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Storoytelling Festival Has Star Lineup

By Mary Norquist

The 2015 San Miguel International Storytelling Festival kicks off on October 14th with Spanish Workshop student performances followed by two days of storytellers competing for prizes and the opportunity to perform in the Festival Showcase on October 17th. The line-up of competitors not only includes the best storytellers in San Miguel de Allende, but also people coming from around the world, for example, Terry Dale Parks. Parks Terry is an actor who resides in California and is flying in for this competition. “Well, I’ve been in over 50 films and television shows. I’m just about to start shooting on the film LBJ directed by Rob Reiner. I’ll also be working this month on the film Extinction Event in Mississippi.”

Workshop Performance
Wed, Oct 14, 7pm
150 pesos

Competition Performances
Oct 15 and Oct 16, 10-4pm
150 pesos per day
Student Performance Español
Sat, Oct 17, 2pm

Free Gratis
Festival Showcase and Reception
Sat, Oct 17, 7pm
250 pesos*
*Includes wine, music by the High Desert Rangers, and the Festival Showcase Performances
All events are at the Bellas Artes Auditorium
Tickets available at La Conexión at Aldalma 3 and behind Café Monet on Zacateros

Among the other performers are River Huston, who has performed and lectured extensively and has received numerous prestigious awards. She says, “For the last 25 years I’ve been speaking at colleges, conferences, performing stand-up and one-woman show all over the country, and internationally I have spoken to groups as diverse as 40,000 scientists at a conference in Switzerland to little old ladies at a rural Lutheran church in New Jersey.”

Madafo is a storyteller and musician. His stories speak from an African experience and are told in the tradition of the “Griots”—those individuals responsible for keeping the history, traditions, principles, and values of the people, alive and vibrant. “It is my mission to present the art forms of storytelling and music as viable teaching tools for the enhancement of human development mentally, physically, and spiritually.”

Bahar Anooshahr is a storyteller with a positive worldview and, wanderlust. She is passionate about life, love, and music. Her spontaneous nature welcomes adventure. In our hyphenated world, she would be considered Iranian-American. She is currently working on translating a book from Farsi to English about her ancestry from Farsi to English.

Ravi Nathwani was born in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition, in which Hindu rituals were integrated into daily life from a very young age. He has become a modern-day messenger of a variety of Vedic studies through his lectures and workshops. Since 1998, Ravi has been teaching at Tufts University. He also teaches Wisdom Yoga and Buddhist meditation at JFK University in California. In the Bay Area, Ravi leads satsangs and meditation groups and teaches the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita in Yoga teacher trainings.

Rounding out our star performers are Carol Merchason, one of last year’s winners, who will perform and MC the Showcase performance; Bea Aaronson, a well-known artist and lecturer here in San Miguel; and several other winning performers from the 2014 Festival as well as, Drae Campbell, the winner of last year’s festival.

*Wine and music by the High Desert Rangers are included with the Festival Showcase Performances. All events are at the Bellas Artes Auditorium. Tickets available at La Conexión at Aldalma 3 and behind Café Monet on Zacateros.


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