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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Somerville Media Center Open House and Launch Party April 28th

In case you missed our exciting news, Somerville Community Access Television has undergone some rebranding and is now the Somerville Media Center.

After over 30+ years of operation, our organization has created an umbrella brand for our three main programs: SCATV, Boston Free Radio, and Somerville Neighborhood News. The Somerville Media Center launch party will take place on April 28th from 12pm - 4pm at 90 Union Square. All are welcome to come and check out our new signage, have a tour, meet more of your community media neighbors and enjoy some snacks. 

Here is a video link to the Somerville Neighborhood News segment. A full press release is attached for more background and information.

​If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. 
We hope to see you at the Launch Party! 

ArtBeat 2017 Craft and Artist Application- Deadline Friday, March 31

The deadline to submit for the ArtBeat Craft application is tomorrow!! Must be postmarked by Friday, March 31.

Call for Artists, Crafts, & Artisans for
ArtBeat 2017

It is that time again and we are in the beginning stages for planning our 2017 ArtBeat festival. This year’s theme is VOICE. Attached you will find the full application. Please review carefully, because some of the guidelines have changed slightly.


Previous ArtBeat participation does not guarantee placement.
Submissions must include images of the current work you will be showing.
Vendors are selected on the quality and strength of the applications materials.
Shared spaces/applications are juried separately. If the jury does not approve one submission, the accepted applicant must pay the full fee.
We will not be accepting slides or email submissions. Accepted images can be either photos or jpegs on a CD or USB
Please remember make checks out to Somerville Arts Council.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 
Heather Balchunas
Somerville Arts Council
Office Manager

Saturday July 15th  Davis Square, Somerville MA
(Rain Date: Sunday July 16th)

ArtBeat is Somerville's annual multi-media street party! The festival showcases the City's diverse and vibrant arts communities and attracts ten thousand visitors to Davis Square. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. ArtBeat is now its 31st year and features an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance and interactive activities. More than 80 regional and local craft and fine art vendors, who create their own work, will be chosen to presented from 11am-6pm on Saturday afternoon.

2017 theme: VOICE
This year's ArtBeat theme is "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!

Submit 5 color photos or jpegs (on CD or USB) representing the current work you'll be exhibiting this year. Label each image with your last name followed by a number such as "leeman01".
Please DO NOT send application via email.

Follow the instructions of the application and give corresponding information; include dimensions, materials and prices.

Choreographer Series / Chamber Music / Josh Rosen & Stan Strickland w/ Melting Pot / Mill City Trio Reunion Concert: All this weekend @ Third Life Studio!

Third Life Choreographer Series celebrates its 5th Anniversary!

Third Life Choreographer Series

       Friday,March 31st, 8:00pm
       $15 General Admission, advance tickets online only!
       $20 at the door
       $12 for Student/Seniors

Connections Dance, Jessie Jeanne & Dancers, Bryce Dance Company, Abilities Dance by Ellice Patterson, Alexander Davis, The Expressive Movement, Evolve Dynamicz, OnStage | Repertory, teXtmoVes and Kelley Donovan

Call (617) 388-3247 or email for info.

An afternoon of Chamber Music
with Charles Lin and friends

        Saturday April 1, 3PM
       Free admission
       A small reception to follow

Violinists Charles Lin, Kenneth Mok, Tessa Montague, and Paul Kahayias
Violists Peter Chew and Stephen Jue
Cellists Maggie Zager, Amy Nolan, and Nick Sterner
Clarinetist Yi-Ting Hsieh
Pianist Tim Garcia-Blalock


Piano Trio:  
    Piazolla's Oblivion
    Beethoven Ghost Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1
String Quartet:  
     Shostakovich String Quartet in C minor, No. 8
Clarinet Quintet: 
     Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B minor  


Third Life Studio welcomes back

The Melting Pot
       Saturday April 1, 8pm
       Advance tickets: $15 adult, $10 student
       At the door: $20 adult, $15 student (cash only)

Bring your free-spirited dancing self to experience this jazzadelic original band with Boston's hottest players! Join the dancing or just sit and listen to this great music. . .

Gabriela Martina: 
Stan Strickland: woodwinds, vocals
Jeff Lockhart: guitar
Josh Rosen: keyboards
Paul Johnson: bass
Giuseppe Paradiso: drums

With special guest dancer, Catherine Musinsky
Mill City Trio Reunion Concert
       Sunday April 2, 3pm
       $15; tickets at the door, cash only

       Tony D'Anna drums
       Jamie Dunphy guitar
       Greg Passler guitar and bass
       with special guest Ian Carroll saxophone

Mill City Trio was active from 2005-2011, performing regularly in clubs, concert halls and galleries around New England. The band released three critically acclaimed albums of original music, as well as a few surprising covers: "Overkill" by the '80s rock band Men at Work, and a revved-up version of the Baroque guitar piece "Canarios" by Gaspar Sanz. In 2010, Mill City Trio presented a series of concerts/workshops in New York, New Jersey and New England centered around "The Syncopated Bird," a concert-length composition for jazz trio and narrator. The group reunited for a short set last June as part of a fundraising concert for Musicians Without Borders. Tonight's show will feature "all the hits," as well as a few surprises.   

For more info, email

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Journeys in Sound re-scheduled event this Sunday

Music from Brazil: Solos de Ave (Bird Solos) feat. Sofia Kriger & friends plus the Elinor Speirs Brazilian Violin Collective
Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 4pm      **originally scheduled on March 19**
Arts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. Somerville

Solos de Ave (Bird Solos) explores and reconstructs the music of Brazilian composers Moacir Santos, Guinga, Cartola, and Tom Jobim with vocalist Sofia Krigersaxophonist Gustavo D'Amico, and pianist Chase Morrin. The new arrangements and improvistional touches will add their own personal imprint on some of the older music they grew up with. They will also perform some original compositions. 

Sofia Kriger, a native of Vitoria, the capital city of Espírito Santo state in southeast Brazil. is currently enrolled in New England Conservatory's Jazz program. She grew up surrounded by the vibrant sounds of Brazilian music and other genres. One of her goals as a musician is to experiment and improvise with sounds and feelings, approaching it with sincerity and passion. She currently is a member and co-leader of INĀ, a group that performs the Yoruban music of Brazil and Cuba.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gustavo D’Amico earned a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Greg Osby, George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, among others. He went on to enter a master's program at the New England Conservatory and was a member of the 2014-2015 Wild Card Honors Ensemble called Alfaia Quartet along with pianist and fellow Brazilian Henrique Eisenmann, Syrian oud player Kenan Adnawi, and American bassist Kirsten Lamb. The following year he was a member of the 2015-2016 Jazz Honors Ensemble coached by Dominique Eade.

Chase Morrin, a native of San Diego, is a pianist, composer and arranger who is well versed in classical and jazz idioms. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2016 with a Masters in Jazz Composition. Chase recently performed for Journeys in Sound as a member of Gapi, his colloaboration with Korean gayageum player Do Yeon Kim. He is a true music adventurer.

Also on the program is the very eclectic classically trained violinist Elinor Speirs, who will bring her Brazilian Violin Collective. Elinor has played the Journeys in Sound series a number of times and always astounds people with her versatility with numerous musical styles and her beautiful tone. Always open to various musics of the world, Elinor recently played a recital at NEC that focused on Brazilian music, something she dearly loves.

The Elinor Speirs Brazilian Violin Collective will be performing works by Brazilian violinists Nicolas Krassik and Ricardo Herz, as well as composition greats Dominguinhos, Gilberto Gil, João Lyra and Hermeto Pascoal. This group's foray into the music of the Brazilian northeast is sure to entertain, educate and inspire. 
• Elinor Speirs - violin
• Caio Afiune - guitar 
• Mayo Pamplona - bass
• Adam Bahrami - percussion 
• Gustavo Ramanzini - percussion

click here to make a reservation ... 
with a reservation, suggested donation is $12, $10 for students & fixed income,
without a reservation suggested donation is $14 & $12 if room is not to capacity

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