I’ll confess: I’m a planner. I download maps and menus. I read reviews. But you know that Yiddish proverb, “You plan, God laughs”? That’s what this city does too. You’ll be walking through Central Park on your way somewhere and be mesmerized by a group of a cappella singers. Or you’ll be heading to a favorite dinner spot and be pulled into a small little cafe you’d never noticed before. This city seduces you with its endless possibilities. And Moth StorySLAMs very much embody this sensibility.
For those of you who may not be familiar, The Moth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling. They host competitions all over the country where, similar to an open-mic night, people get on a stage and tell a story. Each event is assigned a generic theme (for example, “betrayal” or “joy”), and the stories are tied to the theme. The stories have to be true, and they have to be yours. And boy, some of them are fantastic.
The Moth StorySLAMs are a great way to feel a connection to the experiences of the other 8 million plus people calling New York City home. The stories run the gamut — they can be funny or sad or absurd, but they’re always real. You never know quite what to expect, and the evening is pregnant with promise. You could get a complete dud, or be so moved that you’re compelled to approach the storyteller afterwards to let him know.
If you’ve never heard of The Moth, you can listen to a sampling of stories on their website here. (Warning: this is highly addictive.) Or if you’re itching to tell your story, you can learn how to do that here.
For the times and locations of upcoming New York City events, visit their website.
Tip: These events are really popular so buy your tickets ahead of time online (they go on sale one week before the show, at 3pm ET) and show up early to ensure a good vantage point.
Pair it with:
A late dinner at The Smile
Many events in New York City are held at the Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe so if you happen to attend one there, we recommend heading to The Smile afterwards. Located only a 5-minute walk away in NoHo, The Smile has good food and great ambiance. It was featured in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, which gives it instant cred as a hang (not that it didn’t have any before). It’s the perfect place to get some grub and talk about all the stories you just heard.
26 Bond Street
Monday to Friday 8am – 11pm
Saturday 9am – 11pm
Sunday 9am – 10pm