March 29, 2012

April 2012


* MI Story *
Storytelling Event Calendar
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
4/1/2012

HIGHLIGHTS

2012
APRIL 2012
April 9, University Center (Bay City) 10:00 am
The adult & teen public is invited to Delta College’s “Global Awareness Program.” A week of performing arts events and lectures are free to the public including classroom storytelling by Eileen DeLorenzo and a performance of “Blarney and Beyond” by Yvonne Healy followed by a Q&A in the Lecture Theater in G Wing.  Delta College, South Campus Road, University Center, MI.  Info:  http://www.delta.edu/gap.aspx
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 ASAP at www.theMoth.org.
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 21, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
“Drop the Knife: A Memoir-in-Song & Spoken Word” with Jeanne Mackey and friends will be presented at Washtenaw Community College's College Theatre, Crane Liberal Arts Building. 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800. Tickets are $15 ($10 students/seniors), available at the door and at BrownPaperTickets.com.  Info:  http://www.umich.edu/~mackeyj
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 listed at http://northlands.net.  Michigan is well-represented by Judy Sima, Barb Schutzgruber, Allison Downey, Karen Czarnik, Jeff Doyle. Register at www.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 and Judy Sima. Mark your calendars now! Info:  www.JacksonStoryFest.com
·         May 4, Jackson 7:00 pm
·         Adults and teens are invited to a free concert with either Jay O’Callahan or Donald Davis at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave., Jackson.
·         May 5, Jackson 8:45 am
Workshop “Light Your Fire” with Jay O’Callahan, Jackson Public Library, 244 Michigan Ave., Jackson. $25. Register www.JacksonStoryFest.org
·         May 5, Jackson 11:30 am
Workshop “Grandma’s In the Attick. Let’s Get Her Out” with Donald Davis, Jackson Public Library, 244 Michigan Ave., Jackson $25. Register www.JacksonStoryFest.org
·         May 5, Jackson 2:00 pm
Free public concert with Michigan’s own Yvonne Healy at Jackson Symphony Hall, You +1'd this publicly. Undo
215 W. Michigan Ave.
·         May 5, Jackson 7:00 pm
Adults and teens are invited to a free concert with either Jay O’Callahan or Donald Davis 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

JUNE 2012
June 7, 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 “Retaliation”
June 18, Cass City, 7:00 pm
Wear your comfy jammies, bring your favorite pillow for the “PJ Party” with storyteller Yvonne Healy. Rawson Library kicks off the Summer Reading Program for this evening performance at Rawson Library, 6495 Pine St.  Info: 989-872-2856.
June 19, Ann Arbor 7:30pm
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 “Education”
June 28, Ann Arbor 8:00 pm
The Moth Mainstage returns to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival thanks to Michigan Radio and the Festival. Presented at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty St., the theme isi “Under the Influence: Stories that Shape and Shake Us.”  Info: www.theMoth.org and www.AnnArborSummerFestival.org
June 28-July 1, Cincinnatti, OH
Rare chance to enjoy the National Storytelling Conference! This year only, it’s in our own backyard. You’re guaranteed a memorable time whether you love listening to stories or telling them. Checkout the inexpensive Performances Only registration with entertainment morning to midnight in showcases, swaps, open mics, and fringes. Or learn new techniques and applications by taking workshops with the Full registration. Go whole hog and add on preconference Intensives & Master Classes. Stay at the conference hotel if you wish or stay nearby.  SENIOR Discount & STUDENT Discounts available.  Info:  www.StoryNet.org

Yvonne Healy, storyteller www.MichiganStoryTeller.com, Managing Editor