Mark your calendar: Grotto Nights–the reading series produced by the office co-op where I work–are back:

“Driving Obssession

Grotto Nights is back and it’s furious, fast, and free. Join us for a night of reportage, science, and art in the form of a subversive Valentine to our cars.

When: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 — seats available on a first come first served basis — early arrival is highly recommended). After the event there will be a party for audience and performers.

Where: MEZZANINE (444 Jessie Street@ Mint, San Francisco 94103) — No-Host Bar/21+.

Fee: Unlike gasoline, it’s FREE!!

DRIVING OBSESSION is a fond, provocative look at our obsession with cars and driving, and how it’s changing the world.

THE PROGRAM:

Bucky Sinister reads his show-stopping poem on NASCAR.

Lisa Margonelli reads about the unexpected perils of cheap gasoline from her new book Oil On the Brain: Adventures from Pump to Pipeline.

Dr. Graham Fleming of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory explains how he and others are using synthetic biology to create fuels for the future.

Dan Hoyle does a scene from his hit one-man show now playing at the Marsh–Tings Dey Happen– based on the year he spent studying oil and politics in Nigeria on a Fulbright scholarship.

Baghdad taxi driver/art student Mounaf Shaker’s documentary film Omar Is My Friend shows his search for gasoline, a living, and hope in today’s Iraq.

Andy Raskin tells a first person story about driving, dating, and the genetic component of parking.

The musical group The Loins (featuring writer Beth Lisick) does a surprise performance of an car-based piece of literature.

JD Beltran shows two short films about love, obsession, and cars from her “Secrets” series.

Ben Baumgartner shows his latest body of NASCAR-themed art.

Matt Jalbert shows his photographs of crashed and abandoned cars.”

See you there.

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