Tuesday, August 13, 2019

StoryOly Grand Slam is coming

Michelle Alany . Photo by Kim Still.
Those crazy storytellers at StoryOly are at it again. The 4th annual StoryOly Grand Slam Competition is coming to Rhythm and Rye Sept. 7.

StoryOly is Olympia’s premiere Story Slam event. Community members come together every month to share, compete, and tell true stories based on a monthly theme. Past themes have included such as most embarrassing moments, getting even and getting what you deserve. Past stories have been sexy, funny, sad and enlightening. These storytellers have a penchant for revealing their darkest secrets.

Storytelling competitions are held once a month at Rhythm and Rye. Every month a winner is chosen by a three-person panel of volunteer judges, and the winner of each month’s slam throughout the years goes to the Grand Slam in September.

According to co-founder Elizabeth Lord, StoryOly aims to encourage and develop community engagement and connection through the medium of storytelling.  Co-created and produced by Amy Shephard, the first StoryOly Slam took place in November 2015.   

Judges at the Grand Slam will be:

Beth Doglio, State Representative for the 22nd Legislative District
Tim McLeod, Community Health Educator with Planned Parenthood of the Great NW and Hawaiian Islands
Jill Barnes, Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Each month half the proceeds from the door are donated to a local nonprofit organization.  Half of the Grand Slam proceeds will be donated to: Interfaith Works. https://interfaith-works.org/

Not only will there be great stories, there will be live music featuring Michelle Alany & The Mystics — a fiddle-driven caravan of klezmer, Balkan, Sephardic & Eastern swing music, with original soul. With a musically diverse and highly skilled cast of musicians, violinist & vocalist Michelle Alany creates a mesmerizing performance that will stir your soul, lift your voice, and ignite your spirit. 

What: 4th Annual StoryOly Grand Slam Competition
When: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 8pm,  Doors open at 7pm
Where: The Rhythm and Rye 311 Capital Way N. Olympia WA
Cost: $10-$20 at the door
Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4304174 (new this year)

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