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April 2015
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  Les Contes a la Petite Creperie (Stories at the Petite Creperie restaurant)
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  ISI Open Mic
  Story Coaching
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  Storytelling in the Snug with MICHAEL PARENT
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  Hidden Memory; An American Story
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  Do Not Submit - A Storytelling Open Mic
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  This Much is True
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  "How Butterflies Came to Be...and Other Tales for a Spring Afternoon
  Puppets and Play
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  Many Lands - One Earth; Water Wisdom from Around the World
  Storytelling in the Snug with ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN
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  HOMEWOOD STORIES
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  Journey From The Heart
  Storytelling in the Snug with BIL LEPP
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  Northlands Storytelling CONFABULATION!
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  Northlands Storytelling CONFABULATION!
  An Evening of Ray Bradbury Stories with Jim May and Megan Wells
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  Northlands Storytelling CONFABULATION!
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Apr 3rd, 2015 (Fri)
  Les Contes a la Petite Creperie (Stories at the Petite Creperie restaurant)

A dinner theater format. Storyteller Jim May and bilingual storyteller, Michael Parent (French and English), will serve up an evening of wit, humor, songs and entertaining stories, around a delicious French dinner. Jim will tell stories from McHenry County and elsewhere, Michael tells of his growing up in a French Canadian community in Lewiston, Maine. Michael will combine English and French in his songs and stories, in a bilingual presentation that everyone will enjoy. Jim and Michael are both inductees of the National Storytelling Network "Circle of Excellence" (Hall of Fame).

7:00pm--9:00pm
$40 including dinner (contact La Creperie, prices may be subject to change)815-337-0765

On the west side of the Woodstock Square, next to the Old Courthouse. 115 North Johnson St., Woodstock, Illinois

see above or Jim May at 815-382-5264
maystory@earthlink.net
jimmaystoryteller.com

Apr 4th, 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 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

Apr 4th, 2015 (Sat)
  Story Coaching

Up to 4 participants can register for a 30 minute session. In that 30 min, tell a 5-10 minute story and receive coaching from Janice Del Negro, award-winning storyteller, author and educator. Focus could be on timing, delivery and presentation, as well as, on structuring and editing stories for most effect delivery. Others are invited to attend and observe to learn and hone story crafting skills. Presented by Illinois Storytelling Inc and the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission  $40 for coaching; $20 to observe

Dominican University, Butler Literature Center, Crown Library, Room 214, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest

708-465-6305
Margaret Burk, ISI President - margaret@margaretburk.com

Apr 5th, 2015 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with MICHAEL PARENT

“…almost a festival in himself. He played, sang in French and English, and juggled balls, rods and what-nots as he simultaneously told the story of a down-and-out juggler.
A magnificent voice, an inexhaustible fund of stories, wit, charm…”
~UC Berkeley Daily Californian

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Michael 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.

7 pm
Admission No Cover, Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

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

Apr 11th, 2015 (Sat)
  Hidden Memory; An American Story

The movement of 120,000 Japanese Americans into incarceration camps was later declared by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians to be caused by "wartime hysteria, racial prejudice, and a failure of political leadership." Morton Grove resident Anne Shimojima shares the experiences of her family in an incarceration camp during World War II and photos of a recent trip to Manzanar camp, showing what it looks like today.

2:00 p.m.
Admission  Free

Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Avenue
Morton Grove, IL 60053
847-965-4220
www.mgpl.org

Apr 12th, 2015 (Sun)
  Do Not Submit - A Storytelling Open Mic

Do Not Submit! A Storytelling Open Mic
Second Sunday of the Month

Do Not Submit is a judgment and pressure free night for storytellers from zero to decades of experience to connect, share stories, and hone their craft. For the first time, we are making these true local events, in that each one will reach out to, welcome, and be run by people from the immediate community.

5:30 pm Sign-Up, 6 pm Stories
Admission No Cover

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

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

Apr 14th, 2015 (Tue)
  This Much is True

Chicago's Most Intimate Storytelling Night! This month features Don Hall, Rebecca Kling, Dana Norris, Joshua Safford, and Anne Shimojima, with co-hosts Stephanie Douglass and Scott Whitehair.

7:30 p.m.
Free

Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL

http://www.thismuchistruechicago.com/

Apr 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  "How Butterflies Came to Be...and Other Tales for a Spring Afternoon

Come chant, sing, move and listen as Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning storyteller Susan Stone tells stories from around the world:
folktales, fairytales, silly tales and spooky tales, too.

2-2:45pm
Admission free

Northside College Prep High School
5501 N. Kedzie
Chicago

773-534-3954 ext. 26840
jmurray1@cps.edu
www.susanstone-storyteller.com or www.northsideprep.org

Apr 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  Puppets and Play

Parents along with children age two through five are invited to play outdoors and indoors at Da Vinci Waldorf School and enjoy a simple puppet show by storyteller Donna Brooks.

10:00 a.m.
Admission Free

150 W. Bonner Rd. Wauconda, IL

847-526-1372
slove@davinciwaldorfschool.org
www.davinciwaldorf.org

Apr 19th, 2015 (Sun)
  Many Lands - One Earth; Water Wisdom from Around the World

People who live close to the land share a deep respect for the earth and her creatures. This reverence is best expressed in their stories and songs. From the African Rainforest to a Japanese Garden, from the Prairies of the North America to the Irish Sea, storytellers Brian “Fox” Ellis, Oba William King, Anne Shimojima, Jo and Jimmy Lakota will take us on a journey that gives us a deeper appreciation for our wet, watery world and a deeper connection to the earth. From ancient voices we learn the science and wisdom that moves us into the future.

Reservations needed. Reservation deadline April 11, 2015
Dinner (optional) 5:30 p.m., Program 6:30 p.m.
Program only $15, Dinner and program $25

GAR Hall
415 Hamilton Blvd.
Peoria, IL

309.246.8403
info@sunfoundation.org
http://sunfoundation.org/wordpress/?epl_event=clean-water-celebration-dinner-and-keynote-lecture

Apr 19th, 2015 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN

A comedian, storyteller, educator, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, humorist, walking menagerie of sound effects and character voices, and so much more.

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Andy 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, Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

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

Apr 21st, 2015 (Tue)
  HOMEWOOD STORIES

Come join us!! YOU are invited! (and we are so excited)
Live show >> five tellers >> true stories!
FUN FUN FUN! This will be such a FUN night!!
Our line-up includes:Gary Doherty >>Jan Bohacek >Richard A. Aspell >Linda Braggs >,
Karen O'Donnell > producer

Doors open to the room at 6:00 PM ..RSVP reservations encouraged as the room is usually at capacity by 7 PM
rsvp > karen@homewoodstories.org

Fun Fun Fun >> more fun when YOU are there with us!!

Doors open at 6:00 PM to the room < show starts at 7:30 PM
free entrance >>> free wll donation appreicated

Grady's Grille
18147 Harwood Ave, Homewood, IL 60430

708-798-2224
karen@homewoodstories.org
www.homewoodstories.org

Apr 22nd, 2015 (Wed)
  Journey From The Heart

Come celebrate the true meaning of Earth Day: presenter Dennis Swiftdeer Paige will guide us in native North American cultures and traditions. Participate in flute playing, circle dances, animal impressions, stories, songs, drumming, and sharing of the Medicine bag and be into the humor and ancient wisdom of the First Nations.

Co-Sponsored with Central School PTO. Best for children ages 5 and up.

3:30p - 4:30p
Admission free no registration necessary.

Riverside Public Library
1 Burling Road
Riverside, IL 60546

1-708-442-6366
littleearth21@hotmail.com
http://www.riversidelibrary.org/events.html; also storytelling.org/Swiftdeer/

Apr 22nd, 2015 (Wed)
  Storytelling in the Snug with BIL LEPP

Bil Lepp is an internationally-known storyteller and humorist.
A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest,
his outrageous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages.

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Bil 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.

7 pm
Admission No Cover, Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

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

Apr 24th, 2015 (Fri) -- Apr 26th, 2015 (Sun)
  Northlands Storytelling CONFABULATION!

Join the friendliest group of storytellers on the planet at the Northlands Storytelling Confabulation! Stories, Workshops, Slam, Concerts, Swaps - There’s plenty for teachers, librarians, and seasoned or beginning storytellers alike. Come join us! Featured Guest: Lyn Ford

Geneva Ridge Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin

www.northlands.net
info@northlands.net
815-344-6435

Apr 25th, 2015 (Sat)
  An Evening of Ray Bradbury Stories with Jim May and Megan Wells

Ray Bradbury was one of America's most prolific and admired writers. His Dandelion Wine is a chronicle of one summer growing up in Waukegan, Illinois, his place of birth. Jim and Megan will tell stories form Dandelion Wine and other selections.

7pm-9pm
Admission no cover: donatons appreciated

Woodstock Square
225 Van Buren
Woodstock, illinois
815-648-2039