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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Sunday (12/4): Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at The Loft (Union Square, Somerville)!

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at The Loft and Holiday Flea at the Armory will bring you cheer and unique gifts that no mall can! The Loft is a place to get your unique, original gifts while enjoying live music, baked goods, and fun! Plus a special holiday photo booth. Come join us and spread the word!

Featuring artwork, crafts, etc by:
Dan Blakeslee •
Jamie Donnelly
Marc Fulchini •
Stephanie Goode •
Mary Lewey •
Katelyn Lewis
Lexi's Tree Fort • 
Åârøń Mōrrìśš •
Christopher O'Neill •
Sarah Gay O'Neill •
Jennie Siegel / Made By Athena 
Rifrákt Art Collective •
Stina Simmarano •
Tamim Teas •

DIRECTIONS: The Loft, 438 Somerville Ave, #4, Somerville, MA.  Go into the Market Basket parking lot. Walk past Little India and take a right around the corner. Enter the first door and follow the signs up to the second floor.

Want to hear some terrific and original music ?

STARTS AT 6:30.  $15 AT THE DOOR.  With fabulous local musicians - Kent Allyn on keyboards, Ed Scheer (of The Love Dogs) on drums, Greg Holt on bass.  All original material!  Great fun!  Go to to learn more about her!

For your artists' bulletin board


Rent: $950 per month, Electricity, heat, trash disposal, and public WiFi are included.

Space: 768 square feet (32 x 24 feet); 12' ceiling, operable windows, 1/2 flight up from street level.

Parking: There is no parking provided at the building; there is limited free 2-hour on-street parking on Webster Ave and metered parking elsewhere in the square - there is ample additional parking for anyone with a Somerville residential sticker.

Community: The tenants of the building are all trades people engaging in their crafts or renting storage or other ancillary uses of their business. 
Tenants must fit this profile in order to preserve the legal non-conforming light industrial use of the building. The current tenants include woodworkers, boat-builders, building contractors, upholsterers, electricians, and a bookbinder.

Environment: The building is often noisy with woodworking machines. Dust and woodworking adhesives and finishes are filtered and vented, but are still in the air. There is no smoking allowed in the rental spaces.

Retail Use: We do not rent to retail businesses (i.e.- one where the public comes daily to receive services or buy products) The building is locked at all times: deliveries and clients must be buzzed in.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Turkish/Jazz fusion w/ Cesni Trio (Fri.) & Pandelis Karayorgis Trio Reunion Concert (Sat): This Weekend @ Third Life Studio!

Mandorla Music Series continues with

Çeşni Trio

        Friday, December 2, 8pm
       $15 - advance tix here

Mandorla Music (along with Third Life Studio!) is very excited to present The Çeşni Trio for a night of contemplative, playful, beautiful and surprising music, as three contemporary improvisers explore Turkish makam tradition! 

The Çeşni Trio is made up of 
Tev Stevig (Klezwoods, Ivo & the Wave Wranglers, Cordis) on tanbur, fretless guitar oud, & saz; Michael Harrist (Ameranouche, Joe & Yuka Hunt Trio) on bass, yayli tanbur & ney and Fabio Pirozzolo (Grand Fatilla, Newpoli) on percussion including darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak & armenian dhol.

The group is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. Their repertoirse draws from the Turkish art music tradition which developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years, as well the more modern stylings of contemporary musician-composers such as Erkan Oğur, Ross Daly, Murat Aydemir, and Efrén López. They also play original compositions.


Pandelis Karayorgis Trio Reunion Concert
       Saturday December 3rd,  8 PM
       Tickets: $12 at the door (cash only)

Pandelis Karayorgis-piano
Nate McBride-bass
Randy Peterson-drums

This occasion marks the long overdue 11-year reunion of the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio.  Pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Nate McBride and drummer Randy Peterson were active as thePandelis Karayorgis Trio from 1997 to 2005. Together they recorded three CDs: Heart & Sack (Leo Lab ) in 1998, Blood Ballad (Leo Records) in 2001 and Carameluia (Ayler Records) in 2005. 

The trio was featured by Kevin Whitehead on NPR's Fresh Air and has received critical acclaim internationally, including several critics' "best of the year" picks.

Jazz Times listed Blood Ballad on its Critics' Picks 2001 list while the Boston Phoenix called this trio one "of the best in the world" and listed Heart And Sack on its top-10 choices for 1998 saying: 

"Karayorgis combines Lennie Tristano's sense of linear propulsion with Paul Bley's conception of the piano trio as a free-flowing three-way conversation. That makes for a coiled, winding and unwinding sense of swing driven by Karayorgis's prickly lines and expansive harmonies, bassist Nate McBride's mix of gestural abstractions and deep-walking, and drummer Randy Peterson's ability to drop the downbeat anywhere, confounding expectations and drawing you into this band's remarkable pulse."

In the liner notes to Heart And Sack, John Corbett describes the recording as "a profoundly subtle work that sounds fresh and original despite the fact that it occurs within the confines of one of the oldest and most cliché-encrusted musical vehicles: the piano trio."

In 2004, the trio toured Europe and in 2005, performed in Chicago and recorded their third CD, "Carameluia." They were invited back in 2005 to perform at the Hungry Brain's Phrenology Festival.

Read more about the group here


THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of 
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Journeys in Sound last event in 2016 this Friday night

A Salon Night of Improvisational Proportions -
An Evening with the New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation Dept.
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Friday, December 2 @ 8pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe 
191 Highland Ave. Somerville

The New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation Dept. returns to the Arts at the Armory Cafe for the third year to showcase some of the amazing talent attending that creative forward looking institution. 

Contemporary Improvisation is a term that really liberates the idea of improvisation from any specific genre, and reflects what’s been going on for years among musicians all over the world. 

Former NEC president Gunther Schuller was already aware of the changes in the music world in the 1950s when he coined the term Third Stream, implying that the music of today is almost inevitably a hybrid, and Third Stream was the original name of the department for its first twenty years, under the leadership of it's visionary founding chair, Ran Blake. 

Each year, their selective and diverse student body transforms itself into a vibrant and supportive musical community, sharing everything they bring to the table with one another and acting as a catalyst for musical adventures no one could have anticipated. 

Wait, what is contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory? .... 

For this event, expect an eclectic array of music played with a lot of spirit and without constraint. 

make a free reservation by clicking on 
for more info e-mail or call or text 617-276-4536 
$10 with a reservation, $12 without one **CASH ONLY at door**

Give to your CAA on #GivingTuesday

It's Giving Tuesday and we're asking you dear friends to consider donating to the Somerville Arts Council.  Help us fulfill our mission 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.

Individual contributions are crucial to our operation, providing us with both financial support and encouragement. Approximately 40% of our budget comes from individuals, businesses and foundations. Please remind yourself of the SAC programs (a few listed below) you've enjoyed and services we provide; then consider making an annual contribution to the Arts Council.  And your support is tax deductible!

PorchFest!    Intercambio Language & Culture Exchange     Puppetpalooza     Nibble     Illuminations    Somerstreets Musical Theater Program       ArtBeat!      Mystic Mural Project      Inside Out Gallery

Please donate through our secure portal here

Thanks so much ya'll! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

The City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council announces a call to poets to serve as the City’s second Poet Laureate.

The City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council announces a call to poets to serve as the City’s second Poet Laureate.
The City views the position as a means to further enhance the profile of poets and poetry in the city and beyond. The Poet Laureate is expected to bring poetry to segments of Somerville's community that have less access or exposure to poetry: senior citizens, youth, schools and communities. The Poet Laureate will be a person of vision with the ability to enact his/her vision.
The Poet Laureate will serve for a two-year term, 2017 & 2018, and will be provided an honorarium of $2,000 per year.
 To apply please download our application here:
Application deadline: Nov. 29
 And a big congratulations to Nicole Terez Dutton as she closes out the year as the City’s first Poet Laureate. 

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