Monday - April 24, 2017
Issue # 260

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Never Forget

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Coincidentally, last Thursday was Syd Lieberman's Birthday. How do the two connect? When I think of Syd, I think of many things. First of all, how lucky I was to have seen him perform, many times before he passed. And how blessed I was to call him friend and colleague. When I think of Syd, there are many stories I remember. One magnificent story is Syd's recreation of his Great Aunt Helen's recollection of surviving the Holocaust as a young girl. There is great deftness in this first-person portrayal.

Hats Off to RMS

Thanks so much to Julie Moss, Kate Lutz and all the other members of Rocky Mountain Storytelling. I was honored to be invited to present my workshop Story Kinship and be a part of the conference this last weekend. You were all so gracious and welcoming! It was great to see Colorado friends Cooper Braun-Enos, Ann Harding and Pam Faro. Thanks for the hugs and support!

Thanks to all the people who attended my workshop. I was overwhelmed by the attendance, and loved the interactions, especially with volunteer coachees Art and Nina - I couldn't have done it without you! 

It was just about 48 years ago, while on tour with Fiddler on the Roof, that I visited Denver, Golden and the shops in Larimer Square. This trip afforded me the opportunity to return to Larimer and purchase two new leather hats! I was filled with joy and nostalgia. And filled with gratitude for all the new tellers and friends I met at the conference.

My hat is off to you all!

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This Week


WOW Story Swap in Tucson

Tuesday, April 25th - 6-8:30 pm
The Lassiter Home

Tucson Tellers of Tales has scheduled another “WOW! Story Swap” – this time at the Lasseter home on the East side of town. 

This is a free storytelling support and peer group session to practice stories-in-progress.
(WOW! stands for Working our Work.)
To get the address and to RSVP, call (520) 296-8247 or email Susanne: cloveresq@cox.net
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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Our Family, Our Culture
Monday - May 2nd - 7:00pm
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

Growing up and adulting are two separate things. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about the funny, and sometimes poignant, leaps of growing and becoming a grown up.
Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project
Featured tellers:
Kara Kahnke
Dianna Nanez
Joe Finnerty
JJ Hensley
Reyna Montoya
Tiara Vian
Details: 6 p.m. check-in, stories 7-9 p.m.
$10, Students are $5. 602-444-8605, tickets.azcentral.com.
All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in.
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com.

Info & Tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Fundraiser
Thursday, May 4th - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Only in Tucson
A fundraising event for the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th – A SAAF Place for Youth
Curated by Adam Hostetter and Penelope Starr
From saguaros to snake bridges. Chimichangas to cholla bud salsa. Mounts Lemmon and Wrightson. Wasson and Rincon peaks! And everything in between that smells like creosote when it rains. The Old Pueblo has stories, and these folks are telling them:
Ethan Smith Cox
Simon Donovan
Connie “Big Mama” Brannock
Jeannette Maré 
Ted Springer 
Bridgitte Thum
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St
$8 Adults, $6 Students
If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting - FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 6th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Tucson Tellers of Tales will hold a free 2-hour workshop by Penelope Starr about The Radical Art of Personal Storytelling and her 13-year journey developing the successful Tucson Odyssey Storytelling venue.   

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.
Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, May 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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The Only Constant is Change

This week's tip comes from Janice Del Negro

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference in Golden, Colorado. The keynote was given by the incomparable Janice Del Negro. Watching Janice is mesmerizing and an education in itself.

In this age of the Moth and the proliferation of personal stories, Janice steeps herself in 398.2 - Folktales and Fairytales. Commonly known as the "traditional" side of storytelling, Janice seems anything but. The tales she tells are from a great "tradition". But the way she crafts and tells them is clearly out-of-the-box.

One might ask, "How can this be? aren't traditional stories supposed to be 'sacred'? One shouldn't be able to change them just to suit one's mood'" This is where Janice excels.

She reminds us that Folktales and Fairytales that we read in literature are merely ONE person's interpretation of the story at ONE point in time. That is the version that is preserved on the written page. But that may not necessarily be the only version that is valid. Do we, as storycrafters, have the right to change a traditional story to suit our own, or the audiences' sensibilities? An emphatic "YES" is her response!

In the opening night's concert, Janice took us through an irreverent yet amazing version of Rapunzel, continually reminding us that, "A story is always different, depending on who tells it."

She does remind us that "Maintaining the original story-arc is important. It's how one interprets it; that is what makes the story yours and unique." Think of Disney's Maleficent, where true love's kiss is not that of a lover, but, in this case, of a loving aunt.

So, when you love a particular story, but think it might need some changes in the way that YOU tell it, rejoice! Think outside-the-box. Make creative choices and support them. Remember, "A story is always different, depending on who tells it."

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The San Diego Connection
Marilyn McPhie of Storytellers of San Diego wanted to remind "Zonies" about events and happenings just a few hours away.

Here's a note about a great House-Concert coming up in San Diego next week. The west coast is only 5-6 hours away by car and even shorter by air.

The "Cinco de Mayo Storytelling Fiesta" with Darci Tucker and Andy Offutt Irwin, May 5th, 7:30pm, San Diego

Both of these tellers are excellent. You will be treated to a fiesta of tales!

House Concert, limited seating in outdoor venue.
RSVP required, contact  spinwheel777@earthlink.net for information and location.
Donation $15, ages 12 and up
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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

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

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 - *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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