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May 2015
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  ISI Open Mic
  Story Coaching
  It's Personal: Linda Gorham and Kathy Pitt Weinberg
  Do Not Submit - A Storytelling Open Mic
  Storytelling in the Snug with Tennessee Rick Elliott
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May 2nd, 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 June 13

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

May 2nd, 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

Margaret Burk, ISI President -

May 9th, 2015 (Sat)
  It's Personal: Linda Gorham and Kathy Pitt Weinberg

Chicago Solo Theatre is dedicated to producing the finest solo plays and storytelling events in the Midwest.
David Boyle, the Host, Founder, and Artistic Director will feature Linda and Kathy 'Getting Personal." That's what we intend to do! :-)

"It's Personal" is a monthly storytelling performance for grown-ups. Tickets are $15 at the door or 2 for $20 when you purchase online at

About the performers:
Nationally known, award-winning storyteller and speaker, Linda inspires her audiences by using movement, humor, and sometimes zaniness as she tells imaginative folktales and personal tales updated with "attitude." Her adult CD, Jumping on Grandma's Plastic Covered Couch, was released in 2014.

After spending her childhood and adolescent years on the musical theatre stage and her adult years as a licensed massage therapist and acting teacher, Kathy Pitt makes her storytelling debut in this month's It's Personal.

David Boyle is the founder and artistic director of Chicago Solo Theatre. He has performed his full length solo shows "An Accidental Organist" and "You Don't Have To Be A Whore" in several Chicago area venues & festivals and will perform his latest show "Pizza & Pop (and Church)" at the Elgin Fringe Festival in September.

7:30 pm
Tickets are $15 at the door or 2 for $20 when you purchase online at Parking passes are available at the box office for $5. More info at

1550 South State Street, Chicago, IL
We have limited permit parking available in the lot behind our building. First come, first serve. To get your parking permit, please pull up to the flashing zone heading South on State Street in front of Overflow Coffee Bar. Parking permits are available for $5 at the Box Office (opens half hour before the show). Cash is preferable, but we do take credit card.

Other options include street meter parking for $2 an hour, or you can use the valet parking service with the Tapas Valencia restaurant just north a half block from us.

The State buses 29 & 62 stop at 16th Street. Michigan buses 1, 3, & 4 stop at 16th as well, and then just walk west two blocks to our building. The Roosevelt train stop is a short 10-15 minute walk away, or you can catch a bus to come down State Street to 16th.
There is a Divvy bike station at 16th and State.

Daystar Center 312-674-0001

May 10th, 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


May 24th, 2015 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Tennessee Rick Elliott

Join in with Rick Elliott, an authentic Appalachian wordslinger,
for an evening of Storytelling in the Snug!

“No story begins ‘Once upon a time…’ and very few wind up ‘…happily ever after”, but you’ll recognize a lot of your own life experiences here. There’s nothing you couldn’t say in church, but the stories are best suited to those 13 and older. Rick will go for about 75 minutes or so, or until the police arrive – whichever happens first!”

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

8 pm
No Cover - Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201