This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville features music, laughs, plenty of educational opportunities, and a free yoga lesson.
If you’re curious about how pasta is made, you can buy tickets to “Lilly’s Fresh Pasta talk and lunch.” The event is part of the Harvard Food Literacy Program and Lilly will share her story about emigrating to America and starting a pasta business in the Boston area. Tickets are $5 per person and the event is between 12pm – 1:30pm at Harvard University’s Dudley House.
Later on Friday, you have the chance to spend a few hours laughing at the 10th annual College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. The competition features contestants from all over New England and is a great opportunity to discover future comedy stars.
For all you music history buffs, enjoy the free “History of Synthesis Part 1: Before the Moog” at MMMMaven. The interactive seminar uses sound and video recordings of early synthesizers and offers the audience a chance to play on one of these mythical machines.
Over in Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers a historical lesson in the form of a rare historic dramatization of the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korean from 8pm to 10pm.
Kick-off your Saturday morning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where you can explore fossils of long-extinct animals, sketch a mammal, excavate a mock dinosaur dig, or discover life in a rotting log while interacting with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs.
After spending a few hours with fossils, you can head over to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville where you can learn the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace in a Beading for Beginners class. The two-hour session is led by Arlene Elkins of Alchemist’s Apprentice, requires no previous experience, and you’ll get to leave with the necklace you bead.
Wear that beautiful new necklace to “An Evening with the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Quartet” at the Armory in Somerville or to East End Grille where you can watch The Undercovers play the hits of the 60s and 70s.
Top off your weekend by unwinding physically and mentally from several weeks of commuter stress and snow shoveling with a free yoga lesson at Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery.
East Cambridge Business Association Website
Cambridge Chronicle article: ECBA Hosts first networking event
The East Cambridge Business Association launched this past month with their first networking event on Feb 25th. The event was a big success and drew a crowd of 40 to the East Side Bar & Grill (yelp page) at 561 Cambridge St (right across the street from my office).
The ECBA intends to organize and unite the many varied businesses of East Cambridge. As their website puts it, their mission is:
“To promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge.“
-ECBA Mission statement
There has already been a lot of interest in the ECBA thanks to a lot of hard work from the early members and organizers. The organization is a great idea and could help East Cambridge come together as a united front to preserve our historic community and face the upcoming economic challenges for local businesses.
The members already include a wide variety of services from familiar East Cambridge spots:
List current as of 3/10/10
201 Somerville Ave, Somerville map
Somerville News – “Somerville welcomes new business”
At a time when it seems like too many shops are closing up or jobs are being lost, it was exciting to join Mayor Joe Curtatone, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Alderman Dennis Sullivan, and other members of the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sousa’s Market on Somerville Ave, near Union Sq. Sousa’s Market will be a family-owned convenience store and market run by long-time resident of Somerville and Cambridge Walter Sousa and the Sousa family.
Wednesday January 21, 2009 @ 6pm in the Sullivan Chamber (Cambridge City Hall).
The Public Safety Committee will be having a public meeting to hear an update from the Police Commissioner on recent crime trends, and also to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan with the Commissioner of Public Works.
Please join us and share your thoughts.
11 First St., Cambridge map
East Cambridge will be welcoming many new businesses as it grows and develops, but it is especially exciting to welcome a new business with deep Cambridge roots. People who grew up around here know the neighborhood best, and that’s why I was excited to hear that the COO of Finagle A Bagel, Tony Pereira, was born and raised right here in the Harrington Wellington neighborhood.
Tony joined the owners, myself and School Committee member Joe Grassi to welcome Finagle A Bagel’s new concept store to First Street across the way from the Lechmere T stop.
Co-owner Alan Litchman, Tim, Co-owner Laura Trust, School Committee member Joe Grassi, and Finagle COO Tony Pereira.
Although Finagle A Bagel is an established local chain (they started in Faneuil Hall, and now have over 20 locations in Massachusetts), this location is a bit different. The concept for the new Cafe and Bakery is to make a more enjoyable dining and relaxing experience with booth seating, wireless internet, televisions, and an expanded menu.
They have also recently been granted outdoor seating, just in time for some warmer weather.
Their new store, in a photograph from their website.
A strong local company like Finagle will hopefully act as an anchor to help enliven the groundfloor retail coming to the area.
CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway – map
For anyone who may have missed it, this past Sunday’s Globe has a fantastic article highlighting the Cambridge Innovation Center. The CIC is one of the most important buildings in Cambridge. Tim Rowe has created an atmosphere that allows young start up companies to share ideas, feed off each other’s energy, and drives them to success. Cambridge has a history of innovation and the CIC is a reflection of the entrepreneurial attitude that has made Cambridge a hot bed of activity for over a century.
Read the Globe Article: The Idea Factory