Carapace, founded in February 2010 by Joyce Mitchell and Randy Osborne, is a monthly event of true personal stories in the very crowded Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta.
Every fourth Tuesday of the month, ordinary raconteurs tell true, personal, five-minute (or so) stories on a pre-selected theme. Topics have included, for example, "Scars," and "Feuds & Rivalries." Volunteers' names are drawn from a hat. No one is required to tell a story; attendees can just listen. It's free.