Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October is for Storytelling!

If you love storytelling, than October is your month! As the leaves turn colors, pumpkins start turning up on people's front doors, and the dark starts creeping in earlier, we all get that itch to hear spooky, scary tales. Here is a listing of some exciting Storytelling events - brought to you by the local storytelling group massmouth - coming to the greater Boston area over the next couple of weeks for you to enjoy!

Monday October 12 (Columbus Day): Three Apples Storytelling at Shelburne Farm in Stow, from 1-3pm. The Three Apples Storytelling Festival and massmouth have been invited by this wonderful local "Pick-Your-Own" Apple Orchard to come and entertain prospective apple-pickers with stories! You'll find us right by the front entrance, look for the Three Apples banner. Featuring Cindy Rivka Marshall, Nicolette Heavey, Laura Packer, Kevin Brooks and myself, Doria Hughes!

Sunday October 25: Boston-based Baroque Music ensemble Musica Nuova and I will be presenting a collaborative concert at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast in Jamaica Plain, at 4pm. We will be presenting "The Masque of Bess of Bedlam", the imaginary late 17th century-style tale of one woman's journey from milkmaid to madwoman, using a combination of storytelling and the music of Purcell, Eccles and other Baroque composers.

Monday October 26: Reuniting two old friends that everybody loves, and which go together extremely well - Storytelling and Beer - massmouth is proud to present our very first StorySlam, at Kennedy's midtown in Boston, starting at 7pm. Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of wit, words and in this case, Story, by known and undiscovered talent. This month's theme is "scared to death ". We are looking for real stories of fear, terror and dread, which may be supernatural or plain as mud. Each of the ten 5 minute stories is judged on how well it is told, how well it is constructed and how well it honors the time limit and relates to the theme. The three highest-scoring tellers are awarded prizes and an opportunity to perform at "the big MouthOff", venue and date TBA. Prizes will be awarded at each slam. There is a $5.00 cover and a one drink minimum. Find out more at massmouth!

Tuesday October 27: "The Masque of Bess of Bedlam" will be repeated at Bates College in Maine at noon.

Thursday October 29: MouthOff at the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury, starting at 7pm. The Haley House Cafe presents massmouth tellers Norah Dooley and Andrea Lovett, telling ghost stories to chill the bones! A mini workshop to follow, open mic at 8pm.

Friday October 30: Hallowe'en Storytelling and Costume Party at the Porter Square Bookstore in Cambridge, starting at 4pm. I (Doria) will be telling spooky stories to celebrate my favorite holiday!

These are just a few of the exciting and varied Storytelling events going on in the Bay State this month. For even more, check out the massmouth events page!

1 comment:

Red Internacional de Cuentacuentos said...

International Storytelling Network (Red Internacional de Cuentacuentos) has opened its virtual doors. We have a database of more than 1000 storytellers of 50 countries all around the world. We want you to join.

We are creating a network of diffusion, interconnection and work of storytellers worldwide. Most of us are spaniards and latin storytellers, but we think that it is important to swap information and to make hands of friendship between every storyteller all around the world.

You can become member of International Storytelling Network (Red Internacional de Cuentacuentos). It´s free. You will have a personal page (in English) with your personal information to promote your work and to connect you with other storytellers around the world.

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Your voice is important

Beatriz Montero (Spain)