[ storytelling ]
Being able to harness the rhythm and energy required to tell a captivating tale is a considerable challenge, but the 11 yarn-spinners (pictured is Janet von Trapp) battling it out in tonight's Grand Slam have deftly proven their mettle. Now, the 10 StorySlam champs and one high-scoring audience favorite are turning their competitive prowess to a loftier goal: the coveted title of "Best Storyteller in Philadelphia." The participants have only five minutes to forge an intimate tale, and with this much at stake, expect a slew of unflinchingly personal takes on real-life events. Perhaps seeking to ramp up the heat, First Person Arts has set the theme du jour to "Burned" — which, by the end of the night, will also describe the 10 competitors who miss out on the crown.
Sat., May 19, 8:30 p.m., $20-$30, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org.