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February 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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  Storytelling in the Snug with Sheila Arnold Jones
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  ISI Open Mic
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  We Speak In Rhythm
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  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night
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  Linda Gorham Celebrates 100 Years of African American Accomplishment
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  Hidden Memory; An American Story
  HOMEWOOD STORIES
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  Workshop: I Pledge Allegiance to the Coat of Many Colors
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  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk
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  Linda Gorham Tells the Story of Wilma Rudolph
  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night
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  Rhythm and Rhymes A History of African-American Dance and Music - African Storytelling and Dance
  Festival of Stories
  ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers Celebrates Black History Month
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Feb 1st, 2015 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Sheila Arnold Jones

“Sheila has performed in a myriad of ways since she was eight years old, including the role of a “Little Ray of Sunshine,” a slapstick comedy which was performed on several Army bases in Germany. She has been writing – poems, plays, fiction and songs – since she was in 7th grade, where she was encouraged by her English class to read several of her stories for her classmates. Sheila has written and directed many plays… Sheila has been doing character portrayals since 1998 where she took on the role of Ol’ Bess, an 18th-century tavern slave.”
~www.mssheila.org

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Sheila 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
Admission No Cover

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

847-864-1679
celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
www.celticknotpub.com

Feb 7th, 2015 (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 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.

jdelnegro@dom.edu or margaretburk@hotmail.com
www.storytelling.org

Feb 8th, 2015 (Sun)
  We Speak In Rhythm

Interactive Storytelling presentation with Dance, Drum and Vocals featuring Oba William King

Kids are encouraged to take a poignant look at the African American experience through poetry, drama, music and dance, and the fundamental role that artistic expression has played in shaping the lives of African Americans and America's rich cultural heritage in this performance by Oba and ensemble. Audience participation plays a key role in this performance about freedom and cultural understanding.

Please register each family member attending the show.

2:00p
Admission  Free

Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477

(708) 532-0160
tplibrary@tplibrary.org
http://host6.evanced.info/tinleypark/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

Feb 13th, 2015 (Fri)
  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night

Join Resident Storyteller Mark Kater around the fire place as he continues his Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night series for the 15th year: This family program is free and will be held 7- 8 pm on Friday's - Feb 13 - Faerie Tales: Feb 27 - Mark’s Favorite Folktales: March 13 - Seasonal stories - Changing Times.

All programs will include folktales from various around the world cultures. Music, humor and audience participation will ensue.

Parking is free. Call for reservations.

7-8 PM
Admission Free

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL
312-744-1134
storyman.mark@gmail.com

Feb 15th, 2015 (Sun)
  Linda Gorham Celebrates 100 Years of African American Accomplishment

100 years ago, in 1915, Carter G. Woodson formed an organization to record and promote the history and stories of African Americans. Eleven years later he founded Negro History Week which has become Black History Month. In honor of Carter G. Woodson, Linda Gorham will tell mini stories and play music honoring 50 accomplished African Americans over the past 100 years.

2:00 PM
Admission Free but registration may be required

Tinley Park Library
7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park

708-845-5724
SDudeck@tplibrary.org
www.tplibrary.org

Feb 17th, 2015 (Tue)
  Hidden Memory; An American Story

World War II was a very different experience for Japanese Americans. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares the story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the difficult war years. This story was inspired by an interview Anne did with her 91-year-old aunt, who experienced the Portland, Oregon assembly center and a California incarceration camp, and whose only crime was looking like the enemy.

10:00 a.m.
Admission Free

North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Road
Northfield, IL 60093
847-784-6000
https://www.nssc.org/index.php

Feb 17th, 2015 (Tue)
  HOMEWOOD STORIES

COME JOIN US for HOMEWOOD STORIES a genuine connection, a community event,
a sense of belonging - -- of 'coming home'. True stories told by five tellers. (Adult show)
No cover to enter; no purchase necessary. Donations before exiting appreciated :-)
(come early > full service menu in the room >
Last orders placed by 7:10 as 'in room' service and table conversation suspended during the live show
Storytellers > Megan Wells, Mike Speller, Jim Gannon, Dave Santori and host > Karen ODonnell
Time(s)   
Doors to room open at 6:00 PM, show starts 7:30 PM (room is usually full by 7)
Admission   
Free admission, (donations appreciated)

Grady's Grille
18124 Martin Ave
Homewood, IL 60430
708-799-4700

Karen ODonnell 708-798-2224
Karen@homewoodstories.org
www.homewoodstories.org (goes to the facebook group)

Feb 21st, 2015 (Sat)
  Workshop: I Pledge Allegiance to the Coat of Many Colors

This workshop will be held by nationally renowned Choctaw storyteller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle. Seating is limited. Contact Kim Sheahan (info below) for a registration/information brochure. Tim will also be giving a 90-minute storytelling concert at 2 PM that afternoon. Workshop description: As an Oklahoma Choctaw writer and storyteller, Tingle shares brief stories of his own experiences performing and writing stories of multiple ethnicities. Participants (Tim included) will ponder the rightness and wrongness of telling outside of one’s experience. Hoping for a high level of audience participation, Tim’s goal is to germinate ideas for a truer version of who we/they are in our performance tales and written narratives. “Where do we go to learn the truth?” Good question.

9 AM to Noon
$30 adult/$20 student. When registering, the participant may also order a box lunch ($11) and pre-pay for a concert ticket ($5).

Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL
217-244-3355
ksheahan@illinois.edu
www.spurlock.illinois.edu

Feb 26th, 2015 (Thu)
  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk

Let a work of art spark your memory, your imagination – your story! For the writer or would be-writer seeking inspiration. Surround yourself with works of art and invite a painting, a sculpture, a splash of color to lead you. We’ll explore story writing techniques such as form, setting, character, sensual imagery and tension. You may complete one story or more. Delight in the synergy of artistic cross–pollination!

Storyteller/writer Margaret Burk weaves life experiences into personal stories that crackle with warmth and wit. She has performed at storytelling Festivals and Conferences including the Chicago Celtic Festival at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Margaret is the co-author of a recently published book – “Children’s Daily Prayer” – reflections on scripture for children. She has a B.A. in Theatre and M.A. in Communication with additional study in theology and spirituality. She lives with her husband Don in Oak Park. Margaret is President of Illinois Storytelling, Inc.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00pm
Admission Member: $100 - NonM: $140

Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago, Oak Park, IL
708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
http://www.oakparkartleague.org

Feb 27th, 2015 (Fri)
  Linda Gorham Tells the Story of Wilma Rudolph

Linda Gorham will tell the story of Wilma Rudolph who, at the age of 16 won a bronze medal in the Olympics, and at the age of 20, returned to the Olympics to win three gold medals in the Olympics. In that year, 1960, she was crowned “The Fastest Woman in the World.” Who would have guessed that until age 12, she wore a leg brace for polio and had been told she would likely never walk without a limp or a cane.

1:30 and 2:30 PM
Admission Free but check with the library regarding space availability

Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton St., Skokie

Amy Koester
AKoester@skokielibrary.info
www.skokielibrary.info

Feb 27th, 2015 (Fri)
  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night

Join Resident Storyteller Mark Kater around the fire place as he continues his Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night series for the 15th year: This family program is free and will be held 7- 8 pm on Friday's - Feb 13 - Faerie Tales: Feb 27 - Mark’s Favorite Folktales: March 13 - Seasonal stories - Changing Times.

All programs will include folktales from various around the world cultures. Music, humor and audience participation will ensue.

Parking is free. Call for reservations.

7-8 PM
Admission Free

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL
312-744-1134
storyman.mark@gmail.com

Feb 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  Rhythm and Rhymes A History of African-American Dance and Music - African Storytelling and Dance

11:00 -12:00 African Storytelling and Drumming performance with Kucha and Baba Tony

12:30 - 1:30 Oba William King and Dancer

11:00 am -- 12 Noon Kucha & Baba Tony / 12:30 -- 1:30 Oba William King & Dancer
Admission  FREE

The Elgin Artspace Loft-Gallery
51 S. Spring Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120-5570
312-401-3956

Feb 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  Festival of Stories

Kucha and Baba Tony will take you on a unique journey through African American history using stories, historical facts, poetry, songs, powerful proverbs and dialect. This program is accompanied by African drumming, shekere playing, and enhanced by audience participation, which includes singing and playing instruments.

2:00 PM
Admission $12.00 Adults, $6.00 Children

Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral
4500 Frontage Road
Hillside, Illinois 60162
(708) 544-8700

Feb 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrate Black History through Stories

Featured Tellers: Baba Tony Brown, Kucha Brownlee, Alice Ruth Collins, Andrea Fain, Dhamana
Shauri, Owen Charles Youth), Khalilah Muhammad (Youth)

Pat “Serenity” Redd will be your emcee and guide as ASE adult tellers and youth tellers bring history to life.

6:30 PM   
Tickets: $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children
Location - Address, City, State   
COJ Family Life Center Church
20401 Western Ave
Olympia Fields, IL

For tickets and Information: (708) 679-3960 or (708) 679-3950
ASEAlice3@gmail.com
http://www.aseblackstorytellers.org/