February 4, 2012

February 2012


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* MI Story *
Storytelling Event Calendar
www.MichiganStorytelling.COM
since 2001
Yvonne Healy, Editor    -    Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
SUBMISSIONS: Stories@Yhealy.com by 15th of month
2/2/2012

HIGHLIGHTS

2012
FEBRUARY 2012
February 4, Detroit 1:00 pm
Ivory D. Williams presents “Grandma's Biscuits,” family fun & stories at Detroit Historical Museum celebrating, "African American History Day". 5401 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202. Info:313-822-6483 or effy1@aol.com.
February 11, Niles 2:00 pm
Ivory D. Williams presents “"Grown Folks Talkin'...Hush!" Fun and humorous stories about what happens to those who don't listen to their elders. Niles Public Library, 620 E. Main St., Niles, MI 49120. Info: 313-822-6483 or effy1@aol.com.
February 18, Ann Arbor, 10:00 a.m.
"The Rhino and the Valley Girl". Public is invited to a workshop on voice presented by Willy Claflin. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Ave. 48104  Free. Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild. Ages 11-Adult are invited to laugh, growl, whisper, whine, mumble, & bellow as participants make sound effects and other joyful noises.   Info: www.annarborstorytelling.org
February 18, 7:30 pm Ann Arbor
The Ark Storytelling Festival offers spoken word narrative and storytelling for adults. Tellers include Willy Claflin (CA), Czenga Zalka (Hungary), Allison Downey (MI) and Lyn Davidge (Ann Arbor). Info: www.theArk.org
February 18, Jackson 5:00 – 7:00 pm
“Love Stories and Latte” with storyteller Judy Gail Krasnow is presented by the Jackson StoryFest at Cuppa – Art 634 in the Main Gallery, 634 N. Mechanic, Jackson. This is a special event to
celebrate this 25th year of bringing stories to adults and families throughout the area. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
February 19, 1:00 pm Ann Arbor
Children and families get their very own concert with mainstage storytellers at the Ark Storytelling Festival. School kids and adults will enjoy Maynard, the Moose (Willy Clafin’s sidekick), Czenga Zalka, Allison Downey and Lyn Davidge.  www.theark.org
February 21, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children.This month’s theme is “Bosses.”

MARCH 2012
March 1, 7:30 pm Detroit
Doors open at 4:00 pm for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. This month’s theme is “Gangs, Cliques and Crowds.”
March 11, Ann Arbor, 2:00 pm
Grammy Award-winning  musician, storyteller and author, Bill Harley presents a concert for families and adults aged 5-105 in this family concert sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, at the Ark; 316 South Main Street.  Info: Laura Raynor,734-327-4226 or raynorL@aadl.org. 
March 11, 7:30 pm Ann Arbor
Bill Harley, Grammy Award-winning storyteller and musician, returns for a special show for adults at the Ark, 316 South Main. For ticket information, visit www.theark.org.
March 17, Defiance, OH 
Ohio celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Festival. Michigan storyteller, Yvonne Healy, will share Irish stories for all ages and musical trio Foxfire will share tunes.  Refreshments. Several presentations around town with addresses & times to be announced.  Info: www.DefiancePublicLibrary.org
March 17, Detroit 6:00 pm
The Virgil H. Carr Arts & Cultural Center presents ”Storytelling at its finest!” Bring your funny bone and your thinking cap as Ivory D. Williams shares his wit, wisdom and humor to stress the importance of morals, values and principles in everyday living. $10.  311 E. Grandriver (Harmonie Park-next to Music Hall), Detroit.  Info: Ivory D. at (313) 822-6483
March 20, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
 Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children.This month’s theme is “Kiss of Death.”
March 24, Jackson 1:00 pm
Celebrate 25 years of free storytelling as Jackson StoryFest keeps this party started with a special Irish Celebration featuring Irish dancing, refreshments and storytelling by Yvonne Healy. One short program for families with children will be followed by refreshments and then a short program for adults. Free. Located at the Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St., Jackson, Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org

APRIL 2012
April 11, Ann Arbor 8:00 pm
Michigan has so many great storytellers that the Moth Grand Slam comes to the Ark, 316 S. Main Street. Winners of the past 10 monthly story slams in Detroit and Ann Arbor tell new stories on theme to be announced. Get your ticket early at Ticketmaster or the Ark box office! Check: www.theMoth.org and www.theArk.org to find out when tickets go on sale.
April 12, Detroit 7:00 pm
Doors open at 4:00 pm for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. This month’s theme is “Silver Lining
April 17, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children.This month’s theme is “Competition”
April 26-29, Lake Geneva, WI
Have fun, improve skills and celebrate the 30th Annual Northlands Storytelling Conference. Workshops, slams, concerts and good times feature the best in storytelling in the Midwest and nationwide.  Presenters TBA. http://northlands.net

MAY 2012
May 3, Detroit 7:00 pm
Doors open at 4:00 pm for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. This month’s theme is “Mothers”
May 4-5, Jackson
Celebrate 25 years of free storytelling at the Jackson StoryFest with Donald Davis, Jay O’Callahan and Michigan’s Yvonne Healy.  Other tellers include Barbara Schutzgruber, Judy Gail Krasnow, Jean Bolley, Brenda Harris, Paige Conat,  Trudy Bulkley, Gemini, Sharon Peacock, Jenifer Strauss, La’Ron Williams, and Cate Robart Snyder. Mark your calendars now! Info:  www.JacksonStoryFest.com
·         May 4, Jackson 7:00 pm
·         Adults and teens are invited to a free concert with storyteller,  at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave., Jackson.
·         May 5, Jackson 8:45 am
·         Workshop on storytelling at the Jackson Public Library, 244 Michigan Ave., Jackson. $25. Register www.JacksonStoryFest.org
·         May 5, Jackson 11:30 am
·         Workshop on storytelling at the Jackson Public Library, 244 Michigan Ave., Jackson $25. Register www.JacksonStoryFest.org
·         May 5, Jackson 2:00 pm
·         Free public concert for families and adults with Yvonne Healy at location TBA.
·         May 5, Jackson 7:00 pm
·         Adults and teens are invited to a free concert with storyteller at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave.

May 15, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children.This month’s theme is “Decadence”
May 19, White Lake
Second Annual Spring Storytelling and Song Festival presented by North Oakland County Storytellers.  Workshops, performances by storytellers and musicians, with featured guest, nationally recognized blues musician and storyteller, Reverend Robert Jones.  Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (M-59), White Lake, MI 48383.  Information at www.northoaklandcountystorytellers.org/events or Lois Sprengnether Keel, 248-625-5848, LoiS-sez@LoiS-sez.com

Yvonne Healy
Managing Editor and Storyteller
www.MichiganStoryTelling.COM