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05 Sep, 2017

Free Concert: Bil Lepp & Barbara McBride-Smith at Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center

An Evening of Stories for All Ages

Join national storytellers Bil Lepp and Barbara McBride-Smith as well as talented youth storyteller Anna Greer for a free evening of stories at the Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Bil and Barbara are considered two of the nation’s finest storytellers. Both were featured in the nationwide broadcast of the series Story Matters on BYU TV. Tickets are not required and there is no charge, but arrive early because seating fills up fast.

Bil Lepp is the five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.  He has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Storytelling Festival, Comedy Central Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles, and is a favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Waco, Texas and was educated in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her professional life as a storyteller, teacher, school librarian, and author has taken her from New Jersey to Oklahoma to her current home in Texas.  Barbara has entertained audiences across the nation and is a frequent headliner at the National Storytelling Festival.  Her award-winning stories have been featured on Sirius XM and National Public Radio.

This special event is supported by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a partnership between the Salt Lake County Library Services and Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center

8030 S 1825 W

West Jordan, UT 84088

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TuesdaySep05

Free Concert with Bil Lepp & Barbara McBride-Smith

Viridian Center

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join national storytellers Bil Lepp and Barbara McBride-Smith as well as talented youth storyteller Anna Greer for a free evening of stories at the Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Bil and Barbara are considered two of the nation’s finest storytellers. Both were featured in the nationwide broadcast of the series Story Matters on BYU TV. Tickets aren’t require and there is no charge, but arrive early because seating fills up fast.

Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a study in contrasts. A thoroughly honest man, he is a five-time champion liar. Behind that “yup, yup, yup” persona is an absolutely brilliant mind--so smart he’s scary, but really funny too—kind of like a cross between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robin Williams. An accomplished author, Bil Lepp’s books cover topics from parenting to very little things. As carefully architected as The Eiffel Tower, Bil’s stories often start out plausible, then quickly morph into the outrageous and fantastic. On occasion, he is completely serious and you can follow him into stories of the courage and honor of ordinary folks. But beware—Bil’s wit will hit and you will never see it coming!

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Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara McBride Smith’s life tapestry sparkles with more variety than Grandma’s button box. From Texas to Boston, Massachusetts, from the New Jersey shore, through Oklahoma, and back to Texas again, she has picked up wit, wonder, and wisdom from the most unlikely places and strings those gems of life together into a diadem of diversity. A bonafide wordsmith whose wicked wit is underscored by serious research and scholastic excellence, Barbara brings a stellar reputation for performance quality to the stage. After listening to Barbara’s interpretation of Greek myths, Bible stories, or life in general, you will want to slap your knee and shout, “What a woman!”

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Parking is available for free in the parking lots around the library and event center. Unless there is bad weather, the event will take place in the outdoor amphitheater behind the Viridian Center. Once the prepared seating is filled, there is space for people to set up their own chairs or spread out a blanket.

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