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Thursday, January 27, 2011



1) Friday eve. 1/28, 8pm: CD Release Party with Anthology
2) Sunday afternoon 1/30: New Session of Modern Dance Classes with Kelley Donovan
3) Sunday afternoon: Multi-generational African Dance Workshop with Alice Heller

Details for all three below!

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square (actually Somerville Ave)
Somerville, MA
For directions & parking info:
Do not use Mapquest!

1) CD Release with Anthology!
Allegra Martin, Anney Gillotte, Michelle Vachon, Vicky Reichert

Anthology, a vocal quartet with a wide variety of repertoire, would
like to invite everyone to our first CD release party! We hope you
will all come to celebrate with us (and perhaps pick up a few copies!)
Admission is free, and there will be food and drink and we will perform
some songs from the CD as well. We hope you can join us!
Contact info:

2) New Session of Modern Dance Classes with Kelley Donovan

Technique/Choreography/Performance Workshops
Taught by Kelley Donovan

New 6 week Session: January 30th--March 6th
1:30-2:30 Modern Dance Technique
2:30-3:30 Performance and Repertory Workshop
(students are encouraged to attend the technique class for warm up)
Sign up for one class or both! Pre-registration required
For info: 617-388-3247 or
$90 /per course, 6 week session

The Technique class is for adult dancers with a little or no experience and is a great place to start if you are coming back to dance and incorporates ideas from Limon and Cunningham techniques. The class will move through a warm up that builds strength and clarifies alignment principals followed by fluid phrases. Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and explore the basic elements of dance.

The Performance Workshop will focus on a collaboratively created work of choreography over the six weeks and is for dancers at all levels who are interested in exploring a variety of methods for creating dances with an emphasis on learning how to craft a complete work from a finite amount of material.

Kelley Donovan’s work has been named in the Top 10 performances of the year by The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Boston Phoenix. She has performed work by Rozann Kraus, Liz Lerman and Ann Carlson and has taught dance at BCAE, MIT, Dance Complex and Umass Boston. Her choreography has been produced by World Music, MIT and The Cunningham Studio, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research and the 92nd St. Y in New York City. Kelley studied choreography with Mark Morris and Bessie Schönberg and other artists in Boston.


Drumming by Allison Stamiris and other guest


Sunday, 1/30 3:35-5pm: Open to all--come play!

Cost: $15 adults, $10 kids, Family Discounts Available

Please rsvp! For more information:


Thursday, January 20, 2011


Saturday-Sunday, January 29-30th, 10:00am-5:00pm at Grub Street headquarters.

You have a story or stories (or novel) that's not quite working, or that's very good but not quite good enough, or that keeps getting narrowly rejected. Whatever the case, you've lost perspective on it, but you know it needs revision – macro, micro or both. This weekend, get macro revision tips on Saturday, and then come back on Sunday for tips on line-editing and style. Or just pick one workshop or the other.

Saturday: Revision is a process that many writers find frustrating. Once you have a first or second draft of a story, what happens next? How do you follow through on the ideas your workshop suggested? How do you add depth to characters? How do you make the structure more direct? This workshop will teach a few basic concepts of revision that will help you address these issues, in addition to suggesting concrete techniques you can apply to stories at home. IMPORTANT: Students enrolling in this class will be required to bring a draft of a story in progress. Your story will serve as a frame of reference for the seminar's discussion and exercises.

Sunday: You've got the story down--now, it's time to fine-tune the language. Line editing your own work is one of your most difficult tasks, but it's also one of the most important: even a single word can create mood, reveal character, or signal a shift in understanding. In this one-day workshop, we'll step beyond proofreading to the nitty-gritty of language-level revision. Through published examples and exercises, we'll examine word choice, rhythm, and even paragraph breaks to make language work with your story. We'll also learn to identify--and correct--language "glitches" that wake the reader from your vivid and continuous dream. Towards the end of the workshop, you'll turn your newly critical eye on some of your own work, so please bring a copy of a story or essay you'd like to start polishing. Open to both fiction and nonfiction writers.


Some of you may or may not know that the Somerville Museum is undertaking a building fund capital campaign.

The Massachusetts Cultural Facility Fund and MassDevelopment Corporation awarded the Somerville Museum $104,500 in matching funds toward the roof replacement and window restoration project in 2008. They have raised $50,000 toward that match, but the deadline of February 14, 2011 to raise the final amount is fast approaching. Whatever funds you donate today will be matched 1:1 by the challenge grant up to the total amount of the project and are a tax-deductible charitable contribution to a worthy Somerville institution.

The capital project will allow the Museum to stop the leaks, improve the interior climate of the Museum, and restore the building’s beautiful exterior appearance.

So please remember all those great events, exhibits, community events you’ve attended over the years and plan to contribute. Any amount—large or small will be matched 1:1—and greatly received by the Museum. If you’ve work directly with Evelyn or Tom, you know their own dedication to the Museum, the City, and your own event that they generously hosted. Remember that and contribute by Feb. 14th.

For more information about the campaign and the specific building repairs go to:



Gregory Jenkins

Executive Director

Somerville Arts Council

617.625.6600 ext. 2985

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The Beehive Collective's "Picture-Lecture"
Wednesday, January 26 at 6:00 pm
CAC Gallery, Cambridge City Hall Annex, 2nd Fl.

Members of the art-activist organization, The Beehive Collective, discuss their latest graphic campaign, "The True Cost of Coal,” an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop removal coal mining and the broader impact of coal usage in Appalachia and beyond. At this interactive "picture-lecture" on Wednesday, January 26, the Bees will talk about the 15-foot graphic while interweaving anecdotes, statistics, and history to prompt a discussion of contemporary struggles over energy and coal. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing in Public, curated by Liz K. Sheehan, on view at the CAC Gallery through February 18, 2011. or call the Cambridge Arts Council at 617-349-4380

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER EXHIBITION - January 18 - February 29, 2011

Complexity of Color and Shape Interact in
Marc Mancuso’s Sculpture and Ceramics
on View at the Brookline Arts Center

(January 11, 2011 -- Brookline, MA) On Friday, January 21, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the popular Brookline Arts Center teacher Marc Mancuso will open an exhibition of his brightly-colored sculptural ceramics. The title, “Balancing Devotion and Obsession,” describes Marc’s relationship to artistic creativity.

“But after a few hours working in the studio, he can become obsessed, with such fascinating results as elaborate structure and exquisite interlacing surface forms, ” explains the Brookline Arts Center Executive Director Susan Navarre.

The one-person gallery exhibition will be on view at the Brookline Arts Center from January 18 through February 29, 2011 and represents the first time that the Somerville-based artist has exhibited this series of artworks, which range in size from two inches to nearly four feet tall.

“My mode of work is painstaking, probably even obsessive, flamboyantly displaying the craftsmanship, rare materials, and time that were invested in them. My surface decoration is based on embroidery, as well as Japanese and Tibetan art, and my shapes are inspired by Baroque architecture and the classical detailing of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat,” Mancuso explains.

Mancuso has taught ceramics, drawing and painting for children and adults at the Brookline Arts Center since 2006. He also teaches at Cambridge’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Brookline Arts Center is located at 86 Monmouth Street, at the corner of St. Mary’s Street and accessible by MBTA train or bus. The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit
or call 617-566-5715.

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Hello. The Somerville Arts Council and Nancy Goodman are seeking input for the establishment of a new Somerville event: “Somerville Porchfest.” Porchfest is a down home way of highlighting Somerville’s musical talent—whether you are a classical musician or a member of a hard rock band, young or old, this is a great format to highlight Somerville’s musicians.

The idea for Porchfest is simple. We choose one Saturday in the late spring and local musicians perform on their porches. The Arts Council will help structure the event with promotion and an online map. You the musician will need to coordinate with your neighbors to

make sure it’s okay to play music on the porch for a short time. If we get a lot of porches in the mix, we can structure it so sections of neighborhoods are performing at different times of the day. The audience merely travels around to check out the sounds in various

neighborhoods. Think Somerville Open Studios but for music and outdoors.

Based on the Council’s own busy schedule, we were thinking of holding this in mid to late May.

Porchfest has become a popular decentralized party in numerous other cities, check out those in Ithaca, NY., Cranbury, NJ, Newton, PA.

If you are interested in participating or helping to organize, please plan to attend our first general meeting.

Somerville Public Library

West Branch

40 College

Monday, Jan. 10th at 7p.m.

Gregory Jenkins

Executive Director

Somerville Arts Council

617.625.6600 ext. 2985

Thursday, January 06, 2011


Position Title: DESIGN ANNEX COORDINATOR (Internship)
Location: Union Square, Somerville, MA

Background: Union Square Main Streets (“USMS”) is a non-profit organization that is revitalizing Union Square, Somerville, MA. Among our projects: neighborhood organizing, advocacy and education on issues such as transportation and zoning; business development and recruitment; weekly farmers market; arts-related events.

Union Square Main Streets seeks an entrepreneurial, energetic individual to advance our social enterprise project called Design Annex. Design Annex provides small firms and solo practitioners in the design industry and other professions with the resources to grow their businesses through access to affordable and secure shared office space and enriching programming. Following a co-working model, Design Annex includes shared work space, conference room, shared printers, resource library and programming.

The Design Annex Coordinator is involved in all aspects of the management and running of the Annex including promotion and marketing, member services, event coordination and administration.

For more information about Design Annex:
For more information about Union Square Main Streets:


Develop and implement outreach campaign to potential members in the greater Boston area.
Develop and host events including: networking events in partnership with professional associations, “lunch and learn” workshops for architects, “Design Crit” for designers to share works-in-progress, business development workshops
Promote and host weekly “Open Coworking” event
Maintain administrative and organizational systems

Preferred Skills and Knowledge:

Strong interest in community building. Maintains approach that makes others feel at ease and fosters participation.
Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal communication skills. Ability to present and explain information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding.
Strong organizational and project management skills. Ability to manage multiple projects. Ability to blend creativity, problem solving, and technical skills.
Familiarity with office computer programs and web-based communication tools.
Familiarity with Boston area design organizations a plus.
Background in adult education a plus.

Working Relationships

Reports to Executive Director.
Works directly with Design Annex members.
Interfaces with other design professionals, design professional associations.
May attend conferences and conduct outreach through professional organizations.
Has contact with the general public.

To Apply: This a paid internship position of 10 to 15 hours a week. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Mimi Graney, Executive Director, Union Square Main Streets at


Forbes Graham, cornet solo

Andrew Neumann, Solo Caveman Synthesis: electronics etc.

Morgan Evans-Weiler, solo violin and accessories

Bodydrama, a performance of “Puncture”
Joe Burgio, movement/dance
Rachel Rosner, movement/dance
Betty Wang, movement/dance
Lou Cohen, wii-mote and laptop
Matt Samolis, flute
Walter Wright, synths

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Third Life Studios
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)

For directions and parking:
Do not use Mapquest!

Doors open at 7:30. / music at 8:00 p.m.

OpenSound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised music, bringing artists from disparate
backgrounds together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of improvisation combines the distinctive
voices of its individual performers. The music that results is often surprising, beautiful, ugly, and dynamic. It
is not uncommon to hear music made of electronic crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet vocalized
gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds, post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades
of hullabaloo.

You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks, drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre
galaxy of pitch and spectra!

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