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The storytelling movement shows no signs of slowing down. The Moth, RISK!, and This American Life have brought one of the oldest forms of entertainment back into the public’s ears. In the past few years, storytelling slams have replaced poetry and stand-up open mics, bringing the two crowds together—and yielding surprisingly good results. Live storytelling is simple: No loud noises, pyrotechnics, or nudity are necessary. “Bare!,” a series about sex, desire, and romance, comes to Black Cat tonight after a successful series of shows at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Producer, writer, and sex educator Jefferson is the mastermind behind this evening of sexuality-based storytelling; tonight, he and New York singer/songwriter Kimi Lundie are the only nonlocal guests on a lineup chock full of D.C.’s best storytellers, who have been tasked with sharing stories about “firsts.” Highlights include Story League co-founder SM Shrake, SpeakeasyDC regular Derek Hills, and D.C. Dungeon proprietor British “Lucky” Paul. Free-flowing booze and tales of debauchery on a cold January night? Sounds like a recipe for more memorable moments.
“Bare!” begins at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. blackcatdc.com. (202) 667-7960.