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Wednesday, Dec 8 2010
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How Grinchy would it be to say that holiday stories these days seem to lack inspiration? Even the good ones can get so canned and tedious. Elves, reindeer, peace, goodwill. We get it! Even the plight of poor Charlie Brown and his tragic little Christmas tree seems by now so familiar that it’s hard not to yearn for something fresh, modern, genuine. Cue Porchlight: A Storytelling Series and its Holiday Dream Show. Live stories, no notes, 10 minutes or less — as per Porchlight usual — but here with a seasonal bent. Since it’s been running for only a dozen years, this tradition hasn’t had time to get run into the ground. Last year’s Holiday Dream Show theme: “Toy!” This year’s: “Family Secrets.” To paraphrase producers Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick: If you’d rather not think about your kin this time of year, come listen to the incredible familial tales of others.
Mon., Dec. 20, 8 p.m., 2010

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