Category Archives: Cafe

This Sunday in the Cafe: Blue Hallelujahs Reading Tour

Blue Hallelujahs FlyerJoin the Boston area in celebrating the release of Blue Hallelujahs with local Cave Canem poets. This free event will be hosted by Nicole Terez Dutton, Somerville’s first poet laureate. Copies of Blue Hallelujahs will be available for purchase at the event.


Brionne Janae is a California native, teaching artist, and poet living in Boston where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne was a recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in jubilat, Boaat, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing among others. And most importantly Brionne is a Cave Canem Fellow. 

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Hambidge Center, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets and has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine,Tidal Basin, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently curates Soul Sister Revue and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Breauna L. Roach is a native of Detroit, MI and a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association’s Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in CallalooVinylLittle Patuxent Review, and various other publications. She is a proud Alumna of Florida A&M University, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Breauna is the former Editor of CaKe: a Journal of Poetry and Art and is currently a Graduate Writing Instructor and MFA candidate at Emerson College.

Pamela Taylor is a data guru by day and a poet by night. She has a doctorate in social psychology from UCLA, a MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a Cave Canem Fellow. When she is not working or writing, she’s dancing Argentine tango in the Boston area. Pamela’s first chapbook of poetry, My Mother’s Child, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in June 2015.

May Highlights

Some events to look out for this month…

Inspiration Celebration

Wednesday, May 4th, 6pm-9pm in the Hall

The Armory is pleased to be hosting this annual event for the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County.  Live music, food, drinks, a silent auction, and a raffle await you.  For more info and to purchase your ticket whose proceeds benefit this essential organization, click here.


Mommybites Ultimate Mom’s Night Out

Thursday, May 5th, 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Hall

Moms, we’re talking to you — this is your week!  While Sunday, May 8th may be the day you spend with your family, let this be the night you spend out. Meet, mingle, and unwind with other moms and moms-to-be, learn about local products and services, and, of course, eat, drink, and be merry.  Entertainment will be provided by Boston Comedy Chicks and the special guest speaker will be mommy blogger Kristin Quinn.  25% of the ticket fee will benefit Horizons for Homeless Children — purchase yours here.


Cupcake Reception — Kids’ Art Show

Saturday, May 7th, 12pm-2pm in the Cafe

Join us for a reception honoring the junior artists in our midst.  Their art has adorned the walls in the cafe for the last few weeks as part of Somerville Open Studios.  Please come check out their work and enjoy a cupcake or two while you’re at it!


The Haha Mama Mother’s Day Comedy Show

Sunday, May 8th, 3pm-4:30pm and 7pm-8:30pm in the Hall

Brunch is cliche, spas are expensive, and laughter saves the day every time.  Check out this hilarious lineup of mom-comics, hosted by Robin Maxfield featuring headliner Jane Condon along with appearances by Erika Welch, Ashley Gavin, Andrea Henry, Srilatha Rajamani, and L. Michelle.  Get your tickets here!


RISK! Live Show & Podcast

Sunday, May 15th, 7:30pm-9:30pm in the Hall

RISK! is a podcast where personal stories become public.  Host Kevin Allison of the comedy troupe The State coaxes the intimate, heartwarming, shocking, and, of course, hilarious life-moments out of his guests (who have included the likes of Kevin Nealon, Rachel Dratch, Marc Maron, and more) only to be downloaded and enjoyed by his million-plus listeners. The theme for the night:  Respect.  Guests TBD.  Get your ticket here.

Subject:Matter Presents Some Pulp

Wednesday, May 25th, 7pm and Thursday, May 26th, 8pm in the Hall

Some Pulp is a swing dance/tap dance collaboration between Big Band composer Steve Bass and dancer/choreographer Ian Berg.  Get excited for these back to back evenings of all-new music and dance that pays homage to its genre forefathers.  Reserve your spot here.


Fódhla (“Foe-la”)

Saturday, May 28th, 7:30pm-10pm in the Cafe

Flutist Nicole Rabata, fiddler Ellery Klein, and Bethany Waikman on guitar make up this fabulous group of musicians specializing in the art of traditional Irish tunes.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy their Boston-area debut performance, part of the notloB concert series.  To reserve your space, click here.
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April Highlights

April Galas Galore

On Friday, April 8th, Sibling Connections’ annual fundraiser will be celebrating families in the Hall.  Sibling Connections helps reunite children who have been separated by their placement in foster care.  Registration information here.
On Saturday, April 9th, the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s”Under the Roof” will be hosting their annual dinner in the Hall.  For ticket information, click here.
On Thursday, April 14th, YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City will be bringing a wide range of culinary delights to the Hall. Benefitting The Welcome Project, this delicious event will also have a silent auction and raffle.  Tickets are available here.

Love & Gravity

Friday, April 22, 8pm-10pm & Saturday, April 23, 3pm-5pm in the Hall
Acrobatic Conundrum is bringing their thrilling circus show to The Armory for two unforgettable shows!  Juggling, flying, flipping, and all kinds of acrobatics — just add 20 feet of air beneath the performers’ feet and you get the idea.  Watch some real life romances, especially the one between love and gravity, play out before your eyes.  Don’t miss this beautiful show.  Tickets available for both performances here.

Arts Council Community Summit

Sunday, April 10th, 2pm-5pm
Join the Somerville Arts Council for an afternoon of discussion about community arts:  how are things going, what could be better, what kinds of support would be helpful…  This is a forum for you to work together with the Council to ensure a bright future for local artistic efforts, programs, and more!

Soundproofing Benefit Concert Series 

Friday, April 22nd, 8pm-10pm in the Cafe
Our fundraising effort to soundproof the Hall continues this month with an intimate cafe concert featuring Something Civil and friends.  Join us for a fabulous evening of music and you’ll get the bonus good feeling of helping us towards our goal!  Click here to reserve your spot and/or make a donation!

Phoenix Orchestra

Tuesday, April 12th, 7pm-9:30pm in the Cafe
Phoenix Orchestra brings traditional and contemporary orchestra music to the party for the enjoyment of audiences both new and experienced listeners.  Be transformed by the power of live music in the coziness of our cafe.  Ticket pricing and information available here.

The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) Neurodiverse Arts Cafe

Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm-9pm in the Cafe
Members of the AANE community are invited to the Cafe stage to share poetry, music, dance, and more!  If you’re interested in performing, please email a brief description of your what you’d like to do to  The show is free for all to attend!

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