Memorial Day Weekend is almost here! It wasn’t that long ago that it seemed as if winter would never end, but we’ve made it to this celebratory weekend that means “Summer Preview” — YES!! Many of you may have the day off from work — why not come check out our cafe? We have artisan sammies and fresh baked treats not to mention a delightful selection of bevvies ranging from coffee and tea and smoothies to beer and wine. Don’t forget the (daily) free parking!
We’re open our regular hours — 8am-6pm — this Memorial Day. Check out the menu here.
In addition to the cafe being an excellent gathering place for you and your friends, it is also a show venue. This Memorial Day, the cafe is thrilled to host four rising singer-songwriters, Jake Shane, Jack Dean, Ian Fitzgerald, and John Faraone, swapping songs in the Round. These two New Englanders, a Nashvillian and a Brit all have unique styles which fit loosely into the Americana genre. The show runs from 7pm-9:30pm. Come early for a delicious craft beer and snack!
Was our last blog post really in March? My how time flies when you’re having fun! But right now we really want to make sure you are all aware of the fun coming up this Friday, May 8th! That is the night we are kicking off our fundraising effort to soundproof the performance hall.
As you can see by our ever-growing list of events, we are always doing our best to bring great programming to our stage both in the Hall and in the cafe, but we are somewhat limited in our offerings because we currently have restrictions on the decibel levels allowed. By soundproofing the space, we will be able to dramatically expand our event offerings. This is where you come in… By attending our Soundproofing Benefit Concert THIS FRIDAY (5/8), you will be helping us towards our goal. Tickets are $15/$12 students and can be purchased at the door or in advance here
We are so excited for this night of world music featuring Esthema, Goli, and 35th Parallel. We know it will be a night to remember and a great first step towards achieving our soundproofing goal.
Is everyone enjoying the first week of spring? Okay, so maybe the temperatures haven’t felt quite “seasonal” yet but as New Englanders we need to embrace the little milestones we set for ourselves; whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the Red Sox season opener, those markers in the sand keep us going.
And, so does art and the sense of community that comes with supporting it! So make a plan to visit the Armory to get a little more color in your life. Here’s one surefire way to accomplish that: AniMAtic Boston. On Wednesday, March 25th in the Cafe the Boston animation community welcomes the great Tom Snyder. Tom has been writing and creating animation in Boston for over 30 years. He founded Tom Snyder Productions, (which later became Soup2Nuts) created the Comedy Central hit show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and recently teamed up with Jonathan Katz once again to create the web series Explosion Bus. Now that’s a colorful guy!
Doors open at 7pm for networking opportunities with other area animators and members of the community before Tom’s talk starts at 7:30pm.
Spring is coming, we can actually feel it here at the Armory!
It occurred to us this morning that most of our blog updates have been about nothing but the weather; we even took to referring to snow as “the s-word!” Yet with the sun shining so brightly and Daylight Savings Time giving us another hour of it, as well as predictions that the mercury might even touch 50 degrees this week, we are officially optimistic that the Somerville earth will eventually thaw!
And, as it does, you’ll have no shortage of great reasons to come visit us! Check out the March calendar, we promise you’ll start feeling warmer already!
Maybe we’ll avoid the S–w word this time?
Events today (Saturday 2/21) are all running as scheduled.
We’re supposed to have 5 (!) events tomorrow in the Cafe, Hall, and Mezz. If the weather stays kind and just sends us rain, we’ll hopefully run all of them. If the s–w word comes back into the picture… we’ll do our best, but stop back here tomorrow for updates!
Heartening thought: One of our Cafe regulars pointed out that Daylight Savings Time is now only 2 weeks away, so that must mean the end of winter is in sight, right?!? Keeping fingers crossed!
Stay warm, and hope to see you soon!
Update Monday 2/16, 4pm: Tonight’s MakeOut crafters’ meet-up is cancelled (resched. to Mar 2), but the symphony rehearsal is still on. No news yet from the dance teachers in the basement studio; if you’re wondering about a class tonight, check directly with your teacher to be sure it’s still on.
Update Monday 2/16, 8:40am: Knucklebones and the Ballet with Molly vacation dance program are both ON this morning. Stay tuned for more updates on tonight’s events. The Cafe is open, the lot is plowed, and we’re working on the sidewalks.
Wishing we had something witty to say about yet more snow, but alas no…
We’re lucking out with this weekend’s storm in that we didn’t have any events scheduled in the first place for Saturday night and Sunday. So we’ll be closing the Cafe Saturday at 6pm, battening down the hatches, and staying warm inside our respective homes until Monday morning. The Cafe will NOT be open Sunday 2/15.
We expect to open normal hours (8 am – 6 pm) on Monday 2/16, despite the snowbanks and the holiday. Check back Monday for info on whether the Monday night events are running.
Thanks and stay warm / stay safe!
A tough call, but the Thursday night Cafe event (FOLK New England presenting Marina Evans) is going to cancel – too many people who have to travel too far on roads that will likely be icy later tonight.
And now back to snow cancellations… last updated Tuesday 2/10 at 3 pm; hoping that’s the last update for this storm!
- Symphony rehearsal (resched. to 2/12)
Tuesday 2/10 CANCELLED:
- SCES Brown Bag food program
- Green Line Extension (GLX) Working group meeting (resched. to a date to be determined)
- Youth Arts Arise
- Groovy Baby Music
Tuesday 2/10 ON:
- Broad Appeal
- Prenatal Yoga
The Cafe will be open till 9:30 today (Tuesday). The lot is plowed, but caution is still advised… there’s a thin layer of packed snow underfoot.
Stay safe and warm!
Sunday Feb 8: We’re expecting the snow to wreak more havoc with events Monday/Tuesday, but today’s events are on!
SLF’s Local is for Lovers market is in the Hall 10-3, and the Journeys in Sound concert featuring Anthony Coleman, Anastaysia Dumma, and John Lockwood is in the Cafe 4-6.
The Cafe is open today, now till 6 PM.
Last updated Feb 2, 4:30pm
Cancellations for Monday Feb. 2:
- All Zumba classes
- Rough Cut film screening (resched. to Feb. 22)
- Symphony rehearsal (resched. to Feb. 5)
The Cafe is open Feb 2 until 6 pm, but our parking lot is still in very rough shape.
Cancellations for Tuesday Feb. 2:
- Youth Arts Arise
The Cafe will be open normal hours on Tuesday (8 am – 6 pm).