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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Macuco Quintet (Fri) & Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet (Sat); Jazz this weekend at Third Life Studio!

Macuco Quintet

       Friday June 23, 7:30 pm (one set)
       Admission: $10 at door (cash only)

Rick Stone – alto sax, clarinet
Joel Springer – tenor & sopranino saxes, melodica
Allan Chase – baritone, alto, & soprano saxes
Fernando Huergo – electric bass
Austin McMahon – drums, melodica

With a fresh take on Brazilian-Latin jazz, Macuco Quintet plays original pieces (and some by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal) that mix hip-shaking grooves, unexpected harmonies, playful melodies, and expressive improvisations. Influenced by jazz  composers Julius Hemphill, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and others, and inspired by the nature, people & music of Brazil. Add a dash of nostalgia for 1970s jazz, then pour in some serious fun and a belief in the soul-nourishing power of music, and the Macuco Quintet stew is ready to serve!

Macuco Quintet was formed in Boston in 2014 by Joel Springer, a long-time member of Boston’s Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet. The group has a somewhat unusual instrumentation: three saxophonists (playing five different types of saxophone, plus clarinet), an electric bassist, and a drummer who sometimes plays melodica.

“Love the front line in this band: saxophonists Allan Chase, Joel Springer, and Rick Stone. And they’ll all be doubling, so expect provocative voicings and yummy sonorities. And, oh yeah, the rhythm team is also tops: bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Austin McMahon" -Jon Garelick, The Arts Fuse, 9/27/15


Mandorla Music Series continues with

Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet

       Saturday June 24, 8pm
       Tickets: $15, advance tickets here
       FB event page

Mandorla Music is thrilled to have NYC free jazz legend Daniel Carter (and his armload of instruments) and frequent collaborator guitarist Jeff Platz back. This time around they'll be joined by bassist Damon Smith and drummer Matt Crane.

Active since the early 1970s, reeds, flute & trumpet player Daniel Carter has played not just with such seminal contemporary free jazz figures as William Parker, Hamid Drake and Matthew Shipp but also with such diverse performers as Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Vernon Reid and DJ Logic, among many others. 

Guitarist Jeff Platz is well known to audiences in Boston, New York and Europe for what one reviewer recently called his "classic jazz guitar tone and an expansive palette of sounds and colors." 

Carter and Platz have worked together extensively, including on the 2013 release 'Past and Present Futures.'


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

Ibbetson Street--Somerville's literary magazine--has released in 41st issue--reading July 5th

 Hello, Friends/ Poet Friends,


Since 1998, when it was founded at a Bruegers Bagel Shop in Porter Square Cambridge, by Doug Holder, Harris Gardner and Dianne Robitaille, the Ibbetson Street Press has published chapbooks, perfect bound books of poetry, and 41 issues of the literary magazine Ibbetson Street. Over the years the press and magazine has published work by Marge Piercy, Ted Kooser, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kathleen Spivack, Jean Valentine, Cornelius Eady, Richard Hoffman, Jennifer Matthews and many others. The press is now formally affiliated with Endicott College of Beverly, Mass. Join us for a gathering and reading--July 5, 2017--to celebrate its almost 20 years on the Boston area literary scene.

Ibbetson Street Press is a unifying force in the Boston poetry scene, and the most viable way for poetry lovers to keep in touch with whats happening.

    The Ibbetson Street #41 Potluck and Reading will be held on Wednesday, July 5th at the central branch of the Somerville Library, Highland Avenue (next to the high school).  The Potluck will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.; the reading will be from 7:00 to 8:15

Artists Under The Dome

A R T I S T S   U N D E R   T H E   D O M E
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I am asking for your help in getting the word out about a key survey/census the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is collaborating on. This is new survey/census, By Artists, for Artists, is based on the ground breaking 2009 Stand Up and Be Counted. We need as many Massachusetts artists of all disciplines to participate and spread the word.

Here is the link to the survey and more information about it and tools to spread the word:

I can not stress how important it is to take this survey and to encourage your fellow artists of all disciplines to participate. This information is critical to the policy making and advocating for our community. MALC  (we are an all volunteer coalition) and our fellow advocates need this data to do the advocacy we do.

Thank you for your participation and help in getting the word out!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Call for Submissions - Somerville Media Center's Out Takes: Youth Film Festival

Call for Submissions - Somerville Media Center's 
Out Takes: Youth Film Festival 

Come join SCATV’s Summer Youth Program in celebrating their incredible summer by viewing short films, animations, and news segments created, directed, filmed, acted and edited exclusively by young people. Last year's inaugural Out Takes: Youth Film Festival drew over 75 audience members and included submissions from Saugus Community TV, RAW Art Works of Lynn, Somerville Media Center, and more.  This year's event will be held Tuesday, August 17th from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave). 

The night will kick off with refreshments at 7:00, followed by a number of original shorts created by youth in Somerville and surrounding areas. We will be hosting the event at the Somerville Community Growing Center, so bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to spread out under the stars while you watch. 

NOTE: We are currently accepting submissions of original content, 15 minutes or less in length, created by youth up to age 21. Please submit all content directly to Heather McCormack, Youth Media Coordinator, at bAugust 10th.

Opensound : Call for musicians, poets, dancers, actors!

Call to Participate! All are welcome to perform.

John Cage In The Park
Wednesday June 21, 2017  |  6:30 - 8:00 PM

If you would like to participate, please complete the following very very short form:


Please join us to perform John Cage's "Variations III" in Seven Hills Park, Davis Square Somerville (behind red line entrance). Our audience will include the commuters walking on the bike path, the birds and squirrels in the park, a setting sun, and each other. This event is in part a remembrance of our dearly missed friend and musician Lou Cohen, but also a celebration of the musical community he loved. This seems so appropriate for Make Music Day!

June 21, 2017 6:30-8PM
Seven Hills Park (behind the Red Line entrance)

Contact: Lou Bunk,
Cosponsored by: Make Music Boston and The Someville Arts Council

The Score:

Instructions for assembling your interpretation are available here:

You will need to prepare your realization of the instructions before you arrive.

We hope you can be part of our event!

Wednesday June 21, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 PM

Davis Square, Somerville

Seven Hills Park (behind Red Line entrance)

come early and sit in the park with us


Since 2005, Opensound has been a home for Boston-based improvisers, sound artists, dancers, and creative thinkers, as well as for regional, national, and international touring artists. For many years its final concert was a performance of John Cage’s Variations III, curated by the series’s co-director, Lou Cohen, a student and colleague of Cage and Christian Wolff.
When Lou passed away in 2013, Opensound organized several events in his memory, including an important concert and memorial including 100 musicians performing Variations III at the Somerville Armory. This event was powerful in bringing together members of Boston’s family, many of whom had since spread throughout the United States, and a wonderful expression of remembrance, support, and creativity.

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Building Your Best Terrarium, Sit Down Comedy, Drawn to Art, Essential Oils and More, Herbal First Aid Kit & More!

Here are some of the upcoming classes and programs here at the Armory:
Adult Programs information:
Upcoming topics 

Building Your Best Terrarium

Workshop Description:  Each participant will leave the class with both a care card as well as a new terrarium that they can be proud of, both in its appearance and their new confidence in plant care.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Monday, June 26, from 7 to 9:00 pm.
Suggested Donation: A $15 donation is suggested to cover the fees of 2 succulents and the container along with other decorative materials.
Click here to learn more

Armory ART:

Sit Down Comedy
Workshop Description: Participants will learn to harness their inner comedic voice, and garner future performance opportunities.
Date & Time: This is a two-time class on Tuesday, June 20 and 22 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
Price: $20 for one session and $35 for both, participants may pay the instructor at the beginning of the session.
Click here to learn more

Drawn to Art: The Human Face and Beyond
Workshop Description: The basics of figure drawing and portraiture in different styles, such as realism and abstract. Learn to expand your visual vocabulary in order to create your own works of art.
Date & Time: This is a five-time session, starting on Friday, June 23 from 7 to 9:30 pm, and will run every subsequent Friday, save for July 14.
Price: $15 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
Click here to learn more


Topics in Herbalism:

Herbal First Aid Kit: Beyond Echinacea and Plantain Poultices
Workshop Description: Learn the properties of basic herbal healing items and create a first aid kit.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Wednesday, June 30 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
Price: $15 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
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Maintaining a Healthy Weight with Essential Oils
Workshop Description: Learn to maintain a weight that’s healthy for your body type in the next in our series in Young Living Oils.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Saturday, July 15, from  10:00 to 11:30 am
Price: $10 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
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Mid Summer Nights Dream - Sleep Herbs and Cooling
Workshop Description: Escape the sweltering heat, naturally with things that can be found in your garden.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Monday, July 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Price: $15 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
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Essential Oils for Stress and Emotional Upheaval
Workshop Description: Learn more about supporting and transforming your emotional state naturally with essential oils.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Saturday, July 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Price: $10 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
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Herbal Preps from Fresh Plants
Workshop Description: Learn how to prepare herbs to dry to create herbal vinegars and more with a seasoned herbalist.
Date & Time: This is a one-time session on Monday, August 28, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Price: $15 per participant will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
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Youth Programs Information:
Summer Programs 2017
We have three great programs taking place this summer, for different youth age groups

Arts Discovery Week
August 7-11,  & August 21-25 for 5 to 10-year-olds.
Come explore many art forms in 10 different half-day sessions per week! Sign up for the full program or just for specific individual sessions.
Cost: $200/week, $100 for half-days, $50 per day or $25 for a single half-day session (Materials included). (Sliding scale available upon request).
Sliding Scale: We would like to make these programs accessible to anyone, no matter what their circumstances are, to be part of the summer program if you decide to register your child/children in one or different programs. Families who are eligible for free school lunch programs are also eligible for a sliding scale rate. If you can pay the full price, please do! This will go to pay staff. Please email for more information.
To register, you can either fill in the Arts Discovery Week Registration Form or pick one up in person from the office.
Visual Arts Week
August 7-11,  & August 21-25 for 11 to 16-year-olds.

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