Thanks to leaders like Kiran Sirah, even the originally tradition-heavy International Storytelling Festival is Jonesborough, Tenn. is moving to include slam poetry and buskers. The modern iteration of the age-old artform, an important part of Western North Carolina’s heritage, includes story slams and open mic nights.
Storytellers, an exhibition at upstairs [artspace] in Tryon, features narrative paintings by Arden B. Cone, Margaret Curtis, Dawn Hunter and Anna Jensen.
When Asheville-based storyteller Connie Regan-Blake embarked on her career more than 40 years ago, there were only two storytelling festivals in the country. That was in the mid-’70s; “Now every state in the nation has festivals, and North Carolina probably has six ongoing,” she says.
When Martin Dockery touched down in Dakar, Senegal, on his way to Timbuktu, Mali, his luggage was gone. The traveler from New York City had nothing but his passport, his Lonely Planet guidebook and a copy of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi. He didn’t speak any local languages, he didn’t have a change of […]
A story slam is like a poetry slam only — and this is probably the obvious part — with stories rather than poems. The story is rated by the audience or a panel of judges, and prizes (or at least bragging rights) are at stake. To that end, Black Box Storytelling Theater presents two workshops led by Regi Carpenter, a professor of storytelling at Ithaca College.
Gather ’round, folks — it’s story time. Asheville Community Theatre’s monthly storytelling series, Listen to This: Stories in Performance, closes its fourth season this week.
Before coming to Asheville, Sarah Larson, the founder/director of the Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch series, taught storytelling to high school students through a required course in genealogy. She encouraged her students to research their ancestors’ cultures, Larson says, “and then they had to learn a story from that culture.” Larson brought her passion for […]
The weather’s getting nippy, but it’s still a great time to get out and check out some events that won’t break the (piggy) bank. From winter gardening and holiday shopping to local authors and uplifting musical performances, this weekend’s got everything you need to lure you out of the house on the cheap. And as always, leave us a comment if you’ve got any more low-cost events you’d like to share.
David Holt tells the outrageous story of Dr. John R. Brinkley, “the greatest charlatan of the age.” The storytelling event “Goat Glands and Banjo Bands” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall.
The popular festival returns to Spruce Pine for the 13th year.
Come out for a new Saturday morning storytelling series at Pack Square Park. Storyteller David Novak will be the first featured guest, performing on June 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Weaverville’s reputation was tarnished a bit last month when one of its otherwise upstanding citizens, Wallace Shealy, was called on the carpet (a rollled-out red one, likely) for being the year’s boldest-faced liar.