Motorcycle story slam August 21

Motor Mouth Story Slam: Biker Tales from the Road

Saturday, August 21

4 to 6 pm

Sign up at 3:30 pm

The Stewart House River Grill

2 North Water Street

Athens, NY 12015

The Athens Cultural Center’s wildly successful summer motorcycle exhibit Head Out on the Highway goes full throttle and roars to a finish with MOTOR MOUTH: BIKER TALES FROM THE ROAD, a story slam hosted by Christina Thyssen of On the Fly Story Slam, on Saturday, August 21, 4 to 6 pm, at The Stewart House outdoor River Grill. Sign up at 3:30.

Anyone with a great motorcycle tale is invited to participate. Stories should be 5-minute true-life personal stories told live without notes or props. We’re looking for motorcycle-themed stories of any kind. Funny, fantastical or ferocious. Sappy, slutty or spectacular. Special prize for best story. Come to share or come to listen! For more information, please contact Christina Thyssen at christina.thyssen@gmail.com .

Other events in the final weekend:

Saturday, August 21

1-7 pm. Head Out on the Highway exhibit special extended hours. A celebration of motorcycle history and culture with rare and collectible motorcyles along with paintings, photography and archival material. Featured artists include Danny Lyon, Tom of Finland, Anna Meijn, Hubert Dobler and Ian Hemingway. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, NY.

7:30 pm. Free public screening of “Cry-Baby,” written and directed by John Waters. Starring Johnny Depp as a 1950s teen rebel, along with Rikki Lake and Amy Locane, and appearances by Iggy Pop, Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton and Patty Hearst, among others! (1990, rated PG-13) Athens Riverside Park, Athens, NY. Bring your outdoor chairs and beverages of choice. ACC raffle winners will be announced right before the movie. 

Sunday, August 22

1-7 pm. Head Out on the Highway exhibit special extended hours.

2-3 pm. Pick up for raffle winners. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street.

Best Bike Selfie Contest prizes awarded. Lottery Ticket Packet Prizes for Best Athens Bike Selfie, Best Bike (Any Location) Selfie, and Best Athens Cultural Center Bike Selfie. Submit selfies to ACC Instagram or Facebook @athensculturalcenter, #headout2021, or by email info@athensculturalcenter.org .

For more information, please contact: info@athensculturalcenter.org or curators Annika Voigt at av@annikavoigt.co and Tim Watkins at tim@maywatkinsdesign.com .


Stories & pics from our May 8 Grand Slam

A huge thank you to everyone who braved the relentless drizzle and cold this weekend and brought sleeping bags and blankets and chairs and food and good cheers to listen to an amazing group of storytellers at our first BackYard Slam of the season. What a night! Also a big congratulations to Deb Parker who took the Grand Slam prize with a fabulous and hilarious story about growing up with a sexually adventurous mom. We will be back in Tivoli next month on June 12. The theme of the night is “Slippery Slope.” Come drop your name in the hat to tell your story! In the meantime you can listen to the stories from the Grand Slam here and check out all the Backyard Summer Slam dates & themes here.


On The Fly Summer Backyard Series

Hi dear story lovers,

A reminder that this Saturday is our 2021 Backyard Grand Slam. We hope to see many of you there. May 8 @ 5pm in beautiful Tivoli NY with an amazing line-up up some of our favorite storytellers. Please RSVP as we’re still limiting participation due to the pandemic, and we’ll send you the location address once you do. Those of you who joined us last year will know the location already. Message us to save your spot. 

And check out the dates and themes for our Backyard Summer Series below, and let’s have a summer filled with stories and community.

2021 Backyard THEMES & DATES:

June 12: Slippery Slope

July 10: Down and Dirty

August 14: Dog Days

September 11: Love Thy Neighbor?

October 9: Day of the Dead

WHERE: Tivoli, NY (email for address)

All welcome. Some adult language likely. BYO blanket/chair/refreshments

Tell a story – tell your friends


Tell a story at On The Fly

Storytellers! This summer we are introducing  a series of intensive 2-day storytelling workshops designed to help you craft and develop themed stories to be told at On The Fly story slams. We will introduce you to  basic principles of storytelling and explore useful performance techniques in an intimate and supportive group setting.  At the end of the workshop, you will perform your story at the next On The Fly story slam.


2 Saturdays: June 26, & July 3, 1-4pm

Story Slam July 10:  Down & Dirty

2 Saturdays Aug 28 & Sept 4 1-4 pm

Story Slam Sept 11: Love Thy Neighbor

Location: Athens, NY

Price: $150