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Think & Drink: I Left My Art in San Francisco
Our Creative Diaspora

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Moderated by journalist Walter Thompson of Hoodline with Jocelyn Kane, Executive Director of San Francisco's Entertainment Commission, and Nato Green, comedian and news columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

In recent years, much of San Francisco's creative community has been displaced by gentrification and rising costs. Can artists and audiences find a way forward that preserves San Francisco's reputation as a cultural incubator?

Think & Drink is a new series that features a question or issue for the night with experts and aficionados. A post–discussion social follows at Dada Bar (65 Post).


Nato Green's first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. He has been named San Francisco's Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, SFist, and CBS. In addition to his regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, his humor commentaries have appeared in VICE, Truthdig, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. He also hosts FSFSF, a short spotlight on Bay Area comedy that airs every Tuesday during NPR's All Things Considered on 91.7FM KALW.

Jocelyn Kane is Executive Director of San Francisco's Entertainment Commission, which is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. Along with daily regulatory concerns, her most current policy work includes the first legislative protections for nightlife businesses from new residential and hotel construction in the US, and ongoing improvements to SF Bay Area late night/early morning transit.

Walter Thompson (Moderator) is a journalist who's worked in tech startups for two decades. He's the Community Editor for Hoodline, a hyperlocal news service, his work has appeared in San Francisco Magazine, and he's working on Golden City, a documentary about how technology has transformed housing and transportation in San Francisco.


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