Nature Show Videos

Posted on August 4, 2010. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a fantastic time bringing together the wonderful performers for our first ever Nature House Storytelling Fundraiser, as well as hosting and performing a few short tales myself.  The event raised nearly $1000 to support programs at the Reston Nature House.  We had a great turnout for both shows and everyone is excited for the NEXT show – date as yet TBD.  I need to rest for a few months.  🙂

In the meantime, if you missed the show or just want to replay all the best moments, here are videos of each of the performers stories – in the order they were performed that evening.  Enjoy!

Jennifer Moore, www.IndulgentHealth.com, teaches mindful eating, balanced living, and guilt-free self care.  Her heartwarming story, “Alfonse,” was a great way to open the night and hook the crowd!

My first story was about my Cooter.  You will have to watch it to understand.

Adam J. Ruben – You’ve seen him on the Food Network’s “Food Detectives.”  His new book is now available in stores and online; it’s called “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.”

Meredith Maslich – SpeakeasyDC‘s board chair – but never boring blogger.  Meredith teaches storytelling for SpeakeasyDC so, if you are bursting with tales and just don’t know how to bring them out, she’s the woman to speak to!

Dustin Fisher  – A reviewer of our next performer’s sold out Fringe show called him “our heterosexual tour guide,” so you know this is going to good.  You can read his blog about this performance – and many others – at: stillstandingrighthere.blogspot.com

My second story was about my first kiss.  I know it’s a cliche, but it will always be special to me – and hopefully pretty funny to everyone else.


Amy Saidman is the director of SpeakeasyDC which produces true tales told live year-round, at the very least, monthly.  Check out speakeasydc.com for more info on upcoming shows!

Watch Amy’s video here!

Kevin Boggs – As an actor, Kevin Boggs as hobnobbed with the likes of, well, us.  As a professional food server, however, he’s rubbed elbows with Bono and egos with Jewel.  He was recently the star of no less than 2 sold out Fringe shows and you can hear the following story on the SpeakeasyDC CD.

My last story of the night was about how our childhood often revolves around finding a special place to go and be yourself.

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On Air Today

Posted on July 30, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries | Tags: , , , , , , |

My next Metro Connection commentary airs today.  Looks like I am back in that prime – best for last – time slot again, around 1:50PM.

A little preview here, the commentary is about “real” food, vs. what most of us eat.  My favorite part of researching this, which didn’t make it into the commentary, was when I found a statement, (I think on the USDA website – but don’t quote me there), saying that if frozen pizza companies use the term “real cheese” on their packaging, they have to have at least 2% actual cheese in their cheese product to make that claim.  I love it.  You can say it’s real if it’s 2% actual product.  And the cheese lobby had to fight for that!

As usual, you can find my commentary on the web at:  www.wamu.org/programs/mc

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The Men of the House – The Nature House!

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Below the information about Oh Mother! are some videos of the fantastic male performers lined up for July 24th.

Oh Mother! -99% Fun, 44% Clean, and 100% Natural

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center – 11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Please Note – All Proceeds Benefit Nature House!

I am hosting – but have also concocted a little story myself.

Storytellers include:

Dustin Fisher, Comedian, Storyteller and all around nice guy – kinda

Kevin Boggs, the man who stood up to Jewel

Adam Ruben, comedian, author and molecular biologist

Amy Saidman, Director of Speakeasy DC

Jennifer Moore, former chef, current performer, and future storytelling star

Meredith Maslich, writer, blogger, and drama junky

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Life’s Little Traffic Jam on WAMU

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries | Tags: , , , , , |

My commentary has been officially “archived.”  It’s not a bad thing.  Every show on WAMU gets archived and that way it will live on long after I am gone – cause the internet is permanent!

If you didn’t get to hear me live on 88.5FM in DC, click the link to listen to  my commentary Life’s Little Traffic Jams.

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Fan-Freaking-Tastic Awesomeness

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This past Saturday I performed a story at Fan-Freaking-Tastic.  It was great.  I mean, my story was great – but the event was awesome.

Host Vijai Nathan was, as expected, pretty funny and just plain pretty.  Seriously, this lady knows how to make an audience love her.  Now, if only she could do that with a nice boy!

Vijai, who create Fan-Freaking-Tastic, also brought together a group of very talented performers, if I do say so myself.  I was laughing the whole time.  Thank God Chief Ike’s has a bathroom, or there would have been a lot of pee stains in that place.  I’m just sayin.

I did bring my handy dandy video camera, so you can see for yourself how great the performances were.

The Evans Brother’s Band opened the night with some great music.  Click here for a taste.

Nevin Martell had the unenviable task of being the night’s first storyteller, but then he brought up piranhas and Glenlivets and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his delicious looking hands.  Check it out here.

Meredith Maslich, who, let’s face it, gets around, proved why she is such a storytelling darling with her story about James Bond meeting Glenn Beck on the set of the Lucy show.  You can see Meredith live in July at Oh Mother and you can also see her story from this past weekend here.

Jonathan B. Tucker single handedly redeemed the name of slam poets everywhere with his poem, “Stop, Poet!” and definitely had all the girls in the audience vying for a chance to pick him after his poem, “Pick Me.”  Watch them both here.

Dustin Fisher, another one of the star performers you will see at Oh Mother, dusted off his ole guitar and, Arlo Guthrie style, sang us a song about food.  Though he avoided the group W bench, he did end up in the dog house and you can find out all about his heartbreak here.

Mark Jaster brought mime and saw picking back to light with a performance you really have to see to believe.  Check out his silent and musical act here.

I had a lot of fun with my story.  I updated the very first SpeakeasyDC story I ever told.  Back then, I was single and looking, and I didn’t think my man would like it if I started my story off that way this time.  So I changed the beginning and ending and added a bit more color throughout, to bring it up to Fan-Freaking-Tastic standards.  The high point had to be when some unknown audience member yelled “Love your boobs.”  You could tell, my story really moved them.  You can hear the catcalls and my tale of love on the high seas here.

The very funny and soon to be living happily ever after comic Seaton Smith brought the night to a close and the house down with his very thoughtful look at Martin Luther King Jrs. life and loves.  Click here with caution.  Don’t take a sip of anything before watching.

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Airing Friday the 2nd

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries | Tags: , , , , , |

Is it July already?  Man, how time flies when it’s in the nineties!

I just recorded my latest commentary at the WAMU studio this past Monday.

Here is a photo of me and David Furst.  He’s trying to do the Colbert thing, but isn’t quite there yet.  Not to mention, the station didn’t have the budget for someone to take our photo.

My commentary – which I like to call “Damn This Traffic Jam” after one of James Taylor’s more poetic songs – will air this Friday, July 2nd, on Metro Connection.  Metro Connection runs from 1PM – 2PM on WAMU 88.5FM and online at wamu.org.

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Juggling Act

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I was just part of a panel discussion last night and one of the women there really summed up my life.  Jo Golden, of Chaos to Clarity, spoke about a fictional character named Jane.  Jane was a French teacher, landscaper and fine artist.  Jane wanted a website to grow her businesses but everyone kept telling her she needed to have three separate identities.  In the end, Chaos to Clarity helped Jane define her story so that all the seemingly disparate elements of her life came together into the story of a highly educated, artistic landscaper and hands on artist.

This week, I have definitely felt very disparate.  I have been finishing up editing a wedding for my company Jessica Pi Productions, as well as discussing with a bride’s family being the videographer for a wedding NEXT MONTH.  I had to prepare for, promote, and be part of a 2 hour panel discussion on Content Strategy for the Web, in which I, wearing my Capture Video, Inc. hat, explained video’s place in the world of online marketing and SEO.  That was last night.  Today I am preparing for and promoting my upcoming performance, Fan Freaking Tastic – THIS SATURDAY! at Chief Ike’s.  I am performing a story, but it is for a comedy crowd, so I had to punch up the humor.  I am also trying to bring all the promotional items and details together for the upcoming Nature House storytelling event in July – to raise money for the Nature House, as the chair of the marketing committee and a storyteller.  And, on top of all of that, I have had to schedule in my next studio time at WAMU to record my next commentary which, as fate would have it, is all about trying to make time – and failing.

I can’t say I don’t love most of what I do and all the different hats that I wear.  I just sometimes wish I had learned to juggle.

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Nature Storytelling Event

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

Oh Mother! Stories about Nature

99% Fun, 44% Clean, and 100% Natural

Come out for an evening of fun stories by some of this areas premiere storytellers.
(Please note, these are NOT kid stories!)

Listen to tales about camping gone wrong, gerbils gone crazy, man vs. wild, girl vs. puberty and other fun adventures in the wide world of nature.

We anticipate selling out, so buy your tickets for these shows early!

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Please Note – All Proceeds Go to Supporting Nature House!
 
I am hosting the show and will also be sharing a tale or two.

Storytellers include:

Amy Saidman, Director of Speakeasy DC

Dustin Fisher, Comedian, Storyteller and all around nice guy – kinda

Jennifer Moore, former chef, current performer, and future storytelling star

Meredith Maslich, writer, blogger, and drama junky

Kevin Boggs, the man who stood up to Jewel

Adam Ruben, comedian, author and molecular biologist

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Upcoming Performance at Chief Ike’s

Posted on June 8, 2010. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

I will be performing a story that is gonna be FAN-FREAKING-tastic!  That’s right, I am performing at the June 26th “Fan-Freaking-Tastic” night of comedy – “I Would Do Anything for Love, but I Won’t Do That.”

Come for a fun night out in DC, or just to laugh at me.

If you’ve ever:
Worn your Heart on your Sleeve
“Given Love a Bad Name”
Made-out with a Priest
Stalked your Shrink (some call it transference, I call it love)

Then this is the show for you!

Host Vijai Nathan invites you to a Sweeeet Evening Featuring

Stand-Up Seaton Smith
Slam Poet Jonathan B. Tucker
Uber-Mime Mark Jaster
DC Journalist Hanna Rosin (appeared on Daily Show, Colbert Report)
Author Nevin Martell
SpeakeasyDC Darling Meredith Maslich
WAMU Personality Jessica Piscitelli
Live Music from The Evans Brothers (featuring Monalisa Arias)

Where: Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd., NW DC
When: Sat. May 22 Doors open at 7pm, show is 8pm-9:45 pm
Cost:  $10 Cover Cash Only, Seating Limited
Phone: 212-330-7025 (Vijai’s VM); Chief Ike: 202-332-2211

If you want to eat– get there at 7 and order delish pizzas

Chief Ike’s Website

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WAMU Commentary – Getting Dirty

Posted on May 10, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

What do I have in common with Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs?  Listen to my commentary, “Getting Dirty,” to find out.

Metro Connection

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