Come enjoy a stroll down memory lane with our special throwback SCATV screening, “SCATV Throwbacks: The Wonderful World of Public Access TV.” This short retrospective screening will be an engaging and curated experience to enjoy some of SCATV’s hidden gems from the past 35+ years.
Help support legal funding for those seeking refuge in our country. Join us for an evening of live music, dance, and community. The event will feature live music by Somerville’s classic rockers Stanley and the Undercovers, a special dance performance by Cambridge's own Jean Appolon Expressions, and a brief program, plus light refreshments and a cash bar. All proceeds benefit the United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants, which gives grants to local organizations offering pro-bono legal assistance to immigrants.
A weekend intensive presenting the 8 essential elements of creative practice within the Concept Aware® framework. Illustrated using contemporary photography each element is isolated, analysed and practiced via lecture, small group activities and exercises. The result is an awareness of how you see and why it matters.
Open to emerging artists and established professionals.
Come on in and explore your local media center with a tour of our two TV studios, Boston Free Radio Station, Podcast Studio, Multimedia Editing Lab and more! We will also host our Community Media Week Art Showcase featuring artwork made by SMC staff, members and supporters! Artists include: Meagan O’Brien, Stuart Roelke, Karbia Yuan, Simru Sonmez-Erbil, Yvette Wilks and Dave Ortega. Light refreshments provided.
Join us on Saturday, October 26 for our 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration! Our FREE block party will feature food and drink for sale from our friends: Notch Brewing, 90+ Cellars, Naco Taco, Taco Party, North East of the Border, Mr. Tamole, Honeycomb Creamery (YES THAT MEANS CHOCO TACOS FOR ALL!)
What's a party without music?! We are welcoming Veronica Robles and her Mariachi for a live performance! In addition to other activities and fun planned for the day, we are honored to welcome back La Piñata to lead us in a traditional remembrance ceremony.
And while you're here be on the lookout for goodies from Polar Beverages and Guayakí Yerba Mate while you take in some of the entertainment or while you wait for QRST's to screen print your commemorative t-shirt!
Make sure you RSVP so you catch up-to-the-minute announcements and surprises!
The finale event of Someville Media Center’s Community Media Week will bring together Boston-area comedians. This fundraiser is to help raise funds for our youth programs, digital literacy workshops and community journalism programs at SMC.
Fantastic comedy lineup includes:Rick Jenkins (The Comedy Studio Owner & Emcee for the show), Emily Ruskowski, Katie McCarthy, Angela Sawyer, Will Smalley, Tina Cabral & Walter Ness, Carrie Ross, Pete Mohan, Mike Giordano, Allie Genereux, Chloé Cunha, David Dobbins, Tyler Tuttle, Marie Connor, Nick Ortolani
Join J. Sybylla Smith, independent curator, teacher and consultant for the Portfolio Review Lecture, for part of the Elements of the Creative Practice Lecture Series. Learn how to prepare for a portfolio review. Exercises, examples and resources are included with a brief lecture presentation.
Please join us at the Growing Center on Halloween for Pumpkin Carols followed by the AntiMorris at Sunset, danced by Recently Traditional Fictional Morris. The dancers shall fade silently into the night upon conclusion of the dance.
All are welcome to this free fall event. Rain or shine.
In this small-group, hands-on class, you’ll master techniques for home baking bread. From easy artisan loaves to tangy sourdough, we will bake three unique breads during our four hour session. You’ll learn to use, and subsequently take home, the tools required to successfully bake bread on your own.
During our intermission, you may pop in to the cafe for a meal on us, or stay for an optional intensive on sourdough baking.
Nearly 40 of Boston's best womxn founders and makers will help you choose the perfect holiday gift for mom, your BF, and BFF! From handmade jewelry to fragrant candles, the perfect gift awaits at Boston Women's Market. Enjoy live music by Natalie Joy, make a DIY Mulled Spice Kit, and take a selfie at our holiday Instagram wall. This is a family-friendly indoor event. Pups (of the human and dog variety) are welcome.
Join the last SomerStreets festival of the year, the spooky and fun “Monster Mashed-up.” SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Through SomerStreets, the City and its community partners aim to promote and encourage easy access to physical activity, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.
Activities along Somerville Ave will include: live music on two stages; costume parade led by School of HONK!; doggy costume contest with prizes – hosted by Elliot House; giant chainsaw pumpkin carving with Artisan's Asylum; parkour with Parkour Generations Boston; Somerville Media Center pop-up and Community Media Week kick-off, and more!
Oysterfest at Bow is a 3-session celebration of all things oyster! Choose from 12-2pm, 2-4pm or 4-6pm, and get unlimited oysters and 1 drink ticket from our boozy Bow Market neighbors- Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, Remnant Brewing, The Canopy Room, Variety Bar and Create Gallery. A few other Bow Market restaurants have created special sauces and accouterments to complement the fantastic lineup of oysters.
This fun event for all ages will be held at the same time as SomerStreets on Somerville Ave, where Artisan’s Aslyum members will be carving giant pumpkins!
Activities include a haunted photo booth, mask making, costume making and of course some scary artists and robots lurking around every corner.
Time to get creative with computing! Learn to build your own Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized mini-computer, that plugs into any monitor. This class will provide an overview of the Raspberry Pi and its operating system. Students will build simple applications using GPIO, a stepper motor, and a camera module. Experience with Python and Linux would be useful but is not necessary
Every human experiences trauma and stress, and our minds are filled with habits, judgments and preconcious reactions that may prevent you from being at your best. Neurosculpting uses the brain’s natural neuroplasticity to release these stresses and transform your habitual reactions.
In Introduction to Neurosculpting you will learn about why your brain does what it does. You will learn how to use your brain’s natural neuroplasticity to create a better mindset with new neural networks of your choosing and leave with tools to strengthen these networks anytime.
This workshop will start with a 30 minute brain talk followed by two 20 minute Neurosculpting meditations. All classes are suitable for beginners. Join in-person or live online.
A series devoted to bringing engaging, creative, and insightful poetry readings to the community.
Somerville Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz will be joined by David Surette, author of Malden, and Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, poet laureate of Andover, to read selections of their poetry in the beautiful outdoor setting of The Somerville Community Growing Center.
Celebrate Pollinators and Migration! In honor of all the creatures and people who make harvest of the food we eat daily possible, come join in a visual and auditory feast and participatory activities.
Enjoy pumpkin decorating, touring the garden beds of native pollinators and herbs from around the world, making a butterfly button or set of colorful wings highlighting the artwork of Favianna Rodriguez's "Migration is Beautiful" project.
2:30-5pm: Garden Tours, Pumpkin Decorating, and Butterfly Making Activities
2:30-3pm: "Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate" book reading with local author Sara Levine, learn about how plants attract pollinators;
3-4pm Music by Sawaari, ride a musical landscape of global rhythms and sounds
A garden celebration for fairies and their friends: build a fairy house, create a fairy wand, listen to a fairy story, and search the garden for signs of fairies. Everyone is invited to come dressed up as a fairy or their favorite magical being. A fairy fun time is guaranteed for all!
Before the event, find time to go outside and collect natural materials such as feathers, stones, shells, twigs, bark, pods, pinecones and other plant material and bring them with you so you can build a fairy house as your very own gift to the fairies. A limited supply of materials will also available be available at the event.
Donations are encouraged to support the Growing Center and future Gatherings of Fairies.
In this workshop, students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed rattan (reed) for a lovely basket suitable for use with fruit, rolls, cookies and the like. Students will receive a printed pattern and a choice of colored reeds. Finished dimensions: 8.75” diameter, 2” high
This isn't your Oma's Oktoberfest, this is a BOW MARKET Oktoberfest!
The market is going all out with a weekend-long celebration including German themed food, fest beer, wine, cocktails, retail, live music, and MORE! So slap on your lederhosen/dirndl and join us in the courtyard Biergarten with your choice of libation.
This is a FREE event - all are welcome to join in. Stay tuned on the Facebook event page for news of full offerings and some super secret surprises yet to come!
Check out Bow Market's official site for a full list of participating vendors.
Long & Away invites you to a casual soiree featuring our favorite music for viol consort. You'll hear splendid works for 3 and 4 viols by Purcell, Cabezón, Legrenzi, Scheidt and more, including our namesake Fantasia for the Great Dooble Base by Gibbons. Some wine and cheese will be provided; please also BYO drinks and finger food to share with friends in the lovely and intimate surroundings of the Green Room.
Join Groundwork Somerville as they celebrate another amazing harvest season at the South Street Farm. Learn more about their youth jobs, local food, environmental education, and community health programming under the stars at our 1/4 acre farm in Union Square! Dance, eat & drink, and support youth advocacy, farming and gardening programs! Now with special guests Keytar Bear and The Grateful Dads featuring Guitar Sloth!
Come join the Climate Coalition of Somerville (CCS), your friends at the Growing Center, and your community for a Sunday social filled with informal conversation and opportunities to engage on the climate, sustainability, and justice issues we're tackling together.
Curious about the individual and community actions we can take, like switching to 100% local, renewable electricity and helping increase green space in your neighborhood? Maybe feeling low about the changing climate and not sure what to do? This social is a FREE family-friendly event, and welcomes all!
It's also organized in connection with Global Climate Strike Week and Climate Preparedness Week.
In a first-time public engagement, iconic Star Trek jewelry prop maker Maggie Schpak will transport to Somerville to present her insights and artistry derived from a life of creating adornment for humans and other species. After fifty years of creating prop jewelry magic, the Queen of Makers will debut stories, never-seen original sketches, prototypes, and insider studio photographs at Somerville’s Center for the Arts at the Armory. From Spock’s Kolinahr necklace to Worf’s and Dax’s ornate wedding ensembles to the classic IDIC pin, this is a sneak peak into a world loved by millions of Star Trek fans and movie-goers world-wide.
A reception for terrans and aliens alike will follow at Artisan’s Asylum where guests can belly up to a re-creation of Quark’s bar for cosmic cocktails and talk to Schpak in person. A raffle will be held concurrently, featuring Star Trek memorabilia and pieces from Schpak’s workshop. For a few days following this evening, an online auction will sell further one-of-a-kind pieces available nowhere else. The Asylum will also host a fabrication workshop, at which attendees can make jewelry and body decor fit for any star voyage. This constellation of events is also a fundraiser for the Asylum, widely known as the “Maker Center of the Universe”, and a jewel in the crown of Somerville and Boston’s creative economy.
Join in the celebration of the 102nd anniversary of Fluff, invented right here in Somerville’s Union Square in 1917 by Archibald Query. This madcap, fun-filled festival draws approximately 15,000 people and is one of the reasons why Lonely Planet named Somerville in the top 10 “Best In The US” travel destinations.
The 14th annual What the Fluff Festival will feature musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities, antics and escapades for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort.
This year’s theme—Fluff Travels: All Roads Lead to Fluff—celebrates one of the most culturally rich cities in the nation, paying homage to the many roads traveled to Union Square from all over the world. With 50+ languages spoken in its schools, Somerville is home to a mix of neighbors from El Salvador, Haiti, Portugal, Brazil, and beyond.
Union Sound and Remnant Brewing are teaming up to bring a night of chill beats, great vibes and delicious beers on the back patio beer garden. Music Producer and beat-maker Erik “Loman" Sarno will be setting up and spinning some cool lo-fi tunes - perfect music for relaxing and enjoying some ale after a busy weekend. Beer cafe drinks will be available for purchase in the taproom throughout the evening and food is available from our Bow Market neighbors.
Change comes in many forms - a job change, a new family makeup, a move, or even something more personal. A change in who we are at our essence. In this Navigating Change Workshop learn how to work with your brain to release old well-worn patterns to make room for your new path. And create a new neural network for an easier transition. There will be a 30 minute brain talk followed by two 20 minute Neurosculpting meditations with time for discussion.
Pre-registration required, space is limited.
All classes are suitable for beginners.
Join SCC for their End of Summer Picnic featuring delicious food, live music, mingling, a raffle, a scavenger hunt, and a videographer to capture it all, so bring your favorite SCC story to share!
They’re also collecting ideas or additions for a Time Capsule to commemorate SCC’s 50th anniversary.
This event is free and all are welcome. See you there!!
They’re back at it again! OnPoint Improv returns to the wonderful Remnant Brewing with Fortnight Improv for a night of Indie Improv goodness all for the the benefit of RESPOND Inc.- working to end domestic violence to support their mission to end the serious public health issue of domestic violence through prevention, intervention and education services that promote safe, healthy relationships.
All donations will be matched dollar for dollar so come on out and double your impact and enjoy some comedy for a cause
So This is how it ends
This Women's Self Defense course is a beginner program teaching safe, effective and fundamental movements that anyone can learn. At Oom Yung Doe, we want everyone in the community to feel confident that they CAN defend themselves!
Oom Yung Doe Women's Self Defense is a beginner program teaching safe, effective and fundamental movements that anyone can learn. Participants will learn how to turn everyday objects into weapons for self defense, and how to safely use their body and bring strength and power to their voice to put an offender on the defense.
To begin our class we will cover a series of conditioning movements along with breathing, stretching and strengthening techniques. These exercises help to increase mobility, improve circulation, boost energy levels, and reduce stress. Practicing these exercises consistently will enhance focus, mental clarity, awareness, and confidence.
Self Defense Techniques will consist of:
How to react against punches, grabs from behind and throat attacks using movements that leverage your strength.
Techniques to stay calm and focused under pressured situations
Stretching and strengthening exercises to condition the body
First time participants should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Preferred attire: loose fitting clothing that you can move around in comfortably.
Watch this video to learn more.
Masala Square Indian Kitchen is hosting a Samosa Workshop! Chef Singh, daughter Dilreet and son Jagi will teach you the tricks and tips to make the perfect samosas for your next event.
After the class you will be served Supreme Samosas (samosas with channa masala, herbs & spices topped with our special chutneys! Choice of Chai Tea or Mango Lassi will also be given.
It is a great event to meet the Masala Square family, learn tips for Indian cooking in general and have fun with hands-on samosa making!
To reserve call/ text Dilreet at 617-651-7913 or DM on FB.
Walk-ins are welcomed as well!
Workshop is $25 per person.
Join the Bow Market community for Unity at Bow, a celebration of self-expression, self-love, and solidarity. From 12-6pm, Bow Market is hosting an afternoon of art, music, and dancing. Come as you are and share your story. Sidewalk chalk will be available when you enter the market, so you can use the courtyard as your canvas. The goal is to cover the entire space with colorful messages of support. Join in if you'd like, or enjoy a safe place to relax and convene in the Canopy Room upstairs.
Throughout the day, donations will be accepted for to BAGLY, the nation's longest running LGBTQ Youth Organization. As always, Bow Market businesses will be open for food, drink, and shopping.
This event is accessible to all. Elevators located in Bow Markets Lobbies as well as Gender Neutral bathrooms located in Remnant.
Want to buy local food AND meet the people behind your favorite local food brands?
Buy local, eat local, and meet the people who produce your food at this interactive local food market!
As part of August's Eat Local Month, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) and In Season Food Shop are partnering to host a one-day interactive local food market that showcases and celebrates the diverse array of local food in Bow Market and greater Massachusetts.
Small food businesses that sell their product out of In Season Food Shop will have their locally-produced specialty food items and fresh vegetables for sale. They will also be having demonstrations and conversations with shoppers about the food they make! After you've checked out the vendors, grab lunch at your favorite locally-owned food business in Bow Market.
• Shop for locally-produced speciaity food items and fresh farm food
• Get to know the story behind your favorite local brands
• Learn about new local foods through demonstrations
• Eat lunch and get treats at Hooked Fish Shop, Jaju Pierogi, In Season Food Shop, Saus, Remnant, Maca, Gate Comme Des Filles, Rebel Rebel, Buenas, Hot Box, and more!
• Support Massachusetts food producers and locally-owned Bow Market businesses!
Please bring your own shopping bag for your local purchases.
A reading/performance/exhibit of poetry, music, theater, and art.
Liz Anker, Lisa DeSiro, Elizabeth Doran, Angie Elm, Karen Friedland,
Lo Galluccio, Frannie Lindsay, Gloria Mindock, Deborah Schwartz, Melissa Silva
The Solidarity Salon gathers together local artists of various genres to share their creations in community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ persons.
Donations at this August 24 event will go to the Grolier Poetry Bookshop, in memory of Ifeanyi Menkiti.
The Somerville Arts Council is partnering with Oompa to present the Black, Brown & Queer Festival. This event is a QTPOC (Queer and Trans, person of color) multi-disciplinary arts festival. It will be a free, outdoor, community festival, with all of the artists coming from the QTPOC community.
This festival is a celebration of Boston QTPOC artists and their contribution to the arts community/scene. Often, QTPOC artists are asked to bring one part of themselves to the table and to leave or hide others. What is a safer space for one identity does not cross the intersections into other identities, and often QTPOC artists leave feeling exploited and unseen as a result. This festival is loud about wanting to name, create, and cultivate a space that sees QTPOC artists as whole people with intersectional stories and selves to share.
All QTPOC individuals and allies are welcome to attend the festival.
Hosted by: Oompa
DJ Lady Ly (Habi Ly)
Porsha Rashidaat J. Olayiwola
Myles Sherrard Golden
JP Delgado Galdamez
Also featuring visual artists, interactive arts and local vendors!
*Flyer & Art Work by Arielle Gray
The Learning Beautiful Pop-up shop will feature educational toys, children's books, and artist prints. Please stop by to play with our interactive, educational toys and say hello.
Open from August 23 through September 22; open Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-5.
Learning Beautiful is an MIT spinout company that creates hands-on, Montessori-inspired learning materials for young children to learn the basics of computer science - without using computers.
The one organ that every illness has in common is the brain. Even if the brain is not the source of the illness, it is orchestrating the reaction to the illness through immune system functions, the stress response, physical reactions and thoughts. In this Neurosculpting workshop you will learn why the brain does what it does and learn how to create new neural networks which you can activate at any time for better health.
Neurosculpting® is a trademarked 5-step process fusing the latest in neuroscience within a guided meditation to help individuals easliy harness the power of self-directed neuroplasticity for optimal healing.
All classes are suitable for beginners. Pre-registration required.