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Somerville Massachusetts is an urban industrial city located northwest of Boston along the divide between the lower Charles and Mystic River watersheds. In its earliest history Somerville served as the grazing lands for the residents and farmers of Charlestown and had only a few scattered permanent settlements. This is a sharp contrast to the Somerville of today which is comprised of 4.1 square miles and has a total population of over 77,400 people making it the most densely populated community in New England!

Somerville was established as a town in 1842 and its population grew in leaps and bounds from that time forward. Many of the new settlers worked in the brick yards producing as many as 1.3 million bricks a year by hand or 5.5 million with a new press. At its highest point in production the town was turning out 24 million bricks being made in 12 brick yards in the city.

By the end of 1851, heavy industry was prominent here and was soon followed by rolling and slitting mills, iron works and manufacturers of steam engines and boilers. With the establishment of the street car lines, Somerville's population again exploded growing to six times its number between 1870 and 1915. The scale of the meat packing industry earned Somerville the reputation as the Chicago of New England. The city's population reached its peak during the Second World War when almost 106,000 people were said to create a density greater than that of Calcutta!

Closely built two families and triple-deckers fill the city to house its dense and diversified people. Today, Somerville is a mix of blue-collar families, young professionals and recent immigrants. It is known for its large number of city squares which help mark neighborhood boundaries. Among those most active today are Davis Square, Union Square, Ball Square, Teele Square and Magoun Square.

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Sunday at Tufts Community Concert Series--The World is a Cabaret
Tufts University Department of Music presents: Schoenberg: Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19; Schoenberg: Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19

When: Nov 2, 2014 3 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 15 )
The Matthew Smart Band- Jesse Terry- Scot Sax


When: Nov 16, 2014 4 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16 )
Hip Swayers
The Hip Swayers are delighted to return to Sally O'Briens for an early Sunday evening show - Mele Kalikimaka dear friends!

When: Dec 14, 2014 6 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18 )
The Jesse Smith Project
w/ Glen David Andrews Band

When: Nov 7, 2014 9 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21 )
PaPaSHaKE


When: Dec 12, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20 )
Gymnasium- The Dents- Andrea Gillis- Marc Wolfson Pinansky- Stupidity
Early Show!

When: Oct 29, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19 )
Aquanutz- Gunpowder Gelatine


When: Dec 12, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20 )
Tool Training & Testing: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop DECEMBER

Description:

Tool Training for Jewelry in the Hot Craft Studio: Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft.

Tool Testing will follow at least one week after training or by appointment with the shop monitor, and is necessary before a member is allowed to work independently in the shop.

For other classes and trainings available in the jewelry studio at Artisan's Asylum, check out http://artisansasylum.com/site/current-classes/#jewelry.

Prerequisites:

No experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

All necessary materials will be provided, and are included in the cost of registration!

What to Bring:

Close-toed shoes, hair tie-backs, notebook.

Instructor Biography:

 

Karen Burke (“the other Karen in the jewelry shop”) is a professional jeweler and metalsmith who works and teaches out of the Hot Crafts Studio at Artisan's Asylum. Working primarily in silver, steel, and niobium, she takes a special interest in chains, soldering, metallurgy, repairs, and unusual fabrication challenges.

Event Time:

Registration for Training + Testing reserves a Jewelry Shop tool training appointment and followup testing appointment for one person. Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays; Karen will be in touch to arrange a specific date and time once you register. 

If you have to reschedule your training or testing session, please notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance.

If you miss your scheduled testing slot without sufficient notification, additional testing appointments can be scheduled, available for a $25 additional fee under the Testing Rescheduling ticket.


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

 



When: Dec 3, 2014 10 AM to Dec 19, 2014 8 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10 )
Albert Cummings
When: Dec 13, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19 )
Awkward Sex and the City
When: Dec 11, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19 )
The MacRotones
When: Dec 13, 2014 10 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22 )
Joshua Tree
When: Nov 22, 2014 10 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22 )
From Shapes to Parts: Using 123D Make NOVEMBER

Description:

Ever wanted to do more with your 3D model then simply print it out on a 3D printer? In this class Judah Sher will show you how to use 123D Make to turn almost any shape into puzzles of interlocking parts, folded paper sculptures, and more! The results can be printed on a standard ink-based printer, or cut on a laser cutter or CNC router like the Blackfoot in the wood shop.

Class Goals:

Students will become familiar 123D Make: what it’s capable of, how to use it, and what its limitations are.

Prerequisites:

Familiarity with Windows environment. Students must be at least 18 years old.

What to Bring:

Optional: flash drive to save work.

Instructor Biography:


Judah Sher is an expert in the field of rapid prototyping, with specific focus on making these technologies more accessible. Since graduating from DAAP with a degree in industrial design, he has used CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3D printers professionally, including successfully launching an open-source CNC router on Kickstarter, co-founding a 3D printer startup, and teaching related classes at the Artisan’s Asylum for over a year.

 

Event Time:

Sunday, November 9, 11:30am-1:30pm

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 9, 2014 11 AM to Nov 9, 2014 1 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 09 Nov 2014 11 )
Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools OCTOBER

Description:

If you already know what you want to build and how you want to build it, and you just want to learn how to safely use the basic tools you need (or just need a refresher), this Tool Training session is for you! This class covers the following basic woodworking saws and tools, teaching correct use of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander.

The first week is basic training; the second week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their competency and get signed off on the tools. Students will be authorized to use the tools independently as members at Artisan's Asylum after successful completion of the testing portion.

Please note that this Tool Training does not provide significant practice with each tool, nor discuss any advanced techniques. To learn how to use woodshop tools at anything other than an introductory level, please take a look at the long-form classes available on out Current Class Offerings page.

Class Goals:

By the end of the tool training session, students will be comfortable with the operation of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander.

After passing the proficiency test, they will be able to use all of the tools in this group as a member in our workspace.

Prerequisites:

No previous experience required. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials Provided:

All practice materials will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.

What to Bring/Wear:

Students should wear shop appropriate clothes - closed-toe shoes, no dangly jewelry or straps, and long hair should be tied back.

Event Time:

2-week training & testing cycles are available on Sundays,10:30am-1:30pm. Please see the ticket types above for the specific dates and times currently available.

Instructors:

Lena Sherbakov is a mathematician and neuroscientist, maker and artist, and long-time Artisan's Asylum member and volunteer.


Josh Beckmann owns Somerville Made, a small design and fabrication shop in Union Square Somerville. His work often incorporates welded steel and computer controlled cutting. He also teaches wood working to children at a local arts center.

 

Carolyn Emberley has a BFA in Studio Art from UMass Amherst, taught in the Student Union Craft Center for most of her time there, and took woodworking classes in the art department. Carolyn has been observing and building in her Dad's workshop since before she can remember. Her personal projects tend to range from jewlery stands to boxes to small furniture, and has helped frame, drywall, trim, paint, etc. many a structure, including her parents' home improvement projects, the construction of an addition to a family summer cottage, volunteering on several Habitat for Humanity sites, and supervising and teaching 14-18 year olds in week-long trips rebuilding houses in the Gulf Coast for three summers post-Hurricane Katrina. Teaching a 15 year old girl to cut and hang crown molding and seeing her amazement and the homeowner's gratiture in her results has been one of her most rewarding teaching experiences.


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.




When: Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to Oct 26, 2014 1 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10 )
Robyn Hitchcock
Wed Nov 12 2014
Robyn Hitchcock

Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA, US

When: Nov 12, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: $21 (includes $1 Facility Fee) (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19 )
Bicycle Maintenance II: OCTOBER

Description:

Topics covered in the course will build upon the skills foundation earned by students in Bicycle Maintenance I. They include rear hub overhaul, in which students will disassemble their hubs, repack them and reassemble them; both radial and lateral wheel truing; headset overhaul, where students will gain confidence in bicycle steering systems; and front derailleur adjustments. Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. Although this is an advanced course, some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course.

Class Goals:

The goal of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of their bicycle, and how to diagnose and maintain them.

Prerequisites:

Bicycle Maintenance I *No exceptions.* Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials:

Students should bring their bicycle and wear clothing they don't mind getting grease on. Covered shoes are recommended.

Instructor Biography:


“Seven” as she’s commonly known, has learned her bicycle maintenance skills through a combination of Broadway Bicycle School training, and spending inordinate amounts of time around SCUL headquarters (a positive bicycle chopper gang). Seven maintains a small fleet of “normal” bicycles, has built and maintained her own custom chopper bicycles, and she likes to read bicycle repair manuals for kicks. She’s been teaching bicycle maintenance at the Asylum over the last year. Seven enjoys maintenance best when her SCUL comrades get together and ask her two or three “how do I…” questions at once. She’s also keen on hot yoga, meditation, making electronics go, and treasures playtime with friends.


Event Time:

Session 1: Thursday, October 2, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Session 2: Thursday, October 9, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Session 3: Thursday, October 16, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Session 4: Thursday, October 23, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Oct 2, 2014 7 PM to Oct 23, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19 )
Single-Color Screen Printing: One Day Introduction DECEMBER

Description:

Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you'll learn all the basics and by the end of the day create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper.

Class Goals:

Students will learn all they need to start screen printing at home or in the Asylum's print studio. After an informational overview, students will dive right in to hands-on work so that by the end of the workshop they leave with their own printed products as well as the skills to print on their own.

Prerequisites:

Students should be prepared with designs/artwork you'd like to print to send in pdf form to the instructor. No previous screen printing experience required. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials:

Students should bring their own materials to print on for their final project -- t-shirt, tote bag, paper, etc. -- and a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to cover consumables. The instructor will provide materials for test prints and screens and ink, though students have the option of bringing their own.

Instructor Biography:

Erik Heumiller is a video editor, cartoonist and printmaker. His print experience comes from his years working in a T-shirt shop. He's currently hard at work fulfilling orders for his successful Kickstarter project the Magnet Comic, but he still likes to squeeze in some print time whenever he's got a spare moment.

Event Time:

This one-day session will run Saturday, December 6, 11AM-4PM.

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Dec 6, 2014 11 AM to Dec 6, 2014 4 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Nov 5, 2014 10 AM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10 )
Trio of Poets
The Trio of Poets, an ensemble of dynamic entertainers, educators and spoken word artists celebrate the release of their debut CD. Poets Timothy Mason, Jena Kirkpatrick and Regie O'Hare Gibson are backed by skilled musicians as they take the audience on a journey from the cosmic to the personal with flair, humor and poignancy. The poets first met in the competitive fires of the National Poetry Slam Championships of the 1990's with Timothy slamming for Boston and Worcester, Jena on the Dallas/Fort Worth teams and Regie coming from the Chicago powerhouse. Regie became one of the first men to earn the overall individual champion title. The poets subsequently pursued solo careers with Jena Kirkpatrick becoming a much sought after workshop leader and teacher in Austin Texas working extensively with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas and Badgerdog Literary Publishing. She has been featured at The Austin International Poetry Festival and recently on the Threadgill Stage of The Kerrville Folk Festival. When not otherwise engaged she can be found creating poetry on the spot for patrons of the Austin Farmer's Market on her vintage analog typewriter. Regie Gibson received his MFA from New England College. He's lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe most recently at Teatro Binario 7 in Milan, Italy. As a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in "love jones" a feature-film based on events in his life. He's been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and nominated for a Boston Emmy. When Regie isn't traveling between Massachusetts and Rhode Island teaching performance and poetry, he performs regularly with Atlas Soul - a world music ensemble. Timothy Mason, long time impresario for The Old Vienna Kaffeehaus and Club Passim has pioneered creating a home for spoken word in the folk music community with numerous appearances at festivals and clubs including The Ottawa Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Oregon Country Fair, Caffe Lena and Tupelo Music Hall. He can often be found collaborating and performing with songwriters such as Anchorage's Tom Begich and award winning guitarist Geoff Bartley. The Trio formed in 2010 when Dick Renko, a visionary promoter in Fort Smith Arkansas decided to expand his programming and asked Mason to put together a poetry show. After a couple of phone calls the Trio was formed for a three day series of workshops in the Middle School and Boys and Girls Club, a support slot for Chris Smither and a feature concert. The result was enthusiastic and a return engagement was arranged for the following year, adding workshops at the University, a support slot for Leon Russell and a feature concert to a growing audience. Since then the Trio has been featured at The Austin International Poetry Festival, The NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance and The Old Songs Festival. Their live appearances have proven that when these three talented and diverse performers come together the whole is indeed more than the sum of the parts. Come see for yourself. "This is poetry you can groove to, poetry that moves you, poetry that gets into your head like a great song.The Trio of Poets prove that poetry is definitely hip and hot." ~ Dick Renko, Second Street Live "Through the performances of Regie, Tim, and Jena, poetry comes alive! These three spoken word artists move the audience - at times making them laugh and other times making them say'hmm.' Whether reciting or singing the stanzas, the Trio makes words dance." ~ The City Wire, Fort Smith AR Admiration for Jena: "Poetry dominates Jena's being" ~ Ricardo Gándara, Austin American Statesman Kudos for Tim: "Tim Mason makes me want to listen to his poetry. He uses such beautiful imagery and solid structure mixed with an intense performance style, he's one of my favorites." ~ Dom Flemons, Carolina Chocolate Drops Raves for Regie: "Regie, when you perform, you are supersonic and in the stratosphere, where you can see that the earth really is a ball; moist, blue- green. Regie, you singand chant for all of us. Nobody gets left out." ~ Kurt Vonnegut For more information visit: http://timothydmason.com/ https://www.facebook.com/trioofpoets



When: Oct 22, 2014 7 PM to Oct 22, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 10 - 15 USD (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19 )
ESP Vocal Trio- Patrice Williamson- Patrice WIlliamson
ESP VOCAL TRIO CD RELEASE PARTY!!

When: Nov 1, 2014 6 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 18 )
Bang Out a Bangle Workshop: NOVEMBER

Description:

In this half-day workshop, you will create one or more dangly, jangly bangles in the Asylum's jewelry studio. The simplicity of the circular bangle form is a great way to discover the basic principles and activities in jewelry metalsmithing. In just a few hours, you'll learn how to texture metal, how to form metal into the bangle shape, how to soldert the circle closed, and then how to file and polish. This short format class is great for adults with little or no jewelry experience.

When you are done, you will leave with at least one sterling bangle of your own design. Watch demonstrations, practice techniques, and then apply these and your ideas to your own bangle with assistance and guidance. Bang Out a Bangle is a fun way to share a creative class with friends, family, and other creative people.

Class Goals:

-Produce a finished sterling silver bangle 

-Learn how to use the rolling mill and hammers to make textures. Learn finish techniques like filing, sanding, and polishing. Use the torches to solder metal together.

Prerequisites:

No experience required: this is a beginner's class. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

A $25.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor for sterling silver to make 1 bangle and assorted non-silver material for accents and practice. Extra sterling available for purchase during class if student wishes to make more than one sterling bangle.

What to Bring:

Please wear close-toed shoes. An apron is optional. $25 materials fee in cash or check made out to the instructor.

Instructor Biography:

Sage Kochavi is excited to bring back the Bang Out a Bangle workshop to the Artisan's Asylum. She has nine years of jewelry instruction experience, having taught beginner and intermediate jewelry at the Boston Center for Adult Education and at Stonybrook Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain. Sage loves teaching beginners and looks forward to sharing her knowledge from many years as a professional jeweler. Her wholesale line of silver and resin jewelry sold in over 50 craft galleries across the country. Sage currently channels her creativity into large scale, collaborative sculpture.

Event Time:

1 Session: Saturday, November 1st, 1:00 - 5:00PM

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 1, 2014 1 PM to Nov 1, 2014 5 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13 )
YENS Oktoberfest @ Aeronaut Brewing Company

YENS Oktoberfest @ Aeronaut Brewing Company


 



 

Aeronaut Brewing Company 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


YENS is heading South with the Enterprise Center, and we are ready to celebrate Oktoberfest with Aeronaut Brewing Company! Somerville is seeing an unprecendted boom of co-working spaces, inspiring a Renaissance of start-up companies sharing space, equipment, and ideas in order to build and sustain the businesses of the future: anything from green technology, to artisans, metalists and 3D printer builders, to food production companies. It is really an exciting time to be in Somerville.

Aeronaut Brewing Company shares a larger industrial space with several food-related companies, including Something Gud, a distribution company specializing in all locally-sourced products delivered directly to your door. We will be showcasing some of Something Gud's vendors, as well as several North Shore local food companies as well. These delicious foods, paired with Aeronaut's fantastic local brew, and a live band will make for an awesome evening! Please join us!

 

Event Partner:


Venue Partners:

CEO Sponsor: Matt Gibbons with

 

Start-Up Sponsor: Streamix Consulting

Start-Up Sponsor: 

Start-Up Sponsor:

Food Partners:

    



When: Oct 23, 2014 6 PM to Oct 23, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18 )
Free Circuit Hacking Night

       

Description:

Come play with electronics at Artisan's Asylum! Whether you're a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night. This one night the electronics & robotics lab will be open for FREE -- there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!

The proceeds of all sales and donations will go directly towards funding maintenance and improvements in the Electronics & Robotics lab of Artisan's Asylum: to buying new equipment, keeping consumables in stock, and towards general upkeep.

Class Goals:

To learn how to solder, to work on your electronics projects, and to spend time with other hackers and makers.

Prerequisites:

Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials:

There will be an assortment of kits available for sale on site from Asylum members, Adafruit, Sparkfun, and Evil Mad Science. You can view a list of available kits here: http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Circuit_Hacking_Night#Electronic_Kits_Available

Instructor Biography:

Jimmie Rodgers has been working with various types of electronics since 2007. He teaches classes in basic soldering, in wearable electronics, and in circuitbending at Artisan's Asylum and abroad. 



Event Time:

Circuit Hacking Night is every Wednesday night, 6-8pm.



When: Dec 17, 2014 6 PM to Dec 17, 2014 8 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18 )
Jazz at The Green Room: Matt Glaser Trio featuring Brittany Karlson & Jon Wheatley
Violinist (or is it fiddler?) Matt Glaser served as the chair of the string department at the Berklee College of Music for more than twenty-five years. He is now the founder and artistic director of Berklee's American Roots Music Program. His exploration of jazz, bluegrass, and the rich terrain in between has afforded him the opportunity to play with such varied artists as Stephane Grappelli, Yo Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, David Grisman, Andy Statman, Lee Konitz... you get the idea! He also served as an advisor and onscreen commentator for Ken Burns' PBS Jazz documentary series. He'll be joined for this show by Berklee alum Brittany Karlson on bass and vocals and Berklee colleague Jon Wheatley on guitar.



When: Nov 23, 2014 8 PM to Nov 23, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 10 - 10 USD (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20 )
Duppy Conquerors
Bob Marley tribute the Duppy Conquerors perform every Monday at Sally O'Brien's

When: Oct 27, 2014 10 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22 )
The Armory of Horror

This October, Somerville is about to get scary!

SVG Productions and the Armory are teaming up to bring the creepy, the horrific and the spooky to the Center for the Arts at The Armory.  This event will turn the main Hall of the Armory into a haunted maze full of ghosts, ghouls and demons destined to make the audience scream!  Get ready for scary special effects and macabre monsters. 

“Halloween has always been my favorite holiday” states producer Matthew Martino.  “And it’s time that Somerville puts on a Halloween show that has something for everyone.”

In addition to the big haunted maze, The Armory of Horror plans to have a family day for kids that is a little less scary and has special activities looking to celebrate Halloween in a cool and fun place.  There will also be a special "lights on" backstage tour that will show folks all the secrets lurking in the shadows and shed light on how a Haunted House is produced!

Lead by veteran haunted attraction and horror movie producer Matthew Martino, The Armory of Horror brings decades of experience to the creation of this show.  Matt is a local Somerville resident who has worked at Halloween shows such as Spookyworld, Castle of the Damned and Horrorville.  He is excited to bring such a thrilling event to his hometown. 

The Armory of Horror is open October 24th, 25th, 30th, 31th, and November 1st from 6pm to 10pm.  Arts at the Armory is located at 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA.  

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids.  The "lights on" tour is from 2pm to 4pm on October 26th and is on a donation basis.  Family day is from noon to 4pm on November 1st from and tickets are $5.

FYI - there's a Living Social deal out there . . . have fun on your scavenger hunt!



When: Oct 24, 2014 6 PM to Nov 2, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18 )
ENGLISH BEAT
The English Beat return for two Somerville shows Oct 26 & 28 http://johnnyds.com/

When: Oct 26, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: $35.00 (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19 )
Johnny D's Comedy Showcase Presents:, One Microphone
When: Nov 3, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: $4.00 (Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19 )
Kombucha & Ginger Beer: Introduction to Fermentation Workshop & Tasting DECEMBER

Description:

In this class you'll learn how to make your own kombucha and ginger beer, as well as the basics of fermentation and how to care for live cultures. Kombucha is a tea that is fermented with a colony of bacteria and yeast (the same kind as in just about any fermented foods or drinks). It produces a tangy self-carbonating beverage that is both delicious and packed full of B vitamins and amino acids. Producing ginger beer uses the same process, and even the same colony, but you'll be able to create your own variety of ginger beer with a custom level of ginger bite and spice!

Join us for a brief talk about kombucha and the basics of fermentation of drinks and foods, a tasting of a variety of kombucha blends and ginger beers, and a demonstration about preparing the teas for inoculation. Everyone will leave with a starter pack that includes a kombucha mother, and enough tea and sugar for your first batch.

Class Goals:

Learning the basics of dealing with live cultures (keeping things clean, feeding, etc). How to prepare tea for fermentation, and how to harvest your kombucha or ginger beer.

Prerequisites:

No experience necessary. Participants must be 21+

Materials Provided:

All the components of your kombucha starter kit will be provided, and are covered by the cost of registration. 

Instructor Biography:

Jimmie Rodgers is a maker, artist, electronics engineer, instructor, and world traveler. He has been brewing his own beer and kombucha since 2007, making hundreds of batches of a number of different varieties. 

Event Time:

Saturday, December 13, 4:30-7:30pm.

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Dec 13, 2014 4 PM to Dec 13, 2014 7 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16 )
Geek Comedy Night
Planet blow up? Radioactive spider bite driving you NUTS? Have Canadian scientists used their socialist medicine to plate your bones in adamantium? Need a laugh to get over the trauma? You're in luck--Geek Comedy Night is here to help! That's right GEEK WEEK Comedy is now in a delicious monthly dose as Geek Comedy Night at Comicazi in Davis Square. Witness Geek Comedy Night creator Kevin Harrington host his horde of comedy heroes as they reveal a diabolical blend of comedy, music, and mayhem. Join us the 1st Saturday of every month 8pm at Comicazi. For more information on Geek Comedy Night, please visit their website at www.geekweekcomedy.com or follow them on Twitter @GeekComedyNight. For more information on events like this and more, please visit www.comicazi.com for a full calendar.



When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM to Nov 1, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 6.77 - 6.77 USD (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
The Battlefield Band
Last time this band played at the Burren Backroom Series, they sold out, rock solid. So this is the time to buy your tickets. I remember first seeing the Battlefield in Sanders Theatre opening up for Robin Williamson in or around 1981! They stole the show. This was a period when I had just come to Boston and maybe ironically, was just getting exposed to the young dynamic approach to Scottish traditional music I had witnessed in Ireland from bands like, Planxty and the Bothy Band. It was a revelation to me and when these gusy took the stage, boy! did they pack a punch. Since then, individual band members have come and gone, and the band we will welcome back to the Burren doesn't have a single player from that winter's night in Cambridge. But the concept behind the band - contemporary interpretations of Scottish traditional music and song, dynamic arrangements with deep respect for the tradition, all coming from immensely talented young and not-so young! musicians, still stands. Just added to this bill: Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, a Scottish fiddle and cello duo, who have been gaining an enthusiastic following in the Boston area and throughout New England. Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, they create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original. On stage, they captivate audiences with their ability to effortlessly communicate musical nuances as only siblings can. This will be an explosive night of music. The Burren Backroom series launched in October of 2011 but has already created many memorable, intimate, informal presentations held in a truly atmospheric space which was created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy and Louise McCarthy in Davis Square, Somerville, Masachusetts. Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH radio, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional music as well as special guests, and conversations around the music. As is the custom of the Burren, it is anticipated informal and dynamic post concert sessions will be a feature. Tickets are $23 in advance, with a $5 discount for WGBH Members. If you are a member, send an e-mail to celtic@wgbh.org and we will send you the code. Seating is VERY limited and these events have been selling out, so get your tickets today!



When: Nov 5, 2014 7 PM to Nov 5, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 12 - 23 USD (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19 )
Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.

We're back again for an immersive theater experience, featuring intricate costumes, intense movie-quoting, and some delicious house-made takes on movie theater fare, including Backbar's famous spiced popcorn. Featured cocktails will include Gin & Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice and Blood and Sand Worms.

It's showtime.



When: Nov 2, 2014 10 PM to Nov 3, 2014 1 AMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 22 )
Rough to Smooth: Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, & Planer NOVEMBER

Description:

The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! The miter saw, band saw, jointer, and planer form a workflow that any woodworker interested in working with solid wood should know. This class will cover the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock. Students will leave prepared to use these tools unsupervised as members at Artisan's Asylum or in their own shops.

Class Goals:

Students will learn to process rough stock into boards that are straight, flat, and true using the miter saw, band saw, jointer, and planer. Topics will include safety, principles of operation, maintenance, and techniques for dimensioning and resawing.

By the end of the three weeks, students will be fully tested out and ready to use these tools without supervision as members at Artisan's Asylum or in their own shops!

Prerequisites:

No previous experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

Rough stock will be provided for students to practice on.

What to Bring:

Students should wear shop appropriate clothes - closed-toe shoes, no dangly jewelry or straps, and long hair should be tied back.

Instructor Biography:

Jason Rossitto is an architectural designer and self taught woodworker living in Somerville, MA.

Event Time: 

Session 1: Wednesday, November 5, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 2: Wednesday, November 12, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 3: Wednesday, November 19, 7:30-9:30pm (TESTING)

  

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 5, 2014 7 PM to Nov 19, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19 )
Metalworking Intensive: NOVEMBER

Description:

In this class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate professional, load-bearing frames out of steel. Students will work together to build an Asylum infrastructure project, to be determined at the start of class. Previous projects have included industrial storage racks, stools, and work tables for the shops of the Asylum. Students will participate in the construction and assembly of the pieces all the way from raw materials to finished product, and learn skills including measuring, layout, manufacturing of jigs, cutting, and MIG welding. Each student will get time to practice using saws, mig welders, and angle grinders over the course of the four-week session. This will be a good introduction to general structural steel construction techniques; each week we'll reinforce the skills learned in previous classes.

Class Goals:

In this class students will learn every skill needed to build a load-bearing steel frame structure. These include layout, cutting, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding. This class is structured such that it can be taken multiple times, allowing you to get more time and instruction on refining your metal fabrication skills with each iteration. 

Prerequisites:

No experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old.

What to Bring:

Materials will be provided by the Asylum.

Required Dress Code:

- Cotton clothing that you don't mind getting dirty (synthetics burn and melt)
- Long sleeves and pants
- Closed-toe shoes
- Something to cover your hair: baseball cap and bandanas work well

Instructor Biography:

Joseph Wight a.k.a. Puppy is a professional metal fabricator, machinist, and artist.


Josh Beckmann owns Somerville Made, a small design and fabrication shop in Union Square Somerville. His work often incorporates welded steel and computer controlled cutting. He also teaches working to children at a local arts center.


Event Time:

Session 1: Wednesday, November 5, 7PM - 10PM

Session 2: Wednesday, November 12, 7PM - 10PM

Session 3: Wednesday, November 19, 7PM - 10PM

Session 4: Sunday, November 30, 3PM - 6PM

 

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 5, 2014 7 PM to Nov 30, 2014 6 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19 )
Introduction to 3D Modeling NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Description:

3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, animation, product design, architecture, and more. Designing parts in 3D modeling environments allows you to develop an idea in full before you cut any material, and then either make parts automatically on computer-enabled tools (such as the CNC mills, routers, plasma cutters, and 3D printers available at Artisan's Asylum) or develop a set of drawings that allow you or other people to create your parts from plans. In this class, students will learn 2D sketching techniques, 3D modeling techniques for parts and assemblies, and 2D display of 3D models in drawings, using Solidworks 2012. Students will have opportunities to model and recreate real parts and assemblies, create drawings that can be used in computer-controlled manufacturing equipment, and prepare files for 3D printing.

Class Goals:

By the end of class, students will be able to create well-constrained 2D sketches, 3D parts and assemblies, and 2D representations of 3D parts and assemblies. Students will know how to create files for transfer to CNC tools, and will know how to prepare files for 3D printing.

Prerequisites:

Experience with a Windows environment. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

Solidworks software and example objects for modeling will be provided.

What to Bring:

If possible, students should bring a project or an idea for projects to model in class as an informative exercise.

Instructor Biography:

Gui Cavalcanti is the co-founder of Artisan's Asylum. Currently, he's leading the mechanical design of Stompy, a 4,000 pound, 18-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall, 6-legged hydraulic walking robot that seats two, developed by Project Hexapod (a company he cofounded with James Whong and Dan Cody). He worked as a robotics engineer and systems integrator at Boston Dynamics, working on cutting edge mechanical design and systems integration for highly dynamic legged robots like BigDog, AlphaDog, and PETMAN. He was the Systems Integrator for the LS3 project, coordinating the joint engineering and development of multiple subcontractors and engineers. Over the course of his career he has also developed the mechanical systems for a robotic tuna, several robotic snakes, an ornithopter, and other robotic animals. Gui recently competed in the Discovery Channel's design/build reality show, "The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius".


Made Possible By: Solidworks & CADD Edge

Solidworks is a computer-aided design tool that allows you to quickly design and revise 2D or 3D parts, assemblies, and dimensional drawings of parts and assemblies with minimal training. It is used by over 1.7 million product designers worldwide to design and create manufactured parts, from the introductory hobbyist level to top end engineering firms.

CADD Edge has been offering SolidWorks CAD Software since 1995. Each year since then, SolidWorks has named CADD Edge, Inc. the largest SolidWorks provider in the Northeastern United States. Over this time, CADD Edge has helped over 7,500 users become more productive with SolidWorks.

Event Time:

Session 1: Wednesday, November 5, 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Session 2: Wednesday, November 12, 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Session 3: Wednesday, November 19, 7:15PM - 9:45PM

**NO CLASS Wednesday, November 26 -- Day before Thanksgiving**

Session 4: Wednesday, December 3, 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Session 5: Wednesday, December 10, 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Session 6: Wednesday, December 17, 7:15PM - 9:45PM 

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 5, 2014 7:15:00 PM to Dec 17, 2014 9:45:00 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:15:00 )
Official Beer Launch Party: Ommegang's Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Belgian Dubbel!

Join us for two nights of treachery, backstabbing, and delicious beer as we launch the 4th beer in the Ommegang's Game of Thrones series, Valar Morghulis, on October 16th at Cornwall's in Kenmore & October 22nd at East End Grille in Somerville, with both events starting at 7 pm.

These events are highlighting Valar Morghulis, an 8% Belgian Dubbel with rich aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruits and burnt sugar. While Valar Morghlis means "All Men Must Die," in Westros, fans of the HBO show gave it a new meaning "All Men Must Drink." Prost!

Other Ommegang beers at Cornwalls:

  • Gnomegang, 9.5% Belgian Strong Ale
  • Rare Vos: Belgian Style Ale
  • Scythe and Sickle: Biere de Garde
  • Three Philosophers: 9.7% Belgian Quad


Other Ommegang beers at East End Grille:

  • Three Philosophers: 9.7% Belgian Quad
  • Hennepin: Farmhouse Saison
  • Scythe and Sickle: Biere de Garde
  • Witte: Witbier
  • Rare Vos: Belgian Style Ale 

You won't want to miss either of these events! On top of all this beer, there will be delicious food, raffles and giveaways, and Tom from Brewery Ommegang will be there as well!

Don't forget to RSVP for this event, because winter is coming, and like summer, these beers will soon be a faint memory.Event Details:

Official Beer Launch Party: Ommegang's Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Belgian Dubbel! at Cornwall's Pub on Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and East End Grille on Wednesday, Octover 22 from 7:00 PM to 10:00pm!

This event is free to attend, pay as you eat and drink!



When: Oct 22, 2014 7 PM to Oct 22, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19 )
Rough to Smooth: Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, & Planer OCTOBER

Description:

The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! The miter saw, band saw, jointer, and planer form a workflow that any woodworker interested in working with solid wood should know. This class will cover the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock. Students will leave prepared to use these tools unsupervised as members at Artisan's Asylum or in their own shops.

Class Goals:

Students will learn to process rough stock into boards that are straight, flat, and true using the miter saw, band saw, jointer, and planer. Topics will include safety, principles of operation, maintenance, and techniques for dimensioning and resawing.

By the end of the three weeks, students will be fully tested out and ready to use these tools without supervision as members at Artisan's Asylum or in their own shops!

Prerequisites:

No previous experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

Rough stock will be provided for students to practice on.

What to Bring:

Students should wear shop appropriate clothes - closed-toe shoes, no dangly jewelry or straps, and long hair should be tied back.

Instructor Biography:

Jason Rossitto is an architectural designer and self taught woodworker living in Somerville, MA.

Event Time: 

Session 1: Wednesday, October 8, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 2: Wednesday, October 15, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 3: Wednesday, October 22, 7:30-9:30pm (TESTING)

  

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Oct 8, 2014 7 PM to Oct 22, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19 )
NotloB Music Presents... David Grier, Michael Barnett & Dominick Leslie (21+)

Word of notloB's Davis Square Theatre series is getting around, and as a result we continue to book stellar artists (Rushad Eggleston (10/9), Mr Sun (11/30)), the latest being David Grier, Michael Barnett & Dominick Leslie!

Tickets soon through eventbrite.

NOTE: THE VENUE IS 21+

DAVID GRIER
David Grier is an American acoustic guitarist. He is considered to be one of the premier flatpicking guitarists in the world. His unique phrasing and his ability to create multiple variations on a theme are hallmarks of his playing style. He was named "Guitar Player of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association three times[1] (1992, 1993 and 1995).
Grier performs solo and as a member of the group Psychograss, founded by Darol Anger and Mike Marshall.
Grier grew up in a very musical household. Grier's father, Lamar, was a banjo player in Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe's band for a number of years.[1] Roland White was a major musical influence on the young Grier, and helped him learn to play. Grier's guitar playing is also heavily influenced by that of the legendary Clarence White, Roland's brother.
Grier owns his father's 1955 Martin D-18. The D-18 was his main guitar for a number of years but is now "retired." He also played a Nashville Guitar Company dreadnought, built by renowned luthier Marty Lanham in Nashville, TN, the guitar was sold in 2009 with the music store Elderly Instruments. His current principal guitar is a Martin D-28 built in 1946...... continued at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Grier

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MIKE BARNETT
http://www.mikebarnettfiddle.com/about/
Howdy! Mike Here…
I Feel Like I’m Living A Dream!
I’ve been having a blast travelin’ and performing around the country and internationally with heroes of mine. Having grown up in Nashville, I have a special place in my heart for bluegrass and country music. Fiddle camps-- Mark O’Connor String Conference, Christian Howes’ Creative String Camp, Mt. Shasta Fiddle Camp---have provided a tremendous source of inspiration and exposure to incredible players from a wide variety of genres. The great bluegrass fiddler Aubrey Haynie inspired me to record my first CD “Lost Indian” when I was 14. One summer at Crystal Plohman’s ‘International Fiddle Camp’ at Vanderbilt, I had the great honor of working with Bobby Hicks, Buddy Spicher, and Vassar Clemens, three of the finest people and fiddlers there have ever been. They willingly showed me everything I could get my ears on.
A year or two after the camp when I was 15, Bobby introduced me to the legendary Jesse McReynolds. I had the incredible opportunity to tour with Jesse and his Virginia Boys including regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Touring around on Jesse’s bus at such a young age was a very humbling experience and really brought the music and legacy of Jim and Jesse alive for me. Jesse is one of the great bluegrass pioneers and his humble spirit and musical originality has been a huge personal and musical influence on me.
After I moved to Massachusetts from Nashville, I collaborated on several projects. I became good friends with Boston based mandolinist, Joe Walsh, who introduced me to one of New England’s renowned folk bands, Northern Lights. Together we toured with Northern Lights and recorded “One Day” in 2007. Through that project, I met the great folk singer, Jonathan Edwards, who later invited me to record on his project “My Love Will Keep”. Even earlier, I collaborated with banjoist Gordon Stone. Gordon really helped me develop my improvisation, and got me playing out as part of the Gordon Stone Trio. Our CD “Rhymes with Orange” won Vermont’s 2006 Album of the Year Award. Through Gordon, I met guitarist/mandolinist/singer Michael Daves. After a few years of mandolin lessons and scattered performances together, Michael introduced me to Tony Trischka, one of the most influential banjo players in roots music. I have had the honor of touring with Tony on his “Double Banjo Bluegrass” project and “Territory.” Through the “Double Banjo” project, I shared the stage with the great Bela Fleck, comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, and Greg Liszt (banjoist of Crooked Still /Bruce Springsteen fame).
Soon after, Greg conceived The Deadly Gentlemen, www.deadlygentlemen.com. We have recorded “The Bastard Masterpiece,” our first album in 2008 and completed “Carry Me To Home” in 2010 with current band members including myself, Greg, Stash Wyslouch, Dominick Leslie, and Sam Grisman. Sam connected me with his dad, David Grisman, who in 2009 decided to change his David Grisman Quintet (DGQ) to a Sextet because he wanted to bring the fiddle back into his music. David has been a huge inspiration to me, and has taught me a lot about the history of bluegrass as well as what it means to be a good all-around musician. I’ve had some BIG shoes to fill of past fiddle greats in the history of the DGQ: Vassar Clemens, Stephan Grappelli, Darol Anger, Mark O’Connor… all heroes of mine. Grant Gordy, the DGQ guitarist, and I have also been playing together is his own quartet. Stayed tuned. These days, between tours, living in Boston and intermittently attending Berklee College of Music has provided a chance to hang out and play music with some of the finest musicians of this generation’s acoustic music scene.
Don’t wake me up!
In 2007, Mike Barnett was the recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, created by Jonathan Cooper and given at the Mark O’Connor String Conference. Mike plays a Cooper violin today.

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DOMINICK LESLIE
http://www.dominickleslie.com/
Colorado native Dominick Leslie has been around live music all his life and thanks to his dad, he has been playing since he was old enough to hold an instrument. He attended his first bluegrass festival at the age of five months and grew up listening to and jamming with his dad's bluegrass band. At the age of four he acquired a ukulele tuned like the bottom four strings of a guitar and as the years passed Dominick developed a deep passion for music. This love for music was apparent at an early age as Dominick's abilities progressed rapidly on guitar, fiddle and mandolin. Eventually Dominick switched his focus completely to the mandolin and by the time he was 12, he was writing his own music and practicing every day. Just a few years later at 15, he recorded his first solo CD "Signs of Courage" which received rave reviews from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. In 2004, Dominick became the youngest contestant ever to win the Rockygrass mandolin contest. Since then he has placed first in the Merlefest mandolin contest and second in the Walnut Valley International Mandolin contest. Dominick was also featured in Mike Marshall's Young American Mandolin Ensemble. This elite group of seven young musicians was invited to perform with Mike at the Mandolines de Lunel festival in France in October 2007. Dominick also had the unique opportunity to study with mandolin virtuosos David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Don Stiernberg, Andy Statman, Mike Compton and Hamilton de Holanda at the Mandolin Symposium and since then his bluegrass roots have evolved into current interests in jazz, classical and other "world" music, hence his enrollment in the Berklee College of Music in 2008. Dominick is currently a member of the Boston based group The Deadly Gentlemen, and can occasionally be seen performing with The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny and Friends and a few other spontaneous acoustic groups. Whether writing a new piece, learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick will always share his love of music with others and enjoy playing the mandolin.

Tickets soon through eventbrite.

NOTE: THE VENUE IS 21+



When: Nov 19, 2014 8 PM to Nov 19, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20 )
Gerry Beaudoin Trio
Jay Geils Jazz and Blues Review: The Jay Geils Jazz And Blues Revue Featuring Gerry Beaudoin-Cassandre McKinley- Gerard Beaudoin III The Jay Geils Jazz And Blues Revue is a trip through the twin sisters of American roots music performed by a dynamic cast of virtuosic and engaging performers. Led by three time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Jay Geils, founder and guitarist of the J.Geils Band, it is a salute to these two American art forms from the golden age of American Music. From Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, BB King T-Bone Walker and more this all star review has something for everyone. Featured performers are award winning jazz and blues guitarist Gerry Beaudoin, sultry vocalist and Max Jazz recording artist Cassandre Mckinley and young vibraphone phenomena, Gerard Beaudoin III backed by Jesse Williams on bass and Gary Johnson on drums. This is a must see show for any fan or student of American culture’s contribution to the art’s. Come and enjoy a swinging, bluesy, trip down America’s musical highway with Jay Geils in the driver’s seat.

When: Oct 25, 2014 5 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17 )
Leon Rich
Leon Rich at 9PM!

When: Oct 26, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20 )
Boston Comedy Festival Stand Up Contest: Semi-finals 1

The Boston Comedy Festival Contest has become known for its ability to provide significant breaks to up-and-coming comics. This is a great chance to see talented comedians destined to be household names.

With Special Guest: 
Bethany Van Delft

Bethany Van Delft is a founding member/producer of “Colorstruck: Women of Color in Comedy”, New England’s first and only women of color comedy showcase. She has been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, and The Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival and is a core member of the touring show “5 Funny Females”. She was a finalist in the inaugural 'Comedy Leagues' at The 2010 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and can currently be seen on Comedy Central Mobile's "Funaticos". She will definitely win something and/or be on TV by next year. 



When: Nov 13, 2014 7 PM to Nov 13, 2014 8 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19 )
Buxton Cliff


When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
The Cambridge String Quartet: a concert to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of MA & RI
The Cambridge String Quartet will host a concert to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. www.cambridgequartet.com Program: Beethoven's Rasumovsky's quartet, op. 59, no. 1 Tango and Latin pieces There will be a raffle after the concert with several wonderful prizes and refreshments will be served. 80% of the profits will go directly to Make-A-Wish. Come celebrate music and donate to this special cause! More about Make-A-Wish: http://massri.wish.org/



When: Nov 16, 2014 2 PM to Nov 16, 2014 4 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 4 - 14 USD (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14 )
Sculptural Metalworking: NOVEMBER

Description:

This is a class specifically geared as an introduction to the wonderful world of sculptural metalworking and welding. Students will learn how to use a MIG welder and various supporting tools (clamps, grinders, sanders, etc.) to produce sculptural art pieces of their own design. Kit and instructor-directed projects are also available if students would like a less independent class experience.

Class Goals:

The goals of this class will be to encourage students to think of metalworking as a new and expansive creative outlet, and to train students to the point where they can weld on Asylum equipment safely and independently.

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials:

Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

Instructor Biography:



Ecco is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She's a local artist with a passion for steel, specializing in creating wearable metal accessories (like the horns in her picture, or a set of wings for her back) and designing static and kinetic sculptures. Her previous work has included flapping pterodactyls, moth sculptures, a rideable dragon, and several other pieces.



Event Time:

Session 1: Thursday, October 30, 6:30 - 9:30PM

Session 2: Thursday, November 6, 6:30 - 9:30PM

Session 3: Thursday, November 13, 6:30 - 9:30PM

Session 4: Thursday, November 20, 6:30 - 9:30PM

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Oct 30, 2014 6 PM to Nov 20, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18 )
The Women in Comedy Festival presents: The Halloween Edition of Kelly loves Johnny : A Rock & Roll Comedy Show hosted by Kelly MacFarland featuring The Dirty Dottys
 

 Johnny D's is a mix of table seating and standing room.

Please note: If zoned seating is not available for purchase on this event page there is only general admission tickets still available.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating.  Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. Fifteen minutes before music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons.

Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening. $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax.  

Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

You can also purchase tickets without fees through our Box Office - cash only.

Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 4PM-7PM

Please note the following, day of show;

- Limited number of admissions available "cash only" at door on any given night, first come first serve.

- The ''cash only'' price at Door may vary from advance price.

Please call venue (617) 776-2004 after 4pm for specific set times and more information, or follow us on Facebook / Twitter.

Zones Arrival Times:

Section A  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section B  5:45 – 6:15pm

Section C  5:45 – 6:15pm

Section D  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section E  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section F  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section G  6:15 – 6:45pm  



When: Oct 30, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19 )
Glass Shop Tool Training NOVEMBER

Description:If you want to access the glass shop without supervision or if you want to learn about shop safety and best practices for your own shop, take this class.  We will cover everything that can be covered about the safety of working with glass, setting up an annealer, connecting a torch to oxygen and propane, and glass thermodynamics and chemistry.  After taking the course there will be a test at the torch and a take home written test. After successful completion students can use the shop any time their membership allows. All students must have at least three hours of formal training at a glass torch to take this class or consent from the instructor or studio manager.

Class Goals:

Students will learn to do the following tasks in order to be able to work independently in the glass shop at Artisan's Asylum as members:

  • Check for gas leaks
  • Set up oxy-propane system
  • Establish a neutral flame
  • Program the annealing oven
  • Make a large gather
  • Clean shop

Prerequisites:

Students must have at least 3 hours training in flameworking, and be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

All materials are provided.

What to Bring:

Bring water in a sealable container and wear closed-toe shoes and clothing made of natural materials.

Instructor Biography:

Michael Soroka is a robotics engineer turned glass worker with several years of training and experience teaching safe glass working techniques. He built the Glass Shop at Artisan's Asylum and works at multiple studios around New England as a glass artist and glass engineering consultant. When he's not at a torch, he's most likely biking around somewhere in the woods. 


Event Time:

Monday, November 24, 7-10pm


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.




When: Nov 24, 2014 7 PM to Nov 24, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19 )
Tool Training: 3D Printer DECEMBER


Description:

The Artisan's Asylum Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer can print arbitrarily shaped ABS plastic parts up to 8"x8"x6" automatically on a bed of support material that dissolves away. This class will train students on how to use the 3D printer safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler, printing parts, changing materials in and out of the material loading bays, running finished parts through the dissolving bath, and properly disposing of all materials after the print. 

This class does not provide training in 3D modeling software required to generate the STL type of file the 3D printer uses. Check out upcoming available training in 3D Modeling on this classes page.

Students who take the class will be allowed to use the printer unsupervised with an Artisan's Asylum membership.

Class Goals:

The goal of this class is to train students for operating the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer indepdently as members.

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least 18 years old.

Artisan's Asylum membership is required to make use of the 3D printer after class.

What to Bring:

Something with which to take notes.

Event Time:

Sunday, December 14, 2:30-4:30PM.

Instructor:

Artisan's Asylum Operations Manager Rob Masek is an engineer, technician, and educator with a passion for fighting robots and clean aisles. He owns and operates Black Swan Robotics, LLC, and teaches several types of fabrication and digital design. Rob also competed on Comedy Central's BattleBots three times, and has produced and run several robotics competitions (including several US FIRST Robotics competitions and a home-brewed robot combat event called Pound of Pain). 



REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.




When: Dec 14, 2014 2 PM to Dec 14, 2014 4 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14 )
Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter DECEMBER

 

Description:

Learn how to use a computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4'x8' sheet of metal! In this class, we'll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick, at rates of up to 200 inches per minute.

This class will introduce you to the new Torchmate CNC plasma cutter at Artisan's Asylum. Students will learn how to use the custom Torchmate CAD and CAM software to generate files and toolpaths, learn how to use all of the supporting equipment and infrastructure surrounding the machine, and learn how to perform basic maintenance tasks on the plasma torch.

Students will be introduced to the tool scheduling system during the class, which they will use to schedule a 30-minute private testing session to demonstrate competent usage of the machine. After successful demonstration of competency students will be free to use the plasma cutter independently as members. 

Class Goals:

After taking both the training and testing sessions, students will be able to operate the Torchmate CNC plasma cutter independently as members at Artisan's Asylum.

Prerequisites:

No experience required, though previous experience with CNC machines and generating DXF files will help significantly.

Materials Provided:

The Asylum will provide practice steel sheets and necessary safety equipment for those students who need. The cost of materials is included in the registration fee.

What to Bring:

Bring personal welding helmets if you have them, though having one is not required. Students should wear non-flammable materials, i.e. non-synthetics: cotton, flannel, and leather are ideal.

Instructor Biography:

Artisan's Asylum Facilities Manager Rob Masek is an engineer, technician, and educator with a passion for fighting robots and clean aisles. He owns and operates Black Swan Robotics, LLC, and teaches several types of fabrication and digital design. Rob also competed on Comedy Central's BattleBots three times, and has produced and run several robotics competitions (including several US FIRST Robotics competitions and a home-brewed robot combat event called Pound of Pain). 


Event Time:

Sunday, December 14, 11am-1pm.

Testing to be scheduled with the instructor on the day of class.

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Dec 14, 2014 11 AM to Dec 14, 2014 1 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11 )
Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter NOVEMBER

 

Description:

Learn how to use a computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4'x8' sheet of metal! In this class, we'll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick, at rates of up to 200 inches per minute.

This class will introduce you to the new Torchmate CNC plasma cutter at Artisan's Asylum. Students will learn how to use the custom Torchmate CAD and CAM software to generate files and toolpaths, learn how to use all of the supporting equipment and infrastructure surrounding the machine, and learn how to perform basic maintenance tasks on the plasma torch.

Students will be introduced to the tool scheduling system during the class, which they will use to schedule a 30-minute private testing session to demonstrate competent usage of the machine. After successful demonstration of competency students will be free to use the plasma cutter independently as members. 

Class Goals:

After taking both the training and testing sessions, students will be able to operate the Torchmate CNC plasma cutter independently as members at Artisan's Asylum.

Prerequisites:

No experience required, though previous experience with CNC machines and generating DXF files will help significantly.

Materials Provided:

The Asylum will provide practice steel sheets and necessary safety equipment for those students who need. The cost of materials is included in the registration fee.

What to Bring:

Bring personal welding helmets if you have them, though having one is not required. Students should wear non-flammable materials, i.e. non-synthetics: cotton, flannel, and leather are ideal.

Instructor Biography:

Artisan's Asylum Facilities Manager Rob Masek is an engineer, technician, and educator with a passion for fighting robots and clean aisles. He owns and operates Black Swan Robotics, LLC, and teaches several types of fabrication and digital design. Rob also competed on Comedy Central's BattleBots three times, and has produced and run several robotics competitions (including several US FIRST Robotics competitions and a home-brewed robot combat event called Pound of Pain). 


Event Time:

Sunday, November 16, 11am-1pm

Testing to be scheduled with the instructor on the day of class.

 

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than one week in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.



When: Nov 16, 2014 11 AM to Nov 16, 2014 1 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11 )
Jazz at The Green Room: Gill Aharon & Andrew Stern
Improvisation & musical conversation from pianist Gill Aharon and guitarist Andrew Stern. These two have played together for years in Gill's trio. You may also know Stern from Old Soldiers, Naftule's Dream, Telescope & more.



When: Dec 7, 2014 7 PM to Dec 7, 2014 8 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 10 - 10 USD (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19 )

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