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“RAISE THE ROOF” Benefit Exhibition Returns May 5 – 28, 2012

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents RAISE THE ROOF, a show of art works by CCAE students and teachers – past and present – which will run from May 5 – 28, 2012.

“This is one of the most exciting art shows the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has ever done,” says executive director Susan Hartnett. “We expect to exhibit more than 400 works of art by artists at all stages in their careers – from the most accomplished to the very beginner.”

All work on display will be offered for sale to the public — most of it in the very affordable $100 – 300 range.

“The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education,” says Hartnett. “CCAE will use its share to fund improvements to our class rooms, including but not limited to new lighting, new storage units and new sinks.”

RAISE THE ROOF first transpired in the spring of 2010, when a group of students and teachers joined with Hartnett to raise money to fix two leaky roofs over CCAE’s art and dance studios.

This year RAISE THE ROOF is being organized by Julia Csekö, an artist and independent curator who has worked with both emerging and established professionals through a series of exhibitions at GroupPy. She is also a second-year graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Julia has recently discovered and fallen in love with CCAE – our teachers, our students and our staff,” says Hartnett. “She now teaches here and has been visiting all of our art classes to reach out to everyone.

The first RAISE THE ROOF featured drawings, paintings and photographs.

“This year we are expanding to include sculpture, too,” says Csekö, “And Harvard University has donated the use of a great exhibit space at 92 Mount Auburn Street (formerly the Globe Corner Bookstore) which has track lighting, huge windows, and tremendous visibility. The exhibit will be staffed from 12 noon to 9:00 pm daily, but because of the fantastic location, most  of the show will be on view 24 hours a day.”

So far RAISE THE ROOF has been a lot of fun.

“The students and teachers are very devoted to the Center,” says Csekö. “There has been very strong interest in participating and contributing art work. Not only current but former students are eager to be involved, too.”

RAISE THE ROOF is part of CCAE’s ongoing revitalization of their Brattle Street campus.

“We have been raising money so that we can address historic preservation, energy efficiency, and classroom upgrades in our beloved buildings,” says Hartnett, “so that the Cambridge Center can flourish in the 21st century.”

“We hope everyone who visits Harvard Square during the month of May will drop by RAISE THE ROOF. Even if they are not able to buy a work of art,” adds Hartnett, “they will be inspired by the range and quality of work on display.”

There is an opening reception party on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm,  which everyone is welcome to attend.

Who:    CCAE students, instructors, and alumni

What:   Benefit exhibition of 400 art works to raise money for CCAE

When:   Saturday, May 5 – Monday, May 28, 2012

Where:  92 Mount Auburn Street in the heart of Harvard Square

Hours:  12 noon – 9:00 pm daily

Party:  Opening Reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Cost:   Opening reception is FREE (original works of art will be for sale at a range of affordable prices)

Phone:  617-547-6789 x1

Web:    http://www.ccae.org/raisetheroof


In Cambridge for a day? Get an education!

There is a wealth of high quality education here in Cambridge, and travelers to our fair city have access to that education, if only for one day. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers a generous list of one-time Saturday or Sunday workshops that will introduce  students to a new topic, and provide a fun, rounded experience! Looking at the course list for late Spring, early Summer, there are plenty of ideas for travelers (and locals!).

Traveling to Boston and not quite sure how to work your new SLR camera? You can take a day long workshop and pick up techniques, then, you can spend the rest of your stay capturing the sites around town. Don’t have a SLR camera, but want one? The savvy staff at Hunt’s Photo and Video will help you choose the one that suites your needs!

Do you always stop at Julia Child‘s favorite butcher, Savenor’s Market, when in Cambridge? Well, if exploring the art of carving is an interest of yours, why not attend “Butchery 101” and learn through lecture  how master butchers make the cut.

Or, how about an introductory course on Glassblowing Flowers? Coupled with a visit to the Glass Flower Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, you would have a beautiful weekend.

For an extremely unique New England experience, try A Taste of Blacksmithing! What a story?! You could say you visited the home of Boston’s (most historical) silversmith Paul Revere on Saturday and then took a blacksmithing lesson on Sunday!

The suggestions could go on (for a full list, see the Cambridge Center for Adult Education website).

Artist: Valerie Isaacs

But before I stop, I must provide one more idea: Painting Sundays on The Charles. The city closes Memorial Drive on Sundays, so the typically congested river-side scene becomes friendly and relaxing. If you don’t have your art supplies with you, no need to worry! Stop at Utrecht Art to arm yourself with watercolors!

We are happy to have such a spectacular center for adult education enriching our community. We hope you take advantage of a class, if time allows!



Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

Wocka Wocka– The Muppets are Spending a Weekend in Harvard Square

Need one more reason to book a lovely spring weekend in Harvard Square? The Muppets are coming!!!! The Brattle Theatre is hosting a Muppet Madness Weekend!

Time to plan ahead! Seating is limited so book your tickets now for Muppet Madness Weekend. Part of the theater’s repertory series, Muppett Maddness spans four day April 20-23rd.  The classic “Muppet Movie” from 1978 encourages the audience to sing along out loud (for the April 20th performance!) The latest movie, “The Muppets,” will be featured two of the nights. “The Great Muppet Caper,” and “Muppets Take Manhattan,” are some of the other muppet adventures will be shown as well.

When the muppet films complete their run, the creepier Jim Henson flicks will hit the stage:  ’80s  cult classics “The Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal.” Who can resist the eerie spectacle of David Bowie portraying the Goblin King on the big screen?

The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square is an attraction in itself. It’s been an institution in Cambridge since the Civil War, long before the event of motion pictures. Nowadays it’s a single-screen cinema showcasing marvelous films of years past, documentaries of today, and award-winning foreign films. Needless to say, The Brattle Theater is a unique venue with unique films. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the Muppets and a Cambridge Brewing Company beer!



P.S. Wouldn’t it be great if “The Muppets” star and “Hasty Pudding Man of the YearJason Segel came to Harvard Square

Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

Boston: Miles of Irish Smiles

Bostonians have a lot of Irish Pride. No matter someone’s ethnicity; it seems everyone has great pride for the small, neutral country across the pond. Why not? The Irish have brought us Guinness, Kerrygold Butter (if you’ve never tried it, you must do so– it’s dreamy), the movie ‘Once‘, St. Patrick’s Day, and freckles. Now, Riverdance conclude their 15-year world tour with shows April 13-15 at the Boston Opera House. In 1996 Riverdance swept Americans off their feet with the fancy footwork of Michael Flatley and company. Tickets to the upcoming Boston Performances will sell out, I recommend all interested purchase tickets NOW.

Inspired by the footwork of the Riverdancers? Why not try a course in ceili-dancing (commonly called Irish Step-Dance)? Every Monday the Burren Pub in Davis Square hosts ceili lessons in their back room. Beginners come at 7:30pm for an introduction, seasoned dancers come at 8pm, and get the dance party started. Can’t make it to Somerville on a Monday night? Check out the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann website for other classes and Irish Culture events!

So, like they say in Connemara: Nuair atá an cat amuigh bíonn na luch ag damhsa. Dance!



The Fifth Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration

The Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, and Revels proudly present a day-long event celebrating Harvard Square book stores, the birth of the Bard and the return of an icon!

On April 28th, please join the Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, Revels, Zumix and all of Harvard Square’s book stores for the Fifth Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration. This free, family friendly festival will feature book store strolls, live music, dancing, performances, birthday cake and a sidewalk procession led by Curious George!

The festivities begin at 11:00am, in the Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, where children of all ages are encouraged to make unique and colorful banners, signs and hats to be carried during our festive sidewalk procession through the streets of Cambridge.

At approximately 11:55am, Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge, will engage the crowd at the library with a reading of one of her poems. Immediately following, at approximately 12:05pm,  the group will “parade” from the library through the streets of Harvard Square led by the man of the hour, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat portrayed by Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s very own Allyn Burrows, and our special guest, Dr. Nick Walton from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

At approximately 12:30pm, the procession will arrive in Harvard Square and gather at 1 JFK Street, where dignitaries, members of the Cambridge community, and lovers of an inquisitive monkey named George will gather for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square.  The new store, under the ownership of two local entrepreneurs, Jamie and Adam Hirsch, offers an extensive selection of children’s books in a creative space along with uniquely designed merchandise available only through the store and its website.

Immediately following the festivities at The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square, everyone is encouraged to visit Palmer Street where the party continues!  AfroBrazil Boloco will energize the crowd with their distinctive, infectious beats, artists will be on hand creating remarkable chalk drawings, and cake and ice cream will be served in honor of William Shakespeare, who turns 448 in 2012! In addition, there will be performances by Charlestown Working Theatre, FuFu and Oreos, face painting, balloon artists, toasts, reading and more.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:30am – Chalk artists begin drawing on Palmer Street
  • 11:00am – Banner and hat craft activity – Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library
  • 11:55am – Reading by Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge at the Cambridge Public Library
  • 12:05pm – Sidewalk Procession departs the Cambridge Public Library; AfroBrazil Boloco and activities on Palmer Street including face painting, balloon artists, and  Open Air Circus Workshop
  • 12:30pm – Sidewalk Procession arrives in Harvard Square and assembles for the ribbon cutting at The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square, 1 JFK Street
  • 12:45pm – Toasts, Common Text Reading, performances and cake and ice cream on Palmer Street
  • 1:00pm – Performance by Zumix on Palmer Street
  • 1:15pm – Performance by AfroBrazil Boloco on Palmer Street
  • 2:00pm – Shakespeare Pub Talk – moderated by Dr. Nick Walton

Harvard Square is proud to be the home of over a dozen book and printed word shops. Many will be holding events, book readings and promotions to celebrate the Bookish Ball. Details will be forthcoming.

The following book stores are offering promotions and events in conjunction with the Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration:

Grolier Poetry Book Shop6 Plympton Street, (617) 547-4648

Grolier Poetry Book Shop will be offering 20% off their tote bags.

Harvard Book Store1256 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 661-1515

Harvard Book Store holds a Shakespeare Sale, in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday and the Bookish Ball. On April 28th, all books by or about Shakespeare will be 20% off.

The Harvard Coop 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 499-2000

April is National Poetry Month – Check our web site & facebook page for information on the COOP’S ANNUAL Poetry contest for children Grades K-8
2 pm, Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Save 20% on ALL Kid’s Poetry Books & come join us for the Harvard Coop Annual Poetry “Open Mic Day” for all kids, grades K-8!  We will host an open mic for all Kids Poetry Participants who want to share their poetry!!!

We will then announce the WINNERS of the contest. In appreciation of everyone’s efforts, a complete anthology of entries will go on exhibit in the Children’s Book Department.

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books 76A Mount Auburn Street, (617) 547-8855

In celebration of the annual Bookish Ball, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books is offering a 20% discount on its rich selection of foreign language children’s books.

There will be a reading in French from 3PM to 4PM from the enduring masterpiece, “Fables” of Jean de La Fontaine. Some of the fables that will ntertain the public are:  “La Cigale et la Fourmi” (The Grasshopper and the Ant), “Le Corbeau et le Renard” (The Raven and the Fox), “La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le Boeuf” (The Frog that Wished to be as Big as the Ox) to name a few. Light refreshments will be served.after the reading. In addition, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books will be hosting a reading by internationally acclaimed Cuban poet in exile, Juana Rosa Pita on Saturday the 28th of April from 4:30-6:00PM. Dr. Pita will read from her bilingual Spanish/English work “Manual de Magia/Manual of Magic”.  Free refreshments will be served.

The Bookstores and Printed Word Shops of Harvard Square – 2012

Harvard Coop est. 1882
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
est. 1927
Harvard Book Store
est. 1932
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books
est. 1856
Bentley Publishers
est. 1950
Out of Town News
est. 1955
The Crimson Corner
est. 1962
Million Year Picnic
est. 1974
Newbury Comics
est. 1978
Revolution Bookstore
New England Comics
James and Devon Gray Books
The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square
 est. 2012
Raven Used Books
est. 2005

The Bookish Ball and the Bard’s Birthday celebration, presented by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, coincides with the many celebrations happening around the world in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon- Avon, England.

This event has been made possible by the generosity of Bank of America.

For more information about these and other events in Harvard Square, please visit www.harvardsquare.com

Together Festival: April 2 – 8, 2012

Hotel Veritas is proud to be an Event Sponsor for The Together Festival is a week-long series of events in the Greater Boston area showcasing music, art and technology by uniting our surrounding communities and beyond.

Performances and competitions featuring local and international artists:

The complete Together Festival schedule may be found here.

2012 Together Pass ($100):

  • Free access to all Together Nighttime Events (subject to individual venue capacity), excluding RISE weekend events
  • Priority access to all Panels, Movie Screenings, Technology Demonstrations, Art Exhibitions and other Daytime Events

Buy your Together Pass now! 

2012 Together Plus Pass ($150):

  • Free access to all Together Nighttime Events (subject to individual venue capacity)
  • Priority access to all panels, movie screenings, technology demonstrations, art exhibitions and other daytime events
  • Together gift bag featuring free goodies from Together Partners
  • The official Together 2012 T-Shirt
  • Free admission to RISE weekend events (18+)
  • Access to the Private VIP Launch Party (21+)
  • Automatic entry to win a customized Together iPod Touch–brought to you by local Together Media Partner Beantown Boogiedown–loaded with content including the official Together 2012 Festival Compilation and other select tunes and mixes

Buy your Together Plus Pass now!

Pass sales help support the 2012 Together Festival and aid in our continuing development. All pass sales are final and non-refundable.

Warm Weather, Cold Beer, Red Sox

We are having unseasonably awesome weather! Today was a great day for a baseball game; I’m hoping it was the first of many. Temperatures reached 78 degrees fahrenheit today in Cambridge! On days like this, I want to head to Kenmore Square enjoy the revelry of Red Sox pride, sit outside at Remy’s or Cask n Flagon.

Opening day is just under a month away, April 13th, 2012, will kick-off the first of the eighty-two home games the Red Sox will play this year.  After the 2004 World Series championship, Red Sox tickets were hard to come by- the demand exceeded Fenway Park’s 37,000 seats. The 2007 World Series continued to make it difficult to find Sox seats. In the past few years as seats have been made on top of the Green Monster, The Budweiser Deck, and The Coca-Cola Party Deck, and other areas throughout the park to increase patron capacity.  Seats to the Sox are now more readily available than recent years. Unfortunately, it’s harder to count on this beautiful weather continuing through April 13th!  I’ll be waiting to purchase tickets for May 2012 games… and maybe buying some spontaneous ‘day of’ tickets in April!

Play Ball! Go Red Sox! World Champions 2012– I sure hope so!

Peanuts and Crack jacks, please!


P.s. Did I mention the Hotel Veritas is 3.0 miles from Fenway Park? A taxi or the T are easy transportation solutions!

Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

Team Hotel Veritas goes for a run and a beer (or two)

Since Tory Row opened a few years ago in the heart of Harvard Square, we have been loyal fans. This little restaurant has great views of the bustle of the square and serves a delicious veggie burger and Fisherman’s IPA from Cape Ann Brewing.

On June 3, 2012, the second annual Tory Row 5K takes place and Team Hotel Veritas will be participating!  General Manager Benson Willis, Hotel Manager Alison Doughty, and Sales Manager Nicole Donnelly will be joined by Dan Avery of Bistro Accounting.  Our goal is to have a nice little run – and enjoy the after party (Yes, we’ll run for a beer.)

A portion of the proceeds of the run go to Title IX Girls Running Club is a community based, non-profit running club for preteen and adolescent girls.

It’s Time to Dine! Restaurant Week is Coming Soon!

One of my favorite weeks in Boston and Cambridge is Restaurant Week.  Yes, one of my favorite weeks in Boston is a week completely dedicated to eating.  I think it’s a great way to experience restaurants and menus one wouldn’t normally get to do.  Many, many restaurants of all varieties participate with a unique, tailored menu, all at the same, universal price.  Read: If the Back Bay’s popular, yet expensive steakhouse Abe & Louie’s wasn’t in your budget before, it can be now!  So now is the time to hit up that fancier place you’ve been dying to try but just can’t justify.  Let’s face it, those shoes that are now somewhere under my bed covered in dust and left my feet in bandages were an absolute must.  No really, they were.  Or, make an adventure our of it and create your own mini food tour of Boston and sample lots of different places!

This year you can enjoy a 2-course lunch for $15.12, a 3-course lunch for $20.12, and 3-course dinner for $33.12.  And yes, the 12 cents is purposely chosen to coordinate with the year, 2012.

These menus and prices are available March 18-23 and 25-30. While everyone always recommends to make reservations, it is highly advisable to do so during this time.  Space will fill up quickly-it’s no secret this is the time to dine!

Most restaurants have a menu for Restaurant Week online.  Check out all the menus here!

Posted by Annie, concierge at Hotel Veritas

TOGETHER: Last Chance to Purchase Early Bird Passes and Warm-Up Party Tickets

There’s exactly one month remaining until Together officially kicks off for a week of music, art and technology from April 2nd-8th. Each day leading in has been marked with monumental steps and successes that will ultimately culminate in a ground-breaking third year for the festival. This year’s line-up traverses genres, scenes and traditions yet shares a common thread joining the various worlds and bringing them all together. Get ready for:


The festival has released a limited amount of early bird passes as well as all-inclusive VIP badges that will grant access to all headlining as well as supporting events. Currently the passes are listed at $85 and $130 for VIP. As of Monday March 5th at 9am, the early bird sale will officially come to a close and the passes will rise in cost. This special promotion will be the most cost effective way to experience the full week of day and nighttime events, so be sure to take advantage of the this offer while it’s available.

As a part of the final month long preparation, Together invites you to a warm-up event with Glow Boston at Think Tank on Thursday March 8th beginning at 9pm. Glow Boston, one of the premiere 18+ events around town, features guest DJs along with a promising crew of residents for a weekly celebration of electronic dance music. Join Glow and Together in hosting Together’s own Commandah Panda and Mr. McNeill, alongside residents, GlowKids and Together’s Angela Bray (Fuse).

If you’re new to the festival and would like to learn more, get familiar by visiting the Together website, follow them on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.