Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
These days, Dara Kosberg is the program director for the non-profit Reimagine: End of Life, a 10-day gathering with more than 250 events all over SF and the Bay Area that explore topics around death, dying, grief, and living life to the fullest. But her journey to San Francisco was no straight line.
In Part 1, Dara talks about her life in Massachusetts and New Orleans before moving here in 2003. It involves ruby slippers and being an extra in a Ben Stiller movie, among other things.
In Part 2, Dara charts her path from educational work to going back to grad school for non-profit program management. That led her to helping start The Dinner Party, a non-profit with the goal of bringing people who are experiencing loss together over potluck dinners. That served as a segue to Reimagine: End of Life, a festival that kicks off this week with 250+ events all over the city and Bay Area.
Dara also talks about the roots of one of her newest gigs: stand-up comedy. Her upcoming shows, both part of Reimagine, include Good Grief on Oct. 29 at Punchline (after the show, Bitch Talk Podcast will host a live Q&A with some of the featured comedians), and a Halloween show at Cal Academy of Sciences called Ghost Stories. Please visit those links for tickets and more info.
Our contribution to Reimagine this year is a show called "Is San Francisco Dying?" We ask you to ponder that question by hearing 20 diverse San Franciscans share stories of their lives here. Their photos (by Michelle) are on the wall for you to get to know them better. And we're inviting you to share your own memories with the community by writing them down and locating your stories somewhere on our giant map of San Francisco.
We recorded this podcast at The Laundry in September 2019.