Last night, Chad (Cap’n Scrappy) and I had the pleasure of attending Revenge of the Bookeaters, a benefit show for 826 Valenica. The San Francisco show at the Palace of Fine Arts included Patton Oswalt, Zach Rogue, Aimee Mann, Jonathan Richman, Mark Kozelek, Dave Eggers, and Sarah Vowell. These events have been happening all over the country and promise to be “Shows That Ask the Eternal Question: Words or Music—Which is Better?”
Patton Oswalt served as the MC, and each performer had about 20 minutes to play or read or speak. Personally, I wanted more Jonathan Richman (I *always* want more Jonathan Richman) but loved the smorgasboard approach to the whole evening. Stacking the musical deck with great songwriters makes it tough to answer said eternal question, but I don’t think that was the point.
826 Valenica is a non-profit that was started by Eggers in San Francisco. They focus on helping kids ages 8-18 with their writing skills through drop-in tutoring, in-school tutoring, workshops, and field trips. They currently have branches in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and Ann Arbor.