My So Called Jewish Life
The second annual night of funny, poignant, powerful, and peculiar autobiographical stories about all things Jewish, not-so-Jewish, and wanna-be Jewish feature performances by Emily Yoffe, writer for Slate; Alix Spiegel, reporter for NPR; Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor-in-Chief of DC Magazine; Spencer Ackerman, blogger for Wired, David Litt, speechwriter; Danny Harris, blogger for People’s District; and host Amy Saidman, Director of SpeakeasyDC. Hear true stories about spiritual warfare, squirrel hunting, family obsessions and more.
Monday, December 20, 2010
a co-production with Sixth & I Synagogue
at 600 I St, NW Washington, DC
7:30pm. $12. Pre-sales closed, but you can buy tickets at the door.
|Spencer Ackerman is an American national security reporter and blogger. He began his career at The New Republic and currently writes for Wired magazine’s national security blog, Danger Room.|
|Danny Harris is the editor of People’s District, a website that tells a people’s history of Washington, DC using the words and portraits of its residents. Since launching People’s District in September 2009, the website has shared the stories of over 350 people, received acclaim by a number of local and national news outlets, and was converted into a curriculum for DC public schools and after-school programs to teach kids about storytelling and DC history.|
|David Litt is a speechwriter living and working in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in the Onion, McSweeneys.net, and the Huffington Post. Most recently, he directed the District of Columbia’s field program for the Democratic National Committee.|
| Karen Sommer Shalett is the editor-in-chief of DC Magazine, a Washington-area lifestyle glossy covering the region’s top innovators and events. In addition to working as a columnist for The Washington Post’s Style and Sunday Sources sections, Karen has freelanced for Women’s Wear Daily, The Dallas Morning News, and Lucky. In her previous position as a reporter for New Orleans’ Times Picayune, Karen reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, concurrently launching an award-winning magazine for the Newhouse-owned newspaper.
Alix Spiegel began her career in radio in 1995 as one of the founding producers of the public radio show This American Life. She is currently a reporter on NPR’s Science Desk and covers psychological research and general human sadness. She has also written for The New Yorker magazine and The New York Times.
|Emily Yoffe writes Slate‘s “Dear Prudence” column, answering question on life, love, overbearing in-laws, and gaseous cubicle mates. She also writes Slate‘s “Human Guinea Pig” column, in which she tries things readers have too much dignity to do themselves (entering the Mrs. America Contest, making her singing debut). She is author of the book What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner.|
|Host, Amy Saidman is SpeakeasyDC’s artistic executive director. She has been performing, hosting, teaching, and directing with SpeakeasyDC since 2000 and is a two-time recipient of the artist fellowship award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties (most recently for FY2009-10). She has survived Camp Louise, Camp Moshava, Washington Hebrew School, High School in Israel, and Aish haTorah, and still has her Bat Mitzvah poster in her parents basement (you know, the one with all the “mazel tovs” written on it by aunts and uncles you never met).|
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