August Events!

2 Aug

Front Parlor is a community devoted to hearing and telling stories. We generally have 8-12 storytellers, five or so minutes each, telling true stories. No notes. It’s just like The Moth radio hour, except it’s local storytellers in front of the most loving and supportive audiences anywhere.

This is what we have lined up for August…


Troy

Tuesday, August 13 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike De Socio

Theme: “Keeping Up”

One way or another, we always seem to be comparing ourselves to our peers – friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates. This time of year it seems to be a competition for who has the splashiest vacation photos on Instagram. But when we’re not Keeping Up With The Joneses, some of us are just trying to keep up with life. Tell us a story about the struggle, whether you were falling behind or making the grade.


Albany

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

Theme: “Roadtrip”

Summer is always a great time to get out on the road. Family vacation, visiting friends, heading back to school – we just tend to drive more in the summer. But often the story is not in the destination, but in the trip.

This month, consider the things that happened along the way, and bring a story about the road less, or more, travelled.


Story Club

Our monthly story circle is on summer vacation but will back in September!

July Events!

2 Jul

Front Parlor is a community devoted to hearing and telling stories. We generally have 8-12 storytellers, five or so minutes each, telling true stories. No notes. It’s just like The Moth radio hour, except it’s local storytellers in front of the most loving and supportive audiences anywhere.

This is what we have lined up for July…


Troy

Tuesday, July 9 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Abby Norton-Levering

Theme: “Freedom”

What’s your freedom story? Come tell your story of when you got free from fear, from captivity, from convention, from mental slavery – from whatever got you grounded, tied you down, had you bound. Did you finally get things right? See the light? Take flight? Boy George eloquently opines “ain’t no freedom like your own / ain’t no freedom like to say ‘this is mine.’” On this July night, claim your story of freedom and share it with us!


Albany

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

Theme: “To Your Health!”

An illness can change your life. Sometimes it’s a wake up call to make a change for the better, while other times it’s just a random thing you have to deal with.

But like any story, there is a before the illness and an after. This month, bring us your stories of sickness and health, your encounters with the medical industrial complex, and let us know what changed – and maybe what needs to change.


Story Club – Workshop for Stories

Saturday, July 27 @ The Innovation Garage in Troy (1:00 – 3:00 pm)                                              Hosted by Gregor and Mike DeSocio

If you want some gentle guidance on crafting your stories, this is the place! We share, we celebrate, we offer feedback.


Storytelling with Impact

Tuesday, July 9 @ The Century House (7:30 – 9:30 am)
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk

In this workshop with the Albany Business Review we will look at some tools for developing stories that will help you communicate your perspective, values, and vision for the future.

Registration is required: storytelling-with-impact-uniting-ideas-with-emotions

June Storytelling Gets Special!

3 Jun

We are mixing things up in June. Our Tuesday Troy event will be in a super special location – on the patio behind Little Peck’s. It’s going to be magic! And if that weren’t enough, we are also hosting a community workshop for nurturing stories and their tellers. Check it out…


Troy

Tuesday, June 11 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “Soundtrack of Our Lives”

We all have our favorite music, but some songs are burned into our memory unlike any other. What is that moment that immediately comes to mind when you hear a certain tune? What music was playing at a pivotal moment in your life? Come out to Little Pecks (!!) to soak in the sun and tell us about the soundtrack to your life.


Albany

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

Theme: “Dear Father”

The Sunday prior to our Monday is Father’s Day, so this month we are covering all things fatherly. Dads are welcome to talk about the strange and wonderful experience of being a father. For the rest of us, let’s nail that one detail that says everything about our dads.

If you nothings comes to mind, consider the religious angle to “dear father”. Either way, come on down to tell and hear some stories. The OEP does not disappoint!


The Story Club:

A Super Secret Community Workshop for Storytellers

Saturday, June 22 @ Troy Innovation Garage (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio & Gregor Wynnyczuk

The first rule of Story Club: No One Talks About Story Club

That’s right. Months from now when strangers are high-fiving you after telling a truly amazing story you’ll just say “Thanks. I know. That was pretty awesome.” What they’ll never know is how you honed that story with a committed and generous community of storytellers who gave you the support you needed to really make the most of it.

With that in mind, Story Club does not (wink) meet for the first time on Saturday, June 22nd from 1pm to 3pm at the Troy Innovation Garage (a coworking space at 24 4th Street), so you won’t have to RSVP on Facebook so we know you’re not coming. Troy host Mike DeSocio and Albany host Gregor Wynnyczuk will not be hosting or guiding the conversation in any way.

Whether you’re a Front Parlor regular or someone new to storytelling, this is not an opportunity to get feedback on your work from other storytellers. Just don’t bring a story and don’t be open to hearing reactions and suggestions from the group. If you want to develop the tools to find more stories, refine the ones you have, and get more comfortable – we wish you luck in finding a group that will help you do that!

Also – if you’re not coming to this event that doesn’t exist, definitely don’t park in the Uncle Sam Garage (free on weekends), right across the street from the Innovation Garage.

May Storytelling Events!

1 May

Front Parlor is a place to hear and tell stories. We generally have 8-12 storytellers, five or so minutes each, telling true stories. No notes. It’s just like The Moth radio hour, except it’s local storytellers in front of the most loving and supportive audiences anywhere.

This is what we have lined up for May…


Troy

Tuesday, May 14 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Hoël Wiesner

Theme: “Strange Encounters”

We’re always surrounded by strangers, each going about their life, experiencing joy, sadness, wonder, excitement that we will never be privy to. Sometimes, these strangers can appear in our world for a brief moment, and though we may never catch their name, they can leave lasting impressions on us. Come to the Ale House to share your story of encountering a stranger in front of a bar full of strangers.


Albany

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

Theme: “Scars”

The longer you live the more scars you collect. And each scar is the mark of a story. Consider your scars (both physical and emotional) and the stories they represent. Could you share that story? Show that scar? Come tell us what that scar means to you.

April Storytelling Events

25 Mar

March was really something special. Thanks to everyone who came out to our big show at The Linda and to our events in Troy and Albany.

We are excited about the new energy and new people coming out and telling stories! Here is what we have lined up for April…


Troy

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

Theme: “Losing It”

Have you ever just totally lost it? What was the last straw? What made your knees buckle? Tell us about a time when you just couldn’t bear it. Or maybe you lost your wallet or your phone (this, too, can be catastrophic). How did you go on without that precious item? Come out to the Ale House to share your stories of losing it, whatever “it” may be.


Albany

Monday, April 15 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike DeSocio

Theme: “Make Believe”

In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, when was the last time you felt duped, tricked or swindled? Who made you believe something that ultimately wasn’t true? (Spoiler Alert: Santa isn’t real. Thanks for nothing, Mom and Dad). Or maybe it was your hopes and dreams that proved unrealistic. Tell us about a time when you believed in the impossible.

 

March is Amazing!

5 Mar

Don’t miss all the great opportunities to hear (and tell) stories this month!

Ticket are selling fast for the Eighth Anniversary show at The Linda on March 15th.

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk, the show will feature Front Parlor favorites Carrie Will, Mike DeSocio, Jennifer O’Brien, Ashok Ramasubramanian, and Silvia Meder Lilly – as well as super special guest Jeff Simmermon.

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.


Troy

Tuesday, March 12 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Abby Norton Levering

Theme: “Ready for Prime Time”

Most of us won’t ever be chosen for The Moth. Only a handful of us will tell at the Linda on March 15. But all of us have a story that’s ready for prime time, should we ever be surprised to find ourselves in the spotlight on the main stage. Come be brave and bold and share the story that’s in your back pocket, your biggest, best story. Come tell it even if you’ve told it before–your best story is worth telling again!


Albany

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

Theme: “Getting Lucky”

Some of us are born lucky. Others have to work hard at it. Either way, it’s nice when things fall into place. So bring a story about a time when things went your way or at least a story about a time you got lucky 😉

 

 

February Events!

16 Feb

Albany

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

Theme: “The Grass is Greener”

There is always something better – just beyond our reach. Someone, somewhere is living the life you deserve and posting about it on social media! So we make resolutions, decisions, we do things to try to get what they’ve got.

And let’s not forget in these cold, snowy times, that there literally is green grass somewhere… So feel free to tell a story about sunshine and verdant bloomings of nature. That might feel good too.


Troy

Tuesday, February 26 @ The Ale House (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Hoel Wiesner
Theme: Love Stories

Theme: “Love Stories”

Ain’t nothin’ better than a good old-fashioned love story. Come share yours. Any kind of love will do. Your childhood love for your blankie, your tween love for that cute boy in math class, the surprising, melting, overwhelming love for a brand-new infant, the all-consuming love of your dog Rufus, the confounding journey towards love for an enemy–all love stories are welcome. On this cold February night, let’s warm ourselves by reminding ourselves what’s best about humanity: our ability to love wildly, passionately, hopelessly, sacrificially, beautifully, and against all odds…


Also…

Get Your Tickets Now!!!

for the Eighth Anniversary show at The Linda on March 15th.

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk, the show will feature Front Parlor favorites Carrie Will, Mike DeSocio, Jennifer O’Brien, Ashok Ramasubramanian, and Silvia Meder Lilly – as well as super special guest Jeff Simmermon.

Tickets are $15 and available here.