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
12:18 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Fenway, or Passover?'

Sarah watching the Sox during 2013 spring training.
Credit Sarah Chervinsky

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. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org.

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Bring Your Own
11:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Don't Mess with the Longshoremen'

A sketch of James Asher 'doing his thing'.

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. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org.

This story was told at Fortier Park on September 19, 2013. The theme of the evening was "Thrown", and Jim Asher told of an almost brutal physical altercation while covering the longshoremen unions in Philadelphia during the 1980ss.

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Bring Your Own
5:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'No Second Chances'

The Sweat-N-Shop at New York University
Credit sweat-n-shop.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. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Bring Your Own
4:14 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Serendipity'

Jesse in Sri Lanka
Credit Jesse Hardman

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. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org

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Bring Your Own
4:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Great Sheep Fire Of 2011'

This is not Matt Sargeant, but it is a sheep costume.
Credit Costume Pop

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 on October 21st, 2012,  at Jackie Sumell’s house in the 7th Ward. The theme of the evening was “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, and Matt "Smoothie" Sargeant told this winning story providing life advice on Halloween Eve.

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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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