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November 16, 2009
This week The Moth, the New York-based patrons of the oral tradition of storytelling, will hold their annual Black and White Ball at Capitale in Manhattan.

Hailed as "an evening of great fun" and "a not-to-be-missed show," the evening is strictly dry clean-only, with a dress code of "raven black or powder white," and consists of a cocktail party followed by dinner and dancing. Official host for the event is beloved Midwestern yarn spinner and NPR mainstay Garrison Keillor, with support from writer Jonathan Ames, who some may know for his overly confessional New York Press columns but most will likely recognize as the creator of the new HBO comedy and Jason Schwartzman vehicle Bored To Death.

At the event the 2009 Moth Award for storytelling will be presented to Anna Deavere Smith, and the 2009 MothSHOP Community Scholarship will be awarded to MothSHOP Community High School Program graduate Terence Buckner. The latter presentation will be made by Law & Order co-star and Ice-T foil Richard Belzer, who will no doubt be regaling minglers with some of his beloved conspiracy theories.

Along with dining, dancing and discussion, another of the night's events will be a silent auction for "a week in a house in the South of France" and, perhaps most tantalizing, "a meal with Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie or Adam Gopnik." There are other prizes on the docket for the silent auction, such as a pair of round-trip Jet Blue tickets to anywhere they fly, but the chance to chastise Gladwell for his New Yorker piece equating the suffering of NFL players to the tortured pawns of dogfighting is unbeatable.

If you can't make it but would still like to contribute, in conjunction with the fundraising gala, the group is also sponsoring an online auction to raise funds for their ongoing storytelling program. Up for bids are the usual auction faire of exotic trips and weekend escapes--packages for five days in Cancun, three nights at Eugene O'Neill's estate, a weekend at the Lowell Hotel in New York--as well as few more interesting items. One of which, "60 Awkward Minutes with Mike Birbiglia over lunch at Allegretti," promises the chance to be both insulted and charmed by a comic and Moth alumnus, while "Afternoon tea with Neil Gaiman at the Players' Club" offers a chance to pick the brain of the author of Coraline and certified Tori Amos pal. The more materialistic may want to put offers on an original Hunt Slonem oil painting of butterflies, a hand-woven Halvai Indian rug, or a handsome garment bag from Bric. All proceeds go to support The Moth's programs.

A few tickets are still available, and there are also options to purchase VIP tables for groups ranging in size from four to 15 people. If you'd like a better feel for what to expect there is this New York Times video piece about the 2008 Moth Ball for your consideration.

The event takes place on Tuesday, November, 17th, at Capitale in New York. You must be 21 years of age to attend, and tickets are available for just the Gala Party or Dinner and Gala Party. Visit The Moth's website for purchasing information. All proceeds go to support The Moth's non-profit programs.

SEE ALSO: www.themoth.org

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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