Share a Story - Change the World
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 www.porchlightsf.com 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.