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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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Under the Influence: John Durbin, “From the Ground Up”

Storyteller John Durbin, as a skateboarding teen Texas. Photo courtesy of John.
Storyteller John Durbin, as a skateboarding teen Texas. Photo courtesy of John.

I can’t remember the last time that I made a New Year’s resolution, but I imagine that it had to do with something trivial. Maybe I resolved to lose a few pounds, to spend more time reading or to save more money. The bar is usually set pretty low for me when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. But other kinds of resolutions – the promises that you make to yourself in the middle of the night, the real, quiet struggles that few others know about – those are the tough ones.

John Durbin’s story, “From the Ground Up,” involves the highest of stakes. John is an animator at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La. He makes a passing reference to “holding an Oscar” in this story – that is a reference to the fact that the studio’s first short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, won the Academy Award in 2012.

John’s story was recorded at our September 2014 live storytelling event, “All Y’all: Under the Influence.” His tale is one of overcoming not only drug addiction but also the cumulative weight of one’s mistake-ridden past. It is a funny, heartbreaking and inspiring story of one young man pulling his life out of a complete downward spiral.

Sara and I would also like to take this opportunity to say thanks to John and Nicole Durbin. John has volunteered his time as a sound engineer at All Y’all events and Nicole has helped with everything up to and including tearing tickets. We couldn’t have done “All Y’all: Under the Influence” – which was an extremely challenging event, for many reasons – without them.

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