Top Ten Cultural Influences In San Diego Of 2009

#7) WRITE ON!

Justin Hudnall (left) and Jake Arky (right) got the write stuff with So Say We All. Photo by Jess Jollett.
Justin Hudnall (left) and Jake Arky (right) got the write stuff with So Say We All. Photo by Jess Jollett.

So Say We All — San Diego’s hottest performance series for homegrown writers (see feature story below) — put on two shows this month.  First, a video, arts, and music performance on December 14 at Whistlestop (2236 Fern St., South Park) and a “Home for the Holidays” slam on December 19th at Lestat’s West ( 3343 Adams Ave, Normal Heights).

Since early this year the So Say We All collective has staged storytelling and spoken word events at S.D.’s hippest haunts.  It all started on dare between two former NYU drama students, Justin Hudnall and Jake Arky.  When Hudnall complained about the local writing scene, Arky dared: “If you are so fed up with people having all this talent but no initiative, do something.”  Since then, the group has hosted theme freestyle slams and recently expanded monthly offerings to include multimedia VAMP (Visual Arts Music Performance) and Mainstage (“plays or collections of stories with the full stage treatment”).  It’s like “This American Life” without the pledge drive. — A.S.

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