AUTHOR: linda TITLE: Porchlight Storytellers at Cafe du Nord DATE: 3:28:00 PM ----- BODY:

I first heard about Porchlight from Malcolm Margolin, publisher at Heyday Books and one of my favorite storytellers.

Started by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick at the San Francisco underground Cafe du Nord six years ago, the monthly gathering attracts an eclectic mix, to be entertained by candlelight with 10-minute improv stories about a specific theme.

The month the theme was "May I Help You? The Customer Service Show, and favorite stories were: Arline's mother-in-law telling about her experience as a 19 year-old barmaid and "B-girl" at a dive bar in New York late 1960s, and Bucky Sinister as an early PlayStation tech-guide developer who relayed instances of speaking "red-neck" with certain customers and working for a Rod-Stewart lookalike female alcoholic boss.

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