Jul 11 2013

A Month Of… Next Stop Unexpected!

The audience has chosen!

Our five hosts will be doing this:

1. Next Stop: Unexpected
Walk into an elevator filled with people and do something unexpected.

If you do the task, post it in the comments below and you’ll get into the August 14th show for free!

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Jun 26 2013

Lit Fest Memories

On the weekend of June 8 and June 9, 2013, Printer’s Row Lit Fest was held on a block of Dearborn where printing and publishing houses were located. In previous years, I have only ever attended Lit Fest as a casual observer of the beautifully bound vintage books, the old movie posters, the speakers, panels, and cooking demonstrations. This year, working with Here’s the Story, I helped man the table where we sold t-shirts, talked about our organization, and my gumball machine poem dispenser made its debut.

My overall experience of Printer’s Row Lit Fest was a warm one. In addition to the heat pounding on the tops of our heads, we were met by the warm words of countless people who stopped by at the Here’s the Story table. Setting up a gumball machine dispensing poems printed on brightly colored paper meant that people stopped to buy poems, take pictures, or talk to the poet and the organization that supported her.

With the exception of one vocal person.

“No, those aren’t candy, those are poems, you don’t want those,” a man said as he tugged on the hand of his son who was maybe eight years old tops.

I don’t know if he knew that I had heard him, but my outward reaction was a theatrical one for the benefit of the group that had stopped to buy poems.

“Ouch,” I said, clutching at my heart as if I had been mortally wounded by the unintentionally barbed words. “Happy Lit Fest!”

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Jun 19 2013

July 7th Show!

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.

July 7th
7:30 potluck / 8pm show
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont
$8 at the door, or free with a dish to share
brown paper tickets

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Jun 03 2013

Congratulations Stephanie Douglass

Here’s the Story has been a blessing.

For those that didn’t make it, this is going to be a podcast worth waiting for.

For now, take a quick look at some of the great pictures taken by Matt Szalinski and wish you were there live.

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May 15 2013

Here’s the Story on June 2nd!

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!

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May 15 2013

Auditions for A Month Of . . .

Our not-for-profit organization will be building a new monthly show called A Month Of . . .

We want to shake things up a bit by encouraging tellers to live story. Spring-boarding from that idea, A Month Of . . . is a task-based show. The audience will vote on the theme for the upcoming month, and attached to that theme will be a task which our hosts will complete during the course of the month. The hosts will post evidence of their accomplishment on our website via photo, blog post, vlog, short story, or personal essay. Website visitors/audience members will vote on which host-completed task is the most epic!

Right now we’re looking for at least five dynamic and adventurous people with strong storytelling ability to be hosts for the show. (Confidence with improv is a huge plus!) Hosts must be comfortable on stage moderating the monthly show and also bold enough to complete tasks of varying ridiculousness in public and brag about their deeds online.

The initial time commitment is through December 2013. In addition to the monthly show, there will be one mandatory rehearsal each month where we help each other complete the tasks. The show will take place the second Wednesday of the month from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. All tasks will be complete-able within the time frame of the rehearsal, but we encourage extended hardcore approaches as well.

Auditions will take place on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at Here’s the Story Headquarters in Rogers Park.

If you’re interested in auditioning, please creatively complete this example task for the audition:

Dinner Stories – Sit with a stranger for lunch.

Complete this task prior to audition day. Then please e-mail CV/resume, evidence of completion, and availability to: Contact@heresthestory.org. Accepted evidence of completion: photo, blog post, vlog, short story, or personal essay, etc. If you have any questions, just let us know via email!

Edit by Dan
We’ve gotten some great responses, and we’ve gotten some great questions.

If you can’t make it out Friday June 7th, we will hold an audition for you by appointment.

If you’re shy, you should still sign up, this show is particularly for shy people. You will not have to perform at the shows, we are hoping to have thoughtful and contemplative taskers as well as some of the boisterous type. This show will be a team effort through and through. You’ll be able to build it in the direction you want to take it.

Finally some people have asked for ideas on what they could do. While we are looking for imagination, we also know that the greatest imaginations out there feed off of other people’s ideas. Here are some ideas we’ve thought of.

Sit with a good friend for lunch and pretend they are a stranger.
Bring twenty friends with you to sit with a stranger for lunch.
Make the stranger imaginary.
Go to a fancy restaurant and try to sneak in on a couple’s table.

As to how you document it, that’s completely up to you. We’ve already seen some cool ideas come in. Audio, video, photo, written, and one person asked if they could bring in a signed menu.

If the question is, can I do..? The answer is yes.

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May 15 2013

April 7th Podcast!

Miss the April 7th show? Want to relive all its glory? Mosey on down and listen to the podcast!

Podcast

Click for a list of all our podcasts.

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May 13 2013

Stoop-Style Stories

When Dan Boyd suggested that I meet him at Stoop-Style Stories, I said, “Sure, I’ll be there!” It was about ten minutes later when my worry started to kick in:

“I don’t know where this place is, how will I get there? What if I’m not cool enough? Or what if it’s super awkward to go up to strangers and ask if they’re Dan Boyd? It’ll be dark. I could get struck by lightning. Or kidnapped by goblins.”

To at least muffle the voice of my worries, I brought a friend. Goblin crisis averted.

Before Stoop-Style Stories, I had never been to a storytelling show, so I had no idea what to expect when I waltzed into Rosa’s Lounge. What I did find, as the evening progressed, is something that regular storytelling audience members will take as a matter of fact: this is a ritual.

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May 12 2013

Thursday May 23rd Story Swap!

Here’s the Story will be hosting a Story Swap on may 23rd at Roman Susan Art Gallery.

Roman Susan is located at 1224 West Loyola Avenue.

We will be there from 7-9.

We hope to see a lot of journiers there to share stories about the race. I have a couple I’m really looking forward too sharing with people.

The way the evening will work is that we will sit down share some pizza, (feel free to bring food, wine or drinks,) take in the art and if anyone has a story to tell, we’ll listen. Simple as that.

We will be picking up 2 extra large pizzas and any Journey volunteers who show up get first dibs.

Thanks so much everyone who ran with us tonight, it was a real blast. Hope to see a bunch of you again if not on the 23rd than perhaps at another Here’s the Story NFP event or our Sept. 14th Journey.

Roman Susan Open Story Swap Facebook invite!

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May 11 2013

Journey to the End of the Night May 11th!

We will all be running in the next JEN! We didn’t organize this but we are supporting it!

This is a rajen poster but the link goes to today’s race:

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