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Taped at the Marsh Berkeley the evening of December 19th, when SEDGE welcomed:

Author

PHIL COUSINEAU

brings us Burning the Midnight Oil, a collection of writings about the night from such notable night owls as Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Rumi and William Blake.

The Dude

JEFF DOWD

the movie producer and activist that the Coen brothers based Jeff Bridges' character on in The Big Lebowski.

Artist

J OTTO SEIBOLD

the Oakland artist celebrates 20 years of writing and illustrating not-just-for-children's books. His latest: Lost Sloth, published by McSweeney's.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

our favorite road-smart comedians bring us their hilarious Tips On Travel for the winter.

Musicians

THE EASY LEAVES

Sonoma County's fresh acoustic folk band stops in before their Winter Western Formal at the Great American Music Hall January 4th.

The Saint Nick-like

MIKE GREENSILL

the jazz maestro who we're proud to call our House Pianist. And More!

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

KEVIN KELLY

former editor of the Whole Earth Catalog brings us his new book in that tradition: Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.

Poet

AUGUST KLEINZAHLER

with The Hotel Oneira, his first collection of poetry since 2008's  Sleeping it Off in Rapid City.

Author

DON NORMAN

the engineer and psychologist brings us a new edition of his classic text The Design of Everyday Things.

Singers

OAKLAND INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR

inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions.

Singers

PACIFIC BOYCHOIR

Oakland's world renowned, Grammy award winning choir will add some holiday cheer to the program.

The Merry

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist will lead the audience in a holiday singalong.

A winter special featuring some of our favorite holiday segments from years past, when Sedge welcomed:

WALTER BERNSTEIN, author of Inside Out and screenwriter of The Front.

GARY SNYDER, mountain-man, poet, author of Mountains and Rivers Without End.

THE CHRISTMAS JUG BAND featuring Dan Hicks, with traditional jolly Holiday fare.

PETER ROWAN and the Rowan Brothers' Reggaebilly Christmas Band.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING brings us a humorous musical take on the season.

ILEEN WEISS, featuring songs from her recording A Weiss Christmas.

NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA adds their timeless festive flair. And More!

This week we present a special show from the archives, honoring some thinkers who have passed away this year and featuring some never-before-aired audio. SEDGE welcomes:

JO MENELL, director of Mandela, the official film biography of the late great Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), the first democratically elected president of the ethnically united South Africa. From May 1997

CLIFFORD NASS (1958-2013) author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, what machines tell us about human relationships. From Oct 2010

RAY BRADBURY (1920-2012) & ROBERT WATSON (1923-2004) author and illustrator of "The Martian Chronicles". From June 1995

DENNIS McFARLAND, author of Nostalgia, a Civil-War era Novel that explores the consequences of a young man's decision to enlist in the Union army. Taped Nov 21, 2013

VETIVER San Francisco's own Andy Cabic leads this popular indie folk group, on tour with their latest album The Errant Charm. From January 2012

And More!

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, guest-host CASE CONOVER welcomes:

Poet

BILLY COLLINS

one of the world's most celebrated poets, Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 2001 to 2003, here with his fist volume of new and selected poetry in twelve years, Aimless Love.

Astronaut

CHRIS HADFIELD

one of the most accomplished astronauts in history who has captivated the world with his videos from the International Space Station, here with his book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

Musician

MARCUS SHELBY

the brilliant bassist, teacher, composer and arranger whose new album Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is now available.

Musicians

HOWELLDEVINE

brings us the kind of blues you just don't hear anymore; the textured rhythms that would be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.

Farmer

STEVE SANDO

proprietor of Rancho Gordo bean farm in Napa Valley along with their new shop at the Ferry Building, and author of the book Heirloom Beans.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's premier jazz and cabaret piano player.

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Humorists

SIMON RICH & FARLEY KATZ

a former SNL writer and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker bring us their hilarious new picture book for adults The Married Kama Sutra: The World's Least Erotic Sex Manual.

Author

DANIEL ALARCON

the acclaimed young novelist and founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language cognate to This American Life, here with his new novel At Night We Walk in Circles.

Cooking teacher

MARY RISLEY

founder of Tante Marie's Cooking School and recipient of a James Beard Foundation's "Humanitarian of the Year" award for her efforts to help alleviate hunger through Food Runners.
 

Musician

MASON JENNINGS

the brilliant singer-songwriter praised for his catchy melodies, intimate lyrics and distinctive voice brings us a taste of his new album Always Been.

Musicians

PATCHY SANDERS

the seven-piece band from Ashland, Oregon conjures up a fabulously folky tapestry of sound, drawing upon Celtic, Appalachian, Medieval and Bluegrass musical traditions.

Poet

THE POET PISTACHIO

the traveling bard who joins Patch Sanders as part of Uncle Sedgwick's Curious Spectacle, here to weave wisdom and hilarity through improvised lyrical poems.

A special evening show taped at The Marsh in downtown Berkeley on November 21st, when SEDGE welcomed:

Doctor

DEEPAK CHOPRA

alternative medicine pioneer brings us some wisdom from his new book What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weightloss, Well-Being and Lightness of Soul.

Doctor

MARCEY SHAPIRO

the integrative medicine physician will share wisdom from her forthcoming book Freedom from Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well-Being.

Comedian

JOHNNY STEELE

the acclaimed comedian, writer, political satirist... a regular on the Marsh stage.

Musicians

CAVE CLOVE

the soulful and sultry 5-piece band from Oakland -- a modern reincarnation of 50’s doo-wop at its best, mixed with hints of bluegrass, R&B and Americana.

Musician

SOJI

Adesoji "Soji" Odukogbe, the accomplished Nigerian guitarist who played lead guitar for the pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick Fela Kuti.

The Swingin'

MIKE GREENSILL

the jazz maestro who we're proud to call our House Pianist.

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

MARTIN CRUZ SMITH

hailed as “the master of the international thriller” by the New York Times, brings us Tatiana, his most ambitious and politically daring novel since Gorky Park.

Author

HARRIET SCOTT CHESSMAN

author of the acclaimed new novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things, the story of the unexpected love between a young Vietnam veteran and a Benedictine nun.

Philanthropist

ERIN MICHELSON

brings us wisdom from her recent two-year journey volunteering around the world in her new book Adventure Philanthropist.

Naturalist

CLAIRE PEASLEE

the comedian-naturalist from Point Reyes brings us some news from the living world.

Chef

AMARYLL SCHWERTNER

chef at the famous SF Ferry Building restaurant Boulettes Larder and their new expansion, Bouli Bar.

Musicians

FOXTAILS BRIGADE

the quirky "Chamber Pop" group from Oakland bring us their story-based songs and Victorian-era style.

This show was taped Monday evening at the new Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, Union Square, San Francisco. SEDGE welcomed:

Poet

GARY SOTO

the author of eleven books of poetry brings us his latest, a memoir of the writing life called What Poets Are Like.

Authors

CAROLINE PAUL & WENDY MACNAUGHTON

author and illustrator of Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Depression and GPS Technology.

Author

LUCY CORIN

with One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, a collection of surreal stories offering comedy and disaster in equal measure.

Musicians

MISNER & SMITH

give us a taste of their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, and some of the finest harmony singing around.

Musician

JEREMY COHEN

whose electrifying jazz violin performances with Quartet San Francisco have earned him nationwide accolades. Here to duet with Mike G!

The Marvelous

MIKE GREENSILL

veteran of the fine Society Cabaret piano.

Live from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

JONATHAN LETHEM

the genre-bending author of The Fortress of Solitude and many other award-winning works of fiction stops by with his new novel, Dissident Gardens.

Author

NORMAN RUSH

author of the best-selling classic and National Book Award-winner Mating brings us his long-awaited new novel Subtle Bodies.

Theatre Troupe

PEOPLE SHOW

founded in 1966, they're is the longest running experimental theatre company in the UK. In town performing The Detective Show at Fort Mason.

Musicians

HOT BUTTERED RUM

the five piece progressive bluegrass band carry us to the mountains and back with their stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.

Musicians

THE BILLS

the high impact acoustic folk music quintet from the West Coast of Canada, renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements and exuberant live performances.

The Brilliant

MIKE GREENSILL

the UK born, SF based jazz and cabaret piano man who we're pleased to call our House Pianist.

Taped October 17th at The Marsh Berkeley, when SEDGE welcomed:

Cartoonist

SCOTT ADAMS

creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular and widely distributed comic strips of the past quarter century, with his new book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

Performer

BETH LISICK

the writer and performer stops by to talk about some of her most embarrassing and regretful moments, documented in her new collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames.

Mathematician

EDWARD FRENKEL

Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley brings us his fascinating new book Love & Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality.

Musicians

MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN

bring us some of the fresh Ameri-cali goodness from their brand new album produced by Laurie Lewis, We Made It Home.

Musician

DEBBIE NEIGHER

and her band give us a taste of the rich, piano-driven set of original songs on her critically-acclaimed sophomore album Unravel.

This special show was taped Monday evening at The Marsh in Berkeley. Sedge welcomed:

Author

ANNE LAMOTT

helps us make sense of life's chaos in her new book Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair.

Comedian

WILL DURST

the Bay Area's favorite political comedian may have a thing or two to say about the current state of the union.

Actors

WE PLAYERS

whose production of MACBETH at the National Park Service's Civil War fortress Fort Point was forced to close due to the Government Shutdown.

Musicians

CYPRESS STRING QUARTET

the chamber group who have recently been exploring Slavic Soundscapes, inspired by Eastern European composers.

The Magnetic

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's premier jazz and cabaret piano player...and More!

A Litquake Special. SEDGE welcomes:

Author

T.C. BOYLE

the beloved California writer joins us to release the second volume of his collected short stories Collected Stories Vol II.

Author

ERIC PUCHNER

the critically acclaimed author of Music Through the Floor brings us his achingly tender and funny portrait of an unraveling family in Model Home.

Singers

CONSPIRACY OF BEARDS

the 30 member male a capella choir performing the songs of the legendary poet, novelist and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Singers

THE BOBS

vocalists who fall outside a cappella traditions, landing in a hot tub of humor and vocal prowess.

Musician

SARAH LOU RICHARDS

Nashville singer-songwriter on tour with her album Ruby Red Shoes -- inspired by Sedge?!

Piano Man

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's favorite jazz and cabaret piano maestro.

              David Rakoff (1964-2012)                          Francesco Rosi (1922-present)

From MAY 26th, 2007, when SEDGE welcomed:

MAL SHARPE, man-on-the-street meets man-about-town, from the surreal to the jazz-honed, Mal knows from zeitgeist.

JULIA WHITTY, contributer to Mother Jones magazine and author of Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean, about the fate of coral reefs.

HELEN SIMPSON, author of the set-in-England In the Driver's Seat and Four Bare Legs in A Bed and other books, from London, with brilliant and droll insights and writing about love and relationships and children and, well, life.

MIKE LIPSKIN, a man who just doesn't take the piano out for a walk, he takes it out for large-gaited strides.

Along with as these very special interviews:

DAVID RAKOFF, the late great Canadian-born writer based in New York City, well known for his humorous, often autobiographical non-fiction essays. From October 18, 2001. 

FRANCESCO ROSIthe Italian film director of such great works as Christ Stopped at Eboli, winner of the Golden Prize at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival. From May 3, 1997.

From February 9th of this year, when Sedge welcomed:

Author

DAVE BARRY

the humorous and insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist brings us his first solo adult novel in more than a decade, the dark comic masterpiece Insane City.

Author

MO WILLEMS

the six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator of Sesame Street who has gone on to publish many children's books of critical acclaim, including his Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie series.

Farmer

JOSH THOMAS

of Thomas Farm steps away from the busy Saturday morning Farmer's Market to tell us about the sustainable flowers he grows in Corralitos, CA.

Musicians

DAVID THOM BAND with      DON RIGSBY

the acclaimed California bluegrass band joined by Kentucky's world class singer and mandolin player.

Musicians

FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO

the world renowned guitar virtuosi stop by on their international tour. Let's see what happens when they sit in with Mike G.

The Grand

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's premier jazz and cabaret piano player.

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

MARY KAY ZURAVLEFF

brings us Man Alive!, a witty and engaging novel bout a psychologist struck by lightning and the effect this event has on the fragile ecosystem that is family.

Author

TOM BARBASH

author of The Last Good Chance with his already widely acclaimed and often darkly funny new collection of short stories, Stay Up With Me.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

comedians Geoff Bolt & Michael O'Brien bring us their hilarious Tips On Travel.

Musicians

SIOUX CITY KID

with whiskey-dripping vocals and the energy of a runaway steam train, they combine the dark words of a drifter with the sounds of thick Americana..

Farmer

DAVID WINSBERG

owner of Happy Quail Farms, an artisanal, specialty, urban micro-farm in East Palo Alto, growing over 30 varieties of sweet and hot peppers.

The Soothing

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist - best in the bay!

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, we welcome:

Author

JAMES McBRIDE

jazz musician and author of The Color of Water brings us a fascinating new mix of history and mystery in The Good Lord Bird, about a young slave living in Kansas Territory in 1857.

Botanist

AMY STEWART

award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world with her latest, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks.

Musicians

ARANN HARRIS & THE FARM BAND

a high-energy and highly entertaining mix of old time blues, jazz, folk, mountain music, funk and campfire songs unlike any you’ve ever heard.

Musicians

T SISTERS

a genuine sister singing group whose unique yet classic sound draws upon blues, folk, bluegrass, Americana, gospel, country, jazz and more.

The Busy

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist, currently in residence with Wesla Whitfield at Society Cabaret in Hotel Rex, San Francisco, thru September 15th.

A Favorite from July 17th,  2004 when SEDGE welcomed:

           Jack Germond (1928-2013)                            Kongar-ol Ondar (1962-2013)

JACK GERMOND, the late great political commentator, author of Fat Man Fed Up.

CARL HIAASEN, satirical novelist and columnist from Miami who knows the dirt about the way Florida really operates. His latest novel, Skinny Dip, once again romps through the politics and hearts of the citizens of that most dubious of swing states.

MIKE DAISEY, monologist, whose piece, 21 Dog Years let's us see what the Amazon-ing life style is behind the scenes.

OAK, ASH & THORN British Isles a capella, druids to Rolling Stones

LARRY GALLAGHER, very funny singer-songwriter

MIKE GREENSILL on piano

Plus, a special segment with the late Tuvan throat singer KONGAR-Ol ONDAR and bluesman PAUL PENA from July 22, 1995.
 

Live from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Guest-hosts CASE CONOVER & MIKE GREENSILL welcome:

Author

J. MAARTEN TROOST

with Headhunters on my Doorstep, recounting his hilarious misadventures island hopping in the South Pacific in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson after a stint in rehab.

Author

ALEX SOOJUNG-KIM PANG

the renowned Stanford technology guru with The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul.

Doctor

DAPHNE MILLER

explores the frontier between modern medicine and the natural world in Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us about Health and Healing.

Musician

GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV

the South African-born, Colorado-based troubadour brings us the sweet sounds of his new album The Weatherman, telling stories of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.

Singer

WESLA WHITFIELD

the Bay Area's premier cabaret singer, performing with the Mike Greensill Trio at the new Society Cabaret September 4-15.

The Multi-Talented

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist. And more, including your audience true stories...  we hope you'll join us!

Live from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Sedge welcomes:

Author

CALEB CRAIN

with Necessary Errors, the story of friends navigating the economics of ambition, love and idealism against the backdrop of 1990 Prague.

Author

CONSTANCE HALE

brings us Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose, the hippest grammar guide ever written.

Monologist

JOSH KORNBLUTH

The Bay Area's favorite intellectual comedian and provocateur brings us a bit of his current play, Sea of Reeds.

Musicians

VANDELLA

the San Francisco band that can be tough to pin down, drawing sounds from Motown to Classic Rock, folk to blues.

Musicians

STEEP RAVINE

conjure up an authentic slice of Northern California spirit, combining the energy of bluegrass with the heart and soul of folk and roots music.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

returns as House Pianist.

Live from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. SEDGE welcomes:

Author

GARY KAMIYA

founder of the online magazine Salon.com has penned a kaleidoscopic love letter to the city in Cool Grey City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.

Author

CAROLYN COOKE

the award-Winning Author of The Bostons and Daughters of the Revolution brings us her new collection of stories, Amor and Psycho.

Author

RICHARD BOLLES

author of the annual best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute? and now The Job-Hunters’ Survival Guide: How to Find Hope and Rewarding Work, Even When ‘There Are No Jobs.”

Musicians

THE MOTHER HIPS

Northern California's rock band celebrates their 20th year with the release of their eighth studio album, Behind Beyond.

Musicians

GOODNIGHT, TEXAS

a pair of songwriters find their stride amidst old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth century blue collar America.

Pianist

MIKE LIPSKIN

the stride jazz pianist of the pre-bop jazz style joins us as House Pianist.

Two hours of song and story from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. SEDGE welcomes:

Author

PETER ORNER

with his new collection of stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, about nightmares, one-night stands and other existential adventures.

Comedian

WILL DURST

The New York Times calls him “quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today.” Here with bits from his new show, Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG.

Author

ALEXANDER MAKSIK

author of A Marker to Measure Drift, the story of a Liberian refugee who washes up, penniless, on a small Greek island.

Musicians

THE KLEZ-X

mining the rich depths of klezmer, Yiddish folk, and modern jazz to create a brilliantly original sound that the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the hottest source for klezmer."

Musician

KIM RICHEY

the veteran Americana singer-songwriter-storyteller brings us a taste of her new album, Thorn in My Heart.

Piano Man

MIKE LIPSKIN

the stride jazz pianist of the pre-bop jazz style joins us as House Pianist.

A special from February of 1996, when SEDGE welcomed:

JAMAICA KINCAID, author of Autobiography of My Mother.

MERL SAUNDERS & THE RAINFOREST BAND with R&B to the beat of the ancient forests.

GREG BROWN & BO RAMSEY with their poetic folk songs and stories.

MARGA GOMEZ, actress, comedian, and monologist of A Line Around the Block.

MANDY AFTEL, author of The Story of Your Life.

THE BYZANTINE CHORALE OF THE KYKKOS MONASTERY OF CYPRESS singing sacred music from the 9th century.

BONNIE LOYD, Urban Geographer reviews drinks in coffee houses.

DIANE HIDY as the house pianist.

This Saturday's Special from the archives includes audio from September of 1997 and November of 1999. Featuring:

MICKEY HART, legendary Grateful Dead percussionist and author of Spirit Into Sound: The Magic of Music. He was part of both the '97 and '99 show.

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, king of the electric blues harmonica.

WILLIAM LEAST HEAT-MOON with River Horse, his account of a four-month coast-to-coast boat trip across the U.S.

JUDITH THURMAN, author of Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette and winner of the National Book Award for her biography of Isak Dinesen The Life of a Storyteller.

MIKE GREENSILL on piano, and more!

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

ANDREW SEAN GREER

with The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, awakening each morning to the same room, same city, same family and lover. The only change: the year in which they all are living: 1918, 1941 and 1985.

Author

MARIANNE ELLIOTT

with Zen Under Fire, her vivid account of living and working in the world’s most notorious battlefield, Afghanistan, and her struggle to find inner peace.

Musicians

GEOGRAPHER

the San Francisco indie rock band whose "soulful music from outer space" combines analog, electronic and acoustic elements to craft dense layers and unique sound textures.

Actors

WE PLAYERS

give us a preview of their new production of MACBETH in the brick Civil War fortress under the Golden Gate Bridge in September.

Art Studio

CREATIVITY EXPLORED

Ann Kappes comes in from the San Francisco studio that provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's piano man.

From the second floor at 1 Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Port Commission Room, SEDGE welcomes:

Rock Journalist

BEN FONG-TORRES

journalist, author, broadcaster and musician, best known for his association with Rolling Stone magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Here with Sam Barry and friends to bring us impressions of Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

Musicians

JIM KWESKIN & MARIA MULDAUR

the Americana legends stop by amidst the Jim Kweskin Jug Band 50th Reunion Tour, to lay down some of their soulful sounds, from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock 'n' roll.

Author

NINA SCHUYLER

author of The Translator, the story of a woman whose fall down down a flight of stairs causes her to lose her native language, and the search for answers in a foreign land.

Film Programmer