"I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am." This Kurt Vonnegut quote is one that Hoosiers have shared with glee in the years since he wrote it in "How to Write With Style."
The less popular, yet far funnier Vonnegut quotable arrives earlier in the piece when he writes, "I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench."
On July 20, Indy residents can decide for themselves whether or not we sound like band saws when local storytellers Deborah Asante and Bob Sander will collaborate in a performance in the auditorium of the Indianapolis Art Center. Asante and Sander account for more than 40 years of combined experience in storytelling and spoken word performance. The event, entitled Tapestry, promises interwoven "tales full of conflict and differences, healing and growth."
After the performance, Sander will lift the veil behind his craft when he leads a workshop in which participants will learn the elements of a good story and work on their own tale-telling with a partner. Both are free, however registration is required for the workshop and space is limited to the first 30 children who are aged 10 years or older. The registration deadline is July 14. Don't miss an opportunity to hear two singular Hoosier voices working in tandem for the price of your ear on a Sunday afternoon. Tapestry is a co-production of Arts for Learning and Indy Reads Books. The performance begins at 2 p.m., with the workshop following at 3 p.m.