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08.16.12 - Unfiltered Stories: Awakenings - $8/10 - Doors at 7pm

Thursday, August 16 (Naked Thursdays will be back August 30th)
Doors at 7:00 pm
Advance:  $8 (buy tickets
Door:  $10 (if available, this event will likely sell out)

Remember that split second when you realized you were in the wrong business, with the wrong lover, or on the wrong train? Hit by a bolt of lightning and decide to marry your junior high sweetheart? Fall out of bed and begin creating orgasmic macaroni art? Buy a rotten head of lettuce and instantly commit to opening a Health Food store?

Bay Area storytelling favorites narrating tales of once-in-a-lifetime epiphanies:  

Ava Roy (Director of WE Theater - interactive large-scale Shakepeare Productions)
Joe Loya (Author, Screenwriter, former inmate)
Gina Gold (Gina Gold show)
Susan McNeece (Co-Producer, Fireside StorytellingSF)
Wesley ‘Scoop’ Nisker (Author, Commentator, Buddhist, SF Legend)
Jeff Greenwald (Author, Travel Writer) - emcee & host
Kay DeMartini (Producer, Real Stories Bay Area) - host

We’ll also include a 3-minute story from the audience. No notes & not memorized.

Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald is the author of six popular travel books, including Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World (for which he created the first international blog), and most recently Snake Lake, set in Nepal during the 1990 democracy revolution. His stories and essays have appeared in many print and online publications—including Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, National Geographic Adventure and Salon. Jeff also serves as Executive Director of Ethical Traveler, a global alliance of travelers dedicated to human rights and environmental protection ( His critically acclaimed one-man show, “Strange Travel Suggestions,” premiered in San Francisco in 2003.

Kay DeMartini is the creator and producer of ‘Real Stories Bay Area’, a monthly storytelling event which began in Walnut Creek above a downtown bar and is now into it’s third year. As a comic, improvisor and performer, Kay gravitated toward the energy of true personal narratives. RSBA has grown and expanded to larger venues and sell-out crowds. Storytellers have ranged from Peter Finch of KGO radio to waitresses from the original bar location. She is a former feature writer for Soul Magazine of San Jose, and speaks to corporations about the power, craft, and delivery of storytelling.

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