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Friday, June 29, 2012


Social Hour with the BSA and LivableStreets August 2, 2012 5:30-7:00 PM BSA Space: 290 Congress Street Boston MA 02210 “Join LivableStreets and the BSA for a social hour that celebrates vibrant communities and the value of building connections. Learn more about the work of both organizations, and view the BSA’s new Let’s Talk About Bikes exhibition, which explores the role of the bicycle in urban centers like Boston. LivableStreets is your advocate for biking, walking and transit to make the Boston region a better place to live, work and play. LivableStreets fought for and won bike lanes on the BU Bridge and Commonwealth Avenue, and hosts the annual Boston Bike Update.” Admission is free and open to the public, and the exhibit is handicap accessible and appropriate for families and all ages. If you have any further questions, please contact me or Angela King at

Monday, June 25, 2012


The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks an artist to design and paint a mural that includes a scale map of the Mystic River Watershed in the parking lot of the Mystic Lakes Dam in Medford, Massachusetts. The map/mural will highlight natural features of the Mystic River Watershed as well as orient people to the watershed. Community engagement is desired in this project, such as during the design process, painting, or a public unveiling. No entry fee.


Sunday, June 24, 2012


Monday, June 25, 6 to 7:30 pm Water Purification Facility front door 250 Fresh Pond Parkway Join Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator at New England Wild Flower Society, for a walk in the Reservation to learn about the plants commonly found at Fresh Pond. In addition to identifying specific plants, find out about their natural history, traditional uses, and ecology. Registration required: call 617-349-6489 or send an email to Ted will lead another walk on August 20.

CAMBRIDGE YMCA THEATER - July 21 & 28, 2012

Event title: Color-blind
Date: July 21 & 28 2012
Location: Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02139


Color-blind tells the story of a young multiracial couple. Sakwaya, an American-born African, has just received a marriage proposal and intends to introduce her white  fiancé Jake to her family. With hopes of a bright future, Jake meets Sakwaya’s family only to find that they harbor deeply rooted racial ideals forced upon them by experience. Jake needs to charm Sakwaya's crazy old cougar of a grandma and, more importantly, her stern
father, whom Sakwaya esteems. Will love conquer all? Can this family learn to be Color-blind?

Type: Performing Arts, Theater, Comedy

Price: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Door


Saturday, June 23, 2012


Just a reminder about the Somerville Arts Council's new "Artist of the month" program. Starting in September 2012, we'll name a new Artist of the Month each month---and we need your help. We hope you'll nominate someone! Nomination form: All writers/musicians/artists/you-name-it who are nominated must live, work, or volunteer in Somerville, MA. We hope you will help us out by nominating someone whose work you admire! We'll be closing the nominations soon, so be sure to get your vote in. SAC's Artist of the Month program is a way for us to celebrate the enormous wealth of talent in our city, by shining a spotlight on a different creative Somervillian each month. This program is put together by Coordinators Jenn Harrington and Kellie Veiga, and SAC board member Tim Devin. It is inspired by the Nave Gallery's "Featured Artist" program, which ran from 2005 to 2009.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Please join the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra for a free concert, Pops on the Lawn, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Sennott Park, (Broadway at Norfolk Street) Cambridge. Bring your children, your picnic blankets, and lots of sunscreen. You'll hear symphonic music ranging from Beethoven and Copland to the film scores of E.T., Superman, and West Side Story. And you'll be supporting the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra as we conclude a dynamic season. The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra, includes numerous musicians from Somerville, and our Music Director Cynthia Woods is Somerville-based. This free concert is supported in part by a Volunteer Ventures grant from MetLife, and by the Cambridge Arts Council, a local agency which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. In case of inclement weather, check our website for rain location.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


This is a reminder that on Monday, June 18th at 6 pm. we are having an "Open Book Night" -- an artists' talk -- as part of the artist's book exhibit at the Honan-Allston Library called "Beyond the Book." This has been a really enjoyable event in past years and I encourage everyone to attend. You may recognize names on the list of artists; jurors for this year's exhibit are Karen Frostig, Fran Forman and Jesseca Ferguson. If you have not yet seen the exhibit, this is the last week, so do try to stop by! Directions and library hours are at See the page for the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library. The library has a parking lot at the rear of the building and is on the 66 bus line. ALSO: Last week was the gala opening reception for the Par Avion exhibit at the French Library and Culture Center, Marlboro St. at Berkley in Back Bay. This is an artists' exchange that I helped coordinate with Ann Forbush, a sort of an "exquisite corpse" with 25 Boston-area artists and 25 Strasbourg, France artists producing collaborative works. Again, many of you will recognize some names -- see the postcard attached. The exhibit runs till July 26th; details at You can see a complete exhibit catalog on line via this link:

Friday, June 15, 2012

FINE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - August 15, 2012

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012, Winchester, MA, 10x10 spaces. Please submit pictures and application. Limitation within categories, jewelry currently full. Prize for best booth of show. Booth fee. Details/contact:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Cary Memorial Library (Lexington, MA) seeks approximately 60 artists for a juried exhibit to celebrate the 300th birthday of the town. Selected works will be on exhibit in the library from March 1-31, 2013, included in a brochure and on the library website and can be sold. Painting, photography, wood, textiles, paper art, and other media are eligible. All work should be suitable for hanging. Entry fee. Details/questions: E Ashley Rooney 20 Hancock Street Lexington MA 02420 781-861-9511


The Somerville Arts Council and the Inside- OUT Gallery are pleased to be a part of an amazing archeological discovery-- right here in Somerville. Rare and strange artifacts were recently discovered from the mysterious( and defunct) Patent Office of Obverse Innovation and Engineering. The recent discovery of several subterranean chambers during construction at the MaxPac site on Clyde Street now promise a greater insight into this most enigmatic of federal departments. Filled with unopened packages and patent applications, the Clyde Street site opens a window on innovation of the last century. Notated historical consultant, Hilary Scott who has been the formost authority on the subject, collaborated with the Arts Council to bring these curious finds to the public. About Patent Office of Obverse Innovation and Engineering Established by President Ulysses S. Grant in the turbulent years following the Civil War, the Patent Office of Obverse Innovation and Engineering (POOIE) served as a clearinghouse for some of the most innovative, dangerous and bizarre inventions of the Gilded Age. Headquartered in a large Victorian on Clyde Street in Somerville Massachusetts, the patent applications deemed "sensitive" or "downright odd" by Patent officials in Washington were forwarded to the Somerville office. The staff appeared to have never exceeded twenty, but their identities remain unknown, and given the destruction that overtook the premises, are likely to remain so. On August 12, 1919, a loud buzzing was heard throughout the central part of Somerville, reaching as far as Winter Hill. In the morning the Clyde Street building had vanished completely. The Patent Office innovators & excavators: The June Window of the Patent Office of Obverse Innovation and Engineering was developed and curated from the creative mind of Hilary Scott as part of a collaboration with several local artists to exhibit such an fantastical display. Featured artists include: Hilary Scott Skunk M.L. Van Nice Suzanne Lubeck Faye Dupras David Colombo

Saturday, June 09, 2012


Don’t miss the opening reception for Let's Talk About Bikes at BSA Space on June 12 at 6:00 pm. Sponsored by Cambridge Seven Associates, TRADE and Atlantic Wharf, the reception is an opportunity to explore the bicycle's role in urban settings while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, live music and a chance to win a new bike from State Bicycle. No RSVP is required.

Also, please tell us why you do (or do not) cycle in Boston at

Plus, enjoy photographs of industrial Boston by Photographic Resource Center founder Chris Enos in Chris Enos: The Remaking of Boston.

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