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I Just Work Here: Winston Hall, “Look at All of the Little Black Dots”

Storyteller Winston Hall shares his story onstage at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Careers are tricky things. Sometimes, you pursue one career only to wind up in another line of work. Other times, a career sort of finds you – you take a job to make ends meet and, years later, you realize it’s become more than a job. And then, sometimes, you tell the owner of the China Garden Buffet in San Angelo, Texas that you’re a professional piano player (even though you only know a few songs) and – next thing you know – you’re tickling the ivories.

Wrong Note Right
If you enjoyed Winston’s All Y’all story, you may be interested in seeing his one-man show, Wrong Note Right: The Story of An Accidental Piano Man, live onstage at the Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre, Aug. 18-20, 2017. Tickets are $20 each and are available now. Grab tickets here or RSVP to the official Facebook event for Wrong Note Right.

All Y’all Live: The Skin I’m In Tickets Now Available
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, The Skin I’m In. All Y’all is looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for The Skin I’m In, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message. If you’d like to join us for The Skin I’m In, purchase tickets here.

Thank You, Sponsors
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off.

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Episode 5: Jon Mackey, “Plus ça Cheng’s”

A photo of Jon Mackey
Storyteller Jon Mackey has an encounter with the mascot of the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks while wearing the greatest t-shirt ever.

Jon Mackey is a naturally charismatic guy. Whenever I cross paths with Jon, he’s either returning from some thrilling adventure or planning his next personal or professional move. The world just seems like a more interesting place when he’s around. So, when we were organizing the first All Y’all live storytelling event, “New ‘Round Here,” Sara and I knew that we had to ask Jon to contribute a story. He came through in grand form with this hilarious, occasionally unsettling tale of life as a server at a Chinese buffet called Cheng’s Garden and what may be the most uncomfortable job interview of all time.

“When I asked Jon if he had a story, he came into my office and re-enacted the job interview,” Sara told me, just now. And what a job interview it was.

As this post goes live, we are in the early planning stages of our third live event, “Under the Influence.” We expect this night of storytelling – which will feature tales of substance use and abuse, recovery, influence, powerlessness and control regained – to take place in September 2014. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwestern Louisiana. We’ll post more details of the event as soon as we have them.

Thanks for reading and listening!

-Chris Jay