Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 18, 2021: Ralph Steadman – Robert Jordan

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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. November 12, 2021 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in Rolling Stone magazine.

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.

Complete 40-minute interview.



Robert Jordan (1948-2003), author of “The Wheel of Time” series of fantasy novels, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky on January1 3, 2003 in the KPFA studios, during the tour for book ten, “Crossroads of Twilight.”

​​​​​Robert Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigny, Jr.n, is today best known for his high fantasy series, “The Wheel of Time”. He got his start in the 1980s, first with a pair of historical novels and a western, and then a series of novels featuring Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian..

But it wasn’t until January, 1990, with the publication of “The Eye of the World”, first installment of “The Wheel of Time,” that his career took off. At the time of this interview on January 3, 2003 in the KPFA Studios, he’d published the first ten volumes of what was projected to be a twelve book series, and was on tour for that tenth book, “Crossroads of Twilight.”

On March 23, 2006, Robert Jordan announced he’d been struck with a fatal heart illness and had at most four years to live. He continued work on the final book, “A Memory of Light,” and revealed plot details to his family in the months before he died. That final book was split into three books, starting with “The Gathering Storm,” and was completed by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, who had been chosen by his wife to finish the series. He died on September 18th, 2007, one month before his 59th birthday. The entire series was completed and the last volume, “A Memory of Light,” was published in 2013. This interview has never been heard in its entirety.

On November 19, 2021, the first three episodes of the eight-episode first season of an adaptation of “The Wheel of Time” appeared on Amazon Prime, with the five episodes following one at a time over the following weeks.

Complete 43-minute interview.


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Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

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Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  On-line: Sam Wasson, December 5, 5 pm. Nicholas Buccola, December 8,, 5 pm. Bay Area Book Festival, May 7-8, 2022,
Book Passage.  Calendar for November. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith   Calendar for November. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for archived events.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, on-line  through-December 12.
American Conservatory Theatre Limited engagements: Get On Your Knees, with Jacqueline Novak, December 2-4. Strand; The Woman in Black, original London production, December 15 – January 16, Strand. 2022 season: Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre Father/Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith, By Kait Kerrigan, directed by M. Graham Smith, in performance now; streaming Dec. 7-12.
Awesome Theatre Company. On-line: The Jersey Devil Play, starts November 30.

Berkeley Rep Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, through December 19, Roda Theater. Fran Lebowitz, Jan. 22-26, 2022.
Brava Theatre Center: TheyFriend, November 18-19, 7 pm, Brava Cabaret. La Azurday,  live Nov. 20, 7 pm, Brava Cabaret, and streaming Nov. 21, 3 pm. Floricanto, November 19, 6 pm, main stage. Dangerous Beauties: Muse, November 29, 8 pm.
BroadwaySF: National touring companies: My Fair Lady, at the Orpheum, November 2 – 28, 2021. A Christmas Carol, November 26 – December 26, 2021 at the Golden Gate.
Broadway San Jose: Hairspray, Nov. 23-28. A Magical Cirque Christmas, Dec. 30. The Simon and Garfunkel Story, January 12, 2022, 7:30 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Check website for streaming archive.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  2022 season to be announced.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cinnebar Young Rep: Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 19 – Dec. 5.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre On stage: Home for the Holidays with Lamont & Friends, Dec. 3-5.
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 resumes in 2022.
42nd Street Moon. A Little Night Music, November 4-21, Gateway Theater.
Landmark Musical Theater. Check website for upcoming schedule.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming season to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Check website for upcoming schedule.
Marin Theatre Company On stage: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, November 18 – December 19, 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 Theater: Plot Points in Our Sexual Development by Miranda Rose Hall, November 12 – December 19, 2021. Gently Down the Stream by Martin Sherman, December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. In Theater: sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) by Lisa Ramirez, Nov 12 – Dec 19, 2021.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse, in repertory, November 19 – December 12, 2021.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows. Expansion to The Flight Deck in Oakland.
Ray of Light: Upcoming shows to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Twelfth Night, a musical adaptation. Nov. 24 – January 15, in theater. On Demand: December 1 – January 15.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
San Jose Stage Company: Great Expectations, Nov. 17- Dec. 12
Shotgun Players. The Cassandra Sessions: Recording the World, opens December 2, 2021.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand; Hunt Hart, Zoom/Facebook live, November 20, 5 pm, live from NYC. The Rhino Reading Series, December 7, 7  pm, 4229 18th St., SF.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, December 1 – 26, 2021
Word for Word. Wordcast streaming: A Pair of Eyeglasses by by Anna Maria Ortese; Home by George Saunders; two by Toni Cade Bambara, live November 4. Each will be streamed through summer, 2022.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: New 2022 season announced.

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.
Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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Matthew MontfortAmberGuitar WorksNarada Productions, Inc.
SantanaEuropa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)Les IndispensablesSony Music Media