Thursday, January 31, 2008

Why We Love Ellen

Here's what the t-shirts we're giving away February 16 are going to look like. Feel free to use this image for your own purposes. Designed by the amazing Ellen Gould.

This Progressive Life

We are working on posting some of the recordings from the first reading as embedded doohickeys for your clicking pleasure, but in the meantime, here is a link to Tobias Wolff reading Say Yes. This link is also listed in the "links" section, oddly enough. There will be more readings posted here and there as the fine people at Dublit clean them up a bit.

Also, read Steve's post below for a very important heads-up about rent control, evil developers, and t-shirts.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Feb. 16 Event

Special Announcement:

All funds from the February 16 reading will be going to efforts to save rent control in San Francisco. Didn't know that was an issue? Well, that's exactly the problem. On June 3 there will be an initiative on the ballot disguised as a proposition for eminent domain reform. Hidden inside this bill is a ban on all rent control in the state of California. The people behind Proposition 98, aka "the hidden agenda bill" are a particularly evil group of developers and big property owners along with the malicious Howard Jarvis Taxpayer's Association. If this proposition passes it will effect 350,000 residents in San Francisco. The time to start raising awareness is now. With that in mind we'll be making t-shirts, buttons, posters, etc. I'm advancing the money myself and paying myself back out of the door take.


For advance tickets please paypal $20 per person to "tribe AT". Or you can pay at the door, $10 to $20 sliding scale. But we always recommend getting tickets in advance because we often sell out (especially with this month's incredible lineup) and it makes it easier for us so people with advance tickets are let in first.

Where: The Makeout Room
When: 7pm, Saturday, February 16

The February 16 Progressive Reading features:

Vendela Vida author of Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name
Steve Almond author of Not That You Asked
Colm Toibin author of Mothers And Sons
Michelle Orange author of The Sicily Papers
Charles D' Ambrosio author of The Dead Fish Museum
and The Six Word Memoir Slam with Larry Smith

The progressive reading series happens on the third Saturday of every month though the 2008 election at 7pm at the Makeout Room in San Francisco.

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One more thing. The June 3 is a particularly poorly attended ballot, which is why they snuck their proposition onto this date. To make sure you vote in this crucial election please register to vote by mail. You're not going to believe how much easier it is to vote once you do this.