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JOYRIDE! San Francisco’s newest live-storytelling event, is back again with GHOSTS II, and we’re currently seeking submissions for our upcoming evening of LIVE interactive storytelling, taking place October 25th at PianoFight in downtown San Francisco. We’re looking for true first-hand accounts of non-fiction experiences.


GHOSTS II explores the human tendency to be “haunted” by people and experiences. We’re looking for outstanding tales of the disturbed, the demented, or the just plain creepy. We of course want classic ghost stories with compelling details and riveting scenes!


BUT don’t get fixed on the supernatural — we’re also looking for stories that delve into the metaphorical meaning of the word “ghost,” something that might be more personal to you, like a real person, idea, or memory that haunts you so much your life has been heavily affected by it. Here are some suggestions:


-Supernatural — demons, ghosts, haunted places, and possessions
-Personal trauma — death, addiction, culture shock
-Mistakes and failures (big or small, funny or sad) that still haunt you
-Guilt — that doesn’t seem to go away, or you can’t forget/forgive
-A place that seems like a distant memory or ghostly
-Something or someone that doesn’t go away or keeps haunting you
-Overcoming fear, problems, insecurities
-Personal ideas, ethics, or values that you have trouble dealing with or overcoming


Since JOYRIDE! is also a multimedia event, stories with pictures, film/video, audio recordings, etc. that support and supplement your story are a plus!


If you have an interesting story that matches our theme and are willing to dedicate some time in the next two weeks to conceptualizing and crafting your story for a performance, then we want you! This is an opportunity for you to participate in one of the oldest human traditions and share a piece of your unique life with other people.


TO SUBMIT: Please send a short paragraph about each story you want to pitch. Just a synopsis is fine. Send it to and if we’re interested we’ll contact you with more details!

JOYRIDE, San Francisco’s newest live storytelling adventure, is taking over the Orchid Pavilion at the Conservatory of Flowers. The theme of the moonlit night is storytelling itself and the tradition of warning young children and adults alike through the sharing of proverbs and fairy tales. From Aesop to Confucius, Shakespeare to Silverstein, stories threaded with morality have helped shape the human experience. Each gripping tale of personal experience told this florid evening will mirror a proverb or a warning tale, reminding us that they who burn witches love their coals, and that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

A special treat awaits guests at intermission when artists Mark Taylor and Thad Povey play the “Octoplayer,” an eight-armed copper and plexiglass sculpture that plays music, sings songs and tells stories.

Come early and enjoy rousing libations as you stroll amidst the lush greenery of the Conservatory’s tropical galleries. Enjoy provisions from local food trucks, and snap souvenir selfies at our Victorian fable vignette as harpist Garyan Wong sets the mood for a night of storied enchantment and thrilling tales.

Door Opens at 6:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm

Buy your tickets here!

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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