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109 Concord Rd
Acton, MA, 01720

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Dunham Shoe Factory
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dunham Shoe Factory

Dunham Shoe Factory rarely plays a room this size. Come and enjoy an intimate evening of world music, performed by masters while enjoying Orange Door's great bar and small plates.

DSF is a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions, featuring Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach, and Dave Haughey. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion, and cello, their music draws from a myriad of styles including Brazilian, Egyptian, Jazz, Turkish, Classical, and Indian music.

Individual members have performed in a variety of settings locally, nationally, and internationally over the past 25 years — two hold masters degrees in music performance; two have studied traditional Arabic and Turkish music; two have performed with the Paul Winter Consort; and all have spent time improvising in a variety of settings.

The result is a musical experience that is exuberant and soulful. One reviewer wrote, “The multicultural blend of instruments and compositions was fascinating. They are such outstanding musicians and creating the quartet was a joyful decision for us all.”

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
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ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Welcome to our Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

Chris and Meredith will be serving a few small plates and snacks each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue. Please bring a credit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up Kickstand or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

October Theme: “No Doubt”

Featured Tellers

Norah Dooley
Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, and specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are. For the past 18 summers, she has told stories to thousands of children through ReadBoston.org. She is the founder of StoriesLive.org, and a co-founder of massmouth.org and the “Boston Story Slam” series. She teaches storytelling at Lesley, Tufts, and Suffolk Universities. Internationally, she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition, and in Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of http://www.worlded.org.

Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Boston for nearly twenty years. Sara has an MFA in Choreography and Dance History from Smith College and was the Founder and Artistic Director of hoi polloi, a modern dance company based in Central Square for many years.  Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and recently performed on her first Moth MainStage production. She is co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and honored to be a featured teller with Fugitive Stories.

Peter Carcia
A former Divisional VP at Polaroid Corp., Peter now teaches storytelling at UMass Boston. Peter is a founder of Reading Neighbors Network, an organization that works to keep elders (50 and over) in their homes and works to increase their activities outside of their home. Peter sits on the board of directors of MassMouth.

$10/online • $12/door
Purchase your tickets online.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Arlington or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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HighCamp in Maynard
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

HighCamp in Maynard

HighCamp rocks it all at its 5th Annual Halloween Masquerade Bash, replete with a blood-boiling dance trance of ’80s new wave, pop, rock, funk, punk, and other junk. Don a mask and your pumps, slippers, Goth boots, wing-tips, or Keds, for an evening’s “war on the floor” of non-stop big-beat salvos, including so many great hits of the B52s, Cyndi Lauper, Bowie, Madonna, The Clash, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Billy Idol, Blondie, and more. Skip the gym and get off with us on this Friday night fright!

$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets now!

Doors open at 7:30pm.
Full cash bar. Light snacks provided.
Plenty of on-site parking.

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Chris Fitz “Bigger Soul” Band
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Fitz “Bigger Soul” Band

Featuring Holly Cameron & Ben Knight

CHRIS FITZ and his blues/rock power trio The Chris Fitz Band has garnished more than a dozen music awards over the last 24 years as one of New England's premier acts! A Boston Music Award in 2001 for "Outstanding New Blues Act," multiple "Outstanding Blues Guitarist and Entertainer" awards, and a trip to the International Blues Competition in Memphis are a few of the band's accomplishments.

In 2016, Chris discovered classically trained and up and coming soul singer HOLLY CAMERON at a Karaoke night and played a "blues" gig with 20-something keyboard and singing phenom BEN KNIGHT. Immediately the wheels started spinning. 

The Chris Fitz "Bigger Soul" Band was born as an offshoot of the "Power Trio" that has been Chris' bread and butter for so long. Holly sings to the heavens and Ben's funky piano and soulful vocals are a perfect foil for the power and soul of the Chris Fitz Band engine. 

Featuring classic R&B and Soul music from legends Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Glady's Knight, Bill Withers, Patti Labelle, Alicia Keys, and even Dolly Parton, along with the original award-winning music of Chris Fitz, The "Bigger Soul" Band has brought the house down at every performance. Dancing is mandatory and more showcase shows are on the horizon for 2019!!!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
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Doors open at 7:30pm.
Bar provided by True West Brewery.

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Fugitive Stories at Concord Art
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Concord Art

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Fugitive Stories is pleased to be returning to Concord Art, for a fundraiser in conjunction with the exhibit (Oct. 18–Nov. 25), “In Her Own Image: Self Portraits by Women from 1900 to 2018,” curated by Amy Sudarsky.

Doors open at 7pm • Storytelling starts at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Order your online tickets here.

Concord Center for the Visual Arts was founded nearly a century ago by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, a well-known American Impressionist painter and philanthropist whose original mission stands today.

For those of you unfamiliar with Concord Art, they offer:

  • free admission to their four galleries

  • classes and workshops

  • international and regional art tours, art-making trips, and collection tours

  • art demonstrations, films, and curator and artist talks

  • intimate sculpture garden behind the 18th century John Ball House, featuring installations, a waterfall, and lush plantings and stonework

Fugitive Stories brings the craft of true stories told live to suburban Boston audiences (Acton, Arlington, Concord, Framingham, Lincoln). Fugitive brings featured storytellers to tell a true tale alongside people just like you who may never have told a story on a stage but are inspired by one of our themes. Fugitive’s featured tellers captivate our audiences — they are some of the best in the country. Most are Moth StorySLAM winners and many have been featured in GrandSLAM events. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in our hat — we pull a name or two after intermission. Each night is unique and they never fail to entertain.

Our theme for the evening is “Being Seen: Women Telling Stories.” Our stellar featured tellers are:

Janelle Codianni
Janelle is a writer, performer, story coach, and the owner of High Maintenance, her handy-woman business. She co-produces Harpy, a storytelling show in Somerville that features the voices of women and femmes. When she isn’t doing these things, she’s remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or attempting to casually talk to her two daughters about consent.

Amanda Goodwin
Amanda has always found great joy in connecting and caring for those around her, which is why it came as no surprise when she built a career in helping leading New England nonprofits raise funds and awareness for their causes. Currently, at The Life is Good Kids Foundation (LiGKF), Amanda shares the many stories of the Foundation’s life-changing social work. Amanda has also served as the Director of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at the WGBH Educational Foundation — managing live and pre-produced fundraisers. When Amanda isn’t steeped in the stories of nonprofits, she’s busy crafting and sharing stories of her own. She’s a published short story author, a Moth StorySLAM winner, a gratitude blogger, and the co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers.

Katie Liesener
Katie is a co-coordinator for Massmouth. As a storyteller, she’s performed in over 80 shows across eight states. She’s also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Katie was the 2016 Massmouth “Big Mouth-Off” champion.

Rose Saia
Rose is a Moth and Massmouth story slam winner who most enjoys telling stories outside of competition. She’s been a featured teller at The International Institute “Suitcase Stories” and WGBH’s Stories from the Stage as well as on other stages in the Boston area. When she isn’t telling stories she’s hearing them at her day job as food pantry director for Open Table in Maynard which provides food and meals to over 400 households a week. She’s lived in Acton for 25 years but grew up in South Boston, a place full of stories. She is the co-founder of Fugitive Stories who loves returning to the warmth of this community of tellers and those who join to hear them.

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Myanna
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Myanna

Myanna, one of the hottest saxophonists around, plays music that mixes jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing, and catchy tunes. Featuring her soulful sounds, versatility, and unique arrangements, she performs regularly in clubs and concert halls with her own group, with the Love Dogs, and as a featured artist in a number of highly-regarded bands. She has won awards for Best Jazz Artist several times from both the Boston Music Awards and The Boston Phoenix readers poll. Myanna has recorded three or her own CDs, is featured on multiple recordings with The Love Dogs and as a side player on many other recordings.

Performing with Myanna is one of the finest jazz organists around, Ken Clark. He was voted “Winner of New England Blues Society, Keyboardist of the the Year” four times between 2006 and 2015. Ken's technical ability joined with his natural feel for funk and soul make each performance a night to remember.

Drummer/Vocalist Eddie Scheer has been a pillar of the Boston Blues/R&B scene for more than 20 years. As the leader of his award-winning band, The Love Dogs, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. He’s played and/or recorded with virtually every top-level musician in area and has hosted his “Tuesday Night Allstars” series in Brighton for almost a decade. His encyclopedic repertoire is surpassed only by his big smile and love of entertaining.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Purchase your tickets online. Online sales end at 4pm on the day of the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

This is the fourth of our seven Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more. Our first three events were sold out.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

They’ll will be serving a few small plates each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Fugitive Comedy Night
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Fugitive Comedy Night

Four Boston- and New York-based comics. Check out their bios below.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 16

OUR HOST — MIKE DORVAL!

After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best.” Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

OCTOBER’S HEADLINER — ERIN JUDGE

“Judge tells jokes that incinerate misogynists, celebrate the fluidity of gender, and wring thoughtful hilarity out of sexual confusion.” —The Village Voice

Erin started out doing stand-up at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge. Since then, she’s appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at lots of festivals, including Women in Comedy, Bridgetown, Boston, and Laugh Your Asheville Off, as well as Eugene Mirman’s eponymous one. She’s performed in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. Her first comedy album, So Many Choices, is available from Rooftop Comedy.

Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the 2016 Bi Book Awards and got great reviews. Erin’s words also appear in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, and Salon. She wrote for the stage with The Meaning of Wife, which got four stars from Time Out New York, and as a contributor to Wake Up World!, Lizz Winstead’s satirical off-Broadway show.

She currently co-hosts Romantic Comedy, a popular monthly comedy show at The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first romance bookstore, in Culver City, CA.

FEATURING — BRIAN HIGGINBOTTOM

Brian is an up-and-coming comedian born and raised in Boston. He runs a weekly comedy show at McGreevy’s in the heart of Boston. Brian has performed in the Crosstown Comedy Festival in New York, was a finalist in the Beantown Comedy Riots, and is a regular at top clubs in Boston including Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Comedy Connection, and Laugh Boston. He has also been featured on Funny or Die!

FEATURING — JIAYONG LI

Jiayong bid farewell to his family in Beijing and embarked on a journey of mathematical study at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice. Watching him perform is a side-splitting yet soothing experience. He was one of the New Faces at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2017.

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Fugitive Stories/Clover Foundation "Rise Up!" Fundraiser
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories/Clover Foundation "Rise Up!" Fundraiser

For five years, the Clover Foundation has been supporting the health and education of 80 children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Their lives are changed at Clover where they receive hearty meals and emergency medical care, have the chance to be curious and play, and learn to speak and read English. All go on to a primary school supported by Clover donors.  

The theme of the event and our stories is “Spark!” 

Doors open at 5:30pm • Event starts at 6pm
More info. and tickets available here.

Fugitive Stories brings the craft of true stories told live to suburban audiences (Acton, Arlington, Concord, Framingham, Lincoln). Fugitive’s featured tellers captivate our audiences — they are some of the best in the country. Most are Moth StorySLAM winners and many are GrandSLAM champions. Tonight, three members of the Clover community will be sharing their stories as well.

Fugitive Stories’ featured tellers are: 

Janelle Codianni
Janelle is a writer, performer, story coach, and the owner of High Maintenance, her handy-woman business. She co-produces Harpy, a storytelling show in Somerville that features the voices of women and femmes. When she isn’t doing these things, she’s remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or attempting to casually talk to her two daughters about consent.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at Simmons College where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, two lizards, and numerous dust bunnies.

Aaron Wolfe
Aaron is a filmmaker, a Moth GrandSLAM winning storyteller, and occasional host of the Moth StorySLAMS in Boston. His films have been featured at Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, and his film “Record/Play” was shortlisted for an Oscar. Aaron is the host and producer of the podcast “First Time, Long Time” where he tells stories about sports for people who may not like sports.

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Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling in The Gallery at Villageworks in West Acton. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? You can fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

September Theme: “Just in Time”

Featured Tellers

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer from Littleton. He started telling stories in public about six years ago when he ran out of relatives who hadn't heard that one before. He's won several story slams at the Moth and Massmouth, and he's been a featured speaker at WGBH's “Stories From the Stage.” And he counts himself blessed that he's occasionally invited to speak with much better tellers at great venues, like Fugitive Productions.

Theresa Okokon
Theresa Is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage — the first nationally televised TV show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga, where she provides trauma-informed yoga to people at Boston-area homeless shelters, low-income housing communities, and alternative schools. She loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.

Don Picard
Don Picard is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

$10/online • $12/door
Purchase online tickets here.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffeehouse, as you enter the venue, serves beverages and snacks until 6pm. Bring them on up!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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