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November 2014
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  ISI Open Mic
  Storytelling in the Snug with Patrick Ryan
  Incarceration of the Japanese
  Storytelling in the Snug with Carol Kerman
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference
  Rhythm Talkin'
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference
  ASE Dance ParTAY
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference
  Puppets and Play
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference
  Family Storytelling in the Snug with Puppeteer Marilyn Price
  Journey from the Heart
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Nov 1st, 2014 (Sat)
  ISI Open Mic

Enthusiastic tellers and eager listeners: Join Illinois Storytelling, Inc and Dominican University for OPEN MIC NIGHT. Share that story you love to tell. Debut a story you've been working on to see if it’s ready for prime time. Try out a story in progress to see how it’s working. Or just plan to come and listen. Open Mic Nights are casual and fun with both seasoned and new tellers bringing a variety of extraordinary tales from personal to traditional to historical. Please limit stories – or portions of stories – to eight minutes.

Also Dec. 13 – 2014 and Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 13 - 2015

Doors open 7:30 PM. Mic turned on at 8:00 PM.
Admission free – We’ll pass the hat to support this and other ISI events.

Lewis Lounge in Lewis Hall at Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Park in the parking pavilion at the north end of campus. Take elevator to ground floor. Enter back door of Lewis Hall directly across from east exit. Lewis Lounge is the first room on the right, first floor. or

Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Patrick Ryan

The internationally acclaimed teller of tales from America, Ireland and Britain joins us for a special night of stories in honor of Halloween and Samhain!

No Cover! We will pass the hat for Pat at the end of the night

8 pm
No Cover, pass the hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201


Nov 5th, 2014 (Wed)
  Incarceration of the Japanese

The Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute presents storyteller Anne Shimojima, who will give an account of how her family immigrated to the U.S. from Japan but was incarcerated in American internment camps during World War II. You will see another side of the war with which you might not be familiar. Must register in advance, by calling 800-925-6300. Course ID LLI0712-100

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission $30

Harper College
Lifelong Learning Institute
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067


Nov 9th, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Carol Kerman

“Carol Kaufman-Kerman enjoys telling folktales that are full of energy and engage the audience to participate through chants and movement… Carol’s stories range from folktales to her New York roots. Her personal stories remind us of our own life and family and the anecdotes that have shaped us. She believes that we keep our loved ones alive through story.”

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Carol that evening.

**PLEASE NOTE** Seating in the Snug is very limited. Come early to reserve your seats, have a meal in our dining room, and then retire with your drinks to the coziness of the Snug for storytelling!!

Reservations for dinner and storytelling or for storytelling alone are strongly recommended.

8 pm
No Cover, pass the hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201


Nov 12th, 2014 (Wed) -- Nov 16th, 2014 (Sun)
  The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference

Black Storytellers are coming to Chicago!

Storytellers are coming from around the country to celebrate the African Oral Tradition and to share their gifts with Chicago and its surrounding communities. They are coming for the “In the Tradition…” 32nd Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference. This four-day event includes workshops, storytelling concerts, a hilarious world-renowned liar’s contest, youth storytellers, and a dynamic scholars’ panel. Here’s a sneak preview:

* RHYTHM TALKIN’ pre-festival event – Jazz, blues, ragtime, spoken word, African dance and story. Wednesday, November 12 at the University of Chicago Logan Center (7pm). Produced by ASE. Many thanks to our sponsors the Illinois Arts Council, the National Storytelling Network, Parkhurst Brothers Inc., the Northlands Storytelling Network, and the University of Chicago Logan Center.

* ADOPT-A-TELLER PROGRAM – Want a teller at your venue? Our tellers are ready to bring you stories! We will be sending storytellers to perform in the Chicagoland community through our Community Outreach called Adopt-A-Teller Program (AATP). For more on this amazing opportunity to bring a storyteller to your venue, contact Linda Gorham at

* CHICAGO AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE TOUR - We will visit many fascinating Chicago sites including the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Carter G. Woodson Library; Pullman Porter Museum; Nation of Islam; Quinn Chapel AME; Chicago State University; and the historic Bronzeville community that Ida B. Wells, Gwendolyn Brooks, Louis Armstrong, Sam Cook, “Rube” Foster, Lou Rawls and many others called home! There will be much more to see!

* AFRICAN AMERICAN MARKETPLACE with NABS RESOURCE CENTER - African imports, Afro-centric wearable art, African American literature, Black art, Karamu Corner, craft demonstrations and intriguing wares.

* OPENING GALA & MOTHER MARY CARTER SMITH LOVE CIRCLE – Thursday 7 pm. The official opening of the festivities includes our traditional affiliate representative march and libation followed by our storytelling concert. Our traditional Mary Carter Smith Love Circle culminates the evening!

* VILLAGE TELLIN' - NABS’ Affiliate names are drawn out of a hat to invite one of their members to represent their unique style and unique regional Blackstorytelling!

* STORYTELLING CONCERTS – An array of the finest and best in the Blackstorytelling world!

* NEW!!! JACKIE TORRENCE TALL TALES CONTEST – In honor of Jackie Torrence, the Liar’s Contest has been renamed! Yet, is still the one place Big Mama won’t mind the children tellin’ a little tall tale! Then, the adults get a chance to test their lifetime practice of the art!

* AKWABAA GATHERING - First-Time attendees, New Members and Old-Timers gather to get tips on how to maximize the Festival & Conference experience and get the most out of their membership in NABS!

* SILENT & LIVE AUCTION -- A ticketed auction AND a Live Auction! Please bring items to donate!

* BACK!!! SONG SWAP - Bring a song to share as well as the how, when and whys of the song.

* BACK!! STORYTELLERS CLOSET – One-hour, interactive storytelling skills for all registrants! Also, one-hour morning workshops to enhance your storytelling delivery!

* NEW!! A TRIBUTE TO MAYA ANGELOU will honor our recent ancestor. Led by our beloved Sonia Sanchez, NABS will give respect and honor to Sister Angelou…”In The Tradition…”

Admission Varies -- check the website
Hilton Chicago / 95th and Cicero, Oak Lawn
Phone for NABS: 410-947-1117 Phone for Linda Gorham 630-851-9415 or

Nov 12th, 2014 (Wed)
  Rhythm Talkin'

Rhythm Talkin’ is a dynamic evening celebrating a diverse range of performance styles from the African diaspora including jazz, blues, ragtime, African dance, spoken word, poetry, hip-hop, and storytelling. Featured performers include: Ayodele Drum & Dance, Reginald Robinson, Billy Branch, Maggie Brown, FM Supreme, ReBirth Poetry Ensemble, and ASE Storytellers: Andrea Fain, Pat “Serenity” Redd, and Shanta. There will be something for everyone!

This concert is produced by ASE and the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center.

7-9 pm
Tickets ($15) are available at the UChicago Box Office.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637'/info

Nov 14th, 2014 (Fri)
  ASE Dance ParTAY

On Friday night, November 14, after the National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference Story Concert, ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers is hosting a Dance ParTAY! Sounds like fun? Bring your dancing shoes! We’ll have line dancing and the best in Chicago steppin’! Have you wanted to learn some advanced line dancing moves? Have you always wanted to take Chicago steppin’ lessons? This is your chance! We’ll have dance instructors, a DJ, and lots of room to dance the night away!

9-11 pm
$15 admission includes the concert and the dance parTAY

Hilton Chicago / Oak Lawn
933 S. Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(corner of S. Cicero and 95th Street)

630-851-9415 Linda Gorham

Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat)
  Puppets and Play

Enjoy the marionette puppet show "The Star Dipper" along with outdoor and indoor play time for children age two through five to attend with a parent at Da Vinci Waldorf School. Storyteller Donna Brooks will share this story with simple marionette puppets. A beautiful, soul-enriching story of the good deeds done and bringing to life "enough is a feast."

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Admission  FREE

Da Vinci Waldorf School
150 Bonner Rd.
Wauconda, IL 60084


Nov 16th, 2014 (Sun)
  Family Storytelling in the Snug with Puppeteer Marilyn Price

“… weaves a finely crafted performance filled with storytelling, puppetry and wisdom. From traditional folktales to original works, Marilyn captivates audiences of all ages.”

No Cover! We will pass the hat for Marilyn at the end of the show.

Reservations for dinner and storytelling or for storytelling alone are strongly recommended.

4 pm
No Cover, pass the hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201


Nov 22nd, 2014 (Sat)
  Journey from the Heart

With close ties to the earth, native North American cultures are a crucial link between human society and nature. The flute playing, circle dances, animal impressions, stories, songs, drumming, and sharing of the Medicine bag are presented in a very colorful captivating setting, creating an inspirational program to draw the participant into the humor and ancient wisdom of the First Nations. Tailored to appeal to the young and old at heart. Come celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with long time storyteller-performer Swiftdeer-Paige.

Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 11:00 AM
Admission free

Bartlett Public Library
800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL 60103
Main Phone: (630) 837-2855
Youth & Teen: (630) 837-3348