TCFA is pleased to welcome renowned storyteller Regi Carpenter, presenting “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner—Stories of a Seared Childhood” on Saturday, January 30, 7:30pm. Carpenter will be joined by guest musician Peter Dodge for an evening of tales for adults and whimsical song in a coffeehouse-style setting. Growing up near the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, she will share stories that affectionately unroll tapestries and personal narratives from four generations family history.
The event promises to be full of genuine reflection, baby boomer sensibilities, and the antics and anguish of growing up in a small town near a big river—with an undercurrent.
Carpenter has traveled the world telling tales, but she got her start in Ithaca 20 years ago. Since then, she has received numerous accolades and awards for her performances and workshops. She has also been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center, and the South Arts Festival in New Zealand, as well as in Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, and Florida.
“You don’t have to be a St. Lawrence ‘river rat’ to be mesmerized by Regi Carpenter,” says Caren Niele, producer at the Adventura Arts & Cultural Center in Adventura, Florida. “Her work transcends time and space to embody the essence of storytelling: connection—with each other, with our histories, and with our own humanity—deceptively embedded in flat-out, full-tilt entertainment. She is among the very best of a talent-studded field.”
Doors will open about 7pm; simple beverages and snacks will be available. Tickets, $8, for Regi Carpenter’s performance will be available at the door.