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May 2017 Events

2 May

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: MAY 16 FRONT PARLOR IS POSTPONED!!!

TROY FRONT PARLOR WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MAY 23rd at the Ale House. See details below.

Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

 NOTE: Date change for Troy’s Front Parlor! Scheduling conflicts at the Ale House require that we hold Troy’s Front Parlor the third Tuesday of the month, so we’ll see you on Tuesday, May 16.

 Monday, May 15 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Can’t Get Enough”
This month is about excess and/or insufficiency. How do you know when enough is enough? Sometimes it takes getting to too much to realize maybe you should have stopped long ago. Or maybe you literally couldn’t get enough. That’s a tough spot too. Either way, bring those stories to the Olde English Pub

Tuesday, May 23 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Long distance”
Have distance and the inevitable laws of time and space kept you separated from a loved one? Did hearts grow fonder, or did passions subside? When work and home take us in different directions, does “calling it in” suffice? Come and share your tales of grappling with the desire to remain connected to the things that are important when circumstances find you far away.

Tuesday, May 16 Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “Refuge”
It’s the shelter from the storm. It’s a place far from the bullies in our lives or too much noise. It’s when warmth under the covers is the only thing that is appealing. Maybe it’s the kind words of a friend or your mom. When have you sought a safe space? How have you found one? Or have you led others to one? Come tell a story 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 little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always… Listening is an act of love.

April 2017 Events

4 Apr

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Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

Tuesday, April 11 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
Theme: “Reckless”
 A reckless decision can derail your life, or save it. Loving someone with reckless abandon is exhilarating, but being reckless with a heart can break it. Sometimes recklessness can be like falling, in the way that flying sometimes looks – and feels – like falling. Come and share your tale of recklessness.

Monday, April 17 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207
Theme: “Scars”
Some events in life have a way of leaving a mark. You get hurt and you heal, but there is something there – a memento from that experience. Some are a badge of honor, some a reminder to never do that again. Bring your scars and the stories they remind you of to the next Albany Front Parlor.

Tuesday, April 18 @ Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Theme: “Broken”
What happens when your world falls to pieces? Tell your story of broken promises, broken laws, broken hearts, or broken expectations that opened a new world for your reality. All things old can and will become new again. Interpret how you will. No notes, no props, true from you.

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 2017 Events

7 Mar

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Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

TONITE’S TROY FRONT PARLOR HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Due to our March Snowmageddon, the Ale House will be closed this evening, and we’ll be moving the theme of “Reckless” to our April Front Parlor which will be held on Tuesday, April 11th. Abby Lublin will be returning to Troy to guest host! Hope to see you in April. Stay warm & safe tonite.

Tuesday, March 14 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
Theme: “Reckless”
 A reckless decision can derail your life, or save it. Loving someone with reckless abandon is exhilarating, but being reckless with a heart can break it. Sometimes recklessness can be like falling, in the way that flying sometimes looks – and feels – like falling. Come and share your tale of recklessness.

Monday, March 20 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207
Theme: “Leap of Faith”
You don’t have to be faithful to take a leap of faith. You just have to be confident things will work out no matter what. Well, either confident or desperate . . . Either way, the leap is a bold move toward an uncertain outcome. Come share the stories of those outcomes at the Albany Front Parlor.

Tuesday, March 21 @ Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Theme: Luck of the Draw
Whether it’s good or bad, luck runs the show. Let’s hear about an element of chance that you’ve experienced in your life; a time you rolled the dice and lived with the outcome. Interpret how you will. No notes, no props, true from you.

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 2017 Events

2 Feb

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Happy February!

Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen. We’re all in need of a good laugh, a healthy cry, and some community these days.

Tuesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day!) @ The Ale House in Troy
Important update: Tomorrow’s Front Parlor in Troy will be held at The Hangar instead of the Ale House. You can order food from the Ale House and bring it over, or bring something with you.
Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street (The Ale House)
Theme: “Love, of course
It had to be Love. Perhaps not a unique theme, but one with infinite possibilities. Come with your stories of unrequited love, endless love, love of country, love in the afternoon, or any other way that “love” factors into one of your best stories.

7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207

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.

January 2017 Events

2 Jan

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Welcome to 2017!

Tuesday, January 10 . . . We’re back @ The Ale House in Troy!

Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street (The Ale House)
Theme: “Risk

Are you the sort that risks it all to achieve your goals? Do you believe in “no risk, no glory”? Or, are you a cautious soul? Do you loathe risk taking and obsessively micromanage your environment? It matters not if you like it or loathe it – risk is a part of everyone’s life. We all take risks when we drive, fly, live, and love.

Come share stories where your bets paid off (or did not).



 

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.

December 2016 Events

3 Dec

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Tuesday, December 13 . . . We’re back @ The Ale House in Troy!

Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian!
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street (The Ale House)
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 who 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!



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.

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.’

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.