Bring Your Own

By Jason Saul

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Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. Stories are told live, unscripted and true to the teller.

Episode Date
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Becoming The Queen'
464
Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces throughout the New Orleans Community. Each month, BYO partners with a different community organization to tell true stories based on a theme relevant to the work of that organization. This story was told on May 23rd, 2018 in the New Orleans Sculpture Garden, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The event was in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art , and the theme of the evening was “A Queen Within." Here, Cole Williams talks of coming from a private family, and learning how to find, and speak her truth. Bring Your Own is a production of Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Computer Moon Productions. See photos from 'A Queen Within' , and hear more stories at bringyourownstories.com .
May 09, 2018
Bring Your Own Presents: ‘No Baggage, Please’
433
This story was told on January 18th, 2018 at SBC, and later produced by Maggie Hermann. The theme of the evening was "Pipe Dreams: our Flooding Visions and Nightmares " and here, Constanza Porche describes her day navigating the roads through the August 5 th flood and how she’s learned to be prepared for water in New Orleans since before she was born. That BYO was in partnership with ISeeChange and The Trust for Public Land. The next BYO is on Friday, March 23 rd , in partnership with NOMA, and held outdoors in the sculpture garden. More info at bringyourownstories.com .
Mar 08, 2018
Bring Your Own Presents: The Dress
460
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on September 28th, 2017 at the CAC, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The theme of the evening was "The Thing Is" and here, Alia Alie describes a dress her grandmother made for her, that she wears not only for style, but as a most honest representation of her homeland. That BYO was in partnership with Project:Object and the Stacks Bookstore. The next event is on November 17 th , as part of Court 13’s Always for Pleasure Festival. More info at bringyourownstories.com.
Oct 26, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: "Hit 'Em Where It Hurts”
396
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on May 11th, 2017 at the LGBT Community center, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The theme of the evening was "Sugar In Your Tank." Here, Lisa Mount recalls coming out to the world on CNN…except the world already knew… The next BYO is Thursday, September 28th at the CAC. The Theme is ‘The Things Is…’ and storytellers will bring and discuss personal objects that hold a certain significance to them. Presenters include Michael Tisserand, Susan and Ann Gisleson, and Nathaniel Rich. More info at bringyourownstories.com .
Sep 27, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Gaydreaming'
324
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on May 11th, 2017 at the LGBT Community center, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The theme of the evening was "Sugar In Your Tank." Here, Aaron Richmond-Havel recalls a vision in which his late aunt reveals a truth about herself . This, in turn, helps Aaron understand more about himself. The next event is Thursday, June 29th at The Music Box. The theme is 'Where I'm From.' More stories at bringyourownstories.com .
Jun 21, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Grandmaw's Pirogue, The Black Snake & The High Ground'
509
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on December 15, 2016 at the Propeller, and later produced by Kevin Foster. The theme of the evening was “Moved”, and the event was in partnership with the New Orleans Workers Center For Racial Justice. Here. Monique Verdin finds power in family stories to weather the storms of life. More at bringyourownstories.com .
Mar 31, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Due For Love'
461
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on January 12th, 2017 at the Circle Food Store, and later produced by Dana Bialek. The theme of the evening was "Where Does It Hurt" and here, Kendra Davis tells of a traumatic incident that ultimately expanded her ideas about love. More at bringyourownstories.com .
Mar 30, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Living in Privilege'
421
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on October 20th, 2016 at The Radical Arts & Healing Collective, then later produced by Dana Bialek. The event was in partnership with the New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, and the theme of the evening was "Uninhabitable" Here, Jeff D. chronicles how privilege, and lack-there of, goes unnoticed and unchallenged in our lives. More at bringyourownstories.com .
Mar 17, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Arcane Melancholia'
346
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on January 12th, 2017 at the Circle Food Store, and later produced by Kevin Foster. The event was held in partnership with New Orleans Health Department, and the theme of the evening was "Where Does It Hurt?" Here, Claudia Lopez reads a letter from her brother, who’s serving a 20-year prison sentence he refers to as ‘arcane meloncholia’. Hear more stories at bringyourownstories.com .
Feb 17, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Remembering Myself'
467
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on July 28 th , 2016 at the Homer Plessy Community School, a special BYO in partnership with Eve Abrams’ Unprisoned series. The theme of the evening was Heard: Why the Young Feel Old". Donte Burks told this story about knowing how, forgetting how, and then remembering, how to be himself. Hear more stories at bringyourownstories.com .
Jan 25, 2017
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Run For The Border'
441
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on April 21 st , 2016 at the Jazz and Heritage Center, and later produced by Dana Bialek (Bee-ah-lick). The theme of the evening was "Not For the Money", and was held in partnership with NOVAC’s Sync Up cinema conference. Here, Laura M. talks about how her rougher days as a bartender affected her judgement, to say the least. The next BYO will take place January 12 th , 2017 in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department. The theme is ‘Where Does it Hurt?’. More at bringyourownstories.com.
Dec 29, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Telling My Parents'
434
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on July 28th, 2016 at the Homer Plessy Community School, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson . The theme of the evening was "Heard: Why The Young Feel Old" and the event was in partnership with Eve Abrams’ ‘Unprisoned’ project . Here, Jewel Williams won with this story of how William Shakespeare helped her come out to her parents. The next BYO will take place Thursday, December 15th at Propeller Incubator at 4035 Washington Avenue. BYO is partnering with the Workers Center for Racial Justice on the theme ‘Moved.’ More at bringyourownstories.com . Unprisoned: Stories From The System is produced by Eve Abrams and brought to you by New Orleans Public Radio and Finding America , a national initiative
Dec 08, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: Don't Piss In The Wind
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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. More at bringyourownstories.com . This story was told on October 20th, 2016 at the Radical Arts and Healing Collective, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. This event was in partnership with the Fair Housing Action Center, and the theme of the evening was “Uninhabitable". Here, Alejandro Salazar tells of doing recovery work in all types of homes owned by all types of people who usually don' t interact with people like him.
Nov 21, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: "My VHS Hustle"
403
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. This story was told on April 21 st , 2016 at the Jazz and Heritage Center, and later produced by Natalie Yahr. The theme of the evening was "(Not) For the Money". Here, Michael Arcos tells of his brief bootlegging career. The next BYO will take place Thursday, December 8th in partnership with the New Orleans Department. The theme is ‘Where Does It Hurt?’. More at bringyourownstories.com .
Oct 26, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: Leroy's Mission
372
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on March 3rd, 2016 at the Michalopolous Studio at a Bring Your Own event in partnership Unprisoned. The story was later produced by Natalie Yahr. The theme of the evening was "Born on Parole". Here, Leroy Perry tells of the lengths he went to prove his innocence, and what he learned along the way.
Oct 05, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Grandma's Books'
409
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
Jul 26, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Love And Lies In The PO's Eyes'
511
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on March 3rd , 2016 at the Michalopoulos Studio, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson . The theme of the evening was 'Born on Parole' and Bruce Reilly talks the trials and tribulations of dating, while on Parole. This Bring Your Own story was produced as part of Unprisoned, a project of WWNO and Finding America, with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Learn more about Unprisoned at wwno dot org and facebook dot com dash unprisoned. Both are also podcasts on itunes. The next BYO takes place on July 28th, again in partnership with Unprisoned. It's from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Homer Plessy Community school, and the theme is "HEARD: Why The Young Feel Old".
Jul 08, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Wrong Place Wrong Time'
374
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
May 12, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'A Pizza Love Story'
493
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on January 21st at the Old Iron Works and was later produced by Karen Gardner. The theme of the evening was “Pizza”, in partnership with Pizza Delicious, and Annie Kelly won the night with this true pizza romance. The next Bring Your Own will be on Thursday April 21 st at the Jazz and Heritage Center on Rampart Street in partnership with NOVAC’s Sync Up Cinema festival. More at BringYourOwnstories.com
Apr 14, 2016
Bring Your Own Presents: 'Pipistrelli'
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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.
Mar 31, 2016