If you go

What: Solo Speak Second Saturday Story Salon: “The One Woman Show x 2”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Armature, 50 SE Scott St., Suite 1, in the Old Ironworks Arts District

Cost: $15 in advance online, $18 at the door

Contact: www.solospeak.com, shayspeakssolo@aol.com or 503-860-5733.

The Solo Speak storytelling series is readying for departure to Portland: Catch it here while you can.

On Saturday, storyteller and Solo Speak founder Shay Knorr and Portland storyteller Gail Menasco will present Solo Speak Second Saturday Story Salon: “The One Woman Show x 2” at Armature, a group studio in Bend’s Old Ironworks Arts District.

In the first half of the show, Knorr will perform “Why Can’t I Marry the Cute Beatle?”

“It’s about the 10 years after my son died and all the crazy things I did to try to find a new life to live,” she said. “Everybody always goes, ‘It’s about your son dying? Groan,’ but … it’s poignant and funny. I did a lot of traveling, I redid a house. I have a funny story about going on match.com.” It also explores the challenges of becoming an older actress.

The other portion of the show belongs to Menasco.

“Dear God, she’s the funniest girl in the world. She came to my first workshops and walked in and was an absolute natural,” Knorr said. “She’s also one of those courageous girls who just does everything. At 16, she didn’t tell her mother that she was going to school to learn how to scuba dive and dive with the sharks.”

Menasco’s story is titled “’Scuse Me, May I Borrow Your Underwear?”

“It’s a story of being at the airport with a broken leg and having crutches,” Knorr said, not wanting to divulge too many spoilers. “She tells this hilarious story of running around the airport trying to get to the different gates because her plane kept getting changed.”

The show will likely mark the last time Knorr spins a yarn here in her adopted hometown of Bend. Knorr, who put on her first Solo Speak shows here in 2013 after moving here from Portland, said she plans to put her Bend home on the market for a move back to the Rose City.

Knorr has a couple of other events on the agenda before she goes.

At 1 p.m. on March 26, current students of Knorr’s First Speak Story Workshop will tell their newly minted stories at Armature. Admission is $5 at the door.

On April 16 at Cascades Theatre in Bend, Solo Speak will bring back popular Portland storyteller Lawrence Howard, who has visited Bend previously to spin his Armchair Adventurer stories about The Essex (the fateful voyage that inspired “Moby Dick” as well as the recent Ron Howard film) and Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic expedition.

This time, he’ll tell of the Ross Sea Party, the other group on Shackleton’s voyage, described at pdxstorytheater.org as “those valiant men on the other side of the continent who gave everything they had to lay down the caches of food and fuel along the route — caches that, as it turned out, Shackleton never used.”

“His show always sells out,” Knorr said. “People ask me all year, ‘Is Lawrence coming back?’ They just love that historic stuff, and he’s very good at it,” Knorr said. I’ve already sold tickets to his show.”

And if you’re wondering which Beatle Knorr deems the cute one, it’s Paul.

“It’s just a joke, because he became single after my son died,” she said. “People argue with me, ‘I don’t think he’s the cute Beatle.’ The press deemed him that — I mean, I think he’s the cute Beatle, too, but it was kind of his moniker back then.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0349, djasper@bendbulletin.com

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