HIGHLIGHTS ** Registration is now open: National Storytelling Conference July 25-28 in Phoenix , AZ www.storynet.org. MI Story now lists monthly meetings of local storytelling groups and guilds. Visitors and new members welcome.
May 1, Detroit 4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm stories begin 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. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”
May 1, Jackson 10:00 am Jackson Storyfest presents “Silver Tales” a free performance of stories for Seniors” by Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Located at the Assembly Church, 141 E Michigan Ave. (Old Furmans Building,) doors open at 9:30am for priority seating. www.jacksonstoryfest.org
May 2, Jackson 7:30 pm Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with Antonio Rocha at Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7pm. Antonio Rocha’s tenor voice, trained movements and meaningful repertoire come together to deliver an unforgettable performance you are sure to be talking about. It will sooth your soul, tickle you funny bone and leave you spell bound. Emcee, Corinne Stavish. www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 2, Jackson Free storytelling performances for school children with Antonio Rocha, Carrie Sue Ayvar, Karen Czarnik, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Allison Downey, Rosie Chapman, Judy Gail, Mike Deren, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Dick Strader, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place at various religious and civic buildings throughout the morning.
May 3, Jackson 8:45 to 10:45 am Jackson Storyfest -register for in-depth workshop with award winning storyteller, Judy Sima “Unleash the Power – Let Kids Tell.” $25 www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Join Judy as she presents practical ideas for helping young people become confident storytellers. Learn how to encourage them through games, activities, chants, a structured story-learning process, and how to take them on the road. If you are a teacher, librarian, storyteller or parent w/a desire to work w/kids, you’ll come away w/an extensive handout, a story, and ideas you can use tomorrow. Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.
May 3, Jackson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Jackson Storyfest - Register for an in-depth storytelling workshop taught by national known storyteller and mime, Antonio Rocha. “Five Crazy Voices…One Million Characters.” $25 (or $50 for both workshops includes box lunch) at www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Join Antonio in this interactive workshop to discover the 5 different voice ranges (chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) to create fun characters. Great for all stories especially folk and fairy tales. The storyteller can have his/her own voice when narrating; however, it’s helpful and great fun to create voices for characters in a story.” Located at Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.
May 3, Jackson 2:00 pm Jackson Storyfest presents free concert featuring storytellers Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Tales R Us: Stories for all ages “The Alligator Conjure Man’s Welcome Wagon.” “This old-time medicine wagon’s elixirs don’t come in bottles.” They come in books, stories, songs, and humor. Alli Gator (Judy Gail Krasnow) and Swamp Cabbage Sue (Carrie Sue Ayvar) guarantee to “cure what ails you” with their lively, literary, loveable tales & tunes for every mood, age, quest, and interest. Be on the lookout~ they have a pet alligator who often accompanies them! Don’t worry though. He always behaves when performing. Winners of “Kids Tell” (Stories by and For Kids) will share their stories. This year’s Junior Storytellers will be selected by the public. All ages are welcome. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org.
May 3, Denver, Co Michigan’s Yvonne Healy is a featured presenter at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. Learn how to interview for oral histories and craft the material into an oral and a written story. Info: www.Rmstory.org
May 4, Detroit 3:00pm Fifteen metro Detroit moms share their stories in “Listen to Your Mother” as part of a national program aimed at giving voice to the joys, complexity and struggles of motherhood. 10% of proceeds go to support Alternatives for Girls. St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress. Tickets $13 available online at www.concerts.livenation.com. For more information go to www.listentoyourmothershow.com
May 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm “Kerry Tales: May Flowers and Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-769-3115
May 5, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, email@example.com
May 6, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org 248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org
May 8, Montcalm 6:30-8:39 pm Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 email@example.com or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 firstname.lastname@example.org
May 10, Westland 2:00-3:30pm Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.”
May 10, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.
May 12, Lansing 7:00-9: pm Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email email@example.com and/or Shirley Bradley – firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00. Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm. At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact email@example.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.
May 13, Dowagiac 7:00-9:00 pm Story Master Class with Kim Weitkamp. Explore your creative side with a workshop on story and character creation, acting, and presentation. Front Street Crossing, 227 Front Street. Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, $10 limited registration. https://dogwoodfinearts.org/events.html
May 14, Dowagiac 7:30 pm Storytelling concert with Kim Weitkamp, Dale Lyons Theater, Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Road. Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, admission $6. https://dogwoodfinearts.org/events.html
May 14, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston). Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 15, Evanston, IL 7:00 pm Michigan’s own Corinne Stavish appearing at The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St. Information: 847- 864-1679 www.secretstorytellers.com
May 16, Detroit, 8 pm, Doors at 7:00 p.m. The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Monumental Mothers", a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted storytellers Ortheia Barnes, Sylvia Hubbard, Yolanda Jack, Jacquise Purifoy and Ping Spells with Twisted Musical Guests Theo Broughton. Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. For info, tickets & Video visit: http://www.secretstorytellers.com/events.html
May 17, Detroit 12:00-300 pm Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Installation of Officers, 2:30 Business meeting) Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. (Southeast corner of Woodward and Warren) For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951
May 20, Sturgis 6:00 pm Storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel takes her audience back to 1914 as Liberetta Lerich Green and looks back even further to her Michigan pioneer parents who ran an Underground Railroad Station and her brothers fought in the Civil War. Sturgis District Library, 255 North Street. Contact: