Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Story Collider: Game Theory, March 16 at 8 pm.

What is your experience of science? Every month, The Story Collider invites six people to come on stage and tell a true, personal story that answers that question. Some are scientists, most are not.

On March 16, we explore “Game Theory”. The games we win, and the ones we lose; the games we know we’re playing, and those we don’t; the games we design, and those that emerge.

Stories by:

Kevin Allison, storytelling coach
Seth Bisen-Hersh, musical theatre composer and lyricist
Jeff Crouse, artist, programmer
Nick Fortugno, game designer, artist, and teacher.
Heather Sparks, science and culture writer
Hanuman Welch, writer, performer and storyteller.

Kevin Allison is a member of the TV sketch comedy group The State, best known for its series on MTV in the 90s. He is the creator and host of the show RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public. RISK! has ongoing live shows in New York and Los Angeles and is a popular audio podcast on iTunes. It can be found at

Seth Bisen-Hersh is a prolific, versatile composer/ lyricist and performer. His musicals include What If…?, Love Quirks: a song cycle of unconventional devotion (Don’t Tell Mama), Stanley’s Party (Manhattan Children’s Theatre), More to Love, The Spickner Spin (FringeNYC Audience Favorite Award) and Meaningless Sex (FringeNYC Audience Favorite Award). He also produces 2 annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers: Broadway Meows, Broadway Can! Finally, he has recently created a web series about his dating woes as a single, straight musical theatre guy.

Jeff Crouse’s work playfully comments on the role of technology in our lives. His work takes many forms, including software, web applications, installations, games, and video – mostly as satire and parody. He is currently a freelance programmer and teaches in the Parsons Design and Technology program.

Nick Fortugno is a game designer of digital and real-world games, and a founder of Playmatics, a NYC game development company. Fortugno has been a designer, writer, and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life. Nick teaches game design and interactive narrative design at Parsons The New School of Design. Nick is also a co-founder of the annual Come Out and Play street games festival, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003.

Heather Sparks writes about science and culture for a variety of fun and not-so-fun forums including Wired, Seed, BoingBoing, as well as pharmaceutical advertising. She’s currently work shopping a stand-up comedy routine and writing a play about drugs.

Hanuman Welch is a writer, performer, and story teller. He has studied improv and story telling at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater here in New York. He can be seen performing with the backline story telling team, Mimsy, every month at the Pacific Standard in downtown Brooklyn. He enjoys Madmen fan fiction, Ethiopian food, and incorrectly referring to every neighborhood below 14th st as the Lower East Side.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Standard Issues storytelling February 22 at 8 pm.

Standard Issues presents Birthdays! Tales of realizing your mortality is creeping up to take you in the night. Or lovely surprise parties.

We have an all star cast for this live recording of the PODCAST! And they are:

Lara Blackwood Avery (the furthest from death)

Margot Leitman (born yesterday)

Michelle Carlo (they even have birthdays in the Bronx)

Ophira Eisenberg (but not in Canada. Its a poor nation)

Jeff Simmermon (test tube baby, so more vacuum pressed than born)

Steve Zimmer (parents still deny it ever happened)

& your host, Brad Lawrence (always wearing his birthday suit)

This show is free and you will be able to hear your own peals of laughter on the interwebs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chin Music March 3 at 7 pm.

Chin Music
The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard
Featuring Joshua Beckman, Eric Gamalinda, & Sara Femenella

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Please join us for our upcoming Chin Music reading featuring three fine poets: Joshua Beckman, Eric Gamalinda, and Sara Femenella. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller.


Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of seven books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

Eric Gamalinda has published two books of poetry in the U.S., one of which, Zero Gravity, won the Alice James Books New York/New England Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. He was born and raised in the Philippines, where he published numerous books of fiction and a collection of poetry and was awarded the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for a novel. In 2009, he was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. A book of short stories, People Are Strange, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in fall 2011. He is also a playwright and experimental filmmaker; his three-act play, Resurrection, was staged off-Broadway in New York in 2010, and he has received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards. He was publications director of the Asian American Writers Workshop until 1997, Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawaii in Manoa in 1999, and Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asia Pacific American Studies Program in 2002-03. He currently works for the New York Philharmonic and teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

Sara Femenella's work had been published or is forthcoming in The Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Dossier, The Normal School and The Saint Ann's Review. She received her MFA from Columbia University and works at Poets & Writers Magazine.