Sunday, September 23, 2012
This chapter from the Somerville Arts Council's new book, "Nibble," explores hispanic culinary traditions in Union Square.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15, and to celebrate, the Somerville Arts Council wanted to share a chapter from its new book, Nibble, which is all about food in and around Union Square. Below is a chapter from the book that explores Union Square's latin flavors, restuarants and food personalities. It's one of many chapters in the book that highlight the culinary diversity of Union Square. If you want to learn more about the book, click here. So, without further ado, here's the chapter (posted with permission): ------------------------------------------------------------ LATIN FLAVOR Union Square’s Latino restaurant owners spice up the culinary landscape, share their native cultures—and fire up the local economy. Text by Rachel …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The September Somerville Salon, held at The Center for Arts at the Armory, explores issues of masculinity and the depiction of men.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Somerville Salon series, run by the Somerville Arts Council, seeks to encourage discussions of art and philosphy. On Wednesday, the salon will delves into issues of masculinity in art. Curated by Francisco De la Barra, the September salon exhibit launches at 7:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory. Below is information about the exhibit from the Somerville Arts Council: About the Somerville Salon Following the tradition of French salons of the 17th and 18th centuries—where hosts invited guests to discuss topics ranging from art to philosophy—we are launching our second series of art presentations and discussions on various artistic topics. The “Somerville Salon” series, curated and hosted by Somerville Arts Council board members…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A festival for lovers of street food.
The Hungry Tiger Street Festival, a celebration of street food inspired by the night markets in Southeast Asia, is back in Union Square on Saturday. Basically, it's an outdoor festival with lights, performances and, most important, street food. Organized by the Somerville Arts Council, this year's festival will include food from some newbies in Union Square, including Casa B and Fortissimo. Other restaurants serving up street food at the festival include Cantina la Mexicana, India Palace, Dosa Temple, Precinct, El Potro, Pao de Acucar, The Neighborhood Restaurant and Culinary Cruisers. For more information about the Hungry Tiger Street Festival, check out the Arts Council's Nibble Blog. Also, take a look at some of our photos from last …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
"Nibble" includes recipes, stories, photographs and guides to finding exotic ingredients, all while celebrating Union Square's culinary vibe.
A new book published by the Somerville Arts Council, Nibble, is a culinary journey through Union Square that includes recipes, local stories, photographs and a guide to shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. The book was released July 25 at a party held at PA's Lounge, and it's currently available to the public. (Learn where to get it here.) Rachel Strutt, program manager at the Somerville Arts Council, said the origins of the book go back seven years, when the Arts Council received a grant to help stimulate the Union Square economy through culture. "Food and food diversity is a real asset of Union Square," Strutt said, and the Arts Council launched programs to highlight that aspect of the neighborhood. The idea for the book also came …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Some advice on seeing the music festival, in which porches throughout Somerville turn into temporary open-air music stages.
PorchFest, now in its second year, will bring out over 100 Somerville musical acts Saturday; they will perform on porches across the city. "It's growing in popularity by leaps and bounds," said Rachel Strutt of the Somerville Arts Council, which organizes the musical festival. This year will feature a wide variety of acts, from bluegrass to jazz, rock, folk, Balkan, trance, world, "gypsy-punk," Cuban, "bubblegummy pop" and much more. Visitors can wander from home to home—porch to porch, rather—taking in all the different music. Some fun performances this year include Porch-i-oke, a karaoke experience in which people can sing along to live music. (It takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 91 Central St.) The festival also includes Henry and …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Pauline Lim, an artist in Somerville's Brickbottom Artists Building, has created an interactive, outdoor, thoughtful, healthy and fun art installation—with a chance to win a prize and the opportunity to eat some baked goods.
There are nine of them dispersed throughout Somerville. They look a little bit like Medieval religious icons—maybe from Ravenna, with their mosaics; maybe from an old Russian church, with their serene and stylized human figures; maybe from a small chapel in France, with their colorful glass, like small stained-glass windows. Yes, they definitely have a Medieval vibe, but these works of art are decidedly modern: One, titled "Restraint," features a cupcake with a cherry on top. It sits in a field of pink and is bordered with what seem to be pink Mardi Gras beads. Another, titled "Loyalty," depicts a cute little puppy. (Others, such "Honesty," an infant-like figured cloaked in a blue mosaic robe, wouldn't seem too out of place in an early …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Somerville loves its holiday lights. A reminder about Patch's Deck Your House holiday contest, and don't forget Saturday's Illuminations Tour.
No one ever called Somerville shy when it comes to Christmas lights. Walk, bike or drive around the city, and you'll see some of the most creative and jaw-dropping holiday decorations in the Boston area. This year, there are some fun ways to experience the city's festive appearance. On Saturday, the Somerville Arts Council is running its "Illuminations" trolley tour of lights in the city. The 45-minute tour starts at city hall, and there will also be coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, choral music, and crafts for children. See here for more information. If you're interested, you can also do the Illuminations Tour by bike. The Somerville Bicycle Committee is hosting a bike tour, also on Saturday. It begins at 6:20 p.m. at Somerville High …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The second session in the series will cover the conceptual art and performance pieces of Boston's kanarinka (a.k.a. Catherine D'Ignazio) and Somerville's Dirk Adams.
From the Somerville Arts Council's daily newsletter: For the past ten years, kanarinka has created multimedia art works that examine how people use and understand public space. These works involve audience participation, and often take place outside. Public space and participation figures into much of Adams' work, as well. Participants in his sound walks listen to audio narratives and instructions while exploring public space. Join kanarinka and Adams as they talk about their past projects--and what led them to use the streets as their canvases. Every third Wednesday of the month, the Somerville Arts Council will invite guests to discuss art, philosophy and other highbrow topics. Click here for more information about the salons. Where: …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Somerville resident Akshay Ahuja is distributing poetry booklets around the city, hoping to promote poetry, which most people associate with school assignments.
Over the next few weeks, when you stop into a local coffee shop, drop by the library or visit other locations in Somerville, keep your eyes open. You may stumble upon a small handmade booklet, bound together with green or red string, filled with poems and blank pages. It's part of a project, the brainchild of Somerville resident Akshay Ahuja, to open people's eyes to poetry. For most people, poetry is a drag, Ahuja feels. They associate it with school assignments and homework and, in general, not having fun. But it doesn't have to be that way. Poetry "doesn't have to be a chore. It's fun; it's entertainment," he said. When people see his booklets, they should know, "It's not a puzzle and it's not an assignment." The booklets are filled …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Crowds came to Union Square Sunday for the Rock and Roll Yard Sale.
Rock and Roll was for sale Sunday afternoon. Nearly 50 vendors set up tents in Union Square for the fourth annual Somerville Rock and Roll Yard Sale. Somerville Arts Council Executive Director Gregory Jenkins said between 800 and 1000 Somerville residents and visitors came to peruse the goods. Most of the vendors sold records, both EPs and smaller 45s. Quite a few shoppers spent their afternoons nimbly flipping through the boxes upon boxes of vinyl, lifting each individual record out, examining the disc or just the cover, making piles or bargaining prices. Records were not the only goods available Sunday. Movies, music and sports posters could all be found, as well as vintage clothing and jewelry. One vendor sold older recording equipment…