Monday - May 1, 2017
Issue # 261

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It's May!

It's May - Springtime! Some random thoughts:

From the poem, Locksley Hall by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Or is it perhaps, lust?
From the Musical Camelot, by Lerner and Loewe:
Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear.
Some years ago, I attended a performance of Camelot, and listened with "storyteller's" ears. I was a bit stunned to realize that in this version of the story of King Arthur, it was Guinevere who seduced Lancelot. It was subtle, but there. Janice Del Negro says, "Remember, a story always changes, depending on who's telling it."
Often, when two people are attracted to each other, but married or attached to someone else, they say these things "just happen." I beg to differ. Things like this don't just happen. People allow them to happen. Those little voices in the back of our heads tell us, "This is not a good thing to pursue. This could lead to disaster. I shouldn't be doing this." But we do it anyway.
Is it love...or lust
It's probably a good thing to know the difference; both in a story, and in life!

SMCC Graduation!

You are invited to the SMCC Storytelling Institute’s 

Annual Graduation Celebration!

We will honor:
▪ Current and Former Storytelling Certificate Graduates
▪ Storytelling Institute Volunteers
▪ Storytelling Guild Participants
▪ SMCC Allies and Friends
▪ Community Partners

Community Room of the South Mountain
Community Library
6:30 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017
Free and open to the public!

For more information contact
Liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu – 602-243-8026
Marilyn.torres@southmountaincc.edu – 602-243-8022

Featuring cookies and brownies made by the students of the
Positive Reflections Club at V.H. Lassen Elementary School
(who are also storytellers!)

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Our Family, Our Culture

Tuesday - 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

Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

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 at the end of this 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

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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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, May 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

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Story Kinship

Last weekend, at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference, I presented a workshop on Story Kinship: Exploring Your Personal Connections to Non-personal Tales. Here's a condensed version:

What parts of YOU or YOUR OWN LIFE connect with this non-personal story? 

Liz Warren's book, The Oral Tradition TodaySusan Klein states:

"When something within a folktale resonates with your own story, it calls to you to be its voice. And then the responsibility begins. You do whatever you need to do to get to the root of what it means to you and the truth that resides in the story."

I believe this is true for all types of stories one chooses to tell, not only folktales. By telling a story, we show parts of who we are. We must know all the pieces in the story to which we connect. That gives the story life.

Look at the setting, the Place. What's your connection? Look at the theme or the Point of the story. How does that connect to you? What's the struggle; the Problem? Where in your life can you relate? Look at all the characters. How do you relate and connect with each one?

"But wait, I don't connect at all with the antagonist, the villain in my story."

Ah, don't speak too soon my young friend. First, ask yourself if there has been anyone in your life that you might cast in the role of antagonist. You could model your character after that person. Or maybe, just maybe, there is a part of you that could imagine having that much anger.

Human beings are not 100% good or evil (characters may be, but humans are not). We are all made up of different "parts". We all have many different parts inside of us, both positive and negative. The negative parts may be small, but it is important to recognize them. You may not think you have anything in common with a murderous villain.

Hopefully, you have never murdered anyone, but perhaps you have been so angry at someone that you felt huge rage at them. Or perhaps you have been bothered repeatedly by the incessant buzzing of a thirsty mosquito, and when it finally lands on your arm, you give it the hardest slap you can - MURDERER! - Use that feeling for your character!

You must find ALL the personal connections to your story, then make conscious decisions about how you can reveal those parts in your story. How can you use specific language, your voice, body, gestures, facial expressions, etc. to reveal the parts of yourself in each character or scene?

All of this gives your story life. Give your audience the gift of the different parts of you and your life!

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Bobby Norfolk Uses All of Himself
And speaking of how one can use the parts of one's self in a story, Bobby Norfolk uses his musical, wrap and cultural connections with his entire self to tell a story. Here he is with Three Billy Goat's gruff.

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

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