Monday, July 6, 2015
Issue # 167

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


Bring a Buddy and Save $50 at NSN
Bring a Buddy to the 2015 National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO! Your buddy can call the office at 800-525-4514, give your name, and save $50 on a full registration. You'll get a copy of Flora Joy's "Storytelling Delivery Skills" workbook as thanks for sharing the storytelling love!

Advanced Storytelling Class at GCC This Fall!

Glendal Community College Offers Storytelling II Course

I am so happy to announce that this fall I will be teaching an additional class at Glendale Community College! Storytelling II will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a second level class and will explore storytelling on a deeper level. We will focus on enhancing telling and language skills, developing repertoires, and defining "who you are" as a teller.

I hope you can join us for this class - you'll get 3 credits too! Contact me for more info.
Here's a link

Mazel Tov

Congratulations are in order for friend, colleague and storyteller extraordinaire, Kim Weitkamp and her beau Danny Gum. They got married on the fourth of July, with the one and only Bil Lepp officiating. Now that's what I call a ceremony! One thing's for sure: neither of them will ever forget their anniversary!

And, oh yeah... the stories, the stories!

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, July 9th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Independence
It's your first sleepover, your new driver's license, and the food in your refrigerator in your apartment. It's running from a bad relationship, storming out of a toxic job, and leaving the hospital to sit on your front porch. It's getting an electric wheelchair, speeding down the trail on a new bike, and taking the train into the sunset.
Single mother and grandmother, Catherine Rhianna Hess
Trailblazer/advocate, Stephanie Frederick
Psychologist and writer, Shannon Snapp
Texan-biker/bad-ass, Robert Neely
Comedian, Ryan Malco
Joseph Bradbury
Location: The Screening Room,
127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Click here for details & info

Super Hero Squirrely Shirley: Ready to Save the Wetlands!

Friday - July 10, 2:00 PM - Douglas Public Library

"Super Hero Squirrely Shirley - Ready to Save the Wetlands" is an action-packed adventure with Squirrely Shirley taking on the role of SUPER HERO to help her friends who live in riparian zones around the world. Riparian zones are the places where the land meets water, and where hundreds of critters, like frogs, birds, bugs and fish have their homes. At the end of each show, Shirley provides each youngster in the audience with a Junior Riparian Super Hero Kit full of ideas about what they can do to help.

Douglas Public Library (560 10th Street) at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th, for our next super hero show. KIDS: don't miss this opportunity to get your very own Junior Riparian Super Hero Kit!

EVTOT - Guild Meeting

Saturday - July 11th ~ 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!

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

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: 4th Anniversary Show!

Mark Your Calendars for Monday, July 13th

from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ 
Fourth Anniversary Show Theme:
“That Didn’t Go the Way I Thought It Would.” 
Help us celebrate four years of telling true stories in the Valley! On this night, we’ll hear stories of misplaced expectations, awkward moments and unexpected triumphs.
Featured Tellers:
Comedian Ryan Malchow
Community teller Anel Arriola
Researcher Stefanie Francis 
Entrepreneur Michael Heller
Playwright Ashley Naftule 
The Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo
Writer Joey Robert Parks
Republic writer Wendy Killeen
Stray Cat Theatre founder Ron May
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

Everyone's Invited - Tucson Tellers Celebration & Potluck
July 18 - 6-9 PM
Glenda Bonin of Tucson Tellers of Tales writes:

This is an exciting time for Tellers of Tales in Tucson! We are currently reorganizing and looking to the future to make an impact for storytelling in Southern Arizona. 

As we review our goals, purpose and the benefits of membership, we are also planning a Backyard Storytelling Celebration and Potluck in a beautiful downtown garden venue from 6:00 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.
We would like to include some storytellers from outside Tucson, and we hope a few readers of your newsletter will enjoy participating with us. I am happy to provide details for storytellers interested in joining us for this evening of fun and stories. Just contact me via phone (520.629.0270), or send me an email ( glenda_bonin@yahoo.com ) for more information.
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Some of you may remember that paraphrase of the old Certs commercial. 
I am re-posting a video by Sean Buvala from last week regarding Using Microphones. It is spot on!

Four Minutes in (Mic) Heaven

So, we did a little Periscope video this week on using a microphone. Then, we messed around with it and created this four minutes in (mic) heaven. Just goofing a bit. #storysat

Posted by Storytelling on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Here's a blog post about microphones that I wrote way back in 2012 - My Tirade on Microphones! Enjoy.

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Things are not always what they seem...
And often, that makes for a good story.

I watched the movie of West Side Story this weekend. Some of the dialogue was a bit dated, but it was still a great movie; great songs and dancing! The Broadway musical debuted in 1957, the movie was made in 1961. Based on Romeo and Juliette, set against the backdrop of New York between two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.
Flashback to 1968
In-The-Round Dinner Theatre on the southwest side of Chicago. My first Equity (Actors’ Union) contract. I played Chino, the brother of Bernardo. At the end of the show, I kill Tony, Maria’s lover. Maria was played by my good friend Margie Cohen.
As Tony lies dead in the street, the police lieutenant approaches him. Maria jumps to the ground beside Tony and menacingly shouts, “Don’t you touch him!” With tears in her eyes, she leans forward, kisses Tony and says, “Te adoro, Anton.” (Natalie Wood in the movie clip at right of the last scene)
One night, Margie seemed to be struggling as she knelt beside Tony. She appeared filled with much more emotion than usual. More tears and a pained expression on her face told us all that something was clearly different. Did she hurt her knee when she landed next to him? Did she twist her ankle? It seemed that she was having difficulty bending over to kiss him. In fact, she did NOT bend to him and instead, kissed her hand and then pressed it to his lips. Would she be able to get up and walk off the stage? We all wondered what had happened, and what we might have to do in this situation.
After what seemed like an eternity, where none of us could help, and with a pained expression on her face, Margie grabbed at something near her foot, and then slowly rose. We all continued on as the Jets and the Sharks lifted Tony and carried him off the stage, Margie walking slowly behind us.
Once Margie got offstage, she doubled over and covered her face with her hands. We all gathered around her to comfort and console, and ask her if she was okay; was she hurt; what happened? 
She looked up and finally revealed that she was NOT crying, but letting out tears of laughter as she said, “I got the heal of my shoe caught in my underpants and couldn’t move!”
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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

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 July & August

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

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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