Next week I’ll be taking my act to California, with events in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Niles. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it to one of these events!
On Tuesday, September 24, at 1pm, I’ll be speaking at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF), 3200 California Street. The topic will be Jews, San Francisco and Vaudeville. Come hear about the Barbary Coast, the Orpheum Circuit, and many of the performers who originated or played in that bustling town in its formative years. Information and tickets here.
On Thursday, September 26 at 7pm, I’ll be at the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, on a bill with Bob Sarber, who’s working on a new book about comedy writer Wilkie Mahoney. I’ll be painting an expansive, entertaining picture of vaudeville and the comedy that came out of it! For tickets, directions, info, go here.
Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, I’ll be at the Niles Essanay Museum in Niles for the Harry Langdon Film Festival. I’ll be speaking about Harry’s early years in medicine shows, circuses, and vaudeville, and signing copies of my book Chain of Fools. I believe my talk will fall early in the two day program (near the beginning), but I’ll be around for the entire festival, and if you’re a Langdon fan, you’ll want to be too for all the great films and the great talks. Furthermore, there is the attraction of the museum itself, the former studio facility where people like Broncho Billy Anderson and Charlie Chaplin made silent films! Info and tickets here.
If you can’t make it in person, not to worry! As I always do when I travel, I’ll do a lot of information gathering and sharing, so look for posts here on Travalanche, as well as the Trav-a-log, my cultural travel blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
And now, a message from Mr. Al Jolson: