May 2016

5 May

May’s Front Parlor Events


**Last minute announcement:

Front Parlor – Troy will be at The Hangar on the Hudson (across the street from the Ale House). The Ale House is not finished with kitchen renovations.  You will not be able to get Ale House dinner on Tuesday, May 10.  Plan accordingly!!

Tuesday, May 10 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “It is what it is: Stories (of things) beyond your control”

You know the moment: hands in the air (or heavy at your side, or wildly gesticulating) and a deep sigh of resigned acceptance.  Tell about the challenges, the obstacles, the humor that you encountered on the way to finally, at long last, accepting something for what it is.

See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, May 16 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Working”

Most of us need to work for a living. And by many accounts we spend more time at work than we do with our families or friends. For some of us it is just a job, for others a career. But either way, the world of work is often a very different place where strange and interesting things can happen.

Bring your stories from the workplace to this month’s edition of the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub.  The stories start at 7:30.

 


Tuesday, May 17 @ Taphouse at Catamount Glass (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 7 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “Weather”
People often discuss the weather as a way to fill the silence, a way to connect when there is nothing else to say.  Rather than a tactic for avoidance, this month we tackle weather.   Experiences in it or under it in notable ways?  A first kiss in the middle of a blazing rainstorm? Lost a home to a tornado? Come tell a story where Mother Nature features prominently.


 

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

8 Apr

April Front Parlor Events


Tuesday, April 12 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Big Win”

In this season of championship hoops, endless Primaries, and tax returns there is no shortage of talk of winners and losers.  However you define a victory, come share or hear tales of exceptional, fist-pumping experiences.

We’re all winners next Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, April 18 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “So Bad it’s Good”

Good and bad are all subjective. Sometimes things keep getting worse and worse, and suddenly, the badness is entertaining.

Other times we look back on what had originally seemed like unmitigated badness, only to notice the good things that have come from it.

Circumstances change, and so do our perspectives.

In this season of change, bring those good stories of your bad self to the Olde English Pub on Monday, April 18.


Tuesday, April 26 @ Taphouse at Catamount Glass (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 7 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “Good Bones”

Everyone has a ‘bone’ story because everyone has ‘em. Through the struggles of breaks, near misses, and close calls they keep us standing, they keep us strong. Bones can be a metaphor for anything strong: the foundation of a house, the steel frame of a car, the life blood of a forest, even be the bedrock of a relationship. I know, deep in your bones, there is a story brewing.


Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

March ’16 Events

5 Mar

March Front Parlor Events


Tuesday, March 8 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Money”

Dinero.  Paper.  Moolah.  Bread.  Pesos.  Cheddar.  Dough.  Bucks.  Bank.  Gravy.

…and cold, hard cash.

“Money is the source of  ____ in our lives.”  Tuesday, we fill that blank with stories.

And if you just can’t with the almighty dollar, well, there are always stories of you or someone else who is just so money.

See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, March 21 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Altered States”

Sometimes you are just not yourself. You get high, you get low, you get punch drunk, sleep deprived, over-stimulated, inebriated, or otherwise out of control. Whether you thrive on such experiences or avoid them at all costs, you’ve been there. These states can bring profound understanding, or be cautionary tales.
Either way, bring your stories of altered states to The Olde English on Monday, March 21.

 

Sign-up is at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, March 15 @ Taphouse at Catamount Glass (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 7 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “What Could Go Wrong?”

It happens every day. You think something is going to be easy, a walk in the park. Then you fall in the hole, alongside your assumptions and expectations.  Tell about a time everything fell apart, or should have.  Maybe you’ll take a chance and come to Bennington.  What could go wrong?


 

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

February 2016: 5 Years!

6 Feb

February 2016 Events


Tuesday, February 9 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Extra Mile”

Five years ago, Front Parlor began with ten brave stories of love.  This Tuesday, we celebrate FIVE YEARS of public storytelling in Troy with tales of extra.  Come share or listen to stories about extra effort, unforeseen obstacles, marathons, or unmarked territories.

We would not have made five years without YOU: courageously vulnerable tellers and attentively reverent listeners.

Oh, and yes, there will be cake.  Mmmm, cake.

See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, February 15 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Heartbreak”

Sure, it was painful. You put yourself out there, you laid it on the line. You thought this was it. In fact, you were in so far, so fast, you never saw it coming…

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day hangover with some epic stories of broken hearts and love gone bad.

Sign-up is at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, February 16 @ Taphouse at Catamount Glass (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 7 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “It Wasn’t Me”
**(Get there early. Over 60 people last month.)

You were blamed, and you were innocent. Or perhaps you didn’t get the credit you deserved.  Perhaps you are masterful at getting away with things anonymously. When I was young, “it wasn’t me” was one of my frequent responses.  At the risk of revealing your brilliant plans or secret identities, some share a story.  …and if you live in Troy or elsewhere in the surrounding area, the folks in Bennington won’t know you and won’t see you coming!


**NEW EVENT: Storytelling for Young Folk – Ages 5-16**
This event is for younger humans ONLY (though the parents and adults can watch, of course).

Say Anything at Catamount Glass – Bennington, VT
Sunday, February 14 @ Catamount Glass (same place as the Tap but transformed)

Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts 2pm. 2:30 stories start.
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “Larger Than Life”

At times the world seems huge and too hard to handle. This is your moment. Say whatever comes to mind. (In the form of a story: think start, middle, and end.) You will have up to 4 minutes on the microphone. There will be food, drinks, and snacks for everyone. It will be an afternoon to remember, as “Say Anything” is a safe place to let your voices be heard.

 


 

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a lil’ late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

January ’16

8 Jan

January 2016 Events


Tuesday, January 12 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Defiance”

There is a city in NW Ohio where residents can claim, accurately, they live in Defiance.

In various ways, we all live in staunch opposition to something. Perhaps your existence is in defiance of statistical averages. Perhaps you have a particular aversion, finely honed, to authority. Perhaps you have a story that defies logic.

See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.  (Unless your resistance extends to having a good time.)


Monday, January 18 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Making Progress”

We’ve all tried to change things – ourselves, others, situations – but change is never easy.

Given this is MLK, Jr. Day, let’s think about the changes we’ve worked toward, and the progress we have and haven’t made. If you’ve struggled with change maybe you’ll find or hear a story that will provide the inspiration to keep trying.

Sign-up is at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, January 19 @ Taphouse at Catamount Glass (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 7 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
309 County St., Bennington, VT 05201
Theme: “Easy as Pie”

Have you made a pie?  It’s not easy, but this isn’t about pies, is it?

Come tell about the little things, the big things, that weren’t easy at all, or were easier than you thought. Or maybe it is about pastries. Satisfy sweet teeth with a literal interpretation.

The Taproom has great beers, food, and a large space in the back that’s awesome and suits our story-listening needs!


 

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a lil’ late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

December 2015

6 Dec

December 2015 Events


Tuesday, December 8 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Naughty or Nice”

Well, which one is it?  (Maybe you are an “and.”) Come tell a tale of naughty or nice gone wrong, or perhaps juuust right.  Holiday-related stories you need to tell are welcome as well.


Monday, December 21 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
With Special Guest Host Lecco Morris
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “All in the Family”

Each family has stories that bind them together and explain how the family came to be – or perhaps are just zany enough to be tales that could only come from your family. What are yours?

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a lil’ late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

November Events

5 Nov

November 2015 Events


Storytelling for a Cause!

brava
Check out BraVa!  – A Night of Memoir About the Place of Bras in Our Lives
The event is a benefit for the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.

Bras are expensive, yo!  …and large, supportive ones are hard to find.  For real.  Come hear jury-selected essays, poems, songs, and monologues while supporting a fantastic, local organization.

More info here: http://www.artscenteronline.org/brava/14776/


Tuesday, November 10 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Leftovers”

Y’know how sometimes you think you don’t have a story to tell at Front Parlor, then think of one later?  Or you had a great story to tell related to a previous theme?  Or you were all prepared to tell a story, then life happened, and you couldn’t make it?  Or you told a story that begs for a Part II?  Well, THIS is your night.

“Leftovers” is a night of orphaned stories – stories you’ve wanted to tell – or, if you happen to have a fascinating story regarding that food that’s been in your ‘fridge for weeks.

See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, November 16 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Anything Goes”

This month bring whatever story you want (or need) to tell. It’s a storytelling potluck, a free-for-all of tales!

As always you can find inspiration in the stories of others, so if you don’t have anything to bring, just show up and discover what needs to be said.

Sign up is at 7:30.


Wednesday, November 18 @ South Street Cafe (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:30 – 9:30 pm  (Arrive by 7:00 for a seat)
105 South Street
Theme: “Big Disappointment – Pleasant Surprise”

Something terrible happened for the best reasons.  Come tell us about it!


Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a lil’ late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

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