Monday, August 11, 2014
Issue # 120

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Personal Stories - Get on the Bandwagon

The Moth, This American Life, AZ Republic Live Storytelling - Yarnball Storytelling - What do these all have in common? PERSONAL STORIES!

Where do you start? What should it be about? Should you make it funny, sad, emotional, tragic. triumphant - how can you do that?

It's Easy! Sign up for Liz Warren's Creating and Telling Personal Stories at SMCC Storytelling Institute - starting August 28th! (ONE NIGHT A WEEK) Taken for the first time, or the second (or third or fourth, etc.)  This class will help you in crating great personal stories. 


Click here for details & info

Hundred Foot Journey Serves up Delicious Feast

I don't usually do movie reviews, but I had to with this one.

The Hundred Foot Journey is a delightful movie. If you love food, cooking, romance, gentle humor, freckle-faced French girls with alluring, slightly crooked smiles and happy endings, then this movie is for you.

When an Indian family decides to open a restaurant across the road from a Michelin-Star French restaurant in a small French village, the story that unfolds is charming, sometimes predictable and yet unpredictable. Flavored with angst, awkward flirtation, the startling spices of Indian culture and the rich tradition of French cuisine, this movie has all the elements of a satisfying repast and a heart-warming story.

From producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, how could you go wrong?
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Coming Up


AZ Rep - Phoenix - Our City, Our Stories

Wednsday, August 27th
We celebrate the Valley of the Sun and the people and places that define her.
For some, Phoenix is a love it or leave it city. Others say be the change you wish to see. We hear from them all, from the trials of its suburban sprawl to the beauty of its Sonoran sunsets.
We've partnered with Visit Phoenix! to bring you a night of tellers who will also share their stories on the Visit Phoenix! blog - a first for the Storytellers Project.
Featured tellers:
Chef Aaron May, writer Meghan Krein, writer Rachel Egboro, writer Dennis Burke, storyteller Laura Rutherford, and community tellers Robert Olson and Joe Finnerty. (No relation.)

Additional information 
  • Stories begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Theater-style seating for 110 is limited to first-come, first-seated basis.
  • Full bar available.
  • Total tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This night is likely to sell out.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds on any purchased ticket.
  • Proceeds from this event will be used to support The Arizona Republic journalism training and education programs.
Subscriber-only benefit: Receive a free First Draft Book Bar pint glass on us! A $10 value. Subscribers will be given a ticket upon registration in person. The ticket can be exchanged at merchandise shop for glass.

For more details & Tickets

Mythic Heroes: Exploring Archetypes In West African Storytelling Today
COMING - Saturday, October 25th

The Phoenix Friends of CG Jung Present Marilyn Omifunke Torres in a lecture & workshop.

This interac ve morning talk will introduce the Nigerian Yoruba Ifa divining prac tices as a form of oral tradi on. Storytelling links the world of archetypes to the myths and legends used in transmission of these ancient stories that guide individuals exploring the human journey—past, present and future. Par cipants will have an opportunity to discover how Jungian typology is linked to African Orisas (dei es) myths. This mythology provides insight into patterns of temperament and the stages of the Hero’s Journey. 
Saturday afternoon the work moves from the academic to the experien al. Parti cipants will be able to experience the divina tion practi ces of the Nigerian Yoruba tradi on.
For more info
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To Err is Human...and We All Do It!

Once upon a time (many times), I used the phrase, "To err is human" and pronounced it: "To AIR is human."

Fortunately, one of those times, I was with the great storyteller and academic, Joyce story. She gently, but clearly pointed out to me that the word is pronounced, "er", rhyming with "her" or Ben "Hur". Boy, was I surprised (and foolishly argued with her about it)!
We go through life hearing things that may be wrong, but we believe they are right. Broadcasters and even many speakers have pronounced that word incorrectly. The more we heard it that way, the stronger our belief was that THAT was the way to say it. We become adamant about it, even if we have not been diligent in our research or questioning of it. But it is a storytellers' duty to be diligent about all the words we use, as language is our tool, and we must always use our tools properly.

With that in mind, I recently was wondering about the word, Appalachia. I had always pronounced it with a long "a" - appa-LAY-chia. I was also one of those people who believed, "What difference does it make?" Then I discovered this video with Sharyn McCrumb, an American writer whose books celebrate the history and folklore of Appalachia. She had an extremely good "story" explanation and reason as to why it should be "Appa-LATCH-ia". I offer it here.

So remember, "To err is human, to forgive divine, and to research is best!"

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Jonesborough - A Goal...Maybe...but Don't Miss the Obvious
Why is Bil Lepp Featured Every Year at Jonesborough and I'm Not?

This was the headline of Antonio Sacre's article in the latest Storytelling Magazine from NSN. It's not a lament, it's more of a rhetorical question, because Antonio knows the answer, and he lives it.

In the article, Antonio goes on to truthfully but playfully answer the question. Along the way, here are some of the things he says:
I tell stories that only I can tell, to an audience that really needs to hear them, in the language that they can understand. 
What are the stories that only you can tell, and who are the people that really need to hear them? If you have the stories but not the audience, you haven't looked hard enough. If you have the audience but not the stories, you haven't worked hard enough.
If you are waiting for the national Festival to discover you, to validate you, to make it easier for you to tell your stories in other places for money, you may be doing this work for the wrong reasons.
Validate yourself. Serve where you are needed. Reap the rewards where you are.
In addition, Antonio answers one more very important question: "Is [Bil Lepp] more handsome than I am?"
I won't give you the answer here. You'll have to read the article in the magazine. If you are a member of NSN, you should have received it in your mailbox by now. If not, I have a few copies for $6 each.
If you are not a member, you should be! Contact me (I am the state liaison) and I can get you hooked up with membership.
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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 June, July & August

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

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