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Storytelling Arts of Indiana programs in April

If you’re a fan of storytelling and are near Central Indiana, you won’t want to miss the Family History Project and Tales of East and West, both presented by the Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Anne Shimojima will present Hidden Memories: Family History Project at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center on Saturday, April 10 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Tickets are $30, or $25 for Indiana History Center members.

A search for old family photographs and historical documents led to an interview with a 91-year old aunt about the Japanese-American internment camps in World War II. This blossomed into a hard bound book of photos, digital slide shows, a DVD for each family member, and finally, a story for performance. Come and learn how you can preserve memories for your own family and give the gift of your family’s story.


Tales of East and West  is also presented by Anne Shimojima in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Betrayal and forgiveness. Generosity and sacrifice. Love won, lost and found. Travel the pathways of the human heart with folk tales centuries old and yet as timeless and current as the human race. Anne’s stories range from the hilarious to the sacred and remind us that to be human is to travel the most fascinating journey of all.

Finally, Tuesday, April 13 is Jabberwocky night, in collaboration with the Indy Fringe Theatre (719 E. St. Clair, Indianapolis). This month, some of Indianapolis’ finest lawyers in town will be talking about Worst Case Scenarios. I’ve had a chance to attend one of these after-work events, and they’re great fun. The story tellers will tell some great stories, followed by an open-mic session, plus food, and a cash bar. Tickets are $10, which also covers the food.

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