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Porchlight Storytelling

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, I urge you to attend porchlight storytelling events. Their next event is at the Verdi club on Dec. 20.
Their web page is and you can see their schedule for the year.
Their open mike at the Hemlock is a lot of fun. I won the 50 bucks last week as the evenings best storyteller (voted on by a random member of the audience) for a story about my father and his suits. Although to me the best story involved Jello Biafra and some shennanigans in a hotel room in Chicago.
This was my third time telling: I also won 2 months ago for a story about being given the wrong medication when I was 11 (amphetimine induced psychosis in an 11 year old seemed to be funny to this audience)
Very informal, and it's at a bar, so you can at least drink while listening, or telling for that matter. While I prefer traditional storytelling, it is a place to hone storytelling skills, and I am finding it enjoyable to try and figure out how to take a personal experience and turn it into a story that others might want to hear. I heard from Ben Haggarty, a traditional storyteller in England, that it is important for aspiring storyteller's to tell tales in front of a company of strangers. The Hemlock Tavern is perfect for that.
As far as traditional storytelling is concerned, I am still developing a full evening telling of The Odyssey. I plan on a public performance sometime this year, probably may or june. I'll keep you posted as to it's progress.

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Comment by richard silberg on December 18, 2010 at 12:15pm

Thanks Tim,

The theme is posted on their website..usually a couple of weeks before.  If you're on their mailing list they send it to you as well...but it is pretty close to the date.  The next open door is in theme as of yet.  Hope you go.

Comment by Tim E on December 18, 2010 at 11:47am


does Porchlight announce the theme of the open mic before you show up? (So that you can select a story and work on it before you arrive?) Or do you find out the topic when you get there?

Comment by Tim E on December 18, 2010 at 11:46am

Richard, congrats on winning Porchlight's open mic!

And definitely keep me posted about the Odyssey!



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