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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

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.