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Mar 01 2012
Hi friends! We’re looking forward to our big show on March 4th, and hope that you are, too. I realized this morning that this marks the very last show of Here’s the Story’s first year of life. Wow. It is amazing to think about all the wonderful people we have met, and all the friends that have been made through this event in one year. It has also been an honor to have been part of fostering the vibrant trend of storytelling in Chicago. We set out to offer the great people who populate Chicago’s many creative communities, a space to get to know and be inspired by one another, and looking back it kinda feels like we have done some of that! I am so happy for all of you who know each other now… I am happy for the time we’ve gotten to spend listening to each other… and I am happy that we have all made something that exists for no other purpose than to share and share alike. If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, and have been meaning to make it out, please do. I think you’ll be happy to find the warm thing that is growing here.
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Dec 08 2011
Greatness. The show, as usual, will feature 10 storytellers. Five walk-ups, and five featured guests. Those are our features, invited to prepare a 10-12 minute long story, told in any way they like. Some of our tellers play characters, some use music or props, most just straight-up tell their story… but we welcome all to use that time to tell a story in their own way.
We do not dictate themes at Here’s the Story. Instead we invite everyone to begin listening for the story that wants to be told. on December 14th.
On the 14th, doors open at 7:30 for the potluck and open-swap sign up. The show starts at 8. The show happens at Stage 773, at 1225 W. Belmont. Feel free to rsvp on facebook.
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Nov 11 2011
Thank you all who came to our November show. Sometimes it strikes me what a unique thing we’re all doing by getting together to listen to each other. How uncommon that is now, and how old it is too… how integral storytelling and listening are to the cultures we all came from.
As always, there were wonderful stories on Wednesday. Stories about searching, and about letting everything go in order to have everything, about looking for love and the loss of great love, and learning to be genuinely present in both. Stories about being good to each other. Thank you thank you to all of our tellers.
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Nov 04 2011
Hello Chicago storylovers and storytellers! We hope to see you all for this coming Wednesday for November’s Here’s the Story! This month, we are graced with an incredibly talented lineup of invited tellers… solo performers, monologists, and professional storytellers, who hold storytelling as an important art, and have given the form much time and attention. They are also people who we just really happen to like… teachers, writers, actors, designers and activists… who make people’s lives better in a myriad of different ways on a daily basis.
As the season changes, we hope you will make plans to join us once a month, to gather round and snuggle in through the fall and winter, and enjoy an amazing, FREE evening of culture and laughter and delicious food and warm community. These events really are special. We’ve created them to be for and by and of all of you: the fantastic creators and thinkers who work and live in this incredible city together. We want you to have a place to be together to listen and be inspired by one another’s experiences and thinking. And, to get to just be in good company.
Here is some of the excellent company you’ll be in on Wednesday, the 9th:
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Oct 15 2011
Huge thanks to everyone who was a part of last night’s show! It was a beautiful night full of wonderful stories; one of my favorites we’ve had… for it’s excellent tellers– both featured and walk-up– and for the fascinating themes that emerged. As lots of you know, we don’t dictate themes at Here’s the Story, which leaves the night open for threads to emerge that are more subtle and profound than anything we could have come up with ahead of time.
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Oct 07 2011
Happy fall, everybody! We hope you’ll join us for our October 12th show, to celebrate the turning of the season by cozying in for some good old fashioned listening and telling. We have a WONDERFUL show in store for you this month, featuring an exceptionally creative and talented bunch of storytellers. October is brimming with artists! Filmmakers, musicians, playwrights, multi-media artists, improvisors and award-winning poets. Many of our guests are highly regarded in their fields, and all of them inspire us greatly.
As always, in addition to our 5 featured tellers, we offer 5 open storytelling slots that anyone can fill, so bring your stories! These surprises are sometimes the best of the night, and by audience vote, one walk-up teller will be invited back as a feature at the following month’s show. We also host a community potluck dinner that always turns out to be magically delicious, and draw an equally delicious crowd of people to eat dinner with, if we do say so ourselves. And our show is still free!
So come out on October 12th to see the work and hear the stories of a bright spectrum of creative people. What better way to bring in the fall than with food and friends and all these sparkling lights?…
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Sep 16 2011
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who came this past Wednesday and shared at Here’s the Story. The room was an excellent mix – we had lots of visitors from out of town, a big storytelling class hailing from Tennessee, a suspicious number of Chicagoans from Ohio, and all kinds of overlapping themes. We talked about topics ranging from funerals to relationships with fathers to vaginas in a variety of, um, sticky situations. That’s right. I said it. If you were there, you knew what I was talking about.
One of the reasons we don’t give a prompt or dictate themes at our potluck is because this gives people the opportunity to observe the natural themes and coincidences that emerge organically when people trust themselves and tell what they feel most drawn to tell.
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Aug 27 2011
We are proud and pleased to feature the storytelling of five remarkable people at the upcoming Here’s the Story. On September 14th, we are honored to have with us Arlene Malinowski, Joe Janes, Aaron Carter, Stephanie Douglass, and Jennifer Burns, last month’s open-mic winner. These folks are incredible thinkers, writers, artists, scientists and storytellers, and we are very excited about getting to share them with you. Here is a little bit more about each of them, in case you’d like to get excited too…
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