January 30, 2021

February 2021

 

Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Free Since 2001

 Judy Sima, Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.
 
FEBRUARY
 
February 1, 7:15pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin EST
Eastern Story Slam. “Love Hurts.” Tickets $10 at www.themoth.org Virtual Story Slam
 
February 1, 7:15pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin CST
The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth's Central GrandSLAM Story Champion Central Grand SLAM Showdown . www.themoth.org Tickets $15
 
February 1, 7:30 p.m. EST
Speaking Up for Justice: Finding Your Voice webinar. Susan O Halloran will tell a current events story - we’ll have some discussion - and then we’ll learn and practice a skill together. Register at https://SpeakingUpWebinar.eventcombo.com.We all have moments when we wish we had said something, but most of us don’t know what to do or say when we witness injustice large or small. In this 90-minute interactive webinar, Susan  will share the story of when people stood up for those in their community who were being targeted and show how we, too, can learn to take respectful, effective stands. We will start with a story performance, discuss the story, have a short teach-in and skills section and, then, open up for more discussion, questions and comments. Sharing stories is one of the best ways to discuss "difficult" subjects. If you've been wanting to talk about race, religion and other current topics, but don't know how, this is a great place to start.
 
February 2, 9, 16, 23, 7:30 p.m. EST ZOOM
Every Tuesday Ottawa, Canada Story Swap Join Zoom Meeting (same link every week) 
https://zoom.us/j/668027991?pwd=WDJLWW1uTlZVcFN1YndTOG40ellMZz09 Meeting ID: 668 027 991. Password: 219861
 
February 3, 10, 17,24 6:00 p.m.
Each Wednesday of Black History Month, The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers will bring a selection of personal and historical narratives aimed at youth and families brought to you by the Charles Wright Museum of African American History. https://www.thewright.org/events/wednesday-night-virtual-storytelling-series. Performers include: Mary Grant “Moving North and My Dad Taught Me to Read.” Janice Barnett “The Sword Among Lions” and “Wilma Rudolph, World’s Fastest Woman.”  Sheryl Pryor “The Eagle” and “The Burning of Birmingham.” Larry Castleberry “The First African American Boxer.” Vickie Slaughter “A Gift for Minty’s Mother.” Jatu Gray “CR Patterson.”
 
February 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:00 a.m. EST ZOOM
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now on Zoom in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com. You don’t have to be a parent to attend
 
February 6, Day-long Event
The National Storytelling Network presents: LUUV
Join us for the LUUV Event featuring 16 tellers that includes the LUUV Show (family-friendly)
as well as the SWOON Story Slam (adult) and the Late Night Passion (adult). For more information go to: http://www.storynet.org/nsnevents.  
The National Storytelling Network (NSN) presents LUUV
     5pm CST: family-friendly “LUUV Tales,” a powerful mix of epic, classical, and personal tales.   
     7pm CST: LUUV’s Story Slam with the theme “Swoon.” Join the crowd to listen or dare to share a Swoon tale of your own.   
     9pm CST: NSN’s curated “Late Night” Adult Show. (No, not for kids; yes, definitely for adults!) Enjoy these intimate, frank, celebratory, humorous and sensuous sexual folktales and personal tales. How Daring!
Full package rates (including slam) for all three shows: $25 (members), $40 (non-members). Register here:
          https://storynet.org/nsnevents/events-registration/
Prices for only the Swoon Story Slam: minimum $5, suggested $10, patron $15. Register for slam only here:
          https://storynet.org/nsnevents/events-registration/
If you want to throw your hat in the ring for the Swoon Slam, go here for rules and signing up (you will also have to register at one of the links above.)
          https://storynet.org/nsnevents/#swoon
 
February 6, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates its Ninth Annual Storytelling Festival virtually. Join Museum staff and guest storytellers for stories that uplift and challenge everyone to embrace love, serve others, and make a difference. “Raising a Generation That Changes the World” can happen, one story at a time.. Check the festival website for more information. www.kvmstorytelling.org. Seasoned storytellers invite listeners into the story, where they often tap into emotions and past experiences while walking through an adventure. Noa Baum uses stories from history to bring alive characters who befriend the audience. Tim Cusack displays raw emotions from true stories of children and their reactions to the stories they’ve heard. Jenifer Strauss shares stories from her past and the effect they had on her. La’Ron Williams brings to life folktales and a song that speak to character and lessons learned. Adam Mellema has provided three very different stories: one true story of a servant heart, a story about compassion, and a new and futuristic story about being still. Mama Edie Armstrong tells two traditional tales with a moral at the end of each. Donna Marie Todd challenges listeners to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace the not-so-pretty truth in stereotypes and rejection. The Gemini brothers, Laz and San, have been playing music, singing songs, and telling stories for over four decades. End the Festival with a Gemini Brothers’ concert of lullabies.
February 7, 2:00 p.m. EST
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/
 
February 8, 7:15pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin PST,
Pacific Story Slam. “Love Hurts.” Tickets $10 at www.themoth.org/ Virtual Story Slam
 
February 8, 7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join us at the Plymouth District Library, for “Telling Twain” with Storyteller & Author, Steve Daut.
This FREE program highlights the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain and his continuing relevance today. The program includes a series of stories that retain the flavor and wry humor of Mark Twain, but are condensed for oral delivery and modernized for today’s audiences. It also includes the historical backdrop for his stories to help people understand and appreciate them fully. https://tinyurl.com/plymouthtt
 
February 9, 7:00-8:00 CST, Zoom
Story Arts of MN holds an online workshop on the second Tuesday of each month.  The February session is tentatively titled “Working with Family Stories – A Conversation.”  A small panel of storytellers will share their experiences of mining their family's legends and sorting fact from fiction to shape tellable stories. There will be time for audience questions.  Although details and names of panelists are still being firmed up, you can register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-family-stories-a-conversation-tickets-133774622497. After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Registration is free, although donations ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support SAM's ongoing virtual programming.
 
February 13. 7:30 p.m. Facebook Live
34th Annual Storytelling Festival – Ark Family Room Series. Featuring Lyn Ford, Chetter Galloway, Antonio Rocha, Steve Daut. www.theark.org . Free. Tip Jar available
February 14, 2:00 p.m. EST
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/
 
February 14, 7:00 p.m. EST
Zoom on out to this special edition of Living Room LIVE! with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Join Anne and Norm for a rollicking time, filled with hilarity, jokes, and great stories. Anne and Norm have been featured in premium venues around the country, and they always deliver a good time. You don't want to miss this one! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Donation link - https://tinyurl.com/lrlive2u Registration link - https://tinyurl.com/lrlannenorm  Questions to mail@stevedaut.com  
 
February 17, 8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
"Not Your Mother's Fairy Tales", featuring Steve Daut, Tobey Anderson, Ingrid Nixon, Laura Packer, Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Although you'll meet Three Bears, Billy Goats and Red Riding Hood, the stories aren't anything like the traditional tales you read to the kids. In fact, LEAVE THE LITTLE ONES IN THE OTHER ROOM - this show is for adults and older children only. Grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and enjoy modern adult tales that are by turns, fun, quirky, thought-provoking and troublesome. $15 Donation per zoom link requested. Click here to donate. (You can also donate during or after the show.) Click here to register  for your free Zoom link.
  
February 17, 8:00 p.m. EST ZOOM
Register for the next Michigan Meet-Up: 7 tellers, 7 minutes each, stories of any type, any topic, any stage of development, with a bit of time to chat after. You don't even have to be from Michigan! Contact Jennifer Otto to sign up to tell and/or register for the event. jennifer.pahl.otto@gmail.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
 
February 19, Virtual Doors @7:15p.m. Showtime @7:30p.m. EST
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® presents “Love Stories” Live streamed Contact: https://www.twistedtellers.org/events   for tickets and link to the show.
 
February 20, 4:40 p.m. EST, Online
As part of the Chennai, India Strytelling fesitval, Steve Daut will be presenting his workshop, "Building Connection and Empathy through Storytelling". Storytelling is, at its most basic, an act of connection. We connect not only through our words, but also through our relationships to the stories we tell, and through the emotional energy we bring to the stories. In this workshop, participants will be invited to do exercises to explore stories of connection and to expand their emotional openness in a group.  We also explore ways difficult stories can be made safer through the use of humor.
https://storytellinginstitute.org/CSF2021_Presenters.html#stda 
 
February 20, 6:00 p.m. MST, 5:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. CST 8:00 p.m. EST.  
In the coldest part of winter, join Stories with Spirit (Rachel Ann Harding and Cooper Braun) and special guest Pam Faro on Zoom as we bring the warmth of story to the darkness.Fire in the Dark” Stories of winter, fire, cold, and warmth will kindle your heart! Songs to melt the heart of winter, to the raw terror of the cold. From the fires of hell, to the quiet joy of a winter hearth, these stories will warm your soul. While our stories are geared towards adults, this is an All Ages show. This show is a Pay What It's Worth event based on your experience of the show. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fire-in-the-dark-tickets-136031370491
February 21, 2:00 p.m. EST
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/
 
February 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT, Zoom
Story Arts of MN holds an online Story Circle (open mic) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  This FREE event is open to everyone.  After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/story-arts-of-minnesota-17294067957.  Bring your favorite seven-minute tale and your listening ears. All stories are welcome, including traditional tales as well as original true stories.  Both experienced and new storytellers are welcome.  Don't have a story to share?  We invite you to watch and listen.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)
 
February 26, 7:00 EST ZOOM
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents “4th Friday Story Hour: Doors Open at 6:50 pm / Concert @ 7:00 pm Check the website for zoom link. www.Detroitstorytellers.com. This month featuring Black History Month with DABS Elders, Alma Greer, Genevieve Bellamy, Jenny Crittenden, Vicki Slaughter, and Ami Jackson Emcee.
 
February 26, 7:00 p.m. Zoom
Southfield Parks & Recreation Department welcomes back The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers® as the final Southfield Celebrates Black History Month event for 2021. virtually via zoom for Pride & Prejudice! The show will consist of 4 storytellers, virtual vendors, and musical performances! ! Zoom links will be sent out via email prior to show time! www.twistedstorytellers.org. https://www.cityofsouthfield.com/departments/parks-recreation/current-events

February 28, 2:00 p.m. EST
Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/
 
February 28 , Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m. ZOOM EST
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings – Virtual Meeting. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Free Event register ahead of time. Information: www.annarborstorytelling.org 
 
 
Judy Sima, Editor
Storyteller, Author, Teaching Artist
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