Monday. February 1, 2016
Issue # 197

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


Two-Saturday Classes Scheduled for SMCC!

Join SMCC Storytelling Staff for these great TWO-SATURDAY Classes!

Storytelling in Advocacy Settings: 2/6  &  2/13
Storytelling in Interpretive Settings: 3/12  &  3/26
Storytelling in Business Settings: 4/9  &  4/16

These courses are a wonderful way to "pump-up" your knowledge and skills, AND you receive one full credit in just a short amount of time.
Click here for the schedule/descriptions and details.

Transition in Eloquence: A Unique Storytelling Workshop with Antonio Rocha

Storytellers - Walk, Crawl, Run, Drive, Bike - This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Find a way to get there!

I have seen Antonio Rocha float above the stage! His gestures and body movements are living, breathing artistic compositions. His voice is deep and resonant. His stories have intent!

The SMCC Storytelling Institute presents master storyteller and mime, Antonio Rocha in a magical workshop. He will lead participants in the exploration and creation of transitions during the telling of a story with a creative and eloquent approach. Antonio will teach how to identify areas where the story changes mood, location and direction. These are "delicious" moments where your style of telling can shine . . those places where one can create eloquent works of art with either gesture, sound and even stillness. These transitions give the story momentum, moving the plot forward while keeping the story deeply connected to its essence. 

Saturday February 13th - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fee: $90 - You can't beat this price for the chance to study with this Master Storyteller!
More info here

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This Week


Folktales for Grownups

Tuesday - February 2nd - 6:30 pm
SMCC Library Community Room

Join South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute students, faculty and community for a celebration of traditional folktales. 

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, February 6th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The Unscrewed Theater
3244 E Speedway 
Tucson, AZ
The Unscrewed Theater is a great place for TOT to meet. It is located across the street from The Loft Theater in a strip mall next to Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and the entrance to the theater is next to the parking lot.

Goodyear Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday - February 6th - 10am - 5pm
Loma Linda Park

Celebrate the rich culture here and ethnic traditions from across the West Valley. Featuring artisans, historians, dance performers, musicians, and many more!
The West Side Story Tellers will peform
Sean Buvala will perform
(Sorry don't have performance times)
Please contact Guylene Ozlanski at 623.882.7530 with any questions.
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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Good Neighbors
Tuesday - February 9th - Good Neighbors
The Rebel Lounge

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and presenting sponsor The Consulate General of Canada for a night dedicated to stories of "Good Neighbors."
On this night, we bring you stories - from communities to countries - looking at what it means to be a good neighbor, and what happens when we don't follow what Mr. Rodgers taught us.
Full bar. No meal service. 250 tickets available.
This venue is historic. It has a small parking lot. Street parking is plentiful.
If you have mobility issues, see below for further instructions. 
Featured tellers:
James Villeneuve, Canadian Consul General
Kyle Mitchell, traditional and modern Navajo storyteller, veteran Army Ranger
Craig Kennedy, Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
Kathy Nakagawa, Arizona State University professor
Megan Finnerty, founder, Arizona Storytellers Project

For more details & Tickets

Arizona Storytellers: Love & Heartbreak
Wednesday - February 10th - Love & Heartbreak
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix

TWO SHOWS - 7pm & 9pm

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona to celebrate Valentine's Day. This night is dedicated to stories of romance and romantic disaster. We celebrate all that is inspiring and sometimes demoralizing about love — from crushes to marriages and devastating breakups to ditching out on awkward dates.

Megan Finnerty of The Republic and Ron Foligno of Space 55

First Show: 6 p.m. check-in; stories 7-8:30 p.m. $10 200 tickets available here.

Featured tellers:
Neda Tavassoli
Lizbeth Conguisti
Harriet Cole
Ron Foligno
Rachel Sherman

Second Show 9-10:30 p.m. $10 200 tickets available here.

Featured tellers:
Kathy Cano-Murillo
Clifton Gray
Liz Warren
Melissa Dunmore
Evan E. Roberts
Kaila White
Changing Hands First Draft Book Bar, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Antonio Rocha at Mesa Arts Center
Antonio Rocha - Kaleidoscope
Friday - February 12th - 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center - Piper Repetory Theatre

Unique, imaginative, and internationally acclaimed story teller Antonio Rocha comes to Mesa Arts Center to celebrate the Center's 10th anniversary of storytelling. Antonio’s is a world of mime, sound effects, zany characters and physical comedy. You will be spellbound by myths, the absurd and the poetic. Mr. Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 14 countries on 6 continents.
Tickets are $22 - Click here

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, February 13th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.
Click here for details & info

Arizona Storytellers: Stories From the Kitchen and Behind the Bar
Sunday - February 14th
Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale

We partner with Arizona Cocktail Week for a night of stories dedicated to cocktails, kitchens and culinary adventures of all kinds. Hear from the Valley's most notable, and often irreverent, chefs and bartenders about dining disasters and drinking dramas, as well as moments of transcendence. Three-course meal with cocktail pairing included in ticket.
Details: Cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. 
Dinner and stories start at 7 p.m.  
Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. 
Location Details
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main Street
Scottsdale AZ 85251 US


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Some Tips Call for Repeating

Some tips bear repeating AND in honor of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day as it is tomorrow - I thought I would trot out this tip about Repetition from back in 2013! 

Lather, Rinse, Repeat! - Now Say it With Me!

We are all familiar with the instructions on our bottles of shampoo. Most people have accepted that you only need to shampoo and rinse ONCE, but many still repeat the process, thus using twice as much shampoo as they need to.

But in storytelling, repetition is not considered wasting product, it's considered, building connections!
Using repetition in your story helps the audience connect to the story by reinforcing audible touch points. Repeating words or refrains makes the story more familiar to them. Often, they are anticipating those moments of repetition.
You can involve the audience even more with a "call and response". Having them join in each time with "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum" builds audience rapport. This audience participation along with the repetition can make for a delightful and communal storytelling experience.
In using call and response, you must always gage the level of willingness of the audience to join in. Most listeners want to join you and feel like they are part of the storytelling process. Occasionally, you may get resistance. You must decide whether using this method will engage the audience more, or create more distance between you and them.
Look for the places in your story - even personal stories - where you can use repetition and/or call and response to build community, connections and cohesiveness.
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Heart Association - Heart Walk
Save the date & Join Me! - March 13th

Most of you know that I had a "silent" heart attack back in December. Since then, I have drastically changed my diet - no/low sugar and no/low salt! And I am trying to watch my "portion size"...more on that later. I am also on a "cardio rehab" program of exercise. 

Join me and hundreds of other heart-healthy conscious folks at the Heart Association Heart Walk next month! Join our team from the Arizona Heart Hospital and walk to raise money!

And stay tuned for more information...Who knows...maybe we'll even tell some stories along the way!
Sign up with our team here.

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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

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Yarnball Storytellers 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

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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