Bookwaves/Artwaves – July 1, 2021: Bonnie Tsui – Jim Obergefell

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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



Bonnie Tsui discusses her book, “Why We Swim,”  which examines the human need for moving in water, from the history of swim strokes, to how physiology plays a role in swimming, to the history of swimming from ancient times in the Sahara to Rome and to the present, and how swimming became a sport. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Bonnie Tsui lives in the Bay Area and swims regularly at the Albany Pool, when it’s open, and also swims in San Francisco Bay. She is also the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods.

In the interview she discusses some of the topics in her book, and how the pandemic has affected Asian Americans. Recorded using internal Mac microphones on the zencastr website.

Complete 34-minute podcast.



Richard Wolinsky and Jim Obergefell at KPFA, June 2016,

A conversation with Jim Obergefell, co-author of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky

In June, 2015 the Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v Hodges that gay marriage became the law of the land. In the six years that followed, gay marriage has been routinely accepted across the United States and few blink twice when someone mentions his husband or her wife. Richard Wolinsky interviewed Jim Obergefell, the man whose name appears on the decision, a year later while he was on tour for the book Love Wins, which he co-authored with Debbie Cenziper.

Jim Obergefell’s husband John in Ohio was dying when he was approached by an attorney who explained that because the state did not recognize gay marriages from other states, Jim’s name would never appear on John’s death certificate. Jim and John both agreed to go for it, and the result, in June 2015 in the case Obergefell v Hodges, the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land. Since then he has become a spokesperson for gay rights around the country.

In this compelling discussion recorded on June 22, 2016, Jim Obergefell talks about the case, about his relationship, and about how his life has changed in the year following the decision.

:Complete 44-minute podcast


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival  Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival and upcoming events.
Books Inc.  See website for upcoming events.
Book Passage.  Calendar for July. Live book events return in August.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.  Calendar for June. Michael Pollan, July 6, 6 pm.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for listings.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, see website for details.
American Conservatory Theatre Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre Stoop Stories by Dael Orlandersmith, September 3 – October 3, 2021 on the main stage. Digital concert: The Kilbanes, Weightless, July 31, 5 pm, live performance.
Berkeley Rep The Ripple, That Wave That Carried Me Home by Christina Anderson, opens October 1, 2021, Peets Theater. Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, opens November 12, 2021, Roda Theater.
Brava Theatre Center: Streaming On Demand: Manifesto, through July 18, 2021
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021. Check website for added shows at the Bruns over the summer.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  Script Club for July: Years in the Hundreds by Jesse Potterveld. 2022 season to be announced in October.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler, weekends in September starting September 10, 2021. Streaming on demand September 24-26.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming in-theater schedule to be announced.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume January 11, 2022 as a single evening play. Taylor Mac videos available on-line.
Custom Made Theatre Season schedule to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. Don’t Touch That Dial, streams through June 27. 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. 2021-2022 season to be announced this summer.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming season to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Gala ’21, August 5, 2021. In-theater performances to resume 2022.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. On stage: The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, September/October 2021.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Streaming:  Hold Me The Forgotten Way, through December, 31, 2021; In Good Company, season one, through July 15, 2021; Season two, July 15, 2021 – July 15, 2022. In Theater: Interlude by Harrison David Rivers, October 8 – November 7, 2021.
Oakland Theater Project. The Dream Life of Malcolm X by John Wilkins. July 23 – August 29. Outdoors in the Parking Lot, Oakland Theater at FLAX Art & Design, Live streamed, August 21, On Demand through September 12.
Pear Theater. Late Wedding by Christopher Chen. indoor/outdoor/live stream. Check website for details. Through July 18, 2021.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. In Theatre/Streaming On Demand, Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, June 8 – July 3. The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, July 20 – August 14. Starting Here, Starting Now, the songs of Maltby and Shire. August 31 – October 2.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
Shotgun Players. Streaming: Sassafras  through July 10, 2021. Main stage: Passing Strange, March 5 – April 10, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar. In theater performances to be announced.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available, March 2020 – May 2021. Free reading July 6. 7 pm: Four Play by Jake Brunger. Upcoming season to be announced.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.  On stage: Lizard Boy, a new musical by Justin Huertas, October 6 – October, 31, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Live on stage: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West. July 1 – October 9.
Atlantic Theatre Company. Live theater in New York resumes August 26, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Ghosting, streaming June 22 – July 4. The Cordelia Dream, streaming July 27 – August 8, 2021; George M. Cohan Tonight, streaming August 17 – August 29, 2021.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Events Calendar. Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives at the Delacorte, starts July 6.
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.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.

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Artist Song Album Label
Matthew MontfortAmberNarada GuitarUMG - Narada Productions, Inc.
David HolmesSnake EyesMusic From The Motion Picture Ocean's ThirteenWMG - Warner Sunset/Warner Records