Carapace Atlanta

Come out of your shell!

A place for story connoisseurs…

Carapace is a monthly event of true personal stories at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, every fourth Tuesday of the month (except December). While the show begins at 7p, we encourage people to get there early to meet their neighbors and enjoy a meal before the mic goes live.

Raconteurs + Rapt Audience
= Really Good Time!

Every fourth Tuesday of the month, ordinary raconteurs tell true, personal, five-minute (or so) stories on a pre-selected theme. Topics have included, for example, "Scars," and "Feuds & Rivalries."

Our hilarious host, Cris Gray, guides us through.

Names are drawn from a hat. No one is required to tell a story; attendees can just listen. It's free.

Next Month’s Theme:

A Hard Day’s Night

Tuesday, September 26, 7p, Manuel’s Tavern

In 1964, The Beatles (you may have heard of them) sang:

"It's been a hard day's night / And I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night / I should be sleeping like a log."

And who doesn't have a story along those lines? Tell us about that time you spent a year one week in Baltimore, working until you felt like you'd drop. When did you dig deep? Did the well of ambition go bone dry? Perhaps your story's not about work at all, but about a moment you walked away from it all, neglected your worldly duties, and maybe partied hard instead. Did you turn day into night and back into day, dancing until the sun came up?

Whatever epic tale you have to spin, we'll be waiting with rapt attention at Manuel's Tavern on Tuesday, September 26 at 7p. As always, the recommended formula for less stress and more success is getting there early to get your order in with the best wait staff in town and say hi to some other friendly faces!

Also, The Beatles offer this reminder about the things that you do that make us feel alright...

*no notes (even and especially on your cellphone)

*no political rants

*no stand-up comedy routines

This is OG storytelling, like folks used to do around the fire at night.

Bt-dubs…We will be at Manuel’s by 6p on the night of the show. If you’d like some free story coaching as you prepare to get up on that mic, please feel free to arrive in the hour before and talk through the story’s points for some potential ideas or help with shaping it.

STORYTELLING TIPS: We often say stories must have a beginning, middle, and an end. But a different way to think about this is a story is not a story unless some change has occurred. (What's changed in me, the circumstances, or environment?) If nothing changes, then it might just be an anecdote. Find the change in your story. As such, every story you tell is creating an act of change.

The hat of destiny awaits…

There’s never any pressure to tell a story, but you’ll never experience a more welcoming environment to try out the mic.

Join in the fun…

Photos by Andrew Huang

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