Archive | January, 2012

“Birthday(s)” at Olde English Pub

21 Jan

Edouard Manet. Napoleon Bonaparte. Chita Rivera. My mother. And OEP co-owner Greta Graydon. They all celebrate their birthdays on January 23. Two, post-posthumously. (No, “Anita” is not dead.)

Come exorcise your traumatic birthday experiences the best way- shared in public!

January 23, 2012
7:00- 9:00 pm at the Olde English Pub

(683 Broadway, Albany.  Quackenbush Sq.)

THEME: “Birthday(s)”

FLASH PROMPT: “Tell about an unfulfilled birthday wish. Or, the best. birthday. ever.”

Same rules. (See previous posts.) See you there!

Saratoga Speaks about “Something New”

11 Jan

Chris, giving the crowd what they want

It’s almost the third Monday of the month, and that means storytelling in Saratoga Springs. If this is the first time you’re hearing about a storytelling night north of Troy, you’re not alone. We may be the small, nerdy, and sometimes gassy younger cousin of Abby’s Front Parlor Series, but we’ve got some crafty tricks up our proverbial sleeve. We know how to hang (as long as you have an open mind when we start going on about that new episode of Dr. Who).

This month we’re welcoming 2012 with stories told around the theme of “something new.” As always, interpret that as you will. Come on over (or up or down – Saratoga’s not THAT far away, and there are no scary hats this time of year) and join us at Virgil’s House, 86 Henry St., downtown behind the Parting Glass and the public library.

The stories begin at 7pm this Monday, January 16th. Hope to see you there!

“Do-over” at the Ale House

4 Jan

Have you ever hit the “restart” button metaphorically– beyond a game console or computer?  Ever wanted to?  As befits the new year, come share and/or listen to stories of do-overs, reinvention, back-sliding, and overhauling.

January 10, 2012

7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Ale House
(680 River Street, Troy)

THEME: “Do-over”
FLASH PROMPT: Tell about a time a “restart” button would have been handy.

Arrive early to ensure a seat at a table if you’re ordering dinner. Arrive early to ensure a seat, period.

See you on Tuesday!

Same rules:
– MC (me) will collect names of volunteer tellers, raconteurs, hams, and intrepid first-timers before we begin
– Tellers have 5 minutes to tell a true story (truth validated only by you, unless you bring witnesses and collaborators)
– No notes
– No props

**New feature: you may throw your name in the can, digitally, by commenting on this post that you would like to tell your tale.

But don’t give it up here! Leave us suspended.

Let the digital queue begin.

If you are unable to participate, feel free to share your tale here. If applicable, be sure the statute of limitations of prosecution for your deed has expired.

The prompt for “Flash Nonfiction” will be posted on the day prior to the Front Parlor event. If folks want to contribute flash nonfiction here, well, we’ll read those aloud with the rest of the anonymous ditties.

…and as always, listening is an act of love.