Monday, February 8, 2016
Issue # 198

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

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

Send Laura Simms to Lisbon!

Storytelling Friends, please help storyteller, educator and colleague Laura Simms present at the Lisbon Storytelling Conference this March by contributing to her travel expense fund. We are just halfway to our goal and need to secure the total funding by February 20th!

For the past 47 years Laura Simms has devoted her life to presenting and articulating the power of storytelling to change minds; for inner and outer peace:  to heal and transform individuals and communities; and, to provide joy and inner sanctuary.

Fairytales are usually interpreted and analyzed, but in her work worldwide, Laura has learned to focus on the exceptional benefits that occur as a result of profound engagement with imagination, mindfulness and awakening the capacity for reframing one's story and creating the ground for possibility.  

"In the increasing climate of violence, climate change, and fear mongering media stories, I feel an urgency to share my work on a more public platform and to collaborate with others investigating and advocating the use of stories to promote nonviolent transformation worldwide."
"To watch faces, child or adult, caught in the vitality of listening to a fairytale (a listening unique and stunning) is to know the power of the mind to transform the tyranny of hopelessness into possibility. After conjuring a shared recollection of the details of a Haitian fairytale in a tent after the earthquake a barefoot woman stood up, 'You have not changed our situation. But you reminded us that we have joy that was not lost.'"
Laura has been an inspirational, driving force in the storytelling community for 47 years. Even a $10 donation will be helpful. A $25 donation will also get you a CD from Laura! Please help us send her to Lisbon for this most important task!
Click here to learn more

Joins us for Storytelling and Sightseeing in England!

Have you always wanted to visit these historic sites in Merry Old England?

Canterbury Cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral

Oxford Storytelling Museum

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Infamous Poundland

Join me for the Historical, Hysterical Storytelling England Tour. The dats are May 15th - May 25th.
More info here.

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This Week


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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Coming Up


Return to the African Village & Oya's Market
Friday, February 19th 6:30 p.m., Performance Hall, SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

The SMCC Storytelling Institute Presents the Sixth Annual Return to the African Village!
Journey to an African Village through the arts of storytelling, drumming, and dancing – an enchanting performance to honor Black History Month. This year the annual extravaganza explores the connections between Africa and Brazil, featuring Grupo Axe Capoeira Arizona in addition to Storytelling Institute Faculty and Students, and Community Storytellers.
Come early for Oya's Market featuring "Bead for Life" from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m., sponsored by ACE Storytelling Skills and Business Youth Ambassadors.
The Storytelling Institute is grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of Return to the African Village: 
The SMCC Office of International/Intercultural Services
The Achieving a College Education Program
Tickets: $10 for general admission
Available on Eventbrite and at the door: 
For further information contact
Liz Warren (602) 243-8026, or Marilyn Torres (602) 243-8022
Tickets Available Here

Journeys Workshops: Storytelling Out Loud
Saturday, February 20 16th - 10am - Noon
The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock is
 offering monthly two-hour storytelling workshops with Liz Warren this spring, as well as quarterly Storytelling Nights. 

In these workshops, you'll learn essential skills of storytelling as you find, structure, develop, and tell a story from your own life that you might share at our Journeys: Storytelling Nights or just for your own family and friends.

Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock
12861 N. 8th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
(just south of Thunderbird, at the edge of the mountain preserve)
Saturdays, 10 am-noon - February 20 & March 12.  
February's workshop will focus on  stories of love or friendship, and March on adventure stories.
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Just a Pinch of Salt

We've all been there. The story is crafted; we've rehearsed it over and over; we've told it to friends, at a guild meeting, or in a story circle. But, like tasting a cookie or a sip of soup, there's that niggling feeling that, "It just needs something else."

I love cooking and food metaphors. One of my favorite tips is Salt to Taste. And colleague Sean Buvala wrote a great little book called Measures of Story.

So what do you do when there's that little voice inside that says it's just a "little" off? Well, maybe that's exactly what it is - a "little" off. Maybe it doesn't need a huge overhaul or complete makeover.  Maybe it just needs a "pinch " of salt... or something.

Maybe it just needs an additional sentence. Maybe just a different word here ot there. Perhaps it needs a well-placed pause, or a slightly different expression on your face. What would happen if you stopped to smile - or frown? Just a tweak here and there.

Go back to your recipe. Check the basic ingredients. Are they all there? What's the story about? Are the characters and the events all there, in the right proportions? Have they been mixed well, with the correct flavorings and feelings? Maybe the story needs to "cook" or just "simmer" a little more. Does the sauce need to be reduced a bit, or do you need to deglaze the pan with a bit of sweet or bitter wine? Perhaps the dish just needs to cool down a bit.

Each time we tell a story it's like cooking up a recipe. Maybe it's soup, or Stone Soup; or cookies or The Gingerbread Man; or steak, or Like Salt for Meat. Whatever it is, we make it just a little different each time.

Next time you tell  (cook) the story, try adding just a splash of vanilla for fragrance and sweetness; or a dash of cayenne to spice it up; or just a pinch of salt to bring all the flavors together.

What would your story taste like then? Serve it with pride and gusto!

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Living Out Loud with Regi Carpenter
Six-Week Online Storytelling Course with Regi Carpenter
Starts Monday, February 15th

My good friend, colleague and storyteller Regi Carpenter is offering a fantastic storytelling course! Regi is a J.J. Reneaux Grant Recipient, a Massmouth Grand Prize winner, has told at Jonesborough and many other festivals, and teaches storytelling at Ithica College.

The exploration and expression of the self can be fraught with fear and anxiety. We are so often concerned with how our stories will be met by the world that we silent our voices. This class lets us release the destructive voices of our inner critics and connect with our full creative power and possibility. Then we share it – OUT LOUD. Through simple spoken and writing exercises we will explore the full range of our human experience. 
Learn more about this course 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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