City Desk

SonicSF’s live-storytelling series is back and we want to hear your stories. We are currently taking submissions for our upcoming event in July. It will take place in the Conservatory of Flowers, the oldest public wood and glass greenhouse in North America that stands proudly in Golden Gate Park.

This show’s theme is Stones Thrown in Glass Houses. We want to explore parables, proverbs, and warning tales. These phrases and stories come up time and again because people are idiots. We do the same dumb things over and over, until someone makes up a fairy tale about it! We want to hear your tales of realizing mistakes, failures, problems that is worthy of its own Confucius proverb! Here are some suggestions: Continue reading

Greetings SonicSF Fans,

2015 came and went like a speeding MUNI bus! Sparks and all.

It’s been a good year of fundraising and show planning on our end! Our live-storytelling series, JOYRIDE!, was launched with a spooky Halloween event in the Tenderloin’s PianoFight Theatre, and if you weren’t there you missed out. But don’t fret, JOYRIDE! will continue its series this coming year, with an enchanting evening of storytelling at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers and a haunting return to PianoFight!

We’ve also made some intriguing creative changes, and will revamp SonicSF as a radio show in ways that you’ve never heard before! Be excited (we know you will be).

So keep your ears open and your peepers peeled, because the next time you overhear an amusing sound or story, our mics might be near!

Cheers to the sounds of the city!

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 Your SonicSF Team

The haunt has ended and JOYRIDE was a blast!

The audience crowded Pianofight’s bar then stumbled in to the Big Theatre ready to hear spooky tales of all kinds. The night began with an ominous Overture from audio producers Sara Bailey and Garrett Peters, setting the mood for an evening of listening and eeriness. When the blindfolds came off (although some left them on!), Willi Cohen, shared the story of her Father’s possession by the spirit of a Filipino head hunter. Bonus detail: This happened while making a documentary for Danny Glover (yes, THAT Danny Glover). Next, Malcolm McCarry told us about his valiant efforts to move his brother away from heroin addiction by physically relocating him to San Francisco, only to be sucked under by his brother’s submission to the destructive forces of the drug. Then our very own, Amanda Font, turned the flashlight on her face and gave us a tour of San Francisco’s haunted past ­­ describing walkways made of gravestones in the Marina Green, and a corpse pickled in whiskey on Nob Hill. Up next was an interactive surprise that involved LED lights and the existential questioning of each audience member’s personal past…you kinda had to be there. Then our Executive Producer, Stacy Bond, told a story about the legendary life of her sister, Shelby, and her family’s attempt to communicate with her posthumously through a physic medium. But of course, Stacy is a skeptic! We then turned the mic on the audience and three brave people shared their own ghostly hauntings. Then the finale began with a question, “Okay, do you guys wanna hear a REAL ghost story?” as Vanessa Fajardo ended the show with her hair­raising story of seeing and HEARING the ghosts of an old Native American woman and a monk in a Mission church called La Parisima.

Ghostly sounds of glass­breaking were heard throughout the night from by turns sweating or shivering audience members…some of whom were just drunk and clumsy. All in all a good time was had.


On the darkest eve of Tuesday, October 20th, your spirit and earthly presence are invited to join us at PianoFight for a creepy encounter like no other.

From pale apparitions to persistent memories and followers in the flesh, we’re all haunted by something. JOYRIDE, San Francisco’s newest storytelling series, brings you Ghosts!, its inaugural LIVE event. JOYRIDE immerses you in the eerie with symphonic sound art and interactive storytelling about the ghosts, real or imagined, that float into and out of our lives. So creeeeepy… you’ll leave the nightlight on. Proceeds help fund SEASON TWO of SonicSF, an experimental public radio show and podcast all about life in San Francisco.

Contributors will be rewarded with more than just karma points!

$20 gets you your ticket to the event + candy and other goodies during the show.
$25 gets you your ticket to the event + a small, spooky novelty item!
$40 gets you the previous reward + a handful of eerie vintage photographs of people you don’t know! (Some of them might be dead and their ghosts will come visit to take a peek and reminisce about their good ’ol corporeal days.)
$66.6 gets you the previous rewards + one San Francisco mash-up art print made for SonicSF by illustrator Patrick Rossetti. Designed in three point perspective they can be viewed while you’re standing the conventional way, or while hanging upside-down from your ceiling during the day.
$101 gets you the previous rewards + a hand printed SonicSF tote bag. Be public radio chic while soliciting treats!
$237 gets you the previous rewards + we’ll work your name in a clever way into episodes 2, 3 and 7 of SonicSF Season 2! You can come back to haunt us!

There are only 99 seats available, so get your tickets here before it’s too late! Mwah-hah-hah-hahaaaa!