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Thursday, December 09, 2010


Please join the Somerville Bicycle Committee on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, to celebrate the coming of winter and year round cycling. We will enjoy a casual tour to see some of the city's homes warmly lit for the holidays.

We will meet at the Somerville High School entrance at 6:50pm, departing promptly at 7:15 pm. We will tour the city in coordination with the Somerville Arts Council's Illuminations Holiday Tour the same evening.

This is a winter evening ride, so please dress warmly and use bike lights.


What: "Nibble" is a new Web site about food & culture in Union Sq. and beyond

Who: This is a Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion initiative produced with our ArtsUnion partners SCATV

Where: Find it here: Nibble

The Nibble Menu: You'll find how-to cooking videos, recipes, stories about food, culture & art, local food news, photos -- plus video interviews with the people who make Union Square so flavorful

Why: Food is a great common denominator; it gets people from different ethnic backgrounds talking. Through our ArtsUnion Market Tours, we've found that food tells endless stories about cultural identity. "Nibble" is just an appetizer. We hope it inspires you to eat your way through Union Square; in this way, it also spurs cultural economic development, the goal of our ArtsUnion project.

Our first posts: In this video, Francisco Silva tells Nibble about Brazilian food like Pao de Quejo (addictive cheese puffs), Acai and Feijoada. Check it out here: Francisco Speaks about Brazilian Food

Or check out this easy recipe for Sopa Azteca:

What's next: We'll be posting several times a week, so visit Nibble often and spread the word. Tomorrow we're shooting a Peruvian how-to cooking video!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Now until after the holidays:

Somerville artist Pauline Lim is exhibiting a dozen (not a baker's dozen) paintings at The Biscuit, where you can indulge in freshly baked pastries and coffee while taking in the art.

406 Washington St.
Somerville MA

Mon-Fri 7am-8pm
Sat-Sun 8am-8pm


Pauline Lim
Brickbottom Artists Building
One Fitchburg St. C414
Somerville, MA 02143-2128
(617) 623-8842

Check out my art and music website:


The Washington Street Art Center Presents:

Un-Structured. Paintings and Drawings by Jerry Pisani
Washington Street Art Center
December 10 - 29, 2010

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 10, 2010, 6 to 9 pm

ON VIEW: December 10 - 29, Saturdays 12-4, and by appointment

For high-resolution photos and/or interviews, the press should contact Jerry Pisani, at

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, Ma 02143
617 623-5315

If I am attracted initially to the color and shape of buildings, it seems that I am forever captivated by their identity. As I get to know them they become silent friends and companions that mark a time, a place or a feeling in my life.
Much like a friend, I get to visit them again and again. Maybe as part of a commute, a view from a window, a vacation photo, or a milestone in a well traveled place. The difference here is that a person comes into another person's story over time and through some shared experiences. They build the experience together and are responsible for how their story unfolds. With any luck (or skill) the experience that is shared is long lasting, positive and continuous.
Like an initial attraction I am instantly driven to explore the colors and shapes that first caught my eye. That only gets me so far and soon I want to know more. It is at this point that structures become alive and I begin to create our shared story. My work is a safe place for me to unpack identities, honor traits, forgive weakness, accept contentment, provide support and build relationships.
Creating each piece is like making a new friend. The structure that you see is only the beginning of the story and a window to many others. As I work on a piece and get to know the subject, my feelings for the work change and grow. In many cases, I am working to create an image that I can trust.
It is my hope that as you view them, you will get to know them in your own way.

The Washington Street Art Center houses Gallery 321, hosts studio space for
more than twenty visual artists, and presents exhibitions, concerts, film
series, and other art initiatives. The Center participates in Somerville Open Studios each May.

The Washington Street Art Center is between Union Square and Beacon Street, a five-minute walk from Union Square and a ten-minute walk from Harvard
Square (two blocks from Beacon Street). The Center is near or on the following
bus routes: 87, 83, 86, and 91. Parking is free and ample.

Monday, December 06, 2010


Press Contact:

Susan Navarre, Executive Director
Brookline Arts Center


Brookline Arts Center’s
36th Annual Crafts Showcase -- December 2 - 19, 2010

Gallery Exhibition
“Neon Lightworks” by Alejandro Siña
December 2 -19, 2010
Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.
Fridays through Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

Parent and Child Holiday Shopping
with babysitting and art projects for preschool children
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Scotch Tasting & Wine Tasting
With personal shoppers and scotch and wine tasting
Thursday, December 16, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free admission

Brookline Chamber of Commerce Lunch at Crafts Showcase
Meet local business people and network while shopping at the Brookline Arts Center’s Crafts Showcase 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12 noon
Reservations and advance payment required: 617-739-1330

For tickets and further information, visit or call 617-566-5715. The Brookline Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Friday, December 03, 2010


Avoid the Malls and Buy Gifts From Local Artists!

Avoid the malls and support local artists and craftspeople at the Armory's first annual holiday marketplace -- SNOW MALL. Over 35 local vendors will bring you something for everyone on your list-- even Fido!

Dates: December 4th & 5th from 12-6pm
Admission: $2. Children free with adults.
Location: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Look for the following vendors:
Abby Berskson
Amy Casher
Behind the Mask
Bellyache Press
Blue Helix Designs
Brian Gubicza
Burnin' Love Sauces
Chissy Ann Ceramics
Closer to the Ocean
Cozy Noggins
Every Little Miss
Jeans McQueen
Libby Cole
Old Skool Tees
Osgood Photo
Parish Relics
Post Road
Sac A Main
Shortcake Scraps
Snug as a Bug
South End Textiles
Stella Marie Soap
Studio Workshop Designs
SusanMai Designs
Suzie Automatic
The Waughdrobe
TI Litt Photogaphy
Velouria's Emporium
Vianne Chocolat
Well Suited Design
Whisky Business
Wicked Peacock
Zuchinni Fish


Come join us at our Home Studios and Gallery for a WINTER HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND PARTY

More than 100 paintings, Inventory Sale!

Food and Drink

Saturday, December 4, 2010,
3:00 to 8:00 pm

Judith Prager and John O'Brien
7 Belmont Place, Somerville

Directions to 7 Belmont Place, Somerville, 617-628-1918 - We will have permits for parking.

From Porter Sq. (or Union Sq. Somerville)

Driving: Somerville Ave to Lowell St., (blinking yellow) turn up Lowell, at the blinking red on Lowell (4-way stop), go right onto Summer St…then next right onto Belmont St, first left off Belmont St is Belmont Place.

“T”and walking: Porter Sq stop on the Red Line: walk down Somerville Ave. to Belmont St. on left. Walk up Belmont St.(about 10 min walk from Porter Sq)). Belmont Place is the third tiny street to the right.

Hope to see you there!

Judith Prager

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