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Young Nonprofit Professionals Network: Storytelling for Nonprofit Professionals

I don’t know about you but Facebook has morphed from a forum where I can read about the mundane and idiosyncratic activities of my friends around the world to a kind of event invite clearing house. Every day I receive invitations to do, or see, or join one thing or another, and these are from Facebook friends, not the social network mecca’s advertisers who, incidentally, seem to think I need a middle age woman in my life.

I have so many invites delivered to me each morning that each one only gets a moment of acknowledgement. I can spare only a sleepy second to distinguish the generic from the particular. And, unfortunately, some of those particular events are pretty worthy, they really do warrant more focus. Perhaps you are in the same boat. I mean if I received an invitation to something arty and/or gay then chances are you did too because after all Facebook is all about connecting every single one of us to everything out there.

So, for your sake and mine, here’s a breathless itinerary of what’s going on in the arts(ish) community in the coming days:

March 27 the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is hosting a workshop at the Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Facilitated by the hunky (and bearded before everyone else was bearded) Nathan Young it’s designed to encourage nonprofits to use storytelling as a way to communicate their mission. The LGBT community has plenty of nonprofits so this sounds like a must do. Come prepared with pen, paper and thoughts on what ideas and scenarios you want to showcase. Participants can expect to leave with 1-2 stories written out that they can use right away in their work life.

If that doesn’t inspire you then Art of Élan’s popular downtown series returns, with a special show at The Glashaus, an artist collective studio and gallery in Barrio Logan, San Diego’s emerging urban art neighborhood. Enjoy the sculptural creations of Matt Devine and other artists. There will be house music thanks to DJ Jose Marquez, and an all-new “beat suite” composition by violist AJ Nilles.

There’s more art on Saturday at Helmuth Projects in the Bankers Hill area. The event is an artist talk/Q&A closing reception of a show by Matthew Bradley titled Sacred Geometry for a Profane Existence. Its subtitle is everything you know is wrong and it spoke to me in an uncanny kind of way.

I scrolled past some happenings in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Slovakia, (because that’s a bit far for me to send you).

Then I reached Coronado Playhouse’s annual event to celebrate the actors, techs, designers and production teams who contributed to their 2013 season. This is happening Sunday March 30. The program is designed to support your favorite shows, reunite and cheer on cast mates and be a part of the celebration! I received my invitation from local LGBT choreographer Michael Mizeraney who is responsible for a lot of incredible entertainment for and about our community.

Diversionary Theatre’s second Open Monday’s event is Bleed Like Me (funnily enough this title spoke to me in an uncanny way as well). Then, finally (for now) Men @ the Center presents Guys, Games and Grub. That regular occasion is Wednesday, April 2 and it looks like 68 of you are going while 99 of you have said “maybe”. See, we are all connected!

I can’t make it myself because I’ll be at a pre-existing event, somewhere south of Tallahassee.



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