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Five Boro Story Project
LES Love Mob

Clinton Street, New York City
Thursday, May 21st, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Part of the continuing Lower East Side History Month festivities, LES Love Mob is an artist–led walking tour and story sharing event bringing attention to the community and culture of Clinton Street.

This event pairs artists with small businesses to explore the history of Lower East Side through commerce and culture. Support local businesses as artist ambassadors introduce you to each business and their intimate connections to the community, and share your own stories after the walking tour!

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Artist-Led Walking Tour
Meet at Barramundi, 67 Clinton Street

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.: Storytelling & refreshments
Return to Barramundi for a story circle led by the Five Boro Story Project

Visit the Five Boro Story Project website

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)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015:
Nhu An Do, ESP Vocal Trio and Jeremy Jordan
Laughter, Harmony, Addiction, and All That Jazz

Nhu An Do

Nhu An Do is a Moth StorySLAM winning storyteller. She has a solo show, You Sing Terrible!, about the hilariously dark journey of finding her voice through plastic surgery, addiction and music. She is also a singer-songwriter with one album released thus far (Shangri–la). Believing that creativity heals, she also consults with small business owners to encourage their creativity.

Artwork for the ESP Vocal Trio's first album

The ESP Vocal Trio hail from Boston and deliver original songs and compelling new arrangements of familiar jazz tunes. Featuring the diverse talents of Emily Browder Melville, Sandi Hammond, and Patrice Williamson, the trio's sensuous blend and savvy musicality has captivated audiences all over Boston (the Regatta Bar, Ryles, Johnny D's, and the Acton Jazz Café e.g.). They All Laughed (cover art above) is their first album.

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan, a pianist dubbed "a true wunderkind" in the media, is versatile in both classical music and jazz. He has played solos at Carnegie Hall, accompanied renowned violoncellist Yo Yo Ma in concert, and played with major orchestras in Chicago, Amsterdam and the Czech Republic.

An open mic will follow the featured performers.

Admission: $20.00 ($18.00 in advance), includes wine, cheese and cookies
Make reservations online at Brown Paper Tickets (a $1.92 service charge applies)

Five Boro Story Project
Bronx Book Fair Open Mic

Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, New York
Saturday, May 30th, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.
(Festival begins at 12:00 noon)

A great day for book lovers in the Bronx! The Five Boro Story Project will host an open mic during the Bronx Book Fair, a day–long festival dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx. Catch performances from some amazing poets and writers from 12:00p.m. onwards, and join our open mic at 5:00 p.m.!

Admission: Free


Five Boro Story Project

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
619 Lexington Avenue, New York City
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a New York City “Imagining” that will bring together community members, organizers, artists, cultural workers, and other stakeholders to imagine the creative approaches, organizing strategy and bold vision we need to win anti–gentrification and anti–displacement fights in NYC now and into the future. The event is part celebration and part envisioning and strategizing. Participants will take part in a collective–imagining process where we will ask ourselves: “What will the year 2034 look like when art’s transformative power has been fully integrated into all aspects of public and community organizing life?”

Visit the Five Boro Story Project website for additional details

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen at Central Park
Image ©2012 Philip David Morgan / Rosegarden Media & Entertainment.

Stories at the Statue
of Hans Christian Andersen

Central Park — Conservatory Water
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue, New York City
Saturday mornings from June to September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Come join us in Central Park for an annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season! Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more &madsh; besides the fairy tales of Mr. Andersen, of course — come light rain or shine! The stories are suitable for children of five years and up.

June (Youth storytellers will share the space during the month)
Monitor: Mary Ann Schmidt
June 6th: Laura Simms — “Tayzanne, the Red Fish” (Haitian)
Anne Shimojima — “The Crane Wife” (Japanese)

June 13th: Mary Ann Schmidt — “The Princess and the Golden Comb” (Italian)
Jeannine Laverty — “The Laugh at the Cry of Dawn” (Scottish)

June 20th: Robin Bady — “Beetle Went on a Journey” (H.C. Andersen)
Ellen Shapiro — “Hans Clodhopper” (H.C. Andersen)

June 27th: Elizabeth Shepherd — “The Glass Coffin” (Brothers Grimm)
Mark Horn — “The Princess of the Vermillion Path” (Nepalese)

Monitor: Eileen Palley

July 5th:

A Special Forth of July Celebration Therese Plair — “The Pumpkin Rider” (Caribbean)
Dovie Thomason — “Iktomi Saves the People” (Lakota)
Laura Simms — “The Empress of Fairies” (Romanian)

July 11th Ben & Jeslyn Wheeless (with guitar) — “The Patchwork Quilt” (Joan Aiken)
Rachel Rose Reid — “The Pea Blossom” (H.C. Andersen)

July 18th: Julia Morris — “The Wild Swans” (H.C. Andersen)
Julie Pasqual — “Juan Bobo and the Pig” (Puerto Rico)

July 25th:
Bill Gordh — An hour of Andersen stories with guitar music

Monitors: Laura Simms and Regina Ress

August 1st: Marc Young — “Clever Fools” (Jewish)
Joy Kelly — “A Wonderful Story” (India)

August 8th: Navida Stein — “The Magic Fish” (Brothers Grimm)
Julie Della Torre — “Hans Clodhopper” (H.C. Andersen)

August 15th: Megan Hicks — “The Goblin and the Grocer” (H.C. Andersen)
Regina Ress — “I’m Tipingee, She’s Tipingee, We’re Tipingee Too” (Haitian)

August 22nd: Ron Sopyla — “The Snow Queen” (H.C. Andersen)
Rita Auerbach — “The Three Aunts” (Norwegian)

August 29th: Luann Adams — “Blue Faience Hippopotamus” (Egyptian)
Judith Heineman — “Momotaro” (Japanese)

Monitor: Jean Hale

September 5th: Heather Forest — “Red and Blue Coat” (Congolese)
Peninnah Schram — “Wisdom for Sale” (Jewish)

September 12th: A celebration of Diane Wolkstein [1942–2013]
with Rachel Zucker and friends (guests to be announced)
September 19th: Jim May — “Owl” (Haitian)
Peter Stevenson — “The Ointment” (Welsh)

September 26th: The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party with Rolf Stang (as H.C. Andersen)
Laura Simms — “The Ugly Duckling” (H.C. Andersen)
Jean Hale — “Goose and Duck” (Tad Hills)
(refreshments will be served following the performance)


Parents and guardians are requested to sit with their children during the story hour.

Laura Simms, artistic director

Sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy.

Please support the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center with your donations via PayPal

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Stories for All Ages

Teardrop Park
Northend Avenue and Warren Street
Battery City Park, New York City
Select Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 6th, 2015:
Mary Ann Schmidt
Herman and Marguerite

Saturday, October 31st, 2015:
Rita Auerbach
Hallowe’en Stories

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

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, June 2nd, 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.

Please watch this space for the Fall 2015 dates to be announced.

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

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

“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

Please watch this space for the 2015–2016 dates when they are finalized and announced.

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

Contact: 1–212–998–5867