Muni Diaries Live Full Lineup Announced. Get tickets!

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Photo by Kevin Wong

It’s time to pack the Elbo Room and celebrate everything unexpected that can happen on transit from point A to point B! We’ve got the full lineup for the April 5 Muni Diaries Live, and it’s a really, really good one. Have you gotten your tickets yet?

Our storytellers:

Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes entertainment features, movie reviews, and a lot of Bay Area nostalgia. He is also the editor/founder of The Big Event blog on Hartlaub grew up in Burlingame, where he was a Chronicle paperboy and dedicated SamTrans rider. His favorite bus-themed movie is Speed. His favorite bus in popular culture is The Catbus from “My Neighbor Totoro.” His favorite Muni line is the 77X-Candlestick Express. He commutes from Oakland, where he lives with his wife and two young sons. Follow him on Twitter @PeterHartlaub.

Annalee Newitz is an author who writes about science, culture, and the future. She’s the editor-in-chief of the blog and the author of the recent book Scatter Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. She has been riding Muni since she was 5 years old, and can remember when it cost a nickel.

Jesse James, our Muni Haiku Battle champion, returns to defend his crown! Jesse James likes fun and stuff, finds solace in the dulcet tones of Sigourney Weaver, is an occasional mover and/or shaker, and is riding his bike this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the AIDS/LifeCycle event.

Ed Casey, who occasionally runs @BARTDiaries and co-hosts Issues, his mom’s favorite podcast about comic books. You may also know Ed from his blog and Twitter feed, BART Don’t Lie. Ed is better than you at Twitter and if you wanted to buy him a drink, he wouldn’t say no you look great tonight is that a new haircut?

Kate Willett is a San Francisco-based comedian and actress. She’s appeared in SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Competition, and at clubs, theaters, and dive bars all over. San Francisco Magazine says she’s a comedian you should know about, and the SF Weekly says she’s one of the “strongest female figures in Bay Area Comedy.” As an actress, she has performed throughout the US with groups such as Shakespeare and Company, Word for Word, Woman’s Will, and the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland. She’s also the co-producer of the weekly show The Mission Position in Lost Weekend Video’s famous CineCave and Live at Deluxe at Club Deluxe.

Kelly Beardsley is a BART operator who has been telling stories about his wacky jobs in and around town for the last 10 years. Over the course of 16 years, he has worked as a bike messenger, a locksmith, a tow truck driver (AAA), a school bus driver, a tour bus driver, and now a BART train operator. His stories have been heard on NPR’s This American Life, NPR’s The California Report, KPFA, Porchlight in San Francisco, and Radar reading series. He lives in Oakland with his lady friend Deez.

Gina Gold is a comedian and host of TMI Storytelling, a monthly series offering unvarnished and funny looks at incendiary topics. Gina got her start at BCAT (Brooklyn Cable Access Television) on channel 356, where she held the coveted 1 a.m. Monday morning slot. Inspired by comedians like Carol Burnett and Louis CK, Gina boldly pokes fun at her own idiosyncrasies as an African-American Bay Area native who is really from Queens.

Don’t forget to bring your own two-minute Muni story for a chance to win a gift certificate from Pizza Hacker or a “Fuckin’ Muni” T-shirt from The Tens!

Muni Diaries Live
Sat., Apr. 5, 2014. doors: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m.
Advance Tickets
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets in San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations

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