When it comes to story-telling events, The Moth reigns on stages across the country for a reason — the participants and audiences’ shared passion for the narratives of life. Established in 1997 by poet George Dawes Green on his moth-filled Atlanta, Georgia, porch, the event found its wings in New York and has grown into a phenomena as its spread in other cities. Angelenos have quite possibly the most unique tales to tell so it’s no surprise that Moth “Slam” nights — which bring writers, poets and performers together to share stories (no notes) and compete — have flourished here. The Moth GrandSLAM is its biggest and best gathering of talent, featuring the winners of 10 Moth Slams going against each other for the ultimate victory. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein, the championship event is themed “off the rails” this year and promises “unexpected detours” and “willful disregard of the beaten path,” two ideas that should yield L.A. Moth masterpieces.

Regent Theater, 448 S Main St., downtown; Mon., July 22, 7 p.m.; $25. themoth.org. 


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