There's this "thing" called The Moth. I'm not exactly sure how to classify it; it's not a particular event, but there are lots of Moth events that occur, and it's not a club/organization, but people are involved with it, it's sort of like a idea, but it's more.
The Moth is a storytelling thing, and they have Story Slams (like Poetry Slams, get it) where people get together and tell stories based on a chosen theme. There's casual judging, a casual winner, and it's a great way to get out and hear stories about other people's lives. Some are funny, some might be sad, some aren't so good, but it's a pretty good time.
The first Thursday of each month in Detroit at Cliff Bell's is a Moth Story Slam. Last night the theme was "Busted", and all the stories had something to do with that. Getting busted by the cops, by the parents, for being drunk, by an alcoholic boss, busted in court, or busting your face. Ten stories, a few flops, but most were pretty good.
Cliff Bell's is a place I've wanted to go for a while after hearing about it through the Moth, it's a cool little jazz club and it was a perfect place to host something like this. Warm atmosphere, good lighting, good people.... BUT NOT ENOUGH CHAIRS. You know, standing room only, which was okay, except that we wanted to sit and eat something. So, we found a chairless table, and we took it.
And felt like little kids sitting at the big kids table!
All in all, a really fun night. Good stories, $5 to get in, good food. Highly recommended.
If you're interested in finding out more: The Moth Detroit