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Seeing Stories:
All-Star Story Night Preview – Part II

December 17th, 2015

joe reversed (2)Seeing is believing. With that in mind, if you still need convincing that you should be at this month’s All-Star Story Night at Riley’s Pour House, be sure to check out the links at the end of this blog.

My previous All-Star Preview featured audio from Anna Voelker’s June performance–a show-stopping, draw-dropping delivery of a piece titled “Cosmic Curiosity.”

Douglass Claytor House (2)This time around, I’m including two video performances. The first is from Joe Coluccio, who will be making his fifth appearance at Riley’s this month. The performance featured here shows Joe in top form, telling a tale that is at once funny and touching. Recorded by videographer Dean Mougainis at Joe’s previous Riley’s appearance, the clip provides a good sense of what you can expect when this master storyteller returns on December 29.

The second video features performance artist Douglas Claytor reciting “The House With Nobody In It,” a poem by Joyce Kilmer. Shot and edited by Riley’s house musician John Puckett, the video shows Douglas doing what he does best–presenting poetry from memory. Douglas last performed at Riley’s nearly a year ago, and we’re looking forward to having him back.

If you’re a fan of the spoken-word and you plan to be in the Pittsburgh area on December 29, you owe it to yourself to make this event. But you don’t need to take my word for it. See for yourself by checking out the videos below, and I’ll hope to see in a couple weeks when the All-Stars come to Riley’s for the storytelling night of the year.

Until then . . . scop on!

Joe Coluccio – “I am an Astronomer” from Lawrence Connolly on Vimeo.

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!

– 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!

– 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.