[personal profile] ron_newman
Because of threatened rain tomorrow night, the Friday night part of ArtBeat, in Seven Hills Park, will instead take place Saturday night, after the regularly scheduled Saturday daytime ArtBeat events.

Full information here: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2017
[identity profile] craigindaville.livejournal.com
My SO and I finally managed to get tickets to the Illuminations tour-- in past years we either missed the date they went on sale, or just couldn't make the tour date(s). I am a hobby photographer and would love to try out some night shots on the tour, but can't find two pieces of information to help guide me in what lens(es) to bring and whether it'll be possible. Hope you guys can help!

1) Are the trolleys the kind that are basically outdoor seating, where everyone kind of sits facing outward (aka like one of the old SF cable cars)? Or are they the kinds that are really just buses with trolley-like exteriors and everyone is inside behind glass?

2) Do the trolleys tend to stop, or at least realllly slow down, at the houses? Or do they more or less just cruise by at a decent clip?

Thanks!
[identity profile] obie119.livejournal.com
(posting for a favorite client of mine)
Hey Everyone!!

East Somerville’s Carnaval has been rescheduled to Saturday June 11 and needs new volunteers!
Come volunteer a little bit of your time to be immersed in an amazing world of cut open fresh coconuts, circus, mariachis, bouncy house jumping, pupusas, stilting and juggling, skateboarding and jumping around, injera bread, drumming and tons and a masquerade contest!
Here is the platform they use to sign up as a volunteer:

https://app.givebacktime.org/organizations/196 It's super easy and super self explanatory!!! Please take a look and add some last-minute fun to your Saturday!
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Arts Council present the sixth annual Illumination Bicycle Tour this Saturday, December 19. Meet at 5:50 pm in front of Somerville High School for a wintry ride among warmly lit homes. The ride will be about 5-6 miles long, with stops at many of the Illuminations Trolley Tour highlights, and should end by 7:30.

I'm not even partially in charge of the event anymore, but this appears to be the route map, similar to what we did last year. The route has provisions for a longer or shorter ride depending on weather.

Please dress warmly and festoon your bike with lights, the more festive the better.

Here's the ride's Facebook event.

Poster graphic behind cut )
[personal profile] ron_newman


The ninth Project MUM outdoor dance party will take place Saturday night, September 19, from 8 pm to midnight.

MUM used to stand for Music Under McGrath or Meet Under McGrath, but the event will now take place on the former Waste Management site at the corner of Poplar and Linwood streets, next to McGrath. (Even without the current McGrath construction, Project MUM has gotten much too large to ever fit under the highway again.)

At various times, MUM has been a project of the Nave Gallery or of SCUL, but now it's loosely under the auspices of Firefly Arts Collective.

Somerville Arts Council's Project MUM page

Project MUM's own website
[personal profile] ron_newman
In three months, we'll all be wandering the warm, sunny, blooming streets of Somerville, listening to outdoor music.

Want to be part of that? Register for Porchfest. This year's event will be Saturday, May 16.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Somerville Arts Council's Illuminations Trolley Tour is sold out, but thanks to the Somerville Bicycle Committee, you have an alternative way to see the holiday lights this Saturday night.

The Illuminations Bicycle Tour will assemble this Saturday night at 5:50 pm in front of Somerville High School, departing promptly at 6 pm. We'll ride for about 4 miles on bicycle-friendly side streets, stopping to see some highlights of both the West and East trolley tours. We'll be back at City Hall by 7 pm, where you can enjoy snacks, hot beverages, musical entertainment, and good cheer.

Please bring $5 to donate to the Somerville Arts Council. You'll get a copy of the trolley tour map with your donation.

Our route will be similar to this one which we used in 2012 and 2013.

Here's a Facebook event for those of us who like such things.

(If you'd like to take a longer ride on your own, try this route from our 2011 tour, or this route from last year's SCUL "Tour de Tacky".)
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Somerville Arts Council's annual Illuminations Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday, December 13. This is a guided tour of festively decorated houses throughout the city. As in recent years, there will be both an East and a West trolley route.

Tickets go on sale at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square, starting on Sunday, November 30. Full details on trolley times and ticket sales are on this page. These tickets often sell out within a week.

The Somerville Bicycle Committee will also hold its annual Illuminations Bicycle Tour the same night. Meet at 5:50 pm in front of Somerville High School, departing promptly at 6 pm.
[identity profile] jb5point.livejournal.com
Please join us at the 5Point Film Festival in Davis Square this Wednesday and Thursday!

Get inspired by 2 nights of short adventure stories and meet the athletes and filmmakers from the 5Point Film Festival. These films span across all outdoor, adventure film, but all are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Each night will feature different films so don’t miss out! Confirmed guests at the Festival include alpinist and author Kelly Cordes, undefeated boxing champion Heather “The Heat” Hardy and others.

Festival kick-off party each night from 5-7 pm in the Davis Square Plaza with Outdoor Research, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Brooklyn Boulders, DJ Gucci Vuitton, and many more! Film program starts at 7 pm in the Somerville Theatre. Buy tickets at the door or click on link below!

BUY TICKETS! )
[identity profile] jb5point.livejournal.com
5Point Film Festival –Get inspired by 2 nights of short adventure stories and meet the athletes and filmmakers from the 5Point Film Festival. These films span across all outdoor, adventure film, but all are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Each night will feature different films so don’t miss out! Confirmed guests at the Festival include alpinist and author Kelly Cordes, undefeated boxing champion Heather “The Heat” Hardy and others. Don’t miss our community gathering with Outdoor Research, Sierra Nevada and more in the plaza before the show starting at 5PM!

READ MORE! )


BUY TICKETS! )

CHECK US OUT! )
[identity profile] shapeupsam.livejournal.com
Join the party!

The Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market will be hosting Mobile Market Parties all throughout Food Day Weekend for #SomervilleFoodDay14! On Thursday, October 23rd, join us at 268 Powderhouse Boulevard from 4 to 7pm. On Saturday, October 25th, join us at 530 Mystic Avenue from 1 to 4pm. Each of these parties will include:

-The Mobile Market so you can purchase fresh, organic produce at the lowest prices around
-Live music featuring your favorite local bands
-Children’s activities from face painting to the Somerville Arts Council's MUSCRAT art bus (only at the Mystic)
-A food mapping activity so we can collectively map food resources in our city
-An urban growing activity to get your hands dirty harvesting vegetables as well as learning how to grow and compost at home
-A recipe swap
-And a raffle to give away awesome prizes, such as Taza Chocolate and tours, stays at the Holiday Inn, Whole Foods gift cards, YUM restaurant discount cards, and more!

Also on Thursday evening for you Winter Hill folks, attend Come To The Table at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School! Hosted by the Somerville Food Security Coalition, the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, and Somerville Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services, this event from 5 to 7pm promises to be a great time. See more information at http://www.foodday.org/meghanbodo/coming_to_the_table_fair_of_food_fun.

Don’t miss out on this #SomervilleFoodDay14 party to celebrate our city and our food. Check out FoodDay.org for more information on the national event, and don't forget to check out all of the partners who are making this happen: Green City Growers, Groundwork Somerville, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts Urban Farming Network, The Welcome Project, Whole Foods Market Somerville, Somerville Arts Council, and so many more!

Email any questions or comments to eshernandez@somervillema.gov
[identity profile] obie119.livejournal.com
The Fluff Festival still needs some volunteers for the later shifts - 4 to 6 PM and especially 6 to 8 PM. Here's more info:

Produced by Union Square Main Streets, "What the Fluff" doesn’t just celebrate the genius of Archibald Query, who invented Fluff here in Union Sq. in 1917. It also celebrates the creativity of the artists, musicians, bakers, and other citizens who join together to celebrate our hometown sweet in the most memorable ways. This year’s theme is Steampunk Fluff! Volunteers will receive a commemorative Fluff button, and a voucher for 50% off a Fluff shirt. (Volunteers working 4+ hours get a free t-shirt!)

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts in a wide variety of tasks – from the prize booth to kiddie games to the cooking contest, there are jobs to fit every personality. There are opportunities for friends to work together, and for mature children to work with their parents.

The Festival is at Union Square Somerville on September 27th from 3 to 7 PM, with volunteers needed from noon until 8 PM. (rain date is 9/28) To sign up or to find out more, please contact Karin at volunteer@unionsquaremain.org
[personal profile] ron_newman
Friday: Arlington Town Night starts at 5 pm at Spy Pond Field, with FIREWORKS over Spy Pond at 8 pm.

Saturday: Arlington Town Day, 10 am to 3 pm, on Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, between Pleasant/Mystic and Jason streets. This event is to Arlington what ArtBeat is to Somerville, with lots of music, food vendors, and booths from local organizations.

Saturday: Assembly Row Riverfest, starts at 11 am, with FIREWORKS over the Mystic River at 8 pm.

Saturday night: Project MUM 2014: Retro-futurism, 8 pm to midnight, at the former Waste Management incinerator site, 10 Poplar Street, just across McGrath Highway from Target. (The traditional Meet Under McGrath site is unavailable due to construction, and the event has gotten too large to ever fit there again anyway.)

Sunday: Somerville Dog Festival, 10 am to 3 pm at Trum Field.

If you know of any other local outdoor event that should be listed here, please add a comment.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Greek Music and Food Festival, Dormition Church, 29 Central Street (just up the hill from Somerville Ave). Friday 5-11 pm; Saturday noon-11 pm; Sunday noon-9 pm. Also serving a limited lunch menu Friday starting at noon.

Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Warren and Porter streets, East Cambridge (just over the Somerville line, a few blocks down Medford Street from Target). Saturday 2-11 pm; Sunday 1-10:30 pm. On Sunday they also have a parade all afternoon, which wanders into the part of Somerville between Union Square, Washington Street, and Target.

Zero-Waste Celebration / Party on the Community Path in front of Lexington Park. Saturday 2-6 pm. Please bring your own re-usable plates and silverware to this event. Postponed to Saturday 9/20 because of expected rain on 9/6

Strike Up the Bands SomerStreets festival, Holland Street between Davis and Teele squares. Sunday noon-4 pm.

Rock and Roll Yard Sale, Union Square. Sunday 11 am-5 pm.

Cambridge Caribbean Carnival, Kendall Square. Sunday noon-6:30 pm. Parade starts at 12:30 on River Street and marches through Central Square to Kendall.

Have I left anything out? If so, please comment here.
[identity profile] obie119.livejournal.com
September is here and that means it’s time for Fluff! September 27th is the 9th annual What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention.

Produced by Union Square Main Streets, "What the Fluff" doesn’t just celebrate the genius of Archibald Query, who invented Fluff here in Union Sq. in 1917. It also celebrates the creativity of the artists, musicians, bakers, and other citizens who join together to celebrate our hometown sweet in the most memorable ways. This year’s theme is Steampunk Fluff! I have seen the t-shirt and it is FANTASTIC.

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts in a wide variety of tasks – from the prize booth to kiddie games to the cooking contest, there are jobs to fit every personality. There are opportunities for friends to work together, and for mature children to work with their parents.

The Festival is at Union Square Somerville on September 27th from 3 to 7 PM, with volunteers needed from noon until 8 PM. (rain date is 9/28) To sign up or to find out more, please contact Karin at volunteer@unionsquaremain.org
[identity profile] tdevin.livejournal.com

As rents and home prices go into the stratosphere, zoning becomes a way we can keep certain places affordable for certain uses. Here's an open letter the Somerville Arts Council advisory board wrote to the mayor and other politicians about the need to do something to keep creative people in town-- and suggests a few ideas on how to do that with zoning.

https://medium.com/@timdevin/a7b1e53d28d1

[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
Hey kids, it seems like porchfest has snuck up on me this year. Isn't it usually in June, and have a little more advertising preceding it? Anyway I guess it's today and I can't seem to be able to get on the Somerville Arts Council's website. Anyone know where I can find a schedule of bands online? Thanks!
[identity profile] courtney o'keefe
Considering there are limited spots, I thought I would post this now...

Please join the Somerville Arts Council as we explore Magoun Square with the first Restaurant and Market Tour. Magoun Square is a hidden gem of culinary treats that represents a diverse population here in Somerville.

Why a food tour? Because food and drink are a common denominator that gets people talking. In addition, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville.

Featured businesses include: Daddy Jones Bar, K2 Beer & Wine, Modelo Butcher Market, Olde Magoun’s Saloon and Pennypacker's. Visitors will have a chance to meet with shop owners and learn more about specific foods and each owner’s cultural traditions.

The tour will be on Thursday, May 29th from 6-8 p.m.

Spots are limited so please RSVP to Carlene Campbell-Hegarty at ccampbell@somervillema.gov or (617) 625-6600 ext. 2615.
[identity profile] redcolumbine.livejournal.com
The City of Somerville, led by the Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which will be transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Arts Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). We anticipate that the inside of the bus will be used to conduct roaming art classes, performance art or dance, while the outside of the bus could be used to screen films or host concerts. The intent for our M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

Are you one of the folks who should be doing the modifications?

Artists, welders, creative folks - click here! Applications due by April 28.
[identity profile] kdsorceress.livejournal.com
I know Union Square is a little far-flung, but today is the Ides of March, and the Somerville Arts Council is celebrating with proper Roman style all day in Union Square. From the website:

Friends, Somervillian’s, Countryman... lend us your ears!

Celebrate the Ides of March and mark the 2,058th anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar in Union Square. This March 15th, Large & Elaborate Productions along with the Somerville Arts Council will transform the heart of Union Square into a Roman forum. Visit the togamaster to be outfitted in a complimentary toga and laurel, battle your friends to the death* (*actual death not recommended) in the gladiator arena, cheer on chariot races, and practice your assassination chops with Pin-the-Knife-on-Caesar. Show off your numerals-deciphering skills in the Roman numerals bee, form a team for the Romanesque trivia contest, and prep your pets for the "Dogs of War" pet costume contest (contact us if your pet would like to participate). There will be Roman engineering crafts for kids and, for the big kids, a toga party at the Independent after the event.

During your time at the Forum, you're also likely to witness conspiracy, political intrigue, dangerous ambition, and wildly-adapted Shakespeare as the tragedy of Julius Caesar unfolds on and off the Forum stage. Spoiler alert: Caesar must die.


Event runs today from 1:00 to 6:00. If you go to their site, you can see a full schedule of events!

(Disclaimer: I am not at all associated with this, I just thought it sounded like a lot of fun, and feel that Union is probably close enough for this to be of interest. If it is not, I apologize, and will take the post down.)

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