Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Good Talk

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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You don't need a lecture. Wait, maybe you do. The independently organized TEDxHumbodtBay talks aren't the chalk-dry prattling that's trained you to wince when you see a PowerPoint slide. You'll see why at noon on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the College of the Redwoods Performing Arts Theatre, when two dozen local speakers take on the theme of outlaws ($25).

It's five hours, but with breaks and snacks. You sat through those Lord of the Rings movies — you can do this. What kind of talks? Well, Dean Schubert delves into the outsider history of now-ubiquitous tattoos, Linda Stansberry (hello there, Journal contributor!) looks at the prospect of an extraordinary life as a single woman, Spencer Ruelos talks about community among LGBT gamers, Jennifer Savage (she of the Journal's "Setlist" column) taps into her work in marine activism, and tracker and transgender woman Diana Totten shares her adventures finding herself.

But that ain't all. Ali Freedlund, Betty Chinn, Dante De Genova, Kintay Johnson, Lisa Rossbacher, Mike Dronkers, Rebecca Kimbel, Ron Samuels, Tamarah Gehlen, Ryann Citro-Hough, Amy Bohner, Brian Smith, Jasmine Allard, Mary Gelinas, Paul Gallegos, Sherae O'Shaughnessy, Stephen Cunha, Elayna Kuster and Travis Woo are all on the bill covering topics from homelessness to music, to motherhood, to feminism to social dancing. Listen up and you might learn something good.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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