Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
suggested $10 – (sliding scale $5 minimum)
Adults read from their embarrassing teenage journals, letters, notebooks and more at this long-running show that’s a mixture of storytelling and stand-up comedy.
Sunday, October 27
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
Tickets: $5-10 at the door (Suggested $10, sliding scale)
Email me if you want to get involved and read something.
More info at http://sarabynoe.com/shows/
WHAT IS TEEN ANGST NIGHT?
Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst Night.
Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more) from their teenage years in front of an audience.
Part stand-up comedy, part confessional, part storytelling night.
1 – The work has to be your own. ‘The work’ can be anything: poetry, journals, letters, songs, short stories, notes passed, online chats, anything so long as it’s your own and…
2- The work must have been written by you between the ages of 8-19. (Usually between the years between 10-17 are the most angst filled.)
3 – You have to be at least 3 years older than you were when you wrote ‘the work.’ (You need the emotional distance to get the funny).
+ 4 spots open
Want to read something? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Teen Angst Night”
Sunday, October 27
$5-10 at the door
Just when I thought my teenage self had nothing more to say, I went ahead and paired up with Hot Art Wet City to do a show about embarrassing old art work.
You have to come down to the gallery today through Saturday 12-5pm to see all the work in person. Here’s a look of part 1 of my diptych.
Also, have a listen at the audio tour before, after or when you’re visiting the gallery.
This has been a dream of mine since 2000. An art show of embarrassing art by adults made when they were teenagers. Inspired by Teen Angst Night, the show highlights the stories behind the work & the angst that went into them.
Includes an audio tour with background interviews with the artists: Angela Fama, Drew Young, Sara Bynoe, Chris Bentzen, Erin Gibbs, Les Nyulak, ARGH!!, Asa Cederholm, Karin Vengshoel, Sheri Alexander, Kathryn Mussallem, Amanda McCuaig, and Jay Senetchko.
Hot Art Wet City
2206 Main Street (@ 6th), Vancouver
Gallery open August 7-10, 2013 · noon-5pm
Wednesday, August 7 from 7-11pm OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, August 8 from 8pm Teen Angst Night Adults read what they wrote when teens, $5-10 (sliding scale)
Friday, August 9 from 8pm-late Stories & Song Teen Wasteland-themed karaoke & storytelling, $5-10 (sliding scale)
Plus, Tuesday August 6 from 8-10pm is the bonus event Mighty Ugly, a crafting and creativity workshop with Kim Werker. Make ugly things to explore creativity from a fresh perspective. $15
I’m always so impressed by the courage, the humour, and the openness of every reader. Last night I realized that more teenagers should come to this show because it’s true, everyone does understand your pain. Teen Angst Night brings a room full of strangers closer together. It’s my favourite kind of storytelling/comedy show. Next event will be a mini show at Hot Art Wet City on August 8.
I laughed so hard tears steamed down my face. One of my friends literately peed her pants. I could barely get the words out, I was so embarrassed and amused the first time I ever read my teen angst poetry to a crowd.
This happened way back in the year 2000. It was at a bar my best friend worked at in Calgary called The Newt. They had a small room upstairs where open mic events happened. I’d had the idea for TeenAngstPoetry.com the year before and that first reading was to celebrate the website launch. I think there were only a handful of us brave enough to share poetry and journals we’d written when we were younger. The crowd was primarily my friends and friends of friends.
I don’t know exactly how many Teen Angst Nights I’ve produced since then. Maybe 50? Maybe 100? It’s been a long time. I continue to be thrilled by this show and the people who are willing to dig through their old notebooks and find 5 minutes worth of material and share it with an audience.
This Thursday 9 people will be reading at Teen Angst Night for the very first time. I wonder if it will be as emotional an experience for them as it was for me.
They are in good hands. The audience that has grown over the years that attends the show is full of some of the most loving, supportive, and attentive I’ve ever encountered. They are there because they’ve bought into the concept already. 98% felt exactly the same way when they were teens. The other 2% are a few men that got dragged there by their girlfriends; they will say they never experienced teen angst.
I think Teen Angst Night continues to run because it’s about universal feelings of loneliness, sadness, and … well, angst. One of the main categories that I created when I started this whole thing is the “I am alone and no one understands my pain’ category. I remember being 15 years old and crying in my bedroom because my best friend wasn’t talking to me – I later found out that she was feeling exactly the same way. What Teen Angst Night has taught me, is that everyone does understand your pain, and that’s why it’s so brilliantly funny.
I hope you can catch the next Teen Angst Night tomorrow, July 17 at the Cottage Bistro from 8-10pm. It’s $5-10 at the door (we work on a sliding scale). Come grab a drink or some food – the readers will touch your heart and bring a smile to your face.
Photos from the last Teen Angst Night on May 29 at the Cottage Bistro by Karen Hansen Photography Next Teen Angst Night is July 17. Contact me if you’ve got something to share!