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Porchlight: A Storytelling Series
Verdi Club
San Francisco, CA
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Porchlight: A Storytelling Series
Tandem Tales: Two Storytellers, One Story

We double-dared them! For the first time in Porchlight history, we dedicate an entire show to getting two views on one story. Each story will be told by a pair - lovers, friends, brothers, business partners, teachers and mentors.

Poet Ali Liebegott and RADAR Productions managing director Beth Pickens
Hairstylist/writer Danny Levesque and photographer Joel Casey
From Creativity Explored, instructor Larry Morace and artist Whitman Donaldson
Law partners Matt Gonzalez and Whitney Leigh
Former bandmates Eric Shea and Chris LeBreche
Scene columnist Beth Spotswood and lawyer/political columnist Melissa Griffin

Ali Liebegott is an award-winning writer and painter. Beth Pickens is a grant writer and founder of SF Food Adventure Club. They've been together over four years during which time they've had 4 pet deaths. Coincidence?

Danny Levesque and Joel Casey fell in love on a street corner in New Orleans in 2001. They have crossed the country with their dogs, testing the limits of six different states and crossing mutliple boundaries together. Danny is a writer and Joel a photographer. At this time they can be found living in Oakland. They are currently not on the run.

Born in San Francisco in 1990, Whitman Donaldson became an enthusiastic member of Creativity Explored's studio in 2008. Donaldson uses a variety of media. His work ranges from spare, elegant graphite drawings, to densely collaged mixed media pieces, and vibrant homages to his heroes from the music and film world. He is joined by artist and CE instructor Larry Morace who has lived in San Francisco since the 1980s and exhibited his paintings in Japan and across the U.S.

Matt Gonzalez & Whitney Leigh are partners in Gonzalez & Leigh LLP, a law firm committed to high-quality, cost-effective litigation. The firm was founded in March of 2005 by a group of diverse attorneys committed to a progressive legal practice including Matt Gonzalez, a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and G. Whitney Leigh, a former partner at Keker & Van Nest LLP.

From 2003 to 2006 Eric Shea and Chris Labreche sang and played drums (respectively) for the San Francisco hard rock band Parchman Farm. They toured with The Fucking Champs, Wolfmother, Oneida and some other bands before Parchman Farm self-detonated. Today Shea sings for the local punk 'n' roll quartet Hot Lunch and makes his living as a freelance writer. Labreche is a special education teacher who plays drums in the psychedelic free-jazz combo El Topo. Both bands will be playing together at El Rio in San Francisco on Saturday, January 14th.

Melissa Griffin is a lawyer and a freelance political columnist for The San Francisco Examiner. Her articles appear on Tuesdays and her own site is A native of Marietta, Georgia, Melissa spends her free time gleefully watching political meetings, hoarding Wild Berry Skittles (tm) and using her oven as clothing storage. Beth Spotswood writes two columns a week for the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate and full time for CBS San Francisco. Most recently, Beth won 7x7 Magazine's Reader's Choice Award for their Hot 20 Under 40 Issue. In her spare time, Beth sings in her car, stalks people on Facebook and goes to the movies on sunny days out of spite. Together, they are best friends, co-anchors and co-writers of



Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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