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Hotel Veritas celebrates 2nd anniversary with 2nd TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

Today is the second anniversary of the opening of Hotel Veritas and we just received word that we were awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row!  We’re thrilled that our guests have shared their comments so often on TripAdvisor and that we are ranked the number one hotel in Cambridge.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced that it is awarding highly rated accommodations, restaurants and attractions with the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence Award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

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A beehive in Harvard Square – and perhaps one for your home?

Just across the street from Hotel Veritas is a thriving, happy beehive – which happens to be in the most incredible little shop called Follow The Honey.  Actually, they call themselves a “story” rather than a “shop.”

“Follow The Honey is not just a store, it’s a honeybee-centric STORY [an adventure!] illuminating the landscape, wildlife and humanity from whence its nectar flow originates. To this noble mission, Follow The Honey travels the world bringing the finest of “transparency of source” honeys and bee-inspired offerings to you and your sweet ones. In addition to raw untreated honeys, we offer solar power created aromatherapy beeswax candles, mead kits, honey filled truffles from local chocolatiers, holiday cards, silk hexy-sexy scarves, Apis melliferous bling, books of Melissae both scholarly & esoteric,  propolis tinctures, pure pollen, with honey infused lotions, soaps, scrubs & salves. We even carry Iggy’s bread on weekends to slather your honey on with an organic local cheese to pair ~ we are your all purpose sweet gifting honeypot in Harvard Square!”

Helping tell the story of Follow The Honey and bees is Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Best Bees Company. Based in Boston, MA, they specialize in installing honey bee hives in densely populated, urban areas – offering their services to the Greater Boston area and Cape Cod.  Noah was recently interviewed by CNN for a segment on The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Bees and wrote a very interesting article for cnn.com.  He writes, “Honey bees are dying. This is a global phenomenon and a worldwide problem affecting food availability. Like climate change, the decline of honey bees is not unprecedented. There were great die offs of honey bees reported as early as the year 950 A.D. in Ireland, called the “Great Mortality of Bees”. This repeated in Ireland is 992 and 1443. The great die-off crossed the pond in 1903 when 2,000 colonies died in Cache Valley, Utah. Three years later, 100% of hives died on the Isle of Wight, UK. And then, in 1996 and again in 2006, Pennsylvania beekeepers reported alarming numbers of honey bee die offs. These die-offs are continuing today, but under the auspice of a new name, Colony Collapse Disorder.”

We’re fascinated by the story of Follow The Honey – and of the disappearing bees.  And now we’re ready to enjoy some honey.

Follow The Honey, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

 


“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!

Cheers,

Laurie

Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Take a step back to the forbidden

There’s a lovely little tobacco shop Leavitt & Peirce in Harvard that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time to a forbidden part of history.  It reminds me of an old speakeasy, and considering the place has been around since 1883, it probably served as one at some point.  I love places that feel like they are stuck in time, yet at the same time have  modern conveniences (i.e. they accept credit card and you don’t have to tie your horse up outside, though you are more likely to find a spot for your horse than an available parking spot.)

Now before you quit reading this because you don’t smoke, let me assure you this shop has much more to offer than simply nice tobacco blends, of which there are plenty.   This place takes on the feel of European and old world stores and is much like the tobacco shops that once were, providing all sorts of amenities such as shaving tools, games, candies, knick knacks etc.   In Spain, the tobacco stores continue to sell stamps.

Surprisingly, I’ve been to this shop quite of number of times the past few months.  I don’t often find myself in need of this type of shop, however, I’ve found that cigars make lovely stocking stuffers and baby shower favors for the men who are forced to attend and aren’t really excited by the notion of baggies of lotion and candles.   For those who are like me and can’t tell which end of the cigar you actually light, the employees here are very friendly and eager to help you pick out the right cigar.  Actually, it was my delight with the staff that prompted me to blog about the store.  Knowledgeable, helpful, listen well, and don’t mind if you haven’t the slightest clue as to what you’re doing.  Answer a few simple questions and they’ll have the right cigar or tobacco picked out for you.

Not in need of tobacco products?  Check them out for barber style shaving tools and quality razors or some classic board and childrens’ games (marbles anyone?).  Or possibly you need to pick up some souvenirs from your visit here or maybe some knick knacks for stockings.  It’s a great place to check out, if anything to see a place as historic as the city itself.

Leavitt & Peirce, 1316 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions to Leavitt & Pierce from Hotel Veritas (0.2 miles)

Posted by Annie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Club Passim – May Schedule

Established as Club 47 in 1958 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1994, Passim in Harvard Square is a cornerstone of the arts community of New England, fostering both performers and audiences alike.  Since its beginning, Club Passim has been known as a premier listening room, presenting both new and established performers from a wide range of genres.  The historic music venue presents over 400 shows per year to an audience of over 30,000.

Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions to Club Passim from Hotel Veritas (distance 0.4 miles)

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (617) 492-7679, or online at: www.passim.org

Tuesday, May 1, 7PM: Open Mic Night
Non-members: $5/ Passim members: Free

Wednesday, May 2, 8PM: Sweet Wednesday CD Release
Non-members: $15/ Passim members: $13

Singer/songwriters Dave Falk and Lisa Housman write and perform in the roots rock, folk, alt country genres, combining elements of comedy, tragedy, and haunting beauty into their writing. Since putting out their first record, “Wherever You Go” a few years ago, Lisa and Dave have toured in the U.S. and Europe, performing live at colleges, festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, radio stations, and television stations. Songwriting awards include First Place in the Great American Song Contest, First Place in the Dallas Song Competition, and Runner-Up in the John Lennon Song Contest.

Thursday, May 3, 8PM: Caravan of Thieves
Non-members: $15/ Passim members: $13

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

Friday, May 4, 8PM: Michael Chorney’s Dollar General LP Release
Non-members: $15/Passim members: $13

Michael Chorney is a self-taught musician, composer, and arranger who has lived and worked in Vermont for 30 years. He has been called “one of the Green Mountains’ most inventive musician-composers.” As a bandleader, Michael has created and led viperHouse, Magic City, Orchid, 7 Deadly Sins, and his newest ensemble, the Michael Chorney Sextet.

Saturday, May 5, 8PM: Mark Erelli
Non-members: $20/Passim members: $18

Discovered at an impromptu 3AM hotel room jam at a music conference when just 23 years old, Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 10 years, he has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK). In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall. Washington Post says ““No need to read between the lines when singer-songwriter Mark Erelli vents on “Delivered”…The prolific New England-based tunesmith makes his case with clarity and conviction.  Even listeners who don’t share Erelli’s views might find it difficult to dismiss the quality of his songcraft or his ties to the likes of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.”

Sunday, May 6, 8PM: Nuala Kennedy Band
Non-members: $20/Passim members: $18

Currently working on an album entitled ˜Noble Stranger”, her third solo release on Nashville’s Compass Records Label, Nuala Kennedy is an Irish singer and flute player with hauntingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation, and an imaginative mix of influences. Nuala Kennedy’s singing and flute playing springs from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, and from the fathomless realms of her own imagination. A consummate performer with a buoyant personality, her music has been described as unique, evocative, and soul-satisfying. Kennedy doesn’t so much imbibe or inhale as swallow, whole and unadulterated, melodic and rhythmic influences from beyond her kith and kin. A delicious mix of influences abound, without ever sacrificing musical identity.¨ The Irish Times

 Monday, May 6: Casting for Recovery Benefit with Colleen Sexton and Carrie Cheron

Equal parts sincerity and strength, Colleen Sexton has ably established herself as a respected artist and performer. Combining the sweet sounds of the front porch in summer with the soul of a vintage Harlem night, she delivers the goods. Colleen migrated to New England from Syracuse, NY to attend law school, but instead quickly discovered the fertile Boston singer-songwriter scene. She stayed in law school only two days, but has been touring throughout the United States and Canada for four years. Critics have described her performance as “smoldering, sincere, and captivating”: and her songs as “intelligent” and “passionate.” With her versatile voice, memorable songs, and quick wit, Colleen is heating up rooms large and small.

The lovely, lilting voice of Boston-based singer/songwriter Carrie Cheron is an art-form all to itself. With a sound that is as warm and rich as velvet, this gifted songwriter and master song interpreter is absolutely mesmerizing.

Ms. Cheron is creating a solid ground on which to stand in Boston’s folk music scene — her song “Indiana” was featured on Bay State Sound’s Best of Boston Songwriters, Showcase CD, Volume V, and her song “How I Loved” received an Honorable Mention from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She received an Honorable Mention from both the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contests. “Carrie Cheron sings with the voice of an angel. Her prolific songwriting is honest, touching and memorable” -Christie Leigh, CNC Music Productions

Tuesday, May 8, 8PM: Mary Gauthier
Non-members: $30/Passim members: $28

It is said that the master songwriters – the “truth tellers,” as Mary Gauthier refers to the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith – those writers always put a piece of themselves into every song.  They first shined bright light on the truth and lies of her world before she began to put pen to paper herself, and it’s up to the listener to imagine what is real and what is a dream.  This sense of autobiography has always loomed large in the work of Mary Gauthier.  On her most recent album, The Foundling (released May 2010), her first concept album, Mary opened the door on the defining circumstance of her life, the emotional journey and aftermath of finding the mother who abandoned her in New Orleans after her birth. The story of The Foundling resonated across the country, literally, and was named in many year-end Top Album lists.  Critic James Reed ranked the album at the top of the Boston Globe’s boston.com survey, describing it as “by far her most revealing album… a heartbreaking work of powerful storytelling, a blueprint for how modern country records could – and should – sound.”

Wednesday, May 9, 8PM: Tricky Britches
Non-members: $12/Passim members: $10

Tricky Britches is a high-energy string band hailing from Portland, Maine. From their roots of playing heel-stomping old-time fiddle tunes they have progressed into a fusion of classic bluegrass, country, and folk rock. The band consists of Tyler Lienhardt on Fiddle, Seth Doyle on Mandolin, Jed Bresette on Bass, Ryan “Bear” Wilkinson on Banjo, and Nick Wallace on Guitar. Tricky Britches has recorded a new 12 track EP, Hop on a Train, at Portland’s own Acadia Recording Company. In the summer of 2010 the boys successfully toured thirteen countries in Europe, over the course of three and a half months.

Thursday, May 10: Christopher Williams

Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer – offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never overbearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor.  With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum, Williams is a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at spreading his personal energy out into a live audience.” (Madison Isthmus) Touring nonstop nationally for the last ten years at a pace of more than 130 shows a year, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and is a true independent artist, releasing eight records on his own label.

Friday, May 11, 8PM: Tall Heights & Connor Garvey
Non-members: $15/ Passim members: $13

In the summer of 2010, this Boston-based duo was playing for spare change in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In the year since, Tall Heights has performed alongside national acts like David Wilcox, Barefoot Truth, and Andrew Belle, and headlined packed houses across New England. They have independently sold over 2,000 copies of their debut album. On September 13th, Tall Heights unveiled their follow-up, completely independent project, Rafters, and sold 700 copies in the first 7 days. While many artists in their genre of late have retreated to the wilderness to record, Tall Heights stayed in the city. These five tracks were recorded over a few sweltering months in a small bedroom of their Boston apartment with little more than an SM58 microphone, an iMac, a guitar, a cello and their voices. “Fans of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, fans of great music and art in general need to be aware of Tall Heights.  What an incredible duo.” –Ryan Montbleau

Connor Garvey’s initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self-booked tour by Amtrak across the US. Now, many tours later, Garvey is finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter on the national circuit. Through his rhythmic guitar foundations and a unique, clear voice, Connor encourages us to hope, grow, laugh, and see beauty in all of life’s metaphors. His recent release Where Ocean Meets Land (2011) is already garnering wide acclaim as it builds upon his 2009 release (Constancy of Stars) known widely due extensive Sirius XM satellite airplay-placing him in their top 6 new Singer Songwriters of 2010.

Saturday, May 12, 3:30PM: Nerissa & Katryna Nields Family Show
Non-members: $12/Passim members and children: $10

Saturday, Mary 12, 7PM: Nerissa & Katrina Nields
Non-members: $20/Passim members: $18

To the songwriter/musician who has neither burned, bailed nor sold out, there comes a time when he or she turns from writing about who they are in the current moment to writing about who they have always been, addressing head-on their roots, sources and influences. SISTER HOLLER, the newest and 14th career release from Nerissa and Katryna Nields, is a “roots album,” but with a difference. Rather than simply reinterpret or re-record the music what brung ’em, the sisters from Western Massachusetts, have decided in Sister Holler to retool, assimilate and flat out burgle the music they grew up with to create something new. They tell the listener right up front that they’re even going to lift entire lines from some of the best songs ever written, and then they do it, right before your very ears. The result is a delightful oxymoron of songs simultaneously familiar and surprising.

Sunday, May 13, 8PM: The House Jacks
Non-members: $25/ Passim members: $23

The House Jacks of San Francisco are the original “rock band without instruments.” Using nothing more than their five voices (and mouths), they deliver everything from blistering funk to screaming rock to heart-melting ballads for their ever-growing legions of fans. These pioneering musicians have performed thousands of shows and have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music. Their radio spots for Rick Dees Top 40 have been heard by 50 million listeners on 330 U.S. radio stations and 50 other stations around the world. Their jingles for radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been heard by over 1.5 million listeners. Their music can also be heard in places as far-reaching as movie soundtracks and computer operating systems.

Monday, May 14, 7PM: BCMFest presents Celtic Music Monday: Celtic Ceilidh
Free

Wednesday, May 16: Emily Elbert

At 23, Elbert has played over 450 shows throughout the US and around the world, from Peru to Palestine. Last fall, Glamour Magazine selected Emily as one of 2010′s Top Ten College Women. She’s also a winner of Scotland’s Burnsong International Song Contest, 2009 and was named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM in Boston. The Timberland Company selected her as their eco-friendly Artist of the Month for January 2012, and she was named to the top five of the 2010 Mountain Stage/NewSong contest in NYC. Music lovers have watched her YouTube videos in droves, and her YouTube channel has garnered more than one million views. Her third CD, a full-band live album entitled “Alive, In Love,” will be released in February 2012.

Thursday, May 17, 8PM: Steve Tilston
Non-members: $20/ Passim members: $18

Celebrating 40 years as a professional musician! Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favorite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. “…can stand shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world.” Dirty Linen

Friday, May 18, 8PM: Tish Hinojosa
Non-members: $22/Passim members: $20

Tish Hinojosa’s music crosses borders – between cultures, languages and musical genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America’s multicultural richness. Combining a vision that embraces all of these musical styles, with her characteristic warmth and a pure, soulful voice, this enchanting Texan singer-songwriter has gained a loving and loyal audience throughout America, Europe and beyond. “Her songs are richly detailed slices of life…Hinojosa’s is a strong, poetic, sensual, and conscious voice.”
 – SPIN MAGAZINE

Saturday, May 19, 3:30PM: Jake Hill & The Fretters
Non-members: $10/Passim members and children: $5

Jake Hill is a singer/songwriter from Plymouth, Massachusetts, from across the country, and from down the street. He has miles on his voice, blisters on his fingers, and stories to tell. Though born and raised in America’s Hometown, it was the American Southwest where he found himself. Then he came home. ake has released four full-length LP’s and a handful of EP’s, and has performed from Boston to Austin

Saturday, May 19, 8PM: Natalia Zukerman & Adrienne Gonzalez
Non-members: $20/Passim members: $18

With diverse influences that include Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and even Classical, Natalia Zukerman has been described by public radio as “an example of the finest Americana.” She combines her unique slide guitar playing style with seductive vocals, a painter’s observing eye, unapologetic writing, and sharp wit. Zukerman’s music is as riddled with urban restlessness as it is grounded in rootsy warmth – a welcome contradiction. “Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –The New Yorker

Sunday, May 20, 4:30PM: Audrey Auld & Anne McCue

Auld is a memorable and uplifting entertainer. She’s a spontaneous comedienne and a writer of humorous, provocative and soulful songs. A touring songwriter, Audrey won the 2006 MerleFest Song Contest and performed her winning song ‘Losing Faith’ with Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen) on guitar to a thrilled MerleFest crowd. 2011 saw the release of her finest work to date, Come Find Me, produced by Mark Hallman of Congress House Studios in Austin (Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DeFranco, Tom Russell). This fan-funded project earned a five-star review in the prestigious UK magazine, Country Music People.

Anne McCue describes her new album, Broken Promise Land, as “a bit dirty, a bit rockin’, a bit swampy and a bit bluesy, with a touch of mysteriousness to it. What isn’t mysterious is McCue’s musical talent and range. She was voted the Roots Music Association’s Folk Artist of the Year in 2008, performed in a Jimi Hendrix tribute at the 2007 International Guitar Festival and was included in the Four Decades of Folk Rock box set alongside of Bob Dylan and Wilco. She has played in Concert Halls all over the world including the Sydney Opera House. Heart’s Nancy Wilson has described her as “my Aussie clone,” while Americana icon Lucinda Williams had this to say: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored! The combination of her tomboyish beauty mixed with the precision and assertiveness with which she approached the guitar, her surrounding languid and earthy vocals created an intoxicating blend.”

Sunday, May 20, 8PM: Madison Violet CD Release
Non-members: $15/ Passim members: $13

Finding the good in goodbye is always bittersweet. JUNO nominated roots duo Madison Violet (Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) can attest to that with their latest release, The Good in Goodbye, out on September 6 (True North Records). An album born from their growth, both together and apart, The Good in Goodbye is an open diary of their personal and professional experiences together as friends and musicians, two very unique relationships that affect each other in profound ways. The duo has sold-out venues across North America and Europe, had the prestigious distinction of touring with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, and has shared stages with contemporaries such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls. With their newest effort, Madison Violet prove on they’re among Canada’s brightest singer/songwriters.

Monday, May 21, 8PM: Jo Henley
Non-members: $12/Passim members: $10

Jo Henley is not a person.  Rather, Jo Henley is a Boston-based roots-rock band formed by longtime musical collaborators Andy Campolieto and Ben Lee, known for its exciting blend of rock, folk, country, and bluegrass that their fans affectionately refer to as “new roots.”  Inspired by everything from Hank Williams to The Rolling Stones to Phish, Campolieto and Lee, along with drummer Mike Dingley and bassist Kent Stephens, combine traditional roots music with modern rock to create a sound all their own. Live, Jo Henley shows are spirited, high-energy events that showcase their carefully crafted songs and sparkling instrumental prowess.

Tuesday, May 22, 8PM: Berklee American Roots Music Series
Non-members: $10/Passim members: $5

Wednesday, May 23: Amy Petty, Daniells Miraglia & Jen Kearney

Amy Petty’s sound and songwriting is a compelling, complex and original soundscape that weaves a lush tapestry of folk, pop, rock and blues ballad. Art, mystery, and spirituality influence and infuse her poignant, evocative and sensual songs. These sonic canvases showcase the heartfelt emotion behind her lyrics and provide a foundation over which her voice and choral harmonies soar. Often compared to Sarah McLachlan, Eva Cassidy, Alanis Morrisette and Jonatha Brooke, Amy Petty has a signature voice and style both familiar and stunningly rare.

Danielle Miraglia (murr-Ä L e a) comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica.  Her tunes range from heart-felt to socially conscious and will move both your heart and hips.  Danielle’s latest release “Box of Troubles” a bare-bones expression of all these attributes, explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews.  Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle’s voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely soaring before the fall. ‘Box of Troubles’ balances good times with the bad, her characters roles’ defined and believable.”

Jen Kearney’s album, “The Year of the Ox” represents a different approach for Kearney. A rarity for so long, it’s an actual concept album. Taking a darker direction lyrically and musically, the concept is loosely based on The Ten Ox herding Pictures of ancient Buddhism. Jen found these after pondering over a zodiac placemat at a Chinese restaurant, and was taken by the simplicity of the herder taming the ox that represents the mind.

Working again with Pete MacLean, Carl Johnson, Brian Coakley, Yahuba Garcia, Mark Mullins, Dan Abreu, and many special guests, recorded ably by Bob Nash of Wonka Sound, “The Year of the Ox “ is sure to be a thought-provoking meditation on our universal state of mind.

Thursday, May 24, 8PM: Jess Klein CD Release, Sarah Blacker opens
Non-members: $18/Passim members: $16

A folk troubadour whose talents have been lauded on the national and international scene for almost a decade, Jess Klein writes songs that tell the story of the soul – from wrenching heartbreak to finding the strength to pick up and move on. Klein moved to her current home, Austin, TX in 2008, inspiring her 2009 release, Bound To Love.  Shining as Klein’s most confident work to date, Bound to
Love
evoked the dusty roots of Texas songwriters and made her a household name in the Austin music world.  Bound to Love took Klein across the globe, including a tour of Ireland supporting folk legend Arlo Guthrie.  In between tours Klein found time to collaborate with some of Austin’s most talented artists: Jon Dee Graham, Randy Weeks, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleeves, Matt the Electrician, Shelley King, Betty Soo and Oklahoma- based John Fullbright. Jess Klein continues to be best known for her compelling and passionate live show. The Boston Globe describes her as “Quite simply one of the most gifted performers this area has produced”.

Friday, May 25  through Monday, May 28: campfire.

Thursday, May 31, 7PM and 9:30PM: Chris Trapper
Non-members: $25/Passim members: $23

Chris Trapper began his career as the front man for late–90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). 

With four CD releases and several high profile national tours – including a run with Matchbox Twenty – The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent. 

The New York Times calls his work “classic pop perfection.” Trapper’s live show is a favorite among fans of alt–acoustic music. His on–stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody infectious. Audience members seem to particularly appreciate the lighthearted moments with the ukulele. They depart the venue at the end of the evening with the sense of having been truly entertained.


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!

Cheers,

Laurie

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


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
est.1979
New England Comics
est.1988
James and Devon Gray Books
est.1992
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


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.


Clothing and Footwear: Style, Comfort, and Elegance

If you are looking for comfortable yet stylish athletic apparel, look no further than Concepts in Harvard Square to seal the deal!!!

Established in 1996, Concepts is one of the few retail stores in the state of Massachusetts where you can buy custom clothing and apparel at such high level of quality. Starting off as a retail store aimed directly toward skate and street culture, Concepts has morphed into the most diverse retail store in Harvard Square.

During the past few months I have frequented this store and have made three purchases which each one of them leaving me speechless!! Like most of the products that Concepts carry, the color schemes and overall comfort make the items unique and totally above any other store that is similar to this concept (no pun intended)!!! Prices do tend to run a little higher than your average retail apparel store, but the quality and comfort make it well worth the extra bucks. Men and women are both able to shop here with most styles being available to both. The one unfortunate thing that I found is that there are no items available for children as of yet, but a store employee informed me that it was something that was in the works.

Be sure to check out Concepts when you are in the Harvard Square area even if you do not intend to make a purchase right away. It is truly a breath of fresh air and a hidden gem in Harvard Square.

Concepts. 37 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA  02138   617.868.2001
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 7:0pm

Distance from Hotel Veritas:  0.4 miles
Directions to Concepts from Hotel Veritas

Posted by Brandon, Concierge at Hotel Veritas