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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Care to try your hand at being Somerville’s first ever Poet Laureate? Now is the time to take the plunge.

By Tom Bannister

The City of Somerville has announced that it will be creating the position of Poet Laureate for the City of Somerville. Candidates for the lofty appointment are being sought now.

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Doug Holder CV
Ibbetson Street Press
Ibbetson Street Online Bookstore
Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer
Doug Holder's Column in The Somerville Times ( Online and Print)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I write to let you know of exciting staffing changes at Barr Foundation in the arts and culture program. We will have two open positions in the Arts & Culture Program: Program Assistant and a newly created position of Program Officer.

Program Assistant
Lauren Woody, our great Program Assistant, will be leaving Barr Foundation to take a wonderful new position at Pilot House Family Philanthropy Office. If you have interacted with Lauren, you can appreciate how her gracious professionalism and astute insights have contributed mightily to our team and the Foundation.

Attached is the Program Assistant job announcement which has a deadline of November 7th. I ask you to quickly and thoughtfully reach out to your networks and help us find qualified candidates. You'll see that the position requires a minimum of two years working in arts and culture, so your contacts will be invaluable.

Please note that all inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Denise Gillespie, Director of Human Resources,

Program Officer
As our portfolio has greatly grown, we are creating a Arts & Culture Program Officer position. We will be conducting a national search - the job announcement and search details will be released soon.

In the meanwhile, I also ask for your patience through this transition.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Warm regards,
San San

LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC - October 26, 2014

Want to play lively street music all year long?

Join our band!

WHO: Anyone, of any age or musical experience, who wants to have fun playing loud and lively music, mostly outside, to support our community. Families encouraged to join.

WHAT: Bring any acoustic instrument you like (or we can find one for you). We’ll play all musical genres, drawing especially from world street band traditions as well as American popular music.

WHEN: Every Sunday afternoon, 3-5 pm, beginning October 26.

WHERE: sprout at 339R Summer St. in Somerville.

COST: No fee - donations of any amount accepted.

QUESTIONS: / 617-977-4894


NOVEMBER PROGRAMS offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department

Saturday, November 1 – Purple Loosestrife Fall Data Collection – led by Kirsten Lindquist

Sunday, November 2 – Knowing Trees by their Buds – led by Ranger Jean Rogers

Monday, November 3 – A Tour of the Water Purification Facility – led by CWD Staff

Thursday mornings through November 20 – Wake Up and Weed – led by Kirsten Lindquist

Saturday, November 8 – Autumn Bird Walk – led by Nancy Guppy

Sunday, November 9 – Grow Your Own Wildflowers – led by Elizabeth Wylde

Monday, November 10 – Volunteer Adventure – Led by Ranger Jean Rogers

Saturday, November 22 – First Annual Fresh Pond Great Gobble Give-Back – led by Kirsten Lindquist

Complete descriptions with registration and meeting place information are posted on the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at

If you wish to attend a program, please sign up using the registration information included in the description for that program.

You can scroll down the webpage for links to other information.

Susan and Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


SCAAAARRRRRY Tea cozies & fuzzy sweaters OMG it's HALLOWEEN

MAKE OUT! with us Monday, Rocktober 27th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Somerville Armory Cafe.
Dress-up is highly recommended although absolutely NOT mandatory :)
Fiber inspired costumes anyone?

Everyone and all crafts are welcome :)
All food & drink preferences can partake in the bounty of drink & delicacy at the Arts at the Armory Cafe:

We can't wait to see what you are making!
Xo Amylou

knit crochet spin embroider felt bead draw quilt weave paste podge or just hang & chill

SOMERVILLE SPIDERS will be spinning bring your wheel and join us!

Please join the Ravelry Group or FB page


Somerville Community Access Television is excited to announce and spread the word about two upcoming media events hosted at SCATV. We are a community media center trying to best serve the Somerville community by creating opportunities and a space for people to meet and greet.

Next Monday, October 27th at 7pm, we are happy to bring back for its fourth time, Rough Cut Media Screening. This is a fun event, where media-makers from all walks of life can share their video work in progress to be screened for feedback. You can take it or leave it but nonetheless it is an opportunity to pitch your work, watch other people's videos and to network! RSVP here!

In the spirit of collaboration & community, you are invited to the FREE SCATV Potluck and Lecture Series with Boston Indie Mafia on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm. Boston Indie Mafia is a A group of regional production pros, performers, and creatives who provide a venue that helps connect filmmakers & foster support for local independents. RSVP here!

All the best,
Erica Jones

Membership & Outreach Coordinator
"connect. create. communicate."

Somerville Community Access TV
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Somerville Neighborhood News
SNN Facebook

Boston Free Radio
BFR Facebook


We are looking for about 250 old hardcover books to be turned into a sculptural element for a theatrical project (they will get parts cut out and glue together, so they wouldn't be returnable). If anyone has old hardcover books to be given away, we'd be happy to take them off your hands. Project is for a registered non-profit ( Lyric Stage Company of Boston), so your donation wold be tax deductible, at least to thrift store value of the books. Please e-mail us if you have any to spare.


Richard Wood
Wooden Kiwi Productions LLC
343 Medford St, second floor
Somerville, MA 02145
617-625-9663 • 617-388-4151 (cell)• 617-812-5360 (fax)
Visit us on FaceBook at

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Shawn Carey and I are running a fundraiser to help out Norman Smith with the Snowy Owl Project.
The event will be held at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on Saturday, November 15th starting at 4:30pm (detailed in the picture/flier below.) Norman will have a live Barn Owl (yes - Barn, not Barred), which I'm really looking forward to seeing.

An RSVP is requires as we need to know how much food to get... If you plan on going contact Shawn Carey at
I'm fairly sure that Norman broke his record last year when capturing (and relocating) the snowies from Logan Airport. If you want to read more about the Snowy Owl Project, you can go here:

This webpage has a lot of information about GPS tracked Snowy Owls from around North America, including several that Norman has released:

We (Shawn and I) are doing this in place of our usual November Photo Share. So if you've been to that, you have some idea of what is involved. Fun people with a passion for nature combined with great photos (often from around the world!)
I hope you can make it, I expect it will be an interesting and fun evening - along with helping out a great project.


Eric Smith

Friday, October 17, 2014


Hello. Somerville Arts community.

I’d like to let you know there is an space opportunity that looks pretty good and we were told by the landlord that they would welcome studio artists.

The unit is 8-12 Main Street in Winter Hill. Here is more of a description:

The unit occupies the entire front above a liquor store and has great lighting. The unit consists of the larger, tiled room that is about 500 square feet plus two smaller rooms which are about 200 square feet each.

Unit also has a working kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC is all up to date. It is accessible by the front through a stairwell and a back second stairwell. As for abutters, no major issue with retail tenants on the ground floor. The other residential tenants on the second floor have Bible study three days a week, but nothing too major.

In terms of leasing, the owner is flexible with leasing. Ideally, would like $1000 a month gross and a longer-term lease. Utilities are all negotiable.

The unit is available now.

If you are interested in this unit please contact me and Maxwell MacCarthy, cced above. Max is a new member of our City team and is a Urban Revitalization Specialist, within the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development.

Thank you. And hope you all are doing well.

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone


Hello Artists,

Spaces are available for the Saturday, October 25th SLAM Halloween Artist Market.

SLAM is in its fifth year and offers local artists a place to show and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for local residents to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location.

If you would like to exhibit your work at SLAM Email Me:

for more information or go to: Exhibit @ SLAM

All media is considered.

For more market information and exhibit details, check out the SLAM Website.


The Boston International Kids Film Festival takes place over the weekend of November 7-9 at the Somerville Theatre and at Tufts University. The aim of the festival is to showcase great films from around the world that were all made for, by or about kids (ages 10 and up), and to link professional filmmakers with their next generation counterparts, through films and workshops on filmmaking and media literacy skills.

Come meet some great LOCAL filmmakers and take a workshop! See you there!


Sunday, October 26th, 3-5PM – Artists Reception Riverside Gallery: Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge MA 02139. We are honored to have as jurors for this year’s exhibit James Montford, Laura L. Montgomery, and Gilda Sharp-Etteh. The media in our 2014 show include some familiar materials, but with innovative and compelling methods and perspectives.


SONGS ABOUT PARENTS & CHILDREN - October 17-18, 2014

Don't miss these seasoned cabaret artists in an all new show:

Songs About Parents and Children
A joyful mosaic of songs and stories about being a parent. . .and being a child.

Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18

“Few singers captivate an audience as quickly and convincingly as MccMillan can.
He presents his repertoire with a beguilingly intimate approach all his own.”
— Jules Becker, New England Entertainment Digest

Will and Doug breathe new life into a wide variety of songs including "I Can't Give You
Anything But Love" (from The Blackbirds of 1928), "William Wants a Doll" (from Free
To Be You And Me), "Plant A Radish" (from The Fantasticks), "Carefully Taught"
(from South Pacific), "Easier to Love" (from Baby), and "Not While I’m Around"
(from Sweeney Todd) as well as pop songs such as “That’s The Way I’ve Always
Heard It Would Be” by Carly Simon and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.

$15 in advance (available until 2pm the day of each show)
$20 (cash only) at the door
For 10/17 advance tickets,
For 10/18 advance tickets,
For more info: 617-628-0916

“By the end of the show, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly.
Now that’s amore.” — Aiden Fitzgerald, Boston Herald

Listen at A Musical Life On Planet Earth
To see Will on YouTube:

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 Square--
next to G&T Tailoring, three doors away from Somerville Grooves,
across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from Citizens Bank)
For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACTON OPEN STUDIOS - October 19-20, 2014

Somerville bead & fiber artist Pat Iverson and the other members of the Beads Without End cooperative will be participating in Acton Open Studios this weekend.

Crocheted beadwork, jewelry, origami, rug hooking, ethnic embroidery, and other wonderful things at *our* location.
Luscious other artwork at other locations in Acton, MA

Beads Without End:
Pat Iverson, Martha Forsyth, & Kathryn Black
237 Central St, Acton Ma
October 19 -20,2014 noon-6pm (we stay open later than "official" hours of noon-5)

further information at
click on "map" for the brochure & map

-Pat Iverson


Hello. Listserve members, come out and support your local El Sistema music program. A great program, staff, and kids.

And if you have a desire, make a donation today.


Dear Sistema Somerville Supporter,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the fall weather. We have lots in store and much to share with you here at El Sistema Somerville.

Our first concert of the 2014-2015 season will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7PM in the East Somerville Community School. Works to be performed include fiddle, fun, and folk pieces to celebrate the Harvest Season. Please come out and enjoy performances by El Sistema Somerville students, mentors, community ensemble, and faculty.

Harvest Concert Flier by El Sistema Somerville violist, Zia Halawa.

We are excited to announce the generous support of the Mifflin Memorial Fund in the foundation of “Musicians with a Mission,” an initiative that places skilled professional musicians with outstanding young student musicians for weekly private lessons. El Sistema Somerville will accept applications and hire ten professional musicians to provide weekly private lessons throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Interested musicians are invited to send a letter of inquiry to Diane Cline. The deadline for application is November 15, 2014.

On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, two El Sistema Somerville students performed with the Longy Side-by-Side orchestra, in honor of Maestro José Antonio Abreu at Bard College. During the event, Maestro Abreu was awarded an honorary doctorate and addressed the students with caring, inspiring remarks.

​Briselda Matias Ramirez, El Sistema Somerville student, meets and performs for the founder of El Sistema.

Thank you for your on-going support and enthusiasm. We hope you'll join us soon and help us spread the word!

Musically yours,


Diane E. Cline, Director

El Sistema Somerville
creating citizens, artists, teachers, and scholars

East Somerville Community School
50 Cross Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-629-5400 X 3716

Find us online:, Facebook, & Twitter


Do you have stories about Somerville Ave and Union Square?

Then Get on Board the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Storytelling Bus!

Somerville Cable Access Television (SCATV) is teaming up with the Somerville Arts Council to gather stories about Union Square and Somerville Ave., then and now.
What did this thoroughfare used to be like? How does that compare with today, and what do you see in the future?

Join us at the Monster Mashed Up @ SomerStreets on Sunday, October 19 (along Somerville Ave). from noon to 2:30 p.m. to board the M.U.S.C.R.A.T Bus and take part in phase one of what will be an ongoing, citywide oral history project. Stories will be shared with the public via videos that will air on SCATV and will be available as short videos on SCATV and SAC websites. For more information please contact Erica Jones SCATV, at

MUSCRAT storytelling will take place from noon to 2:30. The whole SomerStreets event will take place from noon to 4pm. Full festival details here:

Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Somerville Poet Laureate Application and Overview

Statement of Purpose
The City of Somerville announces the creation of a Poet Laureate for Somerville. The City views the position as a means to further enhance the profile of poets and poetry in the city and beyond. The Poet Laureate is expected to bring poetry to segments of Somerville's community that have less access or exposure to poetry: senior citizens, youth, schools and communities. The Poet Laureate will be a person of vision with the ability to enact his/her vision.

The Poet Laureate will serve for a two-year term and will be provided an honorarium of $2,000 per year. A contract will be derived with expectations detailed as to the public benefit required of the position, which will be jointly determined with the final applicant and review committee. The expectation is that the position will support and expand poetry in the city. The Somerville Arts Council/City of Somerville will support the Laureate in networking within the community but actual work must be accomplished by the chosen candidate.

How to apply
Deadline: Postmarked by November 17, 2014

Candidates for Somerville Poet Laureate must provide the following:

One page contact info sheet with name, address, phone number, email, website (if applicable)
Proof of residence demonstrated by sending a copy of a utility bill, lease, phone bill. (a jpg image of a current bill or statement is fine if emailing application, or a photocopy of statement if mailing application)
Curriculum Vitae / Poetry-Related Bio
Up to 20 pages of original poetry
One to three-page vision statement with details as to how you will implement the public benefit component.

How to submit

Either email PDFs of the above items to Gregory Jenkins at with Poet Laureate in the subject header:
Or mail the following documents to: Somerville Poet Laureate, Somerville Arts Council, 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145

Selection Process for Poet Laureate of Somerville

A committee, comprised of local poets, teachers, and arts administrators, will review the applications based on the evaluation criteria and select no fewer than three and no more than six applications to be finalists. Finalists will be interviewed in December with the expectation that they will further refine their proposed vision and public component for the position. The interview process will also provide the selection committee the ability to inquire more of the candidate. Based on the four criteria below, the committee will select a final candidate and alternate who will be presented to Mayor Joseph Curtatone for his approval.

Evaluation Process for Poet Laureate Nomination

The Poet Laureate will be reviewed and chosen on the basis of the four criteria (percentage weights included):

· Excellence in craftsmanship, as demonstrated by submitted original poems (25%)
· Providing a vision for the position. How will you work with the community, schools, nonprofit or municipal arts and service departments. Please convey your vision for the position with details of outreach and collaborations. (25%)
· Professional achievement in the field of poetry. Merit shall be proven by publication credits either in small press or large press publications; at least one collection, full size or chapbook published by a small press or large press; also, awards or recognition such as grants, fellowships, prizes, and/or other recognition. (25%)
· A history of actively promulgating the visibility of poetry in Somerville’s neighborhoods and literary communities through readings, publications, promotion of events, public presentations and/or workshops and other types of teaching and literary community involvement. (25%)

City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I want to promote a new project that a friend and I are starting, called Somerville Song Circle. We will host community song circles at The Green Room in Union Square, where anyone can come & sing together. We will teach rounds, chants & partner songs from around the world. Here is our website with more details, and where you can sign up for our mailing list:

And you can like us on Facebook:

Please join us for our first 2 community sings on Wed, Nov 5 and Fri, Dec 5.

Thank you!
Vicky Reichert & Anney Barrett

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPOOKY ART SHOW FOR KIDS - October 21-25, 2014

KIDS! Display your Halloween Art
Drop off your Artwork
Oct. 21st thru Oct. Oct. 25th
11am - 7pm
713 Broadway, Ball SQ
across from SoundBites

Sunday Oct. 26th, 1-3pm
with cider & cookies




Youth Arts Arise, our series of FREE art workshops for youth ages 11-19, is up and running with an exciting workshop schedule, and we still have spaces available!

We had great participation in our first workshop and we have a few openings for Tuesday participants. We are also looking for more participants to fill our Monday workshops, which start November 3rd.

Attached to this email is a program flyer, an informational letter, and the registration form (which can also be found on our website). We appreciate your help in getting the word out about Youth Arts Arise – we would love for this opportunity to reach as many youth as possible in the Somerville community!

All best,

Bridget Galway
Education Programs Coordinator

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