Storytelling Center Events

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Community Events
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The Great Story Salon Series
Story into Spring

814 Broadway (#3), New York City
(seating is limited for all events and is held inside a private residence with two cats)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.:
Steve Gorn
Late Night Raga: A Luminous Story without Words

Enjoy a luminous performance by master musician Steve Gorn on Bansuri flute with tabla accompaniment (tabla artist to be announced). The evening will also include a singing lesson for everyone.

Admission: $20.00
(Proceeds will benefit Wiley Basho Gorn and the Taksu Theatre’s upcoming production of The Tempest)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.:
An Evening with Anita Ratnam

One of South India’s highly–acclaimed dancers and storytellers makes a rare salon appearance in NYC. The evening will be followed by a reception and conversation, sharing stories about stories.

Seating is limited and reservations should be made as soon as possible.

Admission: $20.00 (sliding fee)

RSVP (for each event): 1–212–674–3479

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. Fundraiser

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th Street, New York City
Sunday, April 26th, 2015, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come to Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in support of the AFHC. A full afternoon of storytelling, Reiki, Qi Gong, and beautiful items for sale.
Light refreshments will be available.

Contact: 1–212–862–3680 or 1–212–568–1645

Terri Mateer
A Kind Shot

Terri Mateer

Davenport Black Box Theatre
354 West 45th Street, New York City
Fridays, April 24th and May 1st and 8th, 2015
Saturdays, April 25th and May 2nd and 9th, 2015
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
All shows starting at 7:00 p.m.

One of the Top 10 Standout Shows at the Fringe NYC 2014, Terri Mateer’s one–woman show — about the twists and turns in her life that began with her height and her capacity to play basketball like a pro (strong enough to actually play pro in Paris, in fact) — is back for a limited run at the Davenport.

Caution: This show features adult language, and is meant for mature audiences only.

Admission: $18.00
Reservations: Order tickets online via SmartTix (use code AKS13 for $5.00 off; AKS241 to buy two tickets for the price of one)

Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

Spectrum NYC Studio
121 Ludlow Street (2nd Floor), New York City
(between Delancey and Rivington)
Select Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled)

Friday, April 30th, 2015:
Melaena Cadiz, Jeremy Driesen and David Crabb
Jilted Lovers, Bad Kids, Dreams, Drums and Desires

Come hear what it’s really like to tour with a rock ’n’ roll band, recover from jilted love and feel like the bad kid. There will also be an open mic for storytellers and musicians after the featured performers.

Melaena Cadiz

Melaena Cadiz’s expansive voice — an instrument as powerful as her flawless guitar–plucking — can hypnotize you one moment and rattle your bones the next. Her original songs evoke characters wrestling with emotions that haunt us all: love and sadness, desire and defeat.

This beautiful singer/songwriter/guitarist, born in Michigan, based in Brooklyn, has played in venues throughout the States. Her latest album, Deep Below Heaven (the title is a line snatched from a Sam Shepard short story), is both literary and heavenly. American Songwriter magazine described her as “vintage Bob Dylan meets Emmylou Harris.”

Jeremy Driesen

Back in the day, Jeremy Driesen had another life very different from his respectable life now as a partner in Ray Bloch Productions. He was a rock ‘n’ roll drummer for the likes of Billy Idol, Richie Havens, Gary US Bonds, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore, Bo Diddley and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
He toured the country, performing at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, not to mention Joe’s Pub and many, many dive bars throughout the United States.  And he’s at Out by Ten to tell those tales.

David Crabb

David Crabb, a Moth Story Slam host and three-time Moth Slam winner, is a performer writer and teacher in New York City. His solo show, Bad Kid, was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and is coming back in July. His memoir &madsh; based on his Bad Kid show — is coming out as a Harper Perennial book next month.

One writer for The Wall Street Journal praised him as a performer capable of guiding a crowd “from belly laughs to pin–drop silence.”

Admission: $20.00 ($18.00 in advance), includes free wine, cheese and cookies
RSVP: Order online via Brown Paper Tickets


April Armstrong
The Cat Came Back
Stories and Songs with a Jazzy Twist
with Mario Sprouse (piano) and Napoleon Revels–Bey (drums)

Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street (Harlem), New York City
Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Bring your family to the historic Apollo Theater as musician/storyteller April Armstrong and her trio put a new spin on some of your favorite folktales and nursery rhymes. Presented as part of the annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.

Come early for A Journey through Rhythm with Reese, which starts at 12:40 p.m.

This event is suitable for audiences of 4 years and up.

$10.00 ($12.80 if ordered online via Ticketmaster)
RSVP: The Apollo Theater box office at 1–212–531–5305
or via Ticketmaster (additional charges apply) online or at 1–800–745–3000

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Bleecker Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Astounding adventures in exotic lands and extraordinary deeds by Heroines and Heroes, Demi–Gods and Goddesses: Our Winter–Spring season brings ancient epics, some of the world’s oldest and best stories, told by three great storytellers. Anita Ratnam, David Novak and Regina Ress will transport us to India, Mesopotamia and  into the rainforest of Borneo with captivating performances of classic tales. Don’t miss this epic season!

“We need the old stories. They speak to universal and eternal  themes. They help to root us in our common humanity which underpins cultural trappings and particulars. At this time of such polarization, such demonization of the ‘Other,’ it is not just important, it is also healing and refreshing to our spirits to remember our connections to others in time and space. Please come. Please tell your friends.” — Regina Ress

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015:
Anita Ratnam
A Million Sitas

Anita Ratna, photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann --
Photo by and © Cylla Von Tiedemann.

Through the lens of Sita, timeless icon of womanhood, Anita Ratnam, refracts and  re-weaves the many strands of the majestic  and sweeping Hindu epic The Ramayana. Five women are sketched: Manthara, Surpanakha, Mandodari, Ahalya and the eternal Sita, who holds them all together.
One of India’ most celebrated dance–actors, Mme. Ratnam brings storytelling, theatre and dance to her rendering of Sita, who stands at the epicenter of this story of love, honour, courage, treachery and sacrifice.

Dr. Anita Ratnam , one of India’s most renowned performers, describes herself as a “contemporary classicist” whose solo work re–imagines notions of what is sacred and what is secular from within the framework of her life and experience. Her ability to connect through storytelling, musical theatre, and gesture to a wide variety of audiences has led to international engagements in diverse venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (UK), Korzo Theatre at the Hague, Substation (Singapore), the Newark Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum in the United States.

Please note: A full house is expected for this performance. Please contact if you wish to attend.

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Admission: Free (the box office will open one hour in advance of each performance)
Contact: 1–212–998–5867

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.
Folks Telling Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015:
(theme and guest artist to be announced)

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1–212–862–3680

Storytelling with the
Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015: 
Linda Humes and Robin Bady
The Hop Giant and other Tales of the North

Robin and Linda tell funny and fantastic tales of giants, trolls, elves and the other strange folk — large and small — from Scandinavian folklore.

Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1–212–879–9779 or