Last summer, the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center debuted Storytelling Chautauqua
, a one-night-only variety show, as part of its Chautauqua series of performances, which hark back to a time when communities gathered to share tales and entertainment. The event was so successful that the center is at it again, presenting renowned performers like Oakland poet and jazz singer Joyce Lee and talks from local community members like Mike Johnson of Petaluma's Committee on the Shelterless. These talks will make you laugh, make you think and may even make you share your own story. The Storytelling Chautauqua happens Friday, July 17, at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 7:30pm. $15-$20. 707.874.1557.