Rituals and Superstitions videos are on line!

On June 27th, we settled into our new digs at the beautifully restored Hollywood Theatre. And seriously, the night couldn’t have been better! Powerful and hilarious stories, great food from Bunk Truck, Tamale Boy, and Top Pot Doughnuts, and YOU!

What, you weren’t there? Check out all of the night’s RITUALS AND SUPERSTITIONS online, including Moon Zappa’s story, which brought the house down at the end of the evening!

And you can watch the rest of the evening’s stories from JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON, DANIEL H. WILSON, BRIAN KOCH, and INTISAR ABIOTO HERE…!

We’ll be back at the Hollywood on Friday, August 15th! Get tickets Now –> HERE

And…

—> August will be filled with great Back Fence PDX storytelling! In addition to our Mainstage show on August 15, we will return to DISJECTA on Saturday, August 16th for our next Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE show with EMMETT MONTGOMERY, JOHN RODERICK, COLE KAZDIN, ARTHUR BRADFORD, DARIA ELIUK, JASON ROUSE, JOEY SLAMON, and RENEE JENKINSON (tickets available HERE)

And…

Our Back Fence PDX: REEL STORIES show returns with filmmakers showing their films and sharing the stories behind them. Storytellers for this round include JAMES WESTBY, BETH HARRISON, OCTOBER MOORE, TG FIRESTONE, and CASEY PARKS. Grab tickets: HERE.

THIS Saturday night Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

Sat JUNE 14, 2014 | DOORS 7:00PM | SHOW 8:00PM 21+
Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE
DISJECTA
8371 N INTERSTATE AVE

If you haven’t been to the new show we added last year–come this Saturday night!

Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE was added to our storytelling lineup in 2013. Each storyteller spins a giant wheel of prompts, and has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt! It’s like we invented a new game called truth AND dare.

YOU will vote for the winner, then the winner picks an audience member as a winner, too! Both of you get super duper prizes!

Storytellers* for this round include our winners from the DEC + FEB shows JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON (Writer/Producer, LA) and SHANNON BALCOM (Administrative Assistant, PDX) along with returnees EMMETT MONTGOMERY (Comedian/Actor, SEA), NICOLE GEORGES (Graphic Novelist, PDX) and SARAH MIRK (Online Editor @ Bitch Media, PDX) — taking on first-timers JOHANNA STEIN (Writer/Performer, LA), BILL HILLMANN (Writer/Performer, CHI), and JAY FLEWELLING (Comedian/Performer, PDX).

Hosted by B. FRAYN MASTERS & MINDY NETTIFEE
Music by BOBBY from Sex Life DJs
$15 ADVANCE | $18 DOOR

GET Your TICKETS >> HERE

Check out our Russian Roulette YOUTUBE page HERE

Don’t Box Me In videos are live!

Our April 5th show marked our farewell to the Mission Theater, Back Fence PDX’s Main Stage home since 2008. And what a great night it was, full of laughs, emotion, and superb storytelling. Wanna see what we mean? You can! The videos from our DON’T BOX ME IN show are all online for you to soak up.

Be sure to follow us when we make our big move to the Hollywood Theatre in NE Portland on June 27th! Get tickets Now –> HERE

WATCH THE REST OF THE STORIES —> HERE

And…

—> You can get tickets for our next Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE show on SATURDAY, JUNE 14. With returning winners JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON and SHANNON BALCOM, as well as EMMETT MONTGOMERY, SARAH MIRK, JOHANNA STEIN, BILL HILLMAN, and JAY FLEWELLING! This is a different storytelling format than our Main Stage shows. Still true stories, but with high risk — storytellers are challenged to create their true tales on the spot.

Grab tickets: HERE.

February’s Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE videos are up!

Oooh, folks! Last week’s Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE* brought out a wide variety stories (from rocking back and forth funny, to dark/funny/poignant to funny/poignant…the whole shebang!) from daredevil storytellers who had only 5 minutes to prepare their 5-minute true story! (That’s how we roll at our RUSSIAN ROULETTE shows, y’all!)

The audience spoke and voted the story of the night to be SHANNON BALCOM‘s Scared Shitless tale of highly entertaining if not embarrassing and painful woe. She basically nailed it. Nipping at her heels was COURTENAY HAMEISTER, who shared a sweet, funny, and intimate Had to Have It story — that’s she’s never told anyone before. Check them both out below, and after that find the links to the rest of the night’s stories!

Plus all of the other amazing storytellers from the evening:

MATT FRACTION
LEATHER STORRS
ALEX FALCONE
BRIAN S. ELLIS
KATY DAVIDSON
WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

WATCH ALL OF OUR BACK FENCE PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE STORIES —> HERE

—> You can get tickets soon for our next Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE show on SAT, JUNE 14. With the return of our FEB winner SHANNON BALCOM (PDX), EMMETT MONTGOMERY (SEA), SARAH MIRK (PDX), and first-time appearances of JOHANNA STEIN (LA) and BILL HILLMAN (CHI), and more to be announced soon!

*RUSSIAN ROULETTE puts a twist on our main stage storytelling shows. Still true stories, but with high risk and intrigue — storytellers are challenged to create their true 5-minute tales on the spot.

Ch Ch Ch Changes videos are up

We had a fantastic lineup of storytellers to kick off our 2014 series of Main Stage shows — and now you can relive the whole evening. That’s right: the videos from our CH CH CH CHANGES show are up and ready for you to enjoy.

WATCH THE REST OF THE STORIES —> HERE

And…

—> You can get tickets for our next Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE show on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27. With MATT FRACTION, WILLIAM STEVEN HUMPHREY, ALEX FALCONE, SHANNON BALCOM, KATY DAVIDSON, and returning winner JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON! This is a different storytelling format than our Main Stage shows. Still true stories, but with high risk — storytellers are challenged to create their true tales on the spot.

Grab tickets: HERE.

A BIG 5.5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW FOR ONLY 5 BUCKS!

Monday DECEMBER 9, 2013 | DOORS/DRINKS 6:00PM | SHOW 8:00PM 21+
PORTLAND CENTER STAGE, THE GERDING THEATER AT THE ARMORY
128 NW 11th Ave


Back Fence PDX: GREAT EXPECTATIONS stories & Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

GET TICKETS NOW


To celebrate 5.5 years this show will be one half main stage show with GREAT EXPECTATIONS stories and one half RUSSIAN ROULETTE stories!

FEATURING Great Expectations stories from: JEFFERSON SMITH (PDX, Started Bus Project), JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON (LA pictured, Writer/Producer, Moth Mainstage Storyteller), GREG NIBLER (PDX, Host of Funemployment Radio), TIM GANEY (PDX, Architect).

FEATURING Russian Roulette stories from: SHELLEY McLENDON (PDX, Performer/Producer @ Bad Reputation Productions), NICHOLAS KESSLER (PDX, Actor/Teacher), JESSICA LEE WILLIAMSON (LA, Writer/Producer, Moth Mainstage Storyteller), and the winner of our NOVEMBER 23 Russian Roulette show!

$12.50-$20.00 advance, $16 at door

ONLY $5 for this special anniversary show!

Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE videos are up!

For those who have been dying to check out our Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE* series of high-stakes, no-time-to-prepare storytelling, we have good news! We now have a new YouTube Channel that features all of our RUSSIAN ROULETTE storytellers!

Start by checking out the below storytellers JASON SAULS + LEATHER STORRS — audience selected winners from our June 20 and July 20 shows! And our first winner and runner up BRIAN FINKELSTEIN + ARTHUR BRADFORD –> HERE

MORE STORIES WILL BE COMING SOON—> HERE

—> You can get tickets soon for our next Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE show on SAT, NOV 23. With our first TWO TIME winner LEATHER STORRS returning, along with ARTHUR BRADFORD, SHANNON BALCOM, MATT BORS, DAVID ALEXANDER and MORE!

*RUSSIAN ROULETTE puts a twist on our main stage storytelling shows. Still true stories, but with high risk and intrigue — storytellers are challenged to create their true 5-minute tales on the spot.

Join Our Friends at World Pulse on Oct 9th!

How does a woman in Cameroon fighting against invasive breast ironing (or flattening) get her voice heard outside her small village? She, like other women fighting against the cultural and political violence in their communities, connects through Portland-based World Pulse. Women from over 190 countries are logging on and telling their stories. Women’s voices will no longer be silenced.

Join World Pulse for a special event in our hometown, Portland, OR, on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00pm, World Trade Center. Come and hear grassroots women leaders speak out about the issues facing our global community, promote fearless solutions, and accelerate urgently needed change. Support us in breaking the silence.

This event will be hosted by OPB’s Allison Frost, Occasional Think Out Loud Host, and now Back Fence PDX storyteller!

–> Get your tickets today

Welcome our NEW sponsor betsy & iya!

We’re so excited to partner with betsy & iya as our newest sponsors! Their jewelry shows off their unique and eye-catching aesthetic, and their story is absolutely inspiring.

Here’s their story from their website. And a VERY adorable video.

betsy & iya started in 2008 in a coffeeshop with a notebook, a bright red pencil, and nothing to lose. Among scribbles and coffee stains, the words “jewelry making” appeared in that notebook.

Betsy wrote it down, thought about it for a while, and then she made some jewelry. And it worked, so she did it some more.

Today, we’re more than just jewelry. We’re more than this website. We’re a brick and mortar shop snuggled down in our home of Portland, OR. It is here that we design and make it all. And it is here that we carry the work of other independent artists and designers from around the country–work we’ve encountered in our travels, work that speaks to us, that we love.

We’re betsy & iya. We are constantly learning, building, growing. We’re goofballs who can still work 80+ hour weeks, but know when to take a deep breath. Design is important to us, but so are quiet Sunday mornings, roller coasters, and new music. We’d love to live in a house from Dwell magazine, but we don’t. And if we did, you might find a stray sock in the hallway or a *temporary* stack of dishes in the sink. We’re people, just like you. We love what we do. And we put ourselves into our designs, into our business, into how we say hi when you walk through our door.

We hope you love the other artists’ and designers’ products we carry just as much as we do. We hope you feel amazing and gush confidence. And then we hope someone does something silly and that we all crack up for a while.

At betsy & iya, we are vibrant. We steal clothes from our moms (don’t worry, they know). We love our home, Portland. We’re inspired by color, asymmetry, contrast, balance. We drink coffee all day long. We’re imperfect; we’re polite; we’re sassy. And we want you to have a good time when you hang out with us, whether it’s online, or in our brick & mortar shop. So, take a look around. We’re really glad you’re here.

Tickets on sale NOW for our SEPT shows!

Tickets *just* went on sale for our SEPT 27 + 28 Storytelling shows!

Both shows take place at the Mission Theater!

–> GET yourself some tickets HERE 

SEPT 27—A redux night of fan favorites telling stories on the theme AFTER DARK. Including #1 Best Selling Thriller writer CHELSEA CAIN (PDX), Frontman for The Long Winters JOHN RODERICK (SEA, pictured), Longtime Nudist + Squirrel Whisperer JENNIFER JASPER (SEA), Live Wire! Head Writer + Filmmaker COURTENAY HAMEISTER (PDX), and Writer + Performer BRIAN FINKELSTEIN (LA). (one more announced soon!)

SEPT 28—All new storytellers sharing stories on the theme LOSING MY RELIGION including: Filmmaker + Photographer ALICA J. ROSE (PDX),  Senior Producer of Think Out Loud ALLISON FROST (PDX),  Tambourine Virtuoso + Memoirist NICOLE HARDY (SEA), All around nice guy COREY ROSEN (SF) w/ more announced soon!

See you at the shows!!!