SOMAsala: 2003 – 2005

We’ve now pulled down the sound system, sold-off or stored our furniture and household goods, and signed the escrow papers: SOMAsala is officially closed.

It was a short run – less than a year and a half. But in that time, our place rocked to musicians hailing from every corner of the world, screened a number of beautiful new films by local filmmakers and friends, echoed the words of speakers on subjects ranging from environmental activism to technological innovation, and provided space for dozens of non-profit organizations to meet, work, fundraise, and party.

Someone once described Yoo-Mi and me as anti-cocooners, in reference to the fact that we liked to think of our apartment as public space, rather than a private sanctuary. In truth, we just like to cocoon with great artists, public intellectuals, service organizations, and the people who support them.

Maybe you were one of the people who contributed to the success of SOMAsala by attending concerts and other events. If so, you did more than just visit another venue for art and ideas in a city that has many. You became a part of a community of engaged people who see themselves as part of a broader world and endeavor to act on those instincts. We appreciate your involvement.

SOMAsala in Its Prime
SOMAsala A SOMAsala B SOMAsala C SOMAsala D

SOMAsala in Memorium
SOMAsala 1 SOMAsala 2

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