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Friday, May 23, 2014


Here is a message from the Healey School 8th graders -

The 8th graders are opening a museum about Somerville immigration. Will you please come join us on our Opening Night, June 3, 6-8 pm?
The exhibit is at Somerville Museum and there will be free food to snack on while exploring our exhibit on "Immigrant Dreams and Realities in Somerville."
It would mean a lot to us if you could come.

Immigrant Dreams and Realities in Somerville
@ Somerville Museum (on Central between Summer and Highland st.)
Tuesday, June 3, 6-8 pm
Free food and Fun!

If you can't make it on June 3, come visit during normal museum hours, June 7-28
Thursday, 2-7 pm
Friday, 2-5 pm
Saturday, 12-5 pm

Thanks! Hope to see you there!
8th graders at the Healey
Laura Hoguet
Healey School
Grade 7/8 Social Studies


Nave Music Series
Saturday, May 24, 8pm

Hypothesize, Improvise and Otherwise #5

New music, dance, performance art and mayhem.

Location: Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville
Suggested donation of $10 - $15

The Big LIE

(Large Improvising Ensemble)
Joe Burgio, artistic director

‘Moonsongs’, by Matt Samolis
Rachel Barringer, cello
Noell Dorsey, soprano
{plus other works TBA}

Neil Parsons, trombone

“Three Symmertries”, for ensemble:
Matt Samolis, flute
Clara Kebabian, violin
Jesse Kenas-Collins, trumpet
Neil Parsons, trombone
Randy Pingrey, trombone
Randy Winchester, trombone
Jeoff Pooser, contrabass
Jane Wang, contrabass

Concert Calendar

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Friday, June 6, 8pm

The 9th Ear

A group of composer-performers from the Boston and North Shore area of Massachusetts.

Karl Henning: I see people walking around like trees
Henning: Le tombeau de W.A.G.
Charles Turner: Primavera è Arrivato Tardi
Nancy Rexford: Four Songs
Turner: The Extraterrestrial Duets
Henning: How to Tell (Chasing the Tail of Nothing)
Henning: Thoreau in Concord Jail
Turner: Flute Dances
Turner: Four Songs

Peter H. Bloom, flutes
Eve Boltax, viola
Dan Meyers, frame drum
Mary Joy Patchett, alto saxophone
Nancy Rexford, piano
Charles Turner, voice, double-bass

Saturday, June 14, 1-6pm

Somerville Squeezebox Slam

Location: Seven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville
Rain Location: Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144

This is a celebration, of accordions, button boxes and other free standing reed instruments. As with the first festival, accordionists of all skill levels and musical genres are invited to stroll around the neighborhoods of Somerville, sharing their melodious sounds, and like pied pipers from an alternative fairy tale, beckon all to come and follow them as they head to Davis Square for a concert of some of New England’s finest squeezebox players. So dust off your grandfather’s squeezebox that’s been sitting in the attic and join us for an afternoon of pumping the bellows! Accordion themed art/crafts and Redbones BBQ food will be for sale. Curated by Michael McLaughlin.

Saturday, June 28, 8pm

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

“Expansive harmony, brilliant music, discipline, openness, and freedom…an exceptional big band. - CultureJazz.Fr (France)

“Exuberance, imagination and sheer brio” - Jazz Review (UK)

The legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, will make its debut in the Nave Music Series on Saturday, June 28 at 8 pm. The band will perform originals by founder and music director Mark Harvey (“give this groundbreaking music a listen” Jazz Now), including the world premiere of a piece by Harvey in honor of Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Also on tap: Harvey’s 2014 composition Spaceways, celebrating the Sun Ra Centennial. Rounding out the show: rarely-heard gems by Gerry Mulligan (A Ballad) and Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn (the infectious Blue Pepper from the exotic Far East Suite), plus Roll 'Em, the exuberant Swing-era masterpiece by Mary Lou Williams.

Monday, June 30, 8pm

The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall explores a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall commissions new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage.

Hilary Abigana, flute
C. Neil Parsons, bass trombone
Greg Jukes, percussion

All concerts take place at Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church unless noted otherwise.
Admission, unless noted otherwise, is by suggested donation of $10 - $15. Please support the arts!

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144
From Davis Square take Bus 87 or 88 - Clarendon Hill. Exit at Broadway and Curtis St. and walk 3 (short) blocks north on Curtis Street. We are on the corner of Curtis Street and Powderhouse Blvd.
Available in the West Somerville Neighborhood School after 5:00 and on weekends. Lot is located on Raymond St. Turn at intersection of Powderhouse & Curtis onto Curtis, then take the first left onto Raymond. Lot is located about 1 block down. Street parking is also available one block away on Packard Avenue from Powderhouse up the hill to the Tufts University campus.
Randy Winchester
Nave Gallery Events Coordinator
155 Powderhouse Blvd. Somerville, MA 02144

Thursday, May 22, 2014


forget the rain, it is the month of May...
You are invited to an Artist Reception tonite,
Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
WHIMSY: THE HUMOR OF EVERYDAY: Photographs by Mark Manne
@SCATV 90 Union Square, Somerville MA
SCATV 617 628 8826

Mark Manne’s exhibit of photographs, WHIMSY: THE HUMOR IN EVERYDAY is currently on exhibit at the SCATV Gallery. Manne was a stand-up comedian who moved from microphone to camera. He uses his camera with a comedian’s sense of timing and humor. Manne photographs people, places and things in a way shows off their whimsical ‘inner selves’.

WHIMSY: THE HUMOR IN EVERDAY by Mark Manne will be on exhibit in the SCATV Gallery from May 19 – June 30, 2014. Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday Noon to 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Closed Sunday and holidays.

Mark Manne’s interview with Janet Cormier, ART@SCATV Program Host and Gallery Curator can be viewed by Somerville residents on Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM Channel 3 or online at

ARTIST RECEPTION TONITE May 22, 2014 at SCATV 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA

Friday, May 16, 2014


Greetings from the West End Museum!

There's a lot going on at the museum this week. Join us tomorrow for a museum talk with author Benjamin Ross. Bring the whole family on Saturday for a history workshop specially designed for children. Check out the Neighborhood in Transition Exhibit, now extended to May 31. As always, you can see our full range of upcoming events and exhibitions here. For even more museum info, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


Museum Talk: Benjamin Ross: "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism"
Thursday, May 15th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

What holds back the revival of urbanism? In the new book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, Benjamin Ross shows that it is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning. The obstacles are historical, sociological, and economic. Join us on May 15 to discuss his ideas.

Read more on our website >>

This Week

Family Workshop presented with the Vilna Shul: Sights of the West
Sunday, May 18th
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: FREE

A workshop designed for children in the second through fourth grades - Join us for a day of history fun just for kids! The West End Museum and the Vilna Shul present a special children's program connecting past generations of the West End to children living in the West End today. Start your own stamp collections, take a tour of the old neighborhood (including a stop at the West End House), and even make a vintage-inspired toy. Children will also be able to record their own oral histories of their experiences living in the West End.

Read more on our website >>

Current Exhibitions

A Neighborhood in Transition
Jan. 21 - May 10
Cost: FREE

This exhibit continues to follow the demolition of an additional thirty acres of residential housing, along with Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square, to make way for the Hurley/Lindemann Building and Government Center. Charles Frani's photographs show not only a neighborhood in transition, but a city in transition. The exhibit captures images of residents and business owners in the midst of eviction; going about their daily chores, or fleeing their homes, as if nothing out the ordinary is taking place.

Read more on our website >>

The Last Tenement
Cost: FREE

"The Last Tenement" exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1100 square foot space.

Read more on our website >>

Save The Date!

Opening Reception:The Elizabeth Peabody House Exhibit
Tuesday, May 20th
Cost: FREE

This exhibit surveys the history and prominence of The Elizabeth Peabody House, one of Boston's first settlement houses. Original schedules and annual reports detailing the institution's programs will be on display as well as photographs of its most beloved clubs-including its nationally recognized science club-and its important social service work, which included the country's first pasteurized milk stations and a free school lunch program. The show emphasizes the particular sympathy and progressive ideology of the settlement workers, and the impact that the workers and the immigrants had on one another.



Come celebrate the opening of the Cambridge Art Association's 13th National Prize Show this evening, Friday May 16, from 6-8pm. Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists, community members, and our fantastic juror, James Welu!

Gallery locations:
Kathryn Schultz Gallery 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge
University Place Gallery 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
(The distance between the galleries is 0.6 miles, or a 10 minute walk!)

From our juror:
Jurying the National Prize Show was exciting and challenging--exciting to see such a wide range of art from across the country, but challenging to narrow a field of over a thousand entries to an exhibition of about 85 works. In my selection I focused on visual impact and originality with the goal of representing the variety of media that was submitted. I was particularly attentive to the artists' choice and use of medium for expressing the subject of their work. It was reassuring to see so many fresh and innovative approaches to a number of traditional subjects. Also impressive were the number of outstanding abstract paintings. I want to convey my appreciation to the many artists who entered the National Prize Show and congratulate those who made the cut, in particular the prize winners.

Can't make it to the opening? The show will be on view through June 26, 2014. Check out previews of the show on our Instagram. #CAAnps


Call to Filmmakers

Arlington Community Media Inc, Arlington Center for the Arts, Friends of Robbins Farm Park, and Arlington International Film Festival are announcing a call for entries to their first-annual Arlington Short Animation Film Festival: An evening outdoor festival showcasing local animated work for all ages. Animated shorts will be projected on an outdoor screen on Robbins Farm Park Friday, August 9th (raindate: August 10th). A live band will perform from 7-8pm with the films starting at 8:30pm when the sun has set. Bring a picnic and blanket, buy some food from our vendors, and enjoy the night!

Filmmakers, we’d love to show your animated work! We seek entries from novice and experienced filmmakers from all over the Bay State, so this is a great chance to showcase your short animated films.

What films do we want?

Original animated film shorts (you may submit as many as you wish), 10 minutes or less, complete or work-in-progress.
Priority will be given to Arlington filmmakers, but work from all over Massachusetts is welcome.
We would love to screen student work too!
How to Apply:

Please mail or deliver a short bio, a DVD of your entry, and a typed summary with the following:

Your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address
Title of your work
Date the work was completed
A brief description of your animation
ACMi would like to broadcast accepted entries on our Public Channel. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in (this does not affect your chances of being accepted into the festival).
Mail or deliver to:

Arlington Community Media Inc
Attn: Jessica Barnthouse
Arlington Short Animation Film Festival
85 Park Ave
Arlington, MA 02476.

Deadline: Entries MUST be received by Monday, July1, 2013

(Email with any questions)


Hello Somerville. The Arts Council’s weekend of three events are on.

Hopefully the weather gods are thinking of us. We hope the rain will stop around 12 noon tomorrow so we can get in our three events. Please come out.


Saturday, May 17 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Over 120 musicians and bands throughout Somerville will celebrate and utilize an underused public venue: The Porch. Acts—ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo—will serenade passersby from porches throughout Somerville.

Map and band listing here.

Dancing in the Streets
For a second year the Arts Council is pleased to produce a 8-troupe city-wide dance festival. Come out, it's all free.
Check out all of our local and regional talent in squares, parks, lots across the city in May and June. For a full listing go here:

Starting the series this weekend includes two troupes:

Rainbow Tribe

Saturday, May 17 8:30 PM
Chuckie Harris Park
3-17 Cross St E
Somerville, MA

Since its inception as a volunteer run and operated entity in 1992, Rainbow Tribe, a Boston-based organization, has delivered fiercely intense, high-octane performances throughout the East Coast. Artistic Director Melanie Kasdon and the Executive Leadership are a collaborative powerhouse of dance talent producing entrancing choreography that not only entertains, but also motivates audiences of all ages and nationalities.

Full description and location here:

Alli Ross/ Excavate
Sunday, May 18 1:00 PM
Nathan Tufts Park
Topotales begins at 1pm at the tower and ends by 3pm at the tower. Come find us along the way!
This is Excavate’s 2nd installation of Topographical Tales. It was last seen as part of Dance in the Fells 2013 in Medford’s Middlesex Fells. As a collective of performing artists, Excavate is focused on making outdoor site specific events that unfold through dance, theater, music and song in relationship and in response to the land and its history.
Full description and location here:

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014


SPS Presents: The EL SISTEMA Spring Concert: Sounds of the City, Music of the World Tuesday May 20th 6:30pm East Somerville Community School

You are invited to the El Sistema Spring Concert, Tuesday May 20th 6:30pm East Somerville Community School!
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Richard G. Saunders
Director of Music
Somerville Public Schools
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
617-625-6600 x6143

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Hi Everyone
Our new CD "Making Comic Sense" recorded at the Regent Theater in Arlington in December 2013 is now available at CD Baby for download or hard copy.

Also we've got some cool shows and events coming up in May and June many of which are fundraisers for some great organizations.

We are having a lot of success with our new Fundraising model if you are interested in raising spirits, funds and awareness for your favorite non profit or charity.

Here is a clip from "Making Comic Sense"

We have also started a weekly TV show on CCTV in Cambridge.
Check out the May 8th 8:30 pm slot. I think you will like my guests from Egypt and Russia talking about the challenges they face as entrepreneurs under state controlled media especially in Egypt under Mubarak.
Click Here to Watch

Sweet Dreams Gala to benefit A Bed for Every Child and The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
The Ballroom - The Liberty Hotel
Boston MA
Click Here For Tickets

Live on Stage & Screen: American Dream Film & Stand Up Performance
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Concord MA
Click Here For Tickets

Women's Bar Foundation's Comedy Night
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston MA
Click Here For Tickets

River Club Music Hall
Scituate MA
Click Here For Tickets

More Upcoming Shows -
Click Here

Booking information for Private Parties
and Fundraisers -
Click Here


Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7-9 PM
Tufts Administration Building
167 Holland Street, Somerville
Second floor, wheelchair accessible

Join the friendly gardeners of the Somerville Garden Club for their monthly meeting and a talk by Dr. Bryan Hamlin, chairman of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells. Dr. Hamlin will discuss the many varied habitats found in the Fells. His presentation will include slides of the habitats (mixed woodland, wetland, rocky outcrop, and more) and the scores of flowering plants that have adapted to these particular habitats. Dr. Hamlin will also lead a hike in the Fells this coming weekend.

The Somerville Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month; all meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Parking is available on site and the building is a short walk rom the Davis Square T station. Meetings are on the second floor, wheelchair accessible. To learn more about the Somerville Garden Club, please visit


Applicant will work with Arts Council director and Mystic Mural project director to coordinate and lead fieldtrips and explorations focused on the Mystic River and local environs. Applicant will provide an experiential learning environment for teen-age youth participating in the Mural project. Applicant will lead trips and/or coordinator with other local environmental leaders to lead trips. Topics to address are: flora/fauna, environmental justice, invasive species, water quality, and historical commercial and industry uses of the river.

Scope of Service:

· Provide experiential learning for 8 to 12 youth to learn about the Mystic River and its environs.
· Collaborate with Mural Artist to develop environmental theme for the summer program.
· Collaborate and coordinate with other agencies and specialists to enrich the youth muralists’ experience and knowledge through approximately seven fieldtrips.
· Develop a 10-topic questionnaire/evaluation to use as a pre/post assessment for the program.
· Produce a short report detailing trips conducted, themes explored and contact list of non-profit partners.
· Access to transportation


Approximately 55 hours for a total compensation $1100


Program starts July 7, 2014 and continues for 4 weeks.

How to apply

Please address how your experience can serve our needs.

Send a resume with short email letter to: Gregory Jenkins at

Open until filled.

Posted 5/9/14

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



3 Graces Productions and the Uniun Warehouse present
Trash Bash 2014! Somerville's 2nd Annual
Recycled Art Competition!

An ArtsUnion event, funded in part by the Somerville Arts Council

When: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12 Noon to 6 PM
Where: The Uniun Warehouse, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square

Trash Bash 2014! is calling all artists, makers and creatives to participate in Somerville's 2nd Annual Recycled Art Competition, held on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12 Noon to 6 PM.

Entries are being sought in both adult and youth categories and a $100 prize will be offered to the first place winner in each category.

Register for free TODAY by clicking the link below! Deadline to enter is June 6, 2014 Midnight.

More details about Trash Bash 2014 can be found here:

Debra McLaughlin, Partner
3 Graces Productions

Sunday, May 11, 2014


The City is looking for Artists or Craft vendors to participate in SomerStreets, one of the area’s largest public events where the streets are closed to cars and open to residents.

SomerStreets series:
Sunday, June 1st (East Broadway)
Sunday, July 27th (Highland Ave.)
Sunday, Sept. 7th (Holland St.)
Sunday, Oct. 19th (Somerville Ave.)

The duration fro each SomerStreets event is Noon-4:00 pm (Rain or Shine)

Deadline for entry:
Monday prior to event

Send an e-mail to with “SomerStreets call for vendors” as the header.

Provide the following info:
*Name of artist or company
*The SomerStreets event(s) you are interested in
*Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and website (if applicable)
*Brief description and 3-5 low resolution jpgs of items to be sold
*Somerville affiliation (if any)
*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 Somerville and write SomerStreets and the date(s) of events in the “For” line.

Mail or drop off forms:

Attn: Carlene Campbell-Hegarty
Somerville Arts Council
50 Evergreen Avenue
Somerville, MA 02145

Heather Balchunas
Office Manager
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985

Friday, May 09, 2014


Annual Student & Alumni Exhibit

May 12-30, 2014

Two International Place, Boston

Exhibit Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm


Join the film and media industry on May 19th and see the recently launched Red Sky Studios in Boston for a terrific Spring MPC Meeting. We are delighted to share MPC updates; presentations from Lisa Strout, Director of the MA Film Office, and an exciting new production tool changing the way creative design departments work on set: Sync OnSet from Wymsee. Arrive early to enjoy the cocktail reception and network with colleagues and friends.

Monday, May 19th ○ Red Sky Studios
○ 6:00 - 7:30 PM: Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres
○ 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Presentations

Eventbrite register now

Presentations from..

Lisa Strout ○ MA Film Office
Lisa Strout will join us to share the latest from the MA Film Office, developments in the industry, and a look ahead at what's ahead for Massachusetts.
MA Film Office logo

Wymsee Presents: Sync OnSet
Wymsee, Inc. is an entertainment technology company founded in Boston, with offices in Boston and Los Angeles: They build products that revolutionize how films & TV shows are created. Their first product, Sync OnSet, is the industry's most advanced software and mobile app for creative design departments during pre-production and production. Read about their exciting growth as a startup in a recent Boston Business Journal piece:, and check out their incredible production tool:

Register Early!

Eventbrite register now

Admission is FREE for MPC Members ○ General Admission: $25.00



The Somerville Arts Council and the Inside-OUT Gallery May exhibit:
HIVE- A collaborative installation by artist, Jodi Colella

hive [haiv] – n
1. a colony of social bees
2. a place showing signs of great industry

HIVE is a collaborative group project that explores the chemistry between people when they work together with hands busy and minds free. Aluminum screen chambers are stitched with steel wire and assembled into an organically growing matrix that is representative of the community effort and their time spent together. The material is nontraditional but suggestive of fabric. The wiring technique is simple enough for anyone to be able to participate. The result is a sculpture that grows according to the participants’ contributions of chambers that are as individual and unique as they are.

About Jodi Collela
Working with a broad range of materials, innovation and social engagement she creates sculptures in which design, science and tradition meet. With an interest in the stories behind traditional arts, she transforms crochet, screen, wax, felt, found objects and paint into sculptures that express the struggles of personal realities and sense of place – burgeoning growths of whimsy and threat.

Her recent interests have quite literally taken shape into new directions as she explores the interweaving of materiality, desire and personal identity. In the power of objects to feed fantasies, they simulate fulfillment and contrive nostalgia, often putting up a screen to the truth. With process, repetition and community, she makes entities out of materials, actions, or experiences into dimensional constructions of tactile media that speak a palpable truth.

Nature always wins.

For more information visit:

About the Inside-Out Gallery
Initiated in 2009, 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.

Heather Balchunas
Office Manager
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985


a live gallery space

May 17 & 18: FLOWER POWER! A Silent Auction & Benefit for the ASGCC
May 23 to June 23: Penny Arcade, Bobby Miller, Marian Roth & Sam Smiley -- OPENING RECEPTION, SAT, MAY 24 featuring a special in-gallery performance by Penny Arcade!
June 19, 20 & 21: Provincetown Int'l Film Festival, Screenings at AMP & a performance by Bobby Miller
for detailed information, please visit

FLOWER POWER! | May 17 & 18
A Silent Auction & Benefit for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17th, 5-8pm.
Viewing & bidding times: Sat, May 17, 1-8 pm, & Sun, May 18, 1-5 pm
Flower Power! is a Photographic Exhibition comprised of donated work by 43 international photographers. Curated by Bobby Miller.

​All proceeds to benefit ASGCC. Featuring works by Marcia Resnick, Lisa Hull, Dan McKeon, John d’ Addario, Marcus Leatherdale,Linda Covello, Lynn Rodriguez, Brett Lindell, Scott Ewalt, James Smith, Rick Burrows, Amy Howell, Jamie Casertano, John LeClair, Loren Haynes, Michael Palladino, Suzanne Long, Scooter LaForge, Greg Gorman, Larry Collins, Bobby Miller, Susan Shacter, Christopher Souza, Zoltan Girliczki, Michael James O’Brien, Walt Cessna, Debbie Nadolney, Eileen Counihan, Stanley Stellar, Ric Ide, Mark Adams, Dana Demers, Paul & Susan Cezanne, Terry Rozo, Diane DiMassa, Merlin Monroe, Tim McCarthy, Michael Holman & many others.


Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24, 6-9 with a special in-gallery performance by PENNY ARCADE at approx. 7pm.

PENNY ARCADE: Longing Lasts Longer
BOBBY MILLER: New York City Gay Pride Parade 1973-2000
MARIAN ROTH: Sight Unseen, Pinhole Photographs
SAM SMILEY: The Bicycle Thief in Glorious 3D!

​Longing Lasts Longer, 9" x 60", neon by Penny Arcade © 2014

”I have always considered myself a conceptualist. Since 1990 I have always worked collaboratively with small and fiercely dedicated groups of individual artists who shared my values and aesthetics. While my work is largely text and performance based, I have always used images, video, and sound as well, for example, using my image and text in street postering to bring the work to the public, even those who might never attend the actual performances. Since 1997 street postering has been illegal in New York, having been taken over by big business mafia using what was once a free, anarchistic art form as a tool of free market capitalist control. In the 80’s I maintained an anti-product stance, in part to protect my work and myself from the rising onslaught of the art marketplace’s capitalist values. But since 1992, I have long been interested in creating work that the public could take home. While ART can be product, PRODUCT can never be art.

Longing Lasts Longer is an intrinsic truth, one that resonates with many. When Debbie Nadolney asked me to participate in this group show at AMP, I knew the moment had come to begin this new chapter in my work. To that end, I gathered a small tribe of collaborators, including my long-time collaborator, video and sound designer Steve Zehentner, composer Chris Rael, and photographer and filmmaker Jasmine Hirst. I also invited sculptor Patrick Perry and paper restorer Marina Ruiz Molina to begin working with me. These collaborators have the ability to work with me intuitively. Steve and Jasmine have worked with me since 1992 and 1994 respectively, and Chris Rael since 1998. Patrick and Marina begin with this project."

Penny Arcade, Aka Susana Ventura, is an internationally respected performance artist, poet, writer, and conceptualist experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content-rich plays and one liners. Her work is deeply rooted in rock and roll and the human experience. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original. Since 1999 she co-directs The Lower East Side Biography Project with longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner. Bad Reputation, a book on her work is available from Semiotexte Press.

​4 Boys Arm in Arm, photograph by Bobby Miller © 1970s

Bobby Miller
“When I moved to NYC in 1973 I discovered the New York City Gay Pride Parade. I went to the parade that year and began a 30 year relationship with the event and took photos every year until I left NYC in 2000. These images cover that period and are from a larger collection that will be a part of a slide show film with narration, currently in production to be released in 2015.”

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; Benestrific Blonde, Mouth Of Jane, Troubleblonde and Rigamarole. He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and the Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award – winning Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Verses That Hurt; Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets, and The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Mr. Miller’s book, Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54, 144 black and white photographs with text, was published by St. Martin’s Press in September 1998, He is also the author A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983, Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005, Jackie 60 Nights, Amina, Queer Nation, PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3, Ptown Peeps Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Forget Them Not, Fetish and Fairytale Folk, Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies, and Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX. His work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, Patty DeLuca Gallery and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make up artist he has worked with some of the greatest photographers in the business including Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Red Pond, 30" x 58", negative image on R4 color paper_pinhole van camera by Marian Roth ©

Marian Roth
“Over the twenty five years I have spent making and using pinhole cameras, I have come to understand that they are vehicles to transport me from the physical world to the magical. There are hardly any rules, and even those are meant to be broken. In the time it takes to hold back a piece of tape and allow light to enter the tin can or the van or the dune shack, one is transported into the now, so that when the tape returns to cover the opening, the unseen yet apparent and timeless world has come to record itself inside the camera. Everything about the process of making images with a camera obscura partakes of joy and mystery for me — from the sometimes months it will take to make the camera to the actual moment of exposure, to the moment of revelation. And then it keeps going, so that now I am adding lithographic stencils and marks to the paper positives and negatives. After years of painting I have learned that I can still make more, add to the image with new feeling. I used to think the power of pinhole imagery was in their reflection of a dream world, haunting in their softness and timelessness. Now I have come to understand not only that the camera obscura itself is the place where the dreamer is protected and nourished, but also that there is no separation between artist and camera and image. What a miracle it all is — time and space and light!”

Marian Roth was born in Coney Island in 1944. Although as a child she dreamed of making art, she became obsessed with social justice as a teenager in the 50’s and studied political science, earning a PHD in 1968. Her career as a professor ended in 1973, when her feminist activity lead to her politically motivated and highly charged dismissal. A self-taught photographer and painter, Marian moved to Provincetown in 1982 to live among artists and open her consciousness to the mysteries and joy of living once again at the edge of the Atlantic. Her pinhole photography — with imagery crafted from tin cans, huts, a travelling van and lately a geodesic dome — has brought her great acclaim.

Roth received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 and has received various fellowships and grants from the MASS Cultural Council over the last 20 years. Her work has appeared in Eric Renner’s classic Pinhole Photography, in various magazines and journals, and she was highlighted in Adventures With Pinhole and Home-Made Cameras by John Evans. Marian has exhibited internationally and taught widely.

The Bicycle Thief in Glorious 3D!, video still by Sam Smiley © 2014

Sam Smiley
A mysterious stranger is pushing people off their bicycles and stealing them! This film features local luminaries and Provincetown’s favorite transportation technology: the bicycle.
Sam Smiley is a media artist and educator. Her recent masterpiece was called JAWS 3-D and was shot entirely on location in Provincetown. Her work has been featured on the Boston Cyberarts Art Marquee, and she has performed at last year’s Hacking Arts: MIT Media Lab. She recently screened new work at Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City.

Looking forward to welcoming you this season!
Feel free to email me for a PDF copy of the 2014 Season Catalog!
all the best,
Debbie Nadolney
AMP Gallery, director & curator
148 Commercial Street | Provincetown MA |
646.298.9258 | |

Thursday, May 08, 2014

BOSTON AREA ART NEWS - May - August 2014

Walter Feldman Fellowship
Finalist Show
Opening Reception May 9, 4:00-7:00
May 9th-June 23rd, 2014
Midway Studios
Boston, MA

Joy St. & Brickbottom Artists
Celebration June 19
May 6th-August, 2014
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Danforth Art Musuem
Community of Artists
June 8-August 3, 2014
Framingham, MA

Tuesday, May 06, 2014


The Arts Council is pleased to announce our second Dancing in the Streets 8-part series throughout the City. We have a wonderful line up, from traditional ballet, to tap, to wonderful movement pieces in parks to car washes. And it’s all free.

The first performance is Rainbow Tribe on Sat. May 17th. For the full line up go to:

Please help us spread the word.

This series could not happen without the following support; flooring from the Boston Dance Alliance; Victor Tiernan/flooring tech, Nicole Pierce/curatorial, Anne Dresbach/lighting design, and Dana Westover/sound.

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



Position Title: Special Events Coordinator

The Special Events Coordinator fosters community involvement, assists in promotional and fundraising efforts, and recruits and coordinates vendors and performers. The Special Events Coordinator is a key team member in two key events happening in Union Square in Somerville:: Better Block Somerville on May 31 and the Fluff Festival and Fluffernutter Fun Run on September 26 & 27.

Requirements: Must display personal confidence and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of people. Should be friendly, self-motivated, energetic, and community-focused. Desired background includes project management, customer service, education, outreach and grassroots marketing. Must be willing and able to work outdoors, and to safely lift and carry 50 pounds. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as interdependently in a team of staff and volunteers.

Specifics: 10 to 20 hours a week through September 30. Flexible schedule weekdays 10 am to 6 pm and be available all day on the following dates: Friday, May 30; Saturday, May 31; Thursday through Sunday, September 25-28. This is a contract position.

Special Events:

Better Block Event

Presented in partnership with Team Better Block and the City of Somerville, this project’s temporary installations and programming demonstrate ways we might create a safer and more inviting environment in the public spaces of Union Square.

Community Coordination: Outreach to various community organizations and individuals to garner support for the project, including coordination of donated materials and volunteers.Distribute printed and electronic materials.

Private Sector Coordination: Outreach to neighborhood businesses and property owners, and engagement of this group as active participants.

Vendor Programming: Recruit and coordinate vendors

Entertainment Programming: Book at least two performances. Create staging plan.

Fluff Festival and Fluffernutter Fun Run

Part of the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion series, the What the Fluff Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors to Union Square. This community-focused event brings together local artists, musicians, theatrical performers, inventors, and humorists to pay madcap tribute to the creation of this great American foodstuff. This year, we’ve added a Fun Run on the Friday evening before the festival.

Neighborhood Coordination: Outreach to neighborhood businesses and property owners, and engagement of this group as active participants.

Vendor Programming: Recruit and coordinate vendors.

Entertainment Programming: Book musical and theatrical performers.

Promotion: Distribute promotional materials.

This position is available immediately. Submit resume and letter outlining your experience and interest to: Mimi Graney, Executive Director, Union Square Main Streets, Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Monday, May 05, 2014


JUNE 14TH 2014
LEVEL 3 (AGES 8-12)
6/14 AT 11AM TAP

6/14 AT 1PM TAP

LEVEL 4 (AGES 10-13)
6/14 AT 4PM TAP

6/14 AT 4:30PM TAP



Deborah Mason School of Dance
624 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
International Dance Council CID Conseil International de la Danse
UNESCO 1 rue Miollis FR-75736 Paris France


The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the May Artist of the Month.

Greer Muldowney, May Artist of the Month

What’s a brief overview of what you do?

I suppose I do many things, all photography and art related. I'm a photographer by medium, but I also teach photography at the college level, and organize arts events. Currently, I am the regional coordinator for the Flash Forward Festival, this year occuring May 1-4 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

I also do a bit of independent curating as well- with shows for The Nave Gallery here in Somerville, as well as the annual "Undergraduate Photography Now" exhibition that I organize for the Flash Forward Festival.

Are there some past projects you’d like to mention in more detail?

As an artist, I am probably most known for the work I did in Hong Kong. My "6,426 Km2" series was about media perception and Western (American, really) bias towards China. I would say that my new work is very similar to this, as it deals with looking at the landscape and challenging notions of architecture and sustainability as progress.

As an organizer? I helped start the Toy Camera exhibition at the Nave Gallery in 2009, known then as the "Alter-Ego" exhibitions, which was both toy camera and alternative processes. After two successful runs of this show, it spawned the Somerville Toy Camera Festival, which is now in its second year.

For the full interview go here:


Come to SCATV on May 5 from 4:00 to 8:00 for a tour of the facility and information about how you can get involved at Somerville’s award-winning community media center. There are many ways to get involved: join Boston Free Radio as a DJ, learn about our upcoming media classes & SCATV events, geek out over our fancy HD TV Studio, and meet some of your 'Villen neighbors! We hope to see you :)

Also happening on this same day, May 5, is the productions of PSAs for our organizational members. Non-profit organizations who are SCATV members will receive one PSA for free and other local non-profits are invited to join SCATV as a member for $100 and have a PSA made about their services. Call Wendy Blom at 617-628-8826 for details to schedule these. For the full description of what PSA day is for non-profits, please visit:

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