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Five Boro Story Project

South Bronx Love Letter

Willis Avenue Community Garden
378 Willis Avenue (at the corner of East 143rd Street)
Mott Haven (South Bronx), New York
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.

Admission: Free

Arts and Social Change
Panel Discussion

Paradise Factory (Upstairs Theater)
64 East 4th Street, New York City
Sunday, October 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 the moderator.

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 Letter
Writing Workshop

Indo–Caribbean Alliance
131–12 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
Saturday, October 8th, 2016, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

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.

Community Conversations: Our Park Stories
A Story Circle Workshop

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
11101 Corona Avenue. Flushing, New York
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 Provincetown Playhouse
Fall 2016: Border Crossings

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

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.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016:
Noa Baum
A 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.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016:
Laura Simms
Unlocking Nine Locks

Unlocking 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 Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

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

Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

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.:
Laughable, Lovable Music & Three Hillarious Storytellers
Leslie Goshko, Tim Manley & Drew Prochaska
Music by Sean Altman and Inna Dukach

Admission: $25.00 at the door, $20.00 in advance (includes beverages)

Purchase tickets online


New York Metro Network of Biblical Storytellers
Tell–Around 2016
Women in the Bible

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ (Founders’ Hall)
132 West 116th Street (Harlem), New York City
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 at 1–347–546–4581
or Thelma Ruffin–Thomas at 1–212–807–1570


BadyHouse Storytelling Concert #30
Stories from the Tribe
with Noa Baum, Tracey Miller Segarra,
David Lawson and Asher Novek

85 Chester Avenue (Kensington), Brooklyn, New York
(MTA subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

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: or 1–718–633–6651

Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
at Scandinavia House

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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, October 8th, 2016:
Julie Della Torre and Regina Ress
“Who’s That Tripping over My Bridge and Knocking at My Door?”

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.

Saturday, November 12th, 2016:
Julia 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 day.

Saturday, December 10th, 2016:
Rolf Stang and Robin Bady
Santa’s Toy Maker 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 wonderful tellers.

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

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

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.

Please watch this space for the next event in this series 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

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 noon

The 2016 season is now ended. Please watch this space for the Summer 2017 line–up to be announced next year.

Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center website and make a donation with PayPal to support the Center’s activities

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.