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Cara Lopez Lee offers inspiring, informative, creative talks and workshops on such topics as memoir, fiction, independent travel, and becoming the hero of your own story. To request Cara for your event or book club, please email with "Event Request" in the subject line. Or check out one of her upcoming events.

Cara Lopez Lee

Upcoming Events

Many of Cara’s events involve live storytelling. Although her most anticipated events are listed here, she performs in many storytelling shows, so to keep up on all the options to experience Cara’s writing and performing, please follow her updates on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

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Starting Mon, June 14, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Online Premiere
Trilogy of Traffic — One-woman Storytelling Show
Greystone Theatre Performances
Watch live or after June 14
Free Online Event

Greystone Theatre Performances is a series of virtual, solo performances featuring a variety of artists at Beverly Hills’ historic Greystone Mansion, and the producers have invited me to share a half-hour of personal stories. My little ditty, Trilogy of Traffic, premieres Monday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m., on BHTV Channel 10 and live-streamed here. After it airs, you can find the video here. This show reflects the fleeting pandemic-era style of performing: just a mic and me, no audience except the people behind the cameras, in a small jewel of a theatre restored to its 1920’s glory.

Thursday, July 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Candidly — Another Storytelling Show
Teapop — on the back patio

5050 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
No Cover Charge

I’m so grateful to the storytelling community’s ever-thoughtful Jamie Bliss, for inviting me back to her delightful show, Candidly—to share my first live, in-person performance since the pandemic began! Jamie’s shows always feature storytellers digging deep into real life with plenty of heart and lots of laughs. If you can, please join us IRL in July!

Cara Lopez Lee

Recent Events

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Tuesday, February 11, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday Night Storytelling — DTLA Comedy Crawl
The Lexington
129 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thank you to the dynamic Scott Schultz, who—shortly before the pandemic hit and carried us into the Zoom era—brought storytelling back to The Lexington, L.A.’s dive bar par excellence. It was a fun night with many of my talented, delightful, caring friends from the storytelling community. I miss you all so much!

Monday, January 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Otter Story Hour
Griffins of Kinsale Irish Pub—basement
1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030

My deepest gratitude goes out to gracious host Rex McDaniel, a warm audience, and a slate of storytellers eager to spread Rex’s message that stories are good for the soul. I loved retelling the story of my “L.A. Freeway Fail.” Stories are jewels with many facets, and each telling is an opportunity to shine light on a new angle. If you haven’t heard the story and would like to, please keep an eye on my blog, where I’ll let you know when Rex airs it on his Otter Story Hour podcast.

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Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Off My Head Storytelling
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Thanks again to extraordinary host Ty Fance, a stellar lineup of storytellers, and a generous audience for sharing this special evening with me. Ty calls it “a lasting storytelling experience,” and it was. I appreciated the chance to revisit my coming of age story, about the night I first confronted the L.A. freeway system, and failed! Thank you all for the opportunity to connect with each other through our stories.

Cara Lopez Lee

Sunday, July 21, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Two Truths and a Lie: Live!
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to Daniel David Shapiro for inviting me to help celebrate his show’s Fourth Anniversary. In each episode of Two Truths and a Lie, Dan invites three people to share personal stories for a live audience, except one of them is lying, and the audience gets to guess who. To join the fun, please listen to Episode 97 of the podcast, where I tell the first of three irreverent stories on the theme of “Shitty Bosses.” If you want to find out whether I told the truth or a lie, then you can also check out the Episode 98 Reveal!

Monday, July 1, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Otter Story Hour
Griffins of Kinsale Irish Pub—basement
1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Always a soul-expanding, belly-laughing, community-building kind of night at The Otter Story Hour. Independence Day brought out explosive tales of “Fireworks”—involving both relationships and gunpowder. As always, I’m grateful for the Otter Story Hour’s welcoming audience, inspiring fellow storytellers, and ever-gracious host Rex McDaniel.

Thursday, June 13, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Idle Hour bar—on the patio with the giant Bulldog
4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Thanks to Jamie Bliss for including me in her delightful new storytelling show, Candidly! It was a delightful night full of thoughtful and funny performers. I look forward to visiting her show again soon at its new L.A. venue, Q’s Billiard Club. The show takes place the second Thursday of each month.

Monday, March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Otter Story Hour
Griffins of Kinsale Irish Pub—basement
1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

What a joy to share the room with such talented fellow storytellers and such a receptive audience. Kevin McGeehan, Ruby Cooper, Cat Crow, Sean David Christensen, Jade Wiland, and I brought intense energy to the theme “In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion.” I like to think we lived up to Rex McDaniel’s mission to dedicate his show to "life-changing experience that reminds us what we love about life." Rex creates an embracing atmosphere in a space with the fun feel of a secret hideaway. I highly recommend The Otter Story Hour, which take place the first Monday of every month.

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Sunday, December 16, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Two Truths and a Lie: Live!
Angel City Brewery
216 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to Daniel David Shapiro for inviting me back for another entertaining episode of his live storytelling show and podcast, Two Truths and a Lie. In each episode, three performers share personal stories, except one of the three is making it up, and it’s up to the audience to figure out who the liar is. You can give the podcast a listen here.

Tuesday, December 4, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
T&T Stories
The Lexington
129 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thanks to Christopher Korbel and his always-delightful lineup of storytellers for another fun night of T&T Stories at L.A.’s dive bar par excellence, The Lexington.

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.
WRITE CLUB Los Angeles
Episode 78: Same Species, Different Day
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Free Event

I had a blast fighting my first round for Write Club L.A., and won my first tiny plastic trophy — the Loving Cup of Deathless F@*king Glory — by defending my topic “Wanderer.” My opponent, the talented Katie Jayne Earl, duked it out for the topic “Homebody,” and she had me on the ropes. It was a tight judge’s decision because the winner is chosen by audience applause, and we both brought it. Write Club is literature as blood-sport: three rounds in which two opposing writers face off over opposing ideas, with seven minutes each to win the audience. Prize money goes to the charity of the winners’ choice. I chose Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit seeking national legislation to combat climate change. Thank you Justin Wellborn, Jeff Dorchen, and Ruben Jökull Maldonado for inviting me.

Saturday, September 8, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Tell It! (Personal True Stories Told Live on Stage) presents:
Only In L.A.
Open Space Theatre
457 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
$10 at
$15 at the door

Thanks to all the Angelenos who came to support and enjoy Only In L.A., Pablo Marz’ September edition of his engaging storytelling series: Tell It! It was an honor to share the stage with a great lineup, who all delivered and then some: Emerson Dameron, Adam Gropman, Jim Keily, Christopher Korbel, Annie Korzen, Terri Mintz…and me! Pablo Marz’ generous spirit drives this show, and whether I’m onstage or in the audience, I’m grateful for all he does.

Wednesday, July 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Unheard LA Salon
Carson Library
151 E. Carson St, Carson, CA 90745
Free Event, Refreshments Served

KPCC In Person's popular community-driven series Unheard L.A. features Angelenos sharing personal experiences of life in Los Angeles, through spoken-word stories, music, poetry, magic, and other forms. Now KPCC is partnering with LA County Library to bring Unheard L.A. producers and past participants to local libraries in hopes of recruiting for upcoming shows. Thanks to KPCC In Person for inviting storytellers Hilary Hattenbach, Aeden Keffelew, and me to share our stories from previous Unheard L.A shows. We also enjoyed productive, inspiring discussions with storytellers interested in submitting ideas to this worthy community project.

Tuesday, July 24, Doors open: 7:00 p.m./Show starts: 8:00 p.m.
The Moth GrandSlam—Storytelling Competition
Theme: Identity Crisis
The Regent Theater

448 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

It was an honor to be part of this special night of The Moth GrandSlam. The theme was Identity Crisis, and every storyteller brought their A-game: Christopher Brune-Horan, Paul Davis, Adrian Eli, Bryan Kett, Lichelli Lazar-Lea, Lora Nakamura, Josh Silberman, Matt Struski, and Stephen Tolkin. I was proud to be part of a three-way tie for second place—that’s how great the night was. I’m even prouder to be part of the Los Angeles storytelling community, a group of thoughtful, insightful, delightful people who have shown me that L.A. can be a welcoming place.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
EarBuds Live in Los Angeles—Storytelling Show
Village Workspaces (a coworking space)
11845 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90404
Free Event with food, drinks, giveaways

EarBuds Podcast Collective is a listening movement. The collective sends members a weekly email on a theme, featuring a curated list of five podcast episodes on that week’s theme. They also host live storytelling shows to encourage active listening. Thank you to host and producer Arielle Niss for inviting me to perform in her live L.A. show with four other amazing storytellers as we shared personal tales about Listening. It was a joyful evening celebrating community, and I was grateful to connect with friends old and new.

Sunday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.
Truth Or Bare - A Storytelling Show
2732 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free Event

Every month, Santa Monica's Bareburger Organic presents Truth or Bare: A Storytelling Show. May's topic was Bare with Me, hosted by delightful L.A. storyteller Katya Duft, and featuring Michelle Miracle, Geoff Schoenberg, Adriane Hoff, and me. It was a rollicking night of true personal stories revealing the naked truth of the ups and downs we all must bear. And that Katya Duft? Wow, has she seen some things!

Tuesday, April 3, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
T&T Stories
The Lexington
129 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
Free Event

Thanks to host Chris Korbel for inviting me to share the stage with an engaging lineup of storytellers, including Lisa Curry, Elaine Gale, Sarah Dorfman, Jess Wood, and Katya Duft. We shared lots of laughs and food for thought, and I tried out an oral version of a story excerpted from my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands. No doubt I'll tell it again, so keep your ears peeled for the night my ex-boyfriend caught me in a lie and called me that word women hate...

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Women's Center for Creative Work - Reading Series
This month's theme: Health and Care
2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Free Event

The Women's Center for Creative Work invited four L.A. area writers to present stories on the theme of health and care: Karen Palmer, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Umi Hsu, and me. While my fine fellow authors shared their more literary works, I complained yet again about my inconvenient uterus with an oral story (You can check out that story as I told it at another show: The Moth StorySlam). The WCCW is a non-profit organization that cultivates LA's feminist creative communities, and I discovered they have a wonderful little library filled with books by women authors.

Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
BUSted! Pasadena - True Stories about living car-free in L.A.
The Battery Books and Music
26 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, California 91101
Free Event

Storyteller and public transport supporter Scott Schultz invited me to join his award-winning show featuring true stories of getting around L.A. without a car. I do drive, but Scott invited me to share my story Shelly and The 105 because the villain is a freeway. (You can check out the video of the first show where I told it: Unheard L.A. My story is at 50:51.) It was an honor to appear on BUSted with some of L.A.s best storytellers and green commuters, including: Erica Blumfield, Katya Duft, and Carl Kozlowski. LA Weekly says, "BUSted is as much a celebration of ditching a car as a commiseration of its frustrations."

Sunday, March 11, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Unheard L.A.
Downey Theatre
8435 Firestone Boulevard, Downey, CA 90241
Free Event

The fine folks at Southern California Public Radio have invited me to perform in the KPCC In Person storytelling series Unheard L.A.—The Stories of Where you Live. Unheard L.A. puts community voices and stories center stage in a series of live shows in different venues around the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles. Each show features a distinct lineup of real people sharing their true stories of struggle and survival, hope and fear, the unexpected and the unbelievable. I'm honored to share in this celebration of community through storytelling.

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Sunday, December 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Two Truths and a Lie: Live!
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to host Daniel David Shapiro for inviting me back to his fun live storytelling show and podcast. What an exciting topic: Survival! In each episode, three performers share personal stories. The catch? One of us is making it up, and the audience guesses who the liar is. If you'd like to listen to the podcast of the whole show, or to listen to the brief follow-up in which the liar confesses, or to see a video of me performing my story, please head over to my blog.

Saturday, November 11, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Tell It! (Personal True Stories Told on Stage) presents:
Open Space Theatre
457 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Many thanks to Pablo Marz, one of the most beloved storytellers in Los Angeles, for inviting me to perform in his stellar show, Tell It! The night's theme was Miracles, as interpreted by the talented Keith Blaney, Jill Demby, Helena Harvilicz, Italome Ohikhuare, and Alex Stein. Their poignant, funny, wondrous stories, and the warm and receptive audience have joined the many reasons I love the L.A. storytelling community.

Tell It Event

Friday, September 1, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Denver's 2nd Annual LitCrawl
Featuring The FBomb & Other Literary High Jinks
Multiple Venues on Tennyson St, Denver, CO (Schedule below)
No Cover

Friday, August 18, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Third Friday Salon - curated & hosted by Elena Secota
The Rapp Saloon
1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, California 90401
No Cover

Sunday, July 30, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Brainstorm Storytelling: Improvised Conversation Inspires True Stories
5124 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The last Sunday of every month is Brainstorm! Audience suggestions spark a free-form conversation, which leads to 6 incredible true stories. Thanks to hosts Julieta Raquel Gilbert and Seth Gilbert, and their co-producer Rich Tackenberg, for including me in their lively show. The stories were rich, funny, and heartfelt, and I felt so warmly welcome.

Saturday, April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Muse Lit Salon
Muse on 8th
759 S LaBrea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Corner of 8th & LaBrea)

Thanks to Christopher Korbel for inviting me to share the mic with L.A.'s most engaging storytellers, memoirists, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights! It was fun. So sad this venue is gone, but here's hoping I get to share a stage with Chris again soon...

Sunday, April 16, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Two Truths and a Lie: Live!
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to host Daniel David Shapiro for inviting me to join a fun lineup of storytellers to share my take on the topic of Cheats. You can listen to the podcast here: Cheats—Two Truths and a Lie, Episode 47.

May 12
No Extra Words: The Flash Fiction Podcast
Episode 81

Thanks to Kris Baker Dersch for inviting me to share my flash-fiction story, The Afternoon Sleepwalk, in her show on the theme "You Looking at Me?" You can listen to the podcast here: No Extra Words, Episode 81—You Looking at Me?

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Friday, October 14, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Telling True Stories
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291 \0x00

Saturdays, October 8 & 15, 8:00 p.m.
Muse Lit Salon
Cara Lopez Lee—October Artist-in-Residence
Muse on 8th
759 S La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sunday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Telling True Stories
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206 \0x00

Thanks to Lighthouse, friends, and fans for making it a great night for laughter and reflection, as four memoirists considered the crazy lives we all lead and how writers go about sharing them. Candace Kearns Read is the author of The Rope Swing (Eagle Wings Press, 2016), Erika Armstrong is the author of A Chick in the Cockpit (Behler Publications, 2015), Elaine Gale is the creator of One Good Egg. I talked about the memoir I coauthored with Vietnam POW Robert Wideman, Unexpected Prisoner (Graham Publishing Group, 2016). Thanks, too, to my fellow memoirists, who made our little stage a generous place to share ideas.

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.
Unexpected Prisoner, Unexpected Partner
Denver Woman's Press Club Brunch Program
1325 Logan Street
Denver, CO 80203

Thanks to everyone at the Denver Woman's Press Club for the warm welcome and helping make this both a fun and educational event! Vietnam War POW Robert Wideman and co-author Cara Lopez Lee talked to a full house at the Denver Woman's Press Club about their book Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW (Graham Publishing Group, 2016). Club members were spellbound as Robert shared stories of his experience as a POW, and Cara shared the method and madness of collaborating on another person's story.

Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00-3:00 p.m.
Young Writers Summer Camp—Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders
Lighthouse Young Writers Program
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206
Registration: $305 (scholarships available)
Contact for more information:

Children spent a week immersed in a magical world of storytelling, creative writing, crafts, games, and fun. They explored self-expression in a variety of forms, such as short story, flash-fiction, mini-essay, and spoken-word memoir.