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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:


Curated by Austin Adamnson

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Screening Room,

127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8

In a world focused on social media and human interaction, Odyssey Storytelling spends February investigating the idea of being Lonely. Hear stories about the greatness that is being lonely, the time when you wanted to be lonely but everything prevented it, or maybe the time in your life where you just couldn't shake off the loneliness. Have you ever been lonely?

Storytellers: Author and artist, Nancy Bain; artist and healer, Lisanicole Sarkisian; broadcast journalist, Tony Paniagua; preschool teacher, Andrew Jaffee; future grandma, Cherie Johnston; and Bella Vivante.

Storyteller Bios: 

Cherie Johnston relocated to Tucson from Flagstaff in June of 2012 in hopes of earning the coveted title of Me’Me’.  In May 2015, the little prince, her first grandchild, will arrive and fulfill her dream. Cherie took her first breath in Utah, learned to swim in Nevada, hunt in Wyoming, ride in Idaho, and survived high school in Washington State. She attended all three Arizona state universities and acquired enough letters behind her name to play scrabble and pay the bills.  Pursuit of health and serenity requires regular water play, yoga, and trail exploration. She reserves one weekend every quarter to go off line and off grid to renew her playful spirit. Cherie enjoys jazz, bocce, and kitchen elf magic.

Andrew Jaffee is a dreamer. He works as a preschool teacher at Downtown Community School in Barrio Viejo to support his insatiable traveling habit. He holds a BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, a title which he boldly touts even in the absence of any formally published works.  In homage to the old axiom of those who can’t do, he will soon be getting his masters in early childhood education from the University of Colorado. Andrew survives in thanks to his puppy, Maya.

Tony Paniagua ("bread and water, penny ago, café con leche") has been a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years which has allowed him to disseminate thousands of reports from countless locations about people, places, events and other subjects. Born in Colombia, SA (not Columbia, SC or another Columbia) his parents moved to New York City when he was eight.  Tony is employed in Tucson but he has also lived in Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Miami, Florida; Bamberg, Germany; New Holland, Pennsylvania and other places.  He discovered Odyssey Storytelling several years ago and became a huge fan of the concept:  unscripted, uncensored, true tales from the heart in front of a live audience.  Although he has curated and hosted three storytelling shows in the past couple of years, this is his first time taking on the tantalizing ten-minute challenge.

Lisanicole Sarkisian is an artist and a healer. She has been in amateur theater, writes and plays a little music. She has been a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Republic of Macedonia. She lived and worked in San Francisco, Budapest and New York City where she also started and ran an “empowerment group” for at-risk transgender women. Read stories about her travels at  Professionally she is a Polarity Therapist, working to improve her clients Life-Energy. Polarity Therapy is an amazing energy healing system developed by Dr. Randolph Stone. In addition she coaches people on how to live more joyful authentic lives, more in tune with their natural energy. To find out more about her and her work, please visit her website at

Nancy Bain is an author, artist and dog park aficionada. She is from Vancouver, Canada and has a graduate degree in Urban Land Economics. Nancy had an interesting career in the real estate industry as a researcher, author, educator and publisher. In her current life, she publishes short stories on Amazon (about dogs of course),  does dog portraits and attends Drawing Studio events.

Curator Bio:



Venue: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson.

            Parking information found here, and a map identifying downtown parking areas here.



We’ve chosen themes for 2015 to make it easier for future

storytellers to see where your favorite personal story will fit in.

Next Up

March 5, 2015: “Wild”

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, Tucson.

Do You have a story? Contact us!


Storytelling is a way to make connections with diverse and different people that you may not meet in your every day life. Because these stories are from our lives they may be amazing, messy, enlightening, disturbing, and entertaining . . . and more.


Six invited storytellers have ten minutes to talk about a specific theme. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller.

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