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January Events! + a Special Announcement

8 Jan

Troy

Tuesday, January 8 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “The Greatest Gift”

’Tis the season for gifts – giving them, receiving them and, of course, shopping for them. Now that the holidays have passed, let’s reflect on the craziness of gifting. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? (It doesn’t have to be tangible). Or what’s the worst gift? The weirdest? The funniest? Tell us your best gift stories, from the holidays or otherwise.



Albany

Monday, January 21 (MLK Day) @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “I had a Dream…”

Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about a future where people would not be judged by the color of their skin. His articulation of this dream had a powerful impact on the world. How have your dreams impacted the world around you? Or maybe consider how your waking life has impacted your dreams…

Either way, come out to celebrate the power and mystery of dreams on Monday, January 21st at 7:30pm.

The Front Parlor Returns to The Linda!

On Friday, March 15 the Front Parlor returns to the Linda for a very special show featuring Moth Story Slammer and This American Life comedic storyteller Jeff Simmermon.

For additional show info and tickets: https://www.thelinda.org/event/front-parlor-storytelling-series-8th-anniversary-with-jeff-simmermon/

 

 

 

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November Storytelling Events!

11 Nov

Troy

Tuesday, November 13 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “From Where I Stand”

We all walk around this world with a unique perspective. From where you stand, you see things differently than anyone else. That’s the beauty of life, but it can also be an ingredient for conflict. Tell us about a time you just didn’t see eye to eye with someone. How did you resolve (or not) that conflict? Or, maybe your unique perspective gave you a new idea or opportunity. Where did that lead? Join us in Troy for a night of stories, from where we stand.


Albany

Monday, November 19 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Falling”

Why falling? Well, it’s fall. Leaf peeping, pumpkin spice and whatnot. There’s that. And then there is gravity, which left unattended will cause things to fall. But really what we want to get at is that things fall apart.

Mostly we’re trying to keep them together, but then there is that moment when they start falling, coming apart, unravelling in our hands.

This month we explore those moments…

October Storytelling Events!

15 Oct

Albany

Monday, October 15 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Falling”

Why falling? Well, it’s fall. Leaf peeping, pumpkin spice and whatnot. There’s that. And then there is gravity, which left unattended will cause things to fall. But really what we want to get at is that things fall apart.

Mostly we’re trying to keep them together, but then there is that moment when they start falling, coming apart, unravelling in our hands.

This month we explore those moments…

 

Troy

Tuesday, October 9 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld

Theme: “Shangri La”

The Kinks sang about it. James Hilton described it as earthly paradise. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it Xanadu. Shangri-La: that imaginary, idyllic place of perfection. They say it’s unobtainable, and we’ll always be searching for it, but is that really true? When was a time you experienced a pure Shangri-La moment? A short, but blissful connection with someone at the supermarket? An unexpected, unpredictable journey? A picturesque moment with yourself? Come share your paradisiacal experience with us.

September Storytelling Events!

4 Sep

Troy

Tuesday, September 4 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Ashok

Theme: “Fall”

Fall is the beginning of the school year. It’s also the end of Summer. There’s foliage and there’s apples. And pumpkin spiced lattes. While most people love this time of year, Ashok does not. He doesn’t like what comes after the fall.

Also, consider a more literal interpretation –  falling and picking yourself back up, falling  in love, or falling down a rabbit hole.


Albany

Monday, September 17 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Gettin’ Schooled”

Learning is important. We should always be learning. And while school is a great place to learn, not all learning happens in school (and not everything that happens in school is learning).What are your most important lessons? How did you learn them? The hard way?

Bring those stories down to the OEP Monday for a night of laughter and learning.

August Storytelling Events!

13 Aug

Troy

Tuesday, August 14 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “Moving On”

They say one door must close in order for another one to open. But moving on can still be awfully bittersweet. Whether it’s leaving behind a lover, a pet, a house or phase of life, tell us a story about one chapter ending or another one beginning. We want to hear about transitions, conclusions, fresh starts and everything in between.


Albany

Monday, August 20 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Drugs”

Drugs have impeccable timing. Arriving just after sex and right before rock and roll, drugs are at the center of nearly all human experience. From that daily hit of caffeine to the once and done LSD experiment, drugs allow us to change how we feel and how we perceive the world. And best of all, drugs create really memorable experiences, and that’s what we look for in a story.

July Storytelling Events!

9 Jul

Troy

Tuesday, July 10 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Ashok

Theme: “Mistakes”

Everyone makes them. Some are great learning experiences. Some are just terrible. Please come and share your stories where things didn’t work out as planned.


Albany

Monday, July 16 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Foreigners”

Most people are foreign to us. Even those we think we know well can be very different. And those from foreign lands can be surprisingly similar – if we make the effort to cross the divide between us and them.

So what does it really mean to be a foreigner? Let’s explore through stories of encounters with someone “foreign”.

June Storytelling Events!

1 Jun

Troy

Tuesday, June 12 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “Say What?!?!”

Communication breakdowns – whether something’s misheard or poorly explained, words can make all the difference. And when we’re texting, snapping and tweeting, messages get mixed up quick. What happened the last time you had a convoluted conversation? Come share your stories about communication gone wrong. After all, there’s always two sides to every story.


Albany

Monday, June 18 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

Theme: “Fathers”

In honor of Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17) we turn the mic over to dads and the stories of our dads. You know your dad (or might know if you are one) so you shouldn’t need much more prompting.
But consider that Father’s Day has only been an official national holiday since 1972! The original idea for it dates back more than a hundred years, but our nation’s dads were in no hurry to get more neckties, hats and socks.