Ruggedly Jewish: An Evening with Bob Garfield

Ruggedly Jewish: An Evening with Bob Garfield

Sat, January 27, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Bob Garfield
Bob Garfield
In a raw, wistful, hilarious and disturbing encounter session, the inveterate journalist weaves together disparate narrative threads on the subject of identity -- including his own nominal Jewishness -- to explore the exploration of self itself. A crazy-quilt 90-minute multimedia experience, Ruggedly Jewish bounces from observational comedy to harrowing life-and-death moments to American oddballs galore.

“This is certainly a spectacle of me trying to make sense of who I am,” Garfield says, “but it’s really much more concerned with who you are -- who we all are -- as individuals and as a society. Especially at this particular political moment. Plus one talking cat, two freeze-dried cats and a surprising amount of gunplay."

Garfield, who describes himself as a “towering multimediocrity,” is co-host of WNYC’s Peabody-winning On the Media, broadcast by 450 stations nationwide. He’s been a columnist or contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, MediaPost, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, Wired and the Mainichi Shimbun and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN to bloviate about this and that. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents. He is also the author of five NYT worst-selling books, including his comic mob thriller Bedfellows, which is somewhat comic and somewhat thrilling. He once wrote an episode of NBC’s short-lived sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” “It sucked,” Garfield says.
Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704