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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.

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 – 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.