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…


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.


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.

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