The Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret

I am performing at Patrick’s Cabaret in a new series named after the late Joan Calof, a lovely woman who I had the honor of sharing the stage with in Two Chairs Telling about a year before she died.

PHOTO: Joan Calof

From the Patrick’s Cabaret website:

Joan Calof performed monologues and plays, and often sang at Red Eye Theatre, Cheap Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and Patrick’s Cabaret. She won several awards for her work, including a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award and a Playwrights’ Center Jones Commission. She was adventurous in her performances, her many travels, and in all her intellectual pursuits. When she passed away last winter she left a generous gift to Patrick’s Cabaret with instructions that it support programming and not be spent on a tribute. By naming this new series after her we’re able to do both.

Each evening will feature two spoken word/storytelling artists and two singer/songwriters to present works-in-progress to an audience that will be encouraged to offer feedback via dialogue with the performers. In addition, throughout the evening we’ll be offering free coffee and baked goods from our wonderful neighborhood sponsors: Peace Coffee & Birchwood Cafe.

The Calof Series
Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm
Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

Spoken Word/Storytelling Artists:
Katherine Glover and Howard Lieberman

John Fenner and Nikki Matteson

The Encyclopedia Show

Upcoming performances:

The Minneapolis Encyclopedia Show, is a “live variety extravaganza of curated fact-based art” every month at Kieran’s Irish Pub. Each show has a different theme, and for the 2013-2014 season, I plan to research and write some comical, slightly dirty, completely true, historical story for each of these shows:

Sunday, September 22: Periodic Table of Elements
Sunday, October 20: Civil Wars
Sunday, November 17: Village of St. Louis Park
Sunday, December 15: Exercise
Sunday, February 23: Punctuation
Sunday, April 13: Spices

All shows are at Kieran’s Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
$10 Cover/$8 Students or with MN Fringe Button
7:00 Doors/7:30 Show

There are three other shows where I will most likely not be performing: Brains (January 26); Video Games (March 23); and Flightless Birds (May 18).


I’m one of the producers of StoryFest, a full day of storytelling workshops, performances and slams on Saturday, April 13 in Minneapolis. I’m also hosting one of the afternoon sessions: Around the World in 60 Minutes: Travel Stories.

SAM logoThe event is put on by Story Arts of Minnesota (of which I am currently board president) and it is a National Storytelling Network Regional Spotlight Event (meaning they gave us a grant to help put on the event).