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Don Reed

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with  New York-based artist Catherine Galasso  about her new performance piece, Alone Together, created in collaboration with San Francisco-based composer Dave Cerf. Performances are on December 6, 7 and 8 (8pm), at ODC Theater (3153 17th St.) in San Francisco. 

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Join KALW for a great night of music and storytelling as part of Lit Crawl, the closing celebration for San Francisco's Litquake Festival.  Bay Area radio journalists, writers and entertainers perform live to wrap up the night in style.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Renée Kemp talks with opera singers Roy Cornelius Smith and Juyeon Song about their roles in Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking opera Tristan und Isolde, which will be performed live in concert form on Sunday, August 26 (2pm) at the Herbst Theatre (410 Van Ness) in San Francisco. Conductor Jonathan Khuner will join the conversation. 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor, playwright and comedian Don Reed, about his autobiographical show ‘The Kipling Hotel’, in which he looks back to his life in Oakland in the 80s.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor and playwright Don Reed, about his autobiographical show ‘East 14th’, running through July 30 at The Marsh Berkeley, in which he discusses his upbringing in 1970s Oakland, resisting the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather and dealing with his real father, not knowing Dad was a pimp.

The Marsh Theatre

Don Reed is a nationally renowned comedian - maybe you've caught him during his warm-up act on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He started his career doing stand up, performing around the country with comedians like Chris Rock, Robert Townsend, and Damon Wayans. But, he says,  when it came to getting big gigs like they did, he never made the cut. The feedback was always the same says Reed, "I'm too white." 

Reed isn't white though, he's black. Talent agents thought his act wasn't black enough.