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So Say We All at Millennial Pink on Friday 8/18!

General: $8 / Members: $5
Event admission includes access to Millennial Pink exhibition.

So Say We All presents an evening of storytelling at San Diego Art Institute on Friday, August 18th as part of the Millennial Pink exhibit. Join us for stories of identity, queerness, sex, and reclamation: true personal narratives from San Diegans. All ages, though some stories contain mature language and themes.

So Say We All at Millennial Pink at SDAI

Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory. As the millennial generation readily embraces the concept of non-binary gender identity and sexual fluidity, the aesthetic tropes of gendered colors, materials, and processes in art are slowly being dismantled and/or reclaimed as gender-neutral practices.

Performers include:

Yvonne Schmeltz is queer and a lot of other things including but not limited to fat, fluid, and living. Yvonne was hatched in the small state of Indiana in the United States. After 22 years of being surrounded by cornfields, cemeteries, and schizophrenics; they moved to San Diego, California. Yvonne has been writing ever since she can remember. Published in CityWorks, the San Diego City College Literary Journal, past performer of So Say We All, and currently working on an M.A. in English at UC Irvine, Yvonne is interested in writing as a way to mental health and social justice.

Joe Fejeran:Born and raised on the island of Guam, Joe Fejeran is a writer/podcaster living in San Diego. Themes that interest him are sexuality, visibility, representation, and identity. You can subscribe to his podcasts, the Untitled Friendship Project and FRIGHT SCHOOL, on iTunes or SoundCloud.

 

Frank DiPalermo: “I am queer. First I accepted that fact. Then I embraced it. Then I fell in love with it. Everything I’ve ever written or ever will write is a celebration of my queer self in some way.”

 

 

Hunter Gatewood is a proud Obecian who writes essays and short stories and nearly-done novels. His writing group informed him recently that all his work is about identity and place. His favorite things include drink tickets, cliffs both geographic and existential, and passion fruit from his neighbor’s vine. If that last thing sounds dirty, it’s not. He is finally getting out more to see live music.

Sage Foley came to San Diego from her native Boston by way of the US Navy where she served five years as a surgical tech. She is pursuing her BA in creative writing at SDSU, misses the woods, and will probably sleep with your girlfriend.

 

Adrian Downing-Espinal is an alcohol and drug counselor by day, and queer activist, well all the time. Adrian is involved with various movements in San Diego and especially interested in bringing visibility and voice to queer women’s issues and youth, and practicing solidarity with others. Adrian is originally from New York but a San Diegan by choice and a “Future Lesbian of America” by destiny.

Tickets available at the door and include access to the entire exhibit. For more ticket information, visit San Diego Art Institute’s website: http://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming/sswa-mp


 

 


So Say We All is a literary nonprofit based in San Diego committed to helping people tell their stories. For more details or to become a sustaining member, visit www.sosayweallonline.com/membership

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go is Thursday 12/29!

Our holiday show! Naughty elves! Lost traditions! Grandmas! Come say good riddance to 2016 with us, and let’s share some stories.

The holidays mean we go home, or maybe we’re the home everyone comes to. Or maybe there’s no home, nobody to come. Sometimes there’s joy. Sometimes there’s loneliness. Sometimes there’s drunk uncles. And sometimes we wonder if we were raised by wolves (dressed in grandmother clothing).

Featuring:
Krisa Bruemmer
Jennifer Campos
Jennifer Coburn
Jessica Friis
Hunter Gatewood
Heidi Handelsman
Justin Hudnall

Produced by Jessica Ripper and Lauren Cusitello.

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go
Thursday, December 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/become-a-member/

Announcing our 2017 VAMP Themes!

Dear 2017, we might not be ready for you, but here you are anyway. And here are some themes for our monthly VAMP storytelling showcases to help us survive the year (somehow). Tell your stories. Send them to us.

JANUARY – Law and Disorder
show: January 26th 2017
(submission deadline: 1/1/17)

FEBRUARY – Dirty Talk: Swipe Left
show date: February 23rd, 2017
(submission deadline: 1/29/17)

MARCH – Lost In Translation
show date: March 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 3/5/17)

APRIL – Putting the Fun in Funeral
show date: April 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 4/2/17)

MAY – Almost Famous
show date: May 25th, 2017
(submission deadline: 5/7/17)

JUNE – Living With Sin
show date: June 29th, 2017
(submission deadline: 6/4/17)

JULY – After the Disaster
show date: July 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 7/2/17)

AUGUST – Happy Meals
show date: August 31st, 2017
(submission deadline: 8/6/17)

SEPTEMBER – Roommates
show date: September 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 9/3/17)

OCTOBER – Teeth!
show date: October 26th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/1/17)

NOVEMBER – Ride Overshare
show date: November 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/29/17)

DECEMBER – Roots
show date: December 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 12/3/17)

Send us your stories. We want to hear from you.

For submission guidelines and other tips and stuff, read our submissions page, and click on the blue SUBMIT button.


If you like what we do at So Say We All and want us to keep doing more of it, please support our winter fundraiser here: https://fundrazr.com/b1BZO3?ref=ab_44m6s5

Or consider coming a sustaining member for as little as $5 per month: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

VAMP: When I’m Sixty-Four is Thursday, 9/29

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is this Thursday, September 29th, at 8:30 PM at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.

Aging, relationships, stupidly catchy songs, you name it. Will we be happier when we’re old or will we just keep getting sadder? Come for some stories about the things that happen as we get older, the things that happen to those around us as they get older, and the inevitability of the passage of time.

Featuring:
Amen Ra
Audrey Breay
Chris Onderdonk
Eber Lambert
Frank DiPalermo
Michelle Kerouac
Nancy Cary

Produced by Nichole MacDonald and Eber Lambert.

VAMP: When I’m Sixty-Four
Thursday, September 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com

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If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/become-a-member/

Submissions due 10/2 for VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet!

Send us your work! We want to hear your stories, and we want to see you on our stage.

Submissions for our October VAMP are due this upcoming Sunday night, 10/2, at midnight. The showcase will be Thursday, October 27th at Whistle Stop Bar. The theme? “Skeletons in the Closet.” We hope you have fun with this one.

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet

What do monsters and our darkest, messiest secrets have in common? They’re hiding away in the closet, tucked beneath the bed, balancing trapeze-style from the rafters and why doesn’t the protagonist ever think to look up?

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet is a showcase of stories about the things we tuck away, the things we only think about in the thick of night, when nobody is watching, when nobody is around to help. Or maybe you actually did once find some bones hanging up behind your winter coats.

Send us your work!

For submission guidelines and a link to our submissions portal: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

Please read our submission guidelines! But if you know the drill, to go straight to our Submittable site, click this pretty little button:
Submit button

 

VAMP: Token is Thursday, August 25th

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is coming up in less than two weeks! Join us at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park for VAMP: Token on Thursday, August 25th at 8:30 PM.

Sometimes we feel special, unique, and important when we are different from the masses. Sometimes it makes us feel lonely. Sometimes it makes us feel oppressed. Sometimes we are, quite literally, oppressed. And sometimes we seem to be exactly like everyone else but still don’t know how to fit in. Sometimes we feel like we’re just being brought along to be the token [(the list is endless)].

Tokens, in the literal sense, are symbols, representatives, and gestures. Come hear some stories about symbols — people or things. Come hear some stories about being the only one, for better or for worse.

Featuring:
Alejandra Lucero Canaan
Alix Sharp
Emma Lee Whitworth
Jahleh Ghanbari
Jennifer Boots
Lizz Huerta
Michael Billingsley

Produced by Nadia Mandliawi and Trissy McGhee

VAMP: Token
Thursday, August 25th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com


If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/become-a-member/

Animal lovers, unite. VAMP is June 30th!

Do you love animals? And do you love stories? We have the purrfect show for you. VAMP: Animal Control is Thursday, June 30th at 8:30 PM at the Whistle Stop Bar. Come hear some fine creative non-fiction stories about the animals in our performer’s lives. VAMP is So Say We All’s monthly curated storytelling showcase, and we tell you stories each month at The Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. Our writers are chosen from a competitive field of blind submissions, and put through a grueling editing and coaching process.

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VAMP: Animal Control is a night of stories about critters. They’re our best friends and our most frightening nightmares. We share this planet with many creatures and even though they don’t know how to build skyscrapers or develop smartphone apps, animals still very much shape our reality in many (sometimes ridiculous) ways. Also, they can be such murderous beasts.

We’ll feature stories about cats, dogs, lab mice, bears, snakes, rats, lizards, gerbils, and… a few surprises. Come hear some tail tales (lol) about the non-humans in our life. The animal show is always a doozy.

Featuring:
Matthew Baldwin
Ryan Bradford
Emily Burke
Ryan Hicks
Eber Lambert
Jennifer Stiff
Amy Thornton
Anastasia Zadeik

Produced by Jen Stiff and Jason Eliaser

VAMP: Animal Control
Thursday, June 30th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com

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VAMP: Animal Control submissions due June 5th

Have you ever wanted to tell a story on our stage? We want that for you too. We hold your hand through the entire process. If your story is accepted for the show, you’ll be paired with a writing coach to provide editorial feedback, and you’ll attend a group critique session with the other storytellers in the show and the fine, brainy as hell producers, and you’ll also be matched with a performance coach.

Our next show? ANIMAL CONTROL. The animal show is always a doozy.

They’re our best friends and our most frightening nightmares. We share this planet with many creatures and even though they don’t know how to build skyscrapers or develop smartphone apps, animals still very much shape our reality in many (sometimes ridiculous) ways.

Tell us the stories about the non-humans in your life.

Submission deadline: June 5th
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

VAMP: Animal Control
Thursday, June 30th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

VAMP: In Real Life is this Thursday

IRL: The internet changes everything. Or does it? Do our online lives matter less than our offline lives? Is there a difference anymore? And what about the times when real people do very unreal things, no internet required? Come join us for stories about real life, about the internet, and about the ways those places intersect or the way they don’t intersect at all. IRL TMI LOL.

San Diego Reader calls it a “Best Bet” event.

Featuring:
Danielle Davis
Kim Eisenberg
Julia Evans
Heidi Handelsman
Natalie Hughes
Suzana Norberg
Ronald Pickett

Produced by: Gary Gould and Kurt Kalbfleisch

VAMP Showcase: “In Real Life.”
Thursday, May 26th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/470819926452835/

Mesa College VAMP: Borders

So Say We All is proud to partner with San Diego Mesa College to present their first VAMP showcase: Borders.

Please join us for a night of storytelling at Mesa College. The selected students spend nearly a month undergoing an intensive critique and coaching process. Their stories are brave and vulnerable portrayals of borders. Life is full of borders: emotional, political, geographic, sexual, cultural, family.

The students participating in this showcases were selected from a large field of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

San Diego Mesa College VAMP: Borders
Spring 2016
April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College, auditorium in room G102
FREE