Story Club Minneapolis

Produced and Hosted by Amy Salloway
Featured Storytellers: Gregory Pickett and Wang Ping

Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets: $8-$15 sliding scale

Story Club Minneapolis is a live monthly storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers from all over the Twin Cities arts scene and beyond. Story Club showcases true, autobiographical stories -- especially stories that are bold, vulnerable, unexpected, and connected to the complexity of our cultural environment…and especially voices that audiences might not get to hear in other contexts. No two Story Club evenings are ever alike, but each month when we wrap up the show, we feel like we’ve witnessed a new, unique little community coming together.

So! Starting at 6pm, audience members are invited to put their names in the jar for the opportunity to tell an up-to-7-minute story onstage (Requirements? Has to be a story, has to be true, has to be about you!). When the show begins at 7, three or four tellers are drawn at random to perform, and they'll be followed by our featured guests. Does this make you want to tell a story? GOOD! (Do it! Do it! Do it!)

Story Club’s host and producer is actor/writer/storyteller Amy Salloway. She’s the creator of the award-winning autobiographical touring solo plays Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, and Circumference, as well as the two-person show Entwined. She’s contributed true personal stories to programs on MPR and CBC, and has been both a storyteller and story coach for the hit national podcast RISK! You can take memoir and creative writing classes from Amy through Minneapolis Community Ed, and storytelling workshops through The Story Studio. Find out more at Amy’s Facebook page Awkward Moment Productions.

February's featured performers are Gregory Pickett and Wang Ping!

Gregory Pickett is a Spoken Word artist/storyteller originally from Chicago, though he currently calls Minneapolis home. Winner of the Rootabaga Poetry Slam in Galesburg, IL in 2009 and 2011, he was a member of two teams that represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam in 2009 (Mental Graffiti) and 2013 (Words That Kill. He was also the SlamMN! Storytelling Grand Slam Champion for 2017, and a featured speaker for the 2018 Annual Storytelling Festival hosted by Story Arts of Minnesota.

Wang Ping has published 13 books of poetry and prose: Life of Miracles Along the Yangtze and Mississippi; American Visa; Foreign Devil; Of Flesh and Spirit; Aching for Beauty; The Magic Whip; Last Communist Virgin; 10,000 Waves, and more. She's the recipient of NEA, Bush, Lannan and McKnight Fellowships, as well as the director of the Kinship of Rivers project, and a professor of English at Macalester College. She's also a photographer and installation artist. Her multimedia exhibitions include "Behind the Gate: After the Flood of the Three Gorges," and "We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers," displayed at colleges, galleries, museums, and natural environments around the world. You can find out more at www.wangping.com.

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