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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Afterschool at Parts and Crafts!

Afterschool runs four days a week -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday -- from 3-5:30. Kids are welcome to come by anytime during our open hours to take a class, use our tools, and hang out and work on their own projects.


Monday: Intro to Electronics. Join us or a crash course in electronics. We’ll take apart and examine scrap electronics, learn how to solder, build motors, play sounds, make things blink and spin, and build connections. Sample projects might include: Motor cars, drawdios, DIY motors, lightsabers,, solar-triggered bristlebots, and more!

Tuesday: Computer Club. A weekly meet-up for kids who like to code. We use Scratch for kids just starting out, then switch over to Java and Python for advanced projects. Learn the basic concepts of writing software and computation — variables, logical control structures (loops, conditionals), functions, and objects — by designing your on games and animations.

Wednesday: Open shop at Parts and Crafts! Learn how to make simple projects out of wood and foam: dynamos, boxes, small carts, ornithopters, jigsaw puzzles, mini catapults, and more! No experience necessary, all are welcome, come by and make something!

Friday: Game Day. Risk, Hey that My Fish, Pandemic, and a whole lot of Magic: the Gathering — all the games you could ever want to play! This is less a class and more an open meet-up for kids who want to hang out, meet new people, and play strategy games.

How it works:

Afterschool begins on Monday September 9. Our last day for fall semester is Friday, December 19. Programs are tailored for kids ages 7-13 but all are welcome. Kids younger than 7 must be accompanied by a grown-up at all times.

Rolling enrollment: Workshops run for four sessions and repeat monthly — if you want to come check out the space, they’re a great way to get your feet wet and try it out! Kids are welcome to sign up by week, by month, or by semester, or just drop in to check out a particular class.

Voluntary membership. If you like what we do and want to support it financially, please consider buying a membership to our space! Membership is not required for participation but it's a great way for people who are using our programs in an ongoing way to help keep the lights on and programs running.

How to register: Kids who are being dropped off independently must have a full registration packet on file filled out in person at the time of drop-off. To reserve a space ahead of time, sign up here! There is no cost to register, and all are welcome regardless of membership status.

Transportation: We are looking for parents who want to help bottom-line carpooling arrangements from Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford. If you have space and a willingness to organize in exchange for free membership, please email us at

CSCL is enrolling for fall semester!

Are you currently homeschooling? Interested in homeschooling? Looking for alternatives to school? If so, we'd love to talk to you! CSCL is a year-round program for kids who want to make, build, play, and explore at their own pace and on their own terms. We run a community space with lots of tools, resources and projects, designed to meet a range of homeschooling needs.


How it works. CSCL is a member-based program, and kids are welcome to sign up anywhere from one to five days a week. Our schedule is built in an ongoing way, with classes based on what kids ask for and are excited about learning, with one-on-one tutorials tailored to meet the needs of individual families. Fridays are reserved for off-site field trips.

Dates and costs: CSCL starts Monday September 9 and runs through Friday May 29. Yearly enrollment for five days a week is $9250 with tiered day rates going down to $1900/year. We offer sliding scale options for all of our day rates and are committed to making space for anyone who wants to join regardless of ability to pay. Membership may be paid monthly or by semester and may be renewed mid-year.

How to register: Want to find out more? Come by for a visit! Kids are welcome to come by to see how the space works and see if it's a good fit. We are also available most days between 3 and 5:30 to meet with parents. In-person meetings are the best way to get a sense of the space, and highly recommended for families who are interested in enrolling their kids.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning to enroll your child and haven't confirmed with us for Fall 2014, please email us to confirm your spot!

We've had a lot of conversations with interested people over the last few weeks --- if you are planning to join us, please email so we know to expect you on Monday September 9!

Half-day Wednesdays @ Brooklyn Boulders

Looking for something to do on early release days? Join us for an afternoon of ice skating from 12:30 - 2 at Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink, then head down to Brooklyn Boulders for an afternoon of rock climbing! Cost is $30 for the day which covers equipment rental, staff, and group admission to Brooklyn Boulders.


Dates: Wednesdays, 9/17, 10/1, 10/29, 12/10
Time: 12:30-5:30 on early release days
Cost: $30 regular / $20 for members (includes all equipment rental)

All Parts and Crafts staff are CORI-checked and belay-certified -- parent volunteers are welcome but need to meet these requirements as well.

Saturday Open Shop! Movie Night!

Open Shop starts Saturday September 20. Every Saturday from 12-2 pm we open our shop to anyone who wants to stop by and work on stuff. We'll have a project to get people started, or bring your own!No registration required - come by and make something! For a full calendar of events, visit

Movie NIght @ Parts and Crafts! Our first movie night will be Thursday 9/18 from 6-8 pm. We'll be watching Hook! Common Sense Media calls it "a clumsy mishmash of a comedy." We call it one of the best movies of 1991! $5 suggested, pizza will be provided. Join us!

FREE DANCE CLASSES - September 6, 2014

The Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio will be hosting their second annual FREE Dance Fair!

Saturday September 6th

Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio

730 Broadway


Free classes, Arts & Crafts, Snacks, Refreshments, & raffles!!

Register for fall classes on this day and receive $5 off your registration fee!!!

Enter to win FREE Dance Supplies!!

Schedule of FREE classes:
10:30 Preschool
12:00 Hip Hop
11:15 Tumbling 1:00 Jazz

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SALEM GALLERY CALL FOR Gears, Grit and Gaslights THEMED ART - September 2, 2014

CALL FOR ART - “Gears, Grit and Gaslights”!
When: Tue, September 2, 4pm – 7pm
Where: 24 New Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, USA (map)

CALL FOR ART “Gears, Grit and Gaslights”! The theme for the Salem Arts Association's September exhibit is "Gears, Grit and Gaslights". Harken back to an earlier time or leap forward to a re-envisioned future:. Steampunk, Neo- Victorian, Retro Future, or Post-Apocalyptic Nostalgia. Celebrate an era that promised air ships and time travel. Remember a past of steam engines, industry and innovation. Your work should reflect some aspect of or about the Late 19th Century, in anything from era appropriate themes, materials, and techniques to the dreams and visions of authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Be adventurous and share your work with the community!
WORK SOUGHT: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces, 2D works should be no larger than 18 x 24"and wired to hang with no saw tooth hangers. Sculptural pieces need to fit through the door. Wearables (large jewelry pieces, hats, dresses, etc.) should include displays. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS - THEY WILL NOT HANG.

ARTWORK DROP-OFF: Tuesday, September 2nd, from 4 to 7 pm. and Wednesday September 3rd from 8-10am,. In person drop-off only. Unsolicited mail will not be returned. Artists will be notified via email if work is not accepted. Please plan to pick up any unaccepted work on Thursday, September 4th, from 4-7 pm All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. Fees: SAA Members: Free. Non-Members: $5.00 fee per entry. All artists accepted to the show are encouraged to sign up got a 2 hour Gallery Sitting time. INSURANCE: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works With a value of over $1 000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists' must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage. The juror for this show will be Victorian Lady Lisa She is known both locally and nationally for her Cape Ann Cable TV show "All things Victorian" and her book "International Steampunk Fashions".She is currently writing a second book, a Victorian/Edwardian fashions book. A third book, with Steampunk designer/model phenom Kato, is also being planned. Lady Lisa also has the honor of being a portrait model for artists in PA and recently for famed impressionist, Jude Abbe. She is a member of one of the Rockport Art Association. Lovely seaside Rockport, MA is where Lady Lisa resides. Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes. Exhibit Dates: September 4-28, 2014 Exhibition reception: September 13th, 4-6pm. Exhibit Location: Artists' Row, Building #2, 24 New Derby Street in Salem Salem Arts Association is a non-profit organization.

LINKS Download the Full call to art here! Download the gallery Exhibition Installation Form here! Call to Art Page
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2015 Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant information sessions announced

Each year in September the Council offers information sessions about our LCC grant program. If you have ideas about an art project but not sure how to plan one, or seeking a fellowship to support your work, or if you merely have questions about our application forms, these meetings are a great way to meet with staff and learn more.

For more information on the LCC program go to:

2015 LCC application and guidelines will be available Sept. 3rd.

2015 LCC grant meetings will occur:

Wed., Sept 17, 3:30-5 pm
Somerville Public Library
Central Branch/79 Highland Ave.

Mon., Sept 22, 6-7:30 pm
Mudlfat Pottery School
81 Broadway

Thurs., Oct 2, 6-7:30 pm
Somerville Public Library
West Branch/40 College Ave.

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

Monday, August 25, 2014


WMBR is a college/community radio station affiliated with MIT. We are a local, non-commercial station, broadcasting at 88.1fm, and online. We are 100% volunteer, with no paid staff. This is rare – even among other local college and public stations. Our only sources of income are listener donations and a small stipend from MIT.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOOKSHELF - August 24, 2014

Bookshelf is a nomadic photo book store currently located in Boston MA. We specialize in independently made and produced photography books.

Spurred by an interest in art book collecting and the lack of independent art book store in the greater Boston area, our focus is on publishers and photographers who are actively making and promoting their work through the printed book format while actively stimulating a conversation about contemporary photography.

Keep up-to-date with upcoming events and read more about this project on our website. Click through for our web shop and see our current offerings!

Find us TODAY amongst other local talents at Art Walk in the Park
@MIT University Park in Cambridge, MA, 11-5pm.
I will be showcasing a serious selection of photography books as well as some of my own photography.
New arrivals include works by the Ice Plant, Empty Stretch, Jason Fulford, and Scott Alario.
Swing by and say hello!

Can't make it today? No worry! We will be hosting events through September and October.
Keep an eye on our website for forthcoming events.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Kingston Gallery, an artist-run gallery in Boston's South End, is accepting applications for 2 new artist members. We showcase a diverse range of contemporary art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. Dues-paying members receive a solo show every 2-3 years in the Main gallery and a solo show in the Members' gallery in alternate years. No application fee.



Thursday, August 14, 2014


Theatre@First announces auditions for

Written by Eurpides
Translated by Edith Hamilton
Presented by special arrangement with W. W. Norton & Company

Auditions: September 2 & 3, by appointment only (slots at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm). Callbacks, if necessary, will be on Thursday, September 4th, from 7p - 10p.

Audition Location: Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.
Please note that parking is by permit only on William St. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.

Audition Information: For complete audition information, including character descriptions and show requirements, please visit our website at .Theatre@First Auditions

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About the Show
Performance Info: Performances will take place at Unity Somerville in Davis Square, November 14-22.
About the Play: In 415 B.C.E., Athens had just begun the Sicilian Expedition, which would become one of its greatest military disasters. Sickened by the senseless destruction, Euripides was moved to write what remains one of the most powerful indictments of war the world has ever known: The Trojan Women. Set only two days after the Greeks infiltrated Troy with their wooden horse, the play explores the true reason why men go to war and who their actions affect the most. Among the once noble women who now wait to be taken to Greece as slaves are Hecuba the aging queen, Cassandra the mad prophetess, Andromache who was once the wife of a hero, and the dangerously beautiful Helen of Troy herself.


We are looking for folks to help us program our new M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus (Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport).

About the MUSCRAT
The city of Somerville, led by the Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which has been transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). We anticipate that the inside will be used to conduct roaming art classes, performance art or dance, while the outside could be used to screen films or host concerts. The intent for our M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

Perhaps you'd like to…

-create a comix workshop for youth in an underserved area; this might take place at Mystic River Housing, for example
-produce a dance performance in or around the bus in an unlikely location
-host a public craft night inside the bus

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Official Call
For more details and the official call to Producers, go here:

Rachel Strutt
Program Manager
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
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Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Jimmy Tingle on Robin Williams and events

Dear Friends,

As we mourn the tragic death of beloved comedian, actor, and philanthropist, Robin WIlliams, let us remember that for every star on Hollywood Boulevard affected by substance abuse and depression, there are millions in this country and around the world who suffer in relative obscurity.

If there is one positive development that may come out of this tragedy, it is the heightened awareness around depression, mental health and substance abuse issues plaguing the human condition.

Fortunately for us in the United States under the new healthcare law, it has never been easier and more affordable to get treatment for substance abuse, mental health issues or depression. If you or a loved one needs help and wants help, call your local hospital,
health clinic, or 12-Step program. They are all in the phone book and on the web.

Get the help you need. There's no shame in asking for help.

Thank you Robin for your life, your work, your genius sense of humor and your generosity.
God bless you and your loved ones and Rest In Peace.


Robin Williams And Mental Health


Robin was a great friend of Mort Sahl, who is coming to the Regent Theater on August 22nd and 24th. As a friend of The Regent and of Mort, we are offering all of you on The Tingle Email List a $10.00 discount on tickets to this event.

GO TO and USE THE CODE "TINGLE" to access the discount.


Aug 16

"Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation

Truro, MA
Payomet Performing Arts Center

Aug 24
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Aug 25
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Aug 26
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Sep 6
"Making Comic Sense" Northampton, MA
Iron Horse Music Hall Tickets
Sep 13
"Making Comic Sense" Fundraiser for Weymouth Democratic Town Committee Weymouth, MA
Weymouth Elks Club Tickets
Sep 20
"Making Comic Sense" - Fundraiser for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts Chelmsford, MA
Chelmsford Center for the Arts Tickets
Sep 27
"Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Natick, MA
The Center for Arts in Natick Tickets


Cambridge Arts makes annual awards of $200-$2000 to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access. Entry fee.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014



Abstract (Photo) Expressionists

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Elizabeth Ellenwood, Wire Sketches, 2014
The artists that we have selected for the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition look at line, shape, texture, design and color in very unique ways. This exhibition features work by artists: Keith Johnson, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Alexander Harding, Jerry Reed, Paul Wainwright, Andrea Stone, Suzette Bross, Louis Henri Pingitore and Ioanna Tourkantonis.


Michael Donnor | Paper Truths

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Michael Donnor, images in the exhibition Paper Truths
Throughout the summer come see this amazing solo exhibition by Michael Donnor. It features images from his Notes on a Paper Universe, and Silent Moan series.

This work was recently featured on LENSCRATCH and on Elin Spring's blog, What Will You Remember?


Bradford Washburn | Vintage Contact Prints

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We're delighted to be exhibiting a collection of 100 vintage contact prints by Bradford Washburn. Many of these images have never been seen by the public, exhibited, or printed in books. For the first time, Panopticon Gallery will be mounting an exhibition of this work, along side "colossal" images from the Washburn Estate and the Decaneas Archive. This exhibition will open on September 12th.

This exhibition is sponsored by:

panopticon imaging

» Photographer, Mountaineer, Cartographer. More than anything, he was:
Bradford Washburn: A Trailblazer.
» The website GoodReads has a great list of photography books. If you are:
Looking for something to Read, check out this blog post.
» Our former intern has gone on to bigger and better things. Check out her work:
Artists Profile: Laura Knapp.
» Part of the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition:
Andrea Stone: Shades of Purple.
» Also on view as part of the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition:
An Interview with Jerry Reed.
» Want to go on a photography retreat with Keith Johnson? Check out:
17th Annual Star Island Retreat in New Hampshire.
» If you are thinking about earning an MFA in Photography, check out the
New Hampshire Institute of Art Low-Residency MFA in Photography program.
» The Book Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography is slowly becoming a hit amongst emerging artist and photography students. Please consider checking it out.
Panopticon Gallery
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-3:00pm


The deadline for application for our new Artist-in-Residence program is a week from tomorrow!

The Umbrella is proud to launch our Artist-in-Residence program for the 2014-2015 season. We are currently accepting submissions from artists of all media in the first five years of their career who are not enrolled full-time in an academic program.

The Umbrella’s Artist-in-Residence program provides free studio space and housing for a new artist to develop their work while connecting to the Greater Boston art community. The selected artist will commit to regular, active, and productive use of the studio space starting September 2014. In addition, the artist will be expected to participate in two open studio weekends and give three evening presentations to the community over the course of the year. At the end of the year, the artist will mount an exhibition of their work from the program and produce a digital portfolio, which will become part of The Umbrella archive.

The artist-in-residence will be awarded a 132 square foot studio with a shared lobby space, and will have the opportunity to live rent-free in a single bedroom cottage within walking distance of The Umbrella. To apply, visit

Please forward this email to your networks or anyone you think may be interested in applying for this exciting new program.

Hope you're enjoying this fabulous weather!


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Thank you for your continued support of The Umbrella Community Arts Center.

Our mailing address is:
The Umbrella Community Arts Center
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742

Friday, August 08, 2014

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL Ignite Festival - August 9, 2014

Cactus juice, Potato Candy and Fire

What more could you ask for? You'll find these things at the Art Council's Ignite festival, held this Saturday night in Union Square.

Check out the Ignite Top 8 List at our Nibble blog for 8 darn good reasons why you don't want to miss this festival. This post gives the latest deets on the festival.

Rachel Strutt
Program Manager
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

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