Any storytellers out there?

If I wasn’t already up to my neck in a billion and one commitments in the next few months, I would totally do this. I’d love to know if any bloggers take part in this and move their stories from their blogs to a “storytelling experience.” Since it focuses on downtown L.A., I think this is a natural for the good folks at martini republic, blogdowntown, mayorsam, boi from troy, and of course, LA City Nerd.

During a two-day workshop, participants describe memories and exchange stories of downtown L.A. – stirring images, remarkable people, and distinctive sites, sounds, tastes. Working with and guided by Cornerstone’s professional writers, actors, facilitators, and directors, participants weave this remarkable collection of stories together and at the end of the process, share with friends, family, and invited guests.

Space is limited. Sign up by February 5, 2007.
No prior storytelling experience necessary, must be at least 18 years old to participate. Participants are responsible for own parking costs.

For more info:
L.A. STORYTELLERS: A Collection of Downtown Memories
A collaboration between Active Arts at the Music Center and Cornerstone Theater Company
[email protected]

4 thoughts on “Any storytellers out there?”

  1. That’s a nice item to catch. I’ll certainly consider it. My oldest downtown memory is riding Angel’s Flight as a toddler. After that, it’s going to May Company downtown to have Sandy Koufax autograph his biography. I was eight. He was still pitching…I still have the book.

    What’s most amazing about downtown to me is not how much it’s changed but how many things are unchanged. Ira Yellin did a great job perserving Grand Central Market and the Bradbury Building.

    But if I got into a storytelling mode, I’d probably talk about taking my mom to Grand Central Market to shop, and my dad to the Subway Terminal Building, where there was a Veteran’s Administration office for a while. Those two buildings don’t perfectly oppose each other on Hill Street, but to me they are a yin and yang, male and female, classic complements. You used to buy your groceries, walk a block south, and take a Red Car out of the Subway Terminal Building to Echo Park or beyond.

    One guy you didn’t mention who should know about this is Joe Scott. He’s 77 and he was born in Little Tokyo and he’s working on a political novel about the downtown of his youth.

    Good find!

  2. I think walking on the cobble stones of Bruno Street (currently fenced off) is the connection to the past that inspires me most to share the City with the world.

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