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Winter activities abound at Somerville's Center for Arts

Posted by Susannah Blair  January 30, 2012 10:00 AM

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Watermelon radish about be sold at Somerville Winter Farmers' Market at the Armory

The following was submitted by Arts at the Armory:

Somerville's Center for Arts at the Armory presents its upcoming schedule of diverse programming that includes live music, film, poetry, talks, and more in its Cafe, Performance Hall, and Gallery. Events include the acclaimed Somerville Winter Farmer's Market (every Saturday through May 26), Roger Miller of Mission of Burma Presents Early Cartoons with Prepared Piano (February 11), and For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Tom Waits (February 18). Details, including event times and prices, noted below. All events are open to all ages. Beer, wine and delicious food is now available at all Arts at the Armory Cafe and Performance Hall events. In addition to the event times detailed below, Arts at the Armory Cafe is open Monday through Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Thursday through Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm; and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. serving a menu that includes flatbread pizzas, sandwiches on artisan breads, soups, quiche, fresh baked desserts, craft beers and delicious wines. Arts at the Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA. Free parking is located in the rear of the building. For more information, contact 617-718-2191, info@artsatthearmory.org, or visit ArtsattheArmory.org.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 29

Closing Reception: Ron Brunelle Recent Paintings
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Gallery), free admission

Celebrate the work of longtime Somerville resident Ron Brunelle, which has been exhibited in the Gallery throughout January. Through his use of vivid color combined with textured surfaces, metallic paint and translucent washes, he creates powerful abstract paintings that play with both intent and the element of chance. Brunelle received a Somerville Arts Council 2011 Visual Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and has exhibited widely in the Boston area.

Monday, January 30:

Monday Mini Cinema Presents: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Road to God Knows Where
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $3 suggested donation

Join us for our quasi bi-monthly cinema series, presented by Todd Sargent. Beer, wine, fun, snacks, and a great film.

Wednesday, February 1:

Wiretap Wednesday Open Stage
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), free admission

This is the first in a new monthly series (first Wednesday of every month). Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein host one of the only open mic's in the area. Performers are invited to sign up and share their best short work (5 minutes including setup). Video of the performance will be live-streamed and archived on the Internet. Contact Sophia@donotforsake.com for more information about signing up. Each month will also include a featured artist playing a 25-minute set. This month's guest is Joe Kowan (aka J-Krafty). Joe writes some of the wittiest personal-political songs we've come across and throws in comedic gems about a gangsta-bigfoot and gangsta-crafting.

Saturday, February 4:

Somerville Winter Farmer's Market
9:30 am - 2:30 pm (Performance Hall), free admission

Don't miss one of the best Winter Farmer's Markets around!  Over 20 vendors each week selling fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more. Elizabeth Stone on hand to paint faces.  Musical guest this week: Yani Batteau.

Somerville Singer Songwriter Sessions
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Cafe), $10 admission

Enjoy an evening with four singer/songwriters from Rhode Island showcasing their original music. Artists include John Fuzek, Dan and Faith Senie, Andy Pratt, and Kathleen Quinn. For more info about the performers, please visit www.hearinrhodeisland.com. For more information, contact John Fuzek at: risongwriters@yahoo.com.

Thursday, February 9:

BEATLENESS! with Candy Leonard
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $5 admission

The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964 - and everything changed. The Beatlemania of the 1960s has become Beatleness, and it's all around us. How did this happen and why are the Beatles still so important? Sociologist and lifelong Beatle fan Candy Leonard has interviewed hundreds of Beatle fans and offers a unique, multidisciplinary analysis of the Beatles' ongoing impact that will engage and delight Beatle fans of all ages. Presentation followed by a Q&A. RSVP at Facebook Event Beatleness or candyleonard@gmail.com.

Friday, February 10:

Richard Cambridge's Poetry Theatre
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Cafe), $10 admission

Now in its 36th year, Richard Cambridge's Poetry Theatre features the original work of artists and poets. Richard Cambridge's poetry and theater productions address controversial themes on the American political landscape. His poetry has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Nantucket Journal, Asheville Poetry Review and others. 

Saturday, February 11:

Somerville Winter Farmer's Market
9:30 am - 2:30 pm (Performance Hall), free admission

Don't miss one of the best Winter Farmer's Markets around!  Over 20 vendors each week selling fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more. Elizabeth Stone on hand to paint faces.  Check the website to see our surprise musical guest!

Robin Bowman: The American Teenager Project
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Gallery) Artist Talk, free admission

Meet award-winning photojournalist Robin Bowman as she presents photographs taken as part of a five-year sojourn across the country to photograph teens.  These moving "collaborative" portraits were made into a beautiful book - "The American Teenager Project" now in its third printing. Photos on display from February 4 through February 28.

Roger Miller Presents: Early Cartoons with Solo Prepared Piano
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Cafe), $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Advance tix available at Brown Paper Tickets

Roger Miller of Mission of Burma and the Alloy Orchestra presents pre-1950 cartoons preceded by a set of solo prepared piano.  The cartoons include pieces with Daffy Duck, KoKo the Clown, Wladyslaw Starewica's amazing Russian stop-camera animation, Popeye, and more. "They are the wildest, most surprising cartoons I could collect," says Miller. "Their innovation and diversity is far beyond what most people think of when they hear 'cartoon.' With animation, the imagination is not tied to 3D reality." Miller has chosen a special array of beers specifically for this event. Music begins at 7:30 pm, cartoons at 8:00 pm. Miller returns on March 9 for an evening of Surrealist Games.

Sunday, February 12:

Drill Hall Flea Market
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Performance Hall), free admission

Join us for our bi-monthly flea market packed to the brim with collectibles, antiques and the like.

Monday, February 13:

Monday Mini Cinema Presents: Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $3 suggested donation

Join us for our quasi bi-monthly cinema series, presented by Todd Sargent. Beer, wine, fun, snacks, and a great film.

Tuesday, February 14:

St. Valentine's Day Massacre
7:00 PM - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $3 suggested donation

Celebrate Valentine's Day in a unique way - listening to and reading stories of murder mysteries, gangsters, and prohibition!  While we're not celebrating the fact that Al Capone's crew executed a slew of folks in cold blood, we're also not celebrating Valentine's Day in the traditional way - no candy hearts and roses here! There will be special prohibition era-style wine cocktails, a Valentine's Day menu, games, and stories.

Wednesday, February 15:

Somerville Arts Council Salon Series Presents: Behind the Animated Gif: Digital Art and Identity
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $5 suggested donation

Curated by arts educator Jacy Edelman, this event features PRINCESSdie, Yassy Goldie and Vela Phelan exploring the unique relationship between animation, digital art and identity. Doors at 7:00 pm, presentation at 7:30 pm

Thursday, February 16:

Annalise Emerick and Chelsea Berry
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $8 admission

Annalise Emerick is a gypsy, a poet of the people. Her music is an intimate snapshot of society. Annalise rolled into Boston with an acoustic guitar and a cache of catchy melodies in the Fall of 2011 and was soon playing area coffee houses and indie haunts. Starry-Eyed, Emerick's debut EP reached #9 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts on its first day. Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described as "compelling - she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame." Her vocals are controlled, smooth, and intensely powerful and her lyrics are reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties.

Friday, February 17:

James Houlahan and Friends
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $8 admission

Cambridge singer/songwriter James Houlahan performs songs from his latest album, Misfit Hymns, and shares the stage with friends and fellow songwriters Dan Blakeslee, Kristen Ford and Patrick Coman.

Saturday, February 18:

Somerville Winter Farmer's Market
9:30 am - 2:30 pm (Performance Hall), free admission

Don't miss one of the best Winter Farmer's Markets around!  Over 20 vendors each week selling fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more. Elizabeth Stone on hand to paint faces.  Musical guest this week: Adela and Jude.

For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Tom Waits
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), $8 admission

For the Sake of the Song brings together local musicians to perform their own material and pay tribute to songwriters who have influenced them. The February edition features Brendan Hogan, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Dressing the Debutantes paying tribute to Tom Waits. Hear songs from throughout Waits' catalog, along with original material from the featured artists. Visit forthesakeofthesong.com for more info. 

Arts at the Armory is an award-winning non-profit organization that offers artistic, cultural, educational, and community programming to residents of greater Somerville in its Performance Hall, Cafe, and Gallery spaces. Arts at the Armory's award-winning Cafe is open Monday through Wednesday, 9 AM to 6 PM, Thursday through Saturday, 9 AM to 10 PM and Sundays 10 AM to 5 PM serving coffee, espresso, and delicious food.  It is the only cafe in Somerville that serves craft beer and fine wine. Free parking!  Arts at the Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue between Davis and Union Squares in Somerville, Massachusetts. To find out more about us, visit our website at artsatthearmory.org.

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