Monday - May 14, 2018
Issue # 314

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

Whirlwind Weekend of Wonderful Storytelling

The weekend actually started on Thursday evening with the NEW monthly storytelling event that we are currently calling Stories and Cake. It is held at (the relatively new) Space 55 on 18th Ave, just south of McDowell (near the arena). Mario Avent, Donna Cheung, Chantel Freed, Kathy Nakagawa, Julie Peterson, Pamela Spence, Dixie Walljasper and I were the tellers. Mario did a great job as MC and Chantel closed out the evening with a great combo, personal, folktale and "here and now" story. Great Job Chantel!

Then, Saturday started out with the EVTOT Guild meeting. e only had six folks, but it was a great group with Sharon Gilbert, Dixie Waljasper, Marian Giannatti, Myself and relative newbie John Wake telling a first-time personal story that was quite good.

Next was a sprint out to the Mesa Convention Center to join in the KJZZ Storyfest. It was a lot of fun. There was the KJZZ Soundbites truck that many locals stepped up to tell their stories. Mario and I also jumped in and tole two folktales that the audience enjoyed.

Marc Compton and Kathy Eastman, along with others did yeomans' jobs telling several times to kids. I did one "pot luck" story for the kids who offered the characters of a Horse named Marley, a Bear named Big Bad Barney Bear and a Boy named Jack. They went on a ride on the prairie, had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then took a long nap!

At the end of the Storyfest, I headed over to the adult (sort of) stage and ended up the day with my new story of my father and I gorging ourselves with Nabisco Sugar Wafers.

A quick Cat Nap and it was north to Sandy Oglesby's for an evening with Pam Faro and some pick from the hat telling. Pam told three marvelous tales. She is the master of "the pause" and had us all on the edge of our seats, especially with her tale of the man who married the spirit he had seen in a dream. Her attention to detail in the crafting and telling was beautiful to see and hear. Some light finger-food and then about eight tellers rounded out the evening and the day with satisfying stories and friends! - And great to see Glenda & Martha!

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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - Growing Up - Two Shows

Monday - May 14th -
EARLY SHOW 6:30-8:00 PM -
LATE SHOW 8:30-10:00PM
Phoenix Theatre
100 E Mcdowell Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Adulting is about glorious failures as much as victorious triumphs. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for stories about the little and big moments of growing up.
Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Karina Bland, reporter and columnist at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured tellers:
Chelsea Gaberdiel
Marlena Robbins
Janelle Spangler
Susan Lacke
Bradley Perry
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
Accessibility Note: We are pleased to provide live open captioning for this event, sponsored by the State of Arizona, Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and provided by Karla Martin.  Nearly 1 out of 5 Arizonans have hearing loss and captioning ensures that everyone can enjoy the event.
If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating for this event or a future Storytellers event, please contactinfo@storytellersproject.com.

Info & Tickets

Talk Story with Pam

Tuesday - May 15, Noon
Wildflower Bakery
Indian School and 48th St, Phoenix

Let's get together for lunch with Pam Faro and TALK STORY! We had a great time when Pam was in Phoenix before. We scheduled a group lunch and "Talked Story" with Pam. It's a great way to get to know each other, talk about stories, and talk with an international storyteller about what the business is like.

If you're interested in having lunch with us on Tuesday, May 15th at noon, email me mark@storytellermark.com.
Or just come on over!

We'll meet at noon at the Wildflower at 4290 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Storyline Slam - Service

Friday - May 18th - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The line-up for The Storyline SLAM: Service:
  3. Daniel Ramirez
  4. Carly Davis
  5. Billy Boyles
  6. Michael Savarese
  7. JoAnn Richi
  8. Niki Cuccinotto
  9. David Kimbell
At least two storytelling spots are open for a live drawing at 7:00pm on the night of the show. 
There's still room for you. Put your name in the drawing the night of the show for one of the first two storytelling spots!
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 

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Coming Up


Bad Buddhist Film Viewing & Party
Friday - May 25th - 7:00 pm - 9 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The Storyline SLAM host Dan Hoen Hull is having a big birthday this May and invites you to join him in the debut of his one hour film Bad Buddhist: A Trip Through The Divine & The Absurd.
The evening will include sundry snacks (like popcorn), a Q & A with Hull, and birthday cake.
Bad Buddhist is a solo theatrical performance originally filmed live at its sold out run. Dan Hoen Hull humorously explores his attempts at becoming a good Zen Buddhist and inadvertently stumbles into the question: What do you do when the ruthlessness of this world breaks your heart?
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 Or below
Online Tickets
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The Airport - A Great Place for People Watching

... and Story Ideas

I took my friend Carl to the airport this morning. I was remined of this post from long ago. Enjoy!

I am a people watcher. I love to observe people in their "natural habitat" doing what they do; whether at the grocery store, airport, in a shopping mall, wherever! It's kind of like your own, personal, "Candid Camera." If you watch long enough, you will see and hear people exhibiting both strange and amazing behaviors.

And you just might see something that could turn into an anecdote, a "snippet" of a story, an intro into a story or even a full-blown slam-pleaser! The airport is GREAT for this!

You never know when a story might come along. So you always need to be ready and pay attention to the possibilities.

  • Standing in line at the grocery store
  • Waiting in the dentist's or doctor's office
  • Watching ANYONE at the Mall
  • Watching people at a party or gathering
  • That sales person who is trying to get you to buy
  • The tech support worker apologizing for the umpteenth time
  • A chance encounter with your "ex".

But you have to be hyper-vigilante in order to find these small anecdotes ... and open up your creativity, to turn them.into full-blown stories!

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Shocking,,, Absolutely SHOCKING!!!!
Yes! My jaw dropped to the floor!

I accompanied my friend Carl into the airport to have breakfast and wait for the plane. It has been a year since I have flown (I think). We approached the counter and the agent spoke, "Do you have your bag tags? You have to go to a kiosk and print tags for your luggage." What? Now it's not only self-serve boarding passes, but bag tags too!

But that's not the shocker. "How many bags do you have?" asked the screen. The first bag was free. If you had one more bag, the second bag was... wait for it... wait for it... $100!!!!! What? And each subsequent bag was $100. What? $100? That's OUTRAGEOUS! (American Airlines) Holy Hostage Holding Handbag, Batman. That sent a shockwave through my body! Goes to show that "traveling light" can also be traveling "cheaper!"

Well... that's all I have to say on that today!

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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

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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