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- LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show! Chicago Moth StorySLAMs now join weekly StorySLAM events in New York and twice a month StorySLAMs in Los Angeles. THE MOTH-- hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal -- is an acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to the art of oral storytelling. It was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, when moths would attract to the light on the porch where he and his small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales. The first Moth event was held in George's East Village living room and the story events quickly spread to larger venues throughout Manhattan. At The Moth, people from all walks tell real stories from their lives with no notes, and every show in The Moth's history has sold out - most within 48 hours. In 2006-2007, The Moth produced a successful 10 city national tour. In 2008, The Moth podcast was launched and spent one month at number one on all of iTunes. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs - The Moth Mainstage, The Moth StorySLAMs, The MothSHOP Community Program (which brings storytelling workshops free of charge to underserved populations), The Moth on the Road, MothSHOP Corporate, and the annual Moth Ball - and has brought more than 3,000 stories told by people from all walks of life - from Moby, Sam Shepard, Ethan Hawke, and Lili Taylor to a firefighter, pickpocket, and a hot dog-eating champion to millions of listeners the world over. A series of five Moth Radio Hours can now be heard on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.
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