Elon Musk, Alain de Botton, and Josh Kornbluth: Courage! – February 12, 2015

Josh Kornbluth  in  'Haiku Tunnel'

Josh Kornbluth in ‘Haiku Tunnel’

I was listening to Alain de Botton on NPR a few days ago and he said that one of the problems of celebrity driven news is that it causes envy. He cited his jealousy for Elon Musk, a founder of Pay Pal, Tesla, SpaceX, who also has a beautiful wife, and to top it off, the guy cooks and is younger then Alain.

Alain then proceeded to let us know that he’s not jealous of the startups, the beautiful wife or the cooking. He is jealous of Elon’s courage to do things.

Not that I’m anywhere in the same league, but I am always puzzled when people come up to me and tell me how courageous I was to start The Marsh, keep it going, buy our SF building, move to Berkeley. Courage I think? That was courage? It was more like putting my toe in the water and watching it go deeper and deeper while “praying” not to slip and drown.

I always also think that my spatial “defunctiveness” has something to do with it. Wow! Maybe that’s the difference between me and Elon, his courage has a spatial base!

Anyway, if we are using courage as a barometer, I think about the courage of our solo performer’s first Monday Night; or just what it takes to sign up for a class. What it takes to do something different and then if you like it enough, to go deeper into the process.

I don’t know if it was courage, but I do remember the moment I decided to ask Josh Kornbluth to do our first full-length Marsh show. And I remember other things like building the stage, painting the back wall at the Café Beano (now Café Ethiopia) and watching Josh run out into the café area one night, to announce that “everyone looked good in their black clothes and could they please tone it down.”

HAIKU TUNNEL moves to Berkeley, this Valentine’s Day Weekend

I am really glad we are moving The Marsh’s revival of HAIKU TUNNEL to The Marsh Berkeley starting this Friday.

To celebrate, we are offering $10 tickets for this Friday (2/13), 8 pm and Saturday, 5 pm with the passcode “Haiku2015

Click here to purchase tickets for this Friday
Click here to purchase tickets for this Saturday


This past Wednesday night, we had a wonderful Marsh volunteer celebration at The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret, with pizza, salad, hummus, cake and wonderful jazz with Randy Craig, Robbie MacGregor and Friends. Please let me know if you think we should continue these special events.

We were also treated to some exciting hambone by Unique Derique. He gave us a hambone teaser from FOOL LA LA!, Check it out this Saturday at 2 pm. We only have 3 more Berkeley shows. Don’t miss the show and the post-performance circus skills workshop.


Craig and MacGregor jazz, Wednesdays.


Don Reed’s STEREOTYPO: Rants and Rumblings at the DMV (SF)
Geoff Hoyle’s LEAR’S SHADOW (SF)
Charlie Varon’s FEISTY OLD JEW (Berkeley)