Saturday, December 04, 2010

Winter of Detroit, Part II

The Moth StorySLAM

I have been listening to The Moth Podcast for a while now. Each episode features stories from their various live events told, as their trailers for both the podcast and the radio show states, live without notes. Some of the stories are great, some are just okay, but when I heard on the podcast that they were now holding live events in Detroit, I made a mental note to check it out. I then promptly forgot.

Early last week, Alicia sent me a link and suggested that we check out the Moth StorySLAM held the first Thursday of every month at Cliff Bell’s, not far from Comerica Park, the Detroit Opera House, and the Fox Theater. We decided to leave Ann Arbor around 5:00pm in an attempt to get a table. The event was scheduled to start at 7:30pm, and the staff at the bar told Alicia that the tables fill up between 6:00-6:30pm (though there is standing room as well). Despite arriving shortly after 6:00pm, we did not get a table. We did, however, get the best standing seat in the house (in my opinion). Our view was slightly obstructed by a giant wooden column in the center of the room, but we were right near the servers’ station and not only did not have to move for every waiter (because we were positioned just out of their path), but were able to order beer and french fries from the waitress (who typed “LADIES” in the slot on the receipt where the table number is usually filled in).

A little blurry, but the BlackBerry wasn't really meant for indoor evening photos...

The stories were great. The theme was winter, and most of the stories stuck closely to it. My personal favorite was the last one, which featured girl concussed in a sledding accident that resulted in her saying all kinds of hilarious things to her date (who she had only just met). The winner was also quite good, with a no-fail combination of a little boy’s snow suit filled with pee and nuns (in a Catholic school).

Winter of Detroit continues…

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