Chambers Street Theatre

Join host Ruth Chambers as she shares stories from 1800 to 1920 in the dialogue and dialects of the time as written by the authors. You'll hear Gold Rush and Wild West Stories, Tall Tales, and plenty of Mark Twain. Some of the stories were written by the reader herself! Tune in, sit back, and enjoy a taste of simpler times.

Replays Saturday 11:30pm-Sunday 12am, Sunday 11-11:30am
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Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Apr 24th, 2014

The first few seconds of theme music and my intoduction go to silent for 2 and 1/2 minutes while an Emergency Announcement is shared but not recorded.  After this abyss of silence the show starts, and a short story by Ambrose Bierce is read.  "The Famous Gilson Bequest" is one of the few humorous stories written by Bierce.  And it is funny.  This is the same Ambrose Bierce who later in his career went into Mexico during the Revolutions and disappeared.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Apr 10th, 2014

The theme music comes up and then silence for about a minute; Ruth changes mics and the show goes on with a working mic.

Today Ruth reads from Mark Twain's "A Tramp Abroad."  It's the famous Blue Jay tale.  We return to the gold and silver hills of the West and meet up with Jim Baker. It's Jim who tells the story of the Blue Jay, "There's more to a Blue Jay than any other creature."  And this we find out in the story that follows. 

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Apr 3rd, 2014

The special guest today is California Slim who has written the book, "California Slim, The Music, the Magic, and the Madness."  Slim, whose real name is Andrew Bernstein was just a young teen when he first started taking banjo lessons at the local music store.  And who was the teacher?  The unknown Gerry Garcia.  This was a  long time ago and Andrew has so many wonderful stories of famous people who were just starting out.

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Thanks to all the folk I meet in town who recognize my voice and say how much they like my show. I like every one of you and we always have a nice chat about Mark Twain. You all are the best of people.

Here's our offering for your collection.  It's an ode to our kitty Katie ...


A wonderfully warm Katie Cat

would come running whenever you sat.

She'd rumble and purr,

and had wonderful fur 

to cuddle and nuzzle and pat.

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