Monday, February 9, 2015
Issue # 146

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

                      Loren Russell continues to tell at Wild Horse Pass
                   Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday at 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

National Teller Lyn Ford in Phoenix

February 17th - 21st

National teller and author Lyn Ford will be in Phoenix for the week of February 17-21 to help celebrate Black history Month and kickoff the Return to the African Village.

Lynette (Lyn) Ford is a fourth-generation Affrilachian storyteller who serves as a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center for the Arts (OSBCI).

Lyn has authored two books, Affrilachian Tales and Beyond the Briar Patch.  Lyn shares them to honor her elders and ancestors, and to preserve for her children, grandchildren, and extended story-loving family the heritage of orature she has gathered.

Save this week as Lyn will be presenting in the classroom and doing special concerts/workshops at South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute.
Click here to see all dates & times

Storytelling Language: In Search of Your Words

WORKSHOP - Saturday, March 28, 2015
Mark Goldman has designed a new workshop to help you find compelling language that fits you and fits your story!
You will be taken step-by-step through different exercises that will help you find creative imagery that jumps from “your” mind to the mind of the “listener”. Language and imagery that makes your story more memorable and lasting for the audience.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Private Residence near Cactus & 32nd Street - Phoenix
Fee: $27
*Save $5 - Get Mark's Book - (A $17 value)
Storytelling Tips: Crating, Crafting and Telling Stories
                 Workshop & Book: $39
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This Week


Arizona Storytellers:

Wednesday - February 11th

Stories of Love and Heartbreak
Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories dedicated to celebrating Valentine’s Day. As we mark February’s festival of love, we’ll share stories shotgun weddings, romantic misunderstandings, hopeless crushes and, of course, true love.
Featured tellers: IT pro Ryan Sadler, Brophy College Prep teacher Lane McShane, playwright and comedian Ashley Naftule, KJZZ journalist Carrie Jung, Storyline co-producer Dan Hull, storyteller Sandy Oglesby, Kathy Cano-Murillo and couple storytelling team John and Andrea Genette and more!
First Draft Book Bar at the Newton - 300 W. Central in Phoenix
Details: Registration begins at 6 p.m., stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 602-444-8770. 

EVTOT - Guild Meeting

Saturday - February 14th ~ 10am - Noon

Meet our NEW BOARD:
President - Elizabeth Matson; Vice President - Maya Davila; Secretary - Ruth Shaw; and Treasurer - Dixie Walljasper

Join us for our first meeting of the New Year 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!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

Arizona Storytellers:

Sunday - February 15th

Stories From in the Kitchen and Behind the Bar,
from chefs and bartenders, in partnership with Arizona Cocktail Week, at Hotel Valley Ho. 
Tickets will include a multicourse dinner and cocktails. Price to be determined. More at arizonacocktailweek.com.


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Coming Up


Return to the African Village & Oya's Market
Friday - February 20
This year marks the fifth 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. Performance starts at 7:00 pm.

And Oya's Market wil feature jewelry and clothing by many innnovative vendors starting at 6:00 p.m. 

Tickets Available Here

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for These Other Events Coming Up This Month!
March 8th - Do NOT change your clocks in Arizona!

March 20th - World Storytelling Day

March 20th - Dan Hull's Storyline - Waiting to Exhale

March 21st - West Side Storytellers - Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival

March 21st - Sean Buvala presents: One Story - Many Voices

Check the calendar for details

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The Age of Vinyl - Don't Take The Scratches Out

The age of vinyl - NO - not the time when girls wore too-short vinyl skirts!

The Baby Boomers understand. It was long before MP3s and digital sound. It was even before CDs, and cassette tape...and even the infamous 8-Track!

It was the age of the phonograph record. I know, some of you have never even seen one!

But when you do listen to a record played on a turntable, there's something magical about it. It's not the filtered, processed sound that comes from digitally mastered recordings these days. No matter how new or pristine the record may be, it will always have a distinct sound, a slight crackle. The background noise that makes you feel as if you are there! It can even be comforting. 

When you are practicing (or performing) storytelling, you may want to think about the way those records sounded; not perfect (whatever that is), but real, alive. Don't worry about those tiny little flaws or missed gestures. Don't worry about saying "she" when you meant "he". Don't worry about a cough from an audience member when you are going for a silent, dramatic pause.

Just give your story life. Life isn't perfect or pure or filtered. Life has crackle and scratches. Let us see and hear them. It's what makes it real.

Don't take the scratches out of your records - or your stories.

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Teachers Celebrate Teaching
My good friend, colleague, storyteller and teacher, Regi Carpenter has written an excellent blog on teaching her storytelling class. We share many of the same obstacles and joys connected to teaching college level courses. My favorite part is where she asks students to "wonder".

It's well worth the read!

I teach two sections of storytelling every semester at Ithaca College. Often students come to class thinking it will be a survey or historically based class on the function of stories in different cultural, religious and racial communities. Many have also confided that they hope it’s an easy “A” class because “y’know, it’s stories.” Taking center stage in the classroom I project authority and confidence as I give them the prospectus of our time together...

Click here to read the rest of this great article
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday of each month - 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

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 - 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 June, July & August

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

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