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BadyHouse Storytelling Concert

BadyHouse Storytelling Concert #24

December Stories
with James “SoSoon” Gantt, Megan Hicks and Jennifer Glick

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn (Kensington), New York

(MTA Subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, December 6th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: $15.00 + suggested donation (includes coffee, tea, and homemade cookies)
Contact: or 1–718–633–6651

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, December 11th, 2015:
Humor, Holidays, Heartbreak & Happiness
Funny Storytellers and Musicians Wonder
How Much Misery It Takes to Be Happy

Out by Ten wraps up 2015 in true holiday style with no–one less than Moth GrandSLAM winner James Braly, the author and star of Life in a Marital Institution (and featured on Public Radio Exchange’s This American Life and Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts); he will offer a sample from his upcoming show The Monthly Nut: How Much Misery Does It Take to Be Happy?

Also featured will be New York Times TV / cinema / theatre critic — and Moth Slam winner — Neil Gernzlinger and indie folk favorite Honor Finnegan.

Admission: $25.00 ($20.00 in advance)
Reservations: Order tickers online (fulfilled by Brown Paper Tickets)

Memories Out of the Box

Show & Tale: Paws, Beaks & Claws

The Producer’s Club
358 West 44th Street, New York City
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s no secret that sometimes our pets bring us more joy in our lives than the humans around us. For that reason, Show & Tale is pleased to join forces with Badass Animal Rescue to share those moments with your pets and raise money to help those who are still looking for their forever home.
Do you have a photo of a family cat that your kids named “Q–Tip” because it was jet black with a white tail? Did your husband rescue a puppy and bring it to your daughter's birthday and you have a picture of them together? Did you save a cassette tape of your grandmother’s parakeet talking during Thanksgiving dinner?
If so, come to our Show & Tale: Tails, Paws, Beaks, and Claws on December 15th at 6:30pm at the Producer’s Club and tell us about your pet! Everyone is welcome to show and tell with a three minute limit. No clap–o–meter, no need to prepare, no pressure to share.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll probably cough up a hairball at some point too.
All proceeds will go to supporting the important work of Badass Animal Rescue.

Admission: $12.50

Show & Tale: Artists, Inspiration & Tools

Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Thursday, December 17th, 2015, from  6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Was an ancestor or is a family member an artist / crafter / designer? Did you inherit a tool of their trade? What or who inspired you to create at the start of your career? (Or now?) Is there a card/letter you take out to read when you’re feeling down? A favorite mug or sweater that comforts you or brings a smile to your face?

Bring a piece of your personal history and share its story.
Bring photos, letters, lockets or locks of hair, cameras, jewelry, paintbrushes, woodworking tools, aprons, books, paintings or prints and any other object that represents or connects you to art! Bring your ephemera, your textiles, tools and inspirational objects. Everyone is welcome to share with a three minute limit. Get to know one another through a personal object and its tale.
Think Pinterest / Instagram / Throwback Thursday but in person — or Antiques Roadshow meets the Moth.

This is the fourth in our “Meet the Makers” series combining show and tell with a mini arts and crafts fair. Support your local artist and share your art story.

And remember you don't have to show and tell… you can just look and listen.

Show amp; Tale: Masks, Costumes & All that Drag
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, New York City
Friday, December 18th, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Bring an object that you can hide behind, or that actually showcases part of the real you, and share its tale in 3 minutes or less at our first Show & Tale event to be held at Dixon Place, a very special and magical performance venue on the Lower East Side.

We'll be passing the hat to support a wonderful improv theater program for able–bodied and disabled students called IDEAS.

Is Halloween your favorite holiday, and do you own a collection of dozens of masks and have one particular one that you cherish? Did an ancestor love to go to masquerade balls and you have photos or newspaper clippings of them? Did you love to act in school plays and save the costume from the first play that you had a leading role in? Do you still have the middle-aged lady outfit and accessories that you wore to a bachelor party on a dare in 1983, after Dustin Hoffman starred in Tootsie? Or are you actually a drag queen / king who makes a living as a cabaret singer / performer, and want to share about your “lucky” fake eyelashes or mustache?

Bring these, and any other object related to concealing, disguising, or veiling — and show and share its story.

Contact: Martie McNabb at or 1–718–398–1519

Umoja to Imani, beginning Saturday October 3rd

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. & The Black LGBT Kwanzaa Community of NYC
Umoja to Imani
The ABC’s of Storytelling in the African Tradition

365 West 28th Street (Apartment 2E), New York City
Saturdays from October 3rd to December 26th, 2015,
each session from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Children ages 6 to 12 (which must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) are invited to participate in this series of storytelling workshops intended as a Rite of Passage. It’s an opportunity for youngsters to learn their African heritage — and to express themselves through spoken word, drums, theatre, painting, song… and so much moire.

Impotant: Both the children and their parents will be asked to commit to the entire series of workshops, beginning on Saturday October 3rd and leading right up to and including Kwanzaa (December 26th).

RSVP or questions: Thelma Ruffin Thomas at 1–212–807–1570
or Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645

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 Winter/Spring 2016 schedule to be announced.

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

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.

December 5th, 2015:
Julie Della Torre and Rolf Stang
Santa’s Toy Maker
and Other Scandinavian Tales of Christmas

Julie and Rolf bring their delightful basket of delicious seasonal stories. A joyous start to December’s holidays.

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