“Too Many Cooks”



What does it mean?

– When too many people work together on a project, the result is inferior. (source: Dictionary.com).

– used for saying that something may be done badly if too many people try to do it together. (source: Macmillan Dictionary).

Example Sentences:

There were so many people working on the same project, no one knew what anyone else was doing. I think it was a case of too many cooks.(source: The Free Dictionary).

“That project failed miserably, there were five people in charge of it and no one could come to an agreement, just too many cooks in the kitchen” (source: Urban Dictionary).

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“Destination America” featuring Zarni White

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Storyteller: Zarni White

The adorable Zarni White charmed the audience with her tale of how different her life is now versus growing up as a dirt poor orphan in Burma. From “gross” Western-style toilets to learning to follow the rules of the road when driving, Zarni highlighted the changes in her life while also sharing how she’s been able to give back through her work with refugees in Texas.

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“Destination America” featuring Francisco Moreno

Theme: “Desination America”
Storyteller: Francisco Moreno

Mexican-born Francisco Moreno shared how he grew up in Texas feeling like a “coconut”: brown on the outside and white on the inside.  He learned to find the balance between fitting in and honoring his roots through exploring his identity as an immigrant in his art.

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VIDEOS from “Destination America”

Relive our “Destination America” event, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art & SOLUNA Festival, exploring the lives of immigrants.

This May marked Oral Fixation’s second collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art and for this one we collaborated with SOLUNA International Music & Art Festival. The result was “Destination America”, an evening of stories from the mouths of immigrants and refugees. We are delighted to present these special stories to you now on video. Each video begins with an introduction to the storyteller by Monte Laster, who shot these intimate interviews with them in the Dallas Museum of Art as they discuss a personal connection that they have with a piece in the museum. Open your heart and experience the incredible power of the human spirit to endure and shine through even the most difficult of circumstances. Below is the entire playlist of the show. If you enjoy them, please share!

Best of Season 4 Cast Announced at Season 4 Wrap Party!


Recapping Season 4

Our Season 4 wrap party was a very special afternoon.  50 storytellers, members and sponsors mixed and mingled among the friendly sculptures at Dallas artist Brad Oldham’s studio store on Ross downtown near the Aquarium.  Deep Eddy provided delicious cocktails and Dive Restaurant offered light bites to celebrate the past season.  From adding a second performance at Texas Theatre and the free “Meet & Greet the Cast” event in Oak Cliff to record ticket sales averaging 400 a month to great sponsors and increased donations, it was a remarkable year.  The group gathered to hear the announcement of who had been voted to favorite storytellers of Season 4. Read more

Oral History: “Destination America”

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“Destination America,” Oral Fixation’s packed collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live and SOLUNA International Art & Music Festival, was a night to remember, celebrating the amazing endurance of the human spirit through the true stories of immigrants and refugees!

To start off the evening, youth guitar ensemble La Rondalla from Oak Cliff played a lively set. Then, SOLUNA resident artist Monte Laster presented a stunning film entitled Destinations, which featured each of the storytellers interacting with a work of art from the Dallas Museum of Art that resonated with their journey.

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“Happy Camper” featuring Ken Bethea

Theme: “Happy Camper”
Storyteller: Ken Bethea

Oral Fixation’s very own rockstar, Ken Bethea, took the stage with an inspiring story about going from “the copy man” to a bona fide rock star in less than three years. In peeling back the curtain of how he formed the Old 97’s, Ken reminded the audience that, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

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“Happy Camper” featuring Melissa Smrekar

Theme: “Happy Camper”
Storyteller: Melissa Smrekar

With her signature sarcasm and sass, veteran storyteller Melissa Smrekar returned to the Oral Fixation stage with an uproarious tale of her complicated relationship with The Great Outdoors that left the audience buckling over in laughter. In telling the story of a mandatory eighth grade camping trip, Melissa revealed how she arrived at one of her life mantras: that it’s really liberating to say no to shit you hate.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Basil Sideris


After surviving the war, Basil Sideris decided to visit America for a couple months. This week, he’ll take the Oral Fixation in “Destination America” to talk about why he decided to stay for good.

Basil Sideris is a spirited Greek from Tripoli, who moved to Dallas in 1955, where he went from cleaning tables to becoming a real estate entrepreneur in the city. Basil and his wife, Ann, are devoted residents of the Park Cities area of Dallas. They have two grown sons.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Ghazwan Altaie

Ghazwan Altaie

After receiving a death threat, Ghazwan Altaie fled his home country of Iraq. And this week, the former businessman will take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about why he decided to become a humanitarian in “Destination America.”

Ghazwan Altaie is a humanitarian from Iraq, who works with the Collateral Repair Project, a grassroots effort to bring assistance to refugees and other victims of war. After spending 10 years as a refugee in Jordan, Ghazwan arrived in the United States in January, with his wife and three young children.

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