Story Mixer: Good Grief!
December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15
The holidays, despite their bright lights and jolly jingles, can be a difficult time for many who have suffered loss in their lives. Join Story Bar for an evening of stories, music, and performance about finding good in the grief, joy in the world, and hope for the holidays.
MEET THE ARTISTS
The Back Pack has been together performing silly non-spoken sketch comedy shows on stage since their days at The University of Montana, starting in 2008. The B. Iden Payne and Frontera Fest Best of Fest Winners offer quarterly shows of old, new, and workshopping pieces. They currently work and perform in The Back Pack Co-Lab in East Austin. The Back Pack is comprised of Pete Betcher, Katie Kohler, Justin Morley, and Jeremiah Rosenberger.
Erin Hallagan is the founder of Story Bar, a vagabond multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming. Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, in addition to producing the festival’s PBS affiliated television show On Story. She is currently on the board of the Austin Film Festival, Austin Emerging Art Leaders, and recently co-produced the inaugural Creatives Meets Business Experience, a conference catered for artist entrepreneurs and creative small-business owners. She is currently developing a Story Bar Creativity Lab series, which will launch in January of 2018.
Maddie McDowell used to be a dutiful daughter, a steadfast spouse, a proficient parent, a supportive sister, a faithful friend, and a dedicated director of training. A year ago, she had an epiphany. All of that niceness and responsibility had made her as dull as dirt. She looked around and saw her creativity heaped in a corner and covered with dust. When she poked it, she was relieved to discover that it was only mostly-dead. So she quit her corporate job, started a blog (www.live-disastrously.com), outlined a speculative fiction novel, and began singing Karaoke at a moment’s notice. Although she’s planning to wade back into corporate waters soon, this time she intends to keep her irrepressible alter ego firmly attached to her for buoyancy.
Michelle Mirsky is an essayist, storyteller and public speaker. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown as well as in the Austin Chronicle and Best American Essays. She is a producer and co-host of the long-running storytelling show WE RUN THIS. Her stories can be heard onstage throughout Austin and Los Angeles and on podcasts including Soundtrack Series and Listening Room.
Adam Sultan moved from his hometown of Los Angeles to Austin in 1986, and began a musical career as a guitarist for former Sony recording artists Poi Dog Pondering shortly after. His musical life has spanned decades, as both sideman and solo artist, and he is co-creator of the “sado-vaudevillian” cabaret act, Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat. He has been a composer, writer, and performer for numerous Austin-based theater and dance companies. In the last five years he found new breath in the storytelling scene, as a regular contributor to Bedpost Confessions, Soundtrack Series, and others.
Adam has been an avid meditation practitioner for thirty years and has served as director of the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center, where he currently teaches mindfulness practices and contemplative arts. He is currently a producer at Story Bar.