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Friday, October 25, 2013


WHEN: SATURDAY, OCT 26, 12noon until 3PM
WHERE: SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 (617)628-8826

ALL ARE WELCOME TO THIS FREE EVENT! Even if you don't have movies to share, this will be a fascinating screening filled with surprises.

HOME MOVIE DAY is an annual celebration of amateur films and filmmaking!

Now in its 11th year, Home Movie Day is a FREE worldwide event that invites you to see and share your own home movies with an audience of your community.

Bring your super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to screen or just come to behold the vast array of fascinating amateur movies! Film archivists inspect films for damage and professional projectionists screen them with or without a musical soundtrack of your choosing. We will have a battery of vintage movie projectors and record player for 78, 45 and 33 1/3 RPM records. Audio, VHS, DVD and other digital formats also welcome - please cue ahead of time and limit video clips to 5 minutes.

Each film must be inspected for damage before being run on a projector, so please drop off your film as early as you can. If possible, deliver your reels to Somerville Community Access Television offices or the Harvard Film Archive programming office (24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138) the week prior to the event. For more information about Home Movie Day and locations around the country, visit the Home Movie Day Website.

Schedule & logistics:
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Check in with your films at 11am at Somerville Community Access Television, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
phone: 617-628-8826

Please contact or via email or call Gordon Nelson at 617-628-8826


El Sistema Somervilleis very excited to present our first concert of the 2013-2014 school year.

Please join us thisTuesday, October 29th, 2013, at 5:30 PMin theESCS Auditoriumas we perform fiddle, folk, and fun music from around the world.

A potluck reception will follow at 6:30 PM in the ESCS Cafeteria.

No admission fee.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SOMERVILLE ADULT CRAFT NIGHT - October 24 & 29, 2013

Adult Craft Night!
Celebrate Day of the Dead with Altar Making

Thursday, October 24, at 6pm
Tuesday, October 29, at 6pm
Bloc 11 Cafe, Union Square

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Above you can see my example mini-altar of my cat, Kristy Bear. Join us and make your own celebratory altar!

About Altar Making

Altars are made to honor the lives of those who have passed. These miniature creations of the joyful altars you seen made around Day of the Dead will be created using paper, glue, stamps, string, markers, and your imagination. Materials will be provided! but if you can bring a personal item, keepsake, or photo of the loved one it will make your altar even

We are running altar making workshops in order to display the work at the Cantina la Mexicana Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival happening on November 2nd. If you create an altar I will ask if I can hold onto it to display it at the festival (but it is not required). Thanks!!

Please email if you are interested in attending or have questions!

About Day of the Dead

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends, family members, and ancestors. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. To commemorate the life of loved ones, family members construct altars to pay tribute those who have passed on. In honor of this fine tradition, the Somerville Arts Council would like to invite folks to get creative and design their own version of a Day of the Dead altar.


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. Important information on parking will be given to you when you register. Unless otherwise noted, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-349-6489 and leave your name and phone number.

Sunday, October 27, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Water Purification Facility Front Door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Help track purple loosestrife, a highly invasive wetland plant at Fresh Pond! This will be science in action: we need volunteers to assist in collecting data on the population and growth of purple loosestrife at the Reservation. In 2006, the Water Department and Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation were granted permission from the state to release Galerucella beetles, the purple loosestrife’s natural predator, as a pilot biocontrol project to manage the weed. Data on how the plant population is responding to this predation is crucial to potential future biocontrol projects and offers valuable information to other groups in the Northeast. No previous knowledge is necessary; training will be provided. Comfortable sneakers/boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and water are recommended. Please register with Kirsten Lindquist at or 617-349-6489.


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 directed, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-349-6489 and leave your name and phone number.

Sunday, November 3, 4:15 to 6:15pm
Meeting location given upon registration
There are owls at Fresh Pond, although few of us ever see or hear them. We will have an opportunity during this evening walk with Bob Stymeist, statistician for the Brookline Bird Club and records compiler for Bird Observer magazine. We will cover Black’s Nook, parts of the golf course, and both the Butterfly and Lusitania meadows. Please bring a flashlight, wear shoes for walking on grass, and dress warmly. Limited to 15 people. Cancelled if rain is more than a mist.

Monday, November 4, 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. This is the final tour of 2013.

Saturday, November 9, 2 to 4:30 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue
Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified 231 mushroom species at Fresh Pond Reservation. For the past nine years he has led similar Fresh Pond mushroom forays that give participants the chance to add to this list as well as learn more about the world of fungi. He'll also be selling (and signing!) copies of his beautiful book, Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first guidebook devoted exclusively to New England mushrooms.

Saturday, November 16, 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting location given upon registration
Fresh Pond is an attractive resting place for a variety of migrating waterfowl – and a magnet for birders who flock to see them. We will use a telescope to get good looks at birds on the water, and binoculars to look at songbirds in the trees and meadows. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Beginners are welcome!

Monday, November 18, 6 to 7:30 pm
Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Join Chip Norton, Cambridge Watershed Manager, for a slide show featuring restoration work at Fresh Pond. Learn about the successes and challenges of the Master Plan implementation, see ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of major projects, find out about present and upcoming projects, and have your questions answered. Please register: or 617-349-6489.

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, November 2013


Sell your work at the SLAM Holiday Artist Markets on: Nov 30th, Dec 7th, 14th & 21st, 2013 The 4rd annual SLAM Holiday Artist Markets are a great place for local artists to show and sell their work to shoppers looking for unique holiday gifts. For more market information and exhibit details, check out the SLAM Website or email me more info. Entry fee.



Hacker Junk Creations

When: Monday, October 28, 6:15-8:30pm
Where: Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge MA
$40 for CAA Members
$45 General Public

Eventbrite - Create It Night Hosted by Melissa Glick

Apply Melissa's "Junk Mosaic" process by combining the colors and patterns of 2D materials with the shapes and forms of 3D objects using collage and assemblage. Experiment with design, composition, and dynamics. Bring your own - or work from Melissa's collections of papers and recycled parts from computers, printers, and other electronics. The only requirement is imagination and creative energy!

"Hacker Space' A hacker is actually anyone who takes things apart and re-purposes them in cool new ways: that includes programmers and computer-science experts, but also people who turn old printer motors into DIY musical instruments, computer engines into robot parts, strings of recycled Christmas lights into public-art pieces. The hackerspace movement
..." Boston Phoenix

Instructor Biography:

Melissa Glick has a Masters in Art Education from Mass College of Art and has run educational programs at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts and various after school programs. See her current work at:


Stitch and stencil patches and postcards with Somerville Arts Council grant recipients and Washington Street Art Center artists Lauren Leone and Marissa Falco.

We'll be at Somerville's Union Square Farmer's Market on Saturday, October 26th from 9am-1pm with a table full of patch- and postcard-making supplies. We'll share demonstrations of basic stenciling and embroidery techniques, and can help you come up with a cool design. We'll have some of our own work on display. Stop by and make something, and leave with a patch or postcard of your very own!

This event is FREE and open to the public, all ages and levels of art experience welcome.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Monday, October 21, 2013


The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the October Artist of the Month. (a little late in the announcement but will a full drum roll, please.)

Dan Blakeslee, October Artist of the Month

If you've ever walked the streets, subways, music venues, galleries, coffee shops, and parks in Somerville and beyond, you have seen and/or heard the work of Dan Blakeslee. A prolific visual artist and musician, Dan has not only illustrated a plethora of album covers, a beer label series, over 600 rock posters, and an image that raised thousands of dollars for victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy, he also writes and performs country folk songs as Dan Blakeslee while his alter-ego, Dr. Gasp, spirits into Octobers with scary-folk songs for all the ages.

With songs that take listeners on fantastical journeys on a ship of buoyant melodies that keep afloat good wishes in a vast ocean of yearning for home, Dan has graced many stages near and far with his angelic voice and a genuine, enduring spirit. And whether his work is in your ears or in your eyes, he is one of those unique artists who constantly carries his talents like treasures, never leaving one behind, while wearing his fingers to the bone, while wearing his heart on his sleeve.

For the full interview, images, and links go to:


We're pleased to announce the premiere of f/Local: A Visual Arts Screening Series, taking place November 7th, 7 p.m. at The Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. We're currently seeking submissions from local visual artists, including but not limited to short films, music videos, photography portfolios, promo videos, TV show pilots, short films, and feature length films.

About f/Local:

With the constant progression of creative technology, the artist, more so than ever before, is able to connect with audiences without the previous confines of status or financial means. f/Local is a screening series celebrating this shift , providing a unique opportunity for the artist and audience to meet under the same roof. Our hope is to establish a venue where local visual artists can build new relationships with other artists, interact with their audiences outside the ambiguity of the net, and if nothing else, see their work on the big screen!

Submitting Work:

Please submit work on a USB drive, data CD or DVD by October 30th.
Mail to:
Attn: F-Stop Local
The Center for Arts at the Armory,
191 Highland Ave., Suite 1-A
Somerville, MA 02143.
Please include your name, phone number, email address and title of work with your submission.

For more information or to submit work digitally, please email

Friday, October 18, 2013


SCATV presents: ROUGH CUT SOCIAL. Come one, come all! This event is free and open to the greater Somerville (we welcome folks from neighboring towns)! We will have a projector setup, ready to screen!

What is it? It is an event for media makers who have a work-in-progress. This means a TV show, documentary, experimental, narrative, music videos, etc. This series will rotate venues throughout Somerville and the first venue to host this event are fine folks at the Greek-American Social Club.

It's a space to invite community members to give creative feedback on projects before they are completed. If you think you can contribute with constructive insight, please come! It's also an opportunity for those looking to finally explore the Greek-American social club to come on in and check it out.

What to bring: If you wish to come and have your work viewed, please fill out this form here. If you are coming as a viewer, RSVP here. Please bring your work on a DVD, thumb drive or laptop (must bring your VGA connector).

There will be alcohol, soda and snacks available for purchase :)
Questions, comments, or concerns, please email Erica Jones at or by phone at 617. 628. 8826.


“African American Artists – Passion for a Lifetime”
October 27th, Sunday, 3-5PM
Riverside Gallery
Cambridge Community Center || 5 Callender Street || Cambridge MA 02139
“African American Artists – Passion for a Lifetime”

The Riverside Gallery is pleased to announce its 2nd annual juried fall show, “African American Artists – Passion for
a Lifetime”. We are delighted to have Rosalyn Elder, L'Merchie Frazier, and James Hull for our jury panel for the
Riverside Gallery's second annual exhibit of fine art by African American artists. Rosalyn Elder is an author, an
architect, and a former owner of the independent bookstore, Jamaicaway Books and the art gallery, Treasured Legacy
at Copley Place. L'Merchie Frazier, a multi-media artist, is currently the Director of Education/Interpretation at the
Museum of African American History, and special project artist for the Museum of the National Center for Afro-
American Artists with curatorial and juror experience. James Hull is an artist, gallery director, critic and an
independent curator, and currently teaches in the photo department at AIB at Lesley University.

A variety of art media are represented in the exhibit including quilt working, photography, mixed media with found
objects, bead embroidery, photo-collage, scratch-board drawing, charcoal drawing, painting with watercolor, acrylic,
acrylic gouache, and oil. This selected array of work promises to be a thought provoking and entertaining exhibition.
The Riverside Gallery is in its 4th year of producing fine arts exhibitions in its space at the Cambridge Community
Center. We are particularly excited about this show of work by artists of African descent, as this is the historic
constituency of the Center. The Center itself was founded by a group of Black ministers in the 1920’s as a community
meeting house, to promote the health and welfare of the Riverside children.

Through the years, the Center has been a place to be with friends, to make music, to play basketball, to try arts and
crafts, to learn leadership skills and to discuss community issues, and has provided services to 3rd, 4th and 5th family

The Riverside Gallery hosts shows of fine art year-round, providing opportunities for local and regional artists to
exhibit their work. We welcome all art-lovers and those with the desire to learn more about the arts to attend our
receptions and enjoy live music, refreshments, amazing art work, and an opportunity to spend time with your friends,
meet new friends, and talk to the artists about their work. This will be a perfect chance to learn more and experience
more of the wonderful world of the arts.

Our show “African American Artists – Passion for a Lifetime” includes art by:

 Myron Mouse Belfast – figurative charcoal pieces that employ precise line working, gradation, tone and form
to create a finished product that appears to be almost 3D
 Marilyn Casey – watercolor that depicts the love and devotion of the artist’s mother, a piece that is part of the
artist’s life history
 Arlette Doherty – colorful, vibrant, and gestural abstract paintings on canvas
 Cedric Harper – pieces using recycled, repaired and reimagined materials from an artist who says “I've
opened myself now, from the cries of the past to the worlds and wonder of tomorrow”
 Naomi Henry – quilt making crafted by hands which have created unique non-repeated quilts for thirty years
 Wilson Hunt – non-representational abstract acrylic gouache pieces on paper drawn from the artists
 Camille Musser – acrylic painting paying homage to the beauty and splendor of the Caribbean
 Derrick Jackson – photography of historic black figures, from Aretha Franklin and Hank Aaron to Nelson
Mandela and Barack Obama
 Stephanie Machore – oil on canvas treating meta-physical concepts, love and spirituality
 Robert W Murrell – photo-collage, and scratchboard drawing focusing on the individual or small groups
within a larger exciting setting
 Jeffrey Nathaniel Nowlin – fabric panel with mixed media that was created in times of personal illness with a
devotion to craft and an expressive vision
 Lesyslie Rackard – quilts with strong, powerful colors and repeating patterns
 Cynthia Scott – acrylic paintings on watercolor paper exploring facial expressions, body language, hats - the
way individuals present themselves
 Gilda Sharpe-Etteh – works exploring her dreams of Jamaica with a contemporary surrealist approach
 Zahirah Nur Truth – colorful upbeat works combining technique with unique personality and style
 Shaanti "Whut Good" Williams – gestural pieces exploring the human figure and expression

We are delighted to have live music at the artists reception on October 27th from The Limbix Duo, Liz Ehrman, cello
and Rost Varick, keyboard. We will be entertained with renditions from some brilliant African American composers,
including Mingus, Monk and Miles.

Bring your friends, connect with the vibrant African American artist community of Cambridge and beyond, meet new
friends, enjoy some tasty snacks and good music, celebrate the community connections of the Cambridge Community
Center. Please join us!

Carol E. Moses, Director;
Julie Hall, Co-Curator

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Please Be Invited to the ARTISTS’ RECEPTION for BOSTON STRONG/BOSTON PROPER and exhibit that celebrates our city, our spirit of place, and our sense of pride six months after the Marathon tragedy. Please join us on 10/24 at 6pm for lively talk with the artists, live music, and refreshments.

On Wed. Oct. 30, 6:30 Join us for a Spoken Word/Poetry event on a theme of BOSTON!

Free and open to the public.

Ms. Laura L. Montgomery, M.F.A.
BHCC Art Gallery
Bunker Hill Community College
Office of the President
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Visit our Gallery Web page at:
We are a Safe Zone


Arlington Center for the Arts, a vibrant arts hub in its 25th year, seeks a new Executive Director. Please see the attached job description for more information and details about applying. The application period is open until November 4; please direct all replies to

Arlington Center for the Arts -- Executive Director Position Posting

The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is an arts hub for Arlington and surrounding communities, collaborating with town, schools and community organizations to promote the arts by providing creative workshops and classes for all ages. ACA also provides theme-based vacation camps in visual and performance arts and sponsors numerous seasonal events such as Arlington Open Studios and Shakespeare in the Parks.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the ACA is in a strategic planning process to increase its impact and ensure its sustainability. The ACA serves thousands of people each year, and its annual operating budget is over $500,000. For more information, please visit the ACA’s website at

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive of the ACA, overseeing a staff of five and more than 35 artist/teachers, and working with the Board of Directors to accomplish short-term goals and develop longer-term strategic priorities. The Executive Director is responsible for: Board Administration and Support; Program, Product, and Service Delivery; Financial, Tax, Risk, and Facilities Management; Human Resource Management; Community and Public Relations; and Fundraising.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Partnering effectively with the Board of Directors to translate the ACA’s mission and strategies into sustainable programs and priorities.
2. Overseeing the design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services.
3. Maintaining positive broad public outreach to promote ACA’s mission and programs, and providing the Board with knowledge of significant competitive developments and trends in Arlington specifically and community arts generally.
4. Recommending a yearly budget for Board approval and managing ACA’s resources within those budget guidelines. Overseeing compliance with all local, state and federal reporting requirements. Responsible for facilities maintenance.
5. Overseeing the financial health and sustainability of the ACA by developing and executing a diversified fundraising action plan to significantly increase revenue. Actively developing alliances with private and government entities that provide sustainable programs and/or fiscal benefit to the ACA.
6. Promoting active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the ACA’s work.
7. Hiring, motivating, evaluating and managing staff.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive salary based on experience.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in arts administration, community arts education, or equivalent experience. The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to the arts, as well as strong nonprofit management and fundraising experience and skills. The candidate should demonstrate strong oral and written communications skills, a keen interest in community engagement, and experience working with diverse groups of people in a creative and fast-paced environment. The position includes some evening and weekend responsibilities.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to: by November 4, 2013.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Something wicked this way comes….

The Book Shop welcomes Halloween author Lesley Bannatyne and guests for an afternoon of readings of short spooky classics and lesser known spine-tinglers not for the nervous. Listen to tales by Poe, Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates and more.

Saturday, October 19th 4:00 pm
The Book Shop
694 Broadway Somerville 617-764-1624

Halloween Author Lesley Bannatyne & Guest Readers
Mark Howland
Janine Fay
Gary Duehr
Marianne Adams

Lesley Bannatyne writes on Halloween, folklore and the arts and has appeared on television specials for Discovery and the History Channel ("The Haunted History of Halloween"), interviewed with Time, Slate, and National Geographic magazines, and has given talks at venues as diverse as the 2000 Halloween Convergence in New Orleans and the St. Louis Art Museum. She has written five books on Halloween, and contributed a Halloween article to World Book Encyclopedia. Bannatyne's books will be available for signing at the event.


Chocolaty, fruity, extra moist, stuffed with THE STUFF, covered in heavenly creaminess…no matter how you make ‘em, cupcakes are mouthfuls of yum.

Wrap Around Cupcake Reception

Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville
November 16th, 1-5pm
Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition

The Nave Gallery, a volunteer-run exhibition space that showcases the work of local and regional artists and musicians, is hosting “Wrap Around,” a sale of affordable handmade woolen goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Wrap Around will take place November 16-December 16, with a Cupcake Reception for the Coalition on Nov 16th, from 1-5 pm.

We need your cupcakes! The possibilities are endless (kinda makes your heart go pity pat, huh?), the crowd will love them, and it is for a fantastic cause. If you’re interested, please email tori.costa[at], and let us know! We’ll gratefully give our thanks by listing you on our website.

Friday, October 11, 2013


Please send me a couple of your best poems to consider--any theme--free verse or rhyme-- for The Lyrical Somerville column in The Somerville News--and a jpeg og yourself --perhaps a brief bio-- Doug Holder

Doug Holder Resume
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Ibbetson Street Press
Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer
Ibbetson Street Online Bookstore



Local Cultural Council (LCC) deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 15th. This year we hope you take advantage of our an online submission process. Easy on you, easy on our panelists and staff.
Local Cultural Council (LCC) money is awarded by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) once a year to support artists, schools, organizations, and special projects in Somerville, Massachusetts. 2014 grant forms are now available:

In addition, the SAC offers grants specifically to Somerville schools in support of cultural fieldtrips. The LCC Grant Program is funded and overseen by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Somerville LCC program grants are reviewed by SAC board members and local peers with expertise in the appropriate disciplines. Each year new panelists are convened to review new submissions.

Applicants must use the SAC's application forms--not the generic MCC/LCC application. Applicants must follow local guidelines for each new year.

Local Cultural Council (LCC) deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 15th.


On Saturday October 12th from 12-6pm. Davis square will be filled with sounds from the HONK Festival. At the same time, local arts and crafts exhibitors will fill The Burren back room with a variety of media including: painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics & much more.

SLAM is in its fourth year, offering local artists a place to show and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for local residents to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location.

For more market information and exhibit details,
check out the SLAM Website:

Thursday, October 10, 2013


The Somerville Bicycle Committee's fall bike tour this year features Somerville's many bridges, tunnels, overpasses, and underpasses. We know of at least 40, which is a lot for a city of just 4 square miles. Our tour route will cross, or at least pass by, as many of these as possible.

Meet at 10 am at Seven Hills Park, behind the Holland Street MBTA entrance in Davis Square. We'll depart promptly at 10:15. The ride will be about 13 miles long, mostly flat, and will end by 1 pm.

Somerville police will help escort the ride. We will have a rest and refreshment stop about halfway through, at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive, with snacks from Redbones.

The tour will visit the sites of two bike path projects now under construction: the Somerville Community Path extension between Cedar and Lowell Streets, and the Wellington Undercarriage (a new boardwalk under Route 28, linking the Mystic River paths at Assembly Square to Shore Drive).

In case of steady rain, we'll postpone the ride to Sunday, October 20, same starting place and time.

A tentative route map is at . Because the route passes through many construction projects, it is subject to change, even at the last minute.
Our Facebook event is at .


EARTH Effects
October 10-26, 2013

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 10
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Nave Gallery, Teele Square
155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Here are this week's events at the Armory! The Cafe features Celtic/folk music (Wednesday), local singer-songwriters (Thursday), Haitian song and poetry (Friday) and acclaimed Aussie singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson (Saturday). The Mezz hosts a film screening on Thursday and a Local is for Lovers / Babywearing International mini-market for families on Saturday. And the Hall presents a multicultural dance festival (complete with evening theatrical dance performance!) on Saturday.

More information below or on our website (

Thanks and hope to see you soon at the Armory!


Lea Ruscio
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Heart Soul Voice
Wed. Oct. 9, 8-10:00 PM, in the Café, Donations
Heart Soul Voice will play various sounds that include Celtic, folk, and original songs, tunes, and improvisations on harp, keyboard, guitar, voice and fiddle.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives
Thu. Oct. 10, 5:30-9:00 PM, in the Mezzanine, $18/$12 for students
The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance presents a film screening of "Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives", as a fundraising event for their organization. There will be raffles, a film showing, and a discussion to follow. Please come for this night of fun, film, and an interesting look at birth in America.

Singer-Songwriter Event: The Loop
Thu. Oct. 10, 7:00 – 9:30 PM, in the Cafe, Free
A collective of singers, songwriters and musicians who are based in the Boston area, The Loop will play sets of 15-30 minutes of music of various styles. We welcome those who have interest in developing their own creative outlet in music and songs as well as those who merely want to enjoy the music and atmosphere.

Living Poetry and Song of Haiti
Fri. Oct. 11, 7-10:00 PM, in the Cafe, suggested donation $10
This event will have a cultural presentation by Trilingual Press, followed by presentation of multiple authors’ new books and music by Idi from his upcoming album Presenters. Come and enjoy a wonderful night of poetry and music.

Local is for Lovers: October Market with Babywearing International Boston
Sat. Oct. 12, 8:30-11:30 AM, in the Mezzanine, Free
Join Somerville Local First at their next market on October 12th from 8:30am-11:30am with Babywearing International Boston! It's a special babywearing event, so lots of parents with young children will be attending.

Sat. Oct. 12, 3:00-10:00 PM, in the Performance Hall
Raqtoberfest is Boston’s premier Tribal Fusion Belly Dance festival, created and produced by Urban Nomad Dance Co. This day-long festival will include a belly dance workshop by nationally acclaimed Tribal Fusion artist, Jenna Shear, as well as interactive Middle eastern, Balkan, North African and Andalusian dance workshops by the most sought-after local presenters in these genres. Check out the workshops and market in the afternoon, or catch the theatrical dance performance at night. More information (and tickets) at

Mark Wilkinson
Sat. Oct. 12, 8-10:00 PM, in the Café, Free
Celebrated Aussie singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson comes to the Armory as part of his debut North American tour! Mark's second studio album, Let The River Run, was released on August 9, 2013 and hit #2 on the Australian iTunes singer-songwriter charts within 24 hrs of the release and Mark's single 'Middle Ground' reached #2 on the iTunes s/s charts, debuted at #2 on the Independent Music Charts, and climbed to #12 on the ARIA (RIAA) singles chart.

Monday, October 07, 2013


GALATEA FINE ART in Boston’s SOWA Art and Design District in the South End is searching for new members. We are a large cooperative, contemporary art gallery located at the lively Thayer Street and Harrison Ave. area. To be considered, please send your WEBSITE OR 5 jpgs of your latest work, resume and statement to our email address. Application fee.




Opening Reception
Nave Gallery Annex
53 Chester St
Somerville, MA

October 8, 2013
6 pm-9 pm
music by Dan Blakeslee

exhibition details
Battle Road Brewing
Cambridge Brewing Company
Down the Road Brewery
Enlightenment Ales
Harpoon Brewery
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Night Shift Brewing
NOTCH Brewing
Pretty Things Beer and Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company
The Alchemist

annual sale of handmade knitted goods to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition


Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 7-9 PM
Tufts Administration Building

167 Holland Street

Second floor, wheelchair accessible

Brian Leib, Plant Growth Facility Manager at Harvard University's Weld Hill Research Building at the Arnold Arboretum, is the featured speaker for the October meeting of the Somerville Garden Club. For over a decade Brian has been heavily involved in the "wonderful world of all things orchid", serving in a variety of positions on the board of the Massachusetts Orchid Society, and participating in various online orchid forums. He is also very experienced in diagnosing and treating plant pests of all types.Brian's talk will focus on the care and varieties of the Asiatic Lady's Slipper Orchid, and touch on the genus of South American slippers, and slippers that grow in temperate regions around the world.
The Somerville Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month; all meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Each meeting begins with club announcements, followed by a horticultural question and answer session, a lecture or demonstration, and concludes with a raffle of donated plants and garden items. Parking is available onsite, and the building is a short walk from the Davis Square T station.

Saturday, October 05, 2013


Opening Saturday, October 5th at the Washington Street Art Center.

6-9 PM

Gallery hours are from noon-4pm on Saturdays, 10/5-10/13/2013.

*Please join us for light refreshments and an exhibition of selected works

from C.R.I.T.'s 5th Issue of their quarterly photography publication.

The artists in the exhibition and Issue 5 are:

Kitty Ethridge, Laura Miner, Traverse Day Robinette, Hannah Bemelmans,

Michael Powers, Hannah Engelson, Kate Trenerry, Brian Fitzgibbons, Nicole

Elkins and Dina Shaposhnikova.

Copies of Issue 5 and 4 will be on sale at the event.

Please check out our blog!

Images will be on display from 10/5 - 10/13/2013*

Thursday, October 03, 2013


Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston seeks artists submissions for prominent corporate loan placement. No application fee.



Assets for Artists is now accepting applications for its 2013 cycle. Apply now and join a group of artists who have been growing their businesses with the help of A4A since 2008. Selected artists will have the opportunity to receive working capital funds and free training in personal finance and business management for artists. To qualify, you must be a creative entrepreneur in any discipline, live or do your creative work in Massachusetts, and meet certain financial eligibility guidelines. Entry fee.


Wednesday, October 02, 2013


artisans, musicians, craftsmen, teachers, and people with unique skills:

We are looking for individuals who can teach a 50 minute class as part of Somerville Skillshare, a day of free classes that will be held at the Somerville Armory on March 2nd, 2014.

Skillshares are happening all over the country in places like Brooklyn, Baltimore and Seattle. Now we’re bringing one to Somerville. From 12-6 pm, the Somerville Armory will host up to 36 free classes in six different spaces (two conference rooms, performance hall, café, yoga studio, and dance studio). Classes will be held in “conference” format, with multiple tracks happening simultaneously.

Artists, artisans, musicians, craftsmen, and teachers: this is a great way to gain exposure for your work while participating in a highly publicized, community wide educational event.
You’ll also meet other members of your community who share similar interests and passions.
Japanese bookbinding, home brewing, salsa dancing, charcoal drawing, web design, yoga, bicycle maintenance, juggling, poetry, knitting, etc...whatever your skill, nothing is out of bounds.

Space is filling up quickly. To sign up to teach a class, visit

Click HERE to view the Premium Art Deadlines List.

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