Bay City News Foundation – Local News Matters

In June 2020, an editor for the organization commented on this very site to discuss my writing for them. It was a welcome freelance opportunity during COVID-19 slowdowns.

(Also available on my official byline page.)

Previews and Round-ups

In addition to all the main articles below, I also recently (June 2021) began writing arts round-up pieces for LNM.

  • Juneteenth 2021 events (June 2021)
  • Berkeley Rep’s 2021-22 season (July 2021)
  • SF Ballet’s 2022 season (July 2021)
  • EXIT Theatre and SF Fringe return to in-person performances for Autumn 2021 (July 2021)
  • Bay Area theatres cancelling or postponing their season due to COVID-19’s Delta variant surge (August 2021)
  • Pulitzer Center’s “End of Isolation” Tour, featuring a pandemic-redux version of Sarah Shourd‘s The Box. (August 2021)
  • Oakland Theater Project returns to in-person shows with Every Brilliant Thing (October 2021)
  • Museum of the African Diaspora reopens this week after 19 long months (October 2021)
  • Bayview-Hunters Point artists shine at Shipyard Open Studios (October 2021)

Features and Interviews

Out of the Shadow of COVID: S.F.’s Favorite Foul-Mouthed Puppet Show keeps you Laughing during Lockdown” (August 2020)

I interviewed Dave Haaz-Baroque of Shadow Circus Creature Theatre to discuss August 2020 show during the COVID-19 lockdown.

I Left My Art in San Francisco: An Interview with Woke Creator/Cartoonist Keith Knight” (August 2020)

I interviewed award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight on the eve of his first live-My interview with award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight in the lead-up to his first live-action venture, the Hulu series Woke. The show, set in SF, tackles racial profiling and Black identity.

The Price of Survival: What’s the Future of San Francisco’s Indie Performance Spaces?” (September 2020)

My first feature for the company, in which I cover the Save Our Stages Act, the RESTART Act, the IVA, and why San Francisco – nay, the entire country – needs its independent performing arts and the venues that host them.

I give particular attention to traditional live theatre, which is frequently lost in the discussion of mainstream live performance.

“Life’s a Drag(on): Writer and actor Puja Tolton discusses her surreal new short film, set in a Tolkien-inspired Oakland” (November 2020)

I’ve known Puja Tolton and the folks at Awesome Theatre for years now. So, when the publication expressed interest in a piece about their new film I Broke the Looking Glass (running on-demand all through December 2020), I figured I could give it a shot.

“Cool Yule: Kat Robichaud is ready to bring some Hilarious Holiday cheer to 2020 with her Darling Misfit Album” (December 2020)

I had the chance to chat with Kat Robichaud, co-creator of Misfit Cabaret, about her new Christmas album, life during lockdown, and Misfit Cabaret: The Movie.

Dark Hues, Bright Futures: The Black Woman is God moves Online” (December 2020)

In which I chat with exhibit curator/co-founder Karen Seneferu about taking the project virtual in the year of COVID-19 and Breonna Taylor.

The often-forgotten history of POC railroad workers is illuminated in Oakland revival of 1991’s Binding Ties” (February 2021)

My first published piece of 2021 covered the 30th anniversary of a landmark Bay Area theatre show. Not only were its PoC stories still relevant, but its “drive-in” presentation made for effective viewing in the age of social distancing.

The Plight of the Barcades: How three gaming bars are surviving the pandemic” (March 2021)

In which I spotlight three Bay Area “Barcades” and discover how they plan to fight through the pandemic.

Getting with ‘The Program’: SF Neo-Futurists adapt to pandemic with Two Shows, one performed Over the Phone” (June 2021)

In which I interview members of the SF Neo-Futurists about their online show, World Wide Wrench, and their interactive phone experience, The Program.

Chatting With Sean San José: Magic Theatre’s new artistic director to center local artists of color” (July 2021)

In which I interview the co-founder of Campo Santo as he takes up his new role as artistic director of SF’s world-renowned Magic Theatre.

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