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Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Jan
27
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.

January’s Theme: “Not Sorry”

Featured Tellers

Rose Saia
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.

Bart Thompson
Bart Thompson has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).

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

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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Chris McDermott's “Rhythm to the Brain”
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Chris McDermott's “Rhythm to the Brain”

Guitarist. Singer. Composer. Possessing a unique rhythmic style, Chris draws from what seems to be every available musical color in the palette and has worked as a sideman and band leader with some of the best jazz, blues, and soul players in the world.

Featuring the drumming of Marco Giovino (Robert Plant's Band of Joy, JJ Cale ), and John Lockwood (The Fringe, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins) on bass. This band is all about the Rhythm. This is for real music lovers. Great music which crosses over many boundaries. Masterful musicianship and writing.

Chris has released 9 albums to date and continues to play internationally, nationally, and locally.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets here.
Online sales end at 4pm on show date.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Our fall 2018 "Fugitive at the Door" series at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton surpassed expectations. Most evenings sold out. Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. 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 — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

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
Jan
31
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.

January’s Theme: “Not Sorry”

Featured Tellers

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.

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.

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
Purchase your tickets here.
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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Valentine's Eve  with Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Valentine's Eve with Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz

Songs from the Heart (Cançôes do Coraçâo)

When Molly and Haley met, they instantly recognized each other as musical soulmates. They discovered they both love jazz standards, Brazilian music, and are devoted fans of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. 

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 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets here.
Online sales end at 4pm on show date.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Our fall 2018 "Fugitive at the Door" series at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton surpassed expectations. Most evenings sold out. Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. 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 — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

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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Arlington International Film Festival presents Animated Short Films
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Arlington International Film Festival presents Animated Short Films

International Animated Short Film Program

Doors open at 7pm • Showing starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $12/online • $15/door
Order tickets
Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

THE ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF)

AIFF fosters an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through the independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. The Festival is a means for recognizing that such diversity enriches our communities. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family. For more information, visit aiffest.org.

SPONSORS

This showing is co-produced by AIFF and Fugitive Productions and is made possible, in part, by a contributions from The Gallery at Villageworks.

FEATURED ANIMATED SHORT FILM

TREJUR
Thomas Kim | Concord MA | 10 min
2018 AIFF Best Animation Short | High School
A modern woman remembers her wretched, toy-giving grandmother in this dark, hand-made, fantasy, stop motion animation. Trejur (pronounced "treasure") is a story that questions how desperation can transform us into something we never thought ourselves to be.

OTHER ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

CAGE | Pengpeng Du | 5 min | USA
The life of a concubine was bound; she is consumed by her man through both dream and reality.

HAPPY | Alice Saey | 7 min | France
The Egyptian goose seduces us and the flocks of geese with their desire torn between individuality and the urge toward group behavior.

WOODY & WOODY | Jaume Carrio | 13 min | Spain
A modest tribute to a great filmmaker from New York, with frenetic and ironic dialogs and vibrant drawings that seem to move to the rhythm of jazz.

HEZAR AFSAN | Asghar Safar & Jalai Yekta Abbas | 7 min
The white ogre attacks the city and kidnaps the king. Rostam is sent to find and return him.

STANZAS | Alicja Jasina | USA | 7 min
Based on a poem by Aldous Huxley, a stubborn narrator slowly breaks free of their limitations, allowing more fluidity into their thought process.

LOOK | Meinardas Valkevicius | Lithuania | 4 min
Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals…dare to look and change the world!

CORP | Pablo Polledri | Argentina | 9 min
Ambition, exploitation of labor, environmental pollution, human degradation, surplus value, corruption and much more in the amazing world of a free market!

PEARL | Patrick Osborne | USA | 6 min
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

PANIC ATTACK | Eileen O’Meara | USA | 3 min
This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

GOOD BOY | Rachel Beltran | USA | 7 min
Is there a crowd on a blind date?

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Fugitive Comedy Night
Feb
22
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 here.
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

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.

JANUARY’S HEADLINER — Samantha Ruddy

Samantha tells jokes, writes funny stuff, and weasels her way into your heart with her girl-next-door charm. She recently recorded a late night set for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert that will air later this year. She has appeared on Comedy Central, headlined Carolines on Broadway and has been featured at national comedy festivals like New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

FEATURING — Zach Armentrout

Zach is a Boston-based comedian with zero roommates and over 100 Facebook friends. His aptitude for hyper-specific premises and hard jokes earned him a host/producer role on Boston's award-winning comedy showcase The Mendoza Line, as well as an appearance on the SiriusXM stand-up show The Check Spot. Follow Zach's every waking thought through on Twitter, @somelightcrying, which has been featured in Playboy and Funny Or Die.

FEATURING — Katlin McFee

Katlin McFee’s self-deprecating style combined with blunt honesty and sharp wit make her an absolute joy to watch, and have allowed her to amass a number of credits in a short amount of time. She's opened for Geoff Tate, Dave Ross, and Mary Mack and has been a featured performer at a number of festivals including the Motor City Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges, and Whiskey Bear.

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Laura Vecchione
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Laura Vecchione

The Boston Globe dubbed singer and songwriter, Laura Vecchione, “a bluesy songstress” and proudly proclaimed, “Vecchione is all ours.” Laura has recorded with multi-Grammy-award winning producers, opened for major label artists, and has had her songs featured on national radio and television.

Born in New York City, Laura’s classical and Broadway voice training began at age 15. In college, Laura found herself in the warm embrace of the Columbia/Barnard Gospel Choir while studying Jazz Voice at Manhattan School of Music. Laura moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Later, studying guitar with local maestros John Curtis (Patty Griffin, Jon Pousset-Dart Band) and Ksenia Mack (Porch Party Mamma’s) she began writing and performing original material.

Recently, Laura traveled from her home in Boston to record in Nashville, between teaching and playing. From Muscle Shoals to Motown, to poignant singer/songwriter ballads, each song reflects themes of resilience and hope, masterfully executed by Vecchione’s incredible vocals and supported by a host of Nashville’s A-list session players.

“Laura Vecchione hails from New York, lives in Boston, and recorded in Nashville. Keep this quick bio handy to remind yourself that she’s not from Chicago, because she sounds a whole lot more South Side than Soho, Allston, or Grand Ole Opry.” — Rob Weir, Valley Advocate

“Don’t mess with the Veck. . . . If you do, she’ll write a killer song about you and sing the *@#% out of it.” — Jim Scott (Grammy-winning producer/engineer: Wilco, Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams).

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets here.
Online sales end at 4pm on show date.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Our fall 2018 "Fugitive at the Door" series at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton surpassed expectations. Most evenings sold out. 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. And they are very welcoming hosts.

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.

View Event →