April Fool’s Day (Sunday, April 1)
Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend, WA 98368
$12-25 Suggested Donation for this Boiler Room Benefit

Please join the Mythsinger Foundation and host Brian Rohr this April Fool’s Day as we once again engage in one of the oldest acts known to humans, that of the oral tradition, where we sit together as a community and listen to the old myths, the old stories.  As a benefit for the Boiler Room, and in honor of this day of trickery, we present our annual event  Trickster Tales: A Night of Storytelling.  Together we will listen to the stories and wisdom of those masters of creative chaos: Coyote, Raven, Mink and more.

We are so fortunate to once again feature master storytellers Johnny Moses, Daniel Deardorff and Jamestown S’Klallam elder Elaine Grinnell.  This benefit event is held in Port Townsend, WA at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on April 1, 6:30pm.  We are offering a sliding scale of $12-25 and no one will be turned away.

*Please be aware that while families are invited and welcome, we are telling stories of the Trickster and mature themes and language may be present (and usually are).


About The Artists:

Johnny Moses is one of the most popular storytellers in North America. With beauty, wisdom and humor, he shares both traditional and contemporary stories in a wide variety of settings, including festivals, libraries, schools, and private gatherings.  Johnny has shared stories with thousands of people, including audiences at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival, as well as at the Lincoln Center, University of California, University of Washington, Naropa Institute and the New York Open Center.  In his tradition there were no formal schools; wisdom and knowledge about all areas of life were handed down in stories. Johnny shares each story in English, traditional sign language, and one of the eight native languages that he speaks fluently.  www.johnnymoses.com



Daniel Deardorff is a “Singer” in the old sense of that word, which involves being a musician, a storyteller, and a maker of ritual.  He has been a composer and a performing artist for more than four decades. As an independent scholar of myth Deardorff’s emphasis is on mythopoesis [myth-making] and the performative aspects of mythic expression.  He is the author of The Other Within: The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture, & Psyche.  He also the founder of The Mythsinger Foundation www.mythsinger.org and the Mythsinger Consortium, and online community www.mythsinger.net


Elaine Grinnell is an elder in the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe and lives in Sequim, WA. She is a historian, storyteller and does traditional cooking at different functions for her own tribe as well as other tribes. In addition she teaches classes in Native American drum making, basketry and Native American cooking. In her storytelling she includes legends, creation, animal and lots of fish stories.  Elaine was the past president for the Native American Basket Weavers Association, is currently an Advisory Board Member for Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and is certified to teach the S’Klallam language in public schools.  She has done extensive traveling, sharing stories at such places as Namibia, Africa, Tokyo, Japan,
Bangkok, Thailand, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, and many other places throughout the US.  http://www.turtleislandstorytellers.net/tis_washington/transcript_e_grinnell.htm


About the Boiler Room:

The Boiler Room (established in 1993) is believed to be the oldest continuously operating youth-run coffee house in the United States.  A 501(c)(3) non-profit all-ages venue for music and art, poetry and theater, a youth-run business/social experiment, a free soup kitchen, The Boiler Room celebrates community, growth, learning and empowerment of youth and the young-at-heart.  It strives to support the expression and activities of youth as a part of a larger community, in a healthy and productive way. The support offered is, in part, educational and is provided in a drug and alcohol free environment.

“The Boiler Room has been many things to many people. A coffeehouse, an art gallery, a private business, a nonprofit teen center, a cause, a scapegoat. But to me it has been a salvation – a place to be, and belong. Home. I’ve worked with some of the finest human beings I’ve met to preserve a common goal of home for ourselves and anyone else who needed it, to resolve the question of where do I belong. So many people ask it, and we can never afford to let ignorance settle such questions.”  – Jake Kelly, former BR Manager

For more information, please call: 360.531.2535