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.

October Events

11 Oct

October 2015 Events


Tuesday, October 13 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Dating”

Sure, these cold nights and mornings signal a seasonal change.  Peak foliage colors also signal peak changes in desire.  Anyone attuned to the mating rituals of animals knows that shorter days mean snuggling for warmth.  (See popular term here.)

This Tuesday, share your story of mating practices.  Perhaps you have a doozy of a tale involving a first encounter? A string of bad luck?  Or maybe you want to avoid the subject altogether and tell a story that dates you.

We can’t guarantee a mate, but Front Parlor is always a good time.  See you this Tuesday at the Ale House.


Monday, October 19 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Grass is Always Greener”

Comparing ourselves to others is generally not a sure fire way to feel good about our lives. Someone else always has it better.

Ignoring such comparisons is advised, but that’s easier said than done. Sometimes that sense of things being better will take root and cause you to act. Which could, potentially, lead to a story…

If so, please bring that story to the Olde English on 10/19. Sign up is at 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.

September Events

6 Sep

September 2015 Events


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

The road to racial equity begins with self-awareness and transformation.

For many people, thinking about race is such a lived reality that it’s like asking to tell a story about breathing.

For others, racial awareness requires a lifelong process of unlearning that includes missteps, discomfort, and humility.

As a storytelling (and storylistening) community, we can face uncomfortable truths with compassion.  We can do this.  Bring your experiences, your discomfort, your honesty, your humility, and your listening as we go there this Tuesday at the Ale House.

** (Pro Tip:  Tell a story about YOU and YOUR experience.  Not someone else’s.  Not political theory.  Put us in a moment, however cringe-worthy, where race was a factor.  We. Can. Do. This.)


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

The best laid plans.
You’ve been thinking about it, working it out in your head, going over it again and again.
Then it happens, and nothing goes down like it’s supposed to.

Come share your tale of what went wrong with a room full of friends and strangers at Ye Olde English.

**NEW STORYTELLING EVENT!**  …’cross the border in Vermont!

Wednesday, September 16 @ 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: “Be Prepared”

What’s that line?  “The best way to avoid a disaster is not to have one.”

Tell about a time you really thought you were prepared, but, well, the unanticipated happened.  Or perhaps you have a cautionary tale about preparing for NE winters.  Regardless of your feelings on readiness and planning, prepare to have a good time at South Street Cafe.


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.

August Events

10 Aug

August 2015 Events (…including a NEW event!)


Tuesday, August 11 @ The Ale House (Troy)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Theme: “Blood, Sweat, & Tears”

“What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheel…”  (There’s a musical ear worm for you.)

Alright, alright.  70’s jazz-rock aside, to hustle is the human condition.  Sometimes our efforts manifest in various liquids and bodily functions.  Tell about a time you hustled, struggled, or generally let it alllll out.

THIS TUESDAY.  (Yep, tomorrow.)


Monday, August 17 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Crisis Situation”

You didn’t know how you were going to react, but then you were in it.
And you had to deal.

But whether you did well or did poorly, how that crisis went down is almost always story-worthy.

So come down to share your own summer blockbusters of epic and not-so-epic proportions.


**NEW STORYTELLING EVENT!**  …’cross the border in Vermont!

Wednesday, August 19 @ 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: “On the Run”

Are you a runner? Running is not only exercise. Maybe it’s the only way to escape, or maybe being part of a family household and keeping a full time job keep you running. Maybe it’s the law you’re running from (aliases ok) or tricky relationships. Interpretation is up to you. We’ve all needed to run for one reason or another.

Bring your stories to the South Street Cafe in beautiful downtown Bennington and have a delicious drink and eat. You deserve it after all of the running you do.


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.

July Events

14 Jul

July 2015 Events


Tuesday, July 21 @ The Ale House (Troy)  (*Please note this is the third, not the usual second, Tuesday.)
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street

Theme: “Identity/ies”

The ways we self identify and categorize others are endless, and constant.

Come shatter assumptions with your story.

Or perhaps it’s time to out your secret, stolen, or multitudinous self.

Identity theft on tap at the Ale House next Tuesday.  See you (all of the yous) there.


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

 You didn’t know how you were going to react. But then you were in it. And you had to deal.

But whether you did well or did poorly, how that crisis went down is almost always story-worthy.

So come down to share our own summer blockbusters of epic and not so epic proportions.

Monday, July 20.  7:30pm
OEP


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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