Monday - December 25, 2017
Issue # 294

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Happy Holidays to All!

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This Week


Storyline Slam - Winter

The Storyline Slam - Winter
Friday - December 29th - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

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 
More info

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Memory
Thursday, January 4th - 7:00 pm
NEW VENUE: The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 East 7th Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Memory
Curated by Penelope Starr & Adam Hostetter
$10 Adults, $7 Students
Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students. Doors at 6:30.

Odyssey Storytelling announces schedule & themes for 2018:

January 4- Memory
Feb 1- You Don’t Know Me
March 1 – Sidekicks
April 5 – Mythic
May 3 – Fake
June 7- Different
July 12 – Innuendo
August 2- Red Flags
Sept 6 – Branded
Oct 4 – Big Brother
Nov 1 – Dealbreakers
Dec 6 – Mortified 

Click here for details & info

The Whole Story - Part V
First Friday, January 5th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

The Whole Story returns to Phoenix Art Museum with Part V.
The Whole Story returns to the Phoenix Art Museum for a second season starting with Part V on Friday, January 5, 2018. Featured storytellers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Sule Greg C. WilsonEvan E. Roberts and Rachel Eseoghene Egboro will return to the stage with new stories along withJessica Flagg Lamartiniere and Elaissia Sears

Tickets are $10 ($5 for Museum Members) 
Space is limited, advanced purchase is recommended
Seating is first-come, first-seated 
Doors to Whiteman Hall open at 7:00 pm

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, January 6th - 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!

Don’t miss this exciting and storytelling skill-developing opportunity to learn about how to make adlibbing work for you.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, JAnuary 6th ~ 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!

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Everyone Has Their Own Truth

Who's point of view?

Janice Del Negro has said that, "A story is always different, depending on who's telling it."

Near the beginning of the new bio-pic, I, Tonya, Margot Robbie, as Tonya Harding, tells the audience, "There's no such thing as truth! Everyone has their own truth." And that's exactly what we get in this masterfully crafted film. Perhaps you remember the "incident"? Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan battled it out on the ice back in 1994 to go to and win the Olympics. And then, a "thug" bashed in Nancy's knee. And then, there appeared to be ties to Tonya's ex-husband. And then, there was speculation that Tonya had known about the planned attack. And then, well...it all seemed just too bizarre to be real...but it was.

Tonya eventually admitted that she had known about the attack "after the fact", but had not reported it. She was given jail time, and banned from the skating competition world forever!

Perhaps you have known of other bizarre stories. And maybe you have wondered, "How do I even begin to craft this story?"

Director Craig Gillespie decided to tell this story from the perspective of ALL of the players. Much like Kurosawa's Rashomon, (depicting four different versions of a murder); the movie is based on real-life interviews with Tonya's mother, and the other people involved. Gillespie intercuts these so-called interviews with more vivid, live-action, that reflects each one's perspective.

As you might guess from the trailer, it's a wild and crazy ride! But, then again, Tonya's whole life seemed to be a wild and crazy ride. I can't imagine any other way to craft this story other than the way it was done. Even down to the last frame and tag line! BTW, if you go to see it, stay for the credits and you will see Tonya's real epic skate, when she was the first women to hit a triple axel, and parts of some of the real interviews!

Don't be fooled into thinking this is all done in "first person"; switching perspectives. It's really "second person" as each character is speaking to an interviewer (and ultimately the audience) as, at the end, Tonya asks us, "Isn't that what you came to see?"

And if you do go, keep one eye focused on the crafting, to help you the next time you have a difficult story to approach!

P.S. There is creative license: After watching the movie, Tonya told Margot Robbie she "wished" she had said that explitive to the judges (she didn't).

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Sixty Years Later...the Words Have Different Connotations
And speaking of movies...

I had the occasion to watch My Fair Lady on TV last week. It was very disturbing. Why? Because I remember the great music and what I had thought was humorous banter between Professor Higgins and Eliza. But what I began to see was not humorous banter, but downright verbal abuse from Higgins aimed at Eliza!

He berates her, constantly calls her a "gutter snipe", and insists that HE was the one who turned her into a "lady". And without him, she was nothing. Holy cow, what did I miss 60 Years ago? The same things we ALL missed when observing similar behavior in many men prior to the "#metoo" movement.

Interestingly enough, the musical was based on Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw (1913); except that in Shaw's play, Eliza leaves Higgins. In the musical version, she comes back to him and his tag line in the show demands of her, "Where the devil are my slippers?" Most of the audience laughed at that. This time, I did not.

Shaw wrote about strong women; St. Joan; Candida and Eliza in Pygmalion. The fact of the matter is that Eliza was a strong woman before she met Higgins, she merely talked in the vernacular of cockney. Teaching her how to talk "nicely" did nothing to dampen her spirit or change her strength. But somehow, the producers and director thought she HAD to come back to him to make a better (read happy) ending.

And until recently, society has stuck with that philosophy in general. Go back to him, it's not so bad; ignore his quirks; don't make him mad; don't upset him; don't report his sexual advances.

Take a look at this short, two-minute, scene and tell me what you think. (Sorry about the Asian, I think Korean, subtitles. It's the only clip I could find).

Watching the movie made me cringe at times...but thank god things have changed and are still changing!

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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

Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - 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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