Tagged: 2015

Brush With Fame: Brandon Oldenburg, “Michael and Me”

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Storyteller Brandon Oldenburg shares his story at All Y’all Live: “Brush With Fame” in 2015.

As an 8-year-old boy, Brandon Oldenburg was a sponge soaking up all kinds of pop culture. Like just about everyone else on the Planet Earth in 1984, he and his brother were particularly fascinated by Michael Jackson – so much so that they produced their own “Beat It” video. Decades later, Oldenburg would cross paths with the King of Pop at a major turning point in both of their lives.

Brandon Oldenburg is no stranger to the spotlight. A founding partner at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2012 for his work on the film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. In addition to his great story, this podcast also includes an interview with Oldenburg about growing up with a uniquely creative dad.

New Details Regarding All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy,” March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. Tickets are on-sale and we’re announcing new event details daily in the Facebook event.

Storytellers for the “Momma”-themed event on March 11 include Kathy Melancon, Angela Doe, Lido Villaseñor and more. Storytellers for the “Daddy”-themed event on March 12 include Will McGrew, Laura Crawford, Daniel Ukpabi, Luke McClung, Michael Chisum and more. There will be live musical interludes, vegetarian snacks at intermission prepared by Libby Patterson Smith of gogreenly and a cash bar serving wine and Great Raft Brewing products.

Special support for All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” is being provided by John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

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Ladies Night: Maya Lau, “Technical Skills”

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All Y’all storyteller Maya Lau shares her story at “Ladies Night” in March 2015.

Sometimes the job that you’re assigned to do just isn’t the job that you end up doing.

When journalist Maya Lau was 24 years old, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, envisioning herself taking a hands-on role in improving the lives of others through – as the Peace Corps puts it – “imparting technical expertise abroad.” But, once she arrived in Senegal, language barriers and other difficulties kept Maya from realizing her idealized notion of global citizenship. In “Technical Skills,” a story from the March 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Ladies Night,” Maya tells how she impacted the lives of local women in a way that she’d never expected.

This story contains adult subject matter and listener discretion is advised.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming to East Bank Theatre, March 11-12

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. You can also reach us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsorHoliday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored byMaccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well asShreveportFlag.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

Brush With Fame: Wesley Hall Parker, “How I Wrapped Presents with Annie Leibovitz and We Became Buddies”

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“Brush With Fame” storyteller Wesley Hall Parker takes the stage at Shreveport Little Theatre in June 2015.

We’ve all had our “low points” on the job, moments when we were caught unprepared or off guard and we let our employers – and ourselves – down. Storyteller Wesley Hall Parker, who shared a story during the June 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Brush With Fame,” experienced a Christmas Eve workplace crash-and-burn of epic proportions while working as a gift wrapper at San Francisco’s Green Apple Books. As the title of her story implies, her workplace meltdown included some celebrity cameos.

For this episode, we reached out to Dr. Lisa Nicoletti, professor of art history and visual studies at Centenary College of Louisiana, who provided a bit of cultural context for the story.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about.

Please Support These All Y’all Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as RealShreveport.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

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OMG: Stephen Price, “More Time”

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Storyteller Stephen Price shares his story at All Y’all Live: “OMG” in August 2015.

To hear someone say that they believe in life after death is one thing. To hear someone say that they have experienced life after death is another matter entirely. Stephen Price, who shared his vivid recollections of the afterlife at our August 2015 live storytelling event “O.M.G.,” reminded us just how fragile our lives really are.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about.

Please Support These All Y’all Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned, Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as RealShreveport.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (makers of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

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Ladies Night: Eman Bader, “Best Hair”

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All Y’all storyteller Eman Bader tells her story during “Ladies Night,” a showcase of women storytellers held at the Woman’s Department Club in Shreveport.

When Eman Bader stepped onto the stage of the Woman’s Department Club in Shreveport to share her story during “All Y’all Live: Ladies Night” on March 14, 2015, we – Sara and I, co-organizers of the event – were holding our breath a little bit. This was a story that we wanted to see succeed.

During the weeks leading up to an All Y’all event, we meet with storytellers to help them fine-tune their stories and develop the confidence needed to face the crowd. We’d met with Eman several times, and, even in the days immediately leading up to the event, she seemed intimidated and more than a little nervous. When she walked out onto the stage, however, all of that changed. Our audience heard first-hand what it was like to grow up as a devout Muslim woman in the Deep South in Eman’s candid, touching and outrageously funny story, “Best Hair.”

Tickets now on sale for “All Y’all Live: OMG”
Tickets are now on sale for our next live storytelling event, “OMG,” which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 28 at Sainte Terre (purchase tickets here). “OMG” will include six stories of personal encounters with faith, finding and losing God, and eye-opening encounters with the incomprehensible. We’ll have a cash bar, live music by Grammy-nominated bluesman Buddy Flett, and more. All net proceeds from “OMG” will benefit Renzi Education and Art Center. To keep up with important “OMG” event updates, please RSVP to the Facebook event.

“All Y’all Live: OMG” event sponsors include Sainte Terre, John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and Sandys Dance Center.

A message from our sponsors

The 2015 season of All Y’all podcast episodes and live events is presented by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. If you enjoy bowling or just want to say “Thanks” to Holiday Lanes for making this podcast possible, please “Like” them on Facebook. Our newest live event and podcast sponsor is Maccentric, a locally owned, Apple-authorized service and training provider for all things Mac. If you’ve got an iPhone, a Macbook, an iPad or any Mac device that requires service, please consider working with this awesome local company.

Podcast sponsors for the 2015 season of All Y’all are the good folks at Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Co., which happen to be two of our favorite local eateries – thank you, Rhino and Twisted Root!

Ladies Night: Annie Mills, “The Last Time I Played Bridge”

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Annie Mills tells her story, “The Last Time I Played Bridge,” at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport on March 14, 2015.

In the weeks leading up to an All Y’all live storytelling event, Sara and I spend countless hours with our storytellers. Nearly every night, we gather for dinners, scramble to impromptu cocktail hours, meet up at Rhino Coffee and huddle together, doing our best to assist these brave storytellers who’ve agreed to tell their tales live onstage. A bond of friendship forms, quickly, in those hot fires. In the weeks following a live event, we’ll occasionally just really, deeply miss one of our storytellers.

We’ve been missing Annie Mills, whose story, “The Last Time I Played Bridge,” is a hilarious, action-packed recollection of what may be the worst first date we’ve ever heard of. Annie’s story, which was recorded live at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport, reminded us that, in life and in love, it’s always a roll of the dice. Sometimes you sail into the sunset, and sometimes you crash into a reef and get eaten by sharks – but you’ve gotta get in the boat. Or the plane, in this case.

Tickets now on sale for All Y’all: Brush With Fame
Tickets are now on sale for “Brush with Fame,” which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Shreveport Little Theatre (purchase tickets here). Brush With Fame will include stories of regular people who’ve had close encounters with larger-than-life figures. We’ll have a cash bar provided by Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shop (with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.!), six great storytellers and – for the first time ever – an official All Y’all drinking game. Yep.

Have you had a shot at the big time? Or, have you had a celebrity encounter? If so, All Y’all would love to hear your story! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and tell us how it went down.

A message from our sponsors
All Y’all: Brush With Fame is made possible in part by the kindness of the folks at Shreveport Little Theatre. Please “Like” their Facebook page, and consider seeing one of their upcoming live performances.

The 2015 season of All Y’all podcast episodes and live events is presented by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Through their sponsorship, All Y’all has been able to secure event venues, compensate our production team and pay musicians for their work. If you enjoy bowling or just want to say “Thanks” to Holiday Lanes for making this podcast possible, please “Like” them on Facebook.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 season of All Y’all are the good folks at Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Co., which happen to be two of our favorite local eateries – thank you, Rhino and Twisted Root!

If you enjoyed this episode, please “Like” All Y’all on Facebook. 

Ladies Night: Shannan Hicks, “Lenny Kravitz is Downstairs”

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Shannan Hicks takes the stage at “Ladies Night” on Saturday, March 14.

On Saturday, March 14, we hosted our fourth All Y’all live storytelling event, “Ladies Night,” at the beautiful and historic Woman’s Department Club in Shreveport. It was a night of firsts for All Y’all: our first event with a title sponsor (thank you, Holiday Lanes), our first event with a cash bar that didn’t suck (thank you Southern Fork Catering)…and our first-ever wild card storyteller, Shannan Hicks.

The idea behind the wild card storyteller is simple: prior to intermission, audience members who’d be interested in telling a story with little to no warning toss their names into a hat. At the end of intermission, a name is drawn. That person tells a 10-minute story on the night’s theme (in this case, womanhood) with all of 30 seconds to prepare. To place this in context: most of our storytellers have three to five weeks to prepare. Shannan had 30 seconds.

The story she told couldn’t have been a more perfect lead-in to our next live storytelling event. Tickets are now on sale for “Brush with Fame,” which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Shreveport Little Theatre (purchase tickets here). This evening of stories will focus on regular people who’ve had run-ins with larger-than-life figures, household names and pop culture icons. Shannan’s story – of sharing a continental breakfast with a sex symbol of the 90s – is more than a brush…it’s a bagel with fame.

Have you met a celebrity? If so, All Y’all would love to hear your story! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and tell us how it went down.

A message from our sponsors
The 2015 season of All Y’all podcast episodes and live events is presented by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Through their sponsorship, All Y’all has been able to secure event venues, compensate our production team and pay musicians for their work. If you enjoy bowling or just want to say “Thanks” to Holiday Lanes for making this podcast possible, please “Like” them on Facebook.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 season of All Y’all are the good folks at Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Co., which happen to be two of our favorite local eateries – thank you, Rhino and Twisted Root!

If you enjoyed this episode, please “Like” All Y’all on Facebook. 

 

All Y’all Live – OMG – August 28, 2015 – 7PM

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The sixth All Y’all live storytelling event, “OMG,” will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 in the chapel at Sainte Terre located at 190 Nickel Lane in Benton, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Shreveport. A cash bar will be provided. Food options are in the works. Live music will be performed by confirmed bluesman Buddy Flett beginning at 6:30 p.m. and at intermission.

“OMG” will feature stories of personal encounters with faith, finding and losing God, and eye-opening encounters with the incomprehensible.

Pre-sales for All Y’all Live: OMG are now closed. We will have approximately 20 tickets available for sale at Sainte Terre, beginning at 6:30PM.

The evening will feature true stories told live and without notes. All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

“OMG,” and every live All Y’all event and podcast in 2015, is presented by title sponsor Holiday Lanes. Additional live event sponsors for “OMG” are Maccentric, John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center. Additional support for “OMG” is being provided by Sainte Terre. All proceeds from this special fundraiser edition of All Y’all will be donated to The Renzi Education and Art Center.

All Y’all Live – Brush With Fame – June 6, 2015 – 7PM

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The fifth All Y’all live storytelling event, “Brush with Fame,” will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at The Shreveport Little Theatre. “Brush with Fame,” and every live All Y’all event and podcast in 2015, is presented by title sponsor Holiday Lanes. The Shreveport Little Theatre is located at 812 Margaret Place in Shreveport.

Join storytellers and All Y’all fans for a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the theater. There will be a special round of celebrity bingo, with prizes from Sweet Tee Shreveport. A cash bar will be provided through intermission by Wine Country Bistro.

“Brush with Fame” will feature stories of chance encounters, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and larger-than-life individuals – all told, appropriately, in 15-minute intervals. Additional support for “Brush with Fame” is being provided by the good folks at The Shreveport Little Theatre.

Tickets are $10 each and advance ticket purchase is recommended. The program is expected to run two hours and an intermission is scheduled. Tickets may be purchased now at: www.allyallblog.com/tickets

The evening will feature true stories told live and without notes. All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

All Y’all Live – Ladies Night – March 14, 2015 – 7:00 PM

The fourth All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Ladies Night,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the beautiful and historic Women’s Department Club theater. The Women’s Department Club is located at 802 Margaret Place in Shreveport. March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and all stories told during this installment of All Y’all Live will be told by or about women. Tickets are $10 each and advance ticket purchase is recommended. The program is expected to run two hours and a brief intermission is scheduled.

Parking is located across the street on Margaret Place or at the nearby Spine Institute on Line Avenue.

The evening will feature true stories, told live and without notes, from the lives and adventures of unforgettable women. Please note that, due to the intensely personal nature of the evening, some strong language and adult references may be used.