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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.

October 2016 Events

4 Oct

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Tuesday, October 11 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Sloppy Mornings”


Monday, October 17 The Olde English Pub (Albany)

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Scary Stories”

Given that October is national ghost and goblin awareness month we’re hosting a special evening of scary stories at the Albany Front Parlor. Feel free to embellish those tales of dark and stormy nights, as the normal rule of “true as you remember it” runs screaming from the building.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 at the Olde English Pub.


Tuesday, October 18 @ 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: “Vital Signs”

Some signs are so important that following them is a matter of life and death; they can tell us whether we are dead or alive. Come tell us your story about a sign that couldn’t be ignored or maybe was until now.

Five minutes, no notes, no props, true from you. Mature themes but all are welcome.


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.

September 2016 Events

8 Sep

Tuesday, September 13 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: “Back in the Day”


Monday, September 19 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “The Sub” (with special guest host Truemaster Trimmingham)

While the sub is often an inferior replacement, selected without discrimination to simply fill the void, our host this month proves that the sub can actually be better than the original. Think about the times that you’ve needed a sub, or maybe got a sub when you were expecting the original. Or even better, maybe you were the sub…
No matter how it went down, bring the story to the Olde English Pub at 7:30 on Monday, September 19.

Tuesday, September 20 @ 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: “Flying High”

 In all our lives there are high points and they usually move quickly to low points or the lows that open to the highs. This could go in many directions, whether its a plane ride from hell, a bird watching expedition with a experience with a grizzly bear, or the crippling and freeing qualities of drugs you’ve taken in your life. Interpret as you will, it’s your story and it’s a safe space. Come to the Tap House in Bennington at 7:30 and tell it.
Five minutes, no notes, no props, true from you. There are prizes, good food, and drink. Mature themes but all are welcome.

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.

August 2016 Events

5 Aug

Tuesday, August 9 The Hangar on the Hudson (Troy – across the street from, and operated by, the Ale House)
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld & Abby Lublin
7:30 – 9:30 pm
675 River Street
Theme: “Parental Advice”

For better or worse, we don’t always listen to our parental figures, and they don’t always listen to us.

Tell a story of advice given, advice taken, or advice disregarded.

This Tuesday at The Hangar (bigger space!).  Pop-up food vendors (might be) in the back lot.

Abby’s last Front Parlor as a resident Trojan.  Join us after stories for a DJ’d dance party by Chill Smith.


Monday, August 15 The Olde English Pub (Albany)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
25 Quackenbush Square
Theme: “Us Against Them”

These are polarizing times. People are choosing sides, deciding who is in and who is out. Are you with us or against us?

But who is us? And who are them? It’s not always clear.

Bring them stories to the Olde English Pub, Monday August 15, at 7:30.


Tuesday, August 16 @ 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: “Law & Order”


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.