Muni Diaries Live is back on Saturday, April 5!

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The night you get to commiserate with your fellow Muni riders and remember again why you love San Francisco all over again is back! Twice a year, we turn Muni Diaries into a live show where writers, comedians, poets, and everyday riders tell stories that are so good, they can only happen on Muni.

On Saturday, April 5, come to the Elbo Room to celebrate everything unexpected that can happen from point A to point B on just one bus ride.

We are bringing back our new Muni Haiku champion, Jesse James, in his first battle to defend his crown. You’ll also hear stories from SFGate’s Peter Hartlaub, science writer Annalee Newitz, comedian Kate Willett, and TMI Storytelling‘s own Gina Gold. For this show we’re inviting a surprise Muni insider whose story you’ve gotta hear! We’ll announce the full lineup soon, so grab your tickets now!

Plus, bring your own 2-minute Muni story for a chance to win some awesome prizes from local businesses.

Muni Diaries Live
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Sat., Apr. 5, doors: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m.

Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St. stations

Video: H.P. Mendoza and his ukulele pay homage to old Mission theaters

We really had no idea what was in store when H.P. Mendoza told us he was going to bring his ukulele with him when he returned to the stage at Muni Diaries Live. Boy were we all in for a treat.

Around 2:01, H.P. shared his amazing childhood journal technique, gluing Muni transfers to the pages to denote the date:

He then serenaded (yes, serenaded) us in the most charming way with a song about a bygone era in San Francisco, as seen from inside the 14-Mission. Captured in full in the video above, the song begins around 2:45. Lyrics below.
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Video: The Third Muni Haiku Battle

Muni Haiku Battle has its legs, you guys. At Muni Diaries Live on Nov. 9 (full event recap here), we brought back our reigning, two-time champ James Nestor to square off in a 17-syllable slugfest against MDL favorite Jesse James. Oh, the haiku, they did volley from one microphone to the other and into our ears and psyches forever and ever and ever. Try to unsee, for example, “Neighbor’s Us Weekly holds her interest. Casually she tongues an open sore.”

The vote was close, but Jesse took Round 1. Our champ was down, but not out. Round 2 video below.
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Muni Haiku Battle III this Saturday!

The Muni Haiku Battle Arena will be resurrected this Saturday at Muni Diaries Live. Are you ready? In every battle, we pit poet against poet in a 17-syllable face-off. Our reigning champion is writer James Nestor, whose wit and impeccable style have won him two handmade trophies. Above, you’ll see James in a very close battle against sex advice columnist Anna Pulley.

The Muni Haiku Battle is modeled after the dirty haiku battles at Oakland’s Tourettes Without Regrets, the Bay’s must-see spoken-word show hosted by Jamie DeWolf. DeWolf refereed that very first battle at Lit Crawl 2012. For this Saturday, we enlisted audience favorite storyteller Jesse James to take on the challenge of besting our reigning champion. Will Jesse be the one to finally unseat James? Come and find out for yourself.

Advance tickets here.

Event info
Muni Diaries Live
Sat., Nov. 9, doors: 6:30, show: 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations
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