First Friday Storynight at BLTC
April 5, 2013 – 7-9pm
Better Living Through Coffee – 100 Tyler St., Port Townsend, WA 98368
$10 Suggested Donation; no one turned away
This Friday the Mythsinger Foundation and host Brian Rohr invite you to Better Living Through Coffee for an evening of magic, fun, depth, wisdom and imagination as we enact the ever-popular monthly ritual of storytelling at First Friday Storynight!
Begun in Nov 2009, this monthly event explores the art and ritual of the oral tradition: sharing the old myths, folk tales, and fairy tales along with more modern stories and personal sharings. Showcased will be are local and visiting storytellers, musicians and weavers of magic with words. Each month, there are two to three featured tellers, and space for guests in the audience to share a story or two during the open mic sections.
This month, we feature a favorite of Storynight and across the region Jeff Leinaweaver.
Host Brian Rohr will offer his magical tellings of the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairytales – of long ago, while playing the drum to create a percussive trance state in the listener.
As is our tradition, we will also host an open mic section, so please bring your own short story, song, dance, poem or some other performative form to share… only rules are it must obviously be a story and no reading, everything must be shared in the ways of the oral tradition.
Jeff Leinaweaver is a storyteller, eco-psychologist and practitioner of story within the fields of strategic sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Permaculture design.
As a storyteller, Jeff shares in the telling of the old stories – myths, folk tales and fairy tales from many different cultures around the world. Jeff is a featured storyteller throughout the Pacific Northwest, including having performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Jeff will also be a featured storyteller at the 2013 National Storytelling Network Conference Festival.
Jeff is a member and storyteller of both the Seattle Storytelling Guild and The National Storytelling Network. He studies the craft of storytelling with storyteller and mythologist Danny Deardorff. In the worlds of folklore and storytelling, Jeff has been an editor for Suite101’s Folklore and Mythology forums and worked at the Smithsonian’s Office of Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies where he has worked with luminaries such as Pete Seger, Alan Lomax and Mickey Hart. He also works as a voice-over actor and vocalist, having lent his voice and talents to a wide variety of projects in all types of media: radio, corporate and documentary narration and video games.
Brian Rohr is a storyteller and healing arts practitioner living here in Port Townsend, WA. Having moved from Chicago in 2007 to study with local master Storyteller Daniel Deardorff, he has since shared myth from different cultures to national and international audiences. Locally, Rohr first began hosting a bi-monthly Storynight at the Boiler Room in 2009, before moving it to its present monthly format at Better Living Through Coffee for the past 3 years. He is an active Board Member of the Mythsinger Foundation and is convinced of the life and vitality inherent in the old stories and their ability to inform us on how to live our lives as authentic human beings.
First Friday Storynight is supported by the Port Townsend Arts Commission.
BLTC is a family owned and operated coffee house located in Downtown Port Townsend.