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"Death and Taxes" Story Slam

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"Death and Taxes" Story Slam

Time: March 13, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: The Enormous Room
Street: 569 Massachusetts Avenue
City/Town: Central Square Cambridge,Mass
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Phone: (617) 491-5550
Event Type: story_slam
Organized By: andrea lovett
Latest Activity: Mar 7, 2011

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Death and Taxes  is the theme for March at the Enormous Room in Cambridge's Central Square.
569 Mass Ave Central Square ,Cambridge
Doors open at 6pm
Admission $7.00 Students/Seniors with ID $3.00 Cambridge Residents with a "story in the hat"  - a one time only $3.00 admission.

A story about death? Something else 'inevitable' ? A sure bet?  Tax break?  Taxes break you?    Your have a story - Bring it!

Gus Rancatore of Central Square's Toscannis will co host with massmouth's Norah Dooley telling the good tale! Gus has many stories of his own and has been written up for not only his fantastic ice cream but also for his recent Frank-Capra-like story, written up at this link  Local Hero or Tax Cheat or read an excerpt below:


" On the morning of Thursday, January 17, 2008 my business -- an ice cream store called Toscanini's in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- was closed by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Two state troopers and two stone-faced officials from the Department of Revenue arrived with a court order. They let me and my sister Mimi (who is my partner) remove a few computers; then they changed the locks on the doors and affixed to the windows a Day-Glo sticker that read: "SEIZED." Mimi and I stood for a few minutes on the sidewalk, stunned. Then we went off in a daze to a friend's house so we could use telephones and the Internet. It was the start of a week that was by turns frightening, embarrassing, and deeply moving...."  Local Hero or Tax Cheat 

After sold out, SRO opening season massmouth‘s series continues this year with 2 slams at The Enormous Room near Central Square T stop. Seating starts at 6:00pm. Stories begin at 6:30pm. Ten lucky tellers will be drawn at random to tell and be judged.
Other audience members can join in on judging teams or just listen and enjoy a night of stories. Like poetry slams, there is team of volunteer judges and massmouth awards the top two stories. massmouth and the Enormous Room  offer a  $50 gift certificate and a t-shirt for the winner of each monthly slam. On April 26, 2011 all the finalists will gather for a BIGMOUTHOFF story slam at Rabb Hall at Copley Square Library. massmouth will award the winners of this contest a fabulous prizes.
This slam is co-sponsored with StoryStream Cambridge
If you have a life, you have a story. Bring it.

massmouth story slams  2010-2011  "

Because have a life, you  have a story. Bring it!"


MON     FEB  21st     Kennedy's Midtown  Host   "love objects


SUN     FEB 13     Enormous Room Cambridge "crazy exes"

FEB 20     Bella Luna in JP  “beasts”


MAR 21st      Kennedy's Midtown  Brian O'Donovan  "where I'm from"


MAR 13    Enormous Room Cambridge "death and taxes"

MAR 20     Bella Luna in JP  “down and out”


APRIL 26th TUE BIG MOUTH OFF at BPL RabbHall, Copley Square,Boston
APRIL 30th FIRST HIGH SCHOOL STORY SLAM Cambridge Public Library  - Main

Contact massmouth tel# - 617.922.0032


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Comment by Norah Dooley on February 13, 2011 at 9:31am

Article about Gus and his bro in The Atlantic OCT 2010

Comment by Norah Dooley on February 7, 2011 at 5:49pm

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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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