Told #17: Twist of Fate

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Prepare for anything to happen on November 9th at 7pm. We’ll meet at Market Garden Brewery in the Harbor/Spirits room, which we will open up at 6pm before the show.

On the eve of a job interview, you set your alarm clock early to beat traffic. How could you have accounted for the nail that lodges in your tire? Then the good Samaritan who stops to help you extends her hand and says her name, which just happens to be the name of the woman interviewing you in twenty minutes. Fate capriciously toys with all, sometimes bailing us out of a jam, sometimes jamming challenges down our throats. Audience members can expect a roller-coaster of near-misses and unexpected hits on Nov 9th at Told #17: Twist of Fate.

Our featured storytellers for Told #17 are KC McKenna, Lee Chilcote, and more to come. As always, we expect to hear many stories from audience members. 

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have yourself as a central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more.  Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

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Summer Workshops and Shows

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We have several workshops and shows around Cleveland.

June 21, 6pm – 8pm  Neighbor Up University Skill Share   Told will partner with Neighbor Up and the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers for a workshop covering the basics of storytelling. Location: Neighborhood Connections Office at 5000 Euclid Avenue

June 28, 7pm – 9pm  Transformation with Neighbor Up   Join Neighbor Up members and hear their stories of transformation at Told CLE: Transformation, a live storytelling event. Then volunteer to tell your own. Location: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern

July 6, 7pm – 9pm  Toldcraft: Finding and Fostering Your Story   In this workshop, participants will engage in brainstorm activities to build story ideas and then workshop their stories in a supportive environment. Storytelling Week will culminate with a storytelling showcase on Saturday, 7/9 from 6-7 pm (participants are encouraged to attend).   Location: Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleve. Hts.   Register here

July 9, 6pm – 7pm  Storytelling Week Showcase   This open mic event will feature participants from the week’s workshops.   Location: Grog Shop

July 27, 7:30pm   Behind the Music: Cleveland Stories   Music Box is hosting a panel of well-known Cleveland musicians who have spent many years in Cleveland’s Music Scene. They know the ins, the outs, the highs and the lows. They’ll delve into their personal history and experiences with music in Cleveland.  Attendees will hear how these artists got started, what the early years were like, and what it was like to juggle a day job while chasing their dreams of music. Admission is free, but registration is required here.

Told #16: Center Stage

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Storytellers will tread the floorboards at Mahall’s with special help from friends of the Beck Center for the Arts on June 8th at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. 

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely storytellers,” or something like that. As players, we find ourselves the center of attention at one time or another–intentionally or not. After moments of hubris, we may realize that the attention we sought only backfired, revealing our weaknesses. During times of humility, the spotlight finds reluctant players from whom the rest of us can learn. Expect calculated, accidental, and cathartic moments in the spotlight at Told #16: Center Stage.

This show is presented in partnership with the Beck Center for the Arts. The show is open to the public, and we’re excited to welcome alumni of Beck Center programs especially. Print

Our featured storytellers for Told #16 are Beck Center alumni Rachele Alpine, Nick Castele, and Rachel Spence. As always, we expect to hear many stories from audience members. Dave Sabol will host.

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. These true stories should be under 6 minutes and feature yourself as a central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more.  Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

Hunger: A Storytelling Show

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Satisfy your appetite for a good story on April 12th at 7pm. We will gather at Packy Malley’s on Waterloo in Collinwood to support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Everyone has cravings. Whether they are for Girl Scout cookies or a meaningful existence, cravings represent gaps in our hearts, both tiny and huge. The least fortunate find that without basic hunger satisfied, it’s a challenge to work on the big picture, to satisfy existential cravings, to dream big. Stories about every kind of hunger—from an empty stomach to satiating the soul—will be on tap at Hunger: A Storytelling Show.

Our featured storytellers for this show are TBA.

A $10 suggested donation at the door will benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign.

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have yourself as a central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more. Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

Told #14: Transformation

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Step out of your winter cocoon and into spring on March 30th at 7pm for an evening of transformative storytelling. We’ll meet around warm friends and brews at Market Garden Brewery in the Harbor/Spirits room, which we will open up at 6pm before the show.

Many say that every story marks the boundary between two states of mind in the storyteller–the one before the story’s events and the one after. In the most substantial or trivial of moments, our lives make a bend down a path that is changed forever. The birth of your child may have been a three-point turn, while your 4th birthday party was a mere lane-change, forever altering the way you look at clowns. Expect to hear about many moments turning one way or the other at Told #14: Transformation.

Our featured storytellers for Told #14 are Nick Brilla and Paige Boyer . As always, we expect to hear many stories from audience members. Dave Sabol will host.

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have yourself as a central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more.  Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

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