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Spring events at Arts at the Armory

Posted by Susannah Blair  March 29, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Somerville's Center for 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 Café and Performance Hall. Events include The Alone Together Tour with Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), and Gregory Rogrove (Devandra Banhardt) (April 11); Mali Live: Music and Dance from West Africa with DJ set and documentary screening (April 13); For the Sake of the Song Presents: a tribute to Ryan Adams (April 14); Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market (Saturdays through May 26); YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City offering a sampling from local restaurants (April 25); and Ensemble 451 (April 27), a Somerville-based classical chamber music group. Event details, 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, the 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.

Arts at the Armory Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 11

The Alone Together Tour with Billy Martin, Sarah Neufeld, and Gregory Rogrove
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Performance Hall), admission: $15
Advance tix available through TicketFly.com 
Three instrumentalists from different but related musical communities step out of the band atmosphere to present their solo compositions for the very special "Alone Together" tour. Each artist will perform solo on their respective instrument, exploring a variety of different compositional approaches. Billy Martin  (Medeski Martin & Wood) will perform his impressive array of spontaneous percussion/drum set compositions, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire/Bell Orchestre) presents unique and vibrant solo violin pieces, and Gregory Rogove (Devendra Banhart/Megapuss/Priestbird) will play minimalist, solo piano pieces from his recently released PIANA album (Knitting Factory Records).

Thursday, April 12 

Tony Memmel with Kara Kulpa and Jade Sylvan
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Cafe), $6
Tony Memmel is a songwriter and performer from Wisconsin with unique charisma and creativity.  Although he was born missing his left forearm, he taught himself to play guitar, piano and harmonica. If you heard Tony’s music on one of this three CDs, you’d never know the difference. In fact, people are often shocked to learn of it or don’t notice at his live shows until he wipes the sweat from his face with the two characteristic arm bands on his left bicep. But Memmel is not trying to sell you on his handicap alone. His music stands on its own. It is catchy without sacrificing sincerity, and his lyrics are personal and real.

Friday April 13

Mali Live: Music and Dance from West Africa 
7:15 pm – 10:30 pm (Performance Hall), $12 in advance, $15 day of
Mali Live: Music and Dance from West Africa is presented by Benkadi Drum & Dance Ensemble and Boubacar Diabate & SambaLolo in collaboration with the Center for the Arts at the Armory. Doors open at 7:15 for a DJ set. A documentary about Malian music will also be screened prior to the live performance beginning at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, April 14

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 sell fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more.  This week features live music by Karen Grenier, a food demo by Robert Grant from Blue Room, and face painting by Elizabeth Stone. The Boston Food Swap will also be on hand to talk about their efforts to promote locally grown food.

For the Sake of the Song: Presents a tribute to Ryan Adams
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Café), $8
The April edition of the popular For the Sake of the Song Series pays tribute to modern troubadour Ryan Adams. Hear new takes on songs like "Oh My Sweet Carolina," "Come Pick Me Up," and more, along with original material from the featured artists. Visit forthesakeofthesong.com for more info. Performer website(s): Patrick Coman patrickcoman.com, Brian Carroll briancarrollmusic.com, and Dan Zinder tallenough.net.

Sunday, April 15

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, April 16
          
Hope Roth Third Monday Residency
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Cafe), $5 admission
Hope Roth is a local singer-songwriter who writes personal but quirky songs with catchy melodies. Her songs aim to capture a moment or a mood, to take something difficult or painful and turn it into something beautiful. You may find yourself humming her melodies long after you have turned your stereo off. Her songs might get stuck in your head, but you will be glad to have them there.

Tuesday, April 17

The First and Last Word Poetry Series
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Cafe), $4 admission
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock, this well-respected and long running poetry series features local poets sharing their work. The event also features live music during the open mic portion of the program.

Thursday, April 19

Playtime with Knucklebones
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Performance Hall), $7/child, $10/family
Playtime with Knucklebones is a great opportunity for children, dads, moms, and caregivers to be active in the beautiful Arts at the Armory Performance Hall. Knucklebones bring the toys, teachers and FUN! Special musical, literary, and activity-based workshops will be held each week.

Friday, April 20

Richard Cambridge's Poetry Theatre
7:30 pm - 10:00 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, April 21

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 sell fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more.  This week features live music by Patrick Barber, a beer tasting by Somerville's own Slumbrew (from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm), and face painting by Elizabeth Stone. Nathaniel Fink  will be on hand talking about the important work of the AIDS Action Committee.

Sunday, April 22

Stories of Love and Pain for the Earth
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Café), $10-15 sliding scale admission
Stories of love and pain for the Earth is performed by True Story Theater, a 10-year-old local improvisational theater company. A five-person ensemble will honor each story told by audience volunteers through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories shared will magically be brought to life through exploration of this important common theme celebrating our precious planet.

Wednesday, April 25

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Performance Hall), $35 in advance, $40 at the door
The YUM Celebration asks, are you hungry for something different? Sample delicious tastes from participating immigrant-run Somerville restaurants, and meet friends new and old at a fun and satisfying benefit for The Welcome Project. Enjoy food from Ethiopia, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Thailand, Nepal and more. Admission includes culinary tastes from YUM restaurants and live entertainment from around the world.
                                                                    
Thursday, April 26

Gordon Michaels Presents Where There’s Fire There’s Smoke
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Cafe), $20
Advance tix available at BrownPaperTickets.com
This month, Gordon Michaels brings two very sexy and sassy ladies, Marilyn Dale and Alexia B. Motley, to help close out his four-month series. There will be something for everyone, including blues, soul, jazz and country, and maybe even a little folk or rock. To find out the true theme of this show you will just have to come see his final performance. Michaels always has something interesting up his sleeve. “His darkly rich, soulful baritone and gregarious way with an audience earn this guy a gold star,” said Backstage newspaper. With keyboardist Michael Larson. For more information on, Michaels, visit gordonmichaelsproductions.com.

Friday, April 27

Groundwork Somerville Gala
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Performance Hall), $25 general/$50 VIP
Groundwork Somerville presents its Annual Fundraising Gala. Join the organization this special night, once a year when they clean off the dirt, get dressed up, and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the past year, and raise money for the big year ahead. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy food, drinks, music, art, and one amazing raffle prize! $25 General Admission tickets and $50 VIP tickets (includes a beer and wine bar) are on sale now! VIP tables of 10 are also available for companies and organizations. Email admin@groundworksomerville.org for more info.

Ensemble 451
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, (Café), $25
Advance tix available at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ensemble 451 is a classical chamber music group in residence at Arts at the Armory. It promotes classical music in the city, a community rich with incredible artists of all kinds. The ensemble's musicians have played together in various settings for many years and are excited to bring gems of classical music as well as little known works from the past 400 years to local audiences. Music by Jean Françaix, Hilary Tann, Louis Spohr, Toru Takemitsu, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, with flutist Orlando Cela, cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer, and harpist Franziska Huhn. For more information, visit ensemble451.org.

Saturday, April 28

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 sell fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more. Elizabeth Stone will be on hand to paint faces, and Alison McGuirk will be performing. The guest non-profit this week is the Somerville Homeless Coalition, raising funds for their cold storage food project.

Sunday, April 29

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.

Carey Murdock
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Café), $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Carey Murdock, a songwriter from North Augusta, SC, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in August 2011 after years of touring. He has shared the stage with artists like Mountain Heart, Yarn, Josh Hisle, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, and songwriters such as Tony Arata ("The Dance" for Garth Brooks) and Benita Hill (“Two Pina Coladas" for Garth Brooks). Murdock is currently touring in support of his latest album, Baby Don't Look Down, which was produced by Patrick Blanchard/Shawn Mullins and features Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope on vocals. Visit careymurdock.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 1

Youth Open Mic Night
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Cafe), free admission
The first Tuesday of each month, Arts at the Armory hosts an open mic series for teens in partnership with Groundwork Somerville, Teen Empowerment, and Books of Hope. Help us support our youth as they express themselves through song, poetry, and spoken word performances!

Wednesday, May 2

Wiretap Wednesday Open Stage
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Cafe), free admission
The first Wednesday of the month, Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein host an open mic night that is streamed live and archived online at http://blog.michaeljepstein.com. Performers are invited to sign up and share their best short work (5 minutes including setup). Contact sophia@donotforsake.com for more information about signing up. Each month also included a featured artist playing a 25-minute set. This month's featured artist is Lainey SchoolTree.

Thursday, May 3

WAAF’s Bay State Rock Bistro Busk
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Café), free admission, open contribution
More information coming soon about the April installment of the Bay State Rock Bistro Busk. There is no cover charge for this monthly show, but there will be an open guitar case so attendees can contribute what they wish, just as one would when encountering a busking musician. Doors open at 7:00 and the music begins at 8:00 pm. 

Friday, May 4

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. For more information, please visit hearinrhodeisland.com.

Saturday, May 5

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 sell fresh produce, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods, cheese, dairy, beverages and more. Elizabeth Stone will be on hand to paint faces, and Hornography will be performing. The guest non-profit this week is the Somerville Garden Club, doing a composting demonstration. Note: this week's market will be held outside in the Armory's parking lot.

Eliza Rickman CD Release Party
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Café), $5 admission
There’s a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of composer and pianist Eliza Rickman’s voice. Her stage presence is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore. It’s surprising that Rickman didn’t realize she could sing until after she earned a degree in orchestration from Azusa Pacific University, because her voice is the most enthralling feature on her new album O, You Sinners. Like the work of Kate Bush or PJ Harvey, her arrangements are edged with dissonance. Like Andrew Bird, she favors pizzicato strings and complex lyrical melodies. Indeed, Rickman’s co-producer Mark Greenberg is a frequent contributor to Bird’s albums.

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6

Somerville Open Studios
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Performance Hall), free admission
Visit Somerville's diverse and vibrant arts community when over 300 artists in over 100 venues open their homes and studios for the 12th Annual Somerville Open Studios. During this showcase, mid-career and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media will exhibit their work to the public. Visitors will be treated to displays of art in both traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout the city. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation, the Somerville Open Studios Trolleys, bikes, scooter, or walk if possible. Trolleys will run at approximately 15 minute intervals during open studio hours.

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