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“Relighting Old Flame With New Match” - a Six-Word Story Show on Love & Heartbreak

Monday, January 30th, 2012

By Larry Smith

“Following his blog instead of him.”
“Arranged marriage now sounding pretty good.”
“Hired me. Fired me. Married me.”
“Butterflies still kicking after 30 years.”
“She saw my scars and stayed.”
“I’m six words away from divorce.”

Whether you’re spending the evening with that special someone, taking a stand against a Hallmark holiday or looking to meet a like-minded story lover, come out for a night of SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Story Show on Love and Heartbreak.

Happy Hour: 6pm * Show: 7pm
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The evening starts with a Happy Hour at 6pm and ends with a ‘Six-Word Slam’ in which anyone in the audience can share six words on love, heartbreak, or any part of life.

A cast of star storytellers includes…

Rachel Shukert is a playwright, novelist and author, most recently of the bestselling memoir, Everything Is Going To Be Great. Her work has appeared Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and on NPR. Her play, Eight Days More, a Broadway tribute to Hanukkah, recently played the 92YTribeca.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, and a 2010 recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award. His short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Granta, and The New York Times.

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. He’s the author of three books, Rhythm Science, Sound Unbound, and The Book of Ice. His essays have appeared in Artforum, Aperture Magazine, The Wire Magazine, The Village Voice, and The Source.

Deborah Copaken Kogan is the author of Shutterbabe, the bestselling memoir of her years as a war photographer, the novel, Between Here and April, and Hell is Other Parents, a book of humorous essays. Her next novel, The Red Book, will be published in April.

Robin Gelfenbien is a writer and performer whose solo show, My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey, premiered at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. She has written jokes for Rosie O’Donnell and appeared on VH1 and in a commercial directed by Spike Lee. She’s also the creator of the storytelling series, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes.

Mark Lukach is a writer living in San Francisco with his wife and bulldog. He is working on a memoir. He recently wrote a lovely essay about love in The New York Times.

Shubha Bala works for a nonprofit investment firm in New York City after a career as a public radio producer at WNYC and MPR.

Tara O’Grady is a singer/songwriter who has been named one of Irish Voice’s Most Influential Women of 2010. Her debut album, Black Irish, is a collection of traditional Irish songs she arranged in her unique jazz and blues style.

Happy Hour: 6pm
Show: 7pm

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    [...] Relighting Old Flame with New Matches is the 2012 theme of Six-Word Story Show on Love & Heartbreak, the annual storytelling event from SMITH Magazine. The event happens at 92YTribeca in New York City on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 starting at 7 PM (happy hour at 6 PM). The evening concludes with “a ‘Six-Word Slam’ in which anyone in the audience can share a Six-Word Memoir.” Whether you’re spending the evening with that special someone, taking a stand against a Hallmark holiday or looking to meet a like-minded story lover, come out for a night of SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Story Show on Love and Heartbreak. The line-up of storytellers includes DJ Spooky, Rachel Shukert, Deborah Copagan Kogan, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Robin Gelfenbien, Mark Lukach, Shubha Bala, and singer Tara O’Grady, all of whom start with six words and then tell the true tale behind the mini-memoir. Following his blog instead of him. Arranged marriage now sounding pretty good. I blame it all on Mad Men. Hired me. Fired me. Married me… Butterflies still keeping after 30 years. I’m six words away from divorce. [...]

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