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August 2017 Events

4 Aug

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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, August 8 @ The Ale House in Troy

Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Irrational Fears”

When we were little, somebody told us there was a boogie man in the closet and monsters under the bed. As we grow older, scary things happen to those around us, and we fear the same things happening to us. Turn on the nightly news: talking heads trafficking in fear. But what about the fears we create in our minds? Can you catch mental illness? Will the pimple on your face explode all over the person you like? Will there actually be a zombie apocalypse? Let’s talk about fears — the irrational ones. From childhood, from this morning, it’s time to share what keeps you up at night.

Monday, August 21 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “The Writing on the Wall”

The signs are generally there if we pay attention. So what keeps us from paying attention? And what is it that allows us to finally see? Looking back it will seem obvious, so take us back and let us know what you were thinking and what caused you to see the writing on the wall; or what clouded your vision so you couldn’t see it.

Bring a story to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday August 21 at 7:30.

Tuesday, August 15 @ 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: “TBD”

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.

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July 2017 Events

30 Jun

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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, July 11 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Dirt”
It’s in the garden and it’s an asset, but it can also be an unwanted remnant in our lives. Filth, scum, ooze, and nasty rumors are all around us. Do you dig dirt? Do you spread it? Or do you simply wash your hands of it? Please come and share the many lurid details of living in a dirty world.

Monday, July 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: “TBD”

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Bring a story to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday July 17 at 7:30.

Tuesday, July 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.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “Collateral Damage”

Life isn’t only about our immediate circle. We are affected by everything around us. Everything we do has an impact on us; but often, our actions affect those close to us, and those far away, in ways that we can’t predict. Tell a story about a time you had a bigger impact than you expected. Maybe you were the one affected by someone else’s action. Chances are, the consequences were unexpected. Who knows? It’s your story.

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.

June 2017 Events

4 Jun

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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, June 13 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Dan Lyles
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Karma
Come and share your stories of cosmic justice or injustice. Did you do something and it came back to haunt you? Did an act of random kindness change your life? Or maybe you think Karma plays no role; that the world is a beautiful and terrible mess of randomness or that things just happen when they are supposed to happen regardless of what we do. Please come and share your stories !

Monday, June 19 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Great Expectations”

How many times have we told ourselves (or others) “I can’t wait! This is going to be awesome!”? We get so excited for the possibilities. And sometimes everything happens just like we thought. But other times, not so much…

Bring a story that starts with those great expectations to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday June 19 at 7:30.

 

Tuesday, June 20 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: “Sticky Situations”

How are you going to get out of this one? Whether it’s a deal gone wrong or someone going off the edge. Maybe it’s less glamorous; like, actually something quite sticky, like eating an ice cream cone in the summer sun. Tell a real story of how you dealt with your sticky situation and lived to tell 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.

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.