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Look! “Punch Up” Program (In-Person and Virtual Show)

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event hosted by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn is tonight! In-person at Culture Lab, LIC or WATCH HERE virtually via YouTube.

Doors 6:30 / Show starts at 7 pm!

FREE but we’ll be collecting donations for Friends with Four Paws with a match for the first $50. Want to donate directly? Venmo @friendswith-fourpaws or via their website.

Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022, now available to order in paperback and eBook (with links to listen to all the stories via our podcast).

Take a look at these four storytellers who have been developing their “Punch Up” tales on the page with guest story coach and NYTI alum Pichchenda Bao. Tonight, they’ll step into their partners’ shoes and perform each other stories on stage.

TONIGHT’S STORIES!

Confection Resolution written by Matt Storrs, performed by Maria Rubio, and directed by KJ Fitzsimmons

The Great Unknowns written by Maria Rubio, performed by Matt Storrs, and directed by KJ Fitzsimmons

Shaman Says written by Jenn Wehrung, performed by Aida Zilelian, and directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

One Final Lesson written by Aida Zilelian, performed by Jenn Wehrung, and directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this night possible!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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Want to support 10 more years of No, YOU Tell It! Here are 3 great ways:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter for updates.
  2. SHARE the No, YOU Tell It! Podcast far and wide. Available on our website and your fav podcasting platforms.
  3. DONATE through our fiscal sponsor The Field. Plus, it’s tax-deductible.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Punch Up” Storyteller Matt Storrs

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Rehearsals start tomorrow for Monday’s show. Our storytellers have worked together over the past weeks to develop their true tales on the page. After trading tales, they each work one-on-one with a NYTI director to help embody their story partner’s experience on stage.

Before they begin, let’s meet our final “Punch Up” storyteller, Matt Storrs!!

Matt Storrs is a comedian and storyteller based out of NYC and originally from Phoenix, AZ.

Matt created and performed his one-person show “Portly Lutheran Know-It-All” (Frigid Festival, Denver Fringe Festival, Providence FringePVD). 

He has also been featured in Vox. Matt brings his religious and legal background to the stage with his sharp stories and esoteric comedy. 

Matt Storrs is a humor person.

RSVP via FB or email noyoutellit@gmail.com. You can also watch a live stream of the show here!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Punch Up” Storyteller Aida Zilelian

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Our storytellers are busy revising their true tales on the page before flipping scripts to rehearse each other’s stories this weekend. We are so excited about our Bookend Event on Monday and can’t wait for you to meet our next storyteller, Aida Zilelian!

Aida Zilelian is a first-generation American-Armenian writer, educator, and storyteller from Queens, NY. Her debut novel The Legacy of Lost Things was published in 2015 and was the recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. Aida has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Poets & Writers, and various reading series throughout Queens and Manhattan. She is also the curator of Boundless Tales, which was one of the longest-running reading series in Queens, NY. Her short story collection These Hills Were Meant for You was shortlisted for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Award. Aida’s most recently completed novel, All the Ways We Lied, is forthcoming in January 2024 (Keylight Books). 

RSVP via FB or email noyoutellit@gmail.com. You can also watch a live stream of the show here!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Punch Up” Storyteller Jenn Wehrung

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Our second storyteller, Jenn Wehrung, is returning for her second NYTI show! Give a listen to Jenn trading “Three Strikes” tales here.

Learn more about Jenn below and join us at QED Astoria TONIGHT where she is hosting a special one-night-only “Laugh It Up, Astoria!” with fellow NYTI alum Liz Simons.

Jenn Wehrung is a comic, writer, former burlesque queen, and dog lover! She performs at clubs and holes-in-the-wall all over NYC and beyond including QED, Stand Up NY, that one bar on the LES, and even The Royal Hall For Cornwall in England! She has been featured on the Mortified podcast, heard on BBC radio, and made jokes at the New York Comedy Fest. She co-hosts the drink-a-long podcast, Bottled Up! and posts a LOT of pics of her dog on Instagram.

RSVP via FB or email noyoutellit@gmail.com. You can also watch a live stream of the show here!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Punch Up” Storyteller Maria Rubio

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

The Brooklyn Book Festival starts Sunday! Our Bookend Event is less than a week away so it’s time to meet our first storyteller Maria Rubio.

Learn more about Maria below and check out the other Bookend Events happening citywide next week.

Maria Rubio is a writer of poetry, prose, and scripts for both stage and screen. She is also a registered nurse, educator, and consultant specializing in psychiatry, mental health, and sexual education.

Come to Culture Lab, LIC on Monday to see Maria trade true tales with her story partner.

RSVP via FB or email noyoutellit@gmail.com. You can also watch a live stream of the show here!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

September 21, 2022 Post Comment Live Shows

Meet “Punch Up” Host Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

One week until our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event! What better way to celebrate the release of the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022 than giving away copies as part of “Punch Up” story trivia?

Bonus! We have a special guest host: Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, “aMuse” storyteller, anthology contributor, and co-host of Circling the Drain, a Perimenopausal Podcast About the Period Before You Stop Getting Your Period. Learn more about Ellie below and see you at the show! Click here to RSVP via FB.

Ellie Dvorkin Dunn is an entertainer/writer/host who has been hailed as “outrageous” by The New York Times and “ready for prime time” by The New York Post. Her storytelling has been featured in shows such as Risk!, Generation Women, and No, YOU Tell It!, and her writing has been published in Dame Magazine and the soon-to-be-released book Moms Who Kill, a collection of essays by comedians who also happen to be mothers. Her most recent project is co-producing Circling the Drain, a Perimenopausal Podcast About the Period Before You Stop Getting Your Period. Please listen and subscribe!

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Punch Up” Story Coach Pichchenda Bao

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

In celebration of our 10th year, we’re continuing to build community by inviting No, YOU Tell It! alums back as guest story coaches and directors. We want our diverse alumni to step into the mentorship roles they benefited from to help guide new storytellers.

Meet Pichchenda Bao, who participated in our first evening of poets swapping with stand-ups #BKBF Bookend Event at The Astoria Bookshop in 2019. Give a listen to her story swap with comedian Carolyn Castiglia. 

We’re honored to have Pichchenda return as a “Punch Up” story coach at our first story meeting this week to provide her insights as a poet who left her comfort zone to write and perform prose with No, YOU Tell It! 

Photo credit: Mengwen Cao

Pichchenda Bao is a Cambodian American writer and poet, infant survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, daughter of refugees, and feminist stay-at-home mother in New York City. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions and events. She has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts and Bethany Arts Community. She is a 2022 Kundiman poetry fellow and a 2019 Aspen Words emerging writer fellow. Read her work at pichchendabao.com.

See you at Culture Lab, LIC on 9/26 for the show! RSVP via Facebook or email us at noyoutellit@gmail.com.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

New Show! Save the Date!

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Save the date! We’re BACK for another #BKBF Bookend Event. Four storytellers who write for the page and the stage have worked together to develop true tales inspired by the theme “Punch Up.” Come watch as they step into each other’s stories.

With guest story coach, Pichchenda Bao and guest director and host, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn! Both are alum storytellers from our 2019 BKBF Bookend Event, No, YOU Tell It! “aMuse.”

Storytellers (pictured left to right): Jenn Wehrung, Aida Zilelian, Matt Storrs, and Maria Rubio

Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology.
Follow us @noyoutellit for information on our storytellers, live stream link, and more!
FREE but we’ll be collecting donations for Friends with Four Paws with a match for the first $50.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT
This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

September 1, 2022 Post Comment Live Shows

“What I Know” Program

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

No, YOU Tell It! “What I Know” is tonight. Come out to hear these stellar stories that the tellers have been working so hard on performed at Culture Lab, LIC!

  • Show starts at 7, doors open at 6:30, proof of vaccination is required.
  • $15 suggested donation cash at the door; CLICK HERE to donate online.

Take a look at our “What I Know” storytellers who are trading true tales.

TL: Julia Granacki; TR: Sheria Mattis; BL: Hannah Leland; BR: Michele Carlo

Tonight’s Stories!

No One Told Me written by Julia Granacki, performed by Hannah Leland, and directed by Marcos Stafne

Finally Arriving written by Hannah Leland, performed by Julia Granacki, and directed by Marcos Stafne

Knowing is Half the Battle written by Sheria Mattis, performed by Michele Carlo, and directed by Erika Iverson

Viva La Curlvolution! written by Michele Carlo, performed by Sheria Mattis, and directed by Erika Iverson

Listen carefully because there will be story trivia after the show! Special shoutout to Timothy Lindner of Revisionary Writing and Editing, LLC for all the social media and show support.

On a personal note, we are thrilled to be back at Culture Lab, LIC for a LIVE show and our very first LIVESTREAMED No, YOU Tell It!

What an amazing way to celebrate 10 years of switching stories to embody each other’s experiences!

Want to support 10 more years? Here are 3 great ways:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter for updates.
  2. SHARE the No, YOU Tell It! Podcast far and wide. Available on our website and your fav podcasting platforms.
  3. DONATE through our fiscal sponsor The Field. Plus, it’s tax-deductible.

Thank you!
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

 

Event Information

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “What I Know” Storyteller Michele Carlo

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Rehearsals start this weekend for our “What I Know” show. We can’t wait for you to hear these story swaps at Culture Lab, LIC on Monday!

First, meet our final storyteller, Michele Carlo.

Photo credit: Mindy Tucker

Michele Carlo has told stories across the U.S., including the Moth’s Mainstage in NYC, RISK!’s live shows and podcast, on NPR and the WGBH-PBS series “Stories from the Stage.” She is also an actor, podcast host and author of the NYC-set memoir “Fish Out Of Agua.” www.michelecarlo.com

Event Information

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

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