Category Archives: Storytelling

Nine Jewels: Stories of Wit and Wisdom from India

Dates: Fri, Dec 1 at 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec 2 at 11:00 am; Sun, Dec 3 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can $5-$15
Ages: Recommended for Ages 5+, all ages welcome
Duration: 45 minutes

Indian-born storyteller Zaraawar Mistry tells classic stories and animal fables of wit and wisdom from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture and history, and also test their puzzle solving skills. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). The program has been performed in people’s homes, at libraries and schools, and at cultural centers such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Stories presented are best suited for children ages 5 and older and will include:
Akbar and Birbal
The Foxes and the Tiger (a folktale)
The Tortoise and the Geese (from the Panchatantra)
Nine Questions (an Akbar and Birbal story)

Learn more at http://childrensstoriesfromindia.com/

The Pursuit of Awesome

Dates: Fri-Sat, Nov 17-18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $15, Fringe Button $12, Student $10
Ages: Recommended for Ages 10+
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

David Harris shares embarrassing stories, failures and advice in his pursuit of awesome. Featuring snow-shovel acrobatics, escapes, balances, stunts, upside-down juggling, dancing and other awesome antics.

David Harris performs new and unusual stories, stunts, and physical comedy. Why? Because it will be awesome! David always wanted to be awesome. In 1983, he tried to ride his Huffy bicycle up a tree. Had he made it to the top; it would have been awesome. In 1985, he took jazz dancing lessons at Colleen’s School of Dance. Why? Because he thought he signed up for Break Dancing lessons and that would have been awesome! In 2014, he learned how to balance a knife on his tongue. Why, because the path toward awesome is easily confused with the path toward being reckless and weird.

Through juggling stunts, snow-shovel acrobatics, and comic dancing, David shares his embarrassments, failures, and advice in the pursuit of awesome.

 

Life on a Stick: Everyday and Sublime Stories

Date/Times: Sun, Nov 19 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the Door
Ages: Recommended for Adults
Duration: 45 minutes
Note: This is an intimate show and seating is limited to 18 persons per performance.

Life on a Stick: Everyday and Sublime Stories
By Anita White

Drawing is how Anita navigates everyday moments with humor, philosophy and empathy. Her sketchbook is always open to document life’s fleeting moments. Everyday difficulties and hassles are the doorway to a humorous story. “Nothing is so scary you can’t draw it!”

These visual puppet shows are “drawn” from her everyday life. Pen and watercolor drawings are taped onto bamboo skewers or toothpicks and stuck into simple styrofoam stages.

The whimsical and philosophical puppet show she will share include:

  • A Compassionate Bank Teller
  • From Here to There and Back Again: A Winter Fantasy Getaway
  • A little sliver of Life on a Toothpick from the 60’s & 70’s
  • Fragrant Fun at The Minneapolis Impound Lot
  • Rumi Shadow Poems with Inner Meaning and Light

Following her presentation the audience will have a chance to create their own tiny “Life on a Toothpick Moments.” Materials are provided.

Deepest gratitude to Dreamland Arts for this opportunity to share old puppet shows in a new light.

 

Children’s Stories from India

Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Park Library
Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamline Midway Library
Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Hills Library

Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). The program has been performed in people’s homes, at libraries and schools all over Minnesota, and at cultural centers such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minnesota History Center and Asia Society, New York.