TONIGHT!! The Narrators on GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

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Tonight we celebrate the end of our run at the Deer Pile with one last show at the venue that helped us in no small way to become what we are today!  Or theme is Girls! Girls! Girls! and we’ve assembled a lineup of some of The Narrators’ best storytellers, peppered with a few newcomers.  Here are the details:

Jefferson Bare is the curator and host of Bare!, monthly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. A sex educator and writer, Jefferson keeps a pseudonymous blog, One Life, Take Two, that details his life as a parent and pervert. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around New York and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of Foreplay! A Sexy Storytelling Open Mic, biweekly in New York.

Edwin Forrest Ward is a cornerstone of the Denver literary scene, and is also the host of Stories Stories Bring Your Stories, our sister Denver storytelling show at the Mercury Cafe’. Stories Stories Bring your Stories happens the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Taylor Gonda is a longtime contributor to The Narrators and co-host of award-winning podcast These Things Matter, where she and co-host Kevin O’Brien ply the depths of our pop-cultural obsessions.

Julia Wilson sings in several Denver-based jazz, blues, and soul groups, including Westbrook Jazz, which started in Detroit in the 1960s.

Cory Casciato is nerd royalty in Denver.  He is a former editor of the Onion AV Club, a current writer for Westword, and creator of undead-obsessed website The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

Francie Swidler is a contributor to Mile High Style for The Denver Post and Geeks Who Drink quizmaster.

Ian O’Dougherty has been playing in Denver bands for over twenty years, and has a long resume that includes tenures in some amazing bands, including Uphollow, The Ian Cooke Band, TaunTaun, and more.  Ian is also a strong advocate for arts in Denver and is currently co-producing a series of full-album cover shows called Under the Cover.

Ru Johnson is a writer, arts advocate and nail polish enthusiast. Ru writes for a metric shit-ton of media outlets.  JFGI and see how she owns this town.

8PM at THE DEER PILE.  FREE AS THE AIR YOU BREATHE, UNLESS YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO BUYS THOSE AEROSOL CANS OF AIR TO BREATHE, IN WHICH CASE WE’D LIKE TO CHARGE YOU 10 BUCKS.  See you there, darlings.

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Ep. 38: Slapstick, Part 1

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photo(1)Part one of our “Slapstick” show features stories from Narrators co-host/Captain of many hearts Andrew Orvedahl and comedian Chris Fairbanks. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on March 20, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

Our April show at the Deer Pile will take place on Thursday the 17th and our theme will be “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!”  We have some big announcements regarding the future of our show, so this one’s not to be missed!

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

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The Narrators win Best of Denver Award and launch new series on Colorado Public Radio!

photo(7)Well, lookie there! Westword just bestowed our little storytelling show with a Best of Denver Award for “Best Free Entertainment“! We are proud to be a part of Denver’s creative community and are honored to be recognized with this award alongside so many amazing people, places, and things that make this town tick so soundly, give it it’s tangy flavor, and stink it up with fart jokes and poetry.

What’s more, the debut episode of our ongoing series for Colorado Public Radio, wherein Andrew and Robert explore the craft of storytelling and it’s importance in our everyday lives, has launched. This first episode explores the idea of “truth” in “true storytelling shows like ours. Listen to the episode HERE, and tune into 90.1 FM in Denver and surrounding regions on Fridays at 10:30am or 7:30pm to hear the arts show that we are a part of. Chloe Veltman, who has helped to launch their new arts bureau, is doing amazing things and bringing a metric crap-ton of locally-created content to your earholes.

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Tomorrow Night! The Narrators on “Slapstick”!

Seeing as how we’ve survived the Ides of March yet again, let’s celebrate our foibles, our follies, and our fuck-ups with some tales of Slapstick at The Deer Pile. Whaddayasay?

We have an incredible lineup this month, including some out-of-towner comedian types in Denver for a big show on Friday. Here’s the lowdown:

Malkah Duprix – Musician, Denver Comedy Super Booster
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald – Veterinarian, Comedian, ex-bouncer, captain of our hearts
Rob Bowman – Writer, Teacher
Joel Warner – Writer (his forthcoming book The Humor Code is out April 1)
Shayna Ferm – Comedian
Andy Juett – Comedy Producer, Comedian, member of legendary Denver acapella dubstep group The Mouthstepperz
Rory Scovel – Comedian
Chris Fairbanks – Comedian

…and your hosts Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford will be on hand to provide you with high fives and bullshit.

The Narrators takes place at the Deer Pile, above City O’ City at 13th and Sherman in Denver. The show starts at 8pm and is as free as a dirty thought about your seventh grade math teacher.

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Ep. 37: Lived/Re-Lived, Part 2

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gijoe_03Part two of our special kick-off show for “Lived/Re-lived” features stories by graphic designer/musician Michael King and writer Laura Bond. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on February 20, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

If you don’t know yet, The Narrators collaborated on a theatrical production with Off-Center at the Jones Theater. It’s called Lived/Re-lived and features three of our best storytellers: Jeff Campbell, Timmi Lasley, and Kelly Shortandqueer telling stories that will be reinterpreted on stage with the help of aerial ballet troupes, puppeteers, musicians, and filmmakers. We had a great opening night last Friday and you have two more chances to catch the show – March 14th, and 21st, 2014.  Tickets are now on sale. Snatch ‘em up and we’ll see you there.

Our March show at the Deer Pile will take place on Thursday the 20th and our theme will be “Slapstick!”

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

Thanks for listening!

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Ep. 36: Lived/Re-Lived, Part 1

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1743738_635923826443460_704334981_nPart one of our special kick-off show for “Lived/Re-lived” features stories by poet Ken Arkind, whose new book of poetry, ‘Coyotes” is being released next week (party info here), and first-time guest Dori Samadzai-Bonner. These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on February 20, 2014 by our main man Ron Doyle.

If you don’t know yet, The Narrators collaborated on a theatrical production with Off-Center at the Jones Theater. It’s called Lived/Re-lived and features three of our best storytellers: Jeff Campbell, Timmi Lasley, and Kelly Shortandqueer telling stories that will be reinterpreted on stage with the help of aerial ballet troupes, puppeteers, musicians, and filmmakers. The show will run on three dates: March 7th, 14th, and 21st, 2014.  Tickets are now on sale. Snatch ‘em up and we’ll see you there.

Our March show at the Deer Pile will take place on Thursday the 20th and our theme will be “Slapstick!”

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

Thanks for listening!

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Ep. 35: Things I’ve Forgotten, Part 2

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photo(7)Part two of our search for “Things I’ve Forgotten” features stories by one of our favorite regular guests, Chris Charpentier, and The Narrators’ co-host Andrew Orvedahl.  These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on January 16th, 2013 by our main man Ron Doyle.

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

If you don’t know yet, The Narrators collaborated on a theatrical production with Off-Center at the Jones Theater. It’s called Lived/Re-lived and features three of our best storytellers: Jeff Campbell, Timmi Lasley, and Kelly Shortandqueer telling stories that will be reinterpreted on stage with the help of aerial ballet troupes, puppeteers, musicians, and filmmakers. The show will run on three dates: March 7th, 14th, and 21st, 2014.  Tickets are now on sale. Snatch ‘em up and we’ll see you there.

Our March show at the Deer Pile will take place on Thursday the 20th and our theme will be “Slapstick!”

Thanks for listening!

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TONIGHT! The Narrators “Lived/Re-lived” at the Deer Pile, 8pm!

Here’s our lineup for tonight, sweetums.  The show is as free as the air you breathe and starts at 8pm, deep in the gurgling belly of Denver’s creative community, The Deer Pile

Michael King – This man makes Denver’s comedy scene/music scene/literary scene look real purdy with his graphic design work.  You can see his work here and here.

Dori Samadzi – As a child, Dori and her family escaped Afghanistan and became refugees in India, ultimately hoping to make it to America.  She’ll be sharing her story tonight.

Ken Arkind – Ken Arkind is a national poetry slam champion, educator and author of “Coyotes” (Penmanship Books).  He’ll be throwing a release party for “Coyotes” at Deer Pile on March 11th.

Robert Barron – a blogger about fatherhood and regular speaker on hospitality point of sale.

Laura Bond – Laura works in education and community outreach at the Colorado Symphony and is a member a of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. In a former life she was Westword’s music editor.

And we’ll be featuring the storytellers that are bringing our collaboration with Off-Center at the Jones Theater to life in March (tickets for Lived/Re-lived on sale now!):

Jeff Campbell – playwright, educator, MC, poet, performer, activist.  This man does it all.

Timmi Lasley – host of Epilogue Comedy at Mutiny Information Cafe!

Kelly Shortandqueer – One of the founders of the Denver Zine Library and a wicked cool square dancer.

 

We’ll see you there!

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Ep. 34: Things I’ve Forgotten, Part 1

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photo(6)Part one of our search for “Things I’ve Forgotten” features stories by teenage journal-sharing show My Teenage Angst’s Megan Nyce and The Narrators’ producer Ron Doyle.  These stories were recorded at The Deer Pile on January 16th, 2013 by our good friends at The Denver Diatribe.

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

Our next show is coming up on February 20th and the theme will be “Lived/Relived” in anticipation of a show by that same name that The Narrators collaborated on with Off-Center at the Jones Theater. The show will run on three dates: March 7th, 14th, and 21st, 2014.  Tickets are now on sale. Snatch ‘em up and we’ll see you there.

Thanks for listening!

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Ep. 33: Tales From The Road – LIVE from the Denver Music Summit!

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Photo by Flickr user tammylo.

Photo by Flickr user tammylo.

Well, it’s Christmas Eve.  You’re about to embark on an epic drive over the river and through the woods to have your weird aunt breathe scotch fumes all over your neck and listen to your uncle talk about just how right Rush is and witness the tight-lipped diplomacy exuded by old married couples sharing a kitchen while cooking and gasping every few seconds as hordes of shrieking children whirl like dervishes around a house, miraculously not splitting their heads open or poking their eyes or falling off of balconies etc etc.  Or perhaps you are just waiting for a nice cup of tea to steep so you can resume your heavy hang on the couch, cozy as ever in a pair of thick socks and your sweatpants.  Regardless of your current state, you’ll hopefully receive this gift from The Narrators in good cheer.

Here is a live show that we taped at the Denver Music Summit.  The organizers invited us to put together a special show at the McNichols and invite musicians from near and far to tell “Tales From The Road.”  We had such an amazing group of stories that we thought it would be great to present all of them together.  Our storytellers include: Yonnas Abraham from The Pirate Signal and BLKHRTS, Megan Burtt, Carleigh Aikens from BAHAMAS, Jeff Linsenmaier from The Fray, The Czars, Wovenhand, Scott Booker, who manages The Flaming Lips, and Dessa from the Doomtree Collective. Your faithful hosts kick off the podcast with the story of The Mouthstepperz, their acapella dubstep band.

The intro and outro music was produced and graciously provided by Sans Seruf, and you can find more slick beats for your earholes over at his bandcamp page.

Our next show is coming up on January 16th and the theme will be “Things I’ve Forgotten.”

The Narrators are working with Off-Center at the Jones Theater on a show called Lived/Re-lived that will go into full production in March 2014.  Tickets are now on sale. Snatch ‘em up.

Thanks for listening, and happy holidays!

 

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