Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"It Happened Something Like That..." at the Story Cafe!

“It Happened Something Like That…”
Featuring New Hampshire Storyteller
Joanne Piazzi
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Once upon a time, the people sat at the feet of the elders and listened to stories. From these, they learned who they were and who they could become. They learned that the stories were a part of them, and that they were a part of the story of time.

Joanne, (herself a future elder), shares stories that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Whether it’s the traditional tale of the man who learned to turn dirt into gold, her updated version of The Three Pigs, or her original saga about disgruntled chickens, you’ll find a little of yourself in every story. “It happened something like that” is a collection of tales crafted from memory, folklore and free-range wit. They’re all mostly entirely true, because she’s in them, and so are you.

Her CD, Lemmetellya! New Twists on Old Tales, was awarded a 2009 National Parenting Publications Honor Award.

"What a pleasure to hear stories so well crafted, well told, and so much fun. [Joanne's] voice work is also delightful, crisp, fitting the characters as snugly as Puss' boots."
                                                                                                                     ~ Michael Parent, storyteller

"We got the CD "Lemmetellya!" as a gift and have been listening to it (several times a day) ever since then. Thanks for your wonderful stories! They have really touched our family!"
                                                                                                                     ~ Mary, audience member

ADULT OPEN MIC: Sign up for your eight minute (maximum) turn at the mic beginning at 7:00 p.m. Share your own story, song, music, essay or poem.
TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Feature begins at 8:00 P.M.)
LOCATION: Artworks, 384 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA
ADMISSION: FREE (pass the hat for the featured performer)
AUDIENCE: 18 and older
DIRECTIONS: http://www.artworksforyou.org/hours.html  
For more information email Karen Chace at storybug@aol.com  or call Artworks at (508) 984-1588

ArtWorks is right in the middle of the historic district of New Bedford. Come early and enjoy a beautiful spring day, have dinner, then join us for the perfect "night cap" at the Story Cafe!

City of New Bedford http://www.ci.new-bedford.ma.us/
Restaurant Information: http://www.freestones.com/
Parking: Elm Street Parking Garage and Custom House parking is within easy walking distance. http://tinyurl.com/ylx2akr

Sponsored by Artworks! Partners for the Arts & Community http://www.artworksforyou.org/
ArtWorks! is supported in part by the MCC as well as business and individual members

Monday, April 12, 2010

Put Your Story Where Your Mouth Is!

The MassMouth organization has been making great strides in bringing storytelling to new audiences throughout 2009-2010 with their amazing Story Slams. Next week, they will host the final slam of the year. You won't want to miss a word!

                SLAM OF ALL SLAMMERS
                     THE BIG MOUTH OFF

The final contest in Boston’s first story slam season, produced by massmouth and will be held. 6:00 P.M. on April 20, 2010 at in the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Auditorium, Copley Square, Boston MA.

Come hear the winners of the monthly slams plus one People’s Choice entrant compete for the grand prize – a week at a medieval Tuscan townhouse. There are more prizes for the winners chosen by the distinguished judges; including Jay O’Callahan (master storyteller), Charlie Pierce ( Boston Globe, panelist on npr's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" NPR) Brian O’Donovan ( host of a Celtic Sojourn- WGBH-FM, Josna Rege ( English professor, blogging at Tell Me Another ) and Jay Allison ("Independent journalist and producer for radio, including NPR's This I Believe") In between sets of judged stories, the audience and People’s Choice entrants will participate in a mini-slam of stories on the theme - “ the first time”.

Rabb Auditorium is in the new wing of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, at the Copley T stop. We start at 6:00 P.M. sharp on April 20th. Come to a virtual marathon of storytelling! massmouth presents a program of stories that highlight the human experience in all its darkness and light. Seasoned professionals and fledgling storytellers strut their stuff, share their experiences and reveal their insights in this epic competition of 21 finalists. Any one of them can win the grand prize – it all comes down to the winning story. So… if you ran the Boston marathon, come recharge with us! If you didn’t run April 19th and want a different kind of marathon, come experience massmouth‘s 26+ story marathon! After Slam at Kennedy’sMidtown.com – see http://www.massmouth.com/ for details.