What the hell is otherness you may be asking yourself. There she goes again – making up words. Well, it’s been working pretty well for me up to this point – so why stop now?
On Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 7 pm I will host another awesome collective storytelling event! The Urban Farmhouse at Scott’s Addition will once again be our home and I am so excited! We will have some incredible guests telling stories and singing songs. Every time we do this I feel so deeply connected to every person in the room. Click here to get your tickets!
Our theme is Otherness. What is Otherness? Well that’s really up to you. Is there something(s) that make you feel separate from the world? That’s Otherness.
Everyone experiences this. Some more significantly than others. And I say that the reason we feel “other” is because we don’t think people will understand or accept our experiences, our perspective, our fears, doubts, or concerns. We think the world will reject those parts of us. I say that’s probably not true. Let’s try saying it all outloud and see what happens. It’ll be an experiment. If we don’t die from saying (or singing) the painful things maybe they aren’t so bad after all – at least maybe they don’t have to be things we let hold us back. Who knows…let’s try it.
Who’s with me?
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor – an amazing organization helping victims of sexual abuse rebuild their lives.
Join us to laugh and cry and be together – with food and drinks of course. You know you want to.
I can’t do it alone. I mean, I guess I could, but it would be weird. So please come.
Back by popular demand the It Runs in the Family live out loud story series will return on Thursday, December 3rd with “We Are Woman” Erin Mahone will once again host a hilarious and heartwarming evening of songs and stories joined on stage by a collection of talented truthtellers from RVA’s incredible arts community! Being a woman is challenging, amazing and complicated. These dynamic women (and maybe a guy or two) will share their unique perspectives on being a woman, raising women, and desperately trying to understand women!
Each It Runs in the Family event raises money for an important organization in the Richmond area working to make the world a stronger, better, more just place. This time proceeds benefit the Hadassah Richmond Chapter. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as, youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.
Erin Mahone will once again present her acclaimed show “It Runs in the Family” on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7 pm. Erin shares real life stories from growing up in a family where mental illness was the norm but love prevailed. With a series of humorous and heartbreaking stories and songs Erin takes the audience on a journey to healing and forgiveness. Mental illness is a reality for people from all walks of life – it is time to share our stories, embrace our imperfections and love outloud. Erin’s grandfather lived with schizophrenia and as young person was not allowed to talk about the things that were happening to him for fear that he would be institutionalized. Today 70 years later Erin wants to be his voice – and empower others to raise their voices without shame. This time Erin is honored to be doing the show in support of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation/SpeakUp 5k.
On March 16, 2014 at the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, sixteen-year-old Cameron K. Gallagher passed away as she crossed the finish line from an undiagnosed heart condition. On that day Cameron struggled to finish a race that she had set as a personal goal for herself—and was victorious. But that was not the only hard fight that Cameron fought. Cameron suffered from severe depression and anxiety for several years. The ever-smiling teen was growing tired of keeping her struggle a private battle. She knew that like her, many teens were in great pain behind closed doors. As she trained for the half marathon, she took it upon herself to address the misplaced stigma held by so many about teenage depression. Her dream was to create a 5k race in her community to help raise awareness of teenage depression. She had titled that race the SpeakUp5k in order to draw attention to the issue of teen depression and to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to Speak Up. Cameron’s dream is now a legacy far greater then she ever could have imagined!
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 7 pm we will take It Runs in the Family to a new place! I will be there singing songs and telling stories as usual, but for this show I will be joined by comics, musicians, and storytellers who are also parents. We will tell the tales of woe, wonder, and sheer insanity that make parenthood life’s greatest adventure. The Urban Farmhouse has generously offered their wonderful space and I personally am so excited to be doing this event in my own backyard! They will be open for us to eat, drink and be merry.
The proceeds from this event will go to support United Athletics Medical Fund!! United Athletics recognizes the financial hardships faced by families whose loved ones have special needs due to extensive medical bills. Beginning in December 2014, United Athletics established a medical fund where the families can apply for assistance with their medical bills. We can support a whole person for a year for $1000 – so we want to raise at least that much on July 23rd!! I have faith that we can do it!
More events to come that will support other awesome local nonprofits doing amazing things in RVA and beyond!!!