April 10th, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council is looking for artists to create a design for the exterior of the M.U.S.C.R.A.T.

About M.U.S.C.R.A.T:

The Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which will be transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). 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 the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

About this call:
The Arts Council is looking for local artists, welders, and all creative folks to design the bus exterior. Beyond murals, they are open to sculptural elements that might be welded onto the bus. They are especially interested in design schemes that might involve the public or a youth program somehow; i.e., you develop the overall design, but a group of people would be able to help realize the design in some way. They are also open to having one section of the bus left “open,” to be periodically painted by different artists/groups. The sky is the limit. Surprise them!

Specs of the bus:
This is a full size bus approximately 30 feet in length. They want the entire bus to be transformed.

How to apply:
Provide the following information via a Word doc or directly into an email:
1.  Contact info: name, e-mail and mailing address, phone, Website (if applicable)
2.  Images: attach diagrams and ROUGH sketches of proposed bus design (if they are interested in your work, they will ask you for more detailed work later).
3.  Budget: estimate cost of materials needed and cost of your time.
4.  Explain how, if chosen, you would realize this design. Be specific; convince them that you could pull this off, demonstrate your track record by telling them about  previous large-scale public art work via web site links or jpgs.
5.  List, if any, of the local cultural organizations you’ll be working with; and specify if this group has expressed interest in collaborating
6.  Somerville affiliation (if any)

Deadline and where to send application:
April 28st.   Send applications to:

Somerville Skill Share Offers Free Classes for All Ages

February 25th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to learn to juggle or be an urban beekeeper?  On Sunday, March 2, Skill Share Somerville will host an afternoon of 40 free classes on topics ranging from Introduction to Songwriting to Cocktails & Wine 101 at the Center for the Arts at the Armory.  The program will take place from noon to 6:00 pm and each class will be 50 minutes long, so it will be possible to attend several classes on a wide range of topics.  The event is free and open to the public but Skill Share is recommending that those who wish to attend RSVP at, since there are space limitations.

The classes will be taught by local residents.  The following classes will be offered:

Celebrate Christmas in Style at Boston’s Top of the Hub

December 13th, 2013



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Are you looking for a unique and truly memorable way to spend Christmas Eve? Don’t want to worry about having to cook or clean for guests? Want to have a relaxing and romantic evening with the one that you love?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions and you live in the Boston area, than you will be delighted to attend the spectacular Christmas Eve at the Top of the Hub event.

On Tuesday, December 24, the renowned Top of the Hub restaurant, which is located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, will host a spectacular Christmas Eve dinner.

This event will feature a four course, prix-fixe menu, which will include some simply mouthwatering entrees, side dishes and desserts. A vegetarian meal will also be available upon request.

Imagine celebrating Christmas Eve while taking in the panoramic views of the city of Boston while dining on some of the most exquisite cuisine that is served in the city. In addition to enjoy breathtaking views and dining on tantalizing fare, you will also have the opportunity to be wooed by the live jazz performance in the Lounge. The Steve Soares Trio will play a collection of holiday favorites in a jazz style from 6 pm to 10 pm.

This amazing Christmas Eve event will take place from 4 pm to 10 pm. All ages are welcome. Prices for this evening of dinner and music are $85 per person and $35 for children who are under the age of 12. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included in this price.

If you are looking for a way to celebrate a truly magnificent Christmas Eve that you and your loved ones will remember for a lifetime, you will want to celebrate at the Top of the Hub.

Somerville Hosts Boston’s Largest Holiday Event

December 4th, 2013

Somerville will host the largest holiday event in greater Boston at Assembly Row this weekend, December 6th-8th.   Holiday Arts & Eats,  inspired by traditional European Criskindl markets, will feature a holiday market showcasing 60 Etsy artisans and 25 of New England’s best food trucks.

The festival will kick off with “Arts & Eats After Dark,” an adults-only event (21+) on Friday evening, from 6:00-11:00 pm. Attendees will have the first look at the artist offerings, be entertained by live music from local bands and special appearances by local celebrities, and, in addition to gourmet food from the 25 food trucks, will enjoy local brews and Gluhwein, a warm mulled wine served from multiple bars around the event.  Admission on Friday is $10.

On both Saturday and Sunday a VIP hour from 11:00 am to noon will give attendees exclusive access to the artists and food trucks for the first hour and then the opportunity to stay until closing at 6:00 pm.  Tickets for VIP access at $15 are limited and available only online.

For those who don’t mind sharing the space with a larger crowd the best bang for the buck will be on Saturday and Sunday afternoon when kids of all ages will be able to meet Santa and enjoy all the magic of the holiday season.  Eat, drink, shop and be merry from noon to 6:00 for only $5.00 a person.  Children under 12 will be admitted for free.

Parking is free and tickets may be purchased online at .

Be Dazzled by Dance in Boston

December 2nd, 2013



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There is nothing as romantic and mesmerizing as the beauty of dance. During the month of December, the city of Boston will hold three very special events that will celebrate the beauty of dance. If you are a lover of dance, you will want to be sure to save the date for each (or at least one) of these events.

The Nutcracker: What better way to celebrate the holiday season during the month of December than by seeing the beloved ballet that celebrates the joys of the holidays – The Nutcracker. From November 29 through December 29, the Boston Ballet will perform this spectacular ballet at the Boston Opera House. The event will feature the amazing footwork of the Boston Ballet, who will dance the entire performance, from start to finish. Of course, the entire event will be accompanied by the enchanting traditional music. Tickets range from $35 to $174 and can be purchased by calling 617.695.6955, or at

The Urban Nutcracker: While the traditional tale of the Nutcracker is delightful, if you are looking for a bit of a different experience to enjoy, you will want to check out The Urban Nutcracker. Anthony Williams has created an amazing modern rendition of the traditional ballet, which is performed to the stylings of jazz favorite Duke Ellington. The performance will feature a combination of dance, including urban tap, traditional ballet, hop hop, swing, flamenco, jazz, step, modern, traditional Chinese dance and a few other types of dance. If you are interested in seeing this spectacular performance, it will run from December 6 through the 22 at John Hancock Hall. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and can be pre-purchased by calling 888.596.1027 or by visiting

Celebrate the beauty of the holiday season by watching some of the most beautiful and spectacular holiday dance performances in Boston.

Cruise and Dine with Santa on the Spirit of Boston

December 2nd, 2013

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this holiday season? Want to do something that is a little bit unexpected and something that both they – and you – will remember for a lifetime? How about setting sail with Santa Claus on the Spirit of Boston?

On Saturday, December 14, the world famous Spirit of Boston will be hosting a very special holiday event. Santa Claus himself will be taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the North Pole and heading on down to the Boston Harbor to greet some of his biggest fans.

This super special holiday lunch buffet will feature a range of activities to get the whole family into the holiday spirit. The ship will be festooned in holiday décor. Lively holiday entertainment will be provided while you sail. Your kids will have the chance to show off their creative side at the holiday cookie decorating contest. And of course, who could forget the shining moment of the entire experience; the opportunity to meet Santa! Your kids will be giddy to sit on this Jolly Old Elf’s lap and tell them what they want for Christmas. Photos will be taken to document this special moment forever.

A full buffet will be served, so make sure that you come hungry. Menu items include an array of fresh salads, Salmon Mediterranean, Apricot-Glazed Pork Loin, Herb-Marinated Rotisserie Chicken, Three-Cheese Pasta Al Forno, garlic smashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash and two tasty dessert options.

The spectacular event will take place on December 14, 2013. Boarding time is at 11:30am and the cruise sets sail from noon until 2pm. Cost is $39.90 for adults and kids over 12. Kids under 12 are free, with only one child under 12 permitted per adult.

Experience a True Old Fashioned Christmas at Longfellow House

November 21st, 2013

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One of the greatest and most celebrated landmarks in all of Boston is the Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. What was once the home of the renowned 19th Century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this house also served as the headquarters for General George Washington and his troops from July 1775 to April 1776 in what was known as the Siege of Boston, one of the most notable and prolific events of the Revolutionary War. As you can imagine, with such deep history, the Longfellow House has become one of the most acclaimed landmarks in the Boston area. Not only is it visited by tourists on a regular basis, but special events for both tourists and locals are also hosted here on a regular basis.

This Christmas season, take a journey back in time to experience the Holiday Open House. This event, which will be held on December 5 and 6 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, will allow you to experience what it was like to experience the Christmas holidays during the 17- and 1800s. During this free event, the house will be decorated in traditional Victorian era Christmas décor. You and your family will have the opportunity to participate in some fun craft activities that are appropriate for every member of your brood. During the event, you will be served tasty refreshments, including hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. Plus, there will also be carolers dressed in seasonal garb singing some of your favorite Christmas songs.

There are no reservations required for this event and it is completely free, which only adds to its appeal. So, if you are looking for a way to make wonderful holiday memories this year, head on down to the Longfellow House and enjoy the Holiday Open House.

Sample Tasty Beers at the 4th Annual Local Craft Brewfest

November 21st, 2013


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If your idea of a tasty beverage is a fresh glass of frothy, locally made beer, then you are going to be delighted to find out about one of the biggest events that will be hosted in Boston – The 4th Annual Local Craft Brew Fest!

Save the date for Friday, November 22, 2013. From 6 to 9:30 pm, the Moakley Courthouse will be hosting the spectacular Local Craft Brew Fest. At this event, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the freshest and frothiest libations to be found anywhere in Massachusetts. This is the event that local craft brewers gear up for all year. A collection of some of the best craft brewers in the area will come together to share their creations with the general public, and you won’t believe some of the amazing creations they have made. Not only will you have the opportunity to experience what craft brewers have made; you will also have the chance to sample selections from local distillers, cideries, meaderies and a wide range of other artisan beverage brewers. And of course, you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, which is why some of the area’s best food producers join in on this event. You’ll find the perfect munchies to go along with your delightful beverage.

There will be more than 50 beer tastings available and more than 20 tastings from distilleries. Artisans will include:

  • Peak Organic
  • Moonlight Meadery
  • Battle Road Brewing
  • Bantam Cider
  • Turkey Shore Distilleries

… And so many more!

You must be 21 or over to sample the libations that will be offered at this event. Tickets are currently on sale and cost anywhere from $45 to $85.

Come and wet your whistle and fill up your belly at this fun-filled event.


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