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December 2014
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  Storytelling Benefit! One Man Reading of A Christmas Carol
  ISI Open Mic
  Storytelling in the Snug with Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass
  The Nite B -4 Kwanzaa
  UMOJA - 1st Day of Kwanzaa
  Kwanzaa Celebration @ DuSable Museum
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Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling Benefit! One Man Reading of A Christmas Carol

Storytelling Benefit! One Man Reading of “A Christmas Carol” with Moira’s Afternoon Tea served at intermission
Join us for this Very Special Holiday Storytelling Event and Benefit!
A Reading of Charles Dickens’
by Greg Weiss,
with Moira’s Afternoon Tea served at intermission.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
2:30 pm

Sit back and enjoy this one-man telling of the perennial favourite, enjoy Moira’s Afternoon Tea during the intermission… AND do something good for the community!
In the spirit of this masterpiece’s reminder that “Mankind is (our) business”, one half of the ticket price will be donated to Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston-based organization serving homeless adults and families, and those threatened with homelessness. You can learn more about this worthy organization at

Tickets are $25 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended.

2:30 pm
$25, one-half donated to Connections for the Homeless

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201


Dec 13th, 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 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

Dec 14th, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass

Stephanie Douglass is a farmer, writer, and performer. Over the past few years, she has worked in the Middle East, East Africa, and alternative schools on Chicago’s west side… She is a Moth GrandSLAM winner, and during the week, she grows delicious, organic veggies and trains people with employment barriers for Growing Home.

Scott is the co-host and producer of This Much Is True, and creator of Story Lab Chicago. He has told stories anywhere somebody will listen, including The Steppenwolf, Chicago Public Radio, Risk! Podcast, Write Club, Here’s the Story, Grown Folks Stories, Story Club, Chicago Slam Works, 2nd Story, Essay Fiesta, and Real Talk Live, to name just a few. Scott is a MothSLAM Chicago winner and Runner-Up at The 2012 Windy City Story Slam All-City Championships.

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Stephanie and Scott 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


Dec 23rd, 2014 (Tue)
  The Nite B -4 Kwanzaa

Oba William King will lead the participants through a series of activities including: the use of rhythmic chants and beats to adding todays flavor to the traditional celebration. Selected participants will be encouraged to develop their thoughts and understandings regarding the seven principles and how these principles can have a positive effect on todays society. This component features Oba's Story Songs: Red, Black and Green, I Love My People, and The Nite B-4 Kwanzaa.

10 am and 11:30am
Admission  FREE

Early Care and Learning Center
532 W. 95th St.
Chicago, IL 60628

Child Development Center
6921 S. Stony Island
Chicago, IL 60649

773 288-0800

Dec 26th, 2014 (Fri)
  UMOJA - 1st Day of Kwanzaa

A Community Celebration - presented by African American Men of Unity in Aurora, Il. Past years support from all branches of local political, business and religious leaders. The evening will feature a Storytelling Presentation by Oba William King - focusing on The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

4pm -7pm
Admission  FREE

150 Illinois Av Aurora Il @ The Prisco Center

630 606 1910

Dec 28th, 2014 (Sun)
  Kwanzaa Celebration @ DuSable Museum

Oba William King will present The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens and The Nite B-4 Kwanzaa @ DuSable Museum's Public Performance Kwanzaa Celebration.

1:00p - 2:00p
Admission  TBA

DuSable Museum of African History
740 E 56 St Chicago Il