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Friday, April 28, 2017

REMINDER: FluffCentennial Design Contest

Friendly reminder: Submissions for the 2017 FluffCentennial Design Contest are due this Sunday, April 30.

Don't miss this opportunity to feature your students' artistic talent at this year's Fluff Festival, a festival that will draw over 15,000 visitors from the Greater Boston area.

This year’s Fluff Festival, “FluffCentennial: Inspiring the Next Century of Union Square Invention” is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the invention of Fluff.   As this is a very special year, Union Square Main Streets, the producer of the Festival, is holding a contest to find just the right design to be used on promotional sale items, all social media and collateral materials.

To find the most inventive, innovative, fun and funky design that conveys our theme in a compelling way, we are holding a contest.  We will be sending out this RFP far and wide to solicit competitors.

The winner will receive extensive recognition through traditional press, social media, on our Fluff Festival webpage and on select Fluff materials, as well as a small honorarium.

Submit your design(s) via email to and please share this RFP with any and all who may be interested to enter. More information can be found at

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your designs!

Tiffany Leung
Program/Market Manager
Union Square Main Streets
PO Box One, Somerville MA 02143

You're invited: The annual SPRING STRING FLING Thursday May 4th 7pm SHS Field House Come and support our student musicians!!

Somerville Public Schools Music Department Presents:
Our annual: 
THURSDAY,   May 4th 2017   7pm
Somerville High School Field House (Gym) Admission:   FREE!!!!     Come celebrate our student musicians!!!          

Richard G. Saunders
Director of Music
Somerville Public Schools
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville,  MA  02143
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”  -  Leonard Bernstein

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Happy 175th Birthday Greetings, SMC Open House & more!

Somerville Media Center Open House & Launch Party
Friday, April 28th | 12noon-4pm @90 Union Square
*SMC Launch Press Announcement at 1pm outside of SMC

In case you missed it...SCATV has embraced its expanding role as Somerville's premiere Community Media Center and we are officially now Somerville Media Center. Watch this Somerville Neighborhood News video to get the full update! Attached is also a press release.

What to Expect on Friday:

We are celebrating by hosting a public launching of our new parent organization name with an ongoing series of fun activities: 
  • pop-up outdoor radio booth (come say hello on-air!)
  • new SMC signage unveiling
  • SMC giveaways
  • open house / tours
  • "Happy 175th Birthday Somerville" Video Greetings (will air on TV & online)
  • light snacks
Please come on by and celebrate with us. We will have an official SMC Launch Press Announcement at 1pm outside of SMC. 

We hope to see you and if you have any questions, please contact Erica Jones at or at 618.628.8826.

All the best,
Erica Jones

Director, Membership & Outreach
​Somerville Media Center - ​
learn. create. share.

Please, connect with us on:

Somerville Media Center
SMC Facebook

Somerville Community Access TV
scatvsomerville.orgSCATV FacebookSCATV InstagramSomerville Neighborhood Newssomervilleneighborhoodnews.orgSNN Facebook
Boston Free Radiobostonfreeradio.comBFR Facebook
Other affiliations! 

Somerville Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region, Vice Chair

Tonight:Opening Reception for #RESIST

April 27 - May 27, 2017
Curated by: Susan Berstler and Greg Cook

Opening Reception 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Nave Annex, Davis Square
155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville 

Christina Balch, Resa Blatman, Jesse Blu, Emily Chan, Chris D'Amore, Russell DuPont, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Richard Ferrari, Samantha Fields, Dina Gjertsen, Nicolas Hyacinthe, Lee Kilpatrick, M, Elizabeth Menges, Ansis Purins, Allison and Jason Rabin, Rhonda Ratray, Rebecca Schnopp, Cory Shea, Brittany Smith, Margi Weir, Nanette Wylde (PreNeo Press)

Gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; Saturdays, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Join us at Somerville Open Studios: May 6 & 7, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Image credit: Pretty Sad, Resa Blatman 

JOB OPENING: Associate Director of Development

Job Title: Associate Director of Development 
Department: Development 
Reports to: Executive Director 
Date: May 2017 

Position Summary: 

Do you have a passion for making an impact in the community? The Umbrella seeks an Associate Director of Development to round out our Development team and provide critical support to complete our $20 million transformational capital campaign, which will enhance the building and programming to be the centerpiece of this region. The Associate Director of Development will work closely with a small Development team and the Executive Director, along with a Campaign Chair to carry out a broad based fundraising plan targeting individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to support our ambitious campaign and operating goals. 

More info at:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mandorla Music presents Jared Sims 'Change of Address' CD Release Concert, Friday at Third Life Studio

Jared Sims CD Release Concert
Friday, April 28, 8pm
Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville
A longtime fixture on Boston's jazz and funk scenes, Jared Sims is now Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University. I'm thrilled to host the Boston-area celebration of the release of his new Ropeadope Records CD, 'Change of Address.'  This show will feature the same top-shelf band of compatriots from the Boston scene that joined Jared and his bari sax on the record: Steve Fell on guitar, Nina Ott on organ, Chris Lopes on bass and Jared Seabrook on drums.  

>> LISTEN: Forest Hills <<

"uber-cool, classy & a solid core of funk" 
- Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine

Get advance tix here // Join the FB event page & spread the word

Journeys in Sound event this Sunday at 4pm

The Return of Sarah Hughes 
with very special guest Anthony Coleman
Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 4pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe  191 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA

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Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, improviser, educator, and art adventurer hailing from Maryland. She obtained her MM in Jazz Saxophone at the New England Conservatory in May of 2015 and currently freelances in and around Maryland, DC, Virginia, and New York. This marks her return to the area after moving back to Maryland.

While at the New England Conservatory, Sarah studied privately with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Donny McCaslin, and Anthony Coleman, all of whom impacted Sarah's unique approach to improvisation and music-making. Sarah performed on Coleman's latest album, "You" and has performed with Coleman in concerts at the New England Conservatory as well as Roulette and The Stone in New York. Sarah studied composition in classes with Ken Schaphorst and also Ben Schwendener, with whom she has performed several duo concerts in Boston.

In September of 2015 Sarah toured Sweden as part of Amy K. Bormet's "Ephemera" and performed in Sweden's first Women in Jazz festival. She also recently taught an improvisation workshop, "Improvisation for Everyone: Games and Storytelling" for beginning, intermediate, and advanced instrumentalists in the 2016 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp in Fairfax, Virginia. Most recently, she went on tour with an improvising trio "Lead Bubbles", playing venues in New York, Montreal, and Toronto.

For this event, Sarah will be accompanied by the versatile pianist Jacob Hiser.

From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman’s musical odyssey has taken him through many cultures and led him to wear many hats as composer, improvising keyboardist, and teacher. Coleman joined the NEC faculty in 2006, returning to a school where he himself studied in the 1970s, during the birth of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program (then called Third Stream). In addition to his work as a studio teacher and ensemble coach, Coleman works with NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation students to organize a departmental concert each spring.

Ensembles led by Coleman have recorded extensively for Tzadik and include the trio Sephardic Tinge. He has also toured and recorded with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Shelley Hirsch, Roy Nathanson, and many others.

Coleman has been awarded grants from New York Foundation on the Arts (1988 and 2006), New York State Council on the Arts, and Meet the Composer. 

Anthony Coleman has recorded 14 CDs under his own name, and he has played on more than 100 CDs. His most recent CDs are You (New World, 2015) , The End of Summer (Tzadik, 2013), which features his NEC Ensemble Survivors Breakfast, Shmutsige Magnaten (Tzadik, 2006), a live solo performance from the 2005 Krakow Jewish Culture Festival that features interpretations of the songs of Mordechai Gebirtig; Pushy Blueness (Tzadik, 2006) and Lapidation (New World, 2007), both recordings of his chamber music, and Freakish: Anthony Coleman Plays Jelly Roll Morton (Tzadik, 2009). His Damaged by Sunlight (2010) was issued on DVD by the French label La Huit.

reserve here 
suggested donation $12 with a reservation, $10 for students and those on a fixed income
suggested donation is $14 & $12 without a reservation if room is not to capacity

Monday, April 24, 2017

Purchase a ticket for Cambridge Art Association's 2017 Spring Gala Today!

An Evening Celebrating Art and Community, 
and Honoring Cambridge Art Champions: 
Lorraine Sullivan | Timothy Wilson | Phil Young 
Saturday, April 296-9pm at The Atrium at 50 Church Street, Harvard Square
Purchase your tickets here today
or by calling the Cambridge Art Association at  617-876-0246 

With an art auction, featuring CAA member artwork selected by Meg Rotzel, Arts Program Manager at the Radcliffe Institute
Music by mmmmaven | Open beer & wine bar | Catering by Miss Jeanie's 
A raffle for a case of Veuve Clicquot! Or a share of Community Supported Art, donated by  our friends at the Cambridge Arts Council! Or, a one-year membership to the Cambridge Art Association!
And a silent auction featuring restaurant gift cards, theater tickets and more!

Check in begins at 5:30pm | Festive cocktail attire suggested 

* Unable to join the party on April 29? We hope you will consider making a donation to support future Cambridge Art Association programs.

Header image: Kathleen Gerdon Archer. Images below are available in our art auction. L to R: Brooke Reinhold Richard, Jeanine Pastore. 

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