January Events

4 Jan

The themes are somewhat somber this month, as change is in the air. You can see more below, but January will be our last show at The Olde English Pub in Albany.

Troy

Tuesday, January 14 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike De Socio

Theme: “What We Leave Behind”

Like it or not, we’re leaving 2019 behind. Onward into 2020 we go! Moving on can be tough, or it can be a relief. Tell us about a time you left something behind. Maybe it was an object, a place, a friend. Or maybe you ditched insecurity, stopped giving a sh*t about what others thought, and starting living a new life. Wahoo! Either way, come to Troy and share your story of moving on.


Albany

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

Theme: “The Last Time”

Just like first times there is a last time for everything. Sometimes you know it before you even start. Other times, you only realize it was the last time when reflecting back on it.

This month the theme and the event go hand-in-hand as it’s your last time to tell a story at the Olde English. Join us for a special night as we say goodbye to this amazing venue that has hosted the Front Parlor in Albany for the past 8 years!

Get there early. It’s going to be something.

December Events!

3 Dec

Front Parlor open mics are an opportunity to share your true, personal stories. All stories are told live, without notes, in five minutes or less.

Here is what we’ve got lined up for December…

Troy

Tuesday, December 10 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Abby Norton-Levering

Theme: “Holidaze”

Solstice? Hannukah? Christmas? No matter your winter holiday, this time of twinkly lights, boozy drinks, out-of-control emotions, family fights and tearful reunions leads to lots of stories! On this cold night, come share your story by the warm fireside at our new Troy Front Parlor location, the Garden at Lucas/Little Pecks.


Albany

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

Theme: “My First Time”

There is a first time for everything. But of course, some first times are more memorable than others. Before those first times, we probably imagined what it would be like. Then we experience what actually is like. Afterward, we try to come to terms with it all.

This month, take us on that journey – from what you thought before, to what it all means now.


Tip of the Month…

Stories are about change, not just things that happened. When we consider telling a story we often focus on the things that happened, the events, large and small – conflicts, car crashes, conversations, etc.

Those events can make compelling stories, but what your audience really wants to know is: how are you different now? So in addition to thinking about the events, think about how you were effected by those events.

For example, when I was younger I wanted to be a rock star. Then I started a band. Soon after, I didn’t want to be a rock star anymore. Explaining the events around starting the band are important to the story, but so is explaining how those events made me change my mind about being a rock star.

 

November Events!

4 Nov

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.

Here is what we’ve got lined up for November…

Troy

Tuesday, November 12 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Mike De Socio

Theme: “New Beginnings”

It’s a fresh start for Front Parlor in Troy — this is our first month back at our new, year-round home. They say change is good, and we’ve got a feeling this is going to be a good one. But change can be hard, too. We humans, we have the tendency to dig in our heels, resist the uncomfortable.

Come help us warm our new home with stories of new beginnings, blank slates and big changes. Did you go with the flow or cling desperately to the past? Tell us how it all shook out.


Albany

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

Theme: “Giving Thanks”

There is a lot that is wrong with the world these days. It’s all pretty overwhelming when you stop and think about it. But if you stop and think about all the good things, that is a pretty big list as well.

We’re going to focus on the positive – all the things we’re grateful for these days – love, life, health, community. Big things, little things, it doesn’t matter. We just want to appreciate what you appreciate. 


Tip of the Month…

Consider the “cold open.” It’s a term that TV people use to describe a show that just starts. No credits, no intro, no word from our sponsor – they just get into it.

You see this on Saturday Night Live, which has actually made the term “cold open” a thing. But lots of other shows use it as well. Why? It hooks us. It grabs our attention. It gives us action and content right away.

So consider how your story can start with a cold open. Is there a great line of dialog you can use? A powerful scene or detail? Or maybe you can just start describing the action? Too often we think we have to explain our way into a story, provide context, or justify why we are telling it. That is often not true, but even if it is necessary – give it to us later – after you’ve grabbed our attention with a cold open.

An October Event!

13 Oct

Albany

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

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, bats in the belfry and the call is coming from inside the house as the normal rule of “true as you remember it” runs screaming from the building.


 

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.

Stay tuned for an exciting return to form for November in Troy!

September Events!

8 Sep

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 September…


Troy

Tuesday, September 10 @ Little Pecks (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian

Theme: “Unreasonable”

As George Bernard Shaw said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Bring a story about a time where you didn’t conform to otherwise reasonable expectations. How did that work out?


Albany

Monday, September 16 @ The Olde English Pub (7:30 – 9:30 pm)
Hosted by Michael Corso

Theme: “The Fall”

What do you think of when you think of the fall? Apples, cider, donuts… what about the colors, the falling leaves and the crisp air… This is a season of many pleasures. But as we descend once again into winter, also consider the falls you have taken. What or who brought you down?

Bring a story about what the fall means to you – or what the falls have done to you. How are things different now?


Story Club – Workshop for Stories

Saturday, September 28 @ The Troy Innovation Garage (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
Hosted by Michael De Socio and Gregor Wynnyczuk

We are back! Come for feedback and friendship on the last Saturday afternoon of the month. Bring a story or just listen and share your reactions with others.

 

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