Another successful show. If I don’t say so myself. Love and food and camaraderie, and hard words, and easy words, and music and a super hero or two. Sort of a perfect mix! Perhaps a magical potion of words and listening, if one will.
Tag Archive: Ian Belknap
Feb 20 2013
I like Here’s the Story in the wintertime. Seems like it’s right at home in the season when people all over the world have always gathered close to share food and stories and warmth. Storytelling is interesting to me because it is at once something that comes naturally to all of us, and something that can be practiced and honed and artfully done. I also respect its traditional use as a teaching tool. Long before the printed word, storytelling was the primary transmitter of human history and memory.
In many native traditions, like the SiSi Wiss medicine way shared by most northwestern tribes in the US, storytelling is also how wisdom has been passed through generations. In that culture like many traditional cultures, hard-won knowledge about loving, and healing, and raising happy kids, and facing fear and overcoming conflict and achieving personal purpose, has been passed along through telling stories. In the SiSi Wiss tradition, there are some teaching stories that are more than 4,000 years old, and that last anywhere from hours to 3, 6 and 9 days long. In sharing ceremonies, people travel from far away to be together for big potlach feasts (where the modern potluck comes from) to be with friends and celebrate their time together and laugh and listen.
I share a little bit about that just to reflect on the fact that all of us who are enjoying storytelling in Chicago now are participating a beautiful and noble practice that has its roots in ancient and global history. Even our personal stories, when they are chosen and shared with generosity and a true desire to tell them, constitute evenings of personal truth that are moving, funny, illuminating and inspiring.
Here are some of the excellent folks who will be telling with us on March 3rd…
Sep 12 2011
As I was making the new T-shirts at Spudnik Press, this pretty girl she asks, “Are you making those for Renegade?”
But it struck me that Renegade Craft Fair was a place I should probably go.
Renegades love stories! Crafters are all about tales. So I went out on Saturday and Sunday and slung some postcards. I tried to be judicious about it. I put on my best Derren Brown cold reader face. And besides two doldrumy snarks, I felt like a crack dealer.
Jul 07 2011
To those who have been supporting Here’s the Story over the last five months, thank you. Your support for our organization paid off last night in profound stories. That spirit of communication and spectacle was present and everyone at last night’s show was a participator in the back and forth, the give and take of telling and listening.
I didn’t get a chance to say it out loud, but 50 points for 5 storytellers is intentional. A couple people sought fit to give all tens and I appreciate that sentiment. Between the walk up story swappers and the featured tellers it was an incredible onslaught tour de force of A game. The show made me quake. I couldn’t be more grateful.
Jun 25 2011
In my continuing attempt to fill the mailbox of Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing I present to you, a postcard!
There is only one rule of fight club and it is thus:
Jun 22 2011
Here to shine a spotlight on our featured guests for July 6th’s Here’s the Story! If you’ve been meaning to make it to our brand new beautiful event, July’s show is THE night to attend! Along with 5 open slots for you or anyone who wishes to tell a story, we are hosting 5 featured tellers who we think will inspire and delight you. These folks are teachers, writers, thinkers, entertainers and all-around Chicago sweethearts who we are dazzled by, and cannot wait to share. So excited. Totally honored. Come join us to listen and tell! :)