Category Archive: Main Show
Aug 15 2013
Jun 19 2013
Happy summer, everybody! We hope you are enjoying the blooming irises, twirling helicopter seeds and puffs of cottonwood fluff snow-globing it through air. We live in such a ridiculously gorgeous city in this season. Even as she sprinkles us with some cool June days, Mama Chicago still loves her children in the summer time.
A good friend of mine began her job on a sailboat this summer, and in between multiple rainbow-sightings and flocks of yellow birds landing on the crew’s shoulders in the middle of Lake Michigan, her days have been filled with magic. Another friend took a train across the country to have the chance to see 2,000 miles pass by, and another got to watch last Thursday’s lightning storm from the Sears Tower. A friend and I found a white lilac tree blooming the other night, and we made wishes for our friends when we picked its flowers. I hope that for whatever joys or sorrows that may approach you this month, the beauty of natural world provides you with a constant source of wonder, comfort and love.
We have some fantastic featured storytellers joining us in July. Amazing writers, performers and yarn-spinners. And as always, we have five open slots for you to fill with your own stories. If you have one you’d like to tell– about anything!– just practice it out loud until it feels good and comfortable, and make sure it comes in at 5-7 minutes. Then come sign up between 7:30 and 8pm at Stage 773 on July 7th. It will help if you bring us a few written sentences about yourself, and your story (nothing longer than 3 or 4 sentences).
We look forward to seeing you in July, and we encourage you to buy tickets online. Our shows have been selling out, and so this is a way to make sure folks don’t get turned away. There is a free potluck ticket option online as well.
7:30 potluck / 8pm show
1225 W. Belmont
$8 at the door, or free with a dish to share
brown paper tickets
May 15 2013
Join Here’s the Story on June 2nd for some of the greatest people and best storytellers we know. Features Samantha Irby, Ray Teresi, Cory O’Brien, Angelina Pizzi and Polly Yukevich will be on hand to expand your horizons, crack you up, strum your pain with their fingers, and sing your life with their words. For just this month’s show, we will be just next door to Stage 773, at Theater Wit, enjoying their pretty exposed brick walls and abundant air conditioning… sweet.
Click here to know more about June’s fabulous features!
Here’s the Story June 2nd
7:30 potluck/ 8pm show
Theater Wit,1229 W. Belmont
$9 at the door, FREE if you bring a dish for the potluck
to avoid being turned away, please purchase advance tickets online here!
May 06 2013
One of the cool things about Here’s the Story is that the audience gets a crack at being art director. You decide who features.
This month, it seems you think it might be pretty cool to have a musical act hit the stage next month. (No pressure, Polly!)
You can follow Polly on twitter, like we do, she’s @PollyYuke. And here is her website: http://yukesukes.com/
There were a lot of wonderful tellers and features and some fantastic hosting from Janna Sobel.
We look forward to seeing you all next month at Theater Wit. And through out this month at all the other great shows around town. Tell us your favorites in the comments!
Apr 23 2013
Seems like new creative projects are springing up like wildflowers all over town! This season, Chicago people seem inventive and prolific; unafraid to dream new things up, smart enough to test them out within communities of resourceful friends, and willing to put in the work to make them happen.
I used to feel like there was a long distance between the dreams and ideas that lived inside me and the actual world; an almost unbridgeable gulf. I came to Chicago with a heart’s desire to learn to build such bridges, and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to learn. Friends and colleagues here remind me daily of the powerful combination of want and will and wiles, and I am grateful. (I include a gracious tip of the hat, or curtsy… or something more gender neutral?… to my HtS collaborator Dan, for all he continues to teach and discover with me in this regard.)
Our next show features some awesome givers. People who are making and doing very cool things. Read on to learn more about them!
Here’s the Story
May 5th, 7:30 potluck/ 8pm show
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont
$8 at the door or free with a dish for the potluck
Apr 08 2013
Thanks so much Kelli Honeysweet! We look forward to seeing you again May 5th.
What an amazing turn out! So many new faces. So many stalwart friends.
I’m going to come out and say it, at about 7:45 I thought, “There is no way we are going to fill this place.” I was super duper wrong.
To all the people standing in the bleachers, thank you soooo much! I wish we could have put more seats down but the fire marshal came by Stage773 and was like, 148 seats and no more! You were troopers galore.
One of the things I love about Here’s the Story is how all of you hold up the tellers. How attentively you actively listen. Seasoned professionals. Friends. Strangers. They all get the same amount of respect and attention.
Mar 18 2013
Guys! We are proud to present another entirely fancy collection of people coming to tell you stories on April 7th. These magnificent folks, plus the opportunity for unknown goodness offered by our five open walk-up slots, are likely to equal yet another wonderful night.
If YOU feel you might have a story pulling on your sleeve to tell it, we say give it a voice! Just practice a little, make sure it rounds out in about 6-7 minutes, take a deep breath and jump. It can seem a little scary to go solo, but people almost always report that it is fun and exciting and transformative in ways they never expected. So if you’ve got something good to give, come give it away.
Read on to find out more about the folks who will definitely be doing the same on April 7th!
Here’s the Story on April 7th
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont
7:30 potluck/ 8pm show
$8 tickets or free with a dish for the potluck
Mar 04 2013
Another successful show. If I don’t say so myself. Love and food and camaraderie, and hard words, and easy words, and music and a super hero or two. Sort of a perfect mix! Perhaps a magical potion of words and listening, if one will.
Feb 20 2013
I like Here’s the Story in the wintertime. Seems like it’s right at home in the season when people all over the world have always gathered close to share food and stories and warmth. Storytelling is interesting to me because it is at once something that comes naturally to all of us, and something that can be practiced and honed and artfully done. I also respect its traditional use as a teaching tool. Long before the printed word, storytelling was the primary transmitter of human history and memory.
In many native traditions, like the SiSi Wiss medicine way shared by most northwestern tribes in the US, storytelling is also how wisdom has been passed through generations. In that culture like many traditional cultures, hard-won knowledge about loving, and healing, and raising happy kids, and facing fear and overcoming conflict and achieving personal purpose, has been passed along through telling stories. In the SiSi Wiss tradition, there are some teaching stories that are more than 4,000 years old, and that last anywhere from hours to 3, 6 and 9 days long. In sharing ceremonies, people travel from far away to be together for big potlach feasts (where the modern potluck comes from) to be with friends and celebrate their time together and laugh and listen.
I share a little bit about that just to reflect on the fact that all of us who are enjoying storytelling in Chicago now are participating a beautiful and noble practice that has its roots in ancient and global history. Even our personal stories, when they are chosen and shared with generosity and a true desire to tell them, constitute evenings of personal truth that are moving, funny, illuminating and inspiring.
Here are some of the excellent folks who will be telling with us on March 3rd…