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Story Slam "service"

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Story Slam "service"

Time: November 8, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Street: 42 Province Street
City/Town: Boston MA 2 minutes from Park Street T
Event Type: storyslam, contest, improv, games
Organized By: Big Mouths
Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2010

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Patrick Maguire, is the editor/author of the award winning blog :

Norah Dooley has been a waitress, dishwasher, bicycle courier, xerox operator, copy shop manager, taxi driver,graphic artist, burglar alarm "listener" and mother of four. Service is her middle name. She is also a writer storyteller, student videographer and a gadfly. Her website is at

Service is the theme...
Lip service. Service, please. Customer service. Public service? You've done the work, now - bring the story.

Patrick has been engaging people in a dialogue that he hopes will result in more respect for service industry workers and greater civility among human beings. His core beliefs:

* That the customer has almost as much to do with the success of every customer service interaction as the service worker.
* That the customer, especially the abusive customer, is often dead wrong.
* That all of us are responsible for serving each other with mutual respect and civility.

Well - he is running uphill, against the grain and upstream on this one and that means? He has some great stories!

His blog will serve as a vehicle for ordinary people to to communicate what it’s like to serve customers and to do the work that servers do. There are things that servers would like to say to their customers but can’t. Here, their voices will be heard without fear of retribution.

Lip service. Service, please. Customer service. Public service? You've done the work, now - bring the story.

Kennedy’s Midtown, 42 Province St. Boston, MA. Tel 617-426-3333.
Contact massmouth tel# - 617.460.3544
email: or

After sold out, SRO opening season massmouth‘s series continues this year with 6 slams at Kennedy’s Midtown, 42 Province Street, a short walk from Park Street T stop. Seating starts at 6:30pm. Stories begin at 7pm. If you have a five minute story on the theme bring it and drop your name in the box. 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 and the well known Moth story slams in NYC, 5 judges choose winners and massmouth awards the top two stories. Listeners will be engaged in story improv games between each 5 minute feature. A local actor or comedian (TBA) hosts along side one of the massmouth storytellers. $10 entry includes a drink.
massmouth and Kennedy’s 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.
Do you wonder if you have a story to share? Would you like a free 5 minute consult on your story? Use phone # in text for consult leave message with theme of slam and your info.
If you have a life, you have a story. Bring it.

The 2010 - 2011 story slam season is on! Tell your friends and get out your calendars. Please check at event listings for details as they develop. Save the dates for the best night out in Boston!

Boston @ Kennedys Midtown Mondays
JAN 10
Somerville Slams Series on Tuesdays
Precinct - NOV 16th * A Boston T Party *your experiences on public transportation

Jamaica Plain Series @ Bella Luna Sundays Starts
NOV 21st *medical madness*

APR 26 TUES - Big Mouth Off at Copley BPL Rabb Hall

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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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