Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
If you don’t believe that story telling is an art form, I’d ask you if you’ve ever experienced The Monti. The non-profit organization (based in Chapel Hill-Durham) invites interesting people from the community to tell personal stories in front of a live audience, as long as those stories meet four criteria:
- The stories must be true
- The stories must be told without the use of notes
- The stories must adhere to the twelve-minute time limit (else the hippo will fuss)
- The stories must revolve around the selected theme
This Saturday a very special edition of The Monti, titled Into the Wild, will take place at the beautiful Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill. Presented with partner Townsend Bertram & Co. (the adventure outfitter in Carrboro’s CarrMill Mall) Into the Wild will feature story tellers sharing their personal experiences braving the elements. One of the five stories you’ll hear that evening will be from Matt Kirk, who broke a 23 year old record through-hiking his way from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail in the Summer of 2013. That’s got to be quite a tale.
When you purchase your tickets to Into the Wild (and you can get them here now) you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free weekend camping adventure setup for 2 (including a tent, 2 packs, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping pads), assorted other goodies & swag along with some pretty fab t-shirts from TB&C and The Monti. Isn’t that great timing, because camping season is practically here already.
The show starts promptly at 7:30 pm but you’ll want to arrive early (around 6:30 pm) to partake of the food trucks (American Meltdown, The Parlour and others) and other pre-show activities. Oh, and might be best to leave the kids with a sitter for the evening – The Monti is an adult-themed program.