Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Story Collider July 19 at 8 pm.

Gadgets, gizmos, doodads - we're surrounded by them and immersed in them. They connect us across the world and separate us in the same room, show us new forests and hide the trees, fix our hearts and raise our cholesterol. We invent them, but they reinvent us.

Join us 8pm, July 19th at Pacific Standard for six stories of technology.

Stories by:
Justin D'Ambrosio, Theater tech
Nicole Ferraro, Writer and editor
Amy Klein, Journalist, editor of Brain World
Sara Peters, Tech writer and editor
"B", Writer and creator of STFU, Parents
David Smithyman, Comedian

About The Story Collider:
From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since 8th grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.


Justin D'Ambrosio is the head technical director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as a writer and actor. Most recently, he's performed as a Gryffindor wizard in The Hogwarts Improv Society and as "Justin the tech guy who gets a lot of pussy" in Pangea 3000 Presents Pangea 3000 Performs a Show. He is also both of those things in real life.

Nicole Ferraro is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her creative non-fiction essays have appeared in The New York Times, Our Town, New York Press, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and The Frisky. As a self-proclaimed socially anxious weirdo, she typically performs only for her bathroom mirror but has on occasion emerged from her basement apartment to tell her stories at Cornelia Street Cafe, Happy Ending Lounge, and Telephone Bar. By day she is the executive editor of InternetEvolution.com, where she writes a column about the future of the Internet.

Amy Klein has jumped out of a plane, toured Ukraine and busted a cult in Costa Rica -- all for a story. She's been published in The New York Times' Modern Love, ("Looking for a Blessing to Marry" and "My Very Own Cyberstalker"), The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, BBC.com and Hustler (her article, not her pinup) and a number of anthologies. Although she is a Moth Storyslam winner, she is more comfortable behind the computer screen, but is trying to live by the motto "Life Begins at Where Your Comfort Zone Ends."

Originally from New Jersey, Sara Peters now lives in Sunnyside, Queens with her charming, maddening husband. A tech writer whose work focuses on IT security, she is currently editor-in-chief of a Web publication for IT professionals. Sara is also a storyteller and actor. Onstage she's played a Texan housewife, an Oklahoman spinster, an Irish housekeeper, and an English android. She's been a rower, a ballerina, a track runner, a Hula Hoop instructor, and is an occasional and very poor surfer. Her favorite television show is Naruto, which is a Japanese cartoon about a teenage ninja.

STFU, Parents is a submission-based blog that mocks parent overshare on social networking sites. It was created in March 2009 by a lady named B. and is an entertainment destination for thousands of daily readers. It was listed as one of "7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time on Right Now" by The Huffington Post and has been featured on Salon, MSNBC, The New York Post, The Hairpin and The Guardian. The site serves as a guide for parents on what not to post about their kids as well as a forum for non-parents to vent about their TMI-related frustrations.

Failing to ever fulfill his true potential as an Australian child actor, David Smithyman now lives in Williamsburg and co-hosts and co-produces his own monthly comedy show, We're Nice People, in the Lower East Side (now in it's second year), as well as a monthly variety show in Queens, a fortnightly trivia night in Brooklyn, and an Xbox marathon in his apartment every night of the week. He divides his time between writing jokes, petting animals, and teaching stand-up comedy to teenagers at Gotham Comedy Club.

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