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Drink with a Clown in a Novel 

Wednesday, Apr 4 2012
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Obviously, bibliophiles with coulrophobia (fear of clowns) will want to avoid Literary Clown Foolery, but for the rest of us, this 90-minute cabaret -- set in a bookstore, with an open bar -- is the type of homegrown event that makes San Francisco feel like a big, cozy living room. Clown Foolery is produced by Polina Smith, a graduate of the San Francisco Circus Center and participant in the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. It’s hosted by Smith’s alter ego, Dr. Schmidtt, a loquacious perpetrator of misremembered history and illegitimate linguistics. (There are claims that Smith/Schmidtt inspired Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn. Luckily, plenty of reference materials are on hand for fact-checking.) Beyond Schmidtt’s regular cohort Gretchen, a bumbling, oversexed little clown played by Tristan Cunningham, there is always an array of Clown Conservatory graduates, and a little something for the intellectuals. This month promises a visit from Jake Levitas, project director of TenderVoice, an interactive audio map of community resources in the Tenderloin, who will speak about an enigmatic group of socially conscious coders called the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Also expect a raucous roundup from Circus Finelli’s one-woman band Beat Feet Orchestra, and some folksy guitar sass from the Liz O Show.
Fri., April 13, 8 p.m., 2012

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