FIVE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY 5/17: Community Path Funds in Jeopardy | MaxPac Hearing | Threepenny Opera at Tufts
Two urgent calls to action today. Also, 'The Threepenny Opera’ opens, the Highlander Cafe offers a bargain lunch, and more.
Community Path Funds in Jeopardy
The Friends of the Community Path are calling on supporters to help save $4.5 million dollars in FY2012 funding for the Community Path extension. A proposal on the table would take away funds, which were intended for initial work on extending the Path eastward from Cedar St., probably reaching School St. at the High School and City Hall. Instead those monies would go to the planned Assembly Square Orange Line station instead. The Friends support the station, but have an alternative proposal to commit funds to the Path now for FY2013. They are calling on supporters from Somerville and beyond to speak in favor of funding the Path Thursday at 10 a.m. in Boston. Details here.
MaxPac Hearing Tonight
At a hearing tonight at City Hall (6 p.m.), union and community organizers will make their case to the City that MaxPac developers should be required to hire local and union labor to work on the 199-unit residential apartment development. Construction is already under way. Details here and background here.
Have a bargain lunch at Highlander Café
The Highlander Café, run by the High School’s Culinary Program, may well be one of the best insider tips for lunch in town. Eat there and it’s a $6.95 buffet. Take out, and it’s a generous, well-prepared $5.95 meal. Both are available weekly Wed.-Fri. (11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.). You get a deal and students get a chance to build marketable skills. Call this a win-win-eat deal. Details here. And see out story today here.
“The ThreePenny Opera” opens tonight at Tufts
Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s musical masterpiece “The Threepenny Opera” opens tonight at Tufts. Let the music--including the show’s smash hit "Mac the Knife"—lead you into the seedy, mesmerizing underworld of Weimar Republic Berlin. And no worries, it’s not a classical opera. You’ll leave humming every tune. Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. this week only. Tickets are just “a few pennies” as well: $10 general or $5 for Tufts students. Details here.
Sign Up for ArtBeat 2011
Craft vendors and performers can start signing up now to take part in this hugely popular midsummer arts festival. This year’s fest takes place July 15 and 16 and the theme is Red. “The hue is many things: hot, passionate and life sustaining—and we think, an apt theme for a hot summer festival,” states the Somerville Arts Council’s announcement. Craft vendor applications are due March 28. Artist applications are due April 1. Community vendor applications are coming soon. More info here.
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