Alternate Space – A Look Inside

Seven Space | photo: Matt O’Keefe

Seven Space | photo: Matt O’Keefe

We get a lot of questions about TAS – because it’s very different from most performing arts venues – because, in fact, it’s not a venue.

The Alternate Space is, by day, an industrial manufacturing work-space.  For Alternates Space events, a transformation occurs – the space becomes a hundred seat industry sound space, that includes:

Seating for 100 people – the seats have cushions but are by no means thrones

Drinks and food:  Light fare of sweet and savory snacks.  Non-alcoholic drinks.

Parking:  Free parking for all.

Attire:  It is a simple space without much air conditioning so, in the winter, bring a sweater; in the summer, be prepared for warmth.

Local Restaurants:
Organized by proximity.

  • Strip-T’s:  A local favorite with a national reputation, don’t let the name fool you.  Contemporary American cuisine.  Worth a visit.  Limited seating.  A 5-minute walk from The Alternate Space.
  • Porcini’s Italian Restaurant:  About a 5-minute walk from TAS. Zagat’s says, “Regulars” rely on this Watertown mainstay for “well-priced” Med-heavy Italian dishes set down by an “attentive”, “family-friendly” staff.”
  • Deluxe Town Diner:  The best diner in Massachusetts!  About a 4-minute drive from TAS.  Rated 87% on Urban Spoon.
  • Stellina’s Restaruant:  Italian food.  About 6-minutes from TAS.  Zagat’s says, “For a “nicer” but “not insanely expensive” meal in Watertown, locals tout this “jewel” offering “interesting”, “well-prepared and -presented” Italian fare and “great” service; though “homey”, the quarters can get “crowded and noisy”, so some ask for the garden-and-fountain-blessed patio in summer.”
  • Not Your Average Joe’s:  Family style contemporary American food.  Plenty of seating in big booths.  About a 7-minute drive from TAS.
  • New Ginza:  About 10-minutes from TAS.  Zagat’s says, “Sushi that’s “always fresh” “thoroughly impresses” followers of this midpriced Watertown eatery, but the cook-it-yourself stone-grill entrees and other Japanese items are “interesting” too; “pleasant”, “tiny” blond-wood digs and “fast” service complete the picture.”

We’ll see you at the Space!  More information about the space.