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Story Cafe and Open Mic

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Story Cafe and Open Mic

Time: May 15, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: ArtWorks
Street: 384 Acushnet Avenue
City/Town: New Bedford, MA
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Phone: (508) 9841588
Event Type: adult, storytelling/performance
Organized By: Karen Chace
Latest Activity: May 9, 2010

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“It Happened Something Like That…”
Featuring Award Winning New Hampshire Storyteller Joanne Piazzi

Once upon a time, the people sat at the feet of the elders and listened to stories. From these, they learned who they were and who they could become. They learned that the stories were a part of them, and that they were a part of the story of time.

Joanne, (herself a future elder), shares stories that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Whether it’s the traditional tale of the man who learned to turn dirt into gold, her updated version of The Three Pigs, or her original saga about disgruntled chickens, you’ll find a little of yourself in every story. “It happened something like that” is a collection of tales crafted from memory, folklore and free-range wit. They’re all mostly entirely true, because she’s in them, and so are you.

Her CD, Lemmetellya! New Twists on Old Tales, was awarded a 2009 National Parenting Publications Honor Award.

ADULT OPEN MIC: Sign up for your eight minute (maximum) turn at the mic beginning at 7:00 7:00 p.m. Share your own story, song, music, essay or poem.
ADMISSION: FREE (pass the hat for the featured performer)
AUDIENCE: 18 and older

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Comment by Karen Chace on April 30, 2010 at 8:25am
Hi Norah,

I hope you can make it as well. I love Joanne's telling style, she is so authentic and creative! Let me know if you want a spot at the open mic, filling up fast. Bring info on story slam workshops as well, we can hand them out.
Comment by Norah Dooley on April 30, 2010 at 12:03am
Joanne has a charming and engaging delivery. Hope to be there.
See her win a slam in Boston here:

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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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