Storytelling Center Events

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Community Events
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Thelma R. Thomas Story Salons

365 West 28th Street (Apartment 2E), New York City
(near 9th Avenue)
Select Sundays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 28th, 2016:
Love Stories

Reservations: $10.00 for each salon (seating is limited)
R.S.V.P.: 1–212–807–1570


Five Boro Story Project

Community Imagining + South Bronx Love Letter

305 East 140th Street (#1A), Bronx, New York
Saturday, February 13th, 2016. from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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 reality.

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 violence.

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 left.

Admission: Free

Two more events in this series have been tentatively scheduled:

South 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 Letter

Queens Library at Lefferts Library
103–34 Lefferts Boulevard, Jamaica, New York
Saturday, April 9th. 2016
Time and additional details to be announced


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, February 12th, 2016:
Funny Takes on Valentine Love
with Ophira 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)

RSVP online via Brown Paper Tickets

Laura Simms
In Praise of Love
An 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 at 1–212–219–2527
(ask for catalogue number 16WAP65P)

Tales of Love and Affection February 19th

Stories for Inquiring Minds
Claire Nolan & Janet Carter
Tales of Love and Affection

Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Corner of Partition and Main Streets, Saugerties, New York
Friday, February 19th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–845–246–5775

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

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.:
Regina Ress 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 York University’s 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  and 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 
Happy Panther: 
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 
that would 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 things he 
has done in his life.” He has led numerous workshops for California’s Arts in Corrections program. Michael’s 
stories testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit.

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

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, March 12th:
Laura Simms
The Snow Queen
Laura tells the H.C. Andersen classic and other courageous tales from Denmark and Norway.

Saturday, April 9th:
Ellen Shapiro and Jean Hale
Trickery and Derring–Do: Tales from the Very Far North
Jean Hale and Ellen Shapiro take us to the frozen forests of Norway and Sweden.

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

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.

Please watch this space for the next date 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