Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 21, 2021: Chris Hedges – Ralph Steadman

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to on-line and streaming local theater & book events


Chris Hedges is the author of several books on politics and dissent. In May, 2015, he gave a speech in Berkeley as a benefit for KPFA, discussing his latest book at the time,Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt.  . Afterward, he was joined by host Richard Wolinsky for a Q&A that included questions by the host as well as by the audience. The Q&A is featured on today’s program, and is remarkable for its prescience. Shortly thereafter, Donald Trump announced his candidacy, and not even Chris Hedges could have predicted how quickly America changed.


Ralph Steadman is an illustrator and artist best known for his collaborations with the late Hunter S. Thompson in the two “Fear and Loathing” books. His latest work is a collection of his artwork, “Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink,” published by Chronicle Books. He is interviewed from England by host Richard Wolinsky.

Ralph Steadman got his start using a correspondence course before moving on to art school. After his first book, when he came to America, he was enlisted to work with Hunter S. Thompson and Rolling Stone magazine, and continued to work with Thompson over several years until Thompson’s suicide. He’s also worked on album jackets, and has illustrated several works, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “”Treasure Island and even a collection of Breaking Bad portraits.

He is, of course, also known for his trenchant political cartoons, as above.

illustration copyright Ralph Steadman and used by permission.

:The complete 40-minute interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links


Bay Area Book Festival Julia Cameron and Judy Collins, Wednesday January 27, 7 pm. Dan Rather, Tuesday March 9, 6 pm.
Books Inc Elaine Costillo, January 21, 5 pm. Mike Chen & Fonda Lee, January 26, 5 pm. Carl Hart, January 27, 6 pm. Devon Price, January 28, 7 pm. Judd Winick, February 2, 5 pm.
Book Passage. Conversations with authors. January 23, 1 pm: Jen Sincero. January 26, 6 pm: Simon Winchester, Sherry L. Smith & Peter Coyote, January 30, 4 pm. Alex Davies, January 31, 4 pm. Chang-Rae Lee, February 6, 4 pm. March 23, 6 pm: Jacqueline Winspear. April 10, 1 pm: Elizabeth George.
The Booksmith   Roy Richard Brinker, January 26, 6 pm, free RSVP; Debut author panel, January 28, 6 pm, free RSVP.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Kiese Laymon, February 4, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books See webpage for listings.

American Conservatory Theatre Place Here, Time Now: Conversations with artistic director Pam MacKinnon streaming.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. 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, episode three drops January 26. What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
Brava Theatre Center: Events to be announced.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Truth & Meaning at Play: Faedra Carpenter January 29, 5:30 pm
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming.
Cinnabar Theatre. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, streams January 22-31, 2021.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre The Last Five Years, February 12-15, 2021. Video on demand.  Kitchen Table Conversation on Zoom, January 21, 7 pm.
Curran Theatre: To be announced.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. 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. Virgin Play series: Unseen by Mona Monsour, January 7, 7 pm; Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too, August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett, January 14, 7 pm. Artists Roundtable, January 21, 7 pm; Nanay by Molly Olis Krost, Janury 28, 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 new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
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. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd,.
Ray of Light: Tonight only: Virtual watch party, Lizzie. January 21, 6:30 pm. Full length showing of the 2015 production. Website for tickets.
Remote Theater. see website for listings.
San Francisco Playhouse. Frozen Foods by Ian August, SF Playhouse Zoomlet, January 25, 7 pm. Funeral Attire by Lee Cataluna, February 1, 7 pm.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Shotgun Players. The Light extended to January 20, 2021. 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: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm. Divine Madness by Lynne Kaufman,  Saturday January 30, 7:30; Sunday January 31, 2 pm.
Theatre Rhino The Review, or How to Eat Your Opposition by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, January 22-31, 2021, live stream 8 pm; Official opening January 23.Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays.  Thursday January 21: The Salamander. January 28: Broke and Outta Work. Pride of Lions by Roger Mason, February 2, 7 pm, register for Zoom.
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:
Juan Castro. Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight, zoom concert. January 30, 6 pm.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Five Concerts: February 13, March 6, March 20, April 10, April 24, all 7 pm.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. African Caribbean Mixfest, thru January 29, 2021.
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. Jan 26 – Feb . 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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