April Front Parlor Events

10 Apr

April 2015 Events


Tuesday, April 14 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Bodies”

This month, lay it all on the line.
Your body, that is.
Tell a tale of a time your body betrayed you, or perhaps was subject to inordinate attention.  Maybe you have a special relationship one of your body’s many complicated systems, or have a story of triumph over bodily adversity.  Or maybe you’d like to wax poetic on the body politic.
Regardless, we’ve all got ’em, so let’s share ’em.


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

Events in far away places impact our lives. From major world events to passing interactions, people in other countries and other cultures can affect our world.

So this month let’s think globally, and tell locally.


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.

Family Lies

6 Mar

March 2015 Events


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

We’ll do anything to avoid talk about weather.  ANYTHING!  …including dishing family dirt.

Come listen to or share tales of minor or major family scandals.  Or maybe just a funny family idiosyncrasy… y’know, that THING that person does.  Come out your relatives surrounded by chosen family at the Ale House this Tuesday.


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

Nobody likes to be lied to. It doesn’t feel good. But it happens. Sometimes with the best intentions, sometimes with the worst.
Of course, we all think of ourselves as truthful and transparent, but telling the truth is often difficult, and lies are so much easier. They make things better. Until they don’t.
Come tell you story of lying or being lied to Monday, March 16.

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.

Obsessive Minutes: And FP – Troy is THIS TUESDAY.

6 Feb

February 2015 Events & Announcements

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**Reminder**

Submit a story for the Bookmarks Series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region!

Abby is curating and hosting a storytelling event at the Arts Center in March. Bookmarks is “an annual series of group readings and performances featuring work that is grounded in personal experience.” PLEASE CONSIDER SUBMITTING A STORY!  All stories shared at Front Parlor will work well here. And for those of you resisting the microphone and no-notes rule at Front Parlor, you read from your paper for Bookmarks!

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 23.

More details here:  http://www.artscenteronline.org/Bookmarks-Reading-SeriesTransformation/12194/

Flyers will be available at Front Parlor events.


** CHANGE: (er, non-change change) **

FRONT PARLOR – TROY will be same bat time/date, same bat place.  (Second Tuesday.)  Ignore Abby’s announcement at the last FP to switch to 2/17.  So yes, FP – Troy is THIS Tuesday night!

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

I’d post an inspiring prompt and questions here, but alas, this is posted at the last minute.

Come share your tale (and listen to others!) “in the nick.”


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

There are some things you can’t stop thinking about. People, places, things, experiences, problems…

When you are obsessed you lose yourself, but you also reveal yourself. And when you come out the other side you are often in a different place.

Come tell the story of that journey:
Monday, February 16, 7:30
at The Olde English Pub


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.

First, TCOB.

9 Jan

January 2015 Events & Announcements

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**Reminder**

Submit a story for the Bookmarks Series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region!

Abby is curating and hosting a storytelling event at the Arts Center in March. Bookmarks is “an annual series of group readings and performances featuring work that is grounded in personal experience.” PLEASE CONSIDER SUBMITTING A STORY!  All stories shared at Front Parlor will work well here. And for those of you resisting the microphone and no-notes rule at Front Parlor, you read from your paper for Bookmarks!

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 23.

More details here:  http://www.artscenteronline.org/Bookmarks-Reading-SeriesTransformation/12194/

Flyers will be available at Front Parlor events.


Tuesday, January 13 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Takin’ Care of Business”

Every day.  Every way.

Turn your daily slogging into story fodder.

Did you work a job that required extra grit?  An oddity of your commute?  Adventures in entrepreneurship?  Or perhaps the theme reminds you of a particular time you did what needed doing, the the doing made an impact.  (Revenge, anyone?) …and  you’re feeling randy, yep, feel free to share a tale about that business too.


Monday, January 19 (MLK, Jr. Day) The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “My First Time”

When we get more practiced at something we get more comfortable – the muscle memory takes over and we don’t need to think as much. But when we do something new for the first time – that’s when we are really in the moment. Think about those moments, and the stories around them. What was it like to be a beginner?

Given that stories need a beginning, middle and an end this is a great opportunity to think about how you were before, as compared to how you are now.


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.

Yikes, Money

5 Dec

December 2014 Events & Announcements

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.45.27 PMAbby is curating and hosting a storytelling event in the Bookmarks series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in March. Bookmarks is “an annual series of group readings and performances featuring work that is grounded in personal experience.” PLEASE CONSIDER SUBMITTING A STORY!  All stories shared at Front Parlor will work well here. And for those of you resisting the microphone and no-notes rule at Front Parlor, you read from your paper for Bookmarks!

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 23.

More details here:  http://www.artscenteronline.org/Bookmarks-Reading-SeriesTransformation/12194/

Flyers will be available at Front Parlor events.


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

You did it again.

While mistakes teach us, shape us, and ground us in humility, they tend to become patterns with maddening regularity.

This Tuesday, come share or listen to tales of big and little mistakes, and the places they took you.

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…AND an announcement from the good folks at the Ale House:

**Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card for kids and families at the Sunnyside Center.**

More information here:

The Ale House hosts an annual Sunnyside Center Christmas Toy Shop Fundraiser
Tuesday: 12/16/2014 6:00pm at the Ale House (680 River Street, Troy)
$10 per person/$20 per family & a new, unwrapped toy or gift card gets you pizza, wings, and soda. Cash Bar.

Gifts can be dropped ahead of time or after at The Ale House.


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

Money is funny. It makes us do things, like get jobs and worry. But it can also give us freedom, relaxation, and fun. So it’s a significant thing in most of our lives – a relationship that we rarely ever talk about publicly.

So during this holiday season we associate with abundance, generosity, and financial stress, come tell your stories of dollars and (non)sense…

Sign up 7:00, start time 7:30.


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.

Roots & Shoots and Bars & Scars

6 Nov

November 2014 Events


Tuesday, November 11 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Scars”

We’re bringing back a “veteran” theme this month: Scars.

It’s an oldie and goodie. Every scar is a story made manifest.  Come share, and listen to, stories that have marked you for life.


Monday, November 17 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Roots”
This time of year we tend to focus on our roots. Root vegetables are in season, and we begin to plan for the holidays which often means returning to our roots.

Think about your deeply rooted connections and bring 5 minutes worth of story to the Albany Front Parlor.

Sign up 7:00, start time 7:30.


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.

Super Identities

2 Oct

October 2014 Events and a Request for Tellers


Call for Storytellers:

Ladyfest Upstate: November 22!

Front Parlor is soliciting stories to be told at Ladyfest 2014.  Please contact Abby (abblub[at]gmail.com) with a pitch of your 5-7 minute story if you are interested.

Ladyfest Upstate is a 1-day music and arts festival featuring women-identified, trans, and gender nonconforming artists.  This is its 2nd year in Albany, and the event is from 2pm-1am.  Ladyfest will feature live art, comedy, stories, and spoken word by local artists.  Performances by Free Cake for Every Creature, Niedra Stevens, Camae Dennis (Philly), Cihuatl Ce (LA), Evan Greer (Boston) and more TBA.

The event is 18+ and wheelchair accessible. $10-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.  Profits go to the SANCTUARY FUND, a Holding Our Own Donor-Advised fund for women and families who need to leave their homes without notice, as a result of a disaster, a divorce, domestic violence, & beyond.  It is sponsored by Holding Our Own, NYSCA, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Social Justice Center & WEXT.  To keep up to date and get schedule visit facebook event, https://www.facebook.com/events/1551180365095677.  For more info on the event, contact: ladyfestupstate@gmail.com


Tuesday, October 14 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Super Powers”

Were you a Super Hero?  Or maybe you just wore the Underoos with particular pride.  Maybe you have a tale of Cold War intrigue and excitement.  Come listen to/share your experience of superhuman powers on October 14 at the Ale House!

 


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

There are 6 or so billion people on the planet. Give or take. While there are a crazy number of different ways that genes can combine somehow people still sort of end up looking like each other. Which can make for confusion, and hopefully an interesting story or two…


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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