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Fugitive Stories in Framingham
Feb
24
8:00 pm20:00

Fugitive Stories in Framingham

  • Amazing Things Arts Center

“Fugitive Stories” brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Experienced invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Friday, February, 24: “Tolerance”
at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham

Doors open at 7:30pm • Storytelling starts at 8pm
Click here to learn more about Fugitive Stories.
$13/General Admission. $10/Amazing Things Members.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Whatever your politics — personal or in a larger social context — it's fair to say that “tolerance” is definitely a subject du jour. Tolerance can mean an ability to deal with conflict or pain. It can be a negative — “I can barely tolerate so-and-so's behavior.” And it can be a sign of compassion, acceptance, and understanding. What's your story?

We are thrilled to have scheduled several of the best storytellers from the Greater Boston area to tell this evening — Kemp Harris, Katie Liesener, Srilatha Rajamani, and Finley Smith.

KEMP HARRIS is a storyteller, composer, musician, children’s author, and actor. He has performed as a storyteller at festivals, schools, and libraries across the country. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He has written and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and WGBH public television. Harris is the rare artist who demonstrates a gift for any expressive form he touches. “Kemp Harris is a thief, a tease and a heartbreaker. Plus, [he] knows too much. And it’s all right there when he sings. Beautifully there.”  — Tom Ashbrook (host of “On Point,” NPR)

KATIE LIESENER is Massmouth’s 2016 Grand Champion and a Moth Grand Slam finalist. She mesmerizes audiences with true stories that describe life’s moments and her intimate challenges with them. She is a Massmouth Story Slam producer and active volunteer — to keep the art of true storytelling alive and well in the Greater Boston area. She has been featured at storytelling conferences and workshops across the U.S. While she hails from the Midwest, she now warmly claims Boston as her home.

FINLEY SMITH is a voice actor and professional tutor/teacher. Finley grew up in Connecticut, where her parents and her sister along with her extended army of cousins, aunts, and uncles taught her to embrace the magic of storytelling at an early age. (It was the only way to compete for airtime at family dinners.) Finley has a B.A in English from Tulane University, so she still harbors a warm place in her heart for the Crescent City . In her spare time, she enjoys theater, sailing, gymnastics, hiking, and Scrabble.

AMANDA GOODWIN is a Moth StorySLAM winner and the Head of Storytelling and Stewardship at The Life is Good Kids Foundation where she shares the many stories of the Foundation’s life-changing social work. Prior to LIG, he served as the Director of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at the WGBH Educational Foundation. Amanda finds great joy in connecting and caring for those around her. In addition to her skill at storytelling she is a published short story author and gratitude blogger.

We’ve invited two Framingham residents to share their stories: 

REV. DR. J. ANTHONY LLOYD has served for the past 20 years as the pastor of the Greater Framingham Community Church, an interdenominational church of over 450 households serving the MetroWest area. Originally from Philadelphia, PA he has several degrees including a Doctor of Ministry in the area of preaching for social change from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. 

We are also very pleased to have one a teenager from MASJID-E-BASHEER in Framingham.

Fugitive Stories
Feb
26
6:30 pm18:30

Fugitive Stories

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
Terry Pratchett

Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment. It is the legacy of generations. There’s a thing that happened. There’s the story of the thing that happened. Then there’s the interpretation of the story of the thing that happened. Good tellers identify a moment and craft a compelling story that resonates on many levels — evoking emotion, inviting introspection, and offering a chance to connect with others.

“Fugitive Stories” is a monthly event that brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Doors open at 6pm
Storytelling starts at 6:30pm

Acton Coffee provides beverages and snacks until 6:30pm. Order them downstairs and bring them up for the show.

Sunday, February 26: “United”

In the wise words of “Canned Heat” back in the ’70s: “Together we'll stand, Divided we'll fall, Come on now people, Let's get on the ball, And work together, Come on, come on, Let’s work together, (Now now people), Because together we will stand, Every boy, every girl and man.” (Watch Canned Heat.) What does “United" mean to you. United for a cause? United in opposition to something? Working as a team? United in a great marriage or partnership? What's your story?

Our featured tellers this evening include Acton resident, Senator Jamie Eldridge who is known for his leadership and independence to represent the best interests of the residents of his district and the Commonwealth. In addition to his recent actions to support the rights of women, Muslims and immigrants, he has championed legislation to enhance public education, stimulate the economy, protect the environment, expand access to health care, and improve public transportation.

George from the Bronx, an award-winning storyteller and 2016 Massmouth Grand Champion Finalist, is also a writer, physicist, inventor, and teacher. From George's web bio: “He was born into a kooky family in a strange world called the Bronx. After 17 years of Catholic indoctrination followed by seven colleges and extreme deprivation while bumbling through 23 countries, he exudes zany tales overflowing with passion, joy, wisdom and wit.”

We are always on the hunt for local, often first-time tellers, if you are interested in being one of our featured local tellers email David.

Click here to learn more about Fugitive Stories.
$10/online, $12/door.
Order your tickets online.

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Winter/Spring 2017 Series

Fugitive Stories is in The Gallery at Villageworks monthly for five Sundays starting in January. Sign up for our eblast or visit our website to learn the themes of our upcoming events.

     Sunday, January 29, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Tolerance“)
     Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm — (Theme: “United“)
     Sunday, March 26, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Trust“)
     Sunday, April 23, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Promise“)
     Sunday, May 21, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Stranger“)

 

Boston Comedy Night
Mar
3
8:00 pm20:00

Boston Comedy Night

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

We are thrilled to bring our first evening of comedy to The Gallery at Villageworks. The four comics we are showcasing tonight are well-respected players in the Boston comedy scene. Check out their bios below and then order your tickets today!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Order your tickets online now.
There is no bar service for this event but you can visit True West brewery’s full bar — located in the building — before, during the break, and/or after the performance.
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BETHANY VAN DELFT

Bethany’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.

WILL SMALLEY

If there was one word to describe comedian Will Smalley . . . it would sort of make this bio obsolete. So instead, here are many words! Still fresh off the line and with that “new car” smell, Will has readily established himself as one of the powerful new voices and joke writers in the Boston comedy scene. Will has been a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, a “Comic in Residence” at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, and can be found playing all the major clubs, venues, and colleges across New England. Additionally, Will is the announcer for “The Old School Game Show,” which has emerged as wildly popular "Must See" Boston event.

WES HAZARD

A New England native, Wes was named 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 and Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book, Questions for Terrible People, was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick.

SEAN SULLIVAN

Sean has earned his place in the prestigious Boston comedy scene through over a decade of producing refreshing, original comedy. Sean's signature quick wit and loose, improvisational style guarantees that every show is one to remember. A favorite at clubs, colleges, and corporate events, Sean has been deemed a "Comic to Watch" by the Boston Herald and he made his national television debut on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham.”

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

The Four Legged Faithful
Mar
4
8:00 pm20:00

The Four Legged Faithful

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Presented by Indian Hill Music

Get ready for a fresh take on acoustic folk & bluegrass! This band's tapestry of tones — guitar, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, dobro, foot percussion, and multi-layered vocal harmonies — pulls from a wide range of genres. Mumford and Sons meets Fleet Foxes (well, sort of). Dance to the music and enjoy refreshments from True West Brewery, serving wine and their award-winning homemade beers.

Matthew Migliori, vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro
Jon Kaplan, vocals, mandolin, percussion
Nate Pelletier, vocals, banjo, percussion
Joseph Pierog, vocals, upright bass, percussion (Indian Hill Music Faculty)

WATCH THE BAND PERFORM

Doors open at 7:30 pm.
$15 online | $18 at the door
Order your tickets now
Or purchase tickets by phone at 978.486.9524 x116

SPECIAL DINING OFFER: True West is offering a dinner seating ahead of the performance just for ticket buyers, with a 15% discount on food when you present your concert ticket to your server! Seating is limited — advance reservations recommended. Call True West at (978) 206-1600 to make your dinner reservation.

Sponsored by Acton Real Estate.

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The Love Dogs
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

The Love Dogs

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

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!”

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Order your tickets online now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Sarah Levecque
Mar
24
8:00 pm20:00

Sarah Levecque

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Sarah Levecque is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who moves easily between the sturdy roots of American music, influenced in equal parts by early blues, country, folk, and rock music.

The 2008 release “Crooked with Me” is an amalgam of these Blues and Country styles. “Sarah’s, ‘See Me Come Around’ is equal parts sultry and whimsical, a smoky, bluesy old tune that rolls with a sort of mischievous loll. It’s both easy going and solid, the sort of song you can just lose yourself in. Elsewhere on ‘Restless Restless Blues,’ Levecque’s music moves at a slow, steady, honky tonk pace. There’s an immense steadiness about these songs, but also a sort of undeniable force, like a slow-moving freight train.” — Victor D. Infante, Worcester Telegram News

The 2014 CD release, “Beautiful Defeat” has the same Americana Roots-based sound as her first release but is lyrically more complex. These perspectives are from darker places. These songs demand more of the listeners attention.

Sarah has opened for Eilen Jewell, Tommy Malone of the Subdudes and Carolyn Wonderland.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Band starts at 8pm
$12/online • $15/door
Order your tickets online now.
Parking map

There is no bar service for this event but you can visit True West brewery’s full bar — located in the building — before, during the break, and/or after the performance.

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.
 

The Response
Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

The Response

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Original Progressive Rock, Blues, and Improvisation

“The Response” plays originals created by Carlisle’s Jic Davis, Jon Golden, George Middleton, and Mac Ritchey, along with bandmate Emilie Faucher of Shirley.

Their CD release party in February, with guest performers Jodie Rachman and Neal Kruzkowski, sold out the 300-seat Bull Run Main Ballroom.

The unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive/atmospheric rock, blues, improvisation, and global influences.

Formed a decade ago as “The Carlisle Organics,” they played self-made instruments created from found objects and recycled materials. Over time, as the band and friendship evolved, they renamed themselves “The Response,” to play for a tribute ceremony in honor of Carlisle ”first responders.”

The group continues its original mission of making music and fostering friendship. Lead singer Faucher is the primary conveyor of the group’s lyrical tales, exploring such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch. Davis plays an instrument of his own invention, the “batar” — an electric guitar/bass hybrid from which much of the band’s signature sound emanates. Ritchey sings and plays the electric oud, a reinvention of the ancient Arabic lute. It is processed through a variety of effects, creating ethereal, atmospheric sound textures. Middleton strums mellifluous, sweet sounds and delivers incisive solos on electric guitar. Golden serves up a labyrinth of percussive styles to complement the core batar/oud/guitar arrangements.

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Band starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door
Mark your calendars. Tickets will be available online in late January.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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HighCamp
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

HighCamp

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

HighCamp is a dance and party band playing a compelling mix of high-energy tunes anchored in the club repertoire of the 1980s. While many of HighCamp’s upbeat song choices hail from the ’80s, their song list spans the decades and is guaranteed to get you moving all night long.

The band’s repertoire draws from The B-52s, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Clash, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Black Keys, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, and many more!

HighCamp features John Grosjean (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Stu Weinreb (guitar and vocals), Adam Kibbe (bass and vocals), Cindy Holt (vocals), Candy Oxnard (vocals), and Alan Kramer (drums).

When HighCamp gets it going, they leave nothing in the tank!

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/advance, $15/door
Tickets will go on sale in February.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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