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January11 Boston Slam Co-hosted by Torena Webb and Andrea Lovett

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January11 Boston Slam Co-hosted by Torena Webb and Andrea Lovett

Time: January 11, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Kennedy's Midtown
Street: 42 Province Street
City/Town: Boston, MA
Event Type: story, slam
Organized By: Norah Dooley
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2010

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January 11 - live story moves into the new year and decade with Torena Webb and massmouth founder, Andrea Lovett.

Theme - "so embarrassing."
About Torena: Boston native, ToRena Webb, received her BS in Dance Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport. She has extensive Caribbean Dance training from the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Some of her most recent projects include her one woman show A Walk With Nanny: A Journey Through Caribbean Folklore, performing with Mosaic Dance Body in Austin, Texas and at the Artbeat Festival in Somerville. ToRena was chosen as an Emerging Artist to have her choreography produced at Green Street Studios in Cambridge. She also has performed with numerous dance and theatre troupes such as African Repertory Troupe, Snappy Dance Theatre, and the Underground Railway Theater. Currently ToRena teaches dance and arts education

"so embarrassing"
fourth in a series of 6 slams in 2009-2010 -

Cohosted by Andrea Lovett, storyteller, webmaster and founding member of massmouth and ToRena Webb,
dancer, storyteller and cake maker extraordinaire.

look here for details on theme and more on slams...

What is a story slam ? Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of wit, words and in this case, story by known and undiscovered talent. massmouth posts a theme on it's blogspot and story slammers sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme . Ten lucky tellers will be picked at random, or participants can opt to listen, or join a judging team. There will be 3 teams of 3 judges and the 2 sets 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 entertainment between the 5 minute features. And the audience will have full service for the pub menu and bar at Their menu is varied and the food is good!
This month's theme is "so embarrassing". Bring it! Each of the ten 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" venue and date TBA. Prizes will be awarded at each slam. $10 which includes a $5.00 cover and one drink.
Monthly winners are entered in a grand prize contest - slam of all slammers on April 20, 2010
After a minimum of 6 story slams we will have a big mouthoff - grand finale, slam of all slams to decide on a winner. The big mouthoff will be held in APRIL 2010 in the beautiful Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library, Copley Square. The winner, with up to 5 friends or family members, will enjoy the fabulous grand prize of a week in a town house in Tuscany. More info here:

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Comment by Elisa Pearmain on January 11, 2010 at 11:37am
I'm really sorry that I can't be there! I even thought of a good story (an easy topic for me!) I have clients until 7pm in Concord. Hope it is great and that I can attend soon.

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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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