After Hours Alliance (AHA) co-founder Shannon Murphy announced today that the kickoff event for the 6th Annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts would move from its original location at the Solana Center to El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in the Santa Fe Railyard (555 Camino de la Familia).
The change came after a city code was discovered that states events cannot occur inside vacant spaces without an associated business license. "If it's an empty space without an existing business, the fire marshal won't allow an event," Murphy tells SFR. "It has to do with whether the space has a sprinkler system."
Murphy says the group discovered the code by accident when AHA applied for a temporary license to sell alcohol inside the former Undisputed Fitness gym in the Solana Center on West Alameda St. "The problem is that this rule isn't written down anywhere, and it's unfortunate because events like this in unoccupied spaces is part of a larger urban revitalization trend," she says. "But the good news is that it brought attention to the rule and we were able to move to El Museo."
The timing of the move will not allow for AHA to attain permitting to serve alcohol, but Second Street Brewery's Railyard location will provide festival-goers with coupons that will allow for happy hour pricing following the show. In case you're curious, Second Street Brewery is about 10 paces from El Museo, and we'd like to point out that if the thought of a show without booze within arm's reach is such an unthinkable tragedy to any readers, it may be time for them to examine their lives. Tickets already sold will be honored.
6th Annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts Kickoff
With XIXA and Thieves and Gypsys
8:30 pm Friday Sept. 16
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia