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Thelma R. Thomas Story
365 West 28th Street (Apartment 2E), New York
(near 9th Avenue)
Select Sundays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 28th, 2016:
Reservations: $10.00 for each salon (seating is
Five Boro Story
Community Imagining + South
305 East 140th Street (#1A), Bronx, New York
Saturday, February 13th, 2016. from 2:00 to 4:00
The USDAC–NYC Field Office and Five Boro Story Project invite you
to imagine a liberated society that has put an end to police
violence and where Black lives truly matter. This Imagining aims to
affirm and strengthen local community by inviting participants to
express love for the neighborhood in a collaboratively composed
“South Bronx Love Letter.”
Participants will unleash their creativity as they work
collectively to envision a society that upholds human dignity
towards restorative justice. Through a story circle, community
mapping, and “love letter” writing, we’ll imagine the ideal future
we are fighting for — the first step towards making it
This program is part of BronxArtSpace’s show “Speak Out,” an
exhibition in response to the continued failure of the United
States to protect its Black citizens from police discrimination and
Travel directions: BronxArtSpace is located at 305 East
140th Street. Take the 6 train to 3rd Avenue/138th Street, exit at
Alexander Avenue, walk two blocks north to 140th Street, and turn
Two more events in this series have been tentatively
Bronx Love Letter with BxArts Factory
Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Saturday, March 12th, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Details to be announced
Richmond Hill Love
Queens Library at Lefferts Library
103–34 Lefferts Boulevard, Jamaica, New
Saturday, April 9th. 2016
Time and additional details to be announced
A showcase for storytellers
John Strasberg Studios
555 8th Avenue (Suite 2310) New York City
38th and 39th Streets)
Second Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise
Friday, February 12th, 2016:
Funny Takes on
Eisenberg, Wendy Suzuki Ph.D. and Sean Altman
Two shows:7:00 to 8:15 p.m. and 8:45 to 10:00 p.m.
That’s right, two shows for this Day of Hearts special. Come hear
NPR presenter Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another) offer new
tales of love and sleep deprivation (the latter coming with being a
new mother). Stay to hear Wendy Suzuki (Professor of Neural Science
and Psychology at New York University) offer some surprises about
your brain and love. And don’t miss the “tuneful and sharply witty”
(Los Angeles Times) music of singer / songwriter Sean
Altman (yes, as in Rockapella).
Admission (per show): $25.00 at the door, $20.00 in advance
(seating is limited)
via Brown Paper Tickets
In Praise of
Evening of Storytelling
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York City
Saturday, February 13th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
The acclaimed storyteller Laura Simms will share a rich tapestry of
passionate and riveting tales from a wide range of traditions and
personal experience (Celtic, Inuit, Persian, Buddhist, Jewish,
African, and New York City) that unveil the secrets of love in all
of its forms — emotional, physical, divine — and that grapple with
the nature of the human condition, spirituality, and the quest for
wisdom. Ultimately what drives us, these very diverse stories
reveal, is that the union we most long for is the one with our own
innermost being. Don’t miss one of our great contemporary
storytellers weave her magic spell and transport us to far away
lands and places, all to help us explore the mysteries of our own
hearts and souls.
Admission: $30.00 ($25.00 for Open Center members)
Register online or
(ask for catalogue number 16WAP65P)
Claire Nolan & Janet
Tales of Love and
Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Corner of Partition and Main Streets, Saugerties, New York
Friday, February 19th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Storytelling at the
Spring 2016 Season
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
Love, political skullduggery, and the human side of war: Our Spring season brings three upclose and personal
stories of some of the great themes of life told by three master storytellers. For her annual Valentine’s
concert, Regina Ress, accompanied by Larry Roland on bass, wonders: Love, Can We Handle It? In April,
Michael D. McCarty’s Happy Panther offers a glimpse into the machinations of COINTELPRO against the Black
Panther Party in Chicago. For May Day, Megan Wells brings us the Trojan War through Helen’s eyes.
Join us at
the historic Provincetown Playhouse for this diverse and enthralling season of storytelling.
Friday, February 12th, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.:
with Larry Roland
Love, Can We Handle It?
How is it that something we all want is, at the same time, something so many of us run from? We pretend it is
all so casual, we play “open /
shut them” with our arms and hearts, hide behind masks
— or simply hide,
period. And yet, and yet…
we are all looking for love. And when we find it and plunge into its deep waters,
we are healed and made
whole. Joined by virtuoso bass player and poet Larry Roland, Regina Ress brings some
questions and some
storied answers about love for her thirteenth annual Valentine’s concert. Appropriate for adults
and older teens.
Regina Ress, storyteller, actor, author, and educator, has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, from
homeless shelters and prisons
to Lincoln Center and the White House, including numerous national and international
storytelling festivals. She teaches storytelling for New
Educational Theatre and Multilingual
/Multicultural Studies Programs and has produced Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse since 2003.
Bassist / composer / poet Larry Roland performs original and spontaneous
improvised music that derives
from African American jazz and African Diaspora traditions. He has performed across the US and abroad
merges his poetry with the acoustic bass to form a unique combination of art that blends the European literal
and “African in America” oral traditions.
Sunday, April 17th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.:
Michael D. McCarty
My Experience in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
J. Edgar Hoover declared
that “the Black Panther Party represents the greatest threat to
the internal security of
the country.” But
what made the BPP so dangerous? Not the guns,
but the Free Breakfast for Children and
other survival programs that
the BPP initiated.
Michael D. McCarty was a member of the Illinois Chapter of the BPP and a colleague
of Deputy Chairman
Fred Hampton, who would
be assassinated by the Chicago police
under the direction of the FBI. Later,
it was discovered that this was part of
COINTELPRO, Hoover’s program of deception, lies, and skullduggery
destroy many lives. Michael became a target of COINTELPRO after leaving the Party.
He has stories
to tell. Appropriate for adults and teens 14 and older.
Michael D. McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African–American, and international folk tales,
historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories and stories of “the brilliant and absolutely stupid
has done in his life.” He has led numerous workshops for California’s Arts in Corrections program.
stories testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
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
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
Storytelling with the
Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
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.
Laura tells the H.C. Andersen classic and other courageous tales
from Denmark and Norway.
Shapiro and Jean Hale
and Derring–Do: Tales from the Very Far
Jean Hale and Ellen Shapiro take us to the frozen forests of Norway
Robin Bady and
Tales from Arctic Lands
Robin Bady and
Linda Humes tell “Sister Sun and Brother Moon” and other shivery
and rolicking fun tales from Scandinavia.
Admission: Free (and suitable for children five and
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 p.m.
Please watch this space for the next date to be
Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at