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Storytelling/Spoken Word [clear filter]
Friday, May 25
 

7:00pm PDT

Paul Che oke ten Wagner
Coast-Salish Stories Native Flute

Performers
PC

Paul Che oke ten Wagner

Paul “Che-ok-ten” Wagner is from the Saanich First Nations of Vancouver Island BC Canada, as a Traditional Storyteller & Native American flutist he brings us on a wonderful, profound and humorous journey to the world of Mermaids, Leprechauns, Grandmother cedar trees and marauding... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 7:25pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:30pm PDT

Auntmama and Amigos
A NW Chicano Victory

Performers
AA

Auntmama and Amigos

Auntmama storyteller, emcee and keynoter presents her unique, original stories and performances at corporate or private events and festivals throughout North America. Integrating eclectic insights gained as an international leadership consultant, journalists, dramatist and machinist... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:30pm - 7:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:00pm PDT

Jo Walter, Storyteller
There and Back Again

Performers
JW

Jo Walter

Jo has combined storytelling for kids and adults in teaching and social justice work for more than 20 years. Her teaching mission is to inspire imaginations through the spoken word. "In our culture where images arrive fast and furious from television screens, our imaginations blossom... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 8:00pm - 8:25pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

Sam Blackman
Stories: Poignant, Nuanced, Thought-Provoking

Performers
SB

Sam Blackman

Sam Blackman is a physician, scientist, teacher, and storyteller. His stories reflect 30 years of observing and studying life at all levels, and convey poignant themes and emotionally resonant episodes with grace and humor. Sam has won The Moth GrandSLAM and multiple StorySLAM events... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 8:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program
Civically Engaged Youth Poetry

Performers
SY

Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program is a program of Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program and Urban Word. Writers Matt Gano and Aaron Counts co-founded the program in 2015 in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures. The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
Bagley Wright Theatre Sponsored by KUOW 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:55am PDT

RingSide
Performers
R

RingSide

RingSide Slam is a head-to-head poetry slam in Seattle. The audience is the judge and each artist goes head-to-head single elimination. We want all poets, hip-hop heads, rhymers, dreamers, and first timers to roll through. This is like nothing you've ever seen. We also feature local... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:55am - 12:40pm PDT
Bagley Wright Theatre Sponsored by KUOW 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:05pm PDT

Crankie Showcase
Enchanting Scrolling Panorama Storytelling

Performers
CS

Crankie Showcase

Crankies are old storytelling devices, featuring illustrated scrolls displayed by stretching the scroll across a frame and "cranking" the spool from one side to the other. Often combined with music, song, spoken word, lights, shadow puppetry, and creative practical effects, the result... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:05pm - 2:35pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:00pm PDT

The Baltuck/Garrard Family Storytellers
Quartet with Shared DNA

Performers
TB

The Baltuck/Garrard Family Storytellers

The Baltuck / Garrard Family Storytellers present a rich variety of folk tales, personal stories, and tandem telling. Naomi Baltuck and Thom Garrard have been telling stories for over thirty years. The first words out of their kids' mouths were "Once upon a time..." Now their grown-up... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:00pm - 8:25pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

Larry Hohm
Stories with an Edge.

Performers
LH

Larry Hohm

Larry Hohm tells stories with an edge—compelling works of fiction written by accomplished authors, including: Bill Pronzini, Colin Nissan, E. F. Benson, Frederic Brown, Harry Shannon, H. G. Wells, Jack Ritchie, Joe Donnelly, Joel Chandler Harris, Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Twain, Ray... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 8:55pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

9:00pm PDT

Rebecca Hom
Ghost Story

Performers
RH

Rebecca Hom

Rebecca Hom never knew she would someday be a storyteller. But for 25 years the thread of story has connected her with people across the country and on six continents. She loves stories. Old stories, new stories, fib or fact, they are all part of the human experience. And that is... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00pm - 9:25pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

9:30pm PDT

Anne Rutherford
Surprisingly Powerful Stories

Performers
AR

Anne Rutherford

Anne Rutherford is a gifted, in demand professional storyteller from the Pacific Northwest who performs at festivals, libraries, theaters and community events across the nation. She is a teaching artist in the schools with Young Audiences of Oregon & Saturday Academy. With her husband... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Sunday, May 27
 

12:15pm PDT

2018 Jack Straw Writers, Hosted by Daemond Arrindell
Featuring Kamari Bright, Meredith Clark, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, Rachel Trignano, Juan Reyes, Dujie Tahat, and Jalayna Walton

Performers
2J

2018 Jack Straw Writers, Hosted by Daemond Arrindell

Featuring Kamari Bright, Meredith Clark, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, Rachel Trignano, Juan Reyes, Dujie Tahat, and Jalayna Walton.


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Norm Brecke
Strengthening Communities Through Stories.

Performers
NB

Norm Brecke

Norm just plain loves to tell stories. He’s told at festivals, museums, libraries, schools, senior centers, day-cares, churches, concert halls, cafés, a shoe store, and a chocolate factory. Just last month he was a featured teller at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in South... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parentmap 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:30pm PDT

Uncle Peter
True and Magical Stories

Performers
UP

Uncle Peter

Uncle Peter is an inspirational storyteller who creates grand visions for audiences of all ages. His stories are timeless and captivating. Some original and some found along the life path of an elder. The original music and dramatic sound effects freely engage audiences as the stories... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parentmap 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

2:00pm PDT

Nancy Salguero McKay
What is Moral Courage?

Performers
NS

Nancy Salguero McKay

Nancy was born and raised in Mexico City, coming to the U.S when she was 17 years old. Currently, she is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits, for the upcoming Highline Heritage Museum. Her duties include preserving the stories of the Highline region through community engagement... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:00pm PDT

Liars' Contest
Sign Up in the Folklife Cafe Lobby at 5pm to Share a Story! Limit 8 minutes.

Performers
LC

Liars' Contest

Sign Up in the Folklife Cafe Lobby at 5pm to Share a Story! Limit 8 minutes.


Sunday May 27, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:00pm PDT

Travis Watt
Director of Northwest Folklife

Performers
TW

Travis Watt

Travis Watt is not from Seattle but he respects it just like he respects his stepdad. He is so excited to be here and tell jokes to you fine people.


Sunday May 27, 2018 8:00pm - 8:20pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:20pm PDT

Erin Ingle
Humorist. Feminist. Gemini.

Performers
EI

Erin Ingle

Erin Ingle is an Oregon-born, Washington-wrought stand-up comic whose silly observational humor might just change the way you perceive things. Equal parts stoner introspection and social commentary, Erin welcomes you into the weird world through her eyes. She was featured on Comedy... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 8:20pm - 8:40pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:40pm PDT

Bo Johnson
Comedian, Comedy Central Alum

Performers
BJ

Bo Johnson

Bo Johnson is a comedian from Seattle. His stand up has appeared on Kevin Hart's Comedy Central show Hart of the City and he was a featured performer in the 2017 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Bo's prank video "Bo and Mathew Sneak into a Movie Theatre" went viral on Youtube and... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 8:40pm - 9:00pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

9:00pm PDT

Thomas Nichols
I'm Just a Comedian

Performers
TN

Thomas Nichols

I'm Just a Comedian


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

9:30pm PDT

Wilfred Padua
Comedian, Asian, 5'10

Performers
WP

Wilfred Padua

Wilfred Padua is a comedian from Seattle who has an MFA in Writing from some school in Chicago. He has performed at Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Laughing Devil Festival in NYC, the Burbank Comedy Festival, and Summer Meltdown Music Festival. He’s usually an idio... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Monday, May 28
 

1:20pm PDT

American Radio Theater
Radio Theater Done Live!

Performers
AR

American Radio Theater

American Radio Theater is an all-volunteer, amateur performing ensemble, dedicated to bringing to life old-tire radio shows where no known recordings exist, as well as creating brand-new works in a classic radio style, complete with live sound effects. The troupe does very few live... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 1:20pm - 2:00pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

3:15pm PDT

Seattle Escribe
Members of Seattle Escribe (The only Spanish speaking writers group in Seattle) will be sharing their work with the audience.

Performers
SE

Seattle Escribe

Seattle Escribe es una plataforma que une, fortalece e impulsa a los escritores a enriquecer y preservar la riqueza de la naturaleza de la lengua castellana. Nuestros talleres literarios y actividades culturales estimulan la escritura creativa en espanol con el objetivo de compartir... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:20pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109