Bring Your Own

Periodically on All Things New Orleans, and Biweekly on WWNO.org

 

Founded in March 2012, 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. Storytellers volunteer prior to the event and are judged by three anonymous audience members to determine a winner, whose story is later produced for radio and podcast play. Winners subsequently choose the next month’s theme.

As a nomadic organization, events rotate and put previously unknown, underutilized and private spaces on the public map. Each event takes on the character of its environment; the success of the night is as much about the tone as it is about the stories that are told.

BYO serves as a hub and community for writers, filmmakers, radio makers and photographers, where everyone leaves their premiere artistry behind and dives into a medium that lies at the core of all art forms. Whether you ask a screenwriter, a reporter or a photojournalist, the piece at the heart of each of these crafts is a good story.

The best stories are produced by a team of local producers for on-air and online distribution. BYO is broadcast on All Things New Orleans, and as a biweekly podcast on wwno.org

Bring Your Own is a production of Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Liam Daniel Pierce, and Nina Feldman. email them at bringyourownstories@gmail.com.

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Bring Your Own
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: One Sweet Day (When I Fall in Love)

Sheet Music for Nat King Cole's 'When I Fall in Love'
Credit realbooksite.com

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

This story was told at the Old Ironworks on August 1, 2013 and later produced by Zach Young. The theme of the evening was “In Hot Water”, and Zach Carpenter kicked off the event looking back on a talent show from his past, that you’ll now never forget.

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Bring Your Own
4:53 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Writing's On The Wall'

Tristan Bennett and his (owned) home.
Credit Tristan Bennett

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
4:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Marie's New CAAAr'

Marie and her Pathfinder, 10 years later.
Credit Marie Lovejoy

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
10:42 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Lucky Charm'

'It's gonna hit, and it's gonna hit twice...'

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
8:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Dark Side'

Abe graduates from Columbia University, 2007.
Abe Handler

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
11:06 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Member of the Week'

local artist and storyteller Gian Smith, then (sporting a Black Planet T-shirt) and now.

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

Local artist Gian Smith tells of finding his first social network, 'Black Planet', and how he made more than one profile page...

In today’s world, having an online profile page to represent yourself — whether it’s on Facebook, LinkedIn, or OkCupid, is commonplace. But this story, from the local storytelling event Bring Your Own, harks back to the retro time of social media, when these digital IDs were still uncharted territory.

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Bring Your Own
6:02 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Leftovers'

Losing things in the back of the fridge is easy when you live with roomates...
flickr.com

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
5:57 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Kayla/Jayla'

The scene of the crime (Kayla's school).
Annie Freitas

NOLA resident Annie Frietas spins a yarn at the local storytelling event Bring Your Own.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at the local event “Bring Your Own”. Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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All Things New Orleans
5:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Virginia'

Aubrey and Virginia.
Akasha Rabut

Aubrey Edwards tells her story of finding Virginia at Bring Your Own on July 10, 2012. Produced by Jesse Chanin.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called Bring Your Own. It is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme with live, unscripted, true stories. 

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