Bookwaves/Artwaves – September 8, 2022: Roz Chast – Patricia Marx

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues



Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist. Recorded October 26, 2017 while she was on tour with “Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.” Hosted by Richard Wolinsky..

A regular cartoonist for the New Yorker since 1978, Roz Chast has developed a following for her quirky, strange and funny cartoons.. She started out in the National Lampoon and Village Voice but has since become a regular and familiar artist in the New Yorker.

In this interview, she talks about her start as an artist, discusses how cartoons wind up in the magazine, and focuses on her new book, a graphic guide-book to New York, originally written for her daughter but expanded into an often funny and probably helpful look at the Big Apple. Complete 33-minute interview.



Patricia Marx and Roz Chast, co-authors of the humor book, “Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions,” talk about their work and life with host Richard Wolinsky.
Recorded in the KPFA studios, April 8, 2019.

Roz Chast is a legendary New Yorker cartoonist with several books to her credit. Patricia Marx was the first woman working at the Harvard Lampoon, and spent a year in the writers’ room of Saturday Night Live. These days she writes Talk of the Town and other pieces, along with assignments, for the New Yorker magazine.

Together they’ve created a book based upon the words of Patricia Marx’s mother, illustrated by Roz Chast. In this interview, they talk about the book; Patricia Marx discusses her career in comedy and humor writing, and the two authors take out the ukulele’s for a couple of parody songs.

Photo on program page: left to right: Roz Chast, Patricia Marx. Photo: Richard Wolinsky.

Extended 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many venues will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination status requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific Standard Time.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Highlights from this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022. Mary Roach at Brower Center, Berkeley, September 7th, 7 pm.
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith.   Monthly Calendar. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Actor’s Reading Collective (ARC). 
See website for past streams.
Alter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses, filmed.
American Conservatory Theatre Passengers by Shana Carroll, September 15 – October 9, 2022, Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre This Much I Know by Jonathan Spector, Sept 2 – Oct. 2, 2022.
Awesome Theatre Company. Now streaming on the website: The Jersey Devil Play, Holy Sh*t That Was Scary: The Cloud; and previous productions.

Berkeley Rep Goddess, conceived by Saheem Ali, August 14 – September 25, 2022. Roda Theatre. The Ripple, The Wave That Carried Me Home by Christina Anderson, September 9 – October 16, 2022, Peets Theatre.
Boxcar Theatre. Nude Noir, Palace Theatre (home of Speakeasy) Oct. 14-15. See website for other listings.
Brava Theatre Center: See website for events.
BroadwaySF: Oklahoma!, August 16 – September 11, 2022, Golden Gate. Hadestown returns, September 12-17, 2022 at the Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose: Cats, September 20-25. The Book of Mormon, Nov. 22-27, 2022
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Lear by Marcus Gardley, September 7 – October 2, 2022.
Center Rep: Always Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, September 9 – 25, 2022.
Central Works The Museum Annex by Mildred Inez Lewis, Oct. 15 – Nov. 13, 2022.
Cinnabar Theatre.  See website for upcoming productions and concerts.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Camelot, small cast version, September 9 – October 9.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing now through September 11.
Custom Made Theatre. Zac and Siah, or Jesus in a Body Bag by Jeffrey Lou, Sept 23 – Oct. 16, 2022. Phoenix Theatrre, 414 Mason St., San Francisco.
42nd Street Moon. Cate Hayman, live at the Gateway, Sept. 30, 7:30 pm.
Golden Thread  The Language of Wild Berries by Nagmeh Samini, October 14 – November 6, 2022. Potrero Stage.
Landmark Musical Theater. The Addams Family, October 22 – November 20, 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. See website for upcoming shows.
Magic Theatre. Campo Santo presents Otto Frank, written and performed by Roger Guenver Smith, return engagement, September 29 – October 1. See website for other events and performances.
Marin Theatre Company Dunsinane by David Greig, September 22 – October 16.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) Aunt Jack by Nora Brigid Monahan,  September 16 – October 16, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. See listings for upcoming season.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Bull in a China Shop/Collective Rage, in repertory, September 9 to October 2, 2022.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows.
PlayGround. Breed or Bust by Joyful Raven, Potretro Stage, show runs September 9 – 24, 2022.
Presidio Theatre. New live performance/theatre venue kicks off in September. See website for calendar details.
Ray of Light: Kinky Boots, September 8 – October 1, 2022.
San Francisco Playhouse.  Sondheim’s Follies, plays through September 10, 2022.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.
San Jose Stage Company: The Play That Goes Wrong, Sept. 21 – October 16, 2022.
Shotgun Players. Man of God by Anna Ouyang Moench, September 3 – October 2, 2022.
South Bay Musical Theatre: Stephen Sondheim’s Company, September 24 – October 15, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Bad Hombres by Guillermo Reyes, October 6-30. 2022, 4229 18th SF in the Castro. Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand. New live performances by John Fisher every Thursday at Theatre Rhino, September 8, 8:00 pm: Cross Country.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris, August 19 – September 11, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Word for Word. Live reading: Eternal Love by Karen Bender, September 4, 5 pm, Z Below. See website for upcoming productions and for Word for Wordcast streaming series.

Misc. Listings:
On View calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season, starting February.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

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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