You can tell by the way I
use my walk go off on a tangent that I love a good story. I’ve lost a bit of my touch in storytelling (outta practice), but that makes hearing a good real-life fable all that much more fun for me. Fans of The Moth (Oh, look! Ben won New York’s GrandSLAM!), take note of what I’m ’bout to tell you.
My friend Sara Barz has launched Spokespeople, a cyclist-loving organization that loves its stories, with two of her friends Rebecca Stievater and Emma Bailey. Once a month since this past winter, animated speakers and active listeners have been gathering for largely extemporaneous rounds on loose themes like Red, Touching, and this weekend’s In Transit.
As the weather gets better (which may be any minute, since Global Warming has the Bay Area believing that seasons come in three-day packages and swapping climates every half a week), Spokespeople will be organizing unified charity cycling trips. Did I mention these three founders have each ridden their bicycles across the country? (Methinks my Mixie would not make the journey even part-way.)
The story sessions are fun! They are typically hilarious, sometimes gory, but live and engaging. At Red earlier this year, we heard about one of Sara’s first dates (ended in blood), one woman’s insane ex-girlfriend (involved blood), and Bill’s redheaded childhood friend (Ian. Contains blood.). Interpretations of the nightly topic may be loose or literal, but it seems that no matter who is at the mic, they are entertaining. It’s a completely comfortable setting, too, hearing a fellow local talk about a possibly universal or possibly niche topic.
Tomorrow’s theme is In Transit, for which I have about twenty-five years of random bits and pieces to string together why I love/hate BART. Or someone could talk about transitions. Or someone could talk about a different version of Point A to Point B.
If you’re interested in checking out Spokespeople, I highly recommend heading out to the Mission tomorrow night. Donations are welcome as the group gets going, and stories even welcome-er!
Spokespeople #4: In Transit
Saturday – April 28, 2012
Email Sara at skbarz (at) gmail.com for the address.
Yes, there is food and drink. Also feel free to bring your own!