The First Person Arts Festival started yesterday with the First Taste Dinner and silent auction with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. The festival continues all week with events and workshops at the Painted Bride Art Center and other various locations throughout the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this ever-growing movement of storytelling, memoir and the celebration of real life as art. Highlights include a tribute (complete with special guests like Talib Kweli) to poet , activist and once Temple University professor Sonia Sanchez (November 14 at the Baptist Temple), The First Person Museum (running through December 18 at the Painted Bride Art Center) and The Real Americans by Dan Hoyle (running November 11-13 at the Painted Bride).
Check the video below for a taste of what First Person Arts is all about (warning, NSFW, unless your boss is cool with you watching someone tell a story that includes the themes of marijuana, hand jobs and masturbation). For more videos of the storytellers who will be competing in tomorrow’s Fall Grand Slam and Soiree, go to the First Person Arts Blog HERE.