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Mind Games @ Riley’s

August 22nd, 2015

MG DateSometimes the stars align.

On the last Tuesday or every month, Story Night takes the stage at Riley’s Pour House, featuring storytellers and performers celebrating the art of story.

This month’s theme: Mind Games.

Every year, The Throughline Theatre features the works of new, up-and-coming playwrights as part of their regular season at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville.

gotmThis year’s play: Games of the Mind by F. J. Harland.

The play opens September 11, but you can get a preview when members of The Throughline Theatre join the storytelling roster at Riley’s, sharing stories and highlights from the play.

Directed by Allison Weakland, the play centers on a scrimmage team from a Catholic high school who achieve victory under the leadership of a cruel and enigmatic nun. Sounds like my kind of play.

tentIf you have a story about high school, sports victories, enigmatic nuns, or anything else falling under the mind-games theme (or if you simply want to order a pint and listen to the tales), we hope you’ll join us August 25 at 8:00PM. The event will be held on Riley’s Garden stage. There’s never a cover, and it’s always a craicing good time.

Scop on!

Images:
Etching by M.C. Escher.
Throughline Theatre art for  Games of the Mind by F.J. Harland.
The Garden Tent at Riley’s Pour House.

From “Starry Nights” to “Life’s Adventures”
Story Night Rocks!

July 6th, 2015

larry i compressedIn the recent posts “Storytelling Night” and “The Stars Came Out,” I endeavored to cover last week’s “Starry Nights and Celestial Conversations,” which had far more highlights than can be covered in three blog posts. In other words, if you want to get all that Story Night has to offer, you just have to be there.

ed3In addition to the storytellers highlighted in those previous posts, “Starry Nights” also featured science fiction and fantasy author Larry Ikovich (above right), who spoke of his love of the romantic planetary landscapes features in works of early science fiction — the lush jungles of Venus and complex canals of Mars; and astronomer Ed Potosky (left), who spoke about how an early fascination with astronomy led one young man to a successful career in science.

Lifes AdventuresI may be posting more about “Starry Nights” in the days ahead, but right now I want to give you a chance to save the date for our next event on July 28, when our theme will be Life’s Adventures. Whether it centers on the rush of everyday experience of a struggle against giant bats, we hope you’ll consider sharing your story with us.

Time for one more “Starry Nights” story?

Here’s the audio for “Mars Rocks,” in which co-host Diane Turnshek recounts her adventures on a simulated Mars expedition — an experience that led to an important realization about the effects of light pollution.

Images:
– Science fiction and fantasy author Larry Ivkovich.
– Amateur astronomer Ed Potosky. 
– Detail from a vintage cover of Captain Future, Man of Tomorrow, Summer 1942.
– Diane Turnshek presents “Mars Rocks.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

The Stars Came Out @ Riley’s:
Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations

July 3rd, 2015

Reni and Marty (2)Welcome back!

This is the second in a series of blogs and podcasts centering on June’s Storytelling Night at Riley’s. If you missed the first round, you can check it out here.

Our theme for the event was “Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations,” and as our story events often do, this one started off with music by Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg. There performances are just one more reason why it pays to come early for story night.

Yesterday’s post highlighted spoken-word performances by Dale Miller and Anna Voelker, two terrific performance artists who wowed the SRO crowed. Today, we turn the spotlight on Madeleine Reineberg and Joe Coluccio. It was Madeleine’s first appearance at Riley’s, and we hope it’s the first of many.

Both podcast are below. Give a listen, and be sure to spread the word if you like what you hear. Most importantly, if you live in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to stop by for out next session on July 28 when the theme will be “Life’s Adventures.”

Until next time, scop on!


Images:
– Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg set the story-night mood.
– Joe Coluccio presents “I Am an Astronomer.”
– Madeleine Reineberg presents “Finding My White Whale in the Sky.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

Storytelling Night at Riley’s:
Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations

July 2nd, 2015

Diane cohost (2)It was SRO when co-host Diane Turnshek and I presented “Starry Nights and Cosmic Conversations” at Riley’s Pour House last Tuesday. The event featured an impressive roster of storytellers performing a stellar mix of astronomy-related stories.

Starting today, I’d like to share some audio highlights from that evening, starting with two exciting spoken-word performers who made their Riley’s debut at “Starry Nights.”

Anna Voelker is a talented young scientist who has been featured on TEDx at Ohio State University. Dale Miller is a singer, actor, and student at Robert Morris University.

If you were there, you had the opportunity to witness their talents firsthand. If your missed them, you can still hear their presentations by clicking the links below.

So sit back, enjoy, and stop back soon for more highlights from our cosmic night of storytelling. And if you’d like to be part of the storytelling action, consider joining our next session on July 28, when the theme will be “Life’s Adventures.” Scop on!

Images:
– Diane Turnshek, co-host of Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations.
– Dale Miller presents “Celestial Vaulting.”
– Anna Voelker presents “Cosmic Curiosity.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.