The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a different theme. It all happens every last Wednesday of the month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.



HOW I LEARNED WHO'S COMING TO DINNER: STORIES ABOUT RACE + IDENTITY

This is going to be totally educational in a hilarious yet poignant and also maybe slightly offensive sort of way if you want me to be perfectly honest with you. Up with people!

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The How I Learned Series Proudly Presents:
HOW I LEARNED WHO'S COMING TO DINNER:
STORIES ABOUT RACE + IDENTITY


Featuring:
VICTOR VARNADO
(Tell Your Friends!; Comedy Central)
DODAI STEWART
(Jezebel.com; Glamour)
EUGENE ASHTON-GONZALEZ
(The Moth; New York Confidential Storytelling Series)
LESLIE GOSHKO
(Vodka Shoes; Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion)
ALYSSA PINSKER
(New York Post; Bust Magazine)

Created, Produced + Hosted by
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY


Wednesday, June 22nd
8pm / Doors open at 7
HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street (between Forsyth + Eldridge)
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand

FREE!

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VICTOR VARNADO has navigated the adversities of being born a legally blind, African-American albino to become a nationally known actor, comedian, director, and, according to legend, a Jedi. You may recognize him from TV appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adult Swim and My Name is Earl, and in the films End of Days, A Guy Thing, and Julien Donkey Boy. He most recently directed the live concert film Tell Your Friends! You can visit him at www.bestalbino.com. 



DODAI STEWART was born in the South and raised in New York. She started writing stories at the age of 4, attended Bronx High School of Science, and was a screenwriting major at Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently the Deputy Editor of Jezebel, and has also written for Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, New York Magazine, Jane, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan but dreams of retiring on a chihuahua farm in the South Pacific.  [Photo: Nikola Tamindzic]



LESLIE GOSHKO is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award, and host of the monthly storytelling series, “Sideshow Goshko” (Time Out NY "Critics' Pick", New York Daily News “Editor’s Pick”). Her stories and comedy writing have been featured on Sirius XM, WNYC, NY Metro "Funny Page", Risk! podcast, and she can be seen performing with NY's hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band -- The BTK Band. Her one-woman show, Vodka Shoes, opened to rave reviews as part of the NY Frigid Festival and was awarded several extended runs. She's also pretty proud to have performed on Broadway with the cast of Hairspray. [Photo: Mindy Tucker]

EUGENE ASHTON-GONZALEZ is a writer and comedian. He is the host and creator of New York Confidential, a real dirty storytelling series running at a hush-house near you. As a ghostwriter he has worked on projects about bank bailouts, the Iraq War, and Beyonce. He makes stories all over town, and on the world wide web at www.ashtongonzalez.com.

 

As the child of a Yeshiva fleeing Bronx bred dad and anti-religious Ukranian Catholic immigrant scenesters ALYSSA PINSKER has dated hipster Hassids, turbaned Sikhs, skirt-wearing Keralite Muslims, WASPS and Jews. She's the post-modern Jukrainian yogi herself. She is currently working on an anti-Eat, Pray, Love memoir, and has written for the Huffington Post, Time Out NY, New York Post, The Daily News, Bust Magazine, The Frisky, The Forward, Generation J, and Interfaith Family. She has also appeared in The Moth StorySLAM and New York Confidential.


This is really going to be something. I am pretty sure all bets are off. Facebook event is here for your optional RSVPing pleasure.
See you soon!
xoxo Blaise