When the Moth and WFPL host the Louisville GrandSLAM Championship, there will be no scripts, no crib notes, no cheat sheets – just pure, good old-fashioned, unadulterated storytelling.

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On Friday, June 13, at The Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, you’ll hear tales of Dog People vs. Cat People. Fire vs. Ice. Politics vs. Truth. Krispy Kreme vs. Tofu. You say Potato, I say Potahto. Familiar WFPL voices Gabe Bullard and Erin Keane will host as 10 champion Moth StorySLAM raconteurs spin five-minute true tales on the theme “When Worlds Collide.”

The winner will be determined by guest judges chosen from the audience. Competitors are: Frank D’Amato, Mary Furlong Coomer, April Corbin, Amanda Hay, Eli Keel, Kristi Papailler, Renata Sancken, Kate Sedgwick, Graham Shelby and Randi Skaggs.

Here’s how it works: The Moth provides a stage, a microphone, a theme and a host to guide the festivities, while storytellers toss their names into a hat and wait for a chance to share a crafted story from their life. If chosen, they have five minutes to tell their tales, no scripts involved.

In Louisville, StorySLAMs are held on the last Tuesday of each month at Headliners Music Hall. The GrandSLAM is the championship round, when 10 StorySLAM winners take the stage to crown the year’s champ.

Tickets are $20 and are available online, or by going to the box office at the Kentucky Center, 501 West Main St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., stories begin at 8.

Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]

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