Bookwaves/Artwaves – May 6, 2021: Kurt Vonnegut – Lidia Yuknavitch

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), interviewed in 1991 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.

In September 1991, while on tour for his collection of essays, “Fates Worse Than Death,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. stopped in the KPFA studios to speak with the hosts of the “Probabilities” program about his work, his career, and his feelings about life and politics.

This interview was originally recorded in September, 1991 and was digitized, remastered and re-edited in 2011 by Richard Wolinsky.

This was the last interview of any kind to occur in the off-air studio in KPFA’s old offices on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. The new radio station on Martin Luther King Jr Way was already operational but we were able to squeeze in this last one in the old building.

Complete 31-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her collection of short stories, “Verge.” The author of novels, essays, a memoir and short stories, Lidia Yuknavitch details life of people on the margins of society. Her new collection is culled from several years of her work, and much of the book was rewritten or written for the publication. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky, recorded at KPFA, February 7, 2020 (the final Bookwaves/Artwaves interview recorded in the KPFA studios before the pandemic shutdown).

The complete 42-minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Streaming Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival Ends May 9, 2021. Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain, May 6, 7 pm; Jeff VanderMeer in conversation with Nnedi Okorafor, May 7, 6 pm. Tracy K. Smith and others, May 8, 7 pm; Joyce Carol Oates and Irvin Yalom, May 9, 1 pm.
Books Inc  Michelle Zauner and Bowen Yang, May 6, 6 pm; Alison Bechdel, May 7, 6 pm. David Mitchell, May 8, 6 pm. Stacey Abrams, May 13, 6 pm. Jhumpa Lahiri, May 18, 6 pm; Rachel Kushner, May 20, 5 pm; Michael Lewis, May 20, 6 pm. Andy Weir, May 27, 5 pm.
Book Passage.  Julianna Margulies, May 7, 1 pm. Brad Stone with Michael Krasny, May 10 1 pm. Jhumpa Lahiri, May 12, 6 pm. Ian Manuel, May 16, 4 pm. Neal Allen with Anne Lamott, May 27, 5 pm.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco. Lara Bazalon, May 11, 5 pm. Your Computer is on Fire, May 12, 5 pm. Lilly Dancyger with Alia Volz, May 13, 6 pm.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Otessa Moshfegh, May 6, 7 pm. See website for further events in May.
Kepler’s Books  This Is Now with Angie Coiro: Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, May 11; Michael Moss, May 13, both at 6 pm.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, Preview available now, dates to be announced.
American Conservatory Theatre Animal Wisdom, a film produced by ACT and Woolly Mammoth, created by and starring Heather Christian, streams May 15 – June 13. Communion by by Christopher Chen, featuring Stacey Ross, directed by Pam McKinnon, Saturday May 22, 2021, live on zoom; limited engagement, May 28 – June 27, 2021.
Aurora Theatre 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 other Thursday at 5 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, streams through May 21.
Berkeley Rep The Waves in Quarantine by Lisa Peterson, through May 28, 2021, opening night tonight, May 6 5:30 pm RSVP for both, both are free; 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, all episodes available now.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required.
Brava Theatre Center: Who’s Your Mami, May 20, 7 pm. The Break-Up! A Latina Queer Torch Song, June 3, 8 pm live; June 13, 2 pm, encore recorded performance.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) The Bruns outdoor theater reopens May 9 with Smuin al Fresco at 1 pm. More live events at the Bruns in May. Shakespeare in Depth with Philippa Kelly on Zoom.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. Becoming Dr. Ruth, streaming May 14-23.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming events to be announced.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume November 28, 2021. Taylor Mac videos available on line.
Custom Made Theatre Undiscovered Works: Tiny Fires by Aimee Suzada, May 7, 7 pm.
42nd Street Moon.Doris Bumpus, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, May 8-30. Don’t Touch That Dial, June 5-27. 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.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. New Artistic Director: Margo Hall. Coming soon: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.
Magic Theatre. New Artistic Director, Sean San Jose. See website for plays in the upcoming season, dates to be announced.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through Soundcloud.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts See website for upcoming events.
New Conservatory Theatre Center TransNational Cabaret, starts May 10.
Pear Theater. Pear Slices streams April 30 – May 23.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Shoot Me When … by Ruben Grijalva, now streaming through May 22, 2021. Live Theatre returns to the Playhouse, Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, June 8 – July 3.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce, every Thursday in May at 6 pm, Best of the series reruns.
Shotgun Players. The Program, a show by the SF Neo-Futurists, performed over the phone, May 14-30, Friday to Sunday.
Stagebridge. Finding Ourselves in America: Asian American Voices. May 20, 3 pm.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: See calendar for listings.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8:30 pm: May 6: MOMMY – MOTHER – MOM (about, guess what?). All previous weekly performances available on demand on the website. Gay As They Say by Mark Nadler, May 21-23, see website for times of the live performance.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder live from Florence: Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021. Streaming to follow. New Works Festival online: April 23-May 15, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: All five concerts available on demand through June 1, 2021.
Dance Mission Theatre. See website for listings
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: From past seasons, currently streaming: Manahatta; Snow in Midsummer. This Is Who I Am. Talking Back, a six part web series. On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. And In This Corner, Cassius Clay by Idris Goodwin, an audio drama, streaming through May 24, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. John Cullum, An Accidental Star, through May 6. Little Gem, by Elaine Murphy, through May 9.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Video: Under the Greenwood Tree. Also streaming: selected concerts from Joe’s Pub.
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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