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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


These events are free and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult. Please register for each event that you plan to attend. You will receive directions and information on parking when you register. Unless otherwise noted, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-349-6489 and leave your name and phone number.


Saturday, May 4, 1 to 3 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, Neville Place basement
650 Concord Avenue
Brooks Mathewson, award-winning nature photographer and ecologist, will give a talk on the ecology of the most abundant vertebrates in the forest – terrestrial salamanders. These organisms are critical indicators of the health of our environment. In addition, they play a vital role in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Brooks is currently conducting a study of these salamanders at Fresh Pond Reservation and will tell us about his research. Registration is required; limited to 35 people.


Monday, May 6, 6 to 7:30 pm
Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Come learn where your tap water originates, how it is purified to make it safe and tasty for drinking and cooking, and the role Fresh Pond plays in the process. Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. Other tour dates are 6/3, 7/1, 8/5, 9/9, 10/7, and 11/4.

Sunday, May 12
7:30 to 9:30 am
Please register for information on parking and meeting place
Avian mothers will not be taking a holiday today, so we can enjoy watching them as they gather nesting material and prepare for this year’s brood. Among the birds we may see are Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, and redwing blackbirds, all of which come to Fresh Pond to nest and raise their young. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don’t have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us.

Volunteer Training Workshop

Monday, May 13, 6 to 7:30 pm
Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
In this hands-on workshop, New England Wild Flower Society’s Ted Elliman will help you identify plants, both native and nonnative, and work with volunteers on restoration and maintenance that promotes healthy, biologically diverse urban habitats at Fresh Pond. Be prepared to walk off-path, possibly on damp soil.


Monday, May 20, 6 to 7:30 pm
Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
David Kaplan, Watershed Supervisor, will guide you on a walking tour of a redevelopment project in the Upper Watershed. Find out how development directly impacts water quality in Hobbs Brook and Stony Brook reservoirs. Transportation provided to registered participants. To register, email or call 617-349-6489.


Monday, May 27, 8 to 10 am
Please register for information on parking and meeting place
Begin this day of remembrance by experiencing the beauty of nature as the spring season unfolds. Our local nesting birds will be active, defending their territories, and searching for food for their young. We will help beginners learn to identify these birds by sight and song. We have binoculars to lend, and will show you how to use them.

Monday, April 22, 2013


Here are this week's Armory events... featuring the rescheduled Combat Robots event (Wed); charity benefits for The Welcome Project (Thu), Somerville Homeless Coalition (Sat), and artists in Haiti (Sun); the wrap-up event for Somerville's Peace Month (Fri); and our first Somerville Open Studios event of the year (Kids' Show opening reception, Sat afternoon).

Not to mention Cafe events every day - it's a busy week!

Hope to see you soon at the Armory!


Salsa Basics with Mambo Soul
Mon Apr 22, 7-8 pm, in the Cafe, $15
An evening of hot sassy salsa dance at the armory! No experience or
partner necessary. Every Monday in April and May. Monthly tuition rates
also available.

Hayley & Austin
Tue Apr 23, 8-9:30 pm, in the Cafe, FREE
Acoustic music in the Cafe! Two singer-songwriters perform a variety of
pieces together and individually.

SAC Salon Series: Intellexploitation
Wed Apr 24, 7:30-9 pm, in the Cafe, FREE
Three first-time feature filmmakers discuss the complexity of tackling
sociopolitical messages without regard for mainstream, film-industry
expectations in a post-exploitation world.

Combat Robots! With Artisan’s Asylum, Mathworks and the Cambridge
Science Festival
Wed Apr 24, 6-10 pm, in the Hall, Free!
Rescheduled from April 21st!! Artisan’s Asylum and MathWorks are
hosting a week-long combat robots design challenge as part of the
Cambridge Science Festival - and the grand finale is at the Armory!
Watch the robots compete for glory and bragging rights. Peek in on the
pit area to watch the repairs in between rounds.

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City
Thu Apr 25, 7-10:30 pm, in the Hall, $35/$40
Sample the delicious fare of participating immigrant-run Somerville
restaurants at YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City. Enjoy tastes from
Ethiopia, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, Nepal,
Portugal and more. A benefit for The Welcome Project.

Classical Café: the Libella Quartet
Thu Apr 25, 7:30-9:30 pm, in the Cafe, $10/$20
Boston’s only professional vocal quartet will present the winners of
the second Libella Composition Competition. The program will feature all
contemporary compositions by East Coast composers James Dargan, Karl
Henning, Lisa Lynch, Matthew McConnell, Jason Sabol, Charles Turner and
Kazumi Umeda. Works range from microtonal to extended technique and the
concert promises to be one-of-a-kind. The composers will be present to
introduce and discuss their works. More info at

Villens’ All-Out Bash
Fri Apr 26, 5-10 pm, in the Performance Hall, $2/$3
This Friday, the Armory proudly presents Villens’ All-Out Bash, the
wrap-up of Somerville's Peace Month. In cooperation with Teen
Empowerment, Groundwork Somerville, and a host of other sponsors.

Voci Angelica Trio
Fri Apr 26, 7-10 pm, in the Cafe, Donations
Voci Angelica will perform evocative and emotionally resonant folk music
from Asian, Latin American, African and European traditions. These
traditional songs are transformed into engaging original arrangements
for two sopranos, cello, percussion, and piano.

SOS Kids’ Art Show: Opening Reception
Sat Apr 27, 12-2 pm, in the Cafe, FREE
The first of several Somerville Open Studios events to be held at the
Armory... Check out what our community’s younger artists (14 and
under) have been creating! The exhibit will be on display in the Cafe
from April 27 to May 10, but the mini-cupcakes will only be served at
the opening reception.

Under the Roof: A Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition
Sat Apr 27, 6-10 pm, in the Hall
Join the Somerville Homeless Coalition for their annual gala... this
year honoring Redbones and its owners Robert Gregory and Caryn Whitney
for their community leadership and long-standing support of the
Somerville Homeless Coalition. Enjoy Redbones BBQ, dancing to live
music by the Loomers, and a Silent Auction!

Cafe Raqs
Sun Apr 28, 7-9 pm, in the Café, Donations
Café Raqs is New England’s exciting monthly dance revue celebrating
the beauty and diversity of the Boston bellydance and Tribal dance
community. This community-based, multi-styled show will showcase some
of New England’s most well-known and favorite dancers as well as
up-and-comers looking to make their mark on the scene.

Strings of Hope: A Haitian musical feast!
Sun Apr 28, 7-10 pm, in the Performance Hall, $20
Strings of Hope is a benefit for artists in Haiti, presented by the
Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts. The event will feature
Gifrants, Charlot Lucien, Chantrel, and Natif!

And looking ahead to Monday morning of next week...

Knucklebones: For the Love of Play!
Mon Apr 29, 9-11:30 AM, in the Hall, $15 drop-in
Knucklebones sets up their playspace, featuring a plethora of high
quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor
development, physical activity and fun! Drop-in and monthly rates

Please note that April 28th is currently the *last* Monday Knucklebones
has scheduled at the Armory; as the weather gets nicer, the fun moves to
other sites outside. But watch for the playspace to be back at the
Armory on holidays and other special occasions through the year.


Relish: Center for Urban Agriculture opens in the heart of Union Square, Somerville late this spring! Relish will be an educational center providing high quality, hands-on instruction on urban agriculture and related food production. We are seeking qualified instructors.

Kid's classes:
Relish Kids! runs June - August, with a 9am-12pm morning session for younger kids (roughly 4-6) and a 1pm-4pm afternoon session for older kids (7-11).
5 day sessions will take place Monday - Friday, and include breaks for snack and outdoor park play.
Example Topics: Printmaking, Union Square Place-based Learning, Introduction to Urban Ag (Expert visits and site visits in the area for hands-on learning about chickens, bees, composting, gardening, etc), and other topics generally related to city farming or homesteading. Instructors should have experience working with groups of children, and multiple references.

Adult workshops:
Typically 3 hour workshops on Saturdays (9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm) or Wednesday evenings, 5pm-8pm.
Workshops will start the week of June 1, 2013.
Classes may be offered at multiple levels and participants take home product.
Topics should be closely related to city farming or homesteading, including home gardening, beekeeping, mushrooming, pruning, chicken coops, and other topics .
Examples Topics: How to Build a Raised Bed, Edible Window Boxes, Canning, Cultivating Mushrooms, Introduction to Back yard Chickens, Build a Chicken Coop, etc.

All ages/family workshops:
Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evenings, 5-8, topics related to same guidelines as above.

Interested in joining Relish as an instructor? Please submit a class proposal, along with resume, references, and list of materials needed.

The deadline for submissions for Relish Kids! summer classes and June workshops is April 30. After April 30, instructor applications for adult and all-ages workshops will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Compensation ranges from $75-125 for 3 hour workshops, and $350-$450 for week-long workshops, depending on class topic and instructor experience and qualifications. All classes must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place as scheduled.

Email submissions to

Friday, April 19, 2013


Somerville Open Studios is having our first ever Kids Art Show.

Open to all Somerville resident Kids, 14 years and under. No entry fee.

Details and Call to Kid Artists below, and on-line at

Register On-line Now to participate:

Art Drop-Off day: THIS Sunday April 21st, 10-4pm
Delivery location: Studio of Ellie Laramee-Byers: 2 Bradley St, Somerville MA
Special arrangements can be made if drop off timing is not possible.
Please contact us at to discuss.

Show and Reception Details:
Somerville Open Studios Kids Show
Arts at the Armory Cafe,191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Exhibit on view: April 27th through May 10th
Opening reception (with cupcakes and coffee): Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 3pm
Meet the artists and talk to them about their art.
Meet other parents and talk with them about their experiences visiting Somerville Open Studios with Kids.
Plus, there will be cupcakes and coffee.

Submission Guidelines:
We are soliciting submissions of 2D art from Somerville residents 14 years of age and under for our first ever Kids Art Show.

Material: Submissions may be any media that we can easily hang. This includes paintings, drawings, photographs and
collages. Submissions must be framed and ready for hanging. If the piece is painted on stretched canvas, we can hang
that easily without a frame, but anything on paper needs to be framed. We hate to turn anything away, but we will have to
turn away art that is not easily hangable.

Size: Art must be at or less than 12x18 inches in size

Age: Artists may be up to 14 years old

Labeling: All art must be labeled with the artist's name, as well as a parent's name, phone number and e-mail address we can use to get
in touch with you.

Pick-up date: Please pick up your art by May 15th.

Contact us: please e-mail with any questions or to coordinate drop-off timing.

* Artists are limited to one submission. We want to be able to display work by as wide a range of artists as possible, so we won't be able to display more than one per artist.


SAC & the Inside-OUT Gallery celebrate the artists of Somerville

Home is where the ART is…..

In honor of Somerville Open Studios, this month's Inside-OUT Gallery exhibit gives a sneak peek to all wonderfully creative people here in the `Ville. The execution and design of this month innovative display was the brainchild of guest curator, Grace Durnford. Grace has curated the April window for several years now and wanted give bring a different twist to the showcase. The result is a lovely array of the diverse and interesting facets of our creative community.

To find out more visit

Or pick up a SOS map

In addition, you can meet these wonderful artists at our sidewalk reception

When: April 26th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Where: In front of the Inside Out Gallery (AKA: in the middle of Davis Sq.)

About Somerville Open Studios

Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Through its programming, SOS gives access to the work of visual artists living and working in the city of Somerville. We provide opportunities to view art made within the community; to interact with local artists; and to have access to artists' working spaces. Our goal is to broaden the public's exposure to, and appreciation of, finished works of art as well as the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience available in Somerville.

April 2013 SOS Inside-OUT Gallery Artists

Emily Garfield

Jim Baab

Beth Capotosto

Suzanne Lubeck

Kristin Selesnick

Cat Tweedie Ball

Patricia Wellenkamp

Alison Gould

Joshua Brennan

Gessica Silverman

Paul Kroner

Lyn Brown - Paper Wasp Designs

Will Alderfer

Julie Peck

Sholeh Regna

About the Inside-Out Gallery

The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through

innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.

THE GUN SHOW - April 22, 2013

The 779 Art Collective is a group of Boston University students and faculty who are committed to using art as a tool for inspiring community conversations about gun violence and gun control. We are seeking submissions from artists everywhere of artwork that addresses this issue and/or reflects on the following sentence: “A free people ought to be armed with ____” Submissions can be images of still work or short videos. The selected artwork will be projected onto the side of a building in the 800 block of Commonwealth Avenue in May.

All artists selected will receive a $100 honoraria.

Interested?? Check out our website at to learn more and to answer the Call to Artists.

Questions? Email the 779 Art Collective at

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SOMERVILLE ARMORY EVENTS - April 15 - 22, 2013

Lea Ruscio
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Ste 1-A
Somerville, MA 02143

Salsa Basics with Mambo Soul
Mon Apr 15, 7-8 PM, in the Cafe, $15
An evening of hot sassy salsa dance at the Armory! No experience or partner necessary. Every Monday in April and May. Monthly tuition rates also available.

First and Last Word Poetry Series
Tue Apr 16, 7-9:30 PM, in the Cafe, $4
Readings by featured poets followed by an open mic session for anyone in the audience.

The Essence of a Meditative State of Mind
Wed Apr 17, 7:00-9:00 PM, in the Cafe, $15
Explore mind, thought, and consciousness in a discussion group led by Faith Escudero (MEd, CAGS, LMHC).

Third Thursdays Jazz at the Armory
Thu Apr 18, 8-10:30 PM, in the Mezzanine, Donations
This month we welcome Abstract Scenario who will showcase a unique blend of jazz, funk, hip-hop, fusion and world styles. Come support local jazz!

Castle of Comedy
Thu Apr 18, 8:30-10:30 PM, in the Café, Donations
Castle of Comedy's monthly show will once again bring some of the best comedians in Boston to the Cafe.

pARTicipate!School Break Program: Parkour Basics
Fri Apr 19, 8:30 AM-1:15 PM, in the Hall &Cafe, $15
Part of our school break program, for kids aged 5-18. Blake Evitt and Parkour Generations America will hold a day of classes and open gym to teach the basics of this stunning movement phenomenon. Sessions open to all skill and fitness levels - check our website for details of which ages are at which times.

So Sol and Friends
Fri Apr 19, 8:00-10:30 PM, in the Hall
So Sol returns to the Armory, on a co-bill with steep leans, MOONTOWERS, and As The Sparrow. Prepare yourselves for a fun and funky music event!

Richard Cambridge’s Poetry Theatre: Celebrating National Poetry Month
Fri Apr 19, 8-10:30 PM, in the Café, $10
This month, the Poetry Theatre features a quasi-quixotic, semi-sensible fusion of Elizabeth Gordon McKim and Tomas O'Leary's poetry-in-performance.

Cambridge Science Festival: Combat Robots!
Sun Apr 21, 4:30-8:30 PM, in the Hall, FREE
Artisan’s Asylum is teaming up with MathWorks to host a week-long combat robot design challenge as part of the Cambridge Science Festival - and the grand finale is at the Armory! Watch the robots compete in a double-elimination tournament.

And looking ahead to next Monday morning...

Knucklebones: For the Love of Play!
Mon Apr 22, 9-11:30 AM, in the Hall, $15 drop-in
Knucklebones sets up their playspace every Monday morning in the Armory, featuring a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun! Drop-in and monthly rates available.


Somerville flutist Peter H. Bloom, long-time member of the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, invites you to the band’s show on April 20 at MIT Cambridge.

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Echoes and Resonance, Celebrating 50 Years of Jazz at MIT
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Free Admission
Information: 617-452-3205

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will continue its landmark 40th season with a show called Echoes and Resonance on April 20 at 8:00 pm, on MIT's main stage at Kresge Auditorium, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Free Admission. For information: 617-452-3205.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT, Aardvark founder and music director Mark Harvey will reprise two of his major MIT commissions: Beyond (written for the MIT Wind Ensemble and featuring Herb Pomeroy and Ran Blake in the premiere), and Saxophrenia (composed for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, featuring Joe Lovano in the premiere). In addition, the concert will honor legendary musicians and their connections to Aardvark and MIT: Jaki Byard, who performed with Aardvark in 1986 in Kresge Auditorium, and Mercer Ellington, who lectured to Mark Harvey's classes at MIT and donated his arrangement of Moon Mist to the band. Also on tap: Harvey’s recent composition Boston Boy inspired by renowned jazz writer Nat Hentoff. Hentoff was a fledgling jazz announcer in Boston just as Herb Pomeroy, father of jazz at MIT, was beginning his illustrious career.

Founded in 1973, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been in continuous operation for 40 years, longer than any other composer-led large jazz ensemble in the world. The band has premiered more than 150 works for jazz orchestra and released 11 CDs to rave reviews around the globe, including 6 discs on Leo Records, a leading adventurous music label. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Lewis Porter, Vinny Golia, Dominique Eade, Jay Clayton, Paul Lovens, Rajesh Mehta, Matt Savage and Walter Thompson.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Boston Dance Alliance seeks an artist to create an award to present to this year's BDA Dance Champion. It should be small enough to sit on a desk or shelf and have a 'unique' look about it. The best part is that, because you are creating for an arts organization, you get to be creative. We are open to creativity! COMPENSATION: $100 for materials and a banner ad on our site for 6 months. No entry fee.


Tuesday, April 09, 2013


The Boston Center for the Arts is pleased to present a survey of Anna Von Mertens’ recent work, "GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES," curated by Kirsten Swenson. Each series represented in the exhibition explores an avenue of history, taking a set of data that the artist then interprets into the subjective through the format of hand-stitching.




Join us at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts for the Artist and Curator Talk for Anna Von Mertens’ exhibition, "GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES," curated by Kirsten Swenson. Each of the three distinct series represented in the exhibition explores an avenue of history, taking a set of data that the artist then interprets into the subjective through the format of hand-stitching.



The City is looking for musicians, performance artists, dancers, visual
artists, storytellers and all creative people to participate in
SomerStreets, one of the area's largest public events where we close the
streets to cars and open them to residents.

SomerStreets series:

SomerStreets series: Events are noon-4:00 pm (Rain or Shine) Sunday,
June 2nd (Broadway) Sunday, July 28th (Highland Ave) Sunday, August 18th
(Shore Drive) Sunday, September 8th (Rt. 16) Sunday, October 20th
(Somerville Ave)

Deadline: Monday prior to event

How to Apply: By Email:

If you can share support material (music samples, video clips, press
clippings) via your website or MySpace, please apply by email.

Send an email to with "SomerStreets call for
talent" as the header.

Provide the following info:

1. Name of artist or group
2. SomerStreets you'd like to participate in
3. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax
and website (if applicable)
4. Brief description of performance
5. Technical requirements (beyond typical stage, sound)
6. Number of artists/performers
7. Fee requested and length of performance time
8. Somerville affiliation (if any)
9. Web site or MySpace url.

By mail: Please send information (answer questions 1-9 above) on a
single piece of paper

Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets
Attn: Carlene Campbell-Hegarty

93 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Call for Craft Vendors and Artists

The City is looking for craft vendors and artists to participate in
SomerStreets, one of the area's largest public events where we close the
streets to cars and open them to residents

SomerStreets series: Events are noon-4:00 pm (Rain or Shine) Sunday,
June 2nd (Broadway) Sunday, July 28th (Highland Ave) Sunday, August 18th
(Shore Drive) Sunday, September 8th (Rt. 16) Sunday, October 20th
(Somerville Ave)

Monday prior to event:

Send an e-mail to with "SomerStreets call
for craft vendors" as the header.

Provide the following info:
Name of artist or company
The SomerStreets event(s) you are interested in
3. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax
and website (if applicable)
4. Brief description and 3-5 low resolution jpgs of items to be
5. Somerville affiliation (if any)
6. Web site or MySpace url.

Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and will be
located within hubs of activity on various city streets and plazas. The
cost to participate in the event is $20.00 or for $30.00 if you would
like a 6' table and 2 chairs. Please make checks out to the City
and write SomerStreets and the date(s) of events in the for line.

Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets

Attn: Carlene Campbell-Hegarty, Communications
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143


Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet?

Somerville Public Library's Teen Creative Writing Program will offer teens writing exercises to flex their writing muscles in a fun, low-pressure, supportive environment.

The Somerville Public Library is pleased to announce the next session in the Teen Creative Writing Program, Sunday, April 14, designed for any teen aged 13-17. The program is being offered once per month on Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm.

Teens need not attend the previous session to be part of the group. Each workshop is a stand alone session.

The sessions are run by Somerville writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Becky Tuch, who will lead writing exercises in a variety of genres, from fantasy fiction to lyric poetry.

No previous writing experience is needed. Students are encouraged to come as they are. Materials and lunch will be provided.

Advance sign-up is requested. To register, please contact Marita Coombs, Somerville Public Library:

617-623-5000 x 2942

Additional program dates are Sunday May 19, and Sunday, June 9. The final three session dates will be announced at a future time.

More info:

Monday, April 08, 2013


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

Please register for each event that you plan to attend. You will receive important information on parking after you register. E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617- 349-6489 and leave your name and phone number.

Monday, April 15, 6 to 7:30 pm
Water Purification Facility front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn where your tap water originates, how it is purified to make it safe and tasty for drinking and cooking, and the role Fresh Pond plays in the process. Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building.

Sunday, April 21
7:30 to 9:30 am
Street end of Neville Place driveway
650 Concord Avenue
Every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprises. Because birds are so highly mobile, we only can guess in advance what we might see and hear. At this time of year it might include a variety of migratory songbirds as well as waterfowl. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them.

Monday, April 22, 6 to 8 pm
Water Purification Facility front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come help Fresh Pond’s volunteer stewards keep the Reservation healthy by eradicating this invasive weed! Garlic mustard is fast-growing, it crowds out native plants, and it puts toxins in the soil that inhibit native seeds from sprouting. It is also easy to recognize, easy to pull, and is even edible! We will provide knowledgeable leaders, gloves, tools and bags. Please wear shoes appropriate for walking off-path. (Sandals are not recommended.)

Sunday, April 28, 1 to 3 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place, 650 Concord Avenue

When you and your dog visit Fresh Pond Reservation, your dog is probably far more aware than you are that the Reservation is the home of coyotes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, and many smaller mammals. Sightings of wild animals, especially coyotes, are increasing and have raised concerns about what we should do when we encounter these critters. John Maguranis is the Belmont Animal Control Officer and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote ( He will share with us his knowledge and experiences, tell us about coyote behavior, and instruct us on pet and human safety. After the formal presentation, we'll walk outside (weather permitting) to look for coyote tracks.


Knucklebones: For the Love of Play!
Mon Apr 8, 9-11:30 AM, in the Hall, $15 drop-in
Knucklebones sets up their playspace every Monday morning in April, featuring a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun! Drop-in and monthly rates available.

Salsa Basics with Mambo Soul
Mon Apr 8, 7-8 PM, in the Cafe, $15
An evening of hot sassy salsa dance at the armory! No experience or partner necessary. Every Monday in April and May. Monthly tuition rates also available.

Outside Sound Boston
Tue Apr 9, 7-9 PM, in the Mezzanine, $10
See the world through other eyes. Come and check out a mixed-media project where selected artwork created by adults with developmental disabilities will be presented alongside original music pieces performed by wonderful local musicians!

Bomb Squad Comedy
Wed Apr 10, 8:00-9:30 PM, in the Cafe, Donations
Bomb Squad Comedy returns to the Armory Café after a stellar March show! Guaranteed to blow your mind with their outrageous and irreverent comedy, insane improv, and no-holds-barred sketch comedy.

Self-Publishing: A Conversation with Jennifer Ciotta
Thu Apr 11, 6-8:00 PM, in the Cafe, $10.
Novelist and editor Jennifer Ciotta will share her personal challenges and triumphs as a writer, and share the professional advice she has gained throughout her years in the creative editorial and writing world.

Somerville Songwriter Sessions
Fri Apr 12, 8-10:30 PM, in the Café, $10
This month's Somerville Songwriter Sessions event features singer/songwriters Danielle Miraglia, Ryan Fitzsimmons and Josh Harty.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Sat Apr 13, 9:30 AM-2 PM, in the Hall, FREE
Last week of the season! Local vendors provide great fresh fruit,vegetables, meat, cheese, and more.

Rick Schilling
Sat Apr 13, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, in the Cafe, FREE
Rick Schilling performs live during the lunch hour - enjoy a piano background to your meal.

Local is for Lovers:2.0!
Sun Apr 14, 11 AM-5 PM, in the Hall, FREE
Featuring 35 amazing local artisans, crafters, and foodies, plus musical performances, and entertainment for the kids. A collaboration with Somerville Local First. Support local businesses and show some local love!

Second Sundays Open Stage
Sun Apr 14, 7-9:30 PM, in the Cafe, FREE
Leon Rich hosts the Second Sundays Open Stage, where a featured artist plays a 25-minute set and anyone who attends is invited to sign up and perform for 5 minutes.

Boston Rueda Salsa Social
Sun Apr 14, 7:30-9:30 PM, in the Hall, Sugg. donation $5
Boston Rueda's monthly social comes to the Armory. No partner or experience required. This circular style of salsa dancing is a fun, friendly cross between salsa and square dance.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7-9 PM

Tufts Administration Building (TAB), 167 Holland Street

Second floor, wheelchair accessible.

Urban Beekeeping is the topic for the April meeting of the Somerville Garden Club. Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., will talk about the importance of bees as pollinators, how to establish and maintain backyard hives, as well as how to collect honey. Wilson-Rich is a behavioral ecologist, beekeeper, and founder of the company Boston's Best Bees.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. The Club meets the second Wednesday of every month. Each meeting opens with announcements, followed by a horticultural question and answer segment, a lecture or presentation, and concludes with a raffle of donated plants and garden items. Parking is available on site, and the building is a short walk from the Davis Square T station.


As part of Somerville Open Studios we are presenting a fashion show on May 1st at the Armory. We are seeking someone that would be interested in video recording this event for us. We can offer free advertising in exchange for this service. Perhaps a student or someone that is a serious amateur would be game?!

We are also looking for the loan of 2-4 Source 4 or Source 4 junior (or an equivalent)lights for the runway, pipe and base to hold the lights and to create a temporary wall, and lastly a wireless intercom /Clearcom set for backstage. The offer is the same for free advertising.

Please contact us if you can help us out and/or want more information at

Thank you,

JoAnne Coppolo and Joolie Cahill

Saturday, April 06, 2013


The Cambridge Artists' Coop is seeking new artists for its gallery space in Harvard Square. We accept all media for jury (jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, wearables, leather, cards, etc.) The jury is based on actual work samples (not photos), and it's always held on the second Tuesday of the month. There is absolutely no hourly work commitment required to sell your work in the store. The store has been in operation for 25 years, and we're celebrating by reaching out to new, dynamic, local artists. Please contact if you have questions about the jury process, or about the store in general.


The Cambridge Artists' Cooperative is located in famous Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1989, we remain an artist owned and operated Gallery of Contemporary American Craft showcasing the work of over 200 artists from across the USA.

Friday, April 05, 2013


The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:
Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the Middlesex Canal Association will present a spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal. The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18th century. Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown. In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.

The ride will meet at 9:30 AM at North Station (commuter rail) and take our bicycles on the 10 AM train to Lowell. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or meet the Train when it arrives in Lowell at 10:43). Route visits Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.

Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$6.75 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded at if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.
The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists. Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.
The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner of the Shirley Eustis House (617-241-9383, and Dick Bauer of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission (857-540-6293, Helmets required. Steady rain cancels.

For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to:


The Phone Art Box

The Nave Gallery and Somerville Arts Council present a unique public art opportunity:

The Phone Art Box
A Somerville Public Art Project
The Nave Gallery and Somerville Arts Council seek proposals for art to transform abandoned phone boxes throughout the city. Art must be durable and able to withstand the weather conditions for this semi-permanent public art project. We will seal most boxes with a Plexiglass panel upon completion for protection with the exception of interactive sites. There is no theme specified for proposals but concepts to consider are: telecommunication, change, specific neighborhoods, nearby businesses or geography, 21st century, transformation. These should be considered a starting point and not a limit.

Artists are welcome to identify a specific phone box that they would like to use but their choice is not guaranteed.


photo of proposed empty phone box and address (or one will be assigned)
proposed approximate date of the actual installation (ex mid-May)
one paragraph description of idea
sketch or photoshopped image of proposed installation
list of materials
indicate if box is meant to be interactive
indicate any other special needs
include any other material that helps to express your concept

Beginning April 1, 2013. The project will continue to add new sites through the next 6 months or until our budget has been spent.

Beginning May 15, 2013. There is no identified removal date. Work may be removed pending condition over time.

Accepted artists will receive a $100 for their time and materials. Artists are not responsible for cost and installation of plexi glass.

Throughout the city of Somerville, MA.

Made possible with the funding and support by the Somerville Arts Council and the City of Somerville. Special thanks to Mayor Joseph Curtatone for suggesting this idea.



Call for Talent

Deadline: May 1

We’re looking for puppeteers to participate in a performance series in east Somerville


The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) seeks to support and present local puppet companies in the area. SAC seeks touring puppeteers and puppet companies for a curated outdoor performance series of short-form (5 to 20 minutes) puppetry works that will take place on the streets, parking lots, municipal parks, and other found outdoor spaces located in east Somerville. We are open to various models-- series of short vignettes or an evening of longer performances. We anticipate that the series will take place on Tuesdays in June and that we will support four to six productions.

The SAC will provide:

• Joint marketing

• Permitting & Location scouting

Performances Companies will provide:

• A production ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length (with the possibility for multiple performances in an evening)

• Joint marketing

• An appreciation for the complexity of outdoor productions

• Applicants may propose work from one company or a combination of companies.

Performers will be compensated. Submit the fee for the production. If applicable, include pricing for multiple shows. Please indicate if price is negotiable.

Preplanning: Applicants should scope out the locations below or other public areas; i.e. parks, public squares and determine three dates in order of preference. Applicants may propose an indoor space but SAC is not budgeting for space rental expenses. Puppeteers are expected to be technically self-sufficient and to plan or adapt their productions to the contingencies of site-specific outdoor performance.If you wish to discuss whether an area is appropriate please contact : Heather Balchunas at or 617.625.6600 ext. 2985.

How to Apply:

Send an email to with “SomPuppet” as the header, and provide the following info:

Applicant or Company name:

E-mail & Phone:

Brief Bio and summary of puppetry experience (75-words or less):

Proposed piece title:

Thematic description of piece:

Technical description of piece (set-up time, run time, technical elements required, number of performers, style of puppetry, range of audience size, sight-line concerns, etc.):


Link to media (images, video, press, etc.):

Preferred location:

Site specific elements: How will your piece “fit in” to your proposed location?:

Preferred Dates:

From locations provided below or other locations along Broadway Ave. in east Somerville. This area is easily accessible from I-93 and the Orange Line, Sullivan Square Station. View a community map: map/ ).

SAC has secured these spaces/locations but open to other locations with your own site secure efforts:

__Outdoor Balcony of Mudflat Studios

__Great facade facing street to the left of Broadway Brake View location at

__Library Courtyard

__Other location ______________________________

Deadline: May 1

Deadline: May 1

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


Somerville Arts Council presents an ArtsUnion event
Storied Nights in Somerville

Saturday, April 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square (11 Bow Street, Somerville)

A spoken word show that bring together writers and storytellers. Hosted by Daniel Gewertz who brings together some of the area's finest prose writers and storytellers, two breeds of wordsmiths not usually seen on the same stage.

April 6th look forward to Novelist Elizabeth Searle, memoirist Daniel Gewertz, Ethan Gilsdorf & Elaine Mar, & storytellers Randy Ross & Judah Leblang.

The town of Somerville is bound to be a topic in several of the tales!

Thursday, April 04, 2013


Wiretap Wednesday Open Stage
Wed Apr 3, 7-10 PM, in the Cafe, FREE
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein host The Arts at the Armory Café Wiretap Wednesday Open Stage where performers are invited to sign up, share their best works and have video live-streamed and archived on the Internet.

Barbara Cassidy Band
Thu Apr 4, 7:30-9:30 PM, in the Cafe, Donations
As singer-songwriters in the American folk tradition, The Barbara Cassidy Band offers us an evening of American Folk, Irish Traditional and their original songs. The suggested donation is $10.

Boston Jazz Singers Showcase
Fri Apr 5, 8-10:30 PM, in the Cafe, $10.
Boston Jazz Singers Showcase/Open Mic features some of the area’s finest vocalists backed by a jazz trio. After featured performers sing, it will be an open mic for the second set.

6th Annual Groundwork Gala
Fri Apr 5, 7-10 PM, in the Hall, $25/$50 VIP.
Groundwork Somerville's Annual Gala and Volunteer Appreciation event. Come and support new youth jobs, local organic produce, gardens education, river clean-up, parks and open spaces, and Somerville’s first urban farm. There will be food, music, dancing and drinks! Tickets are $25 ($50 for VIP, free for volunteers) at or by phone 617-628-9988.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Sat Apr 6, 9:30 AM-2 PM, in the Hall, FREE
Only two weeks left! Local vendors provide great fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, and more.

Rick Schilling
Sat Apr 6, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, in the Cafe, FREE
Rick Schilling performs live during the lunch hour - enjoy a piano background to your meal.

David Tanklefsky Residency
Sat Apr 6, 7-10:30 PM, in the Cafe, FREE
David Tanklefsky returns for a second residency at the Armory! With special guests MR Poloupolus (Albany, NY) and Cambridge legend David Johnston, it'll be a wonderful musical night!

Overboard (+ The Bubs!)
Sun Apr 7, 3-4:30 PM, in the Mezz, $10/$12
Tufts University's wildly popular a cappella group, The Beelzebubs, pair up with Boston-based and globally-acclaimed a cappella group Overboard for a Somerville singing extravaganza! Tickets are $10 advance / $12 at the door.

Knucklebones: For the Love of Play!
Mon Apr 8, 9-11:30 AM, in the Hall, $15 drop-in
Knucklebones sets up their playspace every Monday morning in the Armory, featuring a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun! Drop-in and monthly rates available.

Salsa Basics with Mambo Soul
Mon Apr 8, 7-8 PM, in the Cafe, $15
An evening of hot sassy salsa dance at the armory! No experience or partner necessary. Every Monday in April and May. Monthly tuition rates also available.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Somerville photographer Randi Freundlich announces the debut of her ongoing series Children of the World | Boston in an exhibition of thirty-two large-scale color photographs at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at 415 Summer Street in Boston, through January 2014. A public reception will be held on March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Randi Freundlich has been making portraits of children from immigrant families since 2010. Children of the World | Boston is the beginning of a story about children of immigrant families, each from a different country, who live in Boston. To date, 40 different countries (and families) are part of the series, including Guatemala, Tibet, Israel, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Freundlich's goal is to continue the project, eventually including as many as 100 countries. According to Susan Merritt, Art Consultant at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, "Children of the World | Boston is an extraordinary body of work. Randi Freundlich's exhibition of large scale photographs allows visitors an up close and personal look at children who share a collective story bestowed upon them by parents, who were not born in America. [It's] a story of hope, sacrifice and love that is revealed in the expressions of their children".

The photographs reveal a deeply moving tableau everyone can identify with, as kids are being kids at the park, the pool, the museum -- a window of hope into the future that is Boston.


Hi! Somerville Open Studios needs volunteers to tell people how awesome Somerville and the Somerville Arts Scene are. Can you spare two hours?

We will have two Info Booths, one each in Union Square and Davis Square. And we need your help to staff them.
SOS also runs free Trolleys looping all around Somerville, and we would like to staff those with people who can talk a little about the highlights at each stop (we'll provide bullet points if you need them). Most of our members are in their studios during SOS so the artists can't help with these parts of the weekend. We need you!

Sat. + Sun., May 4 + 5
Info Booth hours: 11am - 6pm
Trolleys run: 12noon - 6pm

SOS is getting a LOT of press this year. That means the overall profile of the Somerville arts scene is raised. In a band? From the trolley, point out your porch for Porchfest. Have a performance coming up? Give out your own flyers or even ride in costume as long as you can do that while talking about SOS. (Keep the costumes G-rated, please). If you have friends or partners participating in SOS, this is a great way to support them.

Be a Somerville Ambassador!
please email today:


Cambridge Symphony Orchestra invites you to attend:

CSO Night at the Museum II Benefit Gala

Sunday April 7, 2013 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

· Stroll the exhibit galleries
· Listen to a variety of music ensembles (including our own Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players and special guests such as a Klezmer band)
· Enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar
· Enter a raffle and bid on an array of items in our silent auction.
· Bring the kids for this event. Our prices are family-friendly too!
· Support the work of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Tickets at and at the door: Adult $25; Children 12-and-under $10. (Cash and check only at the door.)

About the CSO: Did you know?

CSO presented two affordably-priced orchestra concerts at the Somerville Armory this concert season, and a pair of free movie-themed concerts at the Somerville Public Library;

CSO Music Director Cynthia Woods is Somerville-based, and a goodly number of our volunteer musicians call Somerville their home;

CSO’s symphonic orchestra rehearses weekly in Somerville;

Every year the CSO provides free concerts at libraries, assisted living residences, and schools and after-school programs, and keeps its ticket prices affordable for its regular concerts.

CSO offers many free tickets to students of low-to-moderate income families through social service organizations.

CSO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community music organization, and needs your support to keep these programs alive!


Over 150 items for silent auction by renowned local artists including Deborah Davidson, JJ Gonson, Raul Gonzalez, Pauline Lim, Karen Malloy, Debra Olin, Amy Thompson Avishai, Dave Tree, Steve Tourlentes, Jill Valle, Clara Wainwright, and many more! Artists from Somerville, Boston, and beyond, including classic abstract art by Yukata Ohashi (c. 1960). Many crafts donated by local stores such as Jade Moran, Magpie, Davis-Squared, and Sunshine Lucy's. Eclectic and entertaining collection of repurposed art curated from the collections of a large, creative community. Kid art galore! Food, drink, and children's activities. The artists of the Brickbottom Artists Building and Association are specially featured this year, with works by more than a dozen BAA artists. All to support our scholarship fund.

This Saturday, April 6, 3-6 pm, 184 Summer Street, Somerville.


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, April 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)

Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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Playing For The Planet

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


I would like to invite you to First Friday Open Studios, this Friday, April 5th, from 5-9 pm, at 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 227, Boston, MA.

This month I will continue to feature newly restored and printed photographs of early 20th century China from the archive of my Grandfather, William Leete, as well as new examples of client work, both photography and Fine-Art reproductions.

I will also begin a new series of photographs exploring chance, chaos, and natural selection in our lives and the natural world.

Finally, the building's 20 galleries and more than 50 artists' studios will be open. There is off street parking at 500 Harrison Avenue as well as on street parking. The MBTA Silver Line stop is East Berkeley, just one block away.

See you Friday!

Bill Morse

Wm. Morse Editions
A Fine-Art Printmaking Studio
450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 227
Boston, MA 02118 (617) 429-3298


The Arts Council is excited to announce the April artist of the month: Ben Brooks!

Ben Brooks is the author of the novel, The Icebox, and more than eighty published short stories and essays. His work has appeared in such literary journals as Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, The Florida Review, Chicago Review, American Short Fiction, Other Voices, Confrontation, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. One story won a Nelson Algren Award, and another won an O. Henry Prize. He has a B.A. in English from Harvard College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He is currently a Senior Writer-In-Residence at Emerson College, where he teaches fiction writing in the MFA and BFA programs.

To read more about Ben, take a look at our interview with him here:


Trash Bash 2013! Somerville’s First Recycled Art Competition is open to all adults and youth. Prizes: 1st Prize - $100 (Adult),1st Prize - $100 Savings Bond (Youth). 2nd, 3rd Prizes will be donated by our amazing local business sponsors. Entries will be judged on educational value, as well as overall artistic concept and creative use of recycled materials. No entry fee.



Monday, April 01, 2013


Markmaker Press presents Coloring Books:

An exhibit of art journals & handmade books

By Susan Porter


Experience the colors of India in books

April 13 – June 29, 2013

Opening: April 13, 2:00 - 6:00PM

Hamill Gallery
2164Washington St
Boston MA 02119

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, Noon - 6 PM

Click HERE to view the Premium Art Deadlines List.

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