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Connecting Manhattan Beach Through Ocean Stories

Jan 10, 2017 09:58PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello

Photo credit: Lucio Gomes of Porto Surfer Photography

"Life Aquatic," a storytelling event to be held on January 19, will bring together local storytellers and musicians to paint an engaging picture of life by and in the ocean.

The "pop-up" event, which will take place starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sloopy's Beach Café, is part of an ongoing and evolving series created by event producer Jennifer Capo.

"True storytelling really connects communities," said Capo. "The ocean is a common theme running through all of our lives here and we all have our stories relating to it."

The event is billed as a "night of unscripted ocean tales, musical mixes and the passionate quest for unexpected adventure."

Eight local storytellers will tell their tales at the gathering. Among the scheduled performers are Marion Clark of Surf Academy, SUP racer Alejandra Brito, big wave surfer Bob Sievers, and musician Mitch Chang.

The event is one in a newly developed series created by Capo, who has had a lifelong fascination with storytelling. She said her inspiration for the event series (found at her StoryStation website) came from people she knew from all over the area who were all connected to the ocean somehow, whether they work near it, live near it, play at it, or regularly swim or surf in it.

"What if we brought real people, using ocean tales as a topic, to tell five-minute unscripted ocean tales, and paired it with musical improv? I thought that could be kind of magical," she said.

An inaugural event, held at Sloopy's in August, filled the restaurant nearly to capacity. Capo expects a similar crowd for the January event, so attendees are encouraged to register early.

The event costs $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door. Food and drink will be available for order at Sloopy's.

Another event is scheduled for January 26 in Santa Monica. Capo is also planning to build out future events to include a visual/film element.

"The concept for the Life Aquatic series is to make it a traveling coastal show connecting communities more with the ocean and one another," she said. "Since it's a pop up event, we'll look at other unique and interesting spaces that bring a cozy charm in Manhattan Beach to 'pop up' for an evening."  

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