This Weekend: Memorial Day

by Lauren Russo on May 27, 2011



“My Barbie/My Self” by Alison Power is featured as part of an exhibit titled "Small Obsession" at the Somerville Museum.


Friday, May 27

Small Obsession at the Somerville Museum

2 – 5 p.m.

Small Obsession: Artists’ Dollhouses and Other Obsessively Small Works of Art, the new exhibition at the Somerville Museum, examines 20 artists whose work ranges from sculpture to photography to oil painting to architecture.  The underlying current in all of their work is the fact that all artists bring fresh perspective to miniature worlds.

Union Square Round Table at P.A.’s Lounge

8:30 p.m. – close

Union Square Round Table takes over P.A.’s the last Friday of every other month.  Mostly comprised of comedy, this month’s show revolves around the theme of “I dig (much of) that rock’n’roll music” and feature musical guests the bands of ladies’ rock camp. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; 21+; tickets are $8-10.

Saturday, May 28

Catapaults and Kaleidoscopes! at Parts and Crafts

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parts and Crafts are throwing a build party with an emphasis on glassware and “things that can be made out of the Streetbeest” – AKA optical devices and siege weapons (!).  The workshop is free for anyone picking up a CSE (Community Supported Education); a $10 donation is suggested for other participants. You can register though Eventbrite here.

Small Obsession at the Somerville Museum

12 – 5 p.m.

“Worried All the Time” Launch Party at  the Center for the Arts at the Armory

7 – 10:30 p.m.

“Worried All The Time,” a new, locally produced children’s show for adults, is celebrating its launch at the Armory Saturday night. The show, which is a quirky spin on Antoine Saint-Exupery’s novella The Little Prince, features a cast of characters culled from the Boston music, comedy, and performances arts scenes. There will be musical performances from the show, as well as refreshments. Performers include: Rob Potylo and the Lonely Planets, The Galactic Army of Toys, The Space Balloons, and The Tiny Space Instrument Revue. Kevin Harrington will MC. All ages are welcome; tickets are $10.

For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the Armory Cafe

8 – 10 p.m.

For the Sake of the Song pays tributes to the great, and this month is no exception: Greg Loftus, Kieran Ridge, Patrick Coman, and others will be honoring The Boss. Performers will play their favorite Springsteen songs, their own that he has inspired, and discuss his influence on them as singer/songwriters. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $8.

 Sunday, May 29

Memorial Day Parade  Ceremonies

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The City of Somerville, the Somerville Veterans Services Department, and the Somerville Allied Veterans’ Council will sponsor the city’s Memorial Day Ceremonies. The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a procession from American Legion Post #19 at 124 Highland Ave to the Central Library.  Those involved will place wreaths on the monuments in Central Hill Park. The parade, which is the region’s largest, will depart from the City Hall Concourse at 1 p.m. and traverse the 2.3 miles down Highland Avenue to the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Teele Square. This year’s parade, which is being marshalled by life-long Somerville resident and 100 yr old WWII veteran Joseph Piro, will feature various community and school groups, 22 marching bands, Aleppo shriners, and veterans, fire, and police outfits from the area.

There will be parking restrictions, road closings and disruption to some MBTA bus services between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Monday, May 30


It’s a holiday, kids.  Savor the fact that almost everyone has the day off.  Go sit/play outside, fire up the grill, and remember the sacrifices of our troops and veterans.

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