On the vernal equinox, March 21st, 2010, Kevin Brooks and Ilene Fischer co-hosted at Ryles as we held our final open slam. We had more new to storytelling participants than most slams and a fine set of stories were told. The winner was Diana Wiesner who was new to us, but obviously knows her way around a story. Our 2nd place story was from Judith Black, an old school storytelling diva* who still has a great tale. To tell. That doesn't sound right. But you know what I mean.
The improv games were fun and we thank all our supporters and sponsors for this, the first ever story slam season in Greater Boston. All the videos from the slam and an exciting People's Choice Entrant contest can be viewed at our other site.
Please support our supporters! The Cambridge Story Slams are funded with partial support from the MCC and the City of Cambridge Arts Council, and generous in-kind contributions from Toscannini's, Fairchild Electric, The Enormous Room, and Ryles Jazz Club.
We are all psyched to move on to the finals on April 20th and have been invited to combine forces with the Windy City Story Slam in some sort of National Story Slam event. We'll be out and about telling stories in new venues such as the Cambridge River Festival and throughout Greater Boston at open mics or mouthoffs this spring and summer. Open story slams will resume in October 2010 and run until April 2011. Classes in storytelling will start soon as well. Check back here for details.
|Kevin Brooks tells fine stories|
|So does Ilene Fischer|
|Winner Diana Weisener|
|Hosts at work|
|Jerry Gregoire of "Live Bait"|
|Story, Story,Die! improv game|
|Diana and Judith|
|All the tellers and hosts|
*The term diva, in this case, is used to describe a woman of outstanding talent