storytelling Series (general)

Every year, we join forces with the amazing Litquake Literary Festival to bring you a night of stories told by authors and writers. Our theme for this show is ripped from the Talking Heads song “Life During Wartime,” and involves tales of explosive scenarios, epic struggles, and living each day like it could be your last. With Greg Milner, Laurie Notaro, D. Watkins, Jack Boulware, Eric Spitznagel, Bucky SInister, and Pamela Alma Weymouth. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, with music by Marc Capelle. 

Direct download: Litquake_101016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am PST

Who am I?

It's a queston that never fails to amuse, confuse, bewilder, and humble us as we plunk along our journey on this earth. To what end, no one knows. To paraphrase Oliver Sacks, it is an enormous privilege and adventure to be a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet. And you are free to have canned fish for lunch every day, if you wish. 

As Porchlight celebrates fourteen years of personal storytelling onstage, we look to a theme where storytellers can choose to reflect or freak out on the whats, whys, and hows of who they think they are. 

Cousins author Mary Roach and bookbinder Dominic Riley
Mythbusters legend Adam Savage
writer and actor Moon Zappa
Executive strategist Karla Martin
Writer/performer/psychic hotline operator Ben McCoy
Bawdy Storytelling dynamo Dixie De La Tour

Direct download: 14th_Anniversary_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm PST

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. 

Direct download: PL_ToughCrowd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am PST

Stories of appetites, obsessions, and hunger pains. 

Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood on November 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.  

Direct download: PL_FeastFamine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm PST

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.  

Direct download: PL_Blood_TheFamilyShow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm PST

Etiquette advice for stalking celebrities, becoming a man through Bar Mitzvah and phone sex, how breaking 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.

Direct download: PL_SketchFest2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm PST

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 by John Vanderslice and Marc Capelle.  From October 14, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

Direct download: PL_BeingAWriterIsHard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm PST

Stories of making an exit from: Mike Morasky, Brittney Gilbert, Michael Ching, Broke-Ass Stuart aka Stuart Schuffman, and Kelly Beardsley. Special musical performance by Carletta Sue Kay.

Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on September 16, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen. 

Direct download: PL_Exit_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm PST

Adventures and escapades with friends and lovers.  The do's and dont's of vacationing with your S.O (platonic or romantic), including what to say when a Guatemalan judge asks you, "Do you know Michael Jordan?"  Also, helpful notes for finding love in a bar in San Francisco or on a street corner in New Orleans.

Stories from: Law partners--Whitney Leigh & Matt Gonzalez, Bloggers, columnists, and fabulous gals about town--Melissa Griffen & Beth Spotswood, Artists and lovers--Danny Levesque & Joel Casey, and Queens of the SF literary empire, Radar Productions--Ali Liebegott & Beth Pickens.

Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on November 21, 2011 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.    

Direct download: PL_DoubleDare.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm PST

Get schooled with these stories from teachers, students, and people learning (or not learning) formative lessons. 

Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jack Boulware September 24, 2012 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

Direct download: PL_BackToSchool_OpenDoor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm PST