Milwaukee Storytellers Battle Onstage
The Moth’s GrandSLAM Championship provides great stories ranked by the judges at Turner Hall.
The Moth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling. It was launched in New York City in 1997 by poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green and received a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. Moth shows each have their own theme which the storytellers are asked to explore, creating shows that span a wide range of human experience and emotion. Through a variety of programs, from Moth Mainstage shows to High School StorySLAMs, Corporate Programs and much more, the Moth has presented more than 3,000 live stories told without notes or scripts to standing-room-only crowds across the globe.
Each true story and authentic voice contributes to this intimate and unique experience that falls somewhere between documentary and theater. “Audiences will be mesmerized. There is nothing more raw, primal or universal than a really good story” said Sarah Haberman, The Moth executive director and Milwaukee native.
This week’s other arts offerings:
Next Act Theatre presents Race, David Mamet’s controversial play that examines one of the most complex socio-political issues in America, Jan. 30 – Feb. 23. Tickets range from $12.50-$35, available online or call (414) 278-0765.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music: Philomusica Quartet Concert Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $35 for premium reserved seating and $15 for students with ID at the door, available online or call (414) 276-5760.
Frankly Music: Its Wisconsin Lutheran Concert Series this time presents Britten and Messiaen on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College. Tickets are $39, $10 for students, available online or call (414) 443-8802.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Progressions January Jubilee Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Admission is free.
Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) “Music Under Glass” series presents Visit a Galaxy Far, Far Away featuring music from Sigmund Snopek & David Woods 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $6.50, $5 for seniors/students.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein – “On the Town” plus works by Lukas Foss and Samuel Barber Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22-$102, available online or call (414) 291-7605.
UWM’s Peck School of the Arts presents Sight Readings, Wild Space Dance Company’s site specific performance at INOVA Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 with performances at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, available online or call (414) 229-4308.
Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University Campus presents A Culture of Evil exhibition through Mar. 9. Admission to the gallery is free.
Soulstice Theater Company: God, through Feb. 8
Sunset Playhouse: Murder on the Nile, through Feb. 9
First Stage: The Cat in the Hat, through Mar. 2