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April 2019

Charm City | Screening

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 7 ∙ 4 pm ∙ FreeEast Tennessee PBS & Independent Lens in partnership with the International Storytelling Center present an advanced screening of CHARM CITY.Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.Screening is free and open to…

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Yarn Exchange Radio Show: Life’s Embarrassing Moments

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The award-winning Jonesborough Yarn Exchange production, A Night with the Yarn Exchange, is a monthly, story-based old-time radio performance at the International Storytelling Center. The production is broadcast on the local public radio station 89.5 FM and streamed online. These productions celebrate the culture, history, and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the Southern Appalachian Region. Since 2011, the show has been performed by a multi-cultural cast of local actors, storytellers, and musicians, creating an audio patchwork quilt of…

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Bil Lepp – Storytelling LIVE! kick-off concert

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bil Lepp kicks off the Storytelling Live! season in hilarious style with this special opening night concert of Skeeter and Bil stories. “Lepp is a side-splittingly funny man.” — The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life Thursday, April 25 · 7:30 pm · $15

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Willy Clafin – Storytelling LIVE!

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe, including at the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. He is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient. “Claflin’s performances reflect an…

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May 2019

Willy Clafin – Storytelling LIVE!

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe, including at the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. He is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient. “Claflin’s performances reflect an…

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Willy Clafin – Storytelling LIVE!

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe, including at the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. He is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient. “Claflin’s performances reflect an…

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Willy Clafin – Storytelling LIVE!

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe, including at the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. He is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient. “Claflin’s performances reflect an…

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Willy Clafin – Storytelling LIVE!

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe, including at the International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. He is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient. “Claflin’s performances reflect an…

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Storytelling LIVE!

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.” McBride-Smith has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk and NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards. “McBride-Smith, with all her…

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Storytelling LIVE!

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.” McBride-Smith has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk and NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards. “McBride-Smith, with all her…

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Storytelling LIVE!

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.” McBride-Smith has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk and NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards. “McBride-Smith, with all her…

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Evening Concert

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Greek … or Whut?"The Greek gods’ lives are filled with comedy, tragedy, brilliance, and foolishness – the best and worst of us all. Spend an evening in an ancient world where the hijinks of the Olympians might remind you of your own family reunions! Thursday, May 9 · 7:30 pm · $15https://www.storytellingcenter.net/storytelling-live/schedule/?event_cat=26

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Storytelling LIVE!

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.” McBride-Smith has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk and NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards. “McBride-Smith, with all her…

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Barbara McBride-Smith – Storytelling LIVE!

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.” McBride-Smith has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk and NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards. “McBride-Smith, with all her…

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Milbre Burch – Storytelling LIVE!

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Grammy-nominated recording artist and internationally-known performer, educator, published poet and produced playwright, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She has been featured at events and festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Burch is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to one-woman shows and original monologues. She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “Classic wit.” – The New…

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Milbre Burch – Storytelling LIVE!

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Grammy-nominated recording artist and internationally-known performer, educator, published poet and produced playwright, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She has been featured at events and festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Burch is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to one-woman shows and original monologues. She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “Classic wit.” – The New…

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Milbre Burch – Storytelling LIVE!

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Grammy-nominated recording artist and internationally-known performer, educator, published poet and produced playwright, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She has been featured at events and festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Burch is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to one-woman shows and original monologues. She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “Classic wit.” – The New…

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Milbre Burch – Storytelling LIVE!

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Grammy-nominated recording artist and internationally-known performer, educator, published poet and produced playwright, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She has been featured at events and festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Burch is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to one-woman shows and original monologues. She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “Classic wit.” – The New…

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Milbre Burch – Storytelling LIVE!

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Grammy-nominated recording artist and internationally-known performer, educator, published poet and produced playwright, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She has been featured at events and festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Burch is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to one-woman shows and original monologues. She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “Classic wit.” – The New…

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Wrestle | Screening

May 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 19 ∙ 4 pm ∙ FreeEast Tennessee PBS & Independent Lens in partnership with the International Storytelling Center present an advanced screening of WRESTLEWRESTLE is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the State Championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into…

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Rev. Robert Jones – Storytelling LIVE!

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history of American Roots music. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years, his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel, which he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 2018, Robert received a prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship for his work in music composition and performance. He is also the co-founder…

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Rev. Robert Jones – Storytelling LIVE!

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history of American Roots music. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years, his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel, which he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 2018, Robert received a prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship for his work in music composition and performance. He is also the co-founder…

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Rev. Robert Jones – Evening Concert

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Lead Belly: An America Legend"Hear the stories and remarkable music of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – a folk legend who mentored both Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. With songs like “Rock Island Line”, “Pick A Bale O’ Cotton”, “Midnight Special”, and “Goodnight Irene,” Lead Belly helped to shape American culture with a contribution both profound and lasting. Thursday, May 23 · 7:30 pm · $15https://www.storytellingcenter.net/storytelling-live/schedule/?event_cat=26

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Rev. Robert Jones – Storytelling LIVE!

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history of American Roots music. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years, his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel, which he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 2018, Robert received a prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship for his work in music composition and performance. He is also the co-founder…

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Rev. Robert Jones – Storytelling LIVE!

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history of American Roots music. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years, his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel, which he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 2018, Robert received a prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship for his work in music composition and performance. He is also the co-founder…

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Yarn Exchange Radio Show: Tough Love

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The award-winning Jonesborough Yarn Exchange production, A Night with the Yarn Exchange, is a monthly, story-based old-time radio performance at the International Storytelling Center. The production is broadcast on the local public radio station 89.5 FM and streamed online. These productions celebrate the culture, history, and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the Southern Appalachian Region. Since 2011, the show has been performed by a multi-cultural cast of local actors, storytellers, and musicians, creating an audio patchwork quilt of…

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Bill Harley – Storytelling LIVE!

May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and numerous books to his credit, his work honors the universal joys and hardships that we all share. Harley was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “In slice of life…

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Bill Harley – Storytelling LIVE!

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and numerous books to his credit, his work honors the universal joys and hardships that we all share. Harley was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “In slice of life…

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Bill Harley – Storytelling LIVE!

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and numerous books to his credit, his work honors the universal joys and hardships that we all share. Harley was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “In slice of life…

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Bill Harley – Storytelling LIVE!

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and numerous books to his credit, his work honors the universal joys and hardships that we all share. Harley was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “In slice of life…

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June 2019

Bill Harley – Children’s Concert

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

A two-time Grammy award winner, Bill combines humor, wisdom, and child-like wonder in a hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Saturday, June 1 · 10:30 am Admission $5 (all seats) Recommended for children ages 6 – 10 https://www.storytellingcenter.net/storytelling-live/schedule/?event_cat=52

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Bill Harley – Storytelling LIVE!

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and numerous books to his credit, his work honors the universal joys and hardships that we all share. Harley was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. “In slice of life…

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Anne Shimojima – Storytelling LIVE!

June 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Known for her elegant, mesmerizing delivery, Anne Shimojima tells literary stories, folk tales from her Asian heritage and around the world, and the story of her Japanese American family’s incarceration in a WWII camp. A retired, award-winning school library media specialist, Shimojima has performed at venues nationwide for over 30 years, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chicago History Museum, and the Asian American Storytelling Festival. Her award-winning CD, Sakura Tales; Stories from Japan, introduces listeners to her favorite…

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