“The New Me” is the theme at the next SHINE storytelling event.
“The New Me” is the theme at the next SHINE storytelling event on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside. Stories will involve people’s attempts to reinvent themselves – and how it turned out. SHINE is a monthly storytelling series featuring professionals and amateurs coming together to share inspiring true stories. Participants and audience members enjoy a relaxed community atmosphere, powerful and entertaining stories, refreshments, mingling, and live music. A new theme is announced each month. Music in September will be provided by Amy Engelhardt, a singer/songwriter whose solo CD "Not Gonna Be Pretty" garnered two Just Plain Folks Award Nominations (“Grassroots Grammys” - LA Times). A recipient of the Burman Award for Songwriting, Amy is also a former member of Grammy-nominated vocal band The Bobs and an honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir. Professional storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s top award-winning storytellers and writers. Amateur storytellers of all ages and walks of life also take the stage. Submissions are accepted before the event and two slots are reserved for audience members selected through a random drawing. SHINE is produced by Jen Bloom and Isabel Storey and presented by Santa Monica Repertory Theater, Storey Productions and the YWCA Women’s Partnership.