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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

[somartscouncil] Guided Meditation, Nourished Postpartum & More Classes! - [somartscouncil]

Hi Everyone,

We hope your week is going well.

Here are the upcoming Adult Classe at the Armory that still have spaces open:

Skillshare: Guided Meditation, Mon Dec 12, 7-8 pm, Free / donations appreciated.

This session will start with a guided meditation and then move on to provide you with resources on how to bring stress management techniques into different settings of your life. Taught by Adrienne Sharigian.

Holistic Health in the Childbirthing Year: Nourished Postpartum, Sun Dec 18, 4-6 pm. $25 class fee + $15 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the day of the class; either cash or check is acceptable). Nourished Postpartum covers what happens after a baby is born, including the common challenges faced as mothers recover physically, begin breastfeeding, and get to know their babies. Topics covered will include perineal healing, common breastfeeding challenges such as mastitis and sore nipple, and the importance of support during this unique period. Sign up deadline: Monday 7 pm.

Other Adult Classes currently open for enrollment include:
  • Restorative/Yin Yoga, Wednesdays January 4 through February 22nd, 8:00-9:15 pm, $96 for the series or $15 per class. 
  • Amrit Yoga, Fridays January 20th through February 24, 5:45 -6:45 pm, $60 for the series or $15 per class.
  • Introduction to Flower Essences, Wednesday January 25th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, $25 for the class.

Know a teenager interested in art?  
Youth Arts Arise is a FREE afterschool art program for youth ages 11-16.  It runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm.  Contact us to register!  This weeks' classes are: 
  • Lost & Found Storytelling in Mixed-Media, Tue Dec 6: In this class, participants will utilize a combination of materials to explore different forms of storytelling.
  • Playmaking, Wed Dec 7: In this class, participants will focus on creating, through improvisation, our own play.

Have a toddler? 
Check out Expressive Explorers, our toddler art program for kids ages 18 months to 5 years. Thursdays through Dec 15, 9:30-11:30 am, $5 per participating child. On Dec. 8th, we will be decorating our own snowmen with markers, pom poms, paper, pipe cleaners, etc. AND we will be doing crinkle paper candy canes using old wrapping paper. Please make sure to sign in when you first come in. 
Drop in at your convenience any time during any session!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information.  

Thank you,
Education Programs Assistant
The Center for Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

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[somartscouncil] Josh Rosen, Stan Strickland and the Melting Pot return this Friday night! Come join us at Third Life Studio - [somartscouncil]

  Hello friends of Third Life Studio, I welcome the return of the Melting Pot this Friday night! This will be their third or fourth evening at the Studio, and if you have not come to one of their previous shows, I want to genuinely encourage you to come this Friday night. They are an extraordinary band, with musicians of the highest caliber! Creative, groove-based, improvisational, high-spirited, and soulful music-making. You do not HAVE to dance, even though there is room for those who want to. So feel free to come sit and just listen to some great music OR move if you are so inspired! I hope to see you there. . . Sue for Third Life Studio ______________________________   The Melting Pot with Josh Rosen, Stan Strickland & friends        Friday, December 9              9pm               Advance tickets: $15 adult, $10 student              At the door: $20 adult, $15 student ​Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . . Gabriela Martina: vocalsStan Strickland: woodwinds, vocalsJeff Lockhart: guitarJosh Rosen: keyboardsPaul Johnson: bassGiuseppe Paradiso: drumsWith Catherine Musinsky: Special guest dancer ______________________________   THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA (Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of  Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Squar

[somartscouncil] Comics, props & cosplay at our Speaker Series tonight! 12/6 7-8PM [1 Attachment] - [somartscouncil]

  [Attachment(s) from Jessica Muise included below] Sarah Kaiser UI designer, illustrator and cosplay extraordinaire Tuesday December 6th, 7-8PM The Artisan’s Asylum Speaker Series seeks to engage our community and inspire us to make the world we want to see.Register here to reserve your spot in any of our upcoming sessions. All events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s and a $10 suggested donation from the public. If you are interested in being a speaker, email

[somartscouncil] Duck Village Stage at AERONAUT, Wednesday, December 7 - [somartscouncil]

Monday, December 05, 2016

HOLIDAY POPS! this SATURDAY 8 P.M. at the Armory

The CAMBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CSO) welcomes you and your family to a joyous celebration of the season: 
Saturday December 10, 2016 at 8 P.M.
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
CSO Music Director Cynthia Woods leads the orchestra in seasonal favorites like Sleigh Ride, an audience sing-along, and even a special appearance from St. Nicholas himself!  Guest artist Vira Slywotzky performs Broadway including Anything Goes and holiday classics like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
The CSO is joined by student musicians from the Perkins School for the Blind (led by Perkins Music Director Arnie Harris) who will perform side-by-side with Cambridge Symphony players.  This special collaboration with Perkins is supported by the James W. Rollins Charitable Trust and the Boston Bruins Foundation.
The CSO is proud to have Helping Hand Food Pantry as our Spotlight Partner for this concert. Please bring a canned good donation to help those in need during the holidays.
Tickets: $20 General; $10 Students / Seniors; 
Thirteen Somerville residents will perform as part of the Orchestra in this holiday event:  Violinists Nathan Nicol, Josh Garstka, Daphne Layton, Jenna Hoopingarner, Tadhg Pearson and Songwen Chen; violists Sam Duncan, Ryan Roelke and Kim Etingoff; Allison Reid, cellist; Carolyn Hayes, oboist; Will Gorman, bassoonist, and Natalie Shelton-May, percussionist.
Established in 1975, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community music organization that presents classical music for diverse audiences who value great music in an accessible environment. Our volunteer musicians hail from Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater Boston. As the community orchestra of Cambridge and Somerville, the CSO creates outstanding programming through the combined energy of dozens of dedicated and talented individuals who believe in the importance of classical music and expanding our community’s access to it.

Application deadline: 12/10. January Music Residency at Washington Street Gallery
Applications are due on December 10th, 2016.
[Results back on December 15th]
Residency dates: January 24th, 2017 - January 30th, 2017.

This January, two experimental composer/performers (and CalArts MFA alums), Luke Martin and Aaron Foster Bresley, will be hosting a new project/event - co-incidence, an experimental music residency – at Washington Street from January 24 - 30, 2017.

Luke and Aaron are partnering with Non-Event (host organization), Washington St. Gallery (host venue for the week), and Michael Pisaro (our Resident Artist). We will accept 6 Guest Artists to the week-long Residency.

co-incidence, an experimental music residency is a gathering of experimental composer-performers for six days hosted by Non-Event at Washington St. Gallery in Boston.

This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a residency curated as ‘social sculpture.’ Reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework. There will be encouraged but not required peer-to-peer meetings between artists in lieu of official lessons, the people attending will not be labeled as student or faculty, and the residency is tuition-free, with a small, equal stipend offered to the guest artists.

Three important points:
1) The application is free, so please apply!
2) This residency is tuition-free.
3) The Guest Artists are provided a $400 stipend to attend.
(Food [with the exception of a few specific meals] and housing are not provided. We estimate costs to range between $500 - $600 for the week).

Please see our website for more details, including the application:

Applications are due on December 10th, 2016.
[Results back on December 15th]
Residency dates: January 24th, 2017 - January 30th, 2017.

If you have any questions you can reach Luke or Aaron at coincidence.residency@

Friday, December 02, 2016

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the December Artist of the Month, Rajiv Raman.

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the December Artist of the Month, Rajiv Raman. 

“Rajiv Raman is a graphic designer, sculptor, user-experience engineer, and dad. He has lived in Somerville for a total of ten years, over three different decades (don't ask). Be advised: he has an unhealthy obsession with maps.” 

For the full interview of Rajiv Raman by Valeria Amato and photography by Jaclyn Tyler, go here:


Don’t forget to come out to the celebration in honor of all twelve 2016 Artist of the Month on Tues., Dec. 13 at the café of the Arts at the Armory.   More here:

This Saturday: Cupcake Reception to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Wrap Around Cupcake Reception
Saturday, December 3, 2016 
Wrap Around Cupcake Reception 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
With music by Yani Batteau and the Rodeo
Nave Gallery, Teele Square 
155 Powder House Blvd 
Somerville, MA

Each November, the Nave Gallery in Teele Square hosts the Wrap Around Sale, a sale of handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Our cupcake reception makes giving oh-so-sweet. Stop by for music, treats and gift shopping--for you or someone else!
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Somerville's Actors' Shakespeare Project Opens The Tempest Tonight

Actors’ Shakespeare Project will bring magic and theatricality to the Bard’s The Tempest, returning to Brookline’s Willet Hall at United Parish, 210 Harvard Street, the venue for last season’s The Winter’s Tale, from December 1, 2016 through January 8, 2017.

Artistic Director Allyn Burrows will direct Resident Acting Company members Marya Lowry* (Prospero), Jesse Hinson* (Caliban), Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (Miranda), Mara Sidmore* (Alonso and Trinculo), and Michael Forden Walker* (Stephano and Sebastian). Other cast include Thomas Grenon (Antonio), Samantha Richert* (Ariel), Kai Tshikosi (Ferdinand), and additional roles played by members of the ensemble.

For more information visit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Sunday (12/4): Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at The Loft (Union Square, Somerville)!

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at The Loft and Holiday Flea at the Armory will bring you cheer and unique gifts that no mall can! The Loft is a place to get your unique, original gifts while enjoying live music, baked goods, and fun! Plus a special holiday photo booth. Come join us and spread the word!

Featuring artwork, crafts, etc by:
Dan Blakeslee •
Jamie Donnelly
Marc Fulchini •
Stephanie Goode •
Mary Lewey •
Katelyn Lewis
Lexi's Tree Fort • 
Åârøń Mōrrìśš •
Christopher O'Neill •
Sarah Gay O'Neill •
Jennie Siegel / Made By Athena 
Rifrákt Art Collective •
Stina Simmarano •
Tamim Teas •

DIRECTIONS: The Loft, 438 Somerville Ave, #4, Somerville, MA.  Go into the Market Basket parking lot. Walk past Little India and take a right around the corner. Enter the first door and follow the signs up to the second floor.

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