Monday, January 27, 2014
Issue # 92

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Fringe Performers Chosen

The Lottery Drawing for Fringe Performers at the 2014 NSN Conference were chosen last Wednesday night at the Faculty Concert for the SMCC Storytelling Institute. 






A huge thanks to Liz Warren, Marilyn Torres and the Institute for providing time and assitance wioth the Lottery!
You can still get Earlybird Pricing for the conference - Register Today!
Click here for Registration
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This Week


AZ Rep @ Crescent Ballroom - TONIGHT

Monday - Jan 27
Tonght, AZ Rep Storytelling hosts a big night at the Crescent Ballroom stage with musicians and industry-insiders focusing stories on the theme: New Year, New Risks - Stories of daring behavior and dramatic changes.
Featured tellers include: 
Ryan Sadler of Sad Mariachi
Nicole Laurenne of The Love Me Nots
Danny Zelisko of Danny Zelisko Presents
Maya Anjelica Murillo
Full bar and dinner menu available. 
Details:  7 to 9 p.m. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave, Phoenix.

For more, visit azcentral.com/storytellers or crescentphx.com

Arizona Tales - Honoring Dean Cook

Saturday - February 1st
The West Side Storytellers are hosting a storytelling concert on February 1st. It will be a special event to honor one of their favorite members - Arizona Folklorist, Dean Cook! There will be storytelling by the West Side Story Tellers, music, a flute workshop with Loren Russell and a pot luck supper. All held at a special venue called Barbara's Place in Tolleson.

5:00 pm - Flute Workshop
Led by Native American flute player and storyteller Loren Russell (bring your own flute) (Fee: $10)

6:00 pm - Pot Luck Supper (please bring a dish to share)

7:00 pm - Storytelling & Music Concert
Special appearance by storytelling folk music artists Lon Austin & Andy Hurlbut.   
Fee: Please bring Canned Food To Benefit Aqua Fria Food Bank

8:30 pm - Open Mic
Check out the calendar section for more details.

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, February 6th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in it's 12th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller.

Odd Couples: Stories of individuals in partnership, Felix and Oscar.  Shrek and Fiona.  Woody and Soon-Yi.  Do opposites really attract?  Absolutely!  It just makes it more interesting.  And as any gay Republican can attest, politics can make for some strange bedfellows.
Higher Education Administration & UA grad student Spenser Darden; Pima County Appeals Team public defender Abby Louise Jensen; Pima Community College instructor Rebecca Cohen; Attorney Wendy Ascher; and comedian Bryan Lee!
For storyteller bios, visit our website. 

This show is curated by
Carolyn Fort and Michael C. Woodward.

Doors Open at 6:30pm.
Event Details

A Full Week with Bobby Norfolk
The great Bobby Norfolk, master teller and master of facial expressions and sound effects is coming to Phoenix for a week, starting February 8th. Here's a schedule:

Saturday - Feb. 8th ~ 1pm-4pm
Compelling Characters! A Storytelling Workshop
Fee: $35
To register, contact Liz Warren - Liz.Warren@SouthMountaincc.edu

Monday & Tuesday - Feb. 10th/11th ~ 9:30am-10:45am & 11:00am-12:15pm
Dissecting Story
Free - Open to public

Wednesday - Feb. 12th ~ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Through the Eyes of York: The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Free - Open to public

Thursday - Feb. 13th ~ 1:00pm-3:00pm
Educator's Story Workshop 
To register, contact Liz Warren - Liz.Warren@SouthMountaincc.edu

Thursday - Feb. 13th ~ 7:00pm-9:00pm
The Harlem Renaissance
Free - Open to public
Check the calendar section for details

Return to the African Village & Oya's Market
Friday - February 21
This year marks the fourth annual production of Return to the African Village. Join SMCC's Marilyn Torres and a huge cast of storytellers in a joyful extravaganza of dance, drumming, and story in celebration of African Culture. Perfomance starts at 7:00 pm.

And for the second year in a row, Oya's Market wil feature jewelry and clothing by many innnovative vendors starting at 6:00 p.m. 

Check the calendar section for details

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Memories are Made of This

It isn't often that I gorge myself on a box of cookies or candy. These days, with my diabetes, I try to be a little more careful. But I remember when I was much younger and had a similar sweet tooth as my father. He could down a bag of chocolate chip cookies as if it were potato chips instead. For breakfast, he would often have cookies or a large slice of cake. He would tell me, "It's the same sugar and flour that's in pancakes or waffles!"
The other day, I saw a package of Nabisco Sugar Wafers sitting on the grocery store shelf. It had been a very long time since I'd seen them. Maybe they hadn't been there; maybe I just haven't seen them. I don't know. They brought back a flood of memories. 
I'm not sure what the first one was. I think it was the aroma of the thin, crisp wafers that had a distinctive "snap" when you bit into them. Maybe it was the thin layer of luscious cream inside. Not too much, not too cloyingly sweet, just right. 
Perhaps it was the vision of my father sitting at the kitchen table in our apartment on Fullerton Street in Chicago. He was halfway through the second of "3 Stay-Fresh Packs" of the Biscos.  I was a junior in high school. I remember looking slightly askance at him with a little smile. A little twinkle in both of our eyes shared that we were, at that time, both of the same ilk. He would say, "Tell your mother we're almost out of staples. . . you know, staples: cake, cookies, candy."
I took a look at the price tag on the shelf, $5.79! That was almost 3 times what the store brand cost! I didn't care. I tossed them into the shopping cart. When I got home, I got a glass of milk and sat down with the cookies in front of the TV. With great dispatch, I devoured the entire box. . . as I gorged myself on memories.
What's that food or beverage that sends you back to a different time or place? To a flood of memories of family or friends? Go buy some Biscos, or Hostess Snow Balls, or A&W Root Beer, or Canfield's Cream Soda. Sit down and eat or drink to your heart's content. Then. . .craft your story.
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Voice, Body, Face, Eyes - Wow!

Some of you may have heard that old line, "She can make the phone book sound interesting." Well, Meryl Streep makes these three pieces "more" than just interesting. She uses every part of herself to convey the FEELING, not just the words. Watch the very end where, as a teenager, she gives that "look".

Thanks to Karen Langford Chace for posting this and bringing our attention to it!

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

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

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

Storyline: Origins
Fourth Friday of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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