I’ve been involved with Moth StorySLAM events at Headliners Music Hall for about four years, and one thing that’s kept me around is the sense of community among the storytellers and attendees. There are the folks I can always count on seeing on the last Tuesday of every month, the newbies who leave gushing about how much fun they’ve had, and the storytellers who impress me with their honesty and bravery to tell their own stories to a room full of strangers.
Tonight, it’s time for our Moth family to come together and give back. We’re collecting clean, gently used (or new!) children’s clothing for the JCPS Clothing Assistance Program. Here’s a blurb about the program, courtesy of Louisville Moth producer Tara Anderson:
The CAP helps make sure families get clothing they need, especially during the cold winter months. Sweaters, pants, hats and gloves are especially appreciated.
Worthy cause, yes? Then bring that sweater that’s two sizes too small and join me tonight for some good stories. I’ll be holding down the mic as host, so I’d love to see you there.
The Moth StorySLAM
When: Tonight, Dec. 29; doors open at 7 p.m., stories begin at 8 p.m.
I am the worst tooter of my own horn. It would be more noble to say it’s because I am modest. Really, it’s because I’m forgetful. I get so caught up in living that I forget to share the love with friends and family. My bad, guys.
Anyhoozers, here is an attempt to remedy that.
I’m co-hosting The Moth GrandSlam at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I’m usually at the merch table at the Moth StorySlams at Headliners Music Hall, which usually take place on the last Tuesday of every month. I hosted one show in December, and the crowd was great, so I’m thrilled to have a chance to emcee the big event.
For those new to The Moth, a StorySlam is a show in which regular folks from the audience are picked at random (they volunteer to have their name in the bag, so you can exhale) to tell a five-minute story based on a theme in front of an audience. The stories can be funny, scary, weird, heartbreaking or all of the above. More than anything, however, is that the night’s stories are always unpredictable.
This week’s GrandSlam gathers up the winners of the past year’s monthly StorySlams for a battle royale. And by battle royale, I mean they tell new stories about a new theme, which is “Once in a Blue Moon.” But still, INTENSE.
If I’m not enough to bring you out to the Kentucky Center, the delightful Erin Keane (formerly the arts and culture reporter with WFPL, currently a writer for Salon.com) will co-host with me. I predict good times with a healthy dose of feminist humor.
Tickets are on sale now, and you better hurry – the past two GrandSlams have sold out.
Is that enough horn tooting?
The Moth GrandSLAM
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville