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Saturday, February 19, 2011


These events are free and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Friday, March 4
6:30 to 8 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue
From the top of a sheer cliff to the woods at night without a flashlight, Bruce Marcus revels in the great outdoors and loves to tell about it! Bruce will entertain you with his energetic and engaging takes on personal mishaps, outdoor epiphanies, and humorous “made-up stuff.” A firm believer that we all have tales to tell, Bruce will also lead participants in fun, easy exercises where they can share their best wildlife encounters, camping disasters, and other memorable outdoor experiences. Don’t miss what promises to be a lively, worthwhile, and interactive evening of outdoor tales! This family program is appropriate for children ages 8 and older.

Saturday, March 12
2 to 5 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue
Take a walk with naturalists Larry Millman, Tom Murray, Julie Lisk, and Elizabeth Wylde as we explore the Reservation, searching for fungi, insects, plants, birds, and anything else that shows signs of life in these waning days of winter. There is a lot happening in, on, and above ground! Dress for the weather, with boots for walking off-path in snow.

Sunday, March 20
10 am to 12 noon
Neville Place driveway
650 Concord Avenue
Spring is here! The earliest migrating birds are beginning to return from the south, and the Reservation is one of their destinations. These new arrivals and year-round residents will soon be busy building nests and defending territories. We may also see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds. Beginners are welcome! We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them.

Sunday, March 27
1 to 3 pm
Meeting place will be given when you register.
We will look at where wild trees grow and the roles that soil, sun, wind, water, and animals play in their growth. Chief Ranger Jean Rogers will show us oaks, beeches, shagbark hickories, black willows, and staghorn sumacs; then we’ll go inside to look at seeds and field guides to see why the trees are where they are. Bring a field notebook, binoculars, and a camera if you have one. Dress for the outside for the first half of the program. Register with Ranger Jean at or call 617-349-4793.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
Important information on parking will be given to you when you register.
E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at
or call 617-349-6489 and leave your name and phone number.

This spring and summer Grow Native Massachusetts will be offering a series of free nature-related lectures at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. The details are at:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Call for Craft Vendors and Artists for ArtBeat 2011 - March 29, 2011

During the heat of summer, artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole lot more. Each year we develop a theme that serves as a launching point for artists and the community to express themselves. ArtBeat 2011: RED scheduled for July 16, is sure to be huge success.

The wide variety of talent from local artists, musicians, and vendors is what makes ArtBeat a huge success. Attached is 2011 craft vendor application. We look forward to your participation again this year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the event.


Heather Balchunas
Office Manager
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Full of light, color and playful designs. Don't miss this stunning show by Somerville ceramicist and sculptor, Marc Mancuso: open Mon - Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Here's more info:

Friday, February 11, 2011


On Friday, March 18, 2011, American Classics will present a special concert and birthday celebration honoring one hundred years of the Irving Berlin classic, Alexander's Ragtime Band. Song duo, music historians and Berlin specialists Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner, with Somerville 's Mary Ann Lanier, Joei Marshall Perry and Margaret Ulmer, are the featured performers, joined by Valerie Anastasio, Tim Harbold, and leading members of Boston's musical theatre community.

Pre-talk begins at 7pm with concert at 7:30pm at the Pickman Concert Hall of the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tickets are $25 and $20 students/seniors.

For tickets contact American Classics at 617-254-1125 or

For more information, please visit the website,

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Nicole Pierce, EgoArt, Inc and the Boston Center for the Arts present

A multimedia dance installation set to the glorious Requiem of W.A. Mozart

February 18, 19, 25, 26 - 8:00pm (pre-show at 7:00pm)
February 20 - 7:30pm (pre-show at 6:30pm)

Cyclorama at the BCA
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Tickets $20 for pre-show and Requiem -
Tickets are available at the door (cash or check), however reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating.

Requiem is a part of CYC SPECIFIC: ALL THINGS TRANSFORMATIVE - a 2-week arts festival in the historic space of BCA's Cyclorama.
Cyc Specific Pre Show: a collaborative performance with live music + dance + sound + sculpture + spoken-word + experimental performance with such illustrious artists as: Neptune, Passion East, Stan Stickland, Liz Roncka, Oliver Besson, Eli Keszler, and more!
If not attending pre-show performance, doors open for REQUIEM 15 minutes before showtime.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


Press contact: Nina J Berger, 617.543.1595

press@bostoncyberarts.or []g []

Art is Electric at 2011 Boston Cyberarts Festival

April 22 - May 8

BOSTON, Mass. - Art and technology converge at the highly anticipated seventh Boston
Cyberarts Festival, April 22 - May 8, 2011, when artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians
and visionary thinkers come together to bring the best in digitally inspired creativity
to Greater Boston.

The Festival, a collaboration of visual and performing artists, cultural organi­zations,
educators and high-technology professionals, will be headquartered at the newly
opened Atlantic Wharf, and take place at museums, galleries, theaters, artist's
studios, educations institutions and public spaces in and around the Boston area,
and online at [].
A complete list of exhibitions, performances and locations will be announced in
the coming months.

The biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival celebrates a long tradition of technological
and artistic innovation throughout Massachusetts. The first Boston Cyberarts Festival
took place twelve years ago in 1999, and since that time the biennial event has
grown to be an integral part of the New England arts landscape.

George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts, noted: "The Boston area has been a
center of art and technology for decades, since the pioneering work done by institutions
like WGBH, Polaroid and the MIT Media Lab. We're proud that we are able to shine
a spotlight on both the rich history of art and technology, and on the visions
for the future."

CyberartsCentral, a visitor center with festival maps, information and docent volunteers,
located at the new Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston, will be the site
of a special exhibition, BEHOLD, Sight in New Media, as well as innovative music
and dance performances.

This year's Festival will take a look back at the history of Cyberart:

· George Fifield curates Drawing with Code []
at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, an exhibition of the earliest computer-generated
art by the form's most important practitioners from the 1950s to today. The Providence-based
collection of Anne and Michael Spalter is one of the largest and most important
of its kind in the U.S. and shines a new light onto a darkened corner of the art
historical record.

· MIT's List Visual Arts Center presents the first United States museum survey
of the work of Chilean-born video artist Juan Downey (1940-1993). Juan Downey: The
Invisible Architect []
will feature a selection of key works by this under-recognized pioneer of video
art. A key protagonist in the 1970s and 1980s New York art scene, Downey combined
autobiographical content with an anthropological documentary style in his video

· The Goethe Institut's RECORD > AGAIN! - - Part 2 concentrates
on early German video art, including several rarely seen, re-discovered works.

And, a rich array of events and exhibitions in many art forms are on tap for the
2011 Festival:

· Visual art has always been a central part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
Among the 2011 offerings are Jim Campbell at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, Move Me
an exhibition of kinetic sculpture. at Axiom Center of New and Experimental Media,
Andy Zimmerman's Where Am I? at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Nathalie Miebach's Changing
Waters []
at the Fuller Craft Museum, Francis Alÿs: The Moment Where Sculpture Happens []
at the Davis Museum, and exhibitions at 119 Gallery, Mobius, Huret & Spector Gallery,
and more;

· Mark Swarek and Joseph Hocking'sOccupation Forces [],
an augmented reality experience, via iPhone app, of an alien invasion of our public
space, will be based out of CyberartsCentral and take place throughout downtown
Boston and Cambridge. The project mixes alien invasion mythology with contemporary
images of a foreign troops' occupation.

· Dance events curated by Alissa Cardone at CyberartsCentral, and a two-day
series of readings, demonstrations and small-scale performances at MIT Media Lab'sDance
Technology and Circulations of the Social, Version 2.0 conference;

· Experimental film featuring the premiere of Clea T. Waite's Moonwalk, specifically
designed for the Museum of Science's new full-dome planetarium. The rough cut of
Moonwalk received the IBM Innovation Prize at the 2007 Cyberarts Festival. Part
of an entire evening celebrating our love affair with the galaxy,When Science Meets
Art: Moonwalk MashUp []
will also include a cosmic story slam, cosmic cocktail reception with space-wear
inspired fashion.

· Electronic music offerings this year include The Brandeis Electro-Music Studio
(BEAMS) Marathon, twelve solid hours of international electronic music, and Dan
Hirsch's programming for CyberartsCentral;

· FAST Light [],
an all-evening celebration involving light and kinetic illumination throughout the
MIT campus and along Memorial Drive as the culmination of FAST (MIT's Festival of
Art, Science and Technology). Iconic artist Otto Piene will be holding a Sky Event
in the afternoon with the launch at dusk with more than 15 other installations lit
up on campus and on the Charles.

· Youth programming takes place in collaboration with Urbano Project and Urban
Arts Institute

The closing weekend of the Festival features a gala celebration and awards ceremony
on May 6, at which artists and arts patrons can meet and mingle; and where Boston
Cyberarts presents the IBM Innovation Awards to the top three events or exhibitions
of the year.

"Boston Cyberarts has played a unique and vital role in showcasing cutting-edge
programming at so many of the arts and educational venues across our region," says
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "In doing so, the Festival also celebrates the long
history of technology and innovation that is one of the hallmarks of the history
of Boston."

The Festival is an important contributor to the region's economy and independent
studies have demonstrated that each of the Festivals, with a budget of less than
$200,000, generated a total economic impact of over $2 million.

For further information, contact the Festival office at 617.524.8495, email,
or visit

# # #

Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities - that is, where the computer's unique capabilities
are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic
film, musical instruments, and other materials have always been used to express
an artist's vision. The Boston Cyberarts Festival, launched by George Fifield in
1999 with seed funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is the only Festival
in the world that encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing
arts, film, video, electronic literature, public art, and web art.

Boston Cyberarts is grateful for the support of many generous individuals and institutions,
including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, New England Foundation for
the Arts, IBM, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, ArtsBoston and the Trust for
Mutual Understanding.

Boston Cyberarts is proud to be a partner with Boston Properties and Atlantic Wharf.

Dig Boston and Art New England are media sponsors.

# # #

Press contact: Nina J Berger, 617.543.1595, []

# # #

Boston Cyberarts Festival
Administrative Offices: 9 Myrtle Street, Boston, MA 02130

Telephone 617.524.8495
Fax 617.524.9968 [] []
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Thursday, February 03, 2011


The Wild Side of Bollywood
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 8pm
Precinct, 70 Union Square

Free! (But donations greatly appreciated!!)

“The Wild Side Of Bollywood” showcases the unique, surreal, often psychedelic dance sequences from South Asian films from the 1950’s to the ‘80’s, a time when western styles of rock and funk mixed with Hindustani music met in sequences known as “item numbers” set in cabarets, bars and discos. We’ll take a special look at the actress/dancer “Helen,” who appeared in over 500 films and is beloved throughout the Indian diaspora. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with event curator Brother Cleve and Mona Kumar, producer of the MFA’s South Asian film festival. And following that, there will be a dance performance, Indian-themed libations and Bollywood beats.

for more information about this event and other artsunion winter events:


We are also doing cross promotion with the India Association of Greater Boston. They also have a wildly fabulous event coming up!

South Asian Showdown - Bhangra vs Bollywood vs Fusion vs Garba/Raas
Date: Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Time: 6 PM Sharp! Doors open at 5 PM
Venue: John Hancock Hall
Address: 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
About: Bhangra vs Bollywood vs Fusion vs Garba/Raas teams...which is the best?

...come find out at the South Asian Showdown! We will have the best teams from all over North America competing for the South Asian Showdown crown!! This competition puts 4 of the most popular dance forms from South Asia on one stage to compete against one another for the best dance of the night. We have selected 12 teams from all over North America to represent their respective genres. If you love indian dance, or want to learn more about indian dance, this is a MUST SEE show!

Special performance by the Ridonkulous!


This show will sell out, so buy tickets early! Tickets on sale now @!

Delicious snacks and dinner will be sold by Bollywood Grill!

Be sure to also check out the afterparty for this event immediately following the competition!

More information is posted on our website, including individuals you can contact, and how to purchase tickets. Visit us @

Rachel Strutt
Program Manager
Somerville Arts Council
50 Evergreen Ave.
Somerville, MA 02145
617/625-6600, x2985
fax: 617/666-4325

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