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By Kimberly McDonald

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Ever heard of The Moth? No, not the sweater-eating, swarming around a light bulb lepidopteran insects … the story tellers.

Confused? Yeah, so was I. Until a friend introduced me to this fabulous New York City literary group. They host regularly sold out shows here in the city and the experience is a must.

Each meeting, a group of raconteurs gets up and regales the group with stories that they invent themselves, they call this a Slam. Topics are given in advance, but there is no written text allowed. Brave souls step up to the mic and boldly begin to spin their tales. You literally have no idea where a story will go…and you get the impression at times…neither does the story teller.

It’s actually thrilling and very entertaining.

You don’t have to get up and tell a story to attend…in fact most people are there simply to listen and socialize with this convivial group. Past storytellers include Ethan Hawke, Moby, Jeaneane Garofalo, Candace Bushnel and many MANY more.

This month The Moth hosts its annual Ball. On November 14th Carnival Capitale will be held at Capitale, located at 130 Bowery. Hosted by Jonathan Ames, the event promises to be a night you just won’t want to miss.

For ticketing information contact Sarah Jenness at 212.742.0551 or log on to www.THEMOTH.org.

Originally published November 2005

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