Monday - March 25, 2019
Issue # 359

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One Week Away!

10th Annual A to Z Blog Challenge
From the A to Z Blog Site
It all began with a post from Saturday March 27, 2010 when Arlee Bird set forth a challenge to all bloggers for the month of April.   Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days--one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month's challenge. 
Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letterA, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn't even have to be a word--it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.
More info here
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This Week


Chatterbox Open Mic

Wednesday - March 27th - 7:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Don't forget that the Chatterbox Open Mic happens EVERY Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Chatterbox Storytelling Open Mic is a live storytelling event where everyone is welcome to share their story.
Come to share your honest, real, personal stories EVERY Wednesday! No experience necessary. New or experienced – we all have a story!
Tell a story off the cuff OR prepare a story OR read some notes, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s YOUR story. OR just come to listen, that’s okay too!
So, what’s your story?

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Coming Up


Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Unscrewed Theatre

March 2, 2109 we  return to the relocated Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E Speedway, Suite #39, for a program of Southwestern stories at our monthly meeting. Come to listen or bring a story to tell. $5.00 donation for non-members. 

More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 235-4171 

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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, April 6th ~ 10am - Noon
St. John's Lutheran Church
7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon. 
First hour: Business Meeting
Second Hour: Storytelling

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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Connections to Stories - Pick a Time or Event

Here's a tip from one year ago!

On Sunday, I watched the movie of Fiddler on the Roof. Some parts I liked, some I didn't. But here's the thing, a FLOOD of memories came back to me...all connected to Fiddler. I was in a National Touring Company of Fiddler on the Roof in 1969. Yikes, that was 49 years ago. But more important than how long ago, are all of the stories for the six months I was on Tour...AND...all of the other stories that were connected, in any way, to my Fiddler experience.

I could tell you stories about my roommate and now life-long friend Jeff. I could tell you many stories about things that happened while on tour. Like the time Herschel Bernardi (who replaced Zero Mostel on Broadway) visited us on-stage at the end of the show.

There are many connected stories:

  • The "Fruma Sara - Humma Humma" story; an apocryphal story that turned out to be real with my friend Margey Cohen
  • Another Margey Cohen story from our Dinner Theatre production of West Side Story
  • A story about a New York producer who taught me the value (monetary) of stage hands.
  • The Time Theodore Bickel came to an Equity meeting and played us a concert
  • The time I met producer Hal Prince and he said, "If it doesn't serve the play, take it out."
  • Many connections with choreographer Tommy Abbott and other shows he had done.
  • Spending six weeks in Los Angeles, with more and more connections and stories.
  • My "chance" encounter with Dee Wallace-Stone (the mother in E.T.) and our "date".

The list goes on and on. I could spend an afternoon (at least) telling Fiddler-related stories. The string-of-pearls would reach from here to Broadway!

So, here's my tip:

Pick one time, one period, one event in your life. Then see how many stories are connected to that one thing. The stories may be directly connected, but then one story might branch off into another whole set of connections and stories. Make a list of the stories. Better yet, make a diagram that shows all the stories and all the connections. Now there's a plethora of personal and fact-based stories!

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Only 2 Spots Left - Reserve Now!
Join me this summer!

Historical, Hysterical, Scotland, Ireland, England, Storytelling Tour!

The Canterbury Experience
A "Walk-Thru" experience of the Canterbury Tales

This year we will spend 14 days on the ground, exploring Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge and many more iconic sites.(subject to change)

We'll all tell stories as we travel through the countryside and meet the locals who will tell stories to us!

Don't miss this great Vacation/Education/Storyfication! May 11th - May 26th.
More about our trip here!

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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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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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