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Storytelling Center Events


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Community Events
If you have a storytelling program that you'd like to announce on this website, please contact Daniel Meyer at nycstorytelling@gmail.com.


Brookfield Place New York presents
Bill Gordh

Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Waterfront Corner, Battery Park City, New York
Saturday, March 7th, 2015, at 12:00 noon

Bill Gordh brings his banjo to Hudson Eats (14 chef–driven eateries in a casual setting overlooking the Hudson River) for an hour of interactive tales guaranteed to be fun for the entire family. Part of Hudson Eats’ Children’s Saturday Morning Show series.

Admission: Free


New York Story Exchange
hosted by Barbara Aliprantis
with Michele Carlo, Nicole Ferraro and Jeff Rose

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, New York City
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. (open mic sign–up ends at 6:10 p.m.)

The long–running series enters its 18th season with a new rotating host format and an open mic format (three volunteer tellers with a five minute limit for each) and the return of Barbara Aliprantis after a five–year (?!) sabbatical.

Admission: $8.00 (includes one drink)
Contact: barbaraaliprantis1@mail.com or 1–718–461–1355



Mapping Brooklyn - Saturday, March 14th

Five Boro Story Project
Mapping Brooklyn

BRIC House
647 Fulton Street (at Rockwell Place), Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, March 14th, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“Dere’s no guy living dat knows Brooklyn t’roo and t’roo, because it'd take a guy a lifetime just to find his way aroun' duh goddam town,” penned Thomas Wolfe in his 1935 short story Only the Dead Know Brooklyn. Is it possible to truly know Brooklyn? Well, you can’t stop us from trying!

Mapping Brooklyn invites you to get to know the borough — and your neighbors — a little better.

This free event will take you on a journey through Brooklyn with true stories about growing up in, exploring, and (re)defining the borough and its changing terrain, from Park Slope to Bed Stuy. The program will begin with a dramatic reading of the classic Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by performance artist Annie Lanzillotto. Master storytellers Michele CarloRenee GregoryTom Rigney, and Betty Yu will recount personal neighborhood tales about mapping their Brooklyn territories. Following the performances, share your own Brooklyn anecdotes, memories, poems, and more in our open mic.

Mapping Brooklyn is part of BRIC’s Saturday House Party and complements the Mapping Brooklyn exhibit, which juxtaposes the work of contemporary artists working with maps and cartography alongside actual historic maps maps from the Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection.

BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street (entrance on Rockwell Place) in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, and is easily reached by MTA subway or railroad: G to Fulton; C to Lafayette; 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St.; B/Q/R to Dekalb; it is steps away from Atlantic Terminal and the Long Island Rail Road.

Admission: Free (evening events after 8:00 p.m. at additional cost).


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Bady House Storytelling Concert #18
with Arif Choudhury, Meliora Dockery,
Rivka Willick and Brad Lawrence

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
(MTA F subway train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

The Bady House Storytelling Concerts are a monthly series that takes place in the intimacy of a living room.  Each show has three or four storytellers —  one from outta town and three from NYC — and each performer has a half hour to tell a story (or stories) of his or her choice.
 
Come in, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, eat homemade cookies, get a drink, hang out with great audience members, network and listen to some fabulous storytelling and music.

Admission: $15.00 + suggested donation
(includes the performance, homemade cookies, coffee and tea)
Contact: robbady@gmail.com or 1–718–633–6651





Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice in Queens

Five Boro Story Project and LatimerNOW
Queens Documented
The Fight for Social Justice in Queens

Latimer House Museum
34–41 137th Street, Flushing, New York
Saturday, March 28th, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Join Queens neighbors John Choe (Flushing Chamber of Commerce), Mark Levy (Queens College), Tania Mattos (Queens Neighborhoods United), Monica Montgomery (Museum Hue and LatimerNOW) and Pauline Park (Queens Pride House) as they share personal tales of their struggles and triumphs in creating a more just and inclusive world. This event celebrates our beautiful borough and raises awareness of the important work that’s being done in Queens — and what needs to be done.

Share your own stories, memories, music, and anecdotes in our Open Mic! 

Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice is part of LatimerNOW‘s Unconquerable Social Justice Salon series. Headquartered at the Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum, LatimerNOW is remixing the museum experience! Highlighting the wonder of creativity, community and identity, LatimerNOW invites diverse audiences to connect with Latimer House the way they connect with their own homes: through culture, foodways, language, and storytelling. We celebrate African American inventor Lewis Latimer’s unconquerable legacy, as a renaissance man, a community connector and active citizen during the early 20th century.

To reach the Latimer House Museum, take the MTA No. 7 train to Main Street / Roosevelt, or the Q25 bus to Linden Place and 35th Avenue.

Produced with the participation of Historic House Trust and the New York Community Trust.



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, April 19th, 2015:
David Novak
Gilgamesh

For 2,500 years it was the greatest story ever told. For another 2,500 years it was completely forgotten. The epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, returns to its roots as a spoken–word performance in an extraordinary rendering by renowned storyteller David Novak. “This story has something for everyone,” Mr. Novak says, “steamy seduction, monster–slaying, heavenly battles, and a grief–stricken hero’s quest. Although it is our oldest written epic, for thousands of years Gilgamesh was a great telling experience.”   Appropriate for adults and children over 12 years. 


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

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’s most celebrated dance–actors, Ms. 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. 

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, March 3rd, 2015:
Dr. Juanita Kirton
Struggle for Voting Rights


Tuesday, April 7th, 2015:
Fools and Liars
(guest artist to be announced)

Admission:
$10.00
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, March 14th, 2015:  
Laura Simms
The Heart of the Giant and other tales from Norway and Denmark

In this lovely program, Laura retells a version of a great fairytale about a giant whose heart is found and a kingdom saved by prince and princess and beautiful wolf as well as some folktales from Denmark and a special saga about a Witch in a Boat of Stone.


Saturday, April 11th, 2015:  
Melissa Heckler and Therese Folkes Plaire
The Sea Nymph and other Water Tales

An hour of water stories from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. From the rivers to the seas, there is magic in the Earth’s waters.


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.


Admission:
Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1–212–879–9779 or hca@amscan.org




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)

Please watch this space for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.


REVEAL: A Storytelling Event

The Monro Pub
481 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“I have found a home to tell stories in twice a month and I'd like to invite you to join me. Sometimes there will be themes, sometimes I will encourage you to come out and just tell your best story. Our home is located at a bar in Park Slope called the Monro Pub. We will meet there every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 9 p.m. We will drink, tell stories and connect with each other. I encourage writers, comedians or just anyone who has a story to tell.” — Desirée Taranto, Organizer / Host

Visit the REVEAL page on Meetup (Meetup registration required)