If I Were You Show

If you reach that point in your week where your readings are too boring or inconsequential to continue, or you’ve done too much studying to retain any more information, or you just took a midterm so there shouldn’t really be work due tomorrow, sometimes you need to just call it a day. Especially if it’s still around noon. Luckily, we have podcasts to clear our minds and provide a much-needed laugh. Comedy duo Jake and Amir offer advice in areas they aren’t really qualified to offer advice in, which inevitably get turned into their own personal stories. This episode also features Jake’s mom. Enjoy a hilarious and relaxing break!

Wes Anderson’s Library

Stories within stories. A wonderful illustration by Derek Eads.


"Mockingbirds are badass…"

Spoken.Story.Song.

Rives for TED.

WORD OF MOUTH PRESENTS…
great expectations
A    S T O R Y    S L A M 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington 
7 pm
Word of Mouth is back for our first event of 2013! 
NEVER BEEN TO OUR SLAMS BEFORE?!
Audience members tell five-minute stories from their lives, relative to a theme. The friendly story swap includes delicious appetizers and live music. 
This month’s feature band will be Wiley Hunt.
In honor of autumn leafage and starting afresh, this month’s theme focuses on Great Expectations. 
Do you have stories of triumph? Exceeding, failing, delving, &/or facing expectations? Nervy-nerves? Pressure? Risk? Greatness?
Come share your voice & be heard!
See you there!
In the meantime, check us out online:
BLOG
FACEBOOK PAGE
SOUNDCLOUD

 To get emails about more upcoming events and workshops or to join our planning crew, shoot an email to: globiek@umich.edu.

WORD OF MOUTH PRESENTS…

great expectations

A    S T O R Y    S L A M 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington 

7 pm

Word of Mouth is back for our first event of 2013! 

NEVER BEEN TO OUR SLAMS BEFORE?!

Audience members tell five-minute stories from their lives, relative to a theme. The friendly story swap includes delicious appetizers and live music. 

This month’s feature band will be Wiley Hunt.

In honor of autumn leafage and starting afresh, this month’s theme focuses on Great Expectations

Do you have stories of triumph? Exceeding, failing, delving, &/or facing expectations? Nervy-nerves? Pressure? Risk? Greatness?

Come share your voice & be heard!

See you there!

In the meantime, check us out online:

BLOG

FACEBOOK PAGE

SOUNDCLOUD

 To get emails about more upcoming events and workshops or to join our planning crew, shoot an email to: globiek@umich.edu.




WORD OF MOUTH STORY SLAM
LIBERATION
Thursday, April 4th 2013 at Hillel
Doors at 8:00 pm, stories at 8:30

 Word of Mouth is back for our final event of 2013. Never been to our slams before? Audience members tell five-minute stories from their lives related to a theme. The friendly competition includes appetizers and live music. 

 In collaboration with Hillel, this month focuses on stories of Liberation. In light of the recent Passover holiday, which recognizes a historic Liberation, we’ve chosen the theme. But it does not have to pertain to history, Judaism, or religion at all. Perhaps the theme is pertinent because graduation is on the horizon, or summer vacation. 
If you have stories of release, renewal, letting go, or breaking free, come share them at our slam!

You should notice that we’ve moved! If you’re used to seeing us at Work Gallery on State Street, don’t fret. We are trying a new space. The UM Hillel is located just off campus. Click here for directions.

Can’t wait to see you there!
 In the meantime, check us out online:
 BLOG
FACEBOOK PAGE 
SOUNDCLOUD 
 To get emails about more upcoming events and workshops or to join our planning crew, shoot us an email.

WORD OF MOUTH STORY SLAM

LIBERATION

Thursday, April 4th 2013 at Hillel

Doors at 8:00 pm, stories at 8:30

 Word of Mouth is back for our final event of 2013. Never been to our slams before? Audience members tell five-minute stories from their lives related to a theme. The friendly competition includes appetizers and live music. 

 In collaboration with Hillel, this month focuses on stories of Liberation. In light of the recent Passover holiday, which recognizes a historic Liberation, we’ve chosen the theme. But it does not have to pertain to history, Judaism, or religion at all. Perhaps the theme is pertinent because graduation is on the horizon, or summer vacation. 

If you have stories of release, renewal, letting go, or breaking free, come share them at our slam!

You should notice that we’ve moved! If you’re used to seeing us at Work Gallery on State Street, don’t fret. We are trying a new space. The UM Hillel is located just off campus. Click here for directions.

Can’t wait to see you there!

 In the meantime, check us out online:

 BLOG

FACEBOOK PAGE 

SOUNDCLOUD 

 To get emails about more upcoming events and workshops or to join our planning crew, shoot us an email.

(Source: ummaannex)

WORD OF MOUTH STORY SLAM: BEFORE AND AFTER

WORD OF MOUTH STORY SLAM

BEFORE AND AFTER

Wednesday March 13th, 2013

The Gallery Project

Doors at 7:00 pm

Word of Mouth is back for our second event of 2013. Never been to our slams before? Audience members tell five-minute stories from their lives related to a theme. The friendly competition includes appetizers and live music. 

 In collaboration with The Ginsberg Center and their program Alternative Spring Break (ASB), this month’s theme focuses on stories of Before and After. Having recently returned from their spring break trips, ASB-ers will be full of stories of how their their expectations, impressions, or understanding of the places and people they encountered changed from Before to After. 

But the slam is not just for ASB! If you have stories of transformation, change, or time passing, come share your tales of Before and After with us!

You should notice that we’ve moved! If you’re used to seeing us at Work Gallery on State Street, don’t fret. We are trying a new space. The Gallery Project on 4th Street is a gorgeous, not-for-profit art house that features contemporary art from local creators. Click here for more info on the gallery and here for directions.

Can’t wait to see you there!

In the meantime, check us out online:

BLOG

FACEBOOK PAGE 

SOUNDCLOUD 

To get emails about more upcoming events and workshops or to join our planning crew, shoot us an email.

DANCE MEDITATION

Dance Meditation is a meditative, community dance party happening in Ann Arbor this Sunday. Originated by Michael Patrick Peters, the practice started in Detroit and has migrated toward our town for the weekend. Based on the yogic movement techniques, the practice is inspired by an experimental healing ideology called Transforming Tension Through Creativity. Dance Meditation involves letting loose and moving the body however it needs to in order to expel tension or creative blockage. 
For an energetic, cathartic, liberating, rejuvenating, creative evening of dance, don’t miss this unique opportunity to let loose and be free. The event will start at 5:30 pm on Sunday February 24th at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive). $15 at the door includes space to dance and tea following the meditation. Check out the Facebook event for more details and directions. See you there!

Dance Meditation is a meditative, community dance party happening in Ann Arbor this Sunday. Originated by Michael Patrick Peters, the practice started in Detroit and has migrated toward our town for the weekend. Based on the yogic movement techniques, the practice is inspired by an experimental healing ideology called Transforming Tension Through Creativity. Dance Meditation involves letting loose and moving the body however it needs to in order to expel tension or creative blockage. 

For an energetic, cathartic, liberating, rejuvenating, creative evening of dance, don’t miss this unique opportunity to let loose and be free. The event will start at 5:30 pm on Sunday February 24th at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive). $15 at the door includes space to dance and tea following the meditation. Check out the Facebook event for more details and directions. See you there!

Modern Stories of love-at-first-sight

Australian illustrator Sophie Blackall on her book::

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

(illustrations of Craiglist’s missed connections)

soundcloud.com/brainpicker/sophie-blackall-missed-connections

often the missed connections are hurried :: succinct & misspelled but here Sophie Blackall speaks about one of the most moving:: stories::http://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/sophie-blackall-whale-at-coney-island

The Whale at Coney Island

M4M — 69 (Brooklyn/Florida)

A young friend of mine recently acquainted me with the intricacies of Missed Connections, and I have decided to try to find you one final time. Many years ago, we were friends and teachers together in New York City. Perhaps we could have been lovers too, but we were not. We used to take trips to Coney Island, especially during the spring, when we would stroll hand in hand, until our palms got too sweaty, along the boardwalk, and take refuge in the cool darkness of the aquarium. We liked to visit the whale best. One spring, it arrived from its winter home (in Florida? I can’t remember) pregnant. Everyone at the aquarium was very excited — a baby beluga whale was going to be born in New York City! You insisted that we not miss the birth, so every day after class, and on both Saturday and Sunday, we would take the D train all the way from Harlem to Coney Island. We got there one Saturday as the aquarium opened and there was a sign posted to the glass tank. The baby beluga had been born dead. The mother, the sign read, was recovering but would be fine. We read the sign in shock and watched the single beluga whale in her tank. She was circling slowly. Neither of us could speak. Suddenly, without warning, the beluga started to throw herself against the wall of the tank. Trainers came and ushered us out. We sat on a bench outside, and suddenly I felt tears running down my face. You saw, turned my face towards yours, and kissed me. We had never kissed before, and I let my lips linger on yours for a second before I stood up and walked towards the ocean. It was too much — the whale, the death, the kiss — and I wasn’t ready. Forgive me — I don’t think I ever understood what an emptiness you would create when you left and I realized that that kiss on Coney Island was the first and the last. Are you out there, dear friend? If so, please respond. I think of you, and have thought of you often, all of these years.

the full interview with Design Matters on her illustrations & other stories:: https://soundcloud.com/designmatters/design-matters-with-debbie-133 (via brainpickings)


Comedian Anthony Griffith: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Heartbreaking and extremely powerful— well worth the time.

Ann Arbor Moth StorySLAM: Clumsy

Our former parent, The Moth, has a StorySLAM next Tuesday, February 19!

Price: $5 at the door
Venue: Circus Bar
Address: 210 South First Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104        

Details:

Hosted by Satori Shakoor
Prepare a five-minute story on “Clumsy.”


How it Works: At 6:00pm, sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.

At 7:30pm (SHARP) - We’ll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year’s other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be Forewarned: The Moth is for TRUE STORIES. OK, there won’t be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won’t dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves ARE part of our “true stories” but that one about you, Obama, Gandhi and Einstein up in a spaceship eating brownies… not so much.

The Moth is NOT a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks — one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips: No standup routines please: The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.