Events


June 24th – 26th, 2008 – I’ll be a breakfast speaker at the annual NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The subject of my talk will be "Thirteen Tips for the Accidental Ambassador," the credo of Ethical Traveler. For tickets and reservations to the Conference, please visit the NATJA Conference site.

May 17th and 24th, 2008 – After a stunning month of sold-out shows, The Marsh Studio Theater has added two more performances of Strange Travel Suggestions in May. Both shows will take place at the odd but enticing hour of 5 p.m. — which means you can beat traffic, see the show, and catch dinner afterwards. Again, tickets are priced on a sliding scale, $22-$35. For reservations, please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or visit The Marsh’s Strange Travel website.

Tuesday, April 22nd – Though it happened on the Google campus (and thus was not open to the general public), my appearance as part of Google’s Authors Series is now available on YouTube. Click here to see my rather uneven hour of strutting and fretting.

Monday, March 24th – Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte bring their beloved Porchlight series back to San Francisco’s Café du Nord with "All I Got Was This Stupid T-Shirt: The Souvenir Show." This sure-to-be fabulous evening will include international entrepreneur Scott Sanders, Port Commissioner/Wax Museum owner Rodney Fong Sanders, a few other undisclosed raconteurs, and me. The Café is at 2170 Market Street (near 16th), Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tix are $12. Further information can be found by clicking on Porchlight.

April 3rd – 26th, 2008 – After nearly two years, my solo celebration of wanderlust is returning to The Marsh in San Francisco. Performances will happen every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8 pm, with the exception of Saturday, April 19th — that’s Passover! Unlike previous shows, this one will be in the upstairs theater. Tix are priced on a sliding scale, $15-$35. For tickets and/or reservations, please call 415-826-5750, or visit The Marsh website.

September 8th, 2007 – As you all know, Point Reyes in my favorite place in the world. This once-only Saturday performance of Strange Travel Suggestions will happen at the wonderful Dance Palace Community Center, right in the heart of Point Reyes Station, at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $16, $14 for seniors, and just $5 for teens. Head on out to Point Reyes, take a gorgeous hike, come to the show, and let’s party at the Old Western Saloon afterwards!  For advance reservations call 415-663-1075, or visit The Dance Palace, linked above.  

August 26th, 2007It took me long enough, but thanks to the support of performer Charlie Varon and impresario Jeannine Frank, I will be bringing the fabulous Wheel to L.A.! There’s one performance only, on Sunday, August 26, at 7:30pm. The location is Steinway Hall – 12121 W. Pico Blvd. (just West of Bundy, under Fields Piano Store, level P2). I’ve been told there is free parking. Tickets are $25, or $20 with advance reservations. (No credit cards at the door – cash/checks only.) Seating is  limited, so please RSVP  to Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com or call (310) 471-3979. Please come and bring your friends to this first-ever SoCal performance!

August 16th-19th, 2007 – The 16th annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference will feature such lit and image luminaries as Matthew Polly, Isabel Allende, Broughton Coburn, Amanda Jones, Donald "the Don" George, and a host of significant others. I’ll be teaching as well, and performing "Strange Travel Suggestions" in an off-off-off-off Broadway kind of way. This event has become a staple of the Summer, eagerly awaited by wanderers of every stripe. The conference is four days long, and it’s not cheap, but it is THE premier opportunity for travel writers, photographers, agents and editors to shmooze, share stories, and sing karaoke at the West Coast’s most writer-friendly bookstore. Look for more information on the Book Passage website.

July 21st, 2007 – On the 38th anniversary of the first moonwalk, the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California is throwing a  party to benefit the Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind (edited by my buddy Wes Nisker), and the Spirit Rock Scholarship Fund. There will be  dharma talks, live music, an  auction, and at some point they will make me tell a story. "Performers" include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Nina Wise, Jane Hirshfield, Gary Gach, me, Wes, and many others! Please check out the Celebrate Your Mind web page for tickets.

June, 2007 – One of the most intriguing sites on the web, for the likes of me and my ilk, is the Street Use gallery posted by Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine and all-purpose visionary. Kelly recently posted three of my "vintage" photos on the site, all taken during my travels through Asia between 1979 and 1984. Check out these images of a light bulb lamp, a flashlight broom, and heroic portage of Coca-Cola bottles.

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