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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Movie Night Series Coming to Union Square this Summer

Somerville Community Access Television announces “Cinema Somerville," an open-air movie series launching on July 1st, 2015 at the Somerville Community Growing Center. The event series is free and is open to all residents of the city. The movie series is co-sponsored by the Somerville Community Growing Center, Somerville Public Library (MA) with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Details: Cinema Somerville will feature varied programming, screening longtime comedy classics like the Three Stooges, Popeye, and Bugs Bunny to the classic comedy horror rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Screenings will start at dusk, right after sunset. Seating is limited; moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own portable seats, blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! Here is the movie night list:
July 1st: Little Shop of Horrors, young Jack Nicholson stars in this dark comedy (PG-13).
July 8th: Popeye, Three Stooges (PG) and Bugs Bunny cartoon classics (G)
July 15th: Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta (N/A)
July 22nd: Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (N/A)
July 29th: Charlie Chaplin short films marathon (PG-13)

Movies will be shown on a projection system. For more information on Cinema Somerville, please visit or call 617.628.8826. In case of inclement weather, movie night will be held at SCATV.

Contact: Erica Jones, Membership and Outreach Director
Somerville Community Access TV, 617. 628. 8826, or by email at

Somerville Arts Council looking for kids - ages 7 and up - who want to learn/help paint a mural!

The Somerville Arts Council and art teacher and painter Crystal Burney will be working on a ground mural for the water fountain at the Trum Field playground.

Crystal is looking for youth who are interested in learning how to paint a mural. Participants ages 7 and older are welcomed to add a few of their own brush strokes to a new design located below the water fountain in the Trum Field playground. (located to right of the DPW on Franey Rd near corner of Cedar:,-71.108197,3a,68y,221.78h,69.19t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s6Y2jIIu4604E3GhCgSjUOA!2e0

Drop in for the following dates and times. and be sure to wear your play clothes!
Sat. May 30th, 9:30-11:30
Sat. June 6th, 9:30-11:30
Sat. June 13th, 9:30-11:30
Rain dates: same hours on Sundays.

SKILLSHARE "Picnic Perfect" and "Stylize Your Space" - June 22 7-9pm

Save the date! Our next Skillshare will be Monday, June 22, at the Armory Cafe! We’ll have two more great sessions, led by local people sharing their knowledge, skills, and passion.

7-8pm: Picnic Perfect with Crystal
This workshop will highlight the Boston area’s most picnicable places based on their accessibility to snack supplies, ease of travel, along with discussing a must pack list for the best picnic spread, and how to add the finishing touches to picnic styling while keeping things portable and practical. Each guest will leave with their own “how to picnic perfect” guide and the planning skills to enjoy the summer sun. Led by Crystal of

8-9pm: Stylize Your Space, Chair Edition with Anita

During this class, we will be exploring several different techniques for up-cycling your wooden furniture. With a hands-on focus, members of the class will take part in refurbishing the chairs in The Amory Cafe. With your work on display and some new tricks in your pocket, this class will give you the confidence and motivation to stylize your space.


TONIGHT at 6pm- Badger Meets the Fairies
Capuano (Glen Street) Park
150 Glen Street
Somerville, MA 02145

Mr. Badger is thrilled to fly to the fairies’ garden to help build a playground. And then it’s complicated -- the fairies won’t use cement for their playground, and Mr. Badger wants to learn to fly. Margaret Moody presents a gentle story based on European fairy lore featuring multi-cultural fairies. Best for ages 4 and up, all welcome. Rain date 5/27

After the performance children and parents are invited to make their own stick puppet fairies using paper, fabric, twigs, and a little bit of their own imagination.
website info:
To view details about the full series visit:

About the Series
As the summer event season approaches, the Somerville Arts Council is launching yet another city wide event series that will take place throughout Somerville. Events such as PorchFEST, Dancing in the Streets, and Puppet Palooza allows the community to participate, interact, and engage in non-traditional ways while cultivating the idea of Somerville as a cultural arts incubator without walls.

Puppet Palooza is a collaboration between the Somerville Arts Council and East Somerville Main Streets as part of the This is East programming--an event series designed to bring the art of puppetry to east Somerville in unexpected places. Join us in East Somerville for a three-part puppetry extravaganza. This May & June, we’ll hit the streets, courtyards and parks, showcasing local, national, and international performing companies. Great for kids and adults and 100% free.

Creative Somerville Series: Mike Dacey shares his story of creative entrepreneurship June 17th.

The next Creative Somerville Series is coming up on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing Company. This month Mike Dacey, founder of Repeat Press and Fringe Union, is going to share his story of creative entrepreneurship. Canteen & Co. will also be back selling delicious bowls of locally sourced food and of course, Aeronaut will be selling beer. These events are a great way to get out and meet like-minded locals and get inspired for your own creative/entrepreneurial pursuits. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so we urge you to RSVP in advance!

Somervile Local First hosts Third Annual PROM on June 26th.

Somerville Local First is hosting its Third Annual Prom on Friday, June 26 at Cuisine en Locale (156 Highland Ave.) from 8 p.m.-midnight with a 1950s theme. We're going "Back to the Future" with great music, lots of dancing, a costume contest (and a chance to be crowded the Most Spirited Somervillian), a photo booth, food and drinks (for purchase) and more! The event is a fundraiser for Somerville Local First, making it a really fun way to support a local nonprofit organization. Tickets are on sale now ($25 in advance, $35 at the door).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Save the date: May 30 discussion for parents who are artists/writers/etc.

Are you a parent and an artist / musician / writer / you-name-it?

If so, we hope you'll join the conversation. "how to be an artist and a parent" is a discussion series, and an online forum to Boston-area creative folks with kids.

Being a parent is pretty challenging. And raising a kid while trying to be an artist/writer/you-name-it can feel pretty overwhelming– especially when you throw in Boston’s insanely high cost of living. But we’re creative people. Maybe if we get together and talk and listen, we can find ways to support each other.

May 30 discussion event.
Join us on Saturday, May 30th, from 2 to 4:00pm at the Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave in Somerville. Three creative parents (Jef Czekaj, Jennifer Johnson and Trudi Cohen) will share how they balance their lives, and then we'll discuss it all as a group. RSVP here:

“How to be an artist and a parent?” is a series of discussion events and an online forum. It’s set up by Greg Cook and Tim Devin, but is inspired by some initiatives in other cities. Fore more information, see our website at

Rough Cut Media Screening at Armory Cafe 5/24: Come one, come all!

A free community screening for video works in progress. Come attend to watch the film screenings, no film submission required.

Rough Cut is a free event open to all media makers who have a video they would like to screen for feedback. Past videos screened have included: TV show pilots, documentary, experimental, music videos, mockumentaries and more. It is a safe space meant for social networking and constructive feedback.

You can most certainly have this be the test run and polish up your video work for other future submissions to festivals and such.

No film degree is required, it is meant to be a fun way to showcase people’s work.

Arts at the Armory Cafe
There is a cash bar and food available for purchase!

Under 5minutes. Please fill out this form:
Have your project exported (to a quicktime .mov file) and digitally delivered to Erica Jones by May 15th. You can use, drop off the file on a thumbdrive or dropboxed. Any questions please contact her below.

Erica Jones, Membership & Outreach Coordinator / 617.628.8826

Somerville Arts Council presents: 2015 MUSCRAT Kids Maker series with Parts and Crafts; Sat. May 23 - FREE!

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to present
2015 MUSCRAT Kids Maker series with Parts and Crafts

Come out and check out our Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport vehicle as she hosts Parts and Crafts for a series of kids maker workshops. Learn more about electronics, woodworking and craft projects with Parks and Crafts staff.


We’re bring the MUSCRAT into the neighborhoods for this Summer 2015 Series:

Our first date is tomorrow:

Sat. May 23, Capuano School, 150 Glenn Street
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For the full listing of locations within the city go to:

Somerville Arts Council presents: Quicksilver Dance on Sat. May 23 in Union Square

Quicksilver Dance
Saturday, May 23 5:00 PM
Union Square Plaza
75 Union Square

For the full series check out:

Quicksilver Dance presents:

14 Variations - This duet is a comic deconstruction of ballroom dances, set to varying renditions of Bela Bartok’s “Silk Dance” in his suite of Romanian Folk Dances.

Habitus - “Habitus” explores the idea of interdependence on both a physical and metaphorical level in relationship to our environments, both natural and man-made. Accompanied by a music and text soundscape by Boston-based composer Ryan Edwards, the five dancers come together and fall apart in a constantly moving network of inter-relationships.
Galatea’s Awakening - This duet re-imagines Ovid's myth of Pygmalion. What happens after Pygmalion's beautiful statue comes to life? Surely not everything went smoothly as Galatea became a person with her own thoughts, feelings and desires separate from, and sometimes in contradiction to, Pygmalion's ideas. The dance includes acrobatic partnering and a tale of discovering the real people beneath our own expectations of those we love.

2015 funding for the performance series is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the Boston Dance Alliance.


Does Your Life Need More Sparkle?
Add some glitter, friendship and fun in belly dance class.

Register now for summer belly dance classes with Nadira Jamal.

Belly dance class is a safe and friendly place to have fun, meet new friends, and develop your personal style of expression. It is suitable for all ages (preteen+), genders, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. A strict body-positive policy is in effect.

Classes are held at Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.
For directions, visit:!directions/cbkx

We have class offerings for all levels, from total newbies to professional performers.
This summer only, we're also offering a special series on dancing with silk veils.

Class sizes are limited, and we've had classes sell out for over three years running, so advance registration is recommended!

Check out my free online class at:

Or contact me at I'll be happy to discuss any questions or concerns.

Happy Dancing!


The Boston School of Painting will be offering a variety of summer classes and workshops in painting and drawing over the summer months for people of all ages and skill levels. We invite you to check it out in more detail at our website:

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The workshops are specifically designed around your schedule, allowing you to register for a full 3 day workshop, or drop in on the days you want, allowing you the perfect opportunity to dip your toes in the water to see what we're all about, without the commitment.

we hope to see you soon. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at:

(781) 636 - 8514


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SomerStreets Carnaval is coming up soon—Sunday, June 7th - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

It's Carnaval again!!! This year we have a super fun lineup of music with Funk, Samba, Mariachi, Cumbia, Hip Hop and etc, lots of food and fun events for the kids. Come volunteer with a friend and have an awesome time! To volunteer set up a quick profile in at our page at GiveBackTime.

CALL to ARTISTS for "EMBRACING DIFFERENCES: Mending Isms and Schisms" - deadline September 8, 2015

Embracing Differences:
Mending the Isms and Schisms
Deadline: September 8, 2015
October 4-31, 2015
Nave Gallery, Teele Square
Curated by: Claire Roll, Craig Milanesi

Is inequality the defining issue of our time? How does injustice show its face in our community? What impossible heights can we achieve as a society by embracing difference as strength? Racism, sexism and economic inequality are still systemic and deeply personal in America today, both influencing and influenced by global inequities. What does it take to mend the things that divide us? How do we let in the light?

The Nave Gallery seeks submissions that express an appreciation of the complexities of our differences, expose societies isms / schisms and reflects the dreams for peace with justice in this world. We will consider works in the following media: painting, sculpture, photography, digital, mixed media, installation and performance. Entry Fee.


CALL to EMERGING FEMALE ARTISTS for "RECLAMATION" - Deadline August, 1, 2015

Deadline: August 1, 2015
November 7-28, 2015
Nave Gallery, Teele Square
Curated by: Yosra Emamizadeh, Vanessa Marcoux, and Cory Munro Shea

Following in the footsteps of women's rights leaders, activists, and makers, today's female artists are reclaiming feminism, reclaiming domesticity, and reclaiming their role as makers and creators. Through art, women are reclaiming their powerful place in society.
The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, invites female artists who have been making work professionally or as a student for less than 10 years to submit their work to Reclamation, an exhibition that surveys the work of the emerging talent of women artists in New England. The exhibition examines the themes, narratives and perspectives that make artwork by women unique and powerful.


FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE in support of Mental Health Awareness Month - May 21, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Eugenia Kim will present excerpts from her latest work-in-progress, Lithium Hindsight, on May 21 at the Main location of the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave at 6:30PM. This free showing includes a performance by Wisty Andres, Amy Caine, and Katie Suyematsu followed by a discussion between the choreographer, performers and audience members.

Lithium Hindsight uses contemporary dance to show the physical sensations and inner challenges faced by adolescents and young adults (ages 12-21) struggling with bipolar disorder. The purpose of Lithium Hindsight is to help bring awareness of the fact that bipolar disorder is not just found in adults and to advocate for earlier diagnosis and treatment. The three pieces being shown at the showing portrays the following situations: pre-diagnosis, struggling with acceptance of diagnosis, and the challenges of finding proper medication.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Dancers appear courtesy of Penumbra:Movement (

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BARE BONES: An Evening With Death - June 18th, 2015

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 8pm
Bare Bones 17: An Evening with Death will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required
For more information, visit

About the Show
Written and directed by Mike Haddad

There are two certainties in life, and a show about taxes would just be sad.

This show is a collection of pieces all centered around the theme of death. Death touches every person's life, between obsessing about the thought of our own and coping with the loss of those that pass in our time. It is a source of great mystery and fear. Much like the variety of human responses to death, some of these pieces are sad, others darkly humorous, some bitter and others accepting.

Somerville Arts launches two performance series Puppet Palooza & Dancing in the Streets

This week, the Somerville Arts launches two performance series
Puppet Palooza & Dancing in the Streets

To find out more about the full schedule for both series visit:
Puppet Palooza
Dancing in the Streets

Wednesday, May 20 at 6pm
The Red Ball Rescue by Faye Dupras
Location: Connexion 149 Broadway, Somerville
Red alert! A family trip to the beach goes awry when a young boy’s favorite Red Ball is whisked away by the tides. Can he summon the courage to get it back? Join Jasper, a timid kid with a big imagination, as he sets out on an adventure across the ocean, under the waves, and up into the clouds. Along the way, he meets fantastical fortunetellers, thieving fishermen, and many mysterious creatures of the deep. Will he ever reclaim his favorite Red Ball from the clutches of the sea? Find out in this visually stunning production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, an original score, and lots of sea-faring fun!

Facebook event link-

Saturday, May 23 at 5pm in UNION Square- Quicksilver Dance
Location: Union Square Plaza
14 Variations - This duet is a comic deconstruction of ballroom dances, set to varying renditions of Bela Bartok’s “Silk Dance” in his suite of Romanian Folk Dances.

CALL for MURALIST in EAST SOMERVILLE - Deadline June 1, 2015

We're looking for a artist to create a mural in East Somerville. This is part of "This is East," a NEA-funded project that is a partnership between East Somerville Main Streets and the Somerville Arts Council.

This is a great opportunity to create a vibrant mural that introduces people to the neighborhood as they approach from the Sullivan Square T stop.

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325


Launching right here in the inspirational mecca of Somerville comes a new online creative community! Artist and designer, Danielle Festa, has a vision to develop a place where all genres of creative professionals can learn new skills via online courses, network with each other and discover tools to stay inspired while paying bills.Come celebrate with refreshments, mingle with fellow creatives and be among the first to view the website. Event is free but pre-registration is required.

The launch party will be held at Washington Street gallery, 321 Washington St, Somerville. Stop by for the festivities on May 28 from 8-10 PM.

Here's a preview of what you can expect at

Watch online skillshare videos by an array of talented artists, crafters and designers. Pick up some new skills for your toolbox.

Download how-to worksheets and step-by-step guides to making a creative living work for you.

Create a profile to be listed in our member directory. Post and apply for freelance jobs. Ask questions on the forums.

Attend and interact in our monthly webinars or watch them later at your convenience

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If you are interested in instructing a course, apply here.

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