For those of you who don’t already know about it – West Coast Live is a wonderfully- entertaining live radio show that broadcasts from different venues around the Bay Area. The show’s host, Sedge Thompson sports red bowling shoes as he interviews authors, artists, musicians and other interesting people in the news. There are audience participation segments during the two-hour show where you are counted on to clap and whoop to show your appreciation of the show’s guests and if you are lucky, you can even win give-aways. All this for around the price of a movie ticket!
Yesterday’s show at the San Francisco Ferry Building was sold out with guests including authors Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City), Bharati Mukherjee (Miss New India) and Greil Marcus (Old, Weird America) as well as mesmerizing musicians Meredith Monk and Kitka. Also appearing were Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill who are currently performing at the Rrazz Room.
Before or after the show you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Bay, stroll around the Farmer’s Market and browse through the many shops in the Ferry Building. I met up with friends Jenny and Jenefer and we opted for lunch at Mijita apres the show, followed by some Blue Bottle Coffee. The Ferry Building was teeming with people, we guessed, in town for the 100th Annual Bay to Breakers run happening today.
One of the things I love about going to West Coast Live shows is that I always learn something new. After the show, as we were chatting about this and that, Jenny mentioned that the non-profit group, La Cocina, has helped fuel the food truck craze that surrounds the Farmer’s Market and other spots in the City by incubating the small food start-ups. I suppose if I still had the urge to open up a cupcake shop, I would be contacting them for tips and a commercial kitchen rental, but that urge has since passed. Now, I am simply trying to keep the focus on the task at hand: documenting our many thrift stores around the Bay, while occasionally enjoying a soul-nurturing saturday morning at West Coast Live.
Have you ever been to West Coast Live? Tell me what your experience was like.