Storytelling Center Events

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African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

AFHC Moving Sales in April and May

Moving Sale

425 West 162nd Street, New York City
Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, 2016,
from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day

Come with positive energy to purchase heirlooms of all sorts: Books, furniture, linens, china, vintage clothing,
household goods, and so much more. Cash only on all purchases.

Folks Tellin’ 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 3rd, 2016:
(program and guests 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 at the Provincetown Playhouse
Spring 2016 Season

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

Sunday, May 1st, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
Megan Wells 
Helen's Troy

Helen of Troy is forever remembered in poetry as the face that launched a thousand ships. What must it 
have been like to live behind a face like that? After intense research into the history, literature, and mythology 
of the legendary Trojan War, Megan Wells crafted an epic that illuminates the complex choices of a Spartan
woman of power. Resonant to our modern age, politics over territory bend circumstances to incite mighty 
conflicts. Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older.

Megan Wells is an award­winning storyteller, actor, and director with over forty years experience. She tells
traditional tales, multi­cultural myths, and historical events, as well as personal and true stories. She has
performed coast to coast and is the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. Appearances
include the national Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago Symphony

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

Admission: Free (seating is limited, and the box office opens one hour before each performance).
Contact: 1–212–998–5867

BadyHouse Storytelling Concert

BadyHouse Storytelling Concert #28
Women Tell Stories
with Sandi Marx, Selena Coppock, Lisa Luella Kirchner
and Megan Wells

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn (Kensington), New York
(MTA subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Monday, May 2nd, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: $15.00 + suggested donation (includes homemade cookies, coffee and tea)
Contact: or 1–718–633–6651

Battery Park City Parks
Stories for All Ages

Teardrop Park
North End Avenue (between Warren and Murray Streets)
Battery Park City, New York City
Select Saturdays as noted below, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

May 7th, 2016;
Laura Simms
Into the Ocean of Story

Join storyteller Laura Simms for an hour of sailing adventures sure to conjure up images of the sea.
Expect a sea chanty or two to fill everyone’s sails.

July 16th, 2016:
April Armstrong
Stories from Africa

Will Tortoise remember the name of the tree? Can the Guinea Fowl fool the tricky Anancy? How can
Tunji defeat the Giant with a song? Find out the answers in a hour of African folk tales for the young
and the young at heart.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–212–267–9700

Thelma Ruffin ThomasRobin Greenstein

Thelma Ruffin Thomas & Robin Greenstein
Women in Story & Song

Peoples’ Voice Café
Community Church of New York
(a Unitarian Universalist congregation)
40 East 35th Street (between Madison & Park Avenues), New York City
Saturday, May 7th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Thelma Ruffin Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and (coming up this spring) Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

Robin Greenstein plays guitar, banjo and ukelele. She studied and worked with folk legend Hedy West, was signed to Bob Dylan's publishing company, and was a clinician for Martin Guitars. Her first "real" job was a grant to study and perform Jewish music. She sings in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Her most recent CD album is the winter holiday collection Songs of the Season (with Cecelia Kirtland).

Admission: $18.00
Contact: or 1–212–807–1570
Accessible for wheelchairs (bathrooms included) — contact: 1–212–787–3903


Five Boro Story Project
 Richmond Hill Love Letter

Richmond Hill Love Letter

The Five Boro Story Project’s most comprehensive program to date, Richmond Hill Love Letter aims to increase neighborhood pride, transform strangers into neighbors, and galvanize residents to act on changes they wish to see in their neighborhood.

This program is the brainchild of the FBSP’s creator Bridget Bartolini, a Richmond Hill native who knows firsthand how a lack of community programming leads to disconnected residents, and how the act of sharing personal stories has an incredible power to create meaningful connections between people. Local stories provide a connection to the past and a platform for planning the future, helping neighbors move forward with a shared understanding of the neighborhood.

In addition to storytelling, art–making, and writing workshops, Richmond Hill Love Letter will include facilitated discussions that explore neighborhood history and assets, examining positive and negative attributes of the greater Richmond Hill area, and envision the changes Richmond Hill residents hope to see.

This will happen in two stages:

April to October 2016: Community activities, including story circles, community discussions, and art–making and writing workshops in local libraries, community centers, and parks, will deeply engage participants with our neighborhood and neighbors.

November 2016: A culminating event will showcase performances by community members of true life stories, poems and other art inspired by Richmond Hill. It will be an ode to the neighborhood like has never been seen!

The Five Boro Story Project has partnered with Queens Memory, an archive run by Queens Library and Queens College that combines historical and contemporary photography, maps, news clippings, and other documents with oral history interviews of current residents. At select workshops, Queens Memory staff will digitize participants’ memorabilia and record their stories for inclusion in the Archives at Queens Library’s collections.

Watch this space for additional dates in the Love Letter series.

Richmond Hill Cultural Pizza

Smokey Oval Park
Atlantic Avenue (between 125th and 127th Street), Richmond Hill, New York
Sunday, May 15th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Richmond Hill Cultural Pizza Cultural & Health Fair celebrates the culturally rich enclave of Richmond Hill, where you find foods, arts, languages, and cultures from all parts of the world. Richmond Hill Cultural Pizza will showcase the neighborhood’s mosaic of sights and sounds, music and dance, and arts and crafts. In collaboration with the Nursing Office, PAGASA Social Foundation, and the Office of Assemblyman David I. Weprin, the Five Boro Story Project will present story–sharing activities for all ages, and a station where you can write a love note to Richmond Hill.

These events are made possible with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.


Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 8th Avenue (Suite 2310) New York City
(between 38th and 39th Streets)
Second Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled)

Friday, May 13th, 2016:
Tra La, Let’s Laugh and Be Gay

May is Mental Health Month (yes), and this month’s Out by Ten event invites you to have a good (meaningful) laugh as three
tellers — actress/playwright Heather Harpham, twenty–time MothSlam Champion Adam Wade (as featured on
National Public Radio, Comedy Central, and PRX’s Moth radio show), and writer/filmmaker/Moth GrandSlam champion Aaron
Wolfe (the Oscar®–shortlisted short Record / Play). Music will be provided by southern country & blues man Walter
Parks (the opening theme for the Discovery Channel’s American Guns). As always, do stay and take park in the open mic that

Admission: $25.00 at the door, $20.00 if ordered online (includes refreshments)
RSVP: Order tickets online (seating is limited)

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 14th:
Robin Bady and Linda Humes
Cold Tales from Arctic Lands
Robin Bady and Linda Humes tell “Sister Sun and Brother Moon” and other shivery and rolicking fun tales from Scandinavia.

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