Bookwaves/Artwaves – February 4, 2021: Charles Yu – Delroy Lindo

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Charles Yu, whose novel Interior Chinatown just won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Interior Chinatown takes place in a meta-world in which Hollywood’s Chinese stereotypes are portrayed by Asian immigrants and second-generation Asian Americans in films and TV shows. The book uses tropes from screenplays as well as prose fiction to illuminate these tropes, switching between narrative, entertainment history, and polemic in a highly original way.

Charles Yu is the author of two previous short-story collections and one novel, has worked as an attorney, and also has worked in the writers’ room of several television shows, most notably during the first season of HBO’s Westworld.

Complete 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Delroy Lindo, noted actor and theatre director, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded November 2008.

Delroy Lindo is a giant of American theatre, film and television. After two early film roles, he debuted on Broadway in Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys in 1982 and earned a Tony nomination for his role as Harold Loomis in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, directed by August Wilson.

He has carved an impressive career in film, appearing in such movies as Get Shorty and Cider House Rules and in television, where he is currently a regular on The Good Fight. He has appeared in four films directed by Spike Lee, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, Clockers and the new Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods.

In the fall of 2008, he directed a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Berkeley Rep, and in this interview he discusses his direction of the play, his career and his affinity for the work of August Wilson. The interview originally aired on KPFA on November 14, 2008.

:The complete 38-minute interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links

Bay Area Book Festival Viet Thanh Nguyen, March 2, 7 pm. Dan Rather, March 9, 6 pm. New schedule coming in March.
Books Inc Jacob S. Dorman, February 4, 5 pm; Lily King, February 18, 6 pm. Naz Beheshti, March 6, 12 pm.
Book Passage. Chang-Rae Lee, February 6, 4 pm. Suleika Jaouad with Elizabeth Gilbert, February 9, 5:30 pm. Robert Reich, February 10, 6  pm. Vendela Vida with Tom Barbash, February 13, 4 pm. Jen Sincero, February 27, 1 pm. Anne Lamott, March 1, 6 pm. Isabel Allende, March 4, 6 pm. Jean Shinoda Bolen with Terry Tempest Williams, March 5, 4 pm. Kazuo Ishiguro with Pico Iyer, March 14, 1 pm. Jacqueline Winspear, March 23, 6 pm.
The Booksmith   Catana Chetwynd, February 4, 6 pm; Liat Berdugo, February 9, 5:30 pm. Dr. Euan Angus Ashley, February 23, 6 pm. Ed Frauenheim, February 25, 6 pm. Group poetry reading, March 4, 6 pm. See calendar for other listings.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Kiese Laymon, February 4, 7 pm. Susan Choi, February 25, 6 pm.
Kepler’s Books Cassandra Clare with Holly Black, March 2, 6 pm. See calendar for other listings.

American Conservatory Theatre Act Out Loud, Virtual Play Reading Series: Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, March 29 – April 4; Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, April 12-16, The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, April 26 – May 2.
Aurora Theatre’s Streaming now: The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, starts on April 9th.
Berkeley Rep 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, released weekly. First episode aired January 21.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
Brava Theatre Center: Who’s Your Mami comedy, February 18, 7 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Truth and Meaning at Play, Dr. Martine Kai Green-Rogers, February 26, 5:30 pm. Truth and Meaning at Play, Finn Lefever, March 26, 5:30 pm.
Central Works The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming through April 20.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. Mac Beth, an update of Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Erica Schmidt, starts April 16.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre The Last Five Years, February 12-15, 2021. Video on demand.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume May 30, 2021.
Custom Made Theatre Undiscovered Works readings begin March 5, 2021.
42nd Street Moon. You Can’t Stop the Beat, virtual gala, February 28, 6 pm. Third Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. Last Hermanos by Exal Iraheta, February 4, 7 pm.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan 26 – Feb 28, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Virtual Open House, February 13, 10 am – 4 pm.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Warplay, filmed 2017 dress rehearsal, Jan 26-Feb 23, streamed free. In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website. Interlude by Harrison David Rivers streams March 1 – 24.
Pear Theater. Fairfield by Eric Coble, streams through February 21.
Ray of Light: See website for listings.
Remote Theater. The Art of Sacrifice by Anthony Clarvoe. March 6, 4 pm; March 7, 12 noon. With Lauren English & Susi Damilano. Music by Paul Dresher.
San Francisco Playhouse. Zoomlets: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, February 8, 7 pm; Give Her God by Candrice Jones, February 15, 7 pm. Perfect Numbers by Diana Burbano, February 22, 2021, 7 pm. River’s Message by Conrad A. Panganiban, March 1, 7 pm.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm. Black History Month teaser, February 5, 6 pm on Twitch TV.
Shotgun Players. Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock, on demand streaming, February 1 – 15. 30th Season starts in March: Every Time I Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: Chansons, Stefanie Rummel’s one-woman musical show, February 10, 7:30 pm. Runaway Princess by Mary Goggin, February 17, 7:30 pm
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays: February 4: Contemporary Art. February 11: Moon Shot. All previous performances available streaming.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder live from Florence: Before Fiddler, February 7, 5 pm; Puccini, March 14, 5 pm; Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Five Concerts: February 13, March 6, March 20, April 10, April 24, all 7 pm.
Dance Mission Theatre. Harriet’s Gun: Shapeshifting Toward a Radically Imagined Black Future. Program A: March 5. 5 pm; Program B: March 13, 5 pm.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Streaming now: Talking Back, a six part web series. On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. See website for listings.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Home Winter Festival, See website for date and times (shows stream on different days and specific times). Free, with reservations: Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel; Yes, Reflections on Molly Bloom based on Ulysses by James Joyce; The Weir by Conor McPherson; Love, Noel; Belfast Blues by Geraldine Hughes; Give Me Your Hand: A Stroll Through England’s National Gallery; A Touch of the Poet by Eugene O’Neill; On Beckett with Bill Irwin; Meet Me in St. Louis. Through February 23.
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.

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