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2014 Litquake Event

Litquake XV San Francisco- Writing and Fighting - Creative Couples Collaborating

Wed 10.14.14, 7:00 pm -- Debi Durst & Will Durst, Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller, Agneta Falk & Jack Hirschman
Hosted by Jody Weiner & Nancy Calef

Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, CA

Enjoy a truly special evening with three iconic Bay Area couples who cohabitate and create together. America’s foremost political satirist, Will Durst, along with brilliant actor and improv comedienne Debi Durst, join award-winning documentary filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, and internationally renowned writers, poets and painters Agnetta Falk and Jack Hirschman. Maybe we'll all discover how they manage to navigate their professional careers and their personal relationships together.

2013 Litquake Events

Litquake NYC - Lower East Side Denizens Rip The Lid Off
Sat 9.14.13, 6:00 pm -- steve dalachinsky, Terre Roche, Ron Kolm, Chavisa Woods, Jim Feast, The Crime Scene, 310 Bowery, NY, NY, Hosted by Jody Weiner

In this instant information age, is privacy even relevant anymore? Where everyone is resurrected,  repackaged and reinvented, the Lower East Side Denizens remain resolute redeemers of contemporary culture. They are infamous, insightful,  profane provocateurs. They are Steve Dalachinsky, Terre Roche, Jim Feast, Chavisa Woods and Ron Kolm.  

Litquake XIV San Francisco 2013 - Writers Who Paint/ Drawers Who Write
Sat 10.12.13, 7:30 pm -- Don Asmussen, Lisa Brown, Nancy Calef, Alan Kaufman, Paul Madonna, Shannon Wheeler

The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Street, SF, CA
Art Exhibition runs 9/27/13 - 10/18/13

A unique evening of literature, cartoon musings, relational line drawings, and social satire in oil and acrylic. Join artist/writers Don Asmussen, Lisa Brown, Nancy Calef, Jack Hirschman, Alan Kaufman, Paul Madonna, and Shannon Wheeler for this gallery exhibit and reading. Hosted by writer Jody Weiner, whose screenplay Heck No is currently in development. All artists’ original work will be on display from September 28 to October 17. Featuring painter and former San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman.

Litquake XIII 2012 San Francisco
The Dirty Side of Democracy

Sun. 10.7.12 6:00 pm

Will voters elect the next President or has the Supreme Court done it again, with the “Citizens United” decision granting corporate personhood? Has “States’ Rights” become the political tool for advancing the moral agenda? Is living in the Bay Area bubble as far removed from the real America as living in the Republican one? Get those answers and a lot more from distinguished, erudite, and fittingly hilarious authors, journalists, and social commentators, along with the country’s foremost political satirist.

Hosted by Jody Weiner, author of Raise Your Other Right Hand.

Belva Davis
, Will Durst, Geoffrey Nunberg, Beth Spotswood

Litcast -- Audio 10/7/12

Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

Litcrawl NYC
- Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6:00 pm
From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream?

Mark Twain said, “I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” Will voters elect our next President or has the Supreme Court done it again, with the “Citizens United” decision granting corporate personhood? Join The Lower East Side Denizens: renowned poets, fine artists, photographers, performers and historians of our contemporary culture who’ve returned to stir the conscience of the 99% with spoken word and heartfelt warnings!

Hosted by Jody Weiner, author of Prisoners of Truth

Jim Feast, Ron Kolm, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Susan Scutti, Jack Boulware

Slainte. 304 Bowery, New York, New York


2011 Events

Litquake XII San Francisco -
unday, 10.9.11, 6:00 pm

When distinguished authors whose work has been made into movies get together in North Beach’s iconic saloon—with the son of a former Chicago crime family boss and America’s foremost political satirist—something special is bound to happen that gives new meaning to “it hurts when I laugh.” Hosted by Jody Weiner.

Frank Calabrese, Jr., David Corbett, Will Durst, Michelle Gagnon, Barry Gifford, Charlie Haas, Jody Weiner (host), Keith and Kent Zimmerman

Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

Litcrawl IV NYC -
Sat. 9.10.11, 7:00 pm

There is order in disorder, if you allow it; the respected American poet, Wallace Stevens (1955 Pulitzer Prize for poetry), was also an insurance company lawyer who Hemingway once punched out in Key West. Still, the avant-garde, while forever outside the pale, remains hopeful, like the UNBEARABLES who’ve collectively published hundreds of books, articles and poems garnering nearly as many awards. They are historians of contemporary culture. They are infamous and insightful, funny and profane provocateurs who will resort to fist-fighting if required.

They are: Max Blagg, Jim Feast, Susan Scutti, Ron Kolm, Jack Boulware, Chavisa Woods, steve dalachinsky and Clayton Patterson. Hosted by Jody Weiner

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY

2010 Events

Litquake XI- San Francisco-- Litcrawl -  literary-links
Sunday, 10.3.10

Wisdom, humor and a dose of reality in North Beach; are we still a wellspring of hope or is there a spreading stain of despair? Maybe it’s something in between? Join political satirist and  “green” comedian Will Durst, socially savvy novelist Ellen Sussman, outlaw poet, scorching novelist Alan Kaufman, Phil Bronstein, music writer Ben Fong-Torres, novelist Jody Weiner. Paintings by Nancy Calef

Hosted by Jody Weiner

Featuring Paintings by Nancy Calef

Litquake NYC
Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Lower East Side Denizens
have collectively published hundreds of books, articles and poems garnering nearly as many awards; they are fine artists, photographers, musicians, performers and historians of our contemporary culture; they are jumping off on 9/11 evoking good or evil or something in between. They are infamous and insightful, funny and profane, provocateurs and Unbearables; they are: Bob Holman, Clayton Patterson, Ron Kolm, Susan Scutti, Jim Feast, Anna Mockler, and Steve Dalachinsky.   Hosted by Jody Weiner.


an animated journey through the paintings,
and music of Nancy Calef

paintings & animation: Nancy Calef
Music & Lyrics: Nancy Calef
Written & directed by Jody Weiner
Performed by: Nancy Calef,
Mark Kessler, Jody Weiner
running time 4.23 minutes
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