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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SHS Annual Musical: Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda's BRING IT ON Feb 9th,10th and 11th

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Somerville High School is proud to present our annual HS Musical: BRING IT ON
Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of  competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance and great singing, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected.  Musical in 2 Acts: Book - Jeff Whitty, inspired by the film, Bring It On; music and lyrics - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

FEBRUARY 9, 10, 11 at 7PM

Tickets available in the main office of Somerville High School, at the door and online:  www.SHSMA.BOOKTIX.COM
Price:  Advanced Tickets: students and seniors: $10 adults $12
            Day of performance: students and seniors $12 adults $15
For ticket info, please contact Rosemary Sears:

We are ONE Somerville- Sign making Party

We are ONE Somerville: Sign-Making Party
Date & TimeFriday, February 3from 5-7pm
Location: Mudflat Pottery School
                  81 Broadway,  Somerville

Out of many: One Somerville. 
On Friday February 3 (5-7pm), in collaboration with the Welcome Project and the City of Somerville, the Arts Council invite you to an evening of creative expression at Mudflat Pottery School in East Somerville. Come and get your art on with messages of support for the “We are One Somerville: Sanctuary City Rally”. Sign-making materials will be provided. Feeling extra-festive? Feel free to bring additional supplies to the workshop. All are welcome.
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About the Rally: 
Saturday, February 4 Saturday at 10 AM - 12 PM
Location: Somerville High School

Join The Welcome Project, City of Somerville (Official), and your neighbors on the Somerville High School concourse in showing support for our Sanctuary City (2017 is the 30th anniversary of Somerville becoming a Sanctuary City) and all members of our community. The rally will feature a short speaking program and musical performances.

In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held in the Somerville High School Auditorium.

Feldman's Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (Fri) & John Kordalewski Trio (Sat): this weekend @ Third Life Studio

Sonic Liberation Players present

Feldman's "Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello"

       Friday, February 3, 8pm
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Trevor Berens, piano
Andrea Lieberherr Douglass, violin
Gabriel Solomon, viola
Rachel Barringer, cello

Members of SLP perform Morton Feldman's swansong, "Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello", composed in 1987. This haunting, ethereal piece transcends time and space during its 75 minute length. A truly breathtaking experience to hear live.


Mandorla Music Series continues with

John Kordalewski Trio

       Saturday, February 4, 8pm
       $15; advance tickets here
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For many years, pianist John Kordalewski has helmed the acclaimed Makanda Project.  Mandorla Music is pleased to welcome him for a rare appearance in a very different setting - a classic piano trio. John will be joined by bassist Carlos Pino anddrummer Kesivan Naidoo.  He describes Pino, currently completing his Master’s degree in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory, as one of the most versatile bass players that has emerged from Colombia in recent years. Kesivan Naidoo is recognized as one of South Africa's top jazz drummers, and presently makes his home in NYC after spending some time in Boston at Berklee's Global Jazz Initiative.   Expect a program of compositions by such pianist-composers as Cedar Walton, Horace Silver and Mulgrew Miller, and music from and inspired by Pino's Colombia and Naidoo's South Africa.


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

Monday, January 30, 2017

CALL FOR ART: Art Ramble 2017

Call for Art: Art Ramble 2017

The Umbrella Arts & Environment program seeks site-specific artwork for the Musketaquid Art Ramble 2017 outdoor exhibition, Slow Eyes, Solace & Site, to be installed in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest June 5, 2017- September 30, 2017. In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday this exhibit encourages artists to create work that slows the viewer’s experience of the natural world. What can we learn from looking and how long does it take us to see? As a species we can now exist without stepping foot in the woods. But what happens when we do? How can makers reflect their own vision of nature to the audience in a way that reveals deeper connections, looking, and questions?
In the 2017 Musketaquid Art Ramble, we hope to present a truly site-specific exhibit that reveals the natural and human history and unique character of the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest through works that encourage contemplation, play, discovery, and participation. Installation, performance, and community art projects will be considered. To support their work and vision, selected artists will receive an honorarium of $100 and volunteers will be available for assistance. Artists selected for the exhibit will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other, local naturalists, and historians to learn more about the area as well as Thoreau’s life and work as they consider final sites and details for their installations.
For full details, visit or see the attached Call for Art.

How to Fix the World Festival Call to Artists - February 19, 2017

How to Fix the World Festival
The Somerville Arts Council seeks artists, musicians, performers, dancers and makers
to present work at the How To Fix The World Festival. The event is a free, one-day,
outdoor festival taking place in Somerville’s Union Square on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Imagine a mini world’s fair about how we can save the world.
We’re looking for art projects that: - Identify social problems in the world. - Analyze
social problems in the world. - Propose or provide solutions to these problems. We’re
looking for art that addresses racism, sexism, global warming, capitalism and other
major problems. Make your art serious, critical, humorous, etc. We want art that asks
questions as well as art that provides answers. We’re interested in broadsides, healing
therapy, protest raps, disconcerting installations, upsetting poetry, visionary paintings,
incisive comedy, mobilizing dances, affirming theater, afrofuturism, games, parades,
rants, exorcisms.
We want art that represents the rich diversity of our community. We’re especially
interested in projects in which the audience can participate. We like unusual ideas,
intersectionality, and things we haven’t thought of. Surprise us! Participating artists will
be paid a small stipend. Those looking to sell their work will be asked to pay a vendor
Applicants must be available to present their projects on Sunday, June 18 as well as on
the rain date three weeks later, Saturday, July 8.
To apply: Send a short proposal (one or two paragraphs), your name, email, phone, a
link to samples of past work, and requested payment to

Tiny Great Outdoors Festival - February 19, 2017

The Somerville Arts Council and outdoors-type-person Greg Cook are looking for art for the "Tiny Great Outdoors Festival.” The April 23 event (rain date: April 30) is a free, one- afternoon celebration of urban wildlife and the return of spring, outdoors at the Quincy Street Open Space, Somerville’s smallest "urban wild.” The event will be part of the city’s Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities.
We are looking for visual art, installations, audience-participatory projects and other art addressing these themes that can be displayed outdoors in the park during the festival. We’re looking for projects that represent the rich diversity of our community. We like unusual ideas and approaches. Surprise us.
Artists must be available to participate on both the date of the festival, April 23, and the raindate, April 30.
The festival is timed for spring blooming, when the park is (usually) filled with tulips. The small park is just 5,000 square feet of “sustainable woodland landscape” on reclaimed land where a house burned down in the late 1980s.
To apply: Send a short proposal (one or two paragraphs), your name, email, phone, a link about your relevant experience, and requested payment. To 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cambridge Art Association's 2017 Portfolio Review - March 26 at Lesley University - [somartscouncil]

Donate today! Cambridge Art Association's 2017 Portfolio Review Sponsored by Lesley University College of Art and Design  Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 10am-4pm Location: Lunder Arts Center, lower level commons, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square Fees: CAA Members: $60 per 20-minute review | $150 for 3 reviews  Non-Members: $80 per 20-minute review | $210 for 3 reviews  Registration Begins February 7th at 11am by calling the Cambridge Art Association Office | 617 -876-0246 | Get all of the details on our website 2017 Reviewers: Patricia Dellorfano | Lead Curator, Fidelity Investments Elizabeth Devlin | Founder, Katherine French | Gallery Director, Catamount Arts Sara Jane Miller | Curator, The Gund Collection Al Miner | Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Bruce Myren | Acting Executive Director, Photographic Resource Center Hilary Tait Norod | Art Rental Program Manager, Cambridge Art Association Abigail Ogilvy |  Abigail Ogilvy Gallery Charlotte Riggs | Art Consultant, Boston Art Jessica Roscio | Curator, Danforth Art Sam Toabe | Gallery Curator, University of Massachusetts, Boston * Keep an eye out for additional reviewers, to be added before February 7! (Header image: Bruce Myren reviews work at our 2015 Portfolio Review) Get ready for the Review! Portfolio Review Prep-Workshop | Saturday, March 11th 10am-12pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery with CAA Director Erin Becker This workshop will give you the tools you need to edit your portfolio, and put your best artistic face forward. We will review tips for presenting your portfolio, will guide you through the process of preparing for a portfolio review. This workshop is perfect for those who have never had a review, and a great refresher for past participants. *$10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members  Sign up for the Portfolio Review Prep-Workshop here. |   617.876.0246   |             Cambridge Art Association | 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Unsubscribe Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by in collaboration with Try it free today

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ArtBeat call to community

Each year the Arts Council produces ArtBeat—one of our signature festivals—on the third weekend in July in Davis Square.    And each year we develop a theme to change up this performing and visual art event.   This year’s theme—appropriate for our current times is:  Voice.

"Voice," a celebration of all things that have to do with being vocal —both literally and figuratively. How does a community find a collective voice and be heard? How does an individual find a voice to speak up and share thoughts, desires and frustration?  From sotto voce to a loud roar, voices can take on all volumes, tones and timbres. What's your voice — and how does it harmonize or perhaps clash with other voices? Thinking in a more expansive way, voice doesn't have to be vocal or audible — it is more about advocacy. Someone doesn't always have to speak out loud to be heard; voice can embody all types of expression. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this theme — whether it's a proposed puppet show about a girl who loses her voice, dance choreography that addresses the voices we hear in our heads, or a sound installation about how giving voice can affect change.  Surprise us! Get Vocal! 

If you are a musician, dancer, public artist, performing artist, craft or community vendor, please consider applying to be a part of the festival.  

All calls and applications can be downloaded here:

For examples of previous themes and the range of work presented at the festival go here:

I Spy Butterfly by Somerville artist, Faye Dupras, at the Puppet Showplace Theater, Friday, January 27

Puppet Showplace Celebrates 5thAnniversary of Incubator Program With World Premiere of “I Spy Butterfly” featuring
Somerville Artist, Faye Dupras

Friday, January 27 at 7pm, the Theater will present the world premiere of “I Spy Butterfly” by Somerville Faye Dupras with music by Max Weigert as part of Puppet Showplace Theater’s annual  New Year! New Shows! Series. Opening Night will take place on with a post-show reception sponsored by the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry.
2017 also marks the 5th anniversary of the Incubator Program, which has supported the development of nine new productions since it launched in the 2012-2013 season. In 2016, Faye was a recipient of a Somerville Arts Council LCC Project grant in Dance/Theater and provided seed money for the development of this work.
In addition, Puppet Showplace will present a retrospective exhibit featuring artifacts and work-in-progress from past Incubator productions. The display will be open throughout the New Year! New Shows! Series January 14 - February 12 and feature work by Resident Artist Brad ShurThe GottabeesFaye Dupras,  and CactusHead Puppets. Admission to the exhibit is free during the theater’s open hours. 
Tickets to the performance and all New Year! New Shows! events are available here.  Watch a preview of “I Spy Butterfly!”
About the show
I SPY a Puppet Show! How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug's best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy's caterpillar friend Harold suddenly transforms into a chrysalis, she's determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild! 

"I Spy Butterfly" is produced with support from:
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The Incubator Program grew out of a longstanding tradition at Puppet Showplace, where local artists met bi-monthly to swap skills, share works-in-progress, and experiment with new ideas. When Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum joined the theater in 2010, she recognized the need to support local artists more substantially by partnering with them to create full-length shows. At first, the program began by granting rehearsal space, providing fiscal sponsorship, and presenting an extended theatrical run featuring the new work by local artists. Recently, thanks to a major gift from the Sakharoff Family Trust, Puppet Showplace Theater was able to provide artists with both production and financial support.  Learn more about the Incubator Program

Call for artists - deadline February 1st

The deadline for Small Works Salon is fast approaching! 

Small Work Salon 2017
The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, invites Boston area artists to submit work for an exhibition juried by Howard Yezerski, a well-known gallerist with decades of experience in Boston’s contemporary art scene.
Submit any 2D or 3D media configuration measuring a maximum of 14” on the longest dimension or 14” x 14” x 14”.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2017. Show dates: March 20 – April 14, 2017
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