Story Slams competition kicks off next week at L’Etage

From the Who Knew files, a brand new competition season is about to get under way in South Philly next week. Nope, not at Lincoln Financial or Citizens Bank. First Person Arts hosts monthly StorySlams at L’Etage in Bella Vista and on Dec. 18, the 2013 season begins.

The way it works is, audience members with a story put their name into a bucket. The 10 who are chosen to compete each get 5 minutes on the mic to share a story related to that month’s theme. Stories range from gut-busting to heart-wrenching, but they must be true (or “true as possible,” the website says). The winner of each Slam – audience members help pick the winner – receives an invite to compete in the annual Grand Slam during the First Person Arts Festival for the title of Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.

The upcoming theme at December’s L’Etage event is “Gifts and Giving.” StorySlams happen every month both at World Cafe Live (2nd Monday) and L’Etage (4th Tuesday – except next week’s, a special 3rd Tuesday event).

To see upcoming themes, to purchase tickets, or for more information go to

It’s above Beau Monde at 6th and Bainbridge
A pic taken from the L’Etage stage, thanks to Jeff Simmermon,

– Caroline Voyles, @CarolineVoyles