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Acton, MA, 01720

Upcoming Events

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Jun
20
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.

June’s Theme: “True Enough”

Featured Tellers

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.

Rose Saia (Fugitive Stories co-founder)
Rose Saia 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.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel Gans-Boriskin 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.

$10/online • $12/door • Order your tickets here.
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
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Fugitive Comedy Night

Four great comics. Check out their bios below.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online tickets sales available until 4pm on the day of the show.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Come early and get a delicious homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery, just a a few doors away. Bring it on up.

DAN BOULGER

Dan began his comedy career in late 2004 only one week into his freshman year of college. Quickly becoming a favorite in Northeast, he started performing nationally after winning the Boston Comedy Festival in 2006 at the age of 20. Dan has since received recognition from both audiences and industry alike having made multiple appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as well as Comedy Central and The BBC. In 2015, he recorded a half-hour special that received regular play on Sirius/XM. In 2016, he recorded his first full-length album titled, Not Ready For This, which is available on ITunes, Spotify, and most music streaming services.

VAL KAPPA

Val is a stand-up comic/visual artist who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and was the voice of Clarice/Lil Mama on the cult cartoon “Home Movies.” She has headlined nationally at colleges and has performed at theaters and comedy/rock clubs all over. She caught the comedy bug in high school when she and her cast mates were the state drama champs with their production of “The Stinky Cheese Man.”

GLORIA ROSE

Gloria is a comedian and writer who has performed stand up, improv, and sketch comedy all over New England. Her charming, dry wit and sardonic observations have made her a staple of local venues like The Comedy Studio, Nick's Comedy Stop, and LaughBoston. She’s also been featured in the She-Devil Festival in New York City and the New South Comedy Festival. Her writing has been featured on Reductress — and she wrote some scorching tweets during the 2016 presidential election. 

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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Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz

When Molly and Haley met, they instantly became musical soulmates. They discovered their shared love of jazz standards and Brazilian music — and their admiration for Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. They packed the house on Valentine’s Day. Join them as they do what they do best — perform the music they love, from the heart.

Composer, arranger, and keyboardist Molly Flannery is known for her distinctive touch on the piano, her melodic improvisations, and her ability to groove in jazz, latin, and Brazilian idioms. After studying composition, improvisation and theory at Yale, Molly began her performing career in Japan where she appeared frequently at local clubs. When she eventually settled in Boston, she studied jazz with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, Kenny Werner, Harvey Diamond, and Doug Johnson. Her CD releases include ”Slow Dance at the Asylum” and “Riding the Bull.”

Singer/Composer Haley Peltz grew up in Lincoln and recently moved back from Brazil where she lived for several years. While immersing herself in Brazilian music, Haley also strove to bring the U.S. sound to her adopted country. Her last project abroad, a tribute show to the 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald, received critical and public acclaim in Brazil. In 2016, she was awarded first place in the Popular Singing Competition at the São Paulo School of Music. Haley continues to seek new cultural connections between American jazz and Brazilian music, highlighting women composers.

Doors open at 6:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online tickets are available until 4pm on the date of the show.

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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The Love Dogs
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Love Dogs

Be the among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It’s a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it’s THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next,” says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie “Duato” Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

“We’re all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we have a real reverence for the music. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of Scheer, Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), and Steve Brown (drums, vocals).

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door • Order your tickets here.
Presales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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Mystery Performer
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Mystery Performer

Can you guess who’s performing at Orange Door Kitchen in October?

Due to a prior arrangement with another venue, we are unable to divulge the name of October’s special guest performer — until sometime in July. But we’re gonna throw a few breadcrumbs at ya, just for fun. You can try to figure out who it is, or you can simply trust that the surprise will be worth it and purchase half a dozen tickets when they go on sale in mid-June.

A few fun facts. Our performer:

  • and I originally met back stage at a Farm Aid concert.

  • will be spending much of July on tour in Europe.

  • will be performing at Fenway Park this summer.

  • has recorded many albums and has more than 10 million spins on Spotify alone.

  • has shared the stage with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Tanya Donelly, and All Kooper, just to name a few.

  • has written songs that have been featured on more than 50 TV shows and films.

  • has won many regional awards, including Album of the Year, Best Song, and Best Singer/Songwriter.

Doors open at 6:30pm • Music starts at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door • Tickets will be available online mid-June
Discounted online tickets are available until 4pm on the day of the show.

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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Jeff Purchon & Friends
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Purchon & Friends

Be the among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

British guitarist Jeff Purchon and his all-star band bring their special brand of soul, blues and funk — with a side order of rock — to life, rousing a crowd to their feet and leaving them wanting more.

Jeff has performed with some of music’s greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

His band features nine-pieces with two female singers; Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, and Fenway favorite Vicki Zelski. Boston’s own Michael Payette, who possesses a range and voice that can cover any song from Michael McDonald to Stevie Wonder, is the lead male vocalist. The world-class rhythm section includes New York's Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Steve Aubert, Phliip Antionades on drums and Percussionist Hal Denham. The line up is rounded out with the inimitable saxophonist Brad Kohl.

JP & Friends will rock your butts off with a variety of music that hits everyone’s sweet spot, with classics old and new. Since their last performance with Fugitive, they’ve played a multitude of private gig and have won a Gold Award as one of the best performing bands on their agency’s roster. They’ll be highlighting a bunch of new material. Come on down and boogie out.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door • Tickets will be available online in early July

Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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