Tellabrate on the Boulevard!

This Saturday, head over to Del Paso Boulevard for a fun evening of storytelling and more. Starting at 6:30pm, Fenix Drum and Dance will host Tellabration, an event for all ages with entertainment from some of Sacramento’s best storytellers. There will be stories galore as well as poetry, music, dance, and refreshments. Fenix Drum and Dance is located at 2110 Del Paso Blvd. in North Sacramento, and is Sacramento’s premier West African and Afro-Caribbean drum and dance ensemble. Tellabration is a nationally-acclaimed festival with the goal of keeping the traditional art of storytelling alive. This event is held the weekend before Thanksgiving at locations all over the world. Disclosure: I am a friend of the owners of Fenix and plan to attend (and possibly tell stories at) this event.

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Spring into Stories this Saturday

Sacramento’s best storytellers will be entertaining at the very first Spring into Stories festival on Saturday, April 21. From 10am to 10pm, Carol’s Books at 1913 Del Paso Boulevard will feature stories, music, poetry, dance, juggling, food and more. The all-day entertainment includes a Story Slam, a Liar’s Contest, Kids’ Place, Spoken Word, and cultural performances. A story concert begins at 7pm. All events are free, with a suggested donation of $5 during the reception and story concert. The program is “a must for the entire family” according to Angela James of Fenix Drum and Dance. The festival is sponsored by Carol’s Books and Fenix Drum and Dance Company, Sacramento’s premier West African and Afro-Caribbean drum and dance ensemble. Disclosure: I plan to be telling a story and representing the Sacramento Public Library at the event.

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Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Do you see quilts as just cozy, inert blankets on the bed? Think again. Quilts are active agents in history and vivid storytellers. Spreading the word about the importance of quilts is Macia Fuller’s mission. In Saturday’s Black History Month program at the Carmichael Library, Fuller described how coded patterns were sewn into quilts to help black slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was not an actual railroad but a network of hidden pathways and safe houses that existed from the late 1700’s to the 1860’s to help southern slaves escape to Canada and free northern states in the U.S. The network was supported by abolitionists, free blacks, Quakers and other allies. According to Fuller, quilts were one of the tools used to covertly convey messages to the travelers about where they should go and what they should do. The quilts would be “casually” hung on fences as signals. For example, if the “Log Cabin” pattern was displayed with a dark center, it meant that the house was not a safe place to stop at that time. “Flying Geese” signaled a direction of travel while “Drunkard’s Path” meant that the traveler should not take the straightforward route but go a more circuitous way.  Some quilts were of a more topographic nature. Quilt squares gave a picture of the local landscape much like […]

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Video Storytelling Tips and Shortcuts Workshop Sept. 22

Thank you to everyone who attended Jeffrey Callison’s workshop on "The Art and Craft of Interviewing" last month. If you missed the workshop, you can read the recap and watch the video here. The Sacramento Press has another first-time workshop presenter for September: KXTV News10 Reporter George Warren. Multimedia journalist Andrew Nixon taught a workshop in July titled "Intro to Video Storytelling;" we’ll resume the topic of video storytelling with Warren’s workshop: "Video Storytelling Tips and Shortcuts." The workshop will be from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Sacramento Press office. Warren will discuss how to produce memorable stories with minimum time and effort. Warren will go over how to do more (interviewing, shooting and editing videos) with less – a staff of one. Warren just celebrated his 30th anniversary as an Emmy-winning reporter/multimedia journalist with KXTV News10. He started in the business by shooting his own stories in a small market (on 16mm film!) and in recent years has come full circle – working by himself once again. Badges will be awarded to participants for attending the workshop. To become a verified community contributor, please bring a government-issued ID. Our office is located at 431 I St., Suite 107, in the Amtrak station. We are in the same building complex as Starbucks. We recommend you find parking on the street, bike […]

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Intro to Video Storytelling Workshop July 27

We had a great turnout for our sports writing workshop earlier this month. Thanks to Sam Amick and those who attended. To read the workshop recap, click here. Video is an important part of storytelling that can be difficult to incorporate without the right equipment and editing knowledge. Andrew Nixon will teach a video workshop from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at the Sacramento Press office called "Introduction to Video Storytelling." Nixon is a Sacramento-based multimedia journalist. He has professional experience in photojournalism, as well as various multimedia platforms, including motion graphics, web platforms, and video journalism. He has freelanced for Patch.com and interned at the Sacramento News & Review. He also worked as a staff photographer for Gold Country Media. He will discuss the capture and editing of footage to create compelling video stories. The workshop will be geared more toward Mac compatible programs, but he can answer questions about other equipment and editing software. In August, Capital Public Radio’s Jeffrey Callison will teach a workshop called "The Art and Craft of Interviewing." A separate email invitation will be sent for that workshop later this month. Badges will be awarded to participants for attending the workshop. To become a verified community contributor, please bring a government-issued ID. Our office is located at 431 I St., Suite 107, in the Amtrak station. We […]

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