Many of you may remember Fred Reiss from his days making us laugh on KFOX radio. Over the years, he's also written some pretty funny books, featuring surfing killers and a blind golfer.
Now, he's added to his résumé as an author by penning "Today Cancer, Tomorrow the World," a personal story about his battle with testicular cancer. Humor, Reiss notes, is an important tool in fighting cancer and enduring treatments. And he should know, having done it twice.
The book's being launched Thursday at Capitola Book Cafe at 1475 41st Ave. in Capitola. An hour before Reiss' 7:30 p.m. reading, there's a reception planned that also serves as a fundraiser for Relay for Life (a $10 donation is suggested). Reiss will be taking part in a Relay for Life event, a 24-hour walkathon, in Scotts Valley in June.
FEELING BLUE: You never know what to expect at a Blue Man Group show, and audiences at the Broadway San Jose performances last week would agree.
Audience members were brought up on stage at the Center for the Performing Arts and the random selection -- which was really random I'm told -- for Saturday's matinee show turned out to be Pete Furman, Mayor Chuck Reed's chief of staff. Furman was hung up by his feet, covered in blue paint and bounced off a large canvas to make "body art."
And other people in the audience got splattered with the Blue Man "goop" that flies everywhere during the show. The only people who know what went into it work at Lunardi's Market, which made deliveries to the Blue Man Group every day. Broadway San Jose General Manager Nanci Williams says "there were several cases of bananas in the order, among other peculiar items."
TEA AND STORIES: The Bay Area authors of the anthology "Respect the Daysleeper" will have a reading salon Thursday at Satori Tea Co. in San Pedro Square.
Gary Singh, who writes a column in the Metro weekly, is one of the contributors and is serving as emcee with, he says, "a slightly fin de siècle French symbolist theme." For those not up on their French symbolism, that's a reference to the "turn of the century," when the new century was the 20th.
The readings begin at 8 p.m. at Satori, which is tucked away behind Peggy Sue's diner.