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109 Concord Rd
Acton, MA, 01720

Upcoming Events

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Alison Keslow Group
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Alison Keslow Group

The Alison Keslow Group is a jazz, blues, groove-based improvisation band featuring original compositions as well as unique versions of modern jazz/fusion, blues and R&B standards, and more. Joining Alison are Mark Jodice (guitar) and Sai Ghose (drums).

Alison has shared the stage and recording credits with, and supported artists including ‪Joan Armatrading‬, ‪Jerry Marotta‬, Tony Levin, ‪John Sebastian‬, saxophonist ‪Mindi Abair,‬ and many more. She is an active sideman and has produced two albums of her own — "Between Earth and Sky" and "Bass Dharma." Alison is on the summer faculty at Berklee College of Music and is co-owner (with her husband) of Sudbury School of Music. In 2015 , 2016 and 2017, she was nominated for a Boston Music Award for artist of the year.

Doors open at 6:30pm
Come early and relax with some food and drink before the show starts.
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets here.
Online sales end at 4pm on show date.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR
Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide 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 Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Apr
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.

April’s Theme: “Nope”

Featured Tellers

Norah Dooley
Norah 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.

Robin Golinski
Robin founded a company where she focuses on leadership, persuasion, sales training, relationship building, and character development which led her to strengthening her communication repertoire by training in improvisation, comedy and storytelling. She is an accomplished stand-up comedian, and is founder and producer of Boston Comedy Chicks, Boston’s only all-female comedy show. Robin also founded, produces, and emcees a monthly story slam in Boston.

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 non-profits, 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.

$10/online • $12/door
Purchase your tickets online. Online ticketing ends at 4pm on the day of the show.
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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Fugitive Comedy Night
Apr
26
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.
Discounted online tickets are available until 4pm on date of show.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Winter Spring Comedy Series
•  Friday, January 18
•  Friday, February 22
•  Friday, March 22
• Friday, April 26
• Friday, May 31
• Friday, June 28

Come early and get a delicious homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery, just a a few doors away. Bring it on up. They’ll be open until 8pm.

APRIL’S HEADLINER — Ken Reid

Ken is a Boston-based stand-up comedian, podcaster, former punk rock teen (he was in the little loved 90’s Boston Punk band, “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”) and adult survivor of a latchkey childhood. He was the long-standing Friday night host at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge and produced his chaotic comedy variety show “The Secret Menu” there for two years. Ken was twice nominated as Best Comedian in Boston by the Boston Phoenix and named one of Boston’s best comics by CBS Boston. He’s performed at national comedy festivals including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Riot LA Festival, The Eugene Mirman Festival, and worked with acts like Bob Saget, Todd Barry and John Oliver. He has appeared on NPR and is a frequent podcast guest having appeared on “You’re The Expert,” “Judge John Hodgman,” “Doug Loves Movies,” “Risk!”, and the “Dana Gould Hour.” He’s also the host and creator of the popular “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast.

FEATURING — Nick Ortolani

Nick’s the first guy to introduce himself at a party, and also the first to leave. His comedy combines a commanding stage presence with a literary sensibility that creates something unique. Employing a borderline-moral outrage at the daily atrocities of modern life, big and small, Nick leaves no stone unturned. His physical and verbal acrobatics have appeared in the Boston Comedy Festival, The Women In Comedy Festival, The Black Friday Comedy Marathon, and the Rogue Island Comedy Festival. He appears regularly at clubs around Boston, and has opened for national headliners. A regular at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Nick was selected as Comic In Residence for the club’s 20th anniversary. In addition to appearing on stage, his writing has been featured in “The Hard Times,” “Funny Or Die,” and on the “Nerdist” podcast network. He resides in Boston and is not as much of a cat person as you might think.

OPENER — Katie McCarthy

Katie is a Boston-based comedian who will make you delightedly shriek “What?!” She’s peddled her brand of silly-yet-cerebral humor all around the country, impressing audiences at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, All Jane Comedy Festival, and Women in Comedy Festival. Starting as a sketch writer and actor, Katie has since tackled stand up; her absurd ruminations on personal experiences, pop culture, and politics quickly made her a favorite of Boston’s legendary Comedy Studio, where she served as their Comic In Residence in January 2016. She co-produced their annual Holiday Show in 2018 and was selected for their “Just For Laughs” audition showcase in 2019. Katie is the co-producer of “Party Cruise,” an outrageously goofy variety showcase and is a contributing writer for “Old School Game Show.”

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.

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Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Apr
28
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.

Come early and get a delicious homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery, just a a few doors away. And then top by Acton Coffee House downstairs for beverages. Bring them on up.

April’s Theme: “Nope”

Featured Tellers

Cheryl Hamilton
Cheryl is a former resident of Arlington and fan of cycling and rollerblading on the Minuteman trail. When not outside, she is on the phone and email organizing storytelling events for Massmouth, a local nonprofit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling — which can now can be seen on PBS television nationwide — “Stories from the Stage.”

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University 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, six chickens, one lizard, and numerous dust bunnies.

Karen Lock Kolp
Karen began telling live stories in 2015, when she won the first slam she ever entered. She's competed in multiple semifinals in Massmouth’s annual “Big Mouth-Off” competition. Karen has told for WGBH's Stories from the Stage and she's told many stories as a featured teller here at Fugitive Productions. Karen is also an expert in child development whose podcast, We Turned Out Okay, features lots of stories and updates weekly.

$10/online • $12/door
Order your tickets online until 3pm on the day of the show.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

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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Lola Sweet and the Burbanites
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Lola Sweet and the Burbanites

Lola Sweet and the Burbanites  play a menu of roots based rock, blues, R&B and jazz of the ’60s to the present. Put on your dancing shoes! Lola and her boys are rolling out some new tunes for springtime and look forward to seeing you all there . . . PLUS there will be musical guest surprises as well!

 Lori “Lola” Zuroff — lead vocals & percussion
Andrew Shiff — guitar/vox
Jim “Crawdaddy” Medvedeff — keys/vox  
Al Garay — bass/vox 
Jon Golden — drums/vox

 $12/online • $15/door Purchase your tickets here.
Doors open at 7:30pm.
Snacks provided. Cash bar.

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Fugitive Stories at Concord Art
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Concord Art

Fugitive Stories is pleased to be returning to Concord Art this May.

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 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 are GrandSLAM champions. 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 “Emerging.” Our stellar featured tellers are:

Norah Dooley
Norah 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.

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.

Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey
Sara grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Boston for nearly 20 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.

Karen Lock Kolp
Karen began telling live stories in 2015, when she won the first slam she ever entered. She’s competed in multiple semifinals in Massmouth’s annual “Big Mouth-Off” competition. Karen has told for WGBH’s Stories from the Stage and she’s told many stories as a featured teller here at Fugitive Productions. Karen is also an expert in child development whose podcast, We Turned Out Okay, features lots of stories and updates weekly.

Doors open at 7pm • Storytelling starts at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Click here to order tickets online.

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Bruce Marshall
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Bruce Marshall

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bruce Marshall has been a full-time musician his entire adult life with over nine thousand shows to his credit. He has opened for more than 200 national acts including James Brown, BB King, Chicago, Beach Boys, Bryan Adams, Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, and Joe Cocker. In tonight’s intimate, solo performance, Marshall will be reaching deep into his catalog on acoustic guitar and dobro, taking you on a musical ride. 

With an affinity early on for blues, rock and 60s pop, Marshall honed his chops in the gin mills of New England, starting with Whitecap, a popular area band that gigged nonstop for seven years. He put out his first album with his band, The Clue, in ‘87 and went national with guitarist Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker guitarist/founder) in ‘89, touring the US with Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Outlaws.

With many awards to his credit, in 2018 Marshall created his seventh record, “Borrowed Time,” to rave reviews. 

Doors open at 6:30pm
Come early and relax with some food and drink before the show starts.
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets here.
Online sales end at 4pm on show date.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR
Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide 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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“Flamenco Phenom” Juanito Pascual
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

“Flamenco Phenom” Juanito Pascual

Join “flamenco phenom” (Boston Globe) Juanito Pascual at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton for an intimate, rare solo performance.

“Juanito combines vivid colors, a rich imagination and a yearning, never-satisfied mastery of his art.”
—Steve Morse, Boston Globe writer; Billboard and Rolling Stone contributor

“One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.”
— NPR’s Here and Now

Juanito Pascual is an internationally recognized guitarist whose sound is an organic blend of masterful traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Recent highlights include a performance at TEDx Nashville, an international tour with acclaimed Flamenco icon Jorge Pardo, and performances for a number of film scores in LA.

He is recognized in both Spain and the U.S. as a unique and creative flamenco and jazz performer. He has performed internationally in fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals including Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame University, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Panama Jazz Festival, and Madrid’s Casa Patas. Juanito has been featured in special events including concerts hosted by Jane Goodall in Panama, on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and as a guest on National Public Radio’s “The World.” In 2009, Juanito made his on-screen debut alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 film “Pink Panther 2.” He continued his film score work on a number of projects, including the 2016 Netflix biopic based on the life of Pope Francis, “Call Me Francis.”

Through partnerships, Juanito has consistently sought ways to align his passion for music with environmental and social causes. Most notable is his ongoing collaboration with Earth Train, a Panamanian rainforest project which uses music and art as a means to inspire and educate a new generation about environmental stewardship.

Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 8pm
$25/online • $30/door
(if tickets last) • Order tickets online now.
Full bar. Ticket price includes sweet and savory bar snacks.
Note: The kitchen will not be open for this event.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR
Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. 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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