Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Company
Representative, San Francisco Shakespeare Company Additional Panelists TBA
How have California’s long-established theater companies encountered, engaged and presented LGBT themes in Shakespeare – from cross-dressing to gender confusion to openly gay love – including one company led by an openly gay man who was recently married in a high-level ceremony? Live performances of classic scenes from Shakespeare will be presented.
Donna Sachet, Media Personality; Actor; Community Activist Jan Wahl, Film Critic, KRON 4
Donna Sachet has been a San Francisco performer and icon for decades, from being elected Empress of San Francisco to serving as Grand Marshal for the SF Pride parade. In 2009, Sachet became the first drag performer to sing the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Donna Sachet and film critic Jan Wahl "dish-cuss" the LGBT journey in Hollywood, past and present.
Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., Author, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change Jonah Sachs, CEO, Free Range
In these hot and crazy times, we all need some comic relief. Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, promises to inform and entertain us with his 20-minute routine. Then he will sit down to talk about using humor and storytelling as tools for combating the doom-and-gloom attitude that often marks discussions about melting glaciers and disappearing species. Read more »
Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow gold and silver medals in several categories, including: fiction, nonfiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult, juvenile, Californiana and contribution to publishing. Hear from some literary giants and amazing writers. See you at the ceremony! Read more »
Sandra Tsing Loh, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Host, “The Loh Down on Science”; Author, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones Connie Martinez, CEO, Silicon Valley Creates - ModeratorRead more »