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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 15, 2017

California State Capitol Building

Live Entertainment

Dr. Roberta Chevrette, Singer / Songwriter

Roberta ChevretteAn old standby of the Sacramento music scene, about a decade ago you could have found Roberta playing at a local bar or coffeehouse adorned with her colored hair and combat boots. Four degrees and several cross-country moves later, Roberta has recently settled in Nashville where she is excited to dip her toes into the local music scene.

With songs grounded in her personal/political lyrics and her hybrid guitar blend of open tunings, percussive finger-picking, and the occasional bit of bluegrass, Roberta’s sound has been described as "hypnotic", "folksy and light hearted", "progressive", and "a siren for critical change". Roberta has toured near and far, and released two CDs: Woman Mother Earth Sky and Miss America.

She will be joined by Ken Burnett on mandolin and vocals.

Roberta's research addresses the intersections of race, gender, religion, and nation that impact global imperial relationships and justice struggles. Her rhetorical and ethnographic scholarship has been published in various journals, including Communication and Critical/Cultural StudiesCommunication TheoryFeminist Formations, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Find her on YouTube, including a recent performance, and check out her academic research.

Hear her interview with Thomas Smith at Serious Inquiries Only.

Roberta is performing a set in the afternoon during Freethought Day, and a song or two at our Supporters' Reception.

Victor Harris, Poet

Victor HarrisVictor was a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene beginning in 1999. He has been featured at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, and was on the slam finals stage for team Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.

Victor has been writing and performing atheist, skeptical, rational, and science-themed poetry since 2007 and has performed at conferences around the country.

When he's not writing, or performing, or deejaying, he is the talent behind Reuschelle's Cheesecakes and won a Best of the Bay award from the East Bay Express in 2009.

Victor is performing twice, at the beginning and end of Freethought Day.

Keith Lowell Jensen

Keith Lowell JensenKeith has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering story telling. He has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network. His latest special Atheist Christmas appeared on Hulu.

Keith is signed to Stand Up Records who will release his next special, Bad Comedy For Bad People in 2017. He regularly features for Roseanne Barr, Doug Stanhope and is a favorite at festivals around the world, most recently headlining the China International Comedy Festival in Shanghai.

Keith and a guest will be making us laugh at our Supporters' Reception.

Marie Bain

Marie BainMarie Bain is an eclectic jazz singer and songwriter. She sings about life, liberty and the pursuit of existentialism without the angst. With stinging satire, Marie sings about the uncertainties of life in her first single, “I Don’t Know”, released in 2017 on all major social platforms including YouTube.

Marie also acts and has appeared on screen in shows like Gilmore Girls, Art School Confidential, and that all time favorite, Screech of the Decapitated. Her stage appearances include Six Women With Brain Death, Nunsense, Othello, and LA Ovation winner; Animal Farm as Squealer, the singing propaganda pig.

But her best gig ever? Singing Christmas carols in Japan, with two gay guys and a Jew. Sweet harmony at its finest!

Marie is performing a song or two at our Supporters' Reception.

Uncle Sam (Andy Swan)

Uncle SamIt all began when Andy's oldest brother, George, taught him how to juggle back in 1966. At first Andy would visit the circuses just to see the jugglers, but once he saw what else the circus had to offer he fell in love. After high school he went off to join the DeWayne Bros. Circus in Oregon. During his year with them he learned just about everything there was to learn about circus life.

Andy will delight children and adults with juggling, balloon animals, magic, and all kinds of good-natured fun. 

Uncle Sam will be available from around noon until 4 PM.