“Looking for Love” in all the right — and wrong — places will be the theme as storytellers take the stage at SHINE on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at YWCA Westside/Santa Monica.

SHINE is a storytelling series highlighting experienced and new storytellers coming together on the third Thursday of each month to share inspiring true stories. The event features a relaxed community atmosphere, powerful and entertaining stories, refreshments, mingling, and live music.

SHINE will be hosted this month by Joe Hernandez-Kolski, an Emmy Award winner and two- time HBO Def Poet. As a comic/poet, he has performed with everyone from legendary musician John Mellencamp to the Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli to comedian Carlos Mencia. For over twelve years, he’s been hosting Downbeat 720, a renowned open-mic in Santa Monica for high school youth.

Professional storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s top award-winning storytellers and writers. Amateur storytellers of all ages and walks of life also take the stage.

SHINE is held at YWCA Westside, 2019 14th St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for live music, refreshments and mingling. Stories start at 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation at door. Advance tickets available at www.StoreyProductions.com. Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit the website in advance for monthly theme and guidelines.

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