The Bay Area’s long-running series Porchlight invites storytellers to explore the magic and mystery of the things we do over and over. Whether it’s describing day jobs, night shifts, bad choices, or nasty habits, these stories celebrate and lament all too common sensations; stuck in a groove, won’t quit, don’t stop, can’t fight the feeling.
Oops, I Did It Again is one of three events that examine the concept of performance as edition, curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for What is an edition, anyway?. Encompassing literary, musical, and comedic practice, the events acknowledge performance’s implicit conundrum between poles of repetitive and unique actions. Original, limited-edition posters, designed by Herschend and THE THING Quarterly co-founder Will Rogan, are released at each event and installed in the gallery on the day of the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Anthony Bedard is a drummer, guitarist, music scene denizen, and live venue talent buyer. As a teen, he once sang fifteenth century madrigals and twentieth century show tunes at Disney World’s Tomorrowland Terrace. He moved to San Francisco in 1989 and began drumming for the room-clearing cult favorite band, Icky Boyfriends; later, he went served time in other groups including Hank IV, Theme Weavers LLC, and The Roofies. Previously, he booked the dearly departed Hemlock Tavern and now runs his own independent live events entity, Talent Moat, through which he books bands and comedy around the Bay Area.
Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer. He has served as the musical director and timekeeper for Porchlight for 15 years. As a recording and live musician he has performed with The Red Room Orchestra, Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, The Kinetics, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Rodriguez, and quartet-style gospel pioneers The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians.
Mary Goree is a music booking agent for Atomic Music Group and manages San Francisco’s Green Apple Books & Music. A Bay Area native with a passion for music, live events and books, she has twenty-plus years’ experience in the music industry, beginning with Bill Graham Presents. Previously she was an agent at Leafy Green Booking, manager at the Great American Music Hall, and Festival Administrator for the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco. Additional projects include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco; Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Tennessee; African World Festival, Detroit; and Project Pabst, Oregon.
Horehound Stillpoint is a San Francisco writer whose poetry has been taught at Harvard University, Cambridge and who has been booed offstage by drunken audiences in San Francisco. One of the first gay punk rockers in America, he bought the New York Dolls’ debut the same week it was released, though the clerk at Woolworth’s refused to touch the album. Stillpoint’s work has been widely published in anthologies such as Poetry Slam, Poetry Nation, Out in the Castro, Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache, and I Do, I Don’t. He was part of the award-winning Daytrippers theatre group, and had plays in the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2000 and 2001.
Scott Vermeire is a writer and performer living in Oakland. Vermeire is recognized for his solo performances and his ongoing collaborations with Sad Vicious and Wonderment Consortium. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Onion, Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Viceland. He was nominated for a SFMOMA SECA Art Award and has performed at BAMPFA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and SF Sketchfest. Every second Friday of the month, Vermeire co-produces Oakland’s experimental comedy show TALKIES at All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland’s Uptown district.
Michael Warr is a poet and editor based in San Francisco. His books include Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (New York: W.W. Norton, 2017), The Armageddon of Funk (Sylmar:Tia Chucha Press, 2011), and We Are All The Black Boy (Sylmar:Tia Chucha Press, 1991). He is the recipient of a Creative Work Fund award for his multimedia project Tracing Poetic Memory, as well as the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award, the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Poets Award, an NEA Fellowship, and the designation of San Francisco Library Laureate. He is a former deputy director of the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick founded Porchlight in 2002 with the goal of getting people of the Bay Area onstage to tell their stories. They have produced over 250 shows with a variety of folks, including school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites sex workers, musicians, authors, system analysts, filmmakers, and social workers. Porchlight has also produced shows in collaboration with LitQuake; SketchFest; SFFILM; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as well as Shakespeare & Co., Paris, and the Storymoja Hay Festival, Nairobi.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Jonn Herschend (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and conceptual publisher. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; SITE Santa Fe; the Telluride Film Festival; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is a winner of the Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship, three Golden Gate Awards from the SFFILM Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award. He is co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly. Herschend received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.