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.

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/

 

 

 

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.