Join us for five personal stories about blowing stuff up. From smashing the patriarchy to unleashing an actual tiger, hear how fireworks are set off all year ‘round.
Hosted by Gastor Almonte and Tracy Rowland. Doors at 7:30.
Masih Alinejad is an award-winning Iranian journalist, broadcaster, blogger and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom movement. A 2011 graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Alinejad currently reports and presents a weekly TV segment on VOA, called Tablet, where she mixes hard news and satire. Masih has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Huffington Post, Time magazine and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Frank Gauthier, AKA Uncle Frank, is an actor, storyteller and writer. Drafted in 1971, he ended up in Army Intelligence at the Pentagon. While there, he rewrote the boring security lecture given to all new employees at the Pentagon into an entertaining true story that people actually listened to. Frank has done many commercials and industrials where he usually plays a friendly (befuddled) Dad. He lives in Brooklyn and is married to Dana Vance.
Allison Holzer is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of InspireCorps, which partners with organizational clients to produce next-level results through sustainable inspiration. Allison and her co-founders are publishing the book Dare to Inspire (Hachette Book Group, 2019, #DaretoInspire), which stands on their own original research on inspiration in the workplace and builds on existing research on positive psychology and organizational scholarship. Prior to InspireCorps, Allison worked with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, helping them crack the code on coaching emotional intelligence skills. Allison holds a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College and both a MAT and MFA from American University. She lives in West Hartford with her two boys and husband and loves dancing, kickboxing, and riding horses.
Alvin Irby received his M.S. in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and his MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. He is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, and author. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, Irby was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize. His TED Talk "How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader" has been viewed over 1 million times. Irby's clever social commentary and humorous observations earned him a coveted spot in the StandUp NBC national showcase. His fresh perspective and smart brand of humor shine through in his 2018 comedy album "Really Dense." Irby’s debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines his passion for early literacy and humor while capturing the hilariously gross behavior of kids everywhere.
Adam Selbst is a writer and graphic designer living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is the host of Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow as well as Big Irv's Pet Detect Agency. He has been a featured storyteller on shows around New York including Storyfest, Tale, Two Truths and a Lie, Dummies and Co., The Dump, and The Artichoke. He is a Moth Storyslam winner and a contributor to McSweeneys. Adam also helps run the Brooklyn art collective Big Irv's, and enjoys spending his free time cooking and getting rejected from The New Yorker.