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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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Memoir


When: Oct 23, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20 )
The Jesse Smith Project
w/ Glen David Andrews Band

When: Nov 7, 2014 9 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21 )
Jennifer Tefft
WEMF presents The Jennifer Tefft Band Our set is at 9pm.

When: Nov 15, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20 )
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 )
Chuck Prophet
Tue Nov 18 2014
Chuck Prophet

Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, Somerville, MA, US

When: Nov 18, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: $20.00 (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20 )
Playin' Dead
When: Nov 15, 2014 10 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22 )
Figure Drawing Sundays

Description:

Figure Drawing is an open studio class where people of all artistic levels are invited to explore the human form through drawing and painting. Figure drawing is a great opportunity or keep your skills sharp if a seasoned artist or if a beginner learn the basics of drawing from the nude form. Student are free to draw however they like. The teacher will be there to give guidance to whomever wants some extra direction.

Prerequisites:

No experience necessary -- all-levels class open to anyone interested in working their drawing skills. Students must be 18 years or older.

Materials Provided:

Artisan's Asylum will provide the model and the space.

What to Bring:

Drawing and painting supplies of your choice. Drawing board. Drawing surface.

Instructor Biography:

Aliza Vaida has 10 years of figure drawing experience. She received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Boston University. She is a freelance artist who works in mixed media and found object art.

Event Time:

Sessions will run on Sunday nights, 5-8pm, starting October 12.

Drop-ins welcome, but must arrive before 6pm, and sessions will be cancelled if fewer than 3 people have registered by 24 hours before. So if you know you're coming, register in advance! 

  

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 12, 2014 5 PM to Oct 26, 2014 8 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17 )
Organic Modeling Basics: Sculptris and Blender DECEMBER

 

Description:

Learn how to make interesting organic forms using the sculpting tools inside Blender, a free and open source 3D modeling program, and free program Sculptris. Judah Sher will show you techniques that can be used to quickly model all sorts of shapes, from animal heads to jewelry. You can even use these techniques to warp and change other 3D shapes, such as objects downloaded from thingiverse.com. Finally, you will learn how to export your files so that they’re ready to be made on a 3D printer!

Class Goals:

Students will become familiar with Sculptris and the organic modeling capabilities of Blender: what they’re capable of, how to use them, and what their limitations are.

Prerequisites:

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

What to Bring:

Optional: flash drive to save your 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, December 7, 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: Dec 7, 2014 11 AM to Dec 7, 2014 1 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11 )
Somerville High School Crafts Fair Vendor Sign Up

Information for Vendors 24th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

Sponsors: Somerville High Track PAC Inc. for the benefit of the Somerville High School Girls’ & Boys Cross Country and Track Teams.

Date: Saturday November 29, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm

Place: Somerville High School (Field House)

81 Highland Ave, Somerville

Admission: Free to the general public (over 1200 people attended last year)

Registration is done with the purchase of your table. Upon receipt of payment you will receive a registration form.

DIMITRA TSOURIANIS MURPHY - somervillecraftfair@gmail.com

Crafts: you must handcraft all items. Dealers are not allowed. We reserve the right to refuse the reservation requests that do not meet our specifications. IF possible, a picture of your craft will help in confirmation and table set-up. It will not be returned. Vendors agree that any liability or need for insurance is their responsibility and that the Somerville High School Track PAC, Inc cannot be held responsible or liable.

A confirmation email will be sent upon review of your reservation request. If there are any questions, please email somervillecraftfair@gmail.com.

Special for Artisans and Craft people: “Spread the Word” Rebate

You will be given a $5 rebate at the fair, for each fellow crafts person whom you refer us. To be eligible for a rebate, we must receive a paid reservation form from another craft person who has not attended our fair in the past. Your name must be filled in on the “where did you hear about us?” line on the reservation form; only one rebate per reservation.

Refunds: If you must back out of the fair after being confirmed, a fifteen dollar processing charge will be deducted from your fee on request prior to November 1st 2014. After November 1st 2014 there will be no refunds.

Facilities

Space: 10’x8’; a limited amount of electrical outlets are available. If confirmed for an electrical outlet, you must bring your own extension cord (25 feet Recommended)

Refreshment stand: a refreshment stand will be set up in the atrium to the field house. Coffee and donuts will be available during the early hours of the fair. Lunch items will be for sale throughout the day.

Operations

Set-Up will take place from 7:30am to 9:00am. There will be a drop off area in front of the field house, which is wheelchair accessible. Crafters are then requested to remove their cars to the specific parking area in order to provide maximum amount of parking in front of facility for customers. Assignment of spaces in the hall will be made according to the crafts being sold and needs. We will attempt to place people in such a way that artisans will not be selling the same craft side by side. Assignments will be given at the registration table the day of the fair. Table requests can not be guaranteed.

Care of the Premises: No part of your exhibit may be nailed, pasted or affixed to the wall in such a way as to damage the facility. A covering is being placed over the special athletic floor in order to prevent such damage. Please avoid eating in the hall if possible. Crafters will be the only people allowed to eat in the hall at their exhibit, if they do not have relief coverage for their display. It is against city and fire department regulations to smoke in this public facility.

Crafters must not remove their items from display before fair closes at 3:00pm. If this occurs, future invitations to this fair will not be extended.

 Publicity

Advertising: Extensive advertising will be done in order to make this a successful fair for both you and our organization. We will promote the fair in local newspapers, Boston papers, fliers, cable television, and banners in high traffic areas. We will also provide fliers to the crafters for the purpose of distribution, upon your request. If you have any other suggestions in this area, please let us know.

 

Raffles

Hourly Door Prizes: Given away free. Free raffle tickets given to every person walking through the door.

Free Raffle to Buyers of your Craft: A free raffle will be held for customers who make purchases from you. They will be given one free raffle ticket for each item purchased. We do everything possible to encourage people to spend their money!

Vendor Raffles are not allowed. As the sponsor of the fair, we will be conduction the only raffle. Crafters who wish to donate an item to our table will have their craft displayed with their name and space assigned.



When: Nov 29, 2014 9 AM to Nov 29, 2014 3 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09 )
Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals DECEMBER

Description:

The Router table is a very versatile tool in any woodshop. It can be used to cut a variety of edge profiles, duplicate patterns, and make dados. This class will cover the safe use of the router table for several common operations. At the end of the class students will have hands on experience flush trimming pieces, profiling edges, and cutting dados and rabbets, and be ready to use the router table independently as members at Artisan's Asylum.

In the first session we will cover the safe operation of the router table. Students will practice different cuts, changing router bits, and making accurate adjustments to the router table. In the second class we will practice using a pattern to make a small hardwood cutting board. The cutting board will utilize tongue and groove joints, pattern routing, and edge profiling. In the third session students will get tested out on the tool, to verify their comfort using the tool without supervision as members of the Asylum or in their own shops.

Class Goals:

At the end of the second class students should have a good understanding of how to safely set up a router table for basic operations. They will know how to change router bits, adjust the router table, and pick the right router bit for a particular cut. The students will have the confidence and skills to add profiles, dados, and other details to their own projects using the router table.

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

Prerequisites:

No prior knowledge is required. Basic woodshop skills are recommended, but not necessary. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials Provided:

All necessary materials will be provided, and are covered by a $15 materials fee included in the cost of registration.

What to Bring:

Please dress appropriately for shop work: closed toed shoes, no baggy clothing or draping sleeves, no dangling jewelry or accessories, and something with which to tie back long hair. If you have them, you're encouraged to bring your own safety goggles and hearing protection.

Instructor Biography:

Chris Haynes learned furniture building at North Bennett Street School, and MassArt. He currently runs the model shop for Architecture and Industrial Design at MassArt, and volunteers as a wood shop monitor at the Artisan's Asylum.

Event Time:

Session 1: Monday, December 1, 7:15-9:45pm

Session 2: Monday, December 8, 7:15-9:45pm

Session 3: Monday, December 15, 7:15-9:45pm (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: Dec 1, 2014 7:15:00 PM to Dec 15, 2014 9:45:00 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:15:00 )
Rough to Smooth: Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, & Planer DECEMBER

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, December 3, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 2: Wednesday, December 10, 7:30-9:30pm 

Session 3: Wednesday, December 17, 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: Dec 3, 2014 7 PM to Dec 17, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19 )
Intro to Sewing Machines NOVEMBER

Description:

Have you always wanted to sew your own clothes but just didn't know where to start? Do you have your mom's old sewing machine sitting in the corner collecting dust because you don't know how to use it? Sick of throwing clothes away because of a minor tear, or taking your pants to a tailor to get hemmed? In this class, you'll learn the basic skills to get you started with cutting and pinning fabric, and using a sewing machine. To teach these skills, we will be making drawstring waist PJ or lounge pants.

Class Goals:

By the end of this class, you'll know how to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, use a few different stitches on the machines, make a button hole, and cut and pin fabric.

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials:

Students should come to the first class with 3 yards of flannel or woven cotton (or cotton/poly blend) fabric. Do not buy a knit fabric or fleece. Quilting fabrics work well. Sewfisticated has a wide variety of inexpensive fabrics; they are located at Twin City Plaza in Somerville and at Lambert’s Plaza in Dorchester.

(If you are making the pants for a child, someone especially petite, or someone especially large, you may need more or less fabric. Your instructor can be emailed with any questions about the fabric.)

You will also need to bring to class a comfortable to loose-fitting pair of pants that we will use to make a pattern. If you wish to make the pants for someone else, please bring a pair of their pants to class.

Instructor Biography:

Carolyn Emberley sewed her first wallet by hand with some of her mom's quilting scraps and embroidery floss in the third grade. In addition to learning that embroidery floss is not the correct thing to use as thread, she learned to use her mother's sewing machine later that year, and has been sewing things ever since. She has a BFA in Studio Art from UMass Amherst. For most of her time there, she taught a variety of classes at the Student Union Craft Center, including sewing.


Event Time:

Session 1: Wednesday, November 5, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Session 2: Wednesday, November 12, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Session 3: Wednesday, November 19, 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: Nov 5, 2014 7 PM to Nov 19, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19 )
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 )
Jazz at The Green Room: John Funkhouser Trio
The John Funkhouser Trio -- featuring Funkhouser on piano/keys, Mike Connors on drums, and Greg Loughman on bass -- is an energetic, accessible blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th century classical, Indian classical, and European and American folk music which create a funky, groove oriented, fresh and original sound. Although the band consists of the standard jazz trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the sound of the band is anything but standard. Fired by Berklee Professor John Funkhouser's "explosive piano playing" (Boston Globe) and set in bold relief by his "exquisite, tight originals" (The Octopus, Champaign, IL) the band stretches the limits of traditional jazz forms. Funkhouser draws inspiration from great composers of extended musical works from all genres, figures as diverse as Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, and Trey Anastasio.



When: Jan 25, 2015 3 PM to Jan 25, 2015 4 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 10 - 10 USD (Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15 )
Prepare and Distribute Thanksgiving Baskets at Elizabeth Peabody House
Sponsored by: Elizabeth Peabody House
Minimum age: 15
First shift volunteers will be setting up the space for efficient distribution, unloading baskets into the space, and making/distributing snacks to anyone waiting in line. Second and third shifts will give out the Thanksgiving baskets with turkeys and all the trimmings, track distribution, and assis . . .

When: Nov 25, 2014 11 AM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11 )
Boston Comedy Festival Stand Up Contest: Prelim 8

 

Join The Boston Comedy Festival at the Preliminary round of a nationwide stand-up competition. Ninety-six, bright-eyed comics from all over the country compete for $10,000 dollars in prize money.  When it's over, there will be one comic standing with a nice little bag of money and a ton of bragging rights.

 

Special Guest

Alingon Mitra

Alingon Mitra was one of only 100 comedians invited to perform on the remake of NBC'sLast Comic Standing and went on to be the winner of the show's Comic Comeback contest. Chosen a Fan Favorite in the semifinal round, Alingon then won the public vote 5 weeks in a row to perform on the finale. He was also named one of the "New Faces of Comedy" at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. In addition, Alingon won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2013 And after a standout performance in their Up Next talent showcase, he was chosen by Comedy Central to be on Adam Devine's House Party.


Preliminary Round 8 Features:

Spencer James
Sean Sullivan
Massimo Cannistraro
Bill Santiago
Dana Cairns
Shawn Carter
Christian Pieper
James Creelman
Matty Litwack
Rich Kiamco
Mark Chalifoux
Carolyn Busa
 



When: Nov 12, 2014 9 PM to Nov 12, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21 )
Wild Things
When: Nov 5, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20 )
The Muse of Winter - Somerville
When: Dec 7, 2014 5 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 17 )
Tufts Wind Ensemble: Songs of Devotion, Songs of Praise
When: Oct 25, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20 )
The Armory of Horror
When: Oct 24, 2014 6 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18 )
5Point Film Festival
When: Nov 5, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19 )
Camera Eye Seminar I
When: Oct 21, 2014 5 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17 )
New at Noon: Location, Location, Location
When: Oct 24, 2014 12 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12 )
Scenes Fom the Big Picture
When: Oct 27, 2014 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19 )
Bibliophilia
When: Oct 22, 2014 6 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18 )
Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice
When: Oct 25, 2014 1 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13 )
An Evening With Bruce Cockburn
When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
The Iguanas

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

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.  

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

Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

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

Tues-Fri  4-7pm, Saturday 3-5pm

The 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 especific 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: Jan 24, 2015 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19 )
Fighting Friday


When: Dec 5, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20 )
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 )
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 )
Bottom Bracket Overhaul Workshop: DECEMBER 2014

Description:

Come and learn how to overhaul your bottom bracket. We'll review several types of bottom bracket and how to get inside, clean it, grease it, and reassemble it. Initially the instructor will demonstrate on selected bottom brackets, and afterward students who would like to bring their bicycle or specific bottom bracket challenge with them will have the opportunity to try and stump the instructor and/or share it with the group.

Class Goals:

Students will leave this workshop with a demystified idea of what's in their bottom bracket and knowing the proper tools and techniques for getting in there.

Prerequisites:

Students should have a basic knowledge of bicycle maintenance to benefit from this workshop. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

What to Bring:

Students may bring their bike if they'd like to.

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 modified bicycles, and she likes to read bicycle repair manuals for kicks. 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:

This is a one-session class, running Thursday, December 4, 7PM - 9PM

 

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 4, 2014 7 PM to Dec 4, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
MARY COUGHLAN Live @ The Burren
A lot has been written and a lot has been said, whispered, recounted, alleged, supposed and presumed. It's all quite forgotten now and the songs remain the same, they remain a testament to Mary Coughlan's seemingly timeless and endless talent. Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets; this is Mary's talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary's voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved. Throughout the over 25 years of her quite extraordinary recording career Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes; Billie Holiday's grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison's soulful wails, the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf. All are present and correct in her delivery. Even so, Mary, with her naked honesty makes every song her own; they belong to her and nobody else. Who else could possibly present "Double Cross" or "Magdalen Laundry" or "The Ice Cream Man" with such dedication and effortless zeal? The casual listener may know something of "Ancient Rain", "Invisible To You" or maybe "Man Of The World". These may well be among the greatest of Mary's many great hits, however there is so much more to the story. How about an entire double album dedicated to her love of Billie Holiday. Billie died at 44, the age at which Mary performed songs from the album to sold-out venues and enraptured audiences at her "Lady Sings The Blues" shows staged in Dublin and London in 2001. How about "Live In Galway", Mary's triumphant, if anxious, return from the brink to the stage in 1995. At the time she pleaded the venue to host the gig, having to repent for previously letting them down a little too frequently. She had become the "no-show". Mary sold out 8 gigs in a row. How about "Live At The Basement". Recorded in Sydney among an intimate audience in 2003, this is the ultimate in down and dirty jazz club renditions. It's hard to imagine a more succinct demonstration of both the raw and refined nature of Mary's talents. The stage is where Mary survives. From a small square footage of venue real estate in front of a handful or a thousand or ten thousand people, she emotes, purges, atones, reminisces, eulogises and laments. That is why there is a full disc of live recordings included in this collection, because this is the very best of Mary Coughlan and you can't hear the very best until you've heard her story recited in every note.



When: Dec 7, 2014 8 PM to Dec 7, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: 20 - 20 USD (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 20 )
God's Ear

Mar 25, 2015: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Wed)



When: Mar 26, 2015 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19 )
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 )
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 )
Mark Whitaker
Playing banjo w/ Eva Walsh.

When: Nov 2, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 20 )
Hands on Cheese making class and lunch at Beetlebung Farm
When: Oct 26, 2014 12 AM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00 )
Terry Kitchen- Susan Levine- Austin and Elliott
Each artist will do a solo set, followed by a round robin song swap.

When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
Winsor Music: Chamber Series III — Arneis String Quartet
For many years, Winsor Music has performed monthly outreach concerts at the Visiting Nurse Association residence in Somerville. We are excited to announce an additional concert on our regular series, hosted by the VNA and featuring the nationally recognized Arneis Quartet. Save the date, and we'll bring the Haydn!

When: Mar 23, 2015 7 PM to Mar 23, 2015 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Nov 26, 2014 11 AM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11 )
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 )
Woodworking: Build A Chair SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

 

 

Description:

Learn the fundamentals of woodworking! From roughcut hardwood you will plane, shape, mortise, tenon, and sand your way to the construction of a stable and long lasting chair. By the end of this class you will be able to comfortably and confidently operate the majority of the Artisan's Asylum woodworking tools and will have learned the fundamentals of wood furniture design and construction. 

This class starts at the very beginning, with the first two weeks being basic training and testing on the tools.

This is an involved process - students should expect to spend time working in their chair outside of class in order to finish in the time allotted. Students without memberships to Artisan's Asylum should purchase the non-member option above in order to get access to the facility outside of class time.

Class Goals:

This class will be provide students with familiarity and skill in the use of professional woodworking tools and techniques. Students will also learn design concepts for woodworking and at the end of the class will have made a beautiful and functional hardwood chair. 

Students who successfully complete this class will be authorized to use the Artisan's Asylum bandsaw, sander, table saw, jointer, and planer unsupervised as members.

Prerequisites:

No technical experience necessary. This class starts at the very beginning, with the first two weeks providing basic training and testing on the tools. Students must be 18 years or older.

Materials: 

All the practice and final project materials are covered by the $60 materials fee included in the ticket price.

Instructor Biography:

A recent graduate of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Chris Fitzhugh has been constructing cabinetry, tea chests, lofts, and numerous other woodworking projects for the past decade in his family's VT woodshop. He brings his background in mechanical design and precision machining to the art of fine woodworking and is focused on providing students with the design understanding and practical skills needed to construct beautiful and functional items out of wood. Chris has previously taught "Building the Asylum" and is excited to be returning to teaching classes after a long hiatus. In his spare time Chris has co-founded a startup that is helping researchers push the boundaries of robotics research. 

 Event Time: 

*Students should expect to spend at least as much time working on their chairs outside of class as in it. For those without memberships, access to the Asylum for a 5-day pass to work on projects outside of class time is covered by the Non-member class fee.

Pre-Session: Tool Training -- Thursday, September 11, 7:00-9:30PM

Pre-Session: Tool Testing -- Thursday, September 18, 7:00-9:30PM

**No Class September 25 - Rosh Hashana**

Session 1: Thursday, October 2, 7:00-9:30PM

Session 2: Thursday, October 9, 7:00-9:30PM

Session 3: Thursday, October 16, 7:00-9:30PM

Session 4: Thursday, October 23, 7:00-9:30PM

 

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: Sep 11, 2014 7 PM to Oct 23, 2014 9 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19 )

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