“Port Townsend Treasure Shares Outrageous Stories of Her Life”
First Friday Storynight at BLTC
Feb 1, 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 to celebrate with us in the monthly Port Townsend tradition of sitting around the proverbial fire, listening to stories told by our friends, community and guests 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 local Port Townsend treasure, Marcia Perlstein, in her program entitled:
Snapshots & Snippets: A Journey of Outrageous Acts and Anecdotes Beginning in the 50′s.
In a pastiche cobbled together from political, professional and personal pranks, Marcia’s vignettes will give you a rich prism of her vast life experiences. These will transverse her road from Bronx to Berkeley offering the perspective of a “rank and file” participant in a range of social justice movements, psychology and education. Heavily peppered with memorable moments, joy and humor, Marcia will offer a window into the times.
Host Brian Rohr will offer his usual 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.
About the Artists:
Marcia Perlstein is a semi retired psychotherapist practicing in Port Townsend and Sequim but devotes most of her time to enjoying “Camp Townsend” as a volunteer for KPTZ radio; Key City Public Theatre and Paradise Theatre School; as well as the library’s Community Read. In her popular radio show, “Treasures and Pleasures” she cuts across categories and includes people representing all manner of cultural expression, invention and thought. She alsohosts “In Under the Rainbow: Looking Out and Looking Forward” where she and Co-producer Peter Guerrero bring members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community in, along with straight allies, to cast a lens on issues of concern. Since 1957, when she hit the streets on her first civil rights march, she has been devoted to numerous areas of social justice. In her professional life, she continues to be concerned with helping folks access their strengths and to address their challenges for their growth and the betterment of their communities.
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 fully believes that the old stories are alive, vital and can inform us on how to live our lives as authentic human beings.
BLTC is a family owned and operated coffee house located in Downtown Port Townsend.