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October 2014
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  ISI Open Mic
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  Ghost Stories at Volo Bog!
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  Storytelling in the Snug with KIM SHEAHAN & SUE SEARING
  Family Storytelling in the Snug with PUPPETEER MARILYN PRICE
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  Bringing the Stories Home: Jewish Tales From Poland
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  Dracula
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  Dracula
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  Family Festival of Stories
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  Dracula
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  Dracula
  Storytelling in the Snug with GENEVIEVE WALLER
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  Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival
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Oct 4th, 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 Nov. 1, Dec. 13 – 2014 and 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.

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

Oct 11th, 2014 (Sat)
  Ghost Stories at Volo Bog!

Ghost Stories Plus at Volo Bog State Natural Area welcomes storyteller Mike Speller!

Starting with our haunted trail and guided bog tours, the highlight of the evening is our 7 pm scary stories just over the hill from Volo Bog itself. Mike is not just one teller, he brings many different characters to complete his hair raising stories.

7:00-8:00 = "Into the Shadows" Mike Speller shares silly spooky fun for all ages.
8:00 -9:00 = "Fear Itself" Mr. Speller guides you through the gothic horror classics you know and fear.
Open to adults and kids ages 5 and older

5:00+ Bog tours; 7:00+ Story time
Suggested Donation $5.00/adult; $2.00/child

Volo Bog State Natural Area
28478 W. Brandenburg Road
Ingleside, IL 60041

Registration #815-344-1294
dnr.volobog@illinois.gov
www.friendsofvolobog.org/Up-coming%20Programs.htm

Oct 12th, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with KIM SHEAHAN & SUE SEARING

Kim Sheahan has been a central Illinois educator since 1991, incorporating oral traditions into her multicultural programs at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum. She added freelance storytelling about ten years later and has performed at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds ever since. Her enthusiasm is both unmistakable and contagious.

Sue Searing has lived in Champaign for over 15 years, working as a librarian at the University of Illinois. She’s originally from upstate New York. Her passion for discovering, learning, and telling stories was awakened in mid-life, and now she’s joyfully making up for lost time.

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for these great tellers 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

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

Oct 12th, 2014 (Sun)
  Family Storytelling in the Snug with PUPPETEER MARILYN PRICE

Marilyn Price weaves a finely crafted performance filled with storytelling, puppetry and wisdom.
From traditional folktales to original works, Marilyn captivates audiences of all ages. Her stories are carefully selected, and told with irresistible wit and detail deserving of the story and the audience. Combining entertainment with some of life’s most treasured values, this nationally acclaimed storyteller, educator and puppeteer inspires her audiences to open their minds and their hearts.

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

4 pm
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

Oct 15th, 2014 (Wed)
  Bringing the Stories Home: Jewish Tales From Poland

This program is part of Polish American Heritage Month

Join award winning professional storyteller, Susan Stone, as she shares stories for adults from many Jewish sources including folktales, and Chasidic stories, all given interesting and lively interpretations, lifted off the page with insight and skill, and put back into true oral tradition. Mystical, wise rebbes share the performance with the fools of Chelm, and wise women, too (inlcuding her Polish born Grandma). Enlightening, often funny or poignant, Susan's tales illuminate the human condition as her personal narratives weave throughout the program. When Susan tells tales she opens her heart and, in turn, will open yours. National Jewish Book Award winner, and renowned folklorist Professor Howard Schwartz has said….
In her hands the tales, no matter how ancient, come hauntingly alive, where every tale can be heard as if for the first time.

About the Storyteller: Susan joins us with over twenty years of experience telling stories in schools, museums, conferences and folk festivals. Her training in theatre informs her tales with presence and passion. Susan also served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching storytelling to teachers at National-Louis University.. Her two CD’s of Jewish stories for children, have won Parents’ Choice Gold and Storytelling World Awards,. She has had stories published in many collections. In March, Susan performed this program in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland.

6:30pm
Admission free

Budlong Woods Library
5630 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659

(312) 747-4300
budlongwoods@chipublib.org
http://www.chipublib.org/locations/137

Oct 18th, 2014 (Sat) -- Oct 19th, 2014 (Sun)
  Dracula

Megan Wells tells the Bram Stoker novel in a ninety minute long form story experience. Experience the emotional thrill of this elegantly horrific one-woman show adapted faithfully from the novel. Megan says, "Bram Stoker's adrenaline-laced journey portrays Mina Harker as heroine rather than Hollywood victim. Mina understands we are, each of us, one bite away from the Vampire Hunger."

October 18 at 7 pm, October 19 at 3 pm
Admission $20

Madison Street Theatre
1010 W. Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

312 282-1750
rfoley@mstoakpark.com
www.mstoakpark.com

Oct 24th, 2014 (Fri)
  Family Festival of Stories

Fall evening of fun and storytelling for families: Face painting 6:00 PM, Fancy Face & Costume Parade 6:30 PM, Stories by Janice Del Negro and Oba William King 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

$5 Family or Individual

Dominican University, Fine Arts Building,
7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL

708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
www.storytelling.org and facebook.com/ILstorytelling

Oct 25th, 2014 (Sat) -- Oct 26th, 2014 (Sun)
  Dracula

Megan Wells tells the Bram Stoker novel in a ninety minute long form story experience. Experience the emotional thrill of this elegantly horrific one-woman show adapted faithfully from the novel. Megan says, "Bram Stoker's adrenaline-laced journey portrays Mina Harker as heroine rather than Hollywood victim. Mina understands we are, each of us, one bite away from the Vampire Hunger."

October 25 at 8pm, October 26 at 2 pm
Admission  $20

Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 677-7761
megan@meganwells.com
www.kokietheatre.com

Oct 26th, 2014 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with GENEVIEVE WALLER

“…share in the value of oral storytelling — an ages-old and universal human activity that not only entertains and opens the imagination but also imparts valuable lessons, strengthens communication skills and provokes contemplation about how we live together in and with the world.” ~www.crookeddoorstorytelling.com

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

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

Oct 31st, 2014 (Fri)
  Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival

Experience Halloween beyond trick-or-treating, costumes, and pumpkin carving this year. Instead, celebrate Ray Bradbury’s favorite holiday with some of the most recognized ghost stories, macabre fables, and creepy tales told on the historic Genesee Theatre stage. The Ninth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, hosted by the Waukegan Public Library.

Named after, and honoring Waukegan’s famous writer-offspring, the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival has entertained fans of literature, storytelling, and Bradbury for the past eight years. Each year, the festival celebrates a different literary theme such as “Literary Monsters”, “Literary Ghosts” or “Literary Witches.” This year’s theme “Literary Halloween” delights in Bradbury’s favorite time of year.

Megan Wells serves as the artistic director of the festival and appears each year in the persona of various nefarious characters, from Dracula to Mr. Dark. She holds an MFA in theater arts and numerous theater awards including the Joseph Jefferson Award for directing. Wells is excited to tell one of Bradbury’s famous Halloween stories on the evening he loved most.

“Nine years ago, we asked Ray Bradbury if we could use his name to create an annual Storytelling Festival, and his only stipulation was that it be at the end of October, around Halloween,” said Richard Lee, executive director of the Waukegan Public Library. “His love of fall comes out in his writing. You can actually smell the autumn air, taste the pumpkin pie, hear the crush of leaves, and often feel an impending shiver. It will be incredible to hear his words that evening.”

Presented by the Waukegan Public Library, the award-winning festival presents a frightful family friendly first act for all ages at 6:30 p.m. and a spooky second act recommended for listeners age 12 and older starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for both acts, or guests can purchase reduced tickets for one act only. Present any library card at the box office and receive $1 off the ticket price. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 29 at the Genesee box office or www.ticketmaster.com.

A one-hour matinee show for students is presented at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the school show are $5 if purchased before October 1 or $6 after October 1. School groups receive one free chaperone ticket for every ten tickets purchased. Teachers and caregivers can contact the box office at 847-623-6300 for more information.

The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival is a great way for both children and adults to enjoy the fun, and occasionally dark, aspects of this venerable holiday. All attendees are welcome to dress in costume. For more information, call or visit the library at www.waukeganpl.org or (847) 623-2041.

6:30 - 9:30 pm
Admission $10, $17, $25

Genesee Theatre
203 N Genesee St
Waukegan, IL 60085

847-623-2041 x231
rmorrow@waukeganpl.info
http://www.waukeganpl.org/Storytelling-Festival