Curated by Steven Deeble.
July includes stories from:
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Rick Sanchez currently lives in
downtown Los Angeles. He is frequently seen on The Moth stage and at
Speak.Easy. He also hosts and curates his own storytelling show at
Syncopated Brewing in Long Beach.
FB: Rick Sanchez
Frank Traynor was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a
comedian, a musician, an award-winning copywriter and a two-time
StorySLAM winner at The Moth. He will soon start producing "Funny you
should ask!" a comedic storytelling show at The Crow in Santa Monica.
You can find his music, comedy and stories on Spotify, Youtube and all
streaming platforms. He will eventually be survived by his wife, two
kids and three cats.
FB: Frank Traynor
Jane Kobayashi graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Design. She
also holds a BFA in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center College
of Design in Pasadena, where she has also taught. She has 24 years of
design experience, 17 of them with her own design firm, 5D Studio, based
in Santa Monica. A life-changing experience in 2017 prompted her to
begin to challenge herself in new ways. The story of that experience and
how it brought her to celebrate life with every breath both led to and
is the subject of her debut as a storyteller.
Nima Kharrazi has performed at The Moth, Mortified, and RISK. He comes
from a long line of storytellers and is also the host of several
podcasts like Breaker Broken, My Gastric Sleeve, and the upcoming
Happiness Challenge. Follow him on Instagram @nimaspeaks and Facebook
Ty Fance has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling
Network (NSN) and Storytelling Association of California (SAC)
storytelling festivals, as well as Ubuntu Storytellers. He has performed
at the Story Salon, Tales by The Sea, Story Worthy, The Otter Story
Hour, Better Said Than Done, and Strong Words. He also produced a long
running storytelling show called - Off My Head Storytelling..
Ty’s stories feature his journey into and through fatherhood;
reflections on marriage; and his colorful childhood. His stories are
also featured in his book of autobiographical short stories entitled
‘Off My Head and Over the Fence’. He wrote and directed a short film –
‘Chump City’, about a young man’s struggle to fit in after moving to
Gabi Conti is the author of ‘Twenty Guys You Date In Your Twenties’
published by Chronicle Books, available wherever you buy or listen to
books. She is the co-creator, co-executive producer and host of the
podcast ‘Am I Dating A Serial Killer?’ the entire first season is
available only on Audible. She hosts and reports entertainment news for
Hollywire on SamsungTV, Snapchat and YouTube. She has contributed to
Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily and Popsugar.
Gabi’s live show is called Storytasting. She co-hosts and co-produces
with Jonathan Bradley Welch every other month at the Blending Lab on 3rd
in West Hollywood.
Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter: @itsgabiconti
Elaine Gale was a religion reporter for the Los Angeles Times and an
advice columnist and pop culture reporter for the Star Tribune in
Minneapolis. Now, she's a Full Professor at California State University
and Writing Center Director for the Graduate School of Leadership and
Change at Antioch University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from
Antioch University Los Angeles and a PhD in Human Communication from
University of Denver. She is a member of the performance troupe ‘Anima’
and has performed her solo show, ‘One Good Egg’, in the United Solo
Theater Festival in New York City. Her work has been published in
literary magazines such as Under the Gum Tree and The Manifest-Station
and in mainstream magazines including W, Entertainment Weekly,
Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping, despite the irony.
@elaine_gale on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok
Antonio Ruiz is a seventy-three-year-old ex-seminarian,
ex-junkie-alcoholic who has stumbled through more careers than is
humanly possible: Radio and Television journalist and producer,
Government service, and local and national non-profit organizations.
Throw in stints as a jewelry vendor, a motorcycle courier, and an
airport shuttle driver, then top it off with bartending in a German
alpine-themed bar, and you might wonder when he had time to sleep.
Antonio returned to college after fifty years, graduating from Long
Beach City College in 2021 with an AA in English. He is currently
enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in
He writes a weekly blog at antoniopedroruiz.com, called ‘On Second
You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/antonio.ruiz and on Twitter
Get riveted by stories from these locals while you enjoy hyper-local and woman-made beer, wine, cider, hard booch, and soft drinks.
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Elinor is located at 250 N Tribune Ct (alley entrance), Long Beach, CA 90802