Story Salon Celebrates a Decade of Storytelling with a New Book and a Four-Day Festival: "StoryFest '06," in Los Angeles, November 8 - 11, 2006

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Story Salon, L.A.'s longest running storytelling venue, kicks off their second decade of first person entertainment with a four-day festival and a new book of collected stories.

"Story Salon," L.A.'s longest running storytelling venue, announces its fourth annual StoryFest: "StoryFest '06," a celebration of first person narratives. The four-day festival, spread over two venues, has become a regular autumn event for the storytelling group, which began more than a decade ago.

This year's StoryFest celebrates the publication of the group's first book, "The Story Salon Big Book of Stories," which features more than forty original pieces, highlighting the sometimes funny, sometimes touching blend of observation, memoir, and comment that has made "Story Salon" one of Los Angeles' most eclectic entertainment experiences

The Fest kicks off Wednesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. at the Salon's regular Wednesday home, CoffeeFix (12508 Moorpark Street, just west of Whitsett, in Studio City). In "The Best of the Best," the 8 p.m. show will feature some of the forty-three writer/performers who contributed to the Story Salon book. Admission to the CoffeeFix shows is a $4.00 purchase of food or beverages.

StoryFest returns to CoffeeFix Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. with "Let It Ride: An Evening of Fortune and Luck" hosted by Salon producer, Dan Farren, doing an extended thematic narrative, "backed" by a combo of storytellers. In keeping with the show's fortune and luck theme, every audience member will receive a free lottery ticket. The end of the show will feature an all-audience simultaneous scratch-off to find the winners.

On Friday, Nov. 10, "StoryFest '06" moves, to The Actor's Group Theatre (4378 Lankershim Boulevard, south of Moorpark, in North Hollywood), for the first of two nights of triple bills. In the front room of the theatre, "Bowl of Doom" opens at 7:30 p.m., hosted by "Story Salon" producer and innovative podcaster Lance Anderson. Each performer reaches into "The Bowl of Doom" and draws a topic that can be anything from "My best lie." to "What was that first kiss like?" then spins a three-minute tale. Admission to the front room is free. Snacks and beverages will be available.

At 8:30 p.m., the Salon takes over the back theatre for two more shows starting with "Guess Who's Coming to…" featuring "typical American couple" Donna Allen Figueroa and her husband Tony Figueroa, who have performed their show at Fringe festivals across the country this summer.

At 9:30 p.m., Story Salon founder and producer Beverly Mickins takes the stage, combining music and stories at her unique "Atomic Lounge." The combined admission for both shows in the back theatre is $7.00.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, "StoryFest '06" resumes in the front room of The Actor's Group at 7:30 p.m. with another theme show, "90 Second Stories," hosted by Salon producer Tony Figueroa. This fast-paced show challenges storytellers to tell a complete story in a minute and a half. The results range from breathless encapsulations of bad dates to haiku-like contemplations of everyday life.

Beverly Mickins returns to the back theatre at 8:30 p.m. with another edition of "Atomic Lounge."

At 9:30 p.m., it's "L.A. Podcasters: Celebrity Encounters." Salon producer Lance Anderson creator of "Verge of the Fringe" (, along with pioneering podcasters Dan Klass of "The Bitterest Pill" (, and Tim Coyne of "The Hollywood Podcast" (, will chronicle what it's like living in a city filled with "celebrities." The evening of mature material will be recorded and featured as both audio and video podcasts on LA Podcasters dot com (

"StoryFest '06" concludes with a special bonus "After Hours" show in the back theatre at 10:30 p.m. In "Tell No One!" storytellers will reveal secrets small and great, light and dark, and audience members will sign non-disclosure pledges, promising to never reveal what they hear during the show. The $7.00 admission admits guests to all three shows in the back theatre Saturday night.

"The Story Salon Big Book of Stories" will be for sale at all festival shows and there'll always be writer/performers on hand to autograph copies.

About Story Salon:

Compared in the "Los Angeles Times" to NPR's "This American Life," "Story Salon" was created eleven years ago by Beverly Mickins, an unconventional comedian and actress, as an alternative to stand-up clubs and self-conscious performance spaces. More than a dozen solo theater productions have resulted from work created at the Salon, as well as several books, and a CD of stories. Recently, the "Story Salon" began Podcasting worldwide. Story Salon performs Wednesdays at 8pm at Coffee Fix.

"The Story Salon Big Book of Stories" is available for $15.95 through (ISBN 0-595-39689-5), at the Story Salon website at, and at all "StoryFest '06" events


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