Shotwell Studios in August:
Kirk Read in This is the Thing

Photo by: Ed Wolf
Dates: Thursday-Saturday August 7, 8, 9, and 14, 15, 16
8pm shows w/ added show on Saturdays at 10pm
followed by a party
Location: Shotwell Studios
3252-A 19th St.(btw Folsom/Van Ness)
San Francisco (between 5th and 6th Streets) [map]
Admission: Thursdays are pay what you can
$12-20 sliding scale
Advance tickets available through or 800.838.3006
Info/Res: 415-289-2000
or visit

The premiere of Kirk's show was completely sold out at the Garage in June, so advance ticket purchase with credit card is highly recommended since there is limited general seating at Shotwell Studios. If brownpapertickets is sold out, call for reservation.

Hiya Swanhuyser of SF Weekly said "the word 'pray' bubbles up from somewhere deep within Kirk Read, and it's genius." Read complete review below.

The Bay Area Reporter called it "hilarious and moving."

Writer/performer Kirk Read presents this midnight movie-style evening of stories and performance about sex work, hallucinations and the apocalypse. Read learned to perform in a touring Virginia evangelical youth group, with some in his hometown expecting him to become a preacher. Instead, Read became an escort and an avowed fan of magic mushrooms. Kirk is a different sort of preacher. His stories weave in and out of Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney's trippy, layered live soundscape.

Kirk Read is the author of "How I Learned to Snap" and the upcoming essay collection "This is the Thing." He cohosts the open mics Smack Dab and K'vetsh and has toured the United States a number of times as a performer, most recently with the Sex Workers Art Show. He's worked at St. James Infirmary, a free clinic for sex workers. He is the director of Army of Lovers, a project to nurture art by queer male performers, which is a project of Queer Cultural Center. He can be found at

Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney has been a culture worker and artist for over twenty years. He was a fixture at the legendary 848 Divisadaro Community Space and has collaborated with visionaries like Starhawk, Keith Hennessy, Jess Curtis, Sara Shelton Mann and Suzanne Sterling. He performs and teaches rhythm classes with the Bay Area pagan group Reclaiming and at Witch camps around the country.He has collaborated with Kirk Read, Sean Dorsey and played drums with Shawna Virago.

Review by Hiya Swanhuyser of the SF Weekly, Fri Jun 13, 2008
God Hates Kirk Read at the Garage

Totally kidding, of course. God LOVES Kirk Read. At his show This Is the Thing last night, the local author (How I Learned to Snap) stepped onstage and said "Let us pray." Something about the way he said it was not fucking funny: This is a man who was raised in an evangelical Christian community by a military family, yet who was so much himself that he just went ahead and arranged to have his high school's prom date policy changed to allow gay couples anyway. If you know Kirk at all, as plenty of us in the audience did (I sat directly in front of Armistead Maupin! While we're talking talent in the audience, I also sat one over from Sarah Fran Wisby who's really, really not as famous as Maupin, but who everyone should be enamored of anyway.) then you were expecting to see him naked, and making you nervous by maybe-torturing himself, and climbing on people in the front row, and like that, which of course happened.

But during the by turns tender and sarcastic opening ode to all that's disappearing (radio DJs, AOL, day planners, pennies, unscripted political speech) he repeated the phrase. "Let us pray." It helped that he was wearing a white suit, of course. But the quality of his voice was reverent in a way I don't know atheists can muster. For a man who doesnt take things very seriously later in the show, the "Hotel Hooker Haiku" series includes "While client showers/ Free pens and stationery/ I rarely take more." the word "pray" bubbles up from somewhere deep in Kirk Read, and it's genius.

And this is a psych-out! You can't see the show! It's sold out. You must look at Kirk's Web site to see when his next book is, or just try to bask in his pants at one of the two open mics he hosts: K'vetsh, first Sundays at Sadie's Flying Elephant, or Smack Dab, third Wednesdays at Magnet.