May at the Armory


It seems almost impossible to believe that we are now finally here — MAY — the segue from spring to summer. Ahh, summer — it’s just nice to see that word in writing AND know it’s almost (almost almost almost!!!) here. In the meantime, come visit us on Highland Avenue for a bright and sunny month of arts programming!

Reel Paddling Film Festival
May 7th, 7pm-10:30pm in the Hall

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is partnering up with Charles River Canoe and Kayak to bring Boston’s only screening of Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Fest World Tour 2015 to the Armory. The evening will feature movies on whitewater rafting, canoeing, sea kayking, instructional video, and more! ​ All proceeds from ticket sales — $12 for adults, $10 for students in advance or $15 at the door — will benefit the non-profit Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Soundproofing Benefit
May 8th, 7:30pm-10pm in the Hall

As packed as our calendar is, there are actually some events that we can’t currently offer. The Performance Hall can only host bands that perform below a certain decibel level, which drastically restricts the musical acts we can invite to our main stage. So, we have decided to arrange a series of benefit concerts to allow us to soundproof the room. Come out to help us expand our range of shows and enable us to develop stronger community relations with our neighbors. The series begins on May 8th with the worldly and diverse lineup of 35th Parallel, Goli and Esthema from 7:30-10PM. Get your tickets — $15 for adults, $12 for students — in advance or at the door.

Brazilian Market
May 17th, 12pm-6pm in the Hall

The Brazilian Association of Business Women is takin’ over the Hall for the afternoon for a fashion show, delicious food, facepainting, and music — not to mention a raffle for door prizes — as well as opportunities to have free health screenings conducted by Massachusetts Alliance of Portugese Speakers (MAPS). This kid-friendly event is free and open to the public!

Bowery Boston Presents Allen Stone with Brynn Elliott
May 22nd, 7:30pm-10:30pm in the Hall

Once again our friends at Bowery Boston are providing us with a top notch national act: Allen Stone and Brynn Elliott. Stone is a young R&B powerhouse, a self-described “hippie with soul,” marrying social consciousness with pitch-perfect vocals reminiscent of soul greats like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Elliott was born into music — she has fond memories of her grandparents singing the love songs of the 1950s and the legand is that her grandfather taught her how to sing when she was only three years old. Doors open at 6:30 for this All-Ages “Partially Seated” General Admission show. Advance tickets are currently available via Ticketmaster or in person at The Sinclair Box Office (52 Church St., Cambridge, MA; Tu.-Sa. 12-7 pm. Cash only).

Songwriters’ Round
May 25th, 7pm-9:30pm in the Cafe

The cafe is thrilled to host four rising singer-songwriters, Jake Shane, Jack Dean, Ian Fitzgerald, and John Faraone, swapping songs in the Round. These two New Englanders, a Nashvillian and a Brit all have unique styles which fit loosely into the Americana genre. Shane recently returned from two years in Spain where he was immersed in flamenco music and the Spanish language. His crossover style might be referred to as “Flamericana.” Dean also found inspiration in Spain where he decamped to the mountains of Madrid in 2014 and wrote the very songs included on this tour. Fitzgerald is known throughout the Commonwealth as well as fans of festivals and folk concerts throughout the states. Faraone was nominated for Breakthrough Act and Best Americana Singer/Songwriter in the 2014 Motif Music Awards, and Best Americana Singer/Songwriter in the 2015 Motif Music Awards. The show begins at 7PM, come early for a delicious craft beer and snack!

Sex, Lies, and Narrow Escapes — Tongue in Cheek
May 31st, 3pm-4:30pm in the Hall

It might sound tongue-in-cheek but we surely do promise an afternoon of wicked fun when Tongue in Cheek comes to play in the Hall. Come enjoy the musical stylings of Catharine David, Pamela Enders, Gail Leonard-Wright, Jennifer Lawrence, Alexia Motley, all serenading you while Tom West tickles the ivories. The show is free but donations are both welcome and appreciated.

When School’s Out for Summer…

Don’t forget that registration is now open for the Arts at the Armory Summer Programs, including Arts Discovery Camp and Summer Theatre Camp. For more information on these spectacular summer opportunities, as well as all our amazing programming, please visit

Editor’s Note: Don’t see your favorite event listed here? Don’t despair! The newsletter can only highlight a small sampling of the 60+ arts, community, and cultural events on offer this month. More events and more info on our website:

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