January 28th @ 7:45pm
Passages on the Lake
The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
Presented by The Lake Merritt – Oakland
This event is a sophisticated, spoken word showcase featuring the most talented storytellers, writers, and musicians in the Bay Area. The performers this month will be Dhaya Lakshminarayan, Lisa D. Gray, and Erika Lutz. Admission for this event is free. The program begins at 7:45pm. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with a stunning view of Lake Merritt while enjoying the very cutting edge of an old art form in a new medium. The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar is located in The Lake Merritt. They open for dinner at 5 pm.
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan was named Best Comedian 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay” Readers’ Poll and Comedy Central Asia crowned her the Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” (2013). Her list of credits include the SF Sketchfest (2013, 2012), the Boston Comedy Festival (2012 semifinalist), the Women in Comedy Festival (2013.) In addition, Dhaya is a storyteller appearing on NPR’s Snap Judgment and is currently the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM after winning a Moth StorySLAM (2013) and competing in the GrandSLAM at the Castro Theater. She doesn’t want to spend time with people who are too lazy/don’t know how to Google.
Lisa D. Gray received her MFA from Mills College where she began writing her novel Stolen Peaches, which tells the story of twelve girls who participated in a demonstration in Georgia, got arrested, and spent fifteen days in the canning house of an old peach orchard because during the long hot summer of 1963 southern jails overflowed with children protesters trying to change a culture and fight for freedom. She also writes short stories and memoir about growing up in New Haven, CT’s mostly Black inner city during the seventies. She has won scholarships to study at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, The Voices of Our Nations Foundation in San Francisco, and The Vermont Studio Center. She recently won the nationally acclaimed Pitchaplooza contest in San Francisco. She teaches a course the focuses on women’s leadership at Mills College in Oakland. Lisa started writing as a child and hopes to publish her book in 2012.
Ericka Lutz writes fiction (long and short), non-fiction (creative and commercial), and solo performance pieces. She’s a novelist, and the author of many short stories, columns, personal essays, solo performance pieces, and advice books. She began her performing career as the “Resident Little Girl” at the College of Marin, where she performed with notables such as Dakin Matthews, Kathleen Quinlan, and Robin Williams, and worked with Director Harvey Susser. Ericka was part of the 1980’s San Francisco Art Scene, performing solo in venues such as Club 9 and The Lab. During this era, she also worked as a topless dancer in high end clubs and delivered over 1,000 Strip-a-grams, including dancing for a Shriner’s convention, a skinhead party, and some really scary boys in San Lorenzo. In 2007, she began working with acclaimed comic/director W. Kamau Bell, writing and performing two solo shows, “Sh*t Happens,” and “Me, Me, Me” at StageWerx and Solohouse. She is currently developing and workshopping elements of her full-length solo show, “A Widow’s To-Do List.” Who knew that Love and Death came with a side order of So-Much-to-Do?
Scott Russell Duncan is a lingerer and a lurker that gets called “Freak-magnet” by friends who don’t understand it means them, too. Scott has seen a president eat enchiladas, escaped being held hostage by nuns, fled Mills College with an MFA, and made his lair in Oakland. Scott’s ancestors are Californio, Hispano, and Texian, so he’s half white guy and Mexican. His novel in progress is The Ramona Diary of SRD, a fictional travel diary reclaiming the mythology of Chicano California, which has much to do with a 19th century book named Ramona. His website is scottrussellduncan.com.
THREE TIMES BAD is “a hot new string band born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel “badbadbad” (Hood River News) by group leader Jesus Angel Garcia. Based in Oakland, they play “dirty American roots music” that’s both genre-defying and inclusive. THREE TIMES BAD performs in various configurations, from septet to duo, and often welcomes guest players on the stage. Tonight’s duo is led by unrepentant freak preacher/transmedia artist Jesus Angel Garcia (on acoustic guitar, banjo, and lead vocals), and French Gypsy fiddler St. Jean-Pierre Duboucheron.