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A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle

You know those stories you hear at bars or dinner parties, from friends or strangers? The ones that haunt you for days? The ones you can't stop yourself from telling? Every other month, "A Guide To Visitors" (AGTV) presents a thoughtfully curated selection of those exact real–life stories — told by the people who lived them. For the last eight years, AGTV has hosted live storytelling shows all over Seattle, at places like Hugo House, the Rendezvous, the Capitol Hill Arts Center (RIP) and the University Bookstore. And now, it's a radio show.

"A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle" is an eight–part series, showcasing some of the best stories told on AGTV stages. The series will run on KUOW every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. from September 6 through November 1, 2010.

AGTV's current home is the upstairs space at Theater Off Jackson.

"A Guide To Visitors" was produced by Jeannie Yandel and edited by Jim Gates. Funding was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern and Puget Sound Energy.

Bridget Quigg stands in front of the 'Brother Richard' church. Photo by Phyllis Fletcher.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 1

Monday, September 06, 2010

In hour one, Nick Morrison recounts a badly–planned smuggling trip to Mexico. Richard Green remembers one of the best days of his childhood. Bridget Quigg recalls the night she became "Brother Richard." And Luke Burbank describes one of his first jobs.

Listen to this story spacer John Gastil plays political ball. Photo by Phyllis Fletcher.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 2

Monday, September 13, 2010

In hour two, Mary Rheaume describes how her coping mechanisms spiraled out of control. John Gastil recounts trying to get his mom elected to Congress. Willie Weir remembers a neighbor who drove him crazy. And Darcey Quinn tours a ghost town.

Listen to this story spacer Darth Vader's mean autograph. Photo courtesy Matthew Baldwin.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 3

Monday, September 20, 2010

In hour three, Susie Summit–Cyr describes the night a stranger showed up at her door. Matthew Baldwin recalls meeting Darth Vader at the mall. Hope Forstenzer recounts finding a near–dead cat on her doorstep. And Brad Hefta–Gaub explains what he learned working at Domino's.

Listen to this story spacer Gary Heyde, back when he first met Isabel Wilder. Photo courtesy of Gary Heyde.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 4

Monday, September 27, 2010

In hour four, Holly Redell Witte talks about making pot brownies for the first time. Wolfe Maykut tells what happened when he found a secret room in his house. And Gary Heyde recalls the life–changing day that he visited writer Thornton Wilder's home.

Listen to this story spacer Scott Champion. Photo by Phyllis Fletcher.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 5

Monday, October 04, 2010

In hour five, Paul Currington talks about how and why he stopped doing stand–up. Jill Moe remembers her disastrous last day working at a Ballard bakery. And Scott Champion describes what it's like to give CPR to a kitten.

Listen to this story spacer Martin Tompa and his grandmother's scale. Photo by Phyllis Fletcher.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 6

Monday, October 18, 2010

In hour six, Brangien Davis tells what happened after finding a lump in her armpit. Martin Tompa reveals a long–held family secret. Bee explains why his name is Bee. And Litsa Dremousis describes how Seattle became haunted.

Listen to this story spacer Julian Tudor in a graveyard. Photo by Phyllis Fletcher.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 7

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hour seven of "A Guide To Visitors" is all ghost stories. Joni Tamalonis meets a spirit on a cruise ship. Jake Warga goes ghost hunting. Mary Anne Moorman recalls a ghost named Eleanor. And Julian Tudor describes seeing his dad for the last time.

Listen to this story spacer Mary Purdy's dad Peter getting ready to white–water raft in Costa Rica. Photo by Susan Purdy.

A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling In Seattle, Hour 8

Monday, November 08, 2010

In hour eight, Thane Walkup tells why dancing can save lives. Jean Lenihan recalls an attempt at self–help. Liza Keckler remembers the battle between her dad and a woodchuck. And Mary Purdy describes the day her dad walked again.

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Acknowledgements

Phyllis Fletcher and Rebecca Grossman coproduce AGTV's live shows and are excellent scheming partners. The producers of "The Moth" graciously gave Jeannie Yandel permission to steal their idea many years ago. AGTV would've never happened without Dave Snyder, who noticed Seattle needed some good storytelling in the first place.

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