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SHOWDOWN AT SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil

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BILLY SOLO Video — Part 2

One-Man Solo Storytelling Soirée Salon

4/20/18 at Silk Road House, Berkeley, California

Part 2 includes these stories:

"FDR: Fear Itself"

"Evelyn’s Story: Alex and the Cole Porter Show"

"Mendocino: The Essence of Nature"

"Snow Story: The Moon and Dr. Zhivago"

. . . CONTINUE READING: BILLY SOLO Video — Part 2

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BILLY SOLO Video — Part 1

One-Man Solo Storytelling Soirée Salon

4/20/18 at Silk Road House, Berkeley, California

Part 1 includes these stories:

"Anansi"

"Dog Years: Pop, Sophie, and the West Wing"

"The Seven Lies"

"Chartres: Ecstasy at the Altar"

. . . CONTINUE READING: BILLY SOLO Video — Part 1

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BILLY SOLO: One-man, One-hour Storytelling Soirée Salon with BILL ZARCHY

Friday, April 20th at 7 pm / Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue #107, Berkeley (6-minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART)

Tickets are ON SALE NOW: http://bit.ly/billysolo OR Go to zarchy.eventbrite.com . . . CONTINUE READING: BILLY SOLO: One-man, One-hour Storytelling Soirée Salon with BILL ZARCHY

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Moose Encounter

(Loosely inspired by a tall and nearly true tale)

Jake rushed through the door—sweaty and disheveled—to find Al playing solitaire in the main lodge.

“Al! I just had a moose encounter,” said Jake. “Up on Bacon Ridge. It was pretty great, dude. Wait’ll I tell the guys at home about this.”

“Was it sweet and chocolatey?”

“No, dipshit! Not that kind of moose, with a U! Moose with two O’s, like Bullwinkle. Huge, with antlers. I just saw one.”

“Tell me.”

“I grabbed my camera, hiked to the top, then took a few snaps, looking down at the ranch in the fall foliage. It was right purdy, pardner.”

“Jake, you’ve gotta cut that shit out. We’ll be home in . . . CONTINUE READING: Moose Encounter

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Reading a NEW Story at Comedy Showcase

“Writing Funny” Reunion—Comedy Showcase

I’ll be reading a NEW story called “Moose Encounter” at a reunion of the comedy writing class I took at Berkeley Rep.

Everyone enjoys a good laugh. What’s even better is creating that laugh!

Join us as students of Arje Shaw’s “Writing Funny” workshop at Berkeley Rep Theater School and Osher Life Learning Institute (OLLI) read excerpts of their work.

Come for a great evening of fun and laughter. BYOB will make it funnier!

Wednesday January 17th — 7:30 pm / The Monkey House 1638 University Avenue, Berkeley / Sliding scale $10-20 . . . CONTINUE READING: Reading a NEW Story at Comedy Showcase

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A Writer’s Debut As a Storyteller

About two years ago, I went to a storytelling event at The Marsh in Berkeley and watched six people tell six very different stories. Some personal, some historical, all about 10-15 minutes long.

My first reaction: I can do that.

Little did I know.

The tellers were all from Stagebridge, a Senior Theatre Company housed in an old church in Oakland, so I started taking storytelling classes there. Stagebridge also offers courses in acting, directing, singing, dancing, and many other kinds of performance. It’s the only “senior” thing I’ve ever done. But close friends, both recently retired psychologists, have found new passions in performance at Stagebridge, and, so I dove in.

I’m a big fan of “The Moth,” . . . CONTINUE READING: A Writer’s Debut As a Storyteller

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My First Storytelling—Thursday March 16 at Stagebridge

LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING TOMORROW!

Learning how to tell stories is an ancient craft, difficult to master.

I’ve been very excited for the past year to learn oral storytelling—not reading my written stories, not memorizing lines, but knowing a story, absorbing it, then telling it in my own words, without script or notes.

It’s kind of a verbal jazz, different every time, and more challenging than I could have imagined.

Come hear my first “telling” outside of class (along with fellow student Eleanor Clement Glass). Some of the stories will be funny, some poignant, all heartfelt.

It takes place tomorrow, Thursday March 16 at noon at Stagebridge, at the First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland CA 94612. It’s in . . . CONTINUE READING: My First Storytelling—Thursday March 16 at Stagebridge

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Listen to My Interview on FCC Free Radio

Radio host Lilycat interviewed me recently about my writing on FCC Free Radio.

The show ran live on September 18, broadcast from their studios in the Civic Center/UN Plaza District in downtown San Francisco. For two hours, we talked, she played music, and I read three stories from my book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil.

Lilycat, aka Melinda Adams, hosts a weekly show, called “Lilycat on Stuff,” every Sunday at noon. Once a month, she hosts authors like myself from Left Coast Writers.

FCC Free Radio, an Internet-based radio station, is home to over 50 original programs each week, that produce more than 1,000,000 listeners per month. Melinda recorded the whole broadcast, . . . CONTINUE READING: Listen to My Interview on FCC Free Radio

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‘SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA’ Book Party on October 8

Wine • Cheese • Stories • Fun

PLEASE COME TO MY BOOK PARTY

I’ll be talking and reading some stories from SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil on Saturday, October 8 at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

I am a member of Left Coast Writers, and they are sponsoring the party. Come join us for a celebration with wine and cheese.

SHOWDOWN features 18 tales. We go along for the ride on a darkly funny bus trip down India’s deadly Bombay-Pune Road in “Wrecks and Pissers,” schlep through the disorienting milieu of one of . . . CONTINUE READING: ‘SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA’ Book Party on October 8

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Showcasing ‘Showdown at Shinagawa’ on FCC Free Radio

On the Radio This Sunday • Sept 18 • Noon to 2 pm

I am discussing my book and reading some stories on the show “Lilycat on Stuff” this Sunday from noon to 2 pm on FCCFreeRadio.comInternet radio.

The stories are from my memoir Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil, about my global travels and work as a cinematographer.

To listen to the show LIVE (and even call in with a question or comment), click on this link between noon and 2 on Sunday: http://www.fccfreeradio.com/podcasts/sunday/lillycat/

There you can choose a Player (for Studio 1A) from the choices in the upper right corner of . . . CONTINUE READING: Showcasing ‘Showdown at Shinagawa’ on FCC Free Radio

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Showcasing ‘Showdown at Shinagawa’ in Berkeley This Week

Upcoming Book Event—Wednesday • Feb 3 • 7:30 pm

I’ll be discussing my book and reading some stories this Wednesday evening at Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley.

The stories are from my memoir Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil, about my global travels and work as a cinematographer.

Showdown features 18 tales, from the surreal Japanese bowling-for-budget match in the title story, to commiseration with President Clinton over family tragedies in “Dog Years,” to a bus trip down India’s deadly Bombay-Pune Road in “Wrecks and Pissers.”

I’ll be describing the relative ease of self-publishing, compared with the challenge of getting noticed among over one million books published in . . . CONTINUE READING: Showcasing ‘Showdown at Shinagawa’ in Berkeley This Week

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This Wednesday Evening: I’ll Be Reading a Story at Weekday Wanderlust in SF

I’m honored to be reading a travel story at Weekday Wanderlust in San Francisco this Wednesday evening 11/18, starting at 7. The story will be from my book Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil.

Weekday Wanderlust is a free monthly program where three travel writers each read a story. It lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. The other two writers in this month’s program are Kirsten Koza and Jayme Moye.

It all takes place at the Hotel Rex, a boutique hotel at 562 Sutter Street in San Francisco, a couple of blocks north of the St. Francis Hotel, near Union Square. Some of . . . CONTINUE READING: This Wednesday Evening: I’ll Be Reading a Story at Weekday Wanderlust in SF

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This Saturday in San Francisco: Travel Writers Read at LitCrawl

I’m delighted to be reading a story at LitCrawl in San Francisco this Saturday evening, along with five eminent travel writers.

Across the Wide World: Traveling Writers Explore Encounters with People, Places, and Cultures

Saturday, October 17, 2015 • 6 – 7 pm

Weston Wear • 569 Valencia Street • San Francisco, CA

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Traveling out of our comfort zones creates opportunities for discovery, transformation, and illumination. These writers bring back life lessons that are profoundly . . . CONTINUE READING: This Saturday in San Francisco: Travel Writers Read at LitCrawl

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Pop’s Podunks

Whenever my dad wanted to speak metaphorically about Podunks—places that were remote and sparsely populated—he often cited Broken Elbow, Indiana, and Frozen Dog, Iowa.

I always assumed they were real places, and recently I dug around to find out how they got their colorful names. Internet research truly is the best!

Googling “Broken Elbow, Indiana” yielded a few promising results: a juicy lead about an Indiana Pacers player (Chris Copeland) who broke his elbow; an informational site for medical elbow and shoulder providers in Indianapolis; another site for orthopedic surgeons in northwest Indiana; and a news alert about an Oakland A’s player (from Indiana) who broke his elbow throwing a pitch this weekend.

My search for the origins of . . . CONTINUE READING: Pop’s Podunks

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Good Night, Irene—Confessions of a Mileage Whore

Bronze Certificate, Funny Travel Category, 9th Annual Solas Awards for Travel Writing from Travelers’ Tales, March 2015

It’s not easy being a mileage whore. Sometimes you have to do things that don’t seem to make sense.

United Airlines operates a major hub in San Francisco, and I’ve whored for their miles for years now. On my trip to Brazil recently, because I wanted the mileage, I had chosen a longer United itinerary through Newark going and Washington coming.

But when things got complicated on the return, I had to decide if the miles were worth it.

We wrapped our week-long video shoot in São Paulo on a Friday night—amid much hugging and thanking with the cast . . . CONTINUE READING: Good Night, Irene—Confessions of a Mileage Whore

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New Book Review? Is This English?

I just found an online page which appears, at first, to be a review of my book SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA. Then I read the page all the way through. I know these are English words, but … is this English? My favorites are learning that “SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA … lets you cook flavorful and tasty food without the hassles” and “will go a long way to discourage mischievous activities at the home or business. The one is simply the ultimate for the budget-conscious hunter that refuses to sacrifice performance.”

Huh?

Here is the whole piece, from suchwatch.com, which purports to be an “Internet online shopping directory:”

Showdown At Shinagawa: Tales Of Filming From . . . CONTINUE READING: New Book Review? Is This English?