December 2016 Events

3 Dec

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Tuesday, December 13 @ The Ale House in Troy (this location is tentative–we’re hoping to move back to our cozy space back at the Ale House, but we’ll update this page if that changes).

Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian!
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street (Hangar on the Hudson)
Theme: “Luck

Are you one of the lucky ones ? Do you regularly find $20 bills on the road ? Do good things happen to you all the time ? Or, are you one of the not-so-lucky ones ? Are you the one person who gets hit when lightning strikes a crowded city? Did you, like Ashok did, get malaria and hepatitis in your freshman year ? Or are you one of those rare few that make their own luck?

Love it, hate it, or curse it — you are going to need luck sooner or later. Please come and share your tales of ill fortune, good fortune, and everything in between!



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See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.

November 2016 Events

9 Nov
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Next week’s Troy Front Parlor seems appropriate for the times….we hope you can join us because we could all use a little bit of community right now. 

Tuesday, November 15 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)

Hosted by Dan Lyles
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “I Wouldn’t Have Believed It If I Hadn’t Seen It”

Life is unpredictable. Just when we start to get an idea of what we can expect to encounter, something wholly unexpected and unbelievable happens! Sometimes, it can be so amazing that we immediately know that people are going to have a hard time believing us when we tell them. Maybe you saw a famous person doing something completely out of character or Bigfoot having a cup of tea with the Loch Ness Monster. Or maybe you just saw a close friend defying the laws of physics. Next week, we’re going to feature those stories that leave us all saying ‘I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it.’

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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.

October 2016 Events

4 Oct

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Tuesday, October 11 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Sloppy Mornings”


Monday, October 17 The Olde English Pub (Albany)

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Scary Stories”

Given that October is national ghost and goblin awareness month we’re hosting a special evening of scary stories at the Albany Front Parlor. Feel free to embellish those tales of dark and stormy nights, as the normal rule of “true as you remember it” runs screaming from the building.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 at the Olde English Pub.


Tuesday, October 18 @ 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: “Vital Signs”

Some signs are so important that following them is a matter of life and death; they can tell us whether we are dead or alive. Come tell us your story about a sign that couldn’t be ignored or maybe was until now.

Five minutes, no notes, no props, true from you. Mature themes but all are welcome.


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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.

September 2016 Events

8 Sep

Tuesday, September 13 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)
Hosted by Dan Lyles
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Back in the Day”


Monday, September 19 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “The Sub” (with special guest host Truemaster Trimmingham)

While the sub is often an inferior replacement, selected without discrimination to simply fill the void, our host this month proves that the sub can actually be better than the original. Think about the times that you’ve needed a sub, or maybe got a sub when you were expecting the original. Or even better, maybe you were the sub…
No matter how it went down, bring the story to the Olde English Pub at 7:30 on Monday, September 19.

Tuesday, September 20 @ 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: “Flying High”

 In all our lives there are high points and they usually move quickly to low points or the lows that open to the highs. This could go in many directions, whether its a plane ride from hell, a bird watching expedition with a experience with a grizzly bear, or the crippling and freeing qualities of drugs you’ve taken in your life. Interpret as you will, it’s your story and it’s a safe space. Come to the Tap House in Bennington at 7:30 and tell it.
Five minutes, no notes, no props, true from you. There are prizes, good food, and drink. Mature themes but all are welcome.

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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.

August 2016 Events

5 Aug

Tuesday, August 9 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld & Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Parental Advice”

For better or worse, we don’t always listen to our parental figures, and they don’t always listen to us.

Tell a story of advice given, advice taken, or advice disregarded.

This Tuesday at The Hangar (bigger space!).  Pop-up food vendors (might be) in the back lot.

Abby’s last Front Parlor as a resident Trojan.  Join us after stories for a DJ’d dance party by Chill Smith.


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

These are polarizing times. People are choosing sides, deciding who is in and who is out. Are you with us or against us?

But who is us? And who are them? It’s not always clear.

Bring them stories to the Olde English Pub, Monday August 15, at 7:30.


Tuesday, August 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: “Law & Order”


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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.

July 2016 Events

7 Jul

July’s Front Parlor Events


Tuesday, July 12 @ The Hangar  – across the street from the Ale House – (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm plus dance party until we’re done.
680 River Street
Theme: “Abby’s Birthday/Fashoro-Lublin Goodbye Party”

After 6 years in her ancestral home of Troy, NY, and 5&1/2 years of Front Parlor, Abby bids adieu.  …also five days after her 39-again birthday.  Bring stories of Abby’s antics, meta-Front Parlor moments, beloved Troy, goodbye to Tolu and Abby, or whatever you want because this night is a free-for-all.*  (I mean, it’s always free, but so is the theme this night.)

And there will be food available via special Ale House paninis and/or Ethan’s pedal-powered tacos.

Come for stories, stay for dancing, courtesy of none other than the bombiest, stiltsiest (you had to be there), best DJ ever, fresh off of Beat*Shot Music Festival: DJ Trumastr.

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Yes, this is written in third-person voice.  Yes, I am throwing myself my own damn birthday and goodbye party.

*All ego aside, this is an opportunity for me to thank everyone en masse for all the love.  And sweat my tears.

 



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

It’s a process for most of us. You get older, you figure out some things, and gradually become some kind of grown up.

But then there are the events. Those moments where you were a kid before and a grown up after. Those defining lessons that you can’t unlearn.

Process or event, who cares – bring the 5-7 minute narrative of a grown-up transition to the Olde English Pub, Monday, July 18 at 7:30.

And if the weather cooperates we’ll be on the patio!

 



Tuesday, July 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: “Tested”

Every day can be a test if we let it be. Whether it’s a test of strength, endurance, emotional stability, or patience we are always being challenged to be our best possible selves. Tell of a time when this challenge was a success for you or when you fell short. Or perhaps you have a story involving an exam that required months of preparation. Interpret as you see fit. See you in Bennington!
Food and drinks served.

 



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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.

June Events

10 Jun

June’s Front Parlor Events


 

Tuesday, June 14 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House))
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Departures and Arrivals”

How did you get here/there?

Since you didn’t plan your arrival, what is your plan for your ultimate departure?

See you for stories of birth, death, transitions, airports, and more this Tuesday at The Hangar.  (bigger space!)


Monday, June 20 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Leadership”

Some people are born leaders. Others develop the skill to lead through trial and error. But for most of us leading, and following for that matter, are things that happen in a given situation.

Come with stories about those situations where the challenge was to lead, follow, or get out of the way.


Friday, June 24 @ Masonic Hall, 504 Main Street (Bennington, VT)
Hosted by Forest Byrd
Seating starts at 6 pm, Stories at 7:30 pm
Theme: special event (see below)

Story Night Review!:
Stories with some purpose
This month’s event is a special showcase of selected stories from the 120+ great stories that occurred this last year. This event is a fundraiser for the Bennington Mural Project.  Buy tickets at the door, or if you want dinner or to ensure a seat, go online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2562924
$10 general admission
$5 students/seniors
$35 Dinner (RSVP by June 20).
Basic info is on www.taphouseatcatglass.com under “events” or email me: forest.byrd[at]gmail.com.
Location:
Masonic Hall 504 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201
Time:
Doors open and dinner served starting at 6 pm
Stories begin at 7:15 or so
Don’t miss any of 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 little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always…

Listening is an act of love.