The 11th All Y’all live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here”, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the historic Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. The event will feature six true tales of working for a living, living to work and the misadventures and magic that can transpire while you’re “on the clock.” Storytellers will include Ashlie Daigle, Julian Gutierrez, Pam Brown, Amy Lynn Treme, Luther Cox and Julie Gustafson. Admission is $15 and tickets are available now. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. A cash bar will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical interludes will be performed by Nate Treme. Purchase tickets here.
This live storytelling event, like all All Y’all events and podcasts, is made possible by our title sponsor Holiday Lanes. This event is also made possible by the generous support of live event sponsors Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.
All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.
On May 11, 2016, Christopher Louis Wilson published a post on his blog, From the Desk of Mr. Coach Wilson, about his lifelong love affair with Shreveport-based restaurant Wing Taxi. Within 24 hours, the post had gone viral in Shreveport, with thousands of views and social shares leading the owner of the restaurant to reach out to Wilson. As it turns out, Wilson isn’t the only Shreveporter obsessed with the quirky, gypsy-like wing joint. For many locals, the taste of home is Cajun ranch lemon pepper garlic Parmesan.
For our November 2016 live storytelling event, “Haunted”, Wilson took the stage and shared a surprisingly personal, heartfelt story of love, loss and yearning.
All Y’all Live: “I Just Work Here” Tickets Available Now The 11th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017 at The Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, please check out the official event announcement. We’d also be thrilled if you’d consider sharing the official Facebook event.
Thank You, Nate Treme
If you enjoy the background music in this episode of the podcast, you can hear more work from producer Nate Treme on his Bandcamp page. Nate has performed live musical interludes at most of our live storytelling events to date and has become an integral part of the All Y’all family. He’s also an incredibly gifted graphic designer, whose work you can see here. Thank you, Nate!
During the second half of our July 2016 storytelling event, “I Fought The Law,” we featured stories from three attorneys who shared an insider’s perspective of our complex legal system. Our last storyteller of the evening, Meghan Shapiro, moved to Louisiana in 2013 to practice death penalty defense law in a place with greater need than most. From 2010 to 2014, more people were sentenced to death per capita in Caddo Parish than in any other parish or county in the United States.
Meghan has almost exclusively represented poor individuals charged with capital crimes or sentenced to death, a cause to which she has been heavily devoted since her teens. This story is about her first death row client.
Coming Soon: I Just Work Here
We’re currently recruiting storytellers for our Spring 2017 live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,” a collection of great stories about the working life. As always, we’re looking for all kinds of stories: funny, sad, inspiring, confusing – the only requirements are that your story is true and you’re willing to get up onstage in front of a few hundred friends to tell it. If you think you’ve got a story for “I Just Work Here,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.
In addition to hosting our last live storytelling event in November, we’ve been hard at work building a new show for All Y’all. It’s called Stuffed & Busted, a podcast that takes an irreverent look at food in Shreveport and Bossier City as well as the fascinating folks who grow, cook and serve it.
We wanted to share the first segment from our second Stuffed & Busted episode, a hilarious and baudy interview with Robert “Bozz” Baucum, head chef and owner of Marilynn’s Place. We hope you like it and if you do, please listen to the full 45-minute long episode and subscribe by searching for Stuffed & Busted in your podcast app of choice or at stuffedandbusted.com.
Few All Y’all storytellers have ever seemed so comfortable in the spotlight as “Momma and Daddy” storyteller Dr. Jaya McSharma. Jaya had our sold-out audience in the palm of her hand from the moment that she stepped onstage, eliciting roars of laughter and more than a few tears. Her story takes us inside an Indian-American family on the cusp of gaining a new family member.
I will never forget the first conversation that Sara and I had with Colonel Samuel Mims, a pastor, environmental activist and community organizer who spoke at All Y’all Live: I Fought the Law on July 16, 2016. Colonel Mims was sitting in his pickup truck in a gravel parking lot in Minden, Louisiana, where we’d arranged to meet. When Sara and I began to explain how the All Y’all process works (we meet with storytellers, rehearse and help them refine their stories in the weeks leading up to each live event), Colonel Mims gently but firmly held up a hand and said: “Now, I’m not going to be doing any rehearsals. That’s just not me.”
When he took the All Y’all stage, we had no idea what Colonel Mims was going to say. He delivered a fiery call to action fueled by his righteous indignation over what he sees as systemic failures of leadership in Louisiana. In his voice, we hear anger and exasperation, but we also hear love and hope.
Tell your ears to put on their stretchy pants! The first-ever episode of Stuffed & Busted is here, and it’s about all-you-can-eat buffets. In this episode, you will (hopefully) be entertained by such segments as:
Chris’s dad, Donny Jay, talks about his love of all-you-can-eat crab leg nights at DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City.
Chris and Sara take video game designer Alex Gold to Golden Corral for Sunday brunch.
Chef David Bridges shares his “expansive” method of systematically eating his way through the Sumo Supreme Buffet in Shreveport.
Pancho’s Mexican Buffet enthusiast Michael Zuniga reflects on a lifetime spent raising the flag for more sopapillas.
In a recurring segment called “Ask a Dang Farmer,” we visit with Newt Lynn of Lynn Family Farms in Belcher.
Chris and Sara share their personal (and possibly worthless!) opinions on the local food and drink scene. Good stuff gets “stuffed” and the bad stuff gets “busted.”
Our goal is to produce a new podcast each month. Please like Stuffed & Busted on Facebook and, if you enjoyed the episode, please share it with your millions of followers on social media, in virtual worlds, Pokémon Go, etc. If you hated the episode, please keep that to yourself.
Stuffed & Busted is currently seeking advertisers. If, after hearing the first episode of this crazy podcast, you still want to promote your business to our listeners, you can do so for as little as $100 per episode. We promise that great fortunes will immediately be showered upon the businesses of our advertisers.* To request more information on sponsorship opportunities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (318) 272-1696 or message us via our Facebook page.
Storyteller Sarah Smith took the All Y’all stage in July 2016, during our live event entitled “I Fought the Law,” to share her personal account of trial by fire. The first case that Smith ever took to trial during her time as a public defender turned out to be a maelstrom of media coverage, protests and social media outrage.
Much of the public has only heard one side of this highly publicized story, which involved accusations of animal cruelty against a young black man from Shreveport. In this episode of the All Y’all podcast, we present another perspective on this controversial case.
All Y’all Live: “Haunted” Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12
The 10th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, check out the official event announcement. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Louisiana Association for the Blind thanks to the kindness of our season sponsors as well as special “Haunted” event sponsor Remington Suite Hotel & Spa.
Further Reading: Louisiana’s Public Defender Funding Crisis
The Sixth Amendment guarantees all Americans “the right to an attorney.” The idea is simple: if you find yourself in legal trouble and lacking the money to hire a lawyer, the state will hire one on your behalf. But…what happens when the state doesn’t have any money, either?
All Y’all isn’t a resource for “hard news” stories like Louisiana’s public defender funding crisis. But several local news outlets have filed stories about the situation, and the situation continues to draw national attention. We encourage the All Y’all community to get educated about this insane situation. Here are a few links that may be useful in doing so:
When we began All Y’all three years ago (!!!), our friends and community came out of the woodwork to support our events. As a small way to give back, we decided to donate the proceeds of one live storytelling event each year to an organization doing remarkable work in our local community.
In 2014, Chris and I experienced the highs of finding our All Y’all audience and the lows that come along with a family member who struggles with addiction. We were very lucky in that year to have our family benefit from the services of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, an organization who we felt did not receive enough recognition for the remarkable services they provide, often free of charge to people with no other hope. There was no question that CADA would be the recipient of our first annual gift.
In the audience that night were two of our friends, Patrick and Nancy Long, attending their first All Y’all live event. I first met Patrick through my day job at Moonbot Studios, where we collaborated on behind-the-scenes content for our films, apps and books. Patrick was a brilliant storyteller and one of my deepest regrets is that he won’t be able to share one of his incredible stories with our audience. This summer, he passed away after a brave battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which robbed him early on of his voice; but, thankfully, not of his sharp wit and profound advice.
Both Patrick and Nancy have been tremendous in their support of All Y’all since their attendance at our first fundraising event, so we asked them to help us name our annual award. We wanted a way to remember Patrick when he was gone and also the way he and Nancy made us feel invincible; that our work with All Y’all mattered in a big way. Because he couldn’t speak, Patrick texted me his thoughts:
I have been thinking. You are wise to think I wouldn’t want to call it the Trump Grant. Today’s thought.
translation: shreveportese for fixing to; about to; getting ready to.
Fixing = fidning
And so, thanks to him, our annual gift now has a name: The Fidnto Award. It is the perfect fit because each organization that receives the Fidnto Award really is fidnto do something great.
Save the date! The 10th All Y’all live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. The evening will feature six true tales of haunted spaces, otherworldly encounters and things that follow us. Confirmed storytellers to date include Cristal Wilcox,Clay Walker,Christopher Louis Wilson, Steven Abney, Phillip Bowman and Kathryn Usher. Admission is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to the Louisiana Association for the Blind in the form of All Y’alls annual Fidnto Award. There will be live musical interludes by Highland-based electronic musician Nate Treme and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are currently on sale.
If you have a great, true story that would fit the theme of “Haunted,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. Also, you can message us through our Facebook page and we’ll follow up as soon as we can!