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

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.