We continue to be surprised at the fidelity of the audience judges to the tabulated audience-favorites. Once again, the judged winner at Tuesday night’s StorySlam at World Cafe Live was also the audience favorite! Here’s Rob Kogan doing Danny Kaye doing the Brothers Grimm:
Let me be the first to acknowledge some controversy in this having been chosen as the night’s winner. It is formally presented as a true first-person story and satisfies all technical criteria, but the bulk of the content is a highly-entertaining memorized recitation of someone else’s work–the Grimm Brothers. At every StorySlam, the volunteer judges are instructed how to score stories, and we always respect their judgment. Absent compelling evidence to challenge the truth of a storyteller’s entry, we don’t disqualify stories–and even in that unlikely event, we’d be hard-pressed to do so on the fly. In this case, the judges’ decisions were backed by the audience votes. And I would be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge that Rob’s performance was spellbinding and a highlight of the evening!
And I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank our partners in presenting Tuesday night’s StorySlam: The Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book, One Philadelphia and One Film. There are a bunch of great events still to come in March for One Book and One Film. In particular, the FREE closing event for One Book will be a great time. I hope you’ll join us there:
One Book, One Philadelphia Special Event:
Black Pearl Orchestra with Steve Lopez and Sister Mary Scullion (A) When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:30PM Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 114, 1101 Arch Street, 215-418-4726 Cost: FREE
In honor of the close of the One Book, One Philadelphia program, the Black Pearl Orchestra will play Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody and Beethoven’s Sixth, mentioned on page 40 of The Soloist. The concert will be followed by a discussion of homelessness in Philadelphia with Sister Mary Scullion of Project H.O.M.E. and author Steve Lopez. While this event is free and open to the public, donations of children’s books for the Free Library of Philadelphia and items recommended from the Project H.O.M.E. client wish-list are encouraged. A downloadable wishlist is available on the “additional resources” page of this site.