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South Bronx Love
Willis Avenue Community Garden
378 Willis Avenue (at the corner of East 143rd
Mott Haven (South Bronx), New
Friday, September 30th, 2016. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the spirit and community of the South Bronx with
storytelling and poetry performances and an open mic! The second
installment of South Bronx Love Letter showcases community
members and artists sharing their love for the South Bronx through
true life stories and art. This event will feature Edwin Pagan,
Karen Pedrosa, Bonafide Rojas, and more! Following the featured
artists, express yourself in our open mic.
South Bronx Love Letter is a series of events and
workshops that aim to strengthen connections between neighbors and
affirm the stories of people who have been living in the South
Bronx, working to make it a better place, and putting their love
into it. We also aim to put forward an image of the South Bronx as
defined by long–term residents, as a strong and positive
counterpoint to the image of the “Piano District” being pushed by
real estate developers.
The Willis Avenue Community Garden is located at 378 Willis Avenue
in Mott Haven. It is accessible by the 6 train to 3rd Ave–138th St
and Brook Ave stations, and the Bx15 bus.
Arts and Social
Paradise Factory (Upstairs Theater)
4th Street, New York City
2nd, 2016 from 12:30 to 1:30p.m.
Artists discuss their commitment to making work that addresses
pressing social issues and changes the way we perceive the world.
While some artists use traditional forms of visual, literary, or
performing arts to make work that comments on, responds to, or
advocates for the need for change, others are exploring new art
forms that engage communities and provide calls for action.
Panelists will include: Bridget Bartolini, Jean Marie, Sameena
Mustafa, Aneesh Sheth, and Dedunu Sylvia. Nikita Chaudhry will be
This talk is part of Tamasha: A
Festival of South Asian Performing Arts, an annual celebration
of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists
from the South Asian subcontinent and diaspora, happening from
September 26th through October 2nd.
Richmond Hill Love
131–12 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
Saturday, October 8th, 2016, from 12 noon to 1:30
Join neighbors in sharing stories and memories about Richmond Hill,
and engage in discussion about our neighborhood’s past, present,
and future. Bring your memories and ideas, and expect to learn
something new about our community. This workshop will be an
intimate and fun way to connect with neighbors through shared
stories and snacks from Sandy’s Roti Shop, a local favorite in the
heart of Little Guyana.
You are also invited to bring any Queens photographs and
memorabilia, and Queens Memory will be on hand to digitize
them for inclusion in the Archives at Queens Library’s collections,
and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home.
Conversations: Our Park
A Story Circle
Flushing Meadows Corona
11101 Corona Avenue. Flushing, New
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, from 2:00
to 4:00 p.m.
How much is a day in the park worth to you? Join a community
conversation about Flushing Meadows Corona Park! You are invited to
share your experiences, memories, and hopes for the park, and join
a discussion with Queens neighbors. This story circle workshop will
help us better understand the value of Flushing Meadows Corona
Park. Snacks will be provided.
This story circle is organized with the Queens Creative
Solidarity’s Studio in the Park Residency.
Storytelling at the
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Bleecker
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless
Boundaries and walls — Physical. Emotional. Political. We
humans set them up, tear them down, and sometimes manage to pass
through them to free ourselves and others. Stories help us to
viscerally remember the interconnection of everything, visible and
invisible. In this time of old order walling in and walling out
versus new order global connectivity, four internationally–renowned
storytellers — Peter Stevenson, Regina Ress, Noa Baum and Laura
Simms — will bring stories that explore and illuminate the
possibilities of crossing borders to find boundlessness and peace.
Join them and learn how.
October 23rd, 2016:
Land Twice Promised
Noa Baum, an Israeli storyteller who began an heartfelt dialogue
with a Palestinian woman (while living in the United States),
weaves together their memories and their mothers’ stories. She
creates a moving testimony illuminating the complex and
contradictory history and emotions that surround the City of
Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike. Noa takes us behind
the rhetoric and headlines to hear the true stories of four women —
two Israelis and two Palestinians. In the process, we experience
the most precious ingredient for the resolution of any major
conflict: mutual compassion. Recommended for adults and
youth of 12 years and older.
November 6th, 2016:
Nine Locks is an
exploration of ancient roots and contemporary repair of rape of all
kinds — physical, environmental, political and spiritual. In her
program, world–renowned storyteller / teacher / author Laura Simms
will explore the origins of disconnection from the natural world
and the power of the feminine — and the regenerative nature of
telling stories, which can provide profound repair. This program
weaves true stories with tales from Scandinavia, Haiti and South
Africa, along with a rarely–shared tale from Jakob and Wilhelm
Grimm. This work is revelatory, entertaining, and transformative.
Come witness the wall of punishing beliefs crumble as we cross the
border into a more essential way of seeing the healing nature of
our minds. Due to adult
subject matter, this program is appropriate only for adults and and
youth of 15 years and over.
David Montgomery, Program
Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU
Regina Ress, Producer
Admission: Free (seating is
limited, and the box office opens one hour before each
A showcase for storytellers
John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City
(between 37th and 38th Streets)
Friday, October 14th, 2016, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.:
Music & Three Hillarious Storytellers
Leslie Goshko, Tim
Manley & Drew Prochaska
Music by Sean Altman and
Admission: $25.00 at the door, $20.00 in advance (includes
New York Metro
Network of Biblical Storytellers
Women in the
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ (Founders’
132 West 116th Street (Harlem), New
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Come experience the power, mystery and wonder of Biblical stories.
A light lunch will be served.
Admission: Donations greatly appreciated
Contact: Juliana Rowe at 1–212–838–3036, Rebecca L. King
or Thelma Ruffin–Thomas at 1–212–807–1570
from the Tribe
with Noa Baum, Tracey Miller
David Lawson and Asher Novek
85 Chester Avenue (Kensington), Brooklyn, New
(MTA subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, at 7:00
Admission: $15.00 plus suggested donation (includes
homemade cookies, coffee and tea)
N.B.: This performance will take place in a row house that is
also home to two cats.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1–718–633–6651
with the Hans Christian Andersen
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.
October 8th, 2016:
Della Torre and Regina Ress
That Tripping over My Bridge and Knocking at My
Come hear Julie Della Torre and Regina Ress tell stories of
fearsome and funny trolls (the old–school kind, not the online
variety) from Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Can the Kingdom be saved
when trolls take over the palace? Learn how to outwit them with a
little kindness, honesty, and quite a bit of cleverness.
November 12th, 2016:
Morris and Navida Stein
Brave and Clever!
Julia Morris and Navida Stein weave music, song and chant into
stories from Sweden and Finland — including how brave Pippi
Longstocking thwarts some burglars, how Mikko the Fox got a white
tip on his tail, and how The Clever
Copper Pot saves the
December 10th, 2016:
Stang and Robin Bady
and Other Winter Holiday Stories
Robin Bady and Rolf Stang join forces to tell Alf Prøysen’s
“Carpenter Andersen” and other delightful holiday stories
to light up this darkest time of the year. Snuggle up in
Scandinavia House’s cozy library for some magical tales told by two
Admission: Free (and suitable for children five
Contact: 1–212–879–9779 or email@example.com
African Folk Heritage Circle,
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00
Please watch this space for the next event in this series to be
Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at
Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen
Central Park (Conservatory Water)
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue entrance, New York City
Saturdays from June through September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12
The 2016 season is now ended. Please watch this space for the
Summer 2017 line–up to be announced next year.
the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center website and
make a donation with PayPal to support the Center’s
This series is sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen
Storytelling Center, Inc., and is produced with the participation
of the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of
Parks and Recreation.