Fandom Podcast and Recordings

Kingdom of Fandom

Fandom Here we are in the afterglow of another wonderful Madison Storyteller’s evening. We tried out a new location, Crescendo Espresso Bar and Cafe, and it worked out really nicely. We are hoping to be there all the time now.

And you, you were all wonderful too. You listened rapturously, you laughed loudly, and clapped like the Devil was after you and you believed in the Devil and thought for some reason that clapping would get the Devil to stop chasing you. We all know that isn’t true. Clapping brings fairies back to life. You also told the paint off of some stories about Fandom. Here they are in the podcast form and if you want to download your story or your favorite story to make some new club jam out of it you can go to Recordings section of our website.

Our next event is February 5th so that you can get excited for The Moth on February 15th.

Fandom Podcast

Tracklist
Amanda – Not a Great Fan
Brendon – Canadians Can Be Mean
Alison – X-Philes
Micro Stories
-Amanda: I’ve Recovered
-Anonymous: Performance and Deceit
-Keith: The Trick
-Mallory: Struggin It
-Matt: Finally Recorded
-Anonymous: Metason Storytellers
-Anonymous: True Fan
-Anonymous: Somehow I Was Acting
-Anonymous: Meeting Robin
Stephanie – Accidental Director
Anonymous – Don’t Push Boundaries Too Much
Fern – I Have One Fan

From the Ashes Recordings

Dusting ourselves off and leaving the ashes behind.

from the ashes
The Bubbler at Madison Central Library keeps having us back and we keep having a lot of fun there. Even when we are telling stories about times that weren’t so very much fun.

This time there was a whole lot of other stuff happening before the stories got underway. 100state had the award ceremony for their Pynk Phoenix contest. This involved a bit of body paint and streamers. Also some dancing. These are all things we can get behind as an organization.

from the ashesIt was also the gallery opening for local artist Romano Johnson. Go see it because there is glitter, bright colors, and incredible hairdos. These are all things we can get behind as an organization.

Thanks for another fine year of stories and thank you to another fine year of fine, fine audiences. People get up and tell stories about difficult times in their lives and they always say that we are welcoming and supportive as an audience. Which means the world. Just the whole world.

Amanda – Switch

Laurie – Out of the Shadows

Jonathan – Catechism with Carl Bernstein

Fire Microstories

-No Cake
-No Fire
-Like A Lot of Very Stupid Young People
-Blind Date
-Parents Who Don’t Pay Attention


We are taking December off and will see you all in January.

Let us know if you have a storytelling event coming up and we’ll tell everyone we know about it. Just everyone.

From the Ashes Podcast

from the ashes
We got another great crowd at The Bubbler at Madison Central Library for our stories about coming back from total and utter defeat. There was a whole lot going on at the event. 100state had the culmination of their Pynk Phoenix contest. So there were a few people in a lot of body paint and streamers.

It was also the gallery opening for local artist Romano Johnson. Go see it because there is glitter, bright colors, and incredible hairdos. All the things you were missing from fine art.

Here’s the podcast:

Tracklist:
Amanda – Switch
Laurie – Out of the Shadows
Jonathan – Catechism with Carl Bernstein
Fire Microstories
-No Cake
-No Fire
-Like A Lot of Very Stupid Young People
-Blind Date
-Parents Who Don’t Pay Attention


We are taking December off and will see you all in January.

Let us know if you have a storytelling event coming up and we’ll tell everyone we know about it. Just everyone.

Other People’s Stories Recordings

Aaaaaaand we’re back with other people’s stuff.

Other People's Stories

We got together with Madison Community Discourse at Old Sugar Distillery to tell other people’s stories. We told them the way they were always meant to be told, by us. We told them over whisky. We told them to each other.

Old Sugar had dressed up their place since we had been there last. The lovely overhead lights were a nice touch. Especially since last time the one bright spot light gave the place a slaughter house feel.

Please check out Madison Community Discourse’s page. They are out their stumping for the fine arts with classes and a fine and fancy free storefront in Hilldale starting in October. What good friends we have.

It was good to see everyone gather together again. Even if we were all just there to steal some intellectual property or talk about stealing actual property. Nothing will bring you together like some larceny.

Rebecca – A Life on the Land

Keith – 48 Guns

Amanda – Groupon Compulsion

Various – Microstories

Jonathan – To Sir (and Viv) With Love

Anonymous – Ghosting


Our next event is next Friday October 23rd at 100state. Watch our facebook page like a hawk to find out more!

Other People’s Stories Podcast

Other People's StoriesWe came back from August to one of our favorite venues, Old Sugar Distillery. They’ve got a totally bitchin’ room for us to tell stories in.

Thanks to all the people who were just hanging out in that room before we showed up and decided to stick around to see what would happen. You are deeply appreciated and this blog post proves it.

Here is our podcast in one big chunk this time. Here’s to a very good year.

Tracklist:
Rebecca (Orpha) – A Life on the Land
Keith (Steve) – 48 Guns
Amanda (Phil) – Groupon Compulsion
Microstories: Stealing
-April 1st
-Honest Abe
-Something Very Valuable
-Every Time
-The One About the Dog
-Jesus Hemp
-Serendipity
-Uncomfortable Wrong-Doer
Jonathan (Lou and Ram) – To Sir (And Viv) With Love
Anonymous (Alexander) – Ghosting


Our next event is next Friday October 23rd at 100state. Watch our facebook page like a hawk to find out more!

Summer Podcast

STORYTELLERS! We are taking this month off.

eagle_heights_childcare99But we didn’t want you to go without. Not that you ever really need to since you can check out most of the stories we’ve ever had on our stages and at our mics up in our recordings section.

Back in May we spent some time working with Madison Story Project collecting stories for their A Day in a Kid’s Life story project. We collected stories at community centers and schools and libraries from anyone who was 18 or younger. We have put up the full recordings, but now we made a podcast out of some of those stories. Congratulations, August!

That’s All Folks Recordings

We don’t stutter when we say “That’s All Folks.”

That's All Folks

For our last story night of the season we gathered at Hudson Park, or as everyone seems to know it that-one-park-kind-of-over-by-Olbrich-that-has-an-amphitheater-thing-right-on-the-water. So there we were right on the water and it didn’t really smell and you could kind of hear Fête de Marquette, but the people over there didn’t know what they were missing anyway, and we had a good time. It was a perfect summer moment for me there with some stories in our mouths and homebrew in our bellies.

To the woman in the pink dress who drove up in her minivan and then drove away after a minute or two, you don’t know what you missed. Please come back to us.

To the middle aged man who biked by and told his wife he didn’t want to stop because he didn’t want “to be lectured at.” We aren’t those kind of storytellers! Our lessons are personal, but relatable. We’re also pretty funny. Listen to these stories if you don’t believe me or if you do.

To everyone else who came to an event this past season. Thank you. Come to another one. Share a story. You’ll feel amazing afterwards.

Keith – Happy Birthday, Matt

Jen – Could I Have Done It?

Amanda – Coming of Age with Katie

Various – That’s All Folks Microstories

That’s All Folks Podcast

ThatsAll-724485Here’s the podcast from our final story event of the season. We met out at Hudson Park, drank some homebrew, and heard from some excellent storytellers.

People who lived in the neighborhood kept swooping in to check out what was going on. The middle age crew on bikes didn’t stick around long since they thought we were giving lectures, but there was a nice family on a boat who stuck around and even applauded a little from out on the water.

Thanks to everyone who told stories in front of our mic and our crowds this year. We’ll see you in September. Check out this page or our Facebook page for up coming events.

Tracklist:
Keith – Happy Birthday, Matt.
Jen – Could I Have Done It?
Amanda – Coming of Age with Katie
Anonymous – A Way With Words
Peter – 3 Dozen Roommates
Blake – A Boss
Adam – The Neighbor and Homemade Fireworks

Last Times Recordings

Last Times for the Last Time

Last Times

Thanks to everyone who came out and told stories at our Last Times Event and to everyone who listened and drank Forequarter’s drinks. You made this fun. Also thanks to Private Public for teaming up with us to bring the art. Sorry to those of you who told stories, but aren’t seeing them here. We had an equipment failure and lost one story and all of the micro stories. Sorry forever, Avery. You and Jess can make a club about it.

Anonymous – Rocky Mountain High

Ian – Where Do Missing Socks Go?

Gerri – Initiation

Keith – Last Laugh


Our next event is next Friday July 10th at Hudson Park’s boat launch. We’re having our end of season showcase featuring a few storytellers from this past year. We’ll also a chance for people to tell micro stories and be splashing around some beer so bring cups.

Last Times Podcast

Last Times Here’s the podcast from last Friday. Thanks to The Bubbler at Madison Central Library for having us back to tell stories about Last Times. I want to apologize to some of the storytellers because we lost the recordings of your stories due to equipment failure. Sorry, Avery.

We did lock down four stories though and here’s the podcast about them:

Tracklist:
Anonymous – Rocky Mountain High
Ian – Where Do Missing Socks Go?
Gerri – Initiation
Keith – Last Laugh


Our next event is next Friday July 10th at Hudson Park’s boat launch. We’re having our end of season showcase featuring a few storytellers from this past year. We’ll also a chance for people to tell micro stories and be splashing around some beer so bring cups.

In Over Our Heads Recordings

We were way in over our heads.

So we started doing this new thing where we ask the audience what they want the theme of the next story night to be. We’ve only tried it a couple of times and it is working alright. But at the Adventure story night when I asked for a theme no one really had an idea and then a guy called out “Water” uncommittedly and I went with it. You maybe able to understand why I wasn’t too sure about how this theme would go. I even tried to dress it up with “In Over Our Heads:”. When you use a colon you are seriously trying to compensate. But the storytellers nailed it. It just so happened that there were a few people who had just been waiting to tell stories that were very important to them and involved water.

Madison Sourdough were great hosts for the event and we’d be happy to go back there again. What a beautiful space to tell stories involving mountains, rivers, pools, weddings, sisters, refried beans, U2, and security concerns. Thanks to everyone who came out to make it what it is, was, and ever shall be.

Darwin Did This To Me

I Was Real Comfortable

I’m a Very Strong Swimmer

Temper Tantrum

Water Micro Stories

Water Pump

The Case of the Handgun in the River

I Don’t Know What Else To Say


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

In Over Our Heads Podcast Part 2

8581107702_865e828081_o This is the second part of the podcast for May 22nd’s In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water event at Madison Sourdough. Here is where you might expect a water pun, but instead I will let you write the puns after you hear the stories.

Playlist
Tom and Erica – Look Around
Anonymous – How I Helped My Sister Along
Brendon – The Beginning of Critical Thought
Libby – Water Pump
Chris – The Case of the Handgun in the River
Peter – I Don’t Know What Else to Say


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

In Over Our Heads Podcast Part 1

8581107702_865e828081_o This is the first part of the podcast for May 22nd’s In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water event at Madison Sourdough. All of the stories stayed right on target too. There was a story about a lack of water and a couple of stories about too much water and a story about taking refuge in water. Tomorrow we’ll have the rest of the stories for you.

Playlist
Brendon – Darwin Did This To Me
Tom – I Was Real Comfortable
Sarah – I’m A Very Strong Swimmer
Fern – Temper Tantrum


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

Day in a Kid’s Life at Lincoln Elementary

Collecting stories of a day in a kid’s life to balance out all the adults talking.

day in a kid's lifeThis past Wednesday was A Day in a Kid’s Life. You can watch, hear, and read all sorts of stories collected from kids on Madison Story Project’s Facebook. We are always excited to help pass stories around and we were happy to be part of this project because kids have fun stories. We already posted some stories from the Odyssey Junior Program that we collected earlier and here are some stories that we collected at MSCR’s Lincoln Safe Haven After School Program.

Zoe – Christmas and Hanukkah

Thea – I like to See Productions at Overture

Santiago – It’s just steaming hot

Ruby – What Mood Were You in the Flavor For?

Oska – I like to socialize

Malcolm – We Celebrate Pizza

Kamari – 32 + 15 = 47

Jack – Castle Rock Lake

Henry – Waffle Place

Gretta – No Favorites

Felix – The Education is good here

Eric – I Just Got a Dog

Anonymous – Music Festivals


Our next event is May 22nd at Madison Sourdough. The theme is In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

A Day in a Kid’s Life

a day in a kid's lifeOver the past few weeks we have been working with the Madison Story Project, a humanities and community-based storytelling project for Madison-area youth run by Madison Children’s Museum and Madison Public Library. We’ve been traveling around and recording stories that kids want to tell about themselves and their lives. I’ve had a lot of fun.

This is all a part of an effort to get kids talking about kids for the historical record and also an effort for me to have fun. I’m grateful on both counts. This post is to share some of the stories we have collected so far and to let you know that we’ll be collecting stories at The Goodman Center from 3 to 5 today. There is also the opportunity for kids to make stop motion animations. I realize that in a lot of cases stop motion is going to win out over storytelling. I’ve made my peace with that.

Madison Story Project is also sponsoring a social media blitz on Wednesday May 6th. On the 6th pictures and posts on social media with the hashtag #madisonstoryproject, tweet @madisonstorypro, or email to info@madisonstoryproject.org.

Here are the stories we have collected so far. We hope to collect a lot more.

Alayvia – Scars

Claudio – Wisconsin Weather

Jaayd – My Siblings

Trinity – My Scars

Qintas – Right Wing

Anna – Cleaning My Room

Maka – Stevie the Fish

Quan – Polar Caps

Janiya – Dog Bite

QuAnna – In Madison

Jahnilla – Basketball

Jaayd – My Grandma’s Dogs

Deja – Friends or Whatever

Antonio – Bike Crash


Our next event is May 22nd at Madison Sourdough. The theme is In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water.

#26: Adventure Recordings

Adventure is something we all need.

Here are the individual files for all of the adventure stories we told at Lakeside St. Coffee House.

Sometimes we adventure at home. You know it can be an adventure to try cooking a recipe for your class or to take your family’s secret recipe to a meal with a significant other. Sometimes we adventure in Rome or Estonia or Paris or Detroit. And some of those adventures we jump into willingly and sometimes they are forced on us violently or perhaps forced on us through violence done to small to medium sized birds. And sometimes you just need to do something to mark what has come and what might come next. In all of these cases after the adventure is done we’ve got a story about it and we can bring these stories to each other. If nothing else it makes for something fun to do on a Friday night in April. But I think it does a little more than just fill the night.

Crosstown Traffic by Brendon

Lost in Rome by Lisa

Frickin’ Wacko Moment by Amanda

Jim-Jam Justin by Sarah

Adventure Micro Stories by Various
Featuring: Beat It by Jamie, Next Time Bring Bikes by Jess, Run Around Until You Get Somewhere by Spencer, Dating Non-Mormon Men by Lisa, Sleeping in the Bushes by Anonymous, Three Day Long Process by Sarah, and Just An other Cooking Disaster by Avery.

The Prince of Estonia by Nic

Primate Problems by Keith

A Roadtrip West & Romantic Entanglements


Our next event is May 22nd at Madison Sourdough. The theme is In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water.

Adventure Podcast Part 2

AdventureNow for the second part of our Adventure podcast recorded April 17th at Lakeside St. Coffee House.

Tracklist
Jamie – Beat it
Jess – Next Time Bring Bikes
Spencer – Run Around Until you get Somewhere
Lisa – Dating Non-mormon Men
Anonymous – Sleeping in the Bushes
Sarah – Three Day Long Process
Avery – Just Another Cooking Disaster
Nic – The Prince of Estonia
Keith – Primate Problems
Jamie – A Roadtrip West & Romantic Entanglements

Adventure Podcast Part 1

AdventureWe told stories at Lakeside St. Coffee House about being taken on adventures willingly and unwillingly, pigeons with their heads off, the possibility of being lost in an infinite pajama zone, medical adventures, Detroit Ape City, and first tattoos. Here’s the first batch with the next to follow tomorrow.

Podcast about it:

Brendon – Crosstown Traffic
Lisa – Lost in Rome
Amanda – Frickin’ Wacko Moment
Sarah – Jim-Jam Justin

#25: Pet Recordings

Sounds people made about pets.

Here are the individual recordings of all the throat and throaty noises people made about pets at Arboretum Cohousing in March.

Reach into this bag and you’ll grab a story about chasing your cat while naked, ending your teacher’s pet relationship, a fish funeral, an uppity dogs, snakes named after dildos, surprise snakes, an immortal Tom cats, a cat surprise, a dog that can make you feel differently about all dogs, and getting confused about what constitutes a pet. You can slather all of that with a few micro stories about wild animals.

How to Dismantle a Teacher’s Pet

History with Hamsters by Jolien

Naked Pussy by Anonymous

Goldie by Janet

Pets Micro Stories by Various
Featuring: Terrifying Night for a Cockatiel by Anonymous, Next Time I’ll Bring a Bedpan by Karen, Snakes from Anywhere by Matt, What’s That? by Jen, Bear Den by Brendon, and Cooper Does Not Swim by Anonymous.

Never Been Back Again by Sarah

Steely Dan by Karen

Thomas then Tom by Alison

My First Cat by Jolien

Feeling Differently about Dogs by Jen

Thanks Professors by Joanne

Sarah’s Story by Brendon on behalf of Sarah

Our next event is April 17th at Lakeside Coffee House. The theme is Adventure.