Monday - August 28, 2017
Issue # 277

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

Shared Birthdays!

Yes, it's been an august month, hasn't it? Labor Day is next Monday. Can you believe it? Has the summer gone by quickly for you? It seems as though I only finished my summer school classes a few days ago (it was actually 3 weeks ago.)

NOTE TO MY GCC STORYTELLING STUDENTS: Send me an e-mail before class this Tuesday with the definition of "august" (not one of the months) and get 10 extra credit points!

Storytellers - Birthday alert! This coming Monday may be Labor Day, but SUNDAY is September 3rd, the birthday of teller Ktristin Pedimonti. Kristin is the "Free Hugs" gal who carries her cardboard sign everywhere. Her book, A Bridge of Stories, tells of her work in Belize establishing a literacy program.

It's also the birthday of Rives Collins, head of the Communications Department at Northwestern University. A master teller and great keynote speaker. He is the co-author of The Power of Story: Teaching Through Story. CLICK HERE to read an article by Rives about the secret to telling a good story and why storytelling is more important than ever. 

Oops...almost forgot, there's one more storyteller whose birthday is Sunday. This teller is also an author. He has won several awards; one of his most memorable was the Golden Safety Pin and Scissors award. He often tells the story of playing the role of a Cherry Milkshake on the island of Oahu.

Can you guess? Careful now, consider wisely. If you THINK you know the answer, e-mail me with the name of the teller and WHY he was a Cherry Milkshake in Hawaii. The first person with the correct answer to BOTH questions will receive a one-hour coaching session (live or phone) from me.

Storytelling Workshops for Seniors

Actress, writer and teacher, Kim Porter is offering (through Jewish Family and Children's Services) 2 storytelling workshops especially for older adults.  

The classes start the first week of September and run for 8 weeks.  There is one in Northern Scottsdale and one in Peoria.

They are both daytime hours. They are pretty inexpensive, either $60 (or possibly $80), - not sure.

For more info, contact Kim: kim@benkaplan.info

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This Week


AZ Live Storytelling

Life and Death

Wednesday - August 30th - Crescent Ballroom

Every breath is a gift. What about when that breath ceases? In what ways is that, too, a gift? Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about stops and starts, about beginnings and endings.

Emcee: Megan Finnerty
Featured Storytellers:
Lizbeth Congiusti
Desiree Garcia
Karina Bland 
Liz Warren
Melissa Fossum
Seth Conaway
John Countryman

Doors open at 6:30 PM - stories start at 7:00 PM

General Admission: $10 - Students $5

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, just contact Megan Finnerty:
Click here for tickets

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Coming Up


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

Due to Labor-Day Weekend - TOT will meet on the SECOND Saturday in September.
Tellers of Tales in Tucson will have another great meeting!
Tucson Tellers of Tales meets on the 1st Saturday of each month (except July & August).There is networking, a short business meeting and usually some sort of program.
Due to Labor-Day Weekend - TOT will meet on the SECOND Saturday in September. Click here to see the 2017-2018 Schedule of Programs
Visit Their Facebook Page

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, September 9th ~ 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!
Click here for details & info

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, September 9th ~ 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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What's in a Name?

A story prompt.

Do you remember the movie, Dances with Wolves? The title is also the name of Kevin Costner's character. It's the name that the Sioux gave him after they saw him "dancing" and romping with the wolf who had become his friend.

There is a whole "sub story" of his relationship with "two socks". The slow process of building trust; the moment when Two Socks decides they are friends; the way they protect each other; the angst when the soldiers shoot Two Socks.

The Sioux all had names that described who they were in some way: Stands with a fist; Kicking Bird; Wind in his hair. They all had a story behind how they came by their name.

Here's a story prompt:

If you were to have a "Native American" name, what would it be? What phrase or few words would describe who you are?

I have used this prompt in therapy sessions many times and it is always quite revealing. My name would be, "Loves to laugh and make 'em laugh." There are several stories behind that descriptive moniker...but that's another story.

What would your name be? Now, tell us a story (or stories) about why you would be called that. It might be one specific incident, or there might be a "string of pearls" (several stories) that would reveal what is behind that name.

Think about it. Maybe chat with a friend. Be creative. Maybe it's something everyone knows about you...or something that very few know.

Hello, what's your name? Tell me a story about it.

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Just a little bit of trivia from the movie!

The Logistics for the buffalo hunt comprised of a helicopter, 10 pick up trucks, 24 bare back Native American riders, 150 extras, 20 wranglers, 25 recreated buffalo and 7 cameras. It took 8 days to film
During the scene where the buffalo is charging at the young Indian, the buffalo is actually charging at a pile of its favorite treat: Oreo cookies.
Kevin Costner did all his own riding, including bare back and shooting his gun without holding the reins, during the buffalo hunt
In order to best portray a middle-aged man with bad posture, Graham Greene (Kicking Bird) put a slice of bologna in each of his shoes, feeling that the slimy sensation would bring about the awkward comportment he was trying to project.
The man seen initially telling the wolf to go home when Dunbar is riding out to visit his friends is actually the trainer. He was bitten in the leg when the wolf chased him, so Kevin Costner had to run himself during the next shot. He kept throwing pieces of raw meat to keep the wolf from biting him.
Kevin Costner's spreading out of his arms while doing his suicide run at the start of the film was a completely spontaneous gesture that took his stunt coordinator by surprise.
The helmet that Ten Bears is holding when he talks about the "men who came during the time of his grandfather's grandfather" is a typical helmet worn by the Conquistadors - Spanish soldiers and explorers who conquered large parts of both Americas between the 15th and 19th centuries.
To prevent any possible animal cruelty Kevin Costner's Tig Productions spent $250,000 on animatronic buffalo to be used in the climactic buffalo hunt.
In the skinned buffalo scene, Fake animals made of paper were used and looked very realistic. A passerby called the police during filming and they showed up with guns drawn ready to arrest the crew for poaching. After some explanations, the cops left laughing.
Kevin Costner's daughter Annie Costner, playing Stands With A Fist as a child, is seen running away from the Pawnee party that killed her family in the dream sequence. She looks back over each shoulder as she runs because Costner told her to look over her right shoulder and she didn't know her right from her left - she was only 6 years old at the time.
Because of the film's enormous success and sympathetic treatment of the Native Americans, the Sioux Nation adopted Kevin Costner as an honorary member.


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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?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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