What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck (Theme: Beginnings)
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 7:00pm–9:00pm, house opens 6:30pm
How Much: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish, and $12 at the door
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck is an intimate monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Head to Feast of Words on the third Tuesday of each month to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on the monthly theme and share your on-the-spot writing to be entered in a drawing for edibles, books and other prizes!
On Tuesday, January 15, 7 to 9pm, Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features a reading and writing exercise led by performer, writer and playwright Thao P. Nguyen. Speak Your Peace, a group exhibition in which artists explore intercultural communication and social justice and propose new iconographies of peace through visual art, January 4–24, 2013, inspires this month’s theme, “Beginnings.” More information about the exhibition and accompanying events can be found at www.somarts.org/speakyourpeace.
Culinary guest Celia Racicot anchors the evening’s potluck with French comfort fare. As always, guests can bring a dish, take part in a writing exercise and share the work they have created for a chance to win literary and culinary prizes.
About Thao P. Nguyen (pictured above)
Nguyen is a solo performer, playwright, and comic storyteller and she has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007. She has been featured as a closing act at the San Francisco Theater Festival for four years running (2009–2012). In August 2012 Nguyen brought her full-length one-woman comedy, “Fortunate Daughter,” to the New York International Fringe Festival, where she garnered rave reviews and sold out shows. “Fortunate Daughter” returned to San Francisco in October 2012, playing at Stage Werx Underground Theatre in a completely sold-out run.
The show is directed by Martha Rynberg and was originally directed by W. Kamau Bell. Rynberg is a solo theater director, the instructor of the Solo Performance Workshop and the writer and performer of “Lady Parts.” Bell, who debuted his first television series “Totally Biased” in August 2012 on FX, awarded Nguyen with the coveted “W. Kamau Bell Solo Performance Black Belt,” a distinction which to this date has been awarded only four times.
Nguyen has produced such successful shows as “ATYPICAL: Stories from the Anomalous Asian American,” “DIS-ORIENTED: A Trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American Women,” “A Mother’s Day Special: See Mom, I Didn’t Forget!,” “Best Feeding by Martha Rynberg,” “City Solo” at Off-Market Theater and “Words First” at CounterPULSE.
Nguyen holds a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brown University. She is currently an instructor of public speaking at San Francisco State University. She also is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco.
About Celia Racicot (pictured below)
Racicot, a self-taught cook and urban farmer originally from Oklahoma, focuses on French comfort fare inspired by her internship at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. She lives with her partner, roommates and animal menagerie Oakland, CA, where she enjoys making herbal beers, tonics and elixirs, cooking and bartering fresh eggs, haircuts and handmade goods with other local artists and makers.