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Monday, February 27, 2017

Flotilla (LIVE Improv) this Thursday @SCATV!

Flotilla: Episode 3 - Dangerfield x The Gorge

Flotilla is an experimental long
form improv television program. Admission is FREE for audience members. Reserve free tickets using the link in the description.
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The show begins
​ Thursday, March 2nd
at 8PM but 
​come to mingle beforehand! 
The show records at SCATV Studios in Union Square in Somerville

This month's guests are:

Arts Fuse Salon #1

A series of free "first Wednesday" evenings on the Duck Village Stage at Aeronaut & curated by Arts Fuse critics, who will present (and then interview) performers, artists, and writers they believe should be heard, seen, and supported. AF editor William Marx will MC the evening; reviewers from the magazine ( will host a Q & A with the artists they have chosen. 

The line-up for the first "first Wednesday" gathering: 

1) Local filmmaker Andrew Silver ( who will screen part of his film "Radio Cape Cod." Q & A led by film critic Tim Jackson.;

2) Dancer Jenny Oliver ( who will premiere a new work that will be part of the upcoming "We Create Festival." Q & A led by dance critic Merli V. Guerra.;

3) Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter Ryan Lee Crosby ( who will perform material from his latest "Busker on the Broad Highway" recording. Q & A led by music critic Noah Schaffer.

Wednesday, March 17 to 10 pm at Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Portrait Photography Workshop this weekend

We have an exciting Portrait Photography Workshop coming up this weekend:

This exciting Portrait workshop focuses on creative and practical lighting techniques, tips on how to guide your subjects and how you can achieve beautiful portrait results in a small studio setting.

Our instructor Luana Sam introduces students to a variation of portrait lighting techniques using just one light. Some of the techniques explored are paramount lighting, rembrandt and split lighting. 

For any questions please email us at


Friday, February 24, 2017

Call for Performers for 2017 Union Square Farmers Market

To Prospective Union Square Farmers Market Performer:

We are pleased to invite you (and your band) to perform at the 2017 Union Square Farmers Market! 

Our market will be entering its 13th season. It is one of the most successful markets in the state, with over 3,000 visitors at the height of the season.Our market will open every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the heart of Union Square in Somerville, MA. Opening day is May 13th, the day before Mother’s Day, and the market will run through November 18th.

Why perform at the Union Square Farmers Market?
We invite you to apply and be a part of this amazing market!   

Please fill out the Google Form, and we will get back to you shortly afterwards:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Call for submissions for Friend Smithsonian Museum

Call for Submissions for “The Friend Smithsonian Museum”

About the Gallery
The Friend Smithsonian Museum is a tiny museum located at 135 Highland Ave. in Somerville. Even though this unique space may be modest in stature, it welcomes big ideas, offering an artist the opportunity to explore a more intimate setting for smaller works. Since the museum is on a very busy pedestrian street, it can be viewed from the sidewalk 24 hours a day and is continuously lit. The exhibits are viewed at “kid level” and dozens of small children as well as perhaps 100 adults pass by each day to peer inside.
How to apply
We invite local artists to submit their idea for the coming year. Three-dimensional installations work best in the space. If you are a 2-D artist, you are encouraged to explore making your work 3-D for this space! Please keep in mind that because of the size restrictions we are only able to exhibit one artist at a time. A model of the interior space exists for purposes of planning.

For completed works, please note:  the following information should accompany each image:
  1. Artist name & Contact Info (phone & e-mail)
  2. Title of the piece
  3. Description of Medium
  4. Complete accurate dimensions (length, width, depth, & approximate weight)

When choosing work to submit please keep in mind that each panel of the display space has the following dimensions:
                                                             Height – 24”                                                                                                                                               
Depth – 30”
Width – 38”

This call will continue on a rolling basis. Submission to this call does not guarantee placement in the window.
Please submit this information, with the email subject header of “Friend Smithsonian Museum Submission” to:
Martha Friend at

Call to artists: How to Fix the World Festival

The Arts Council is producing a How to Fix the World Festival as one of our ArtsUnion Festivals this summer. The call deadline has been extended two weeks (it’s now March 6th). This festival is a great opportunity for artists and activists to present work on social change issues. There is a call for artists and presenters.

Please apply and share with your networks/anyone you think might be interested.

Call for artists and presenters:

Somerville Arts Council seeks a Director/Musical Director for their annual Summer Musical Theater Program.

Director/Musical Director 

Somerville Arts Council seeks a Director/Musical Director for their annual Summer Musical Theater Program. Responsibilities include coordinating all stage needs and teaching music for the musical production of a 3 week program with children ages 8-13. This person will be the on-site facilitator for scheduling daily activities, oversight of students, and being a main point of contact for staff and parents. 
The program will run July 10-29, 8:30am-5pm. Two public performances will be presented at the end. Show is TBD but will be geared towards young performers. Program takes place at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. 
If you are interested please submit your cover letter and resume to Rachel Roccoberton, Coordinator at

Spots are filling up! REGISTER TODAY for 2017 Portfolio Review

Cambridge Art Association's 2017 Portfolio Review 
Sponsored by Lesley University College of Art and Design 
Date: SundayMarch 26, 2017 | 10am-4pm
Location: Lunder Arts Center, lower level commons, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square
  • CAA Members: $60 per 20-minute review | $150 for 3 reviews 
  • Non-Members: $80 per 20-minute review | $210 for 3 reviews 
Register today by calling the Cambridge Art Association Office | 617 -876-0246 Get all of the details on our website
2017 Reviewers: 

(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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Special upcoming concert! Pianists Jacqueline Schwab & Neil Pearlman next Fri. 2/24 @ Third Life Studio

Jacqueline Schwab and Neil Pearlman
    Here Be Dragons: Solo Pianists Exploring
     Off-the-Map Boundaries of Traditional Music
       Friday, February 24, 8pm
       $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors
       For reservations:
     and (617) 775-7553

Please note: Third Life Studio is a small, intimate venue with a seating capacity of 46. If you want to be assured of hearing this concert on the Studio's beautiful Steinway, please email or call Jacqueline to reserve your tickets!

Jacqueline Schwab is a folk and classical improvisational pianist who plays "gorgeously spare piano" (The Boston Globe) yet "sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips" (Sing Out). Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1997 to celebrate Burns' Lewis and Clark series and also at the Smithsonian in 2000 celebrate its exhibition on the Presidency. In May, 2009, she accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the Late Show with David Letterman. Jacqueline has also toured the United States and England, inspiring people on the country dance floor through her performances with the Bare Necessities group and as a dance caller. 

Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. It was this fresh approach that led legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland to say “watching Neil’s hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack!”


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

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