Austin’s thriving storytelling community (true, personal stories told live) supports FOUR unofficial SXSW storytelling events in FOUR days that don’t require a wristband. The events showcase the best of local authors and performers, along with out-of-town musicians and celebrities. These shows are (unofficial) SXSW specials, but they are typical of the vibrant and continually growing Austin Storytelling scene. Note: These shows are not family-friendly.
South By Bedpost - March 8th, 9-11pm, The Butterfly Bar, FREE
Bedpost Confessions, a monthly Austin performance of smart, sexy stories, are celebrating SXSWi by hosting a free storytelling event with people in town for SXSWi. The lineup is in place, come on over to listen, wonder, learn and experience the intimate side of SXSWi.
Fray Cafe 14 – March 9th, 7-10pm, The Red Eyed Fly, FREE
For fourteen years, Kevin Smokler has gathered SXSWi participants and Austin locals to share stories. Past tales have included marriage proposals, admissions of guilt, crimes committed, faces fallen flat upon and great triumphs of will. Just about the whole human experience. Come early to put your name in the hat to tell your own story or come to listen.
Latino USA - March 10, 5-6pm, KUT Studios, FREE
NPR’s Latino USA started in Austin and is coming home to visit. The Latino news, media and culture radio show’s live performance will include a unique Spanish/English storytelling segment, co-performed by two Austin Storytellers. This local performance will reach about a million listeners, when it is distributed later in the week via Latino USA’s broadcast and podcast.
The Story Department – March 11, 8-10pm, Home Slice Pizza, $10
Join The Story Department for an (unofficial) SXSW event, with the theme, Rules of the Road and Maurice Chammah of Mother Falcon as the emcee . SXSW musicians are the storytellers, including Kelly Pratt of Arcade Fire and Thor Harris from The Swans. The Story Department is also a monthly storytelling performance that raises money for Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit that teaches writing to kids.