Jason Rezaian in Conversation with W. Kamau Bell, San Rafael, CA
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jason Rezaian in Conversation with W. Kamau Bell, San Rafael, CA

  • Dominican University, Angelico Hall (map)
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Kamau talks with Jason about his new book, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison at Dominican University.

Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/2Uiv52j 

About the Event:

In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America.

The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes.

While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign—#FreeJason—while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.

In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife.

Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.

Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper and contributor to CNN. He was convicted—but never sentenced—of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and the host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. He recently made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro. Kamau has a book with the easy-to-remember title The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He is the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain. Kamau has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: Kamau Right Now!Politically Re-Active, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period.

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SF Sketchfest Tribute: W. Kamau Bell in Conversation with Hari Kondabolu
Jan
13
4:00 PM16:00

SF Sketchfest Tribute: W. Kamau Bell in Conversation with Hari Kondabolu

Get your tickets now for SF Sketchfest’s tribute to Kamau, who will sit down for an in-depth conversation with his longtime friend and fellow comedian Hari Kondabolu.

Marines Memorial Theater
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA

Photo: Christina Domingues/courtesy of Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell

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World Premiere of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 12 at Tribeca TV Festival, NYC
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

World Premiere of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 12 at Tribeca TV Festival, NYC

Kamau is coming to NYC for the Tribeca TV Festival's world premiere screening of the first episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 12.  Buy tickets for the screening and conversation here.

Anthony Bourdain introduces W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) to the distinctive sights, tastes, and sounds of Kenya. It is Bell's first trip to the African continent, and to a country that holds a personal connection for him. Through the eyes of Bourdain and Bell, and their first experiences with this highly dynamic deeply, soulful and beautiful country we ask, what will a future Kenya… for Kenyans…. by Kenyans…look like? In this special presentation, viewers will see an extended cut of the final episode finished with Anthony Bourdain's full involvement, and the last to feature his narration. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Bourdain's closest collaborators.

After the Screening: A conversation with W. Kamau Bell, Director Morgan Fallon, Showrunner Sandy Zweig and Executive Producer Lydia Tenaglia moderated by CNN anchor John Berman.

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ScribdChat in SF: Talking with Anna Sale about The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

ScribdChat in SF: Talking with Anna Sale about The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Kamau will have a special ScribdChat about his book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale.

Come hang out with Kamau and Anna at Scribed HQ in San Francisco at this free ticketed event.  Reserve your spot here.

SCHEDULE
8:45 - 9:30 AM: Doors open — networking with breakfast bites and coffee
9:30 - 10:30 AM: #ScribdChat with W. Kamau Bell and Anna Sale
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Book signing, networking, and departure

SCRIBD HQ
333 Bush St
Suite 2400
San Francisco, California 94104

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Bruce Lee and the Afro-Asian Culture Connection: W. Kamau Bell, Jeff Chang, and Shannon Lee in Conversation with Sharon Ann Lee
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Bruce Lee and the Afro-Asian Culture Connection: W. Kamau Bell, Jeff Chang, and Shannon Lee in Conversation with Sharon Ann Lee

  • Mark Taper Auditorium - Central Library (map)
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In the 1970’s Bruce Lee captivated African American audiences with his stylish and philosophical kung fu movies. Lee was a rarity—a non-white leading man fighting oppression, crime, and racism at a time when there were still signs that read: “No dogs or Chinese Allowed” and “Whites Only.” Through the physical, mental, and spiritual embodiment of martial arts, Lee modeled an intense pride in his own cultural heritage that was an inspiration to all people of color—especially young African American men. In a special gathering to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Lee’s passing, Emmy Award-winning comedian and author W. Kamau Bell, Bruce Lee biographer and cultural critic Jeff Chang, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, along with moderator and cultural anthropologist Sharon Ann Lee will explore Bruce Lee’s long-lasting legacy and how he became an unexpected icon for Afro-Asian unity.

This event is part of ALOUD, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ celebrated literary series of conversations, readings and performances at the downtown Central Library.

RSVP here.

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W. KAMAU BELL Live at Capitale *Filming Special*
Feb
1
9:30 PM21:30

W. KAMAU BELL Live at Capitale *Filming Special*

*This is a filming for a Standup Comedy Special – please arrive on time* 

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W. KAMAU BELL Bio: 

Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the hit Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Before United Shades, Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed – and criminally short-lived FX comedy series – Totally Biased with W. Kamau BellThe New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Kamau is proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice, although he’s also pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge.

Kamau recently released his third comedy album, Semi-Prominent Negro, which is the audio from his Showtime comedy special of the same name. Kamau’s first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, was released May 2nd, 2017.. Kamau has a monthly public radio talk show, Kamau Right Now!, that airs on KALW in San Francisco. Kamau is quite excited about the two podcasts he co-hosts: Politically Re-Active with his friend and fellow comedian, Hari Kondabolu, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period with his friend and fellow comedian Kevin Avery. 

Kamau has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s ‘Daring 25’ list for 2016 The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was mostly just excited that they called him “handsome."

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W. KAMAU BELL Live at Capitale *Filming Special*
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

W. KAMAU BELL Live at Capitale *Filming Special*

*This is a filming for a Standup Comedy Special – please arrive on time* 

BUY TICKETS HERE

W. KAMAU BELL Bio: 

Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the hit Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Before United Shades, Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed – and criminally short-lived FX comedy series – Totally Biased with W. Kamau BellThe New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Kamau is proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice, although he’s also pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge.

Kamau recently released his third comedy album, Semi-Prominent Negro, which is the audio from his Showtime comedy special of the same name. Kamau’s first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, was released May 2nd, 2017.. Kamau has a monthly public radio talk show, Kamau Right Now!, that airs on KALW in San Francisco. Kamau is quite excited about the two podcasts he co-hosts: Politically Re-Active with his friend and fellow comedian, Hari Kondabolu, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period with his friend and fellow comedian Kevin Avery. 

Kamau has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s ‘Daring 25’ list for 2016 The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was mostly just excited that they called him “handsome."

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W. Kamau Bell's Playlist - Oakland Symphony
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

W. Kamau Bell's Playlist - Oakland Symphony

Socio-political comedian, activist, and Emmy-nominated CNN host W. Kamau Bell kicks off the Oakland Symphony's groundbreaking new series inviting the major thinkers of our time to host and curate a concert and give us unique insights into their passions. This series will be a musical  journey to unexpected and uncharted territory with your Oakland Symphony!

Free pre-concert talk begins at 7 pm

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authors!AUTHORS!
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

authors!AUTHORS!

  • Stranahan Theater & Great Hall (map)
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Toledo Lucas County Public Library and The Blade Present authors!AUTHORS!

authors! AUTHORS speakers series, a program that brings notable personalities to Toledo with an emphasis on pop culture and politics.  On November 16, the Toledo County Public Library welcomes Emmy-Award winner, W. Kamau Bell.

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An Evening W. Kamau Bell
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell was named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Arts and Humanities, Bell will kick off his residency with a program Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre on campus.

As Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community. He will also continue his professional work, such as producing podcasts, on campus. In addition to his program in the fall, Bell will be in residence the weeks of February 12, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

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