Monday - January 22, 2018
Issue # 298

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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - New Beginnings

Wednesday - January 24th - 7:00 pm
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
10580 N 83rd Dr, Peoria, AZ 85345

Hello West Valley! We are having our first ever Arizona Storytellers show in Peoria, AZ. New year, new location!

Change can be getting a new haircut, having a baby, deleting a number or leaving it all behind. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of stories about the choices, discoveries and accidents that change our lives.

Emcee: Karina Bland, Republic columnist

Featured tellers: 
Julie LaJoe
John Vasquez
Mark Garcia
Dhamana Shauri
Sarah Edwards
Dominique Flagg

Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 

Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact info@storytellersproject.com. 

Info & Tickets

Storyline Slam - Music

Thursday - January 25th - 7:00 pm
The Newton at Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix)

Ten storytellers share six-minute true stories based on a common theme. They are judged by the audience and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize.
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 

Open Mic - House Concert with Sean Buvala: Leadership

Saturday - January 27th - 7:30pm
Sandy Oglesby's Home
3912 E. Sunnyside Dr
Phoenix AZ 85028 AZ

An evening of storytelling and spoken-word hosted by Sean Buvala, at the private home of Sandy Oglesby.

Doors open at 7pm; give yourself time to park in the neighborhood. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Drop your name in the hat if you want your 5-7 minutes of fame and glory on the theme of "Leadership." Keep it PG rated. We'll get through as many people as we can until the end of the evening.

Cash donations welcome. 
RSVP: seantells@gmail.com

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - You Don’t Know Me
Thursday, February 1st - 7:00 pm
Curator: Jess Kapp
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students. Doors at 6:30.
You Don't Know Me
What we do for a living. Our hobbies. The clothes we like to wear and the foods we like to eat. The stories we tell the people around us, and the profiles we create online. What does it really mean to “know” someone? For most of us, there is a spectrum of what we share and who we let in. There are those we tell our deepest secrets to, and those we keep at arm’s length. There are things we reveal to the masses, and things we save for ourselves. And sometimes what we think we know about others, and even ourselves, is just what we want to believe.
Joe Silins
Ben Tyler
Nick Breckenfeld
Pamela Asbury-Smith
Cherie Johnston

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, February 3rd - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Tellers of Tales in Tucson
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

This Month: A Workshop by Storytelling Workshop by Ethel Lee-Miller: S.P.E.A.K.
Do you have a fantastic story to tell but feel like it’s less than sparkling in the actual telling? S.P.E.A.K. unfolds 5 components for successful storytelling- each one related to a visual, verbal, physical, and mental aspect of storytelling, or any presentation. An interactive program sharing practical ideas for your story, keynote, presentation, or reading. 
S - THE story and how YOU SPEAK.
P - POSTURE. Does your body language "say" what you want it to say? Eye contact is vital in Western society. Where are your eyes? Use notes and "cheat sheets" effectively.
E - Make the ENVIRONMENT work for you. Know the room- Large room, large gestures and vice versa. What's the seating? Who introduces you? Who handles the technology- mic, lights, temperature control?
A - ATTITUDE. This is my favorite. Banish fear with Fear Fighters. Make your presentation positive, professional, pleasant, purposeful. Know that you know your stuff. Enjoy!
K - KUDOS  Yes! Appreciate your audience.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171
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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, February 3rd ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

Stories on the Outskirts of Ableism: A Storytelling Workshop on Giving Voice to Disability
Friday - February 23 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rio Salado College

A Workshop with Kevin Kling


Dont Miss This! - Kevin is AMAZING!

Walking a mile in anyone else’s shoes is easier said than done, especially if it is an ill fit or in any way involves sequined stilettos—and snow. Any difficulty with understanding, communication, and empathy is further compounded by the divide of disability. Those who are “temporarily able-bodied” and those who are not have very different perspectives. Storytelling, however, can help mitigate that experiential alienation. Towards that end, this workshop will deploy “tried and true” storytelling techniques—but with an emphasis on disability as source material. When telling a personal story, how do we recall the details hidden in our past? There will be an app for that.

Other components of the toolkit include creating imagery, working with humor, crafting dialogue, and such other elements that transform an experience into a story as "the invitation," where storytellers develop trust and enter into a conversation with their audiences. Professional Storyteller Kevin Kling will break down and analyze some of his own stories and then work with enrollees’ personal stories.

The first two hours of the workshop will be lecture/group exercise-based. The third hour will culminate in a showcase of selected participants’ works. (A videotape of personal “stories in progress” for enrollees who want to tell their stories will need to be sent to: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu by noon on February 16 for approval and selection. The stories should be between five and ten minutes long.) Enrollment will be limited to 60, divided equally between faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Map: http://www.riosalado.edu/locations/tempe/Documents/tempemap.pdf
Click here for info & Registration

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What's The Story?

Have to go to the dentist this morning for a chipped tooth, so I am re-posting this tip from 2016. Enjoy!

Make sure you describe what you want your audience to know. Don't leave "gaps" in the story that will be open to interpretation. Because if you do, we will surely make up our own version, because story is in our DNA. 

Back in the 1940s, psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel made  a simple animated film. Heider and Simmel used it in an experiment: They asked people to watch the film and describe what they saw happening.

Try it yourself and see what you experience.

What Heider and Simmel discovered is that many people who watched this abstract film of simple shapes roaming around were quick to see a story unfold. In those simple shapes, viewers often saw characters with emotions, motivations, and purpose.

Humans have this need to "fill in the gaps with story". We do it all the time. We see two people interacting and make assumptions about what is going on. We "make up a story" about what we see. We see a beggar on the street corner and we make a story for ourselves. It's often unconscious, but we fill in any gaps or lack of knowledge with some kind of story. Whether we give that person some money is based on what we believe their story is...unless we ask them to "tell" us their story. Then we must decide if the story is credible, do we believe them?

This is just a little tip (poke) about how we make up stories about what we see around us. Those stories are often shaped by our "filters"; they are colored by our past experiences. The next time this happens to you, try to be aware of your need to find the story in what you see. Then ask yourself if there might be "another" story going on, or perhaps a third or fourth version.

How does all this affect your telling? How might it affect the audience "listening" to you tell? For a storyteller, there are always more questions.

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Kevin Kling - A Preview
One of the funnniest men I have ever seen!

Kevin was born with a congenital birth defect — his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. In 2001 Kevin was in a motorcycle accident and suffered brachial plexus injury (BPI). The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.

Yes, there will be a cancert at the Red Mountain Campus from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM. More info in the Calendar and next week's Newsletter.

Here's a little preview of Kevin, his story, and what his stories are like.

"We can't be careless with our stories. We have to remember that's where we find what's sacred."

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson

Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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