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1st Somerville Slam - "horrified"

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1st  Somerville Slam - "horrified"

Time: October 26, 2010 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Johnny Ds
Street: 17 Holland St
City/Town: Davis Square, Somerville across from Davis T stop
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Event Type: storyslam, contest, improv, games
Organized By: Big Mouths
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2010

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Event Description

Very excited for the first Somerville Slam
Free admission to Somerville residents with a story!
Come and have dinner before!
Sign up for stories - 7:30PM show starts at 8PM
Horrified Okay, take a breath.
You lived it - now you can tell it.

17 Holland St | Davis Square, Somerville | across from Davis T stop 617.776.2004 |
Stories start at 8PM get there early for good seats

Bruce Marcus with Jim Infantino & Deborah Henson-Conant will cohost

find out more about her at

What is a story slam ?
Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of words by known and undiscovered talent. massmouth posts a theme on it's website ( and story slammers will sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme and a lucky ten names will be drawn at random from a bag. Other audience members may feel moved to join in on a judging team. There will be 3 teams of 3 judges and each set of 5 stories will begin with a short-short feature by one of the judges. Listeners will be engaged in story improv games and other interactive entertainments between each 5 minute feature.

Each of the featured 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 3 highest-scoring tellers are awarded prizes and an opportunity to perform at the "the big mouthoff" April 26th in Boston at the Copley Library. Prizes will be awarded at each slam. There is a $5.00 cover

Real stories and 5 minutes - 5 minutes means...5 minutes. You loose points if you use the 60 second grace period to wind up. Real stories have a beginning, middle and end. And they have a point. You are clear about why the story is important to you and why you want to tell it. People are expecting real life adventures. No retelling of literary works and if we discover that you have pirated someone's story - you will be disqualified from all competition and prizes. (copyright laws apply, besides, this it is storytelling NOT recitation). No poetry unless the poem is original,5 minutes long, and tells your personal story.

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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