Porchlight: A Storytelling Series
I Surrender: Stories about Giving In, Giving Up, and Giving Over
Waving the white flag is an act of courage. It takes a ton of guts to know when to pull the rip cord on something (or somebody) and then actually follow through with it. Tonight our brave storytellers explore the very tricky subject of letting go, giving in, cutting loose, and saying goodbye once and for all. Ah, sweet surrender. With:
one of the nation's most successful bounty hunters Mackenzie Green
tech faerie Dennis Collinson
comedian Heather Gold
writer/performer Les Milton
singer/songwriter Chris von Sneidern
BDSM educator Mollena "Mo" Williams
Dennis Collinson is incredibly grateful to be living in San Francisco. He tempers his life of working for freedom on the internet by taking pleasant strolls, bringing the dance floor with him everywhere, and co-creating orgiastic brunches. After growing up down the Jersey Shore he moved to the art-party scene in Brooklyn. After years of socializing and working on large scale art in New York he moved to SF to start his career in tech. He currently works as the Chief Magical Officer at Diaspora*, the open source social network that is giving you control of your digital life. When not in the city he calls various queer communes his home, namely the Short Mountain Radical Faerie Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Heather Gold is a comedian, theatre artist, speaker and conversational mixologist. Her work prioritizes presence over performing, talking with over talking to. Her mission is to create a space and a world where we can be ourselves together. Heather is an authority on the intersection of web and performance. To date she's baked over 50,000 cookies with audiences in her play "I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie." Heather is currently a Fellow at the Mark S Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity at the University of Toronto. She was described by the Austin Chronicle as, "A set of wits equal to any major player on Comedy Central." See: Subvert (art and subversion podcast), Unpresenting (workshops), Tummelvision (business culture and tech podcast). Find out more at www.heathergold.com or follow @heathr.
Mackenzie Green is one of the nation's most successful bounty hunters. Mack, as she is known to most, has worked as a telephone operator, real estate agent, bartender and on the in-flight crew with the Flying Tigers, the military airlift command. In the mid 1980's, Green started her own bail bond business and is now the owner of Mack's Bail Bonds. Her kick-ass style became legendary at San Francisco's Hall of Justice and across the country. Traveling to third world countries looking for clients that, "accidentally" forgot to go to court became a routine way of life for Green. She found herself in a world filled with con artists, rapists, and crack dealers, creating a rush of adrenaline like none other. Her unique style of doing business has made Green the go-to bail bonds agent in San Francisco. She has been the subject of an extensive profile in The New Yorker and her life story is currently being developed for television.
Les Milton has been performing in the Bay Area for over 20 goddamned years. He was lucky enough to be in White Noise Radio Theatre with Stephen Brophy and Beth Lisick. They recorded hours of radio comedy and performed at several SF Sketchfests, as well as in Chicago and Seattle. Good times He also wrote "The Accidental Adventures of Dogget Man," a comically tragic science fiction novel for the whole family.
Chris von Sneidern (CvS) is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and recording artist with thirteen critically acclaimed, self-produced albums. Deemed #6 of the all-time Greatest Power Pop Albums in Shake Some Action, by John M. Borack (2007), CvS's 2nd CD, Big White Lies, remains
a strong seller worldwide. He regularly performs in the Bay Area as well as in Europe and Japan. In 2011, he toured Spain and England in tribute to UK band The Clash, recreating the London Calling album in its entirety to sold-out crowds with Chuck Prophet. CvS has worked with a variety of artists, such as E (Eels), Ryan Adams, Paula Cole, John Wesley Harding, Jewel and Neko Case, and made a cameo appearance in Lynn Hershman Leeson's 1997 film Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton. CvS is the subject of the documentary Why Isn't Chris von Sneidern Famous? which premiered on the festival circuit and aired on PBS in San Francisco in November 2010.
Mollena (Mo) Williams is a native New Yorker, performer, internationally known BDSM educator, retired alcoholic, blogger, and has won awards for blogging, writing, acting, and teaching about kinky freaky sex. An Executive Pervert she is International Ms. Leather 2010 and Ms. SF Leather 2009. Consciously kinky since 1993, active in Leather and BDSM since 1996, she authored "The Toybag Guide: Taboo Play and co-authored "Playing Well With Others" with Lee Harrington. She is starring in Crowded Fire Theater Company's production of "Good Goods" which opens on May 31st and runs through June 23rd. Follow her carefully on Twitter as @Mollena.
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