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Awaken Cafe
At 15th Street 1429 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612
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Storytellers Include:

Glynn Washington, NPR host of Snap Judgement

Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew his Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber

Mara Marks, Ph.D. and L.A. Writer

Vero Majano, Crowd Favorite, SF Mission Royalty

Joey Xanders, original artistic director for The Moth

Gina Gold, Storyteller, Filmmaker

Kay DeMartini, Emcee

About the Ticket Supplier: BustingOut Storytelling

The WC knockoff of 'Porchlight Storytelling SF' was started April 2010, because there wasn't anything like it in the East Bay. The under 21 crowd in Walnut Creek is pretty lively, getting drunk on weekends and making the news, but those of legal age are pretty bored. Sure, Nordstrom's has their Annual Sale and the Cheesecake Factory draws a herd - but that's a Zombie Lifestyle guaranteed to drain the blood out of anyone with a passion for creativity.

So in an effort to keep Walnut Creek from becoming the next Panera, USA - BustingOut Storytelling was created. Once a month people get off their couch and away from their TVs to come together to tell true, personal stories in front of others that admire them for doing it. Every month is a new theme.

All stories are true, personal, never more than 10 minutes, and told without notes. Always interesting, usually funny, sometimes poignant. Five minute stories are accepted from the crowd if there's time. We mix things up, so don't be surprised if there are changes.