Rank #1: It's Not You: Stories about Heartache, Heartbreak and Break-Ups
Porchlight and SF Sketchfest present stories from:
Soccer journalist--Alan Black
Stand-up comedian--April Richardson
Zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist--Nicole Georges
Comedian, actor, musician, and host of “The Dave Hill Explosion”--Dave Hill
Comedian, actor, and writer --Scott Capurro
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Podcast produced by Briana Breen. From February 8, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Mar 16 2013
Rank #2: 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 Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Nov 18 2015
Rank #3: Back To School! Porchlight Open Door
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.
Aug 18 2013
Rank #4: 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. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Dec 15 2015
Rank #5: 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.
Nov 27 2013
Rank #6: Imposter
Stories of lies, deception, and trickery from:
The Roxie Theatre's--Mike KeeganArtist and radio producer--Stacy BondAuthor and Litquake co-founder--Jack BoulwareSan Francisco real estate agent--Steve MavromihalisMills College professor--Maura FinkelsteinYA novelist and MR. T Experience frontman--Frank Portman
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jon Moscone June 17, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
Jun 30 2013
Rank #7: Double Dare: Two Storytellers, One Story
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.
Sep 21 2013
Rank #8: 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 Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Mar 10 2016
Rank #9: 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 songs by: Stephen Smith and Tom Heyman.
Hosted by native San Franciscans Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle, along with Beth Lisick (born in San "The Hose" Jose, y'all!) on April 20, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.
May 12 2015
Rank #10: 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 by Michael Bunin, Suzanne Kleid, Brian McMullen, and Rick Oginz.
Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte on March 20, 2014 at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.
May 02 2014
Rank #11: As Luck Would Have It. Porchlight's Eleventh Anniversary Show!
British bookbinder—Dominic Riley
Literary superstar—Michelle Tea
YA author and Mr. T. Experience frontman—Frank Portman
Poet, actor and storyteller—Hai Ning Luan
Musician and talent booker—Anthony Bedard
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick July 26, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast Produced by Briana Breen
Aug 04 2013
Rank #12: Kitchen Confidential 2013
Misbehaving bar patrons, a trip to Mexico to unlock the secret recipe of a magical tostada, harrowing tales of restaurant openings, hitting rock bottom as a waitress, celebrities and reservation booking madness from inside one of New York's top restaurants, and when ramen noodles go wrong.
Stories from: bartender and performer--Jill Vice, Tacolicious executive chef--Telmo Faria, Nopa, Chow, and Kokkari, Chef and co-owner--Laurence Jossel, writer and recovering watiress--Ali Liebegott, owner of St. Vincent Tavern and author of Vino Italiano--David Lynch, Hapa Ramen chef-owner and author of over 20k tweets--Richie Nakano
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Craig Stoll May 20, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast produced by Briana Breen. From May 20, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
May 25 2013
Rank #13: The One That Got Away. Porchlight Open Door
Stories about lost soulmates, painful geography lessons, Mexican prostitutes, an Afghani girl who wanted to become a pilot, Christian lesbian rappers, as well as insider tips for playing the slots in Vegas.
Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
From January 30, 2012 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.
Feb 09 2013
Rank #14: Ready to Wear: The Fashion Show
Mom, philanthropist and former model--Paula Williams
Fashion blogger--Adelle McElveen
Crafty lady and "What Not To Wear" victim--Pam DeLuco
Interior designer--John James
Former model turned writer--Meghan Ward
Author, teacher and performer--Richard Silberg
From March 21, 2011 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Jul 23 2013
Rank #15: 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 Club. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Jun 04 2016
Rank #16: 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.
Feb 16 2014
Rank #17: Porchlight + Greenhouse: JOBS
Aug 01 2016
Rank #18: 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 Tamburello, and Former Private Chef Zahra Noorbakhsh.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Delfina's Craig Stoll on May 19, 2014 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Mar 20 2015
Rank #19: 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.
Dec 15 2013
Rank #20: Tough Crowd
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.
Feb 01 2014