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Stoop Storytelling @ Centerstage Tonight

After their one-off show at Hopkins a few weeks ago, The Stoop is back in its regular home at Centerstage tonight to present Culture Shock: Stories about confronting the new, strange, and often scary.

Here's a scene from Pleasantville, a movie all about confronting scary new culture shock.

We’ve written about the Stoop enough times now that we’re having trouble coming up with new angles. We thought we might just blog a story of our own about ‘confronting the new, strange, and often scary,’ but all the ones that came immediately to mind were ones we don’t really feel like putting up online. Some way to run a personal blog, yes.

So instead, for further reading go over to B-More Cultured, where Katie recently posted an interview with Stoop producer Jessica Henken.

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Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. in Mount Vernon. Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out.

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Stoop Storytelling @ JHMI Turner Auditorium Tonight

Since its inception five years ago, the Stoop Storytelling Series has become a fixture at Centerstage, and a favorite among consumers of Baltimore culture. Its format of seven diverse storytellers each telling seven minute stories has proven wildly popular, and in its time has covered topics as diverse as race relations, romantic misadventures, surviving a war and surviving high school.

Tonight the Stoop will change things up a bit, presenting on a Friday instead of its usual Monday, and straying temporarily from its home at Centerstage to visit the Turner Auditorium on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Tonight’s stories are presented in partnership with Hopkins’ office of cultural affairs, and the theme for the evening is Hopkins Medicine: A World Inside a City.

Is your ass ringing? All kinds of interesting things happen in hospitals.

It’s a fitting title, because Hopkins is a world inside a city. Between the hospital, Bayview campus, Homewood campus and grad school it’s at least a small town inside a city. As such, it can tend to be a fairly insular community, and tonight’s program is sure to be a rare look at its inner workings for the rest of us.

There is certainly no shortage of dramatic and compelling stories that come along with such a sizable medical institution, accounting for the continuing popularity of televised medical dramas like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, et al. It makes sense… inside those walls there’s all the pathos of life and death, pain and suffering, struggle, triumph, and what is sometimes described as miracles. We’ve seen the Hollywood versions of all this, but the stories you’ll hear from first-hand narrators tonight are all entirely true.

If you can’t make it tonight you can still listen to all of the stories being presented in the comfort of your own home, office, car, treadmill at the gym or wherever with the Stoop Podcast. All of their previous stories and storytellers (301 and counting) are now available for free on iTunes.

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Turner Auditorium is at 720 Rutland Ave, 21287. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door with a maximum of 2 per customer, as a sell-out is expected. A Hopkins ID will save you $5. on admission.1-800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com to purchase.

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Stoop Storytelling: War Stories @ Centerstage Tonight

Well, it took a while, but the Chop has finally got our act together enough to buy a pair of advance tickets to something. We’re big on the pop-in, the drop-by, and the go-around-the-way. Whether it’s a band or a book signing or a baseball game, we don’t like to get locked into anything. Something’s happening? Maybe we’ll come by and check it out.

Nice as it is to keep your options open, it kind of sucks to miss your guess and show up to a packed house or a sold out event. The Stoop has fooled us before. We’ve been wanting to check out the Stoop for a long time now. We’ve even blogged about it before. Hell, we’ve actually shown up to Centerstage on time and heard the dreaded “We can put you on the waiting list.” Well, fool us twice, won’t get fooled again. Or something like that.

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Stoop tells war stories at Centerstage tonight. 7 pm doors.

We’ve learned our lesson. The Stoop is popular. Storytelling is popular. Here in Baltimore, we tell ours on stoops, but out in San Francisco they do it by porchlight. In Portland they gather at the back fence, and down in DC they speak easy. Whatever you call it though, it amounts to the same thing… people relating to each other in the way they have since the beginning of time; no art, no artifice, just telling their stories.

If stories have been around since the beginning of time, then war stories have been around almost as long. There’s no shortage of stories close in to a battlefield. We’re sure that tonight’s topical tales will run the gamut from the heroic and inspiring to the heartrending and bittersweet, on down to the vulgar and absurd.

We only regret that we won’t hear the one story we want to hear most: the one about all the wars being over and done.

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Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. in Mount Vernon. 410-332-0033 for tickets.

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Bmore Local Rally, Stoop Storytelling in Baltimore Tonight

What’s that Baltimore? You hate Mondays and you worked really hard all day and those reports are due and that meeting was a snoozer and the intern is incompetent and all you want to do is flop down on the couch and eat chocolate Cheerios for dinner and pass out?

Well, forget it. The Chop has plans for you today.

Bmore Local rallies to stop Wal-Mart at City Hall today. 4 pm.

Today, as soon as you get out of work, you’re heading straight down to City Hall to attend the Bmore Local coming out party/ meeting and rally at City Hall, as mentioned in the Mobtown Shank blog late last week. Today’s rally is a direct response to councilwoman Belinda Conaway’s plan to introduce the PUD for the 25th Street Station project, including a 24 hour Wal-Mart.

We can’t say we know too much about Bmore Local as yet, but the Chop definitely aims to show up and find out what they’re about. We’re really hoping this is the larger citywide Wal-Mart opposition we’ve been waiting for.

For more on the Wal-Mart proposal, be sure to check out the Shank as well as the Baltidome Blog.

Stoop Storytelling weaves a yarn at Centerstage tonight. 7 pm.

The good news is that after you sit through most of a boring council meeting, you get to head up Calvert Street to Centerstage for this month’s installment of the Stoop Storytelling Series. You can even get your tickets now to save time and avoid a sellout. Tonight’s topic is ‘Behind the Muse”, in which artists and creative types give their take on the creative process.

You might be wondering what it takes to create a daily blog, but the answer to that is simple: a liberal amount of Scotch, a Google calendar, a touch of internet porn, and a whole lot of righteous indignation.

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Bmore Local rallies on the steps of City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St. at 4 pm. City Council meeting begins at 5 pm.

Stoop Storytelling kicks off with a cocktail reception and live music at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. 410-332-0033

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Stoop Storytelling Tonight.

If you want to find the Chop on the town tonight, you might bump into us at Centerstage, where we’ll be checking in with the wildly successful Stoop Storytelling Series.

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This installment of the Stoop features seven speakers holding forth on Kitchen Confidential: Stories about cooking, eating, and assorted food issues.

Given the glut of craptastic food porn that’s been clogging up our cable box these last several years, it’ll be nice to be reminded that there are more perspectives on food than Alton Brown and Anthony Bourdain, and personalities more genuine than the insipid Rachel Ray and more exciting than the vapid Giada De Laurentiis. And right here in Baltimore.

Plus, its a good excuse to drop into Iggie’s, whose pizza is fantastic, and who supports local non-profits.

Throw in drinks and a little live music, and you’ve got yourself a Monday evening.

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