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Friday, September 29, 2017

TONIGHT: Opening Reception for Wondrous Strangeness

Wondrous Strangeness
Celebrating 10 Years of ABRAZOS Press
August 9-25, 2017
Curated by: Annie Silverman
Opening Reception 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Nave Annex, Davis Square

Begun in December 2007 by Annie Silverman, Nina Wishnok and Sandy Butler, ABRAZOS PRESS celebrates 10 years of printmaking with this special anniversary show. Please join us in toasting its many accomplishments.

Sandra Butler, Sandy Cardillo, Sarah Carr, Katrina Carye, Emily Cobb, David Covert, Alison Darrow, Jesseca Ferguson, Ann Forbush, Ania Gilmore, Jeesoo Lee, Haley, MacKeil, Debbie Max, Fish McGill, Cecily Miller, Charles Norris, Debra Olin, Pamela Schmidt, Sarah Shallbetter, Annie Silverman, Ellen Stutman, Mira Voigt, Nina Wishnok, Annie Zeybekoglu

Gallery hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Image credit:
Image detail from KIDS IN COSTUMES BOOK, Annie Silverman, 2014; photo by Annie Silverman

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Evolution of Hip Hop Festival: THIS SUNDAY in Union Square

Join us for the last ArtsUnion Festival of the year - the 3rd Annual Evolution of Hip Hop Festival!

THIS SUNDAY, October 1st from 2:30 – 6:30pm in Union Square Plaza

The festival will feature rappers, singers, spoken word poets, dancers, beatboxers, and visual artists from the Somerville community and surrounding cities. Attendees can also enjoy live art and interactive activities, local vendors, and visit information tables offered by local community groups. 

• Musical performances by: Oompa, Marcela Cruz, Notoriety, Devin Ferreira, DJ Slipwax, Genie Santiago, BusyBars, Anturazh, Dzidor Azaglo, Lil' Static & JDel, CeloDAMF, Von Don, Vid the Visionary

• Dance performances by: QWAM, VibeStyle & Friends, and CrewNex

• Live art by: Acoma Art, B. Cartier, V.Kash, Marisa Kang, Jessie Nocella, Joey Free, Nic Nak, Basement Trybe, and Baboon

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

LCC grant information meeting tonight

Hello local artists and cultural producers.
Tonight, Thursday, September 28 at 6:00,  is our second LCC grant information meeting held at the West Branch Library in Davis.
Our Local Council Grant program, and the Mass Cultural Council’s online portal that we all now use, is now live.  
If you are interested in obtaining money for you and your work, apply for Fellowship Grant.   If you are interested in developing a community project, apply for a Project Grant.   If you are a teacher and want to take your students on a field trip, apply for a Field Trip Grant.
 If you are interesting in applying then do these 3 main things:
 1.      Download our guidelines—a good explanation about our process and priorities; read through them prior to;
2.      Attend one of our three upcoming grant workshops;
3.      And then apply online via the MCC’s online portal
For a complete tour go to: 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

You're invited: Wall to Wall II: Working Together Opening Reception

Wall to Wall II: Working Together
September 30-October 29, 2017
Curated by: Bianca Broxton and Karl Stephan
Opening Day 
October 1, 2017, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Nave Gallery (Teele Square)

Join us for "Wall to Wall Two: Working together (W2W2)." Enjoy amazing art from as far away as Japan, participate in interactive artwork with W2W2 artists, and learn from artful thinking with Dr. Susan Barahalof Tufts University. Featuring: outdoor live painting by Boston street art standouts Merk Those and Esoteric!

Adam Forguites & Travis Alden Nutting
Agnieszka Maksys
ATD Fourth World 
Bianca Broxton
Christine Tinsley
Dan McCormack & Vera Vinot
DirtLux & Z.V.E.S.
Emily Abramovich & Kimberly Tolleson
Excavate Collective
Gabe Delaney and Crew 
Henry Funches & Alex Austin
Janet Braun-Reinitz & Sarah Maple
Jason Paschal & Robert Welch
Joey Kleckner
Karl Stephan Studio
Larry Wynn
Living Fences Collaborative
Megan Hueble & Elizabeth Lyles 
Nineta & Lego
Stay-Brr & Merk Those
Willoughby Lucas Hastings
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Image credit: TAPE3 (detail) 2016, Gabe Delaney and Crew

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Banned Books Read-a-Thon on 9/30

The Somerville Public Library and Somerville Media Center invite you to celebrate your right to read!

Come and read excerpts from various banned books! If you wish to participate, just show up with a book that has been threatened to be banned or pick from a reading that the library provides. 

The event will take place at the Somerville Public Library (Central Library) on Saturday, September 30 from 11 AM to 2 PM at 79 Highland Ave

Can't stay for the whole thing? No worries! Drop in, read or listen, and leave when you need to. Food will be provided by Cuisine en Locale.

About Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. Check out some of the banned books online here.

For more information, please call Heidi or Mary at 617-623-5000 ext. 2955 or e-mail

This program is free, open to all ages, and wheelchair accessible.

This Wednesday GrownUp StoryTime @Aeronaut Brewery

Fall is here (even if it doesn't feel like it today) and with it comes our September show GrownUp StoryTime Fall Frenzy.  We may have jinxed ourselves with the title because this show came together with extra frenzy.  Come out and see what the fuss is all about this Wednesday, September 27th 7-8 pm @Aeronaut Brewery.
Tell your friends, loved ones and acquaintances and share on Facebook here (if you've never been before check out the event link for more details).  

As always get there early to grab a seat and a beer before the show gets going.
Here's the line-up:

"Super Paradise" written by Bess Gutter read by Tatiana Isabel
"Brad" written by Steven Schroeder read by Deadair Dennis Maler
"There are No Bus Stations in Albania" written by Colleen Moore read by Meredith Saran
"World Zombie Day, Monroeville" written by Lesley Bannatyne read by Doria Hughes
"No Rinsing" written by Tj Herlihy read by Merrilyn Jones Taylor
"My Friend, The Hermit Crab" written by Kelly Smith read by Colleen Moore
"Panty Postcards" written by Mike Morrell read by Dana Jay Bein

~Colleen Moore & Kelly Smith
The Wicked Awesome GUST Producers

Love, Loss, and What I Wore--This Thursday!

What we wear, or used to wear, can be more than colors, patterns, and fabrics. They can be a time capsule, a scrapbook, to our most intimate memories. A dance. A birth. A funeral. All the coming-of-age insanity that defines us. From the mind that created When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, five women relive such moments through a series of monologues and ensemble pieces. They laugh and cry as they talk about childhood, high heels, motherhood, wedding dresses, cancer, surviving rape, and why we wear black.

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First presents

Love, Loss and What I Wore
adapted by Nora & Delia Ephron
from the book by Ilene Beckerman
and directed by Santiago Rivas

Thursday, September 27th at 8pm

6 William Street at College Ave

FREE with suggested donation of $5

Saxophonist Andy Voelker & the Free Radicals, Saturday 9/30 at Third Life Studio

I'm honored to present ubiquitous Boston saxman Andy Voelker's Free Radicals featuring bassist Jef Charland (Clear Audience, Blue Ribbons, Gill Aharon Trio), drummer Luther Gray (Jerry Bergonzi, Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Clear Audience) and a rare-these-days jazz appearance by pianist James Rohr (Blue Ribbons, Thank God for Science, Township), Sat 9/30 at 8pm at Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville

Andy has been active on Boston's jazz scene for over 20 years and is among the area's top saxophone voices. He's well known to Boston jazz audiences for his part in such bands as Clear Audience and Gypsy Schaeffer, sideman appearances with many of the area's top players, and for leading a number of jazz jams over the years. He currently hosts a popular late night jam Fridays at Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge. Andy is also an enthusiastic educator, working with kids & bands from elementary school to high school. This should be a great night of high spirits and beautiful, adventurous music. 
$15 online and at the door.  Tix / FB page 

"Look to Write:" An Innovative Surrealist Workshop sponsored by Cervena Barva Press


At The Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

"Look to Write:" An Innovative Surrealist Workshop

Saturday, September 30th-October 28th.
Saturday Sessions
Cost: $275. Limited to 12.

Instructor: Dr. Vassiliki Rapti

Session 1: Saturday, September 30th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Session 2: Saturday, October 7th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Session 3: Saturday, October 14th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Session 4: Saturday, October 21th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Session 5: Saturday, October 28th, 10:00AM-1:00PM

This course is intended for writers who wish to challenge themselves by exploring new ways of looking at subjects and objects, drawing on Surrealism. A hybrid of a writing workshop and a literary theory course focusing on Surrealism's main tenets, such as the "Surrealist object," "mad love," "objective chance," "Surrealist dialogue," "Surrealist games," "Surrealist look," it will stress the notion of visuality and will change the ways we write when looking at others looking. In a series of five meetings participants will be inspired by being introduced to the most intriguing Surrealist texts and works of art and will come up with five original works of theirs which will receive feedback for revision.
The course is open to everyone.
About the instructor
Vassiliki Rapti, Ph.D., is an expert on Surrealism. She is the author, among others, of "Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond" (Ashgate, 2013) and "Nightfall Hotel: A Surrealist Romeo and Juliet" (Somerset Hall Press, 2017). She is the Chair of the Ludics Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, and currently teaches World Literature and Reception of the Classics in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. She also serves as Director of International Translation Committee of Levure litteraire.
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By mail: Check or money order to: Cervena Barva Press, PO Box 440357, West Somerville, MA 02144
Cancellation policy: If someone paid and cannot make it, they will be given a full refund. If it is the day of the workshop, person will be given a 90% refund. The 10% will be split between the workshop teacher and press.

The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

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