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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Feb
22
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 Amazing Things 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 four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

February Theme: “WHAT I DID FOR LOVE”
Did you travel half way around the world to propose to your beloved? Did you listen to your Dad's tediously long story for the 10th time without wincing? Did you massage your wife's feet just “cause?” Did you give up the work opportunity of a lifetime to take a chance on a new relationship? Did you birth a baby? What have you done for love?

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.

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.

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.  She is a former member of Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans and a founding member of Heloise and the Savoir Faire. Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and she is currently working on her first Moth MainStage production. She is co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and honored to be a featured teller with Fugitive Stories.

Bethany Van Delft
Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re the Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth.

$10/online • $12/door
Order your tickets online 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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Boston Comedy Night
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
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Bar provided by True West.
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Winter/Spring 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, January 19
•  Friday, February 23
•  Friday, March 23
•  Friday, April 20

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a four-event Winter/Spring 2018 series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so please to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

TONIGHT'S COMICS

Xazmin Garza
Xazmin has distinguished herself among New England’s strongest comics with her razor-sharp joke writing and dynamic stage presence. Interrobang called her “frank and hilarious,” naming her a Boston comic to watch. Garza has performed in the Limestone, Laughing Skull, Rogue Island, and Boston Comedy Festivals — and her comedy has been featured on SIRIUSXM.

Nick Chambers
Born and raised in Worcester, Nick began performing stand-up comedy on a whim in 2009 and hasn’t been able to stop since. His laid back delivery and conversational tone has quickly led to his becoming a regular performer all over the East Coast where he has opened for national headliners like Kyle Dunnigan and Bridget Everett. In 2016, Nick was a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and performed in the Oddball Comedy Festival. He also made is feature film debut in the comedy, "Good Kids.”

Dan Boulger
Dan began his comedy career in late 2004 only one week into his freshman year of college. Quickly becoming a favorite in the New England area, Boulger started performing nationally after winning the Boston Comedy Festival in 2006 at the age of 20. He has since received recognition from both audiences and industry alike having performed on Comedy Central, The BBC, and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Dan has made multiple appearances on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen. 

Wes Hazard (our host)
A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy, and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast — based on the critically acclaimed IFC television show with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book Questions For Terrible People was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick. He also co-hosts WGBH/World Channel’s new TV series, “Stories from the Stage.”

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton

Each month, 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 at the cafe 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 four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

February Theme: “WHAT I DID FOR LOVE”
Did you travel half way around the world to propose to your beloved? Did you listen to your Dad's tediously long story for the 10th time without wincing? Did you massage your wife's feet just “cause?” Did you give up the work opportunity of a lifetime to take a chance on a new relationship? Did you birth a baby? What have you done for love?

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.

Brendyn Schneider
Professional storyspinner, published writer, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider is a Boston-based storyteller who’s been featured at WGBH Studios, Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Somerville Theatre, and other action-packed venues across New England. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner, a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams, as well as a three-time finalist for Massmouth’s annual “BigMouthOff” show. He’s also been featured as performer and host at Northeast Storytelling’s annual conference, “Sharing the Fire.” A Fugitive Stories veteran, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up and the everyday slog. For more, please venture to brendynschneider.com.

Aaron Wolfe
Aaron Wolfe 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.

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

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

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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Jeff Purchon & Friends
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Purchon & Friends

DATE CHANGED TO SATURDAY, MARCH 10!

Jeff Purchon & Friends return to The Gallery at Villageworks.

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, bringing crowds 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 a nine-pieces with two female singers; Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, and Fenway favorite Vicki Zelski. Boston’s own Michael Payette is the lead male vocalist and he possesses a range and voice that can cover any song from Michael McDonald to Stevie Wonder. 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 by the inimitable saxophonist Brad Kohl.

JP and Friends will rock your butts off with a variety of music that will please everyone —  with classics old and new. Since their last Villageworks gig, they have played a multitude of private engagements and have won a Gold Award from their agency as one of the best performing bands on the roster. It also means they will be bringing a swath of new material to this gig. Come on down and boogie out!

Check out Jeff’s video, filmed at Villageworks in December!

Doors open at 7pm.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking Map

$15 online • $18 at the door
Click here to order tickets.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

IN NOVEMBER 2017, JOHNNY HOY SOLD OUT VILLAGEWORKS IN WEST ACTON. Check out what you've been missing or come on back for more (and bring your dancing shoes)! Formed in 1991, the band has released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 online • $18/door (Tickets will be on sale in mid-January)

Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s new brew pub.
Parking map

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability for the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

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The Love Dogs
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Love Dogs

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 online now.
Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s new brew pub.
Parking map

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
May
6
6:30 PM18:30

Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Amazing Things Arts Center. 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 Amazing Things 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 four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

February Theme: “MOTHER KNOWS BEST”
How many times has your mother saved you from distress, pain, embarrassment, or failure (or caused any of the above)? Can you remember a time when you wished you had listened to your mother, or which you hadn't? Now that you are a parent, do you find yourself “being” your mother? With Mother's Day just a week away, perhaps one of our stories will spark a loving memory. 

Featured Tellers

Wes Hazard
Wes Hazard has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast and “The Story Collider” podcast. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and in 2017 he was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston’s “The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con.” He currently co-hosts the nationally syndicated storytelling television program “Stories from the Stage,” a collaboration between WGBH WORLD Channel, and Boston’s Massmouth storytelling organization.

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer who lives in Littleton. He got into public story telling because he ran out of stories his wife hadn’t heard before.

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.

Doors open at 6pm. Storytelling begins at 6:30pm and ends at approximately 8:00pm with one intermission.

The Amazing Things snack bar will be open before and throughout the event including service of beer and wine.

Would you like to tell YOUR story in Framingham or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

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 Stories by the Campfire
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories by the Campfire

Join us around the Farrington Nature Linc campfire in Lincoln as our Fugitive tellers share their true tales on the evening's theme, “Planting a Seed." Some Farrington community folks will also share their 5- to 6-minute stories and we'll be inviting a storyteller or two (picked from a hat) who want join in the storytelling fun. At Farrington, with each visit, spending time in nature, its staff helps to “plant the seed” of engagement with nature and personal growth for the children from low-income urban communities who visit them.

The evening’s featured tellers:

RACHEL GANS-BORISKIN 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.

KAREN LOCK KOLP 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.

BETHANY VAN DELFT’s “hip and grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re the Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth.

This event is tailored for ages 14+ to enjoy an evening of stories by a fire. The storytelling begins at sundown, but you are welcome to arrive earlier to picnic on the property.

So bring a blanket or your beach chairs (and remember to bring extra layers in case it gets cold as it gets dark) and join us for some great stories under the stars.

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