Story City presents: My First Time
Thursday, Jan. 24th from 7-9pm
The Loft Literary Center ( 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 200 - Minneapolis, MN)
Free (donations welcomed)
Macalester College alumni Jemma Brown '11 and Lara Avery '10 started their nomadic story-telling experience, Story City MN, last year. According to their Facebook page, "the goal of Story City is to provide a platform for artists, performers, writers and everyone in between to come together once a month and share stories with members of their Twin Cities community." Past events have been hosted at a garden on East Hennepin Avenue, Boneshaker Books, The Nomad Bar, a plot at Stone's Throw Urban Farm, and Honey.
As an audience member and friend, I think of Story City MN as a feminist endeavor. Their utilization of a variety of spaces and places in the Twin Cities fosters a warm sense of community. By occupying different locations, these events highlight how stories exist everywhere, especially in a vibrant city like Minneapolis. It allows us to bear witness to other peoples' lived experiences, and encourages sharing, collaboration, and hope. Everyone is encouraged to submit and tell stories; at the last Story City I attended, they included a segment where they picked a guest's name out of a hat and invited them on stage. The spontaneity emphasized how many feminist belief systems empower individuals to create and act on their theoretical learnings.
There is something magical about storytelling as a mode of artistic expression. The power of spoken word, and the practice of listening as an attentive audience, inspires. As the wonderful Laurie Anderson said in an interview about her feminism and performance art:
"People have told stories in a million kinds of ways. First it was sitting around a fire, with no tape recorders. But fire's magic, and so is technology. You just hover around something that has to do with light or circuitry, and that brings out stories, I think." (interview with Nicholas Zurbrugg)
So please come and support this wild and imaginative project! I encourage us all to ruminate on how we contribute to our own oral histories, as well as the larger histories of feminisms. Be generous with yourselves and others; share your stories!
Story City MN website