Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Kate Willett: comedian and host of the Mission Position at Lost Weekend Video.
Willett told KALW's Jen Chien about three cool arts events around the Bay.
The Starry Plough, in Berkeley, hosts its annual Murder Ballads Bash on Saturday 10/31. It’s the 14th year for the night of musical tributes to "murder, misery, death, and despair." On the line-up are the Alegre Sisters, Antonette Goroch, Maurice Tani, Roy Loney & Larry, Loretta Lynch, Chonk, Brendan Earley, Melanie DeGiovanni, The Happy Clams, Five Legged Mule, Harlan Hollander, and Dennis D with MC Crissy King.
Willett: For people who are still wanting to get out and do something fun and creepy, this is a cool option.
On Monday 11/2, All Work and No Play: A Comedy Therapy Session happens downstairs at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco. Jim McVeigh and Matt Lieb host a show in which comedians help the audience with their issues and also perform their acts. Featuring Irene Tu, Scott Simpson, Adam Pearlstein, Torio Van Grol, Gabby Poccia, and Chris Riggins.
Willett: Comedians are people who are pretty good at wrestling with their own neurosis and often have some sort of useful, funny advice on stuff.
On Thursday 11/5, Tourettes Without Regrets (TWR) is back for its monthly show at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. TWR is an underground performance show featuring comedy, slam poetry, burlesque, and freestyle rap, all with audience participation and an open mic. Comedian Natasha Muse is on the bill for November.
Willett: It’s big and loud and just really fun. Some of the most kind of raw artistic talent in the Bay Area is there. It's awesome.