Weekly Wrap-Up for September 23rd, 2011

Hey! Not so fast.

It’s time for the wrap-up!

MICE x On the Shore x The Lead Shoes x Sounding Board


JP Open Studios

(Untitled(Routine), Brian Bishop)

When: September 24th-25th, 2011, 11:00AM-6:00PM

Where: List of Participating Artists

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Often called one of the most Family Friendly arts events, The Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) is an annual celebration of the arts in Jamaica Plain that gives the public and artists an opportunity to connect, converse and deal in art works.

A volunteer-driven event, JPOS takes place in artists’ homes and studios as well as group sites and businesses throughout Jamaica Plain.

JPOS reflects the vibrancy and diversity of our neighborhood, and strengthens a dynamic community of artists, patrons, and supporters. Artists network with each other, meet an enthusiastic audience, display and sell work, and have fun!”

(Not Now, Maybe Later, Marc Cote)


HarborArtsFest 2011: One Year Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2011 12pm-6pm

Where: Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, East Boston

How: Official Website

What/Why:“HarborArts is hosting a One-Year Anniversary Celebration for our exhibition of 30 large-scale outdoor pieces of public art by artists from three continents, juried by Randi Hopkins, Associate Curator at the ICA. The International Outdoor Gallery is a collection of “art with a purpose.” We would like to invite you to engage in this celebration with us and the Boston art community. The festival will honor the current international exhibition as well as the local arts with food, drinks, activities for all ages, art from over 50 artists, vendors, live music brought to you by The Brain Trust, performances, galleries and much more! Delicious food will be provided by East Boston local restaurants such as Dough East Boston, La Chiva, Sorrentinos and Helados Julis! Enjoy live music throughout the day by Steph Barrak, Bottom of the Well and badknight and more! The event is FREE and there parking will be provided. The Boston Harbor Shipyard is easily accessible from the MBTA: Blue Line, Maverick Square.Founded in Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in 2009, HarborArts began as a call to action, attracting worldwide attention by hosting an international outdoor gallery of monumental public art. Nowhere else can the public visit and view art while engaging with an active working shipyard. HarborArts effectively utilizes our waterfront neighborhood to invigorate great civic pride for communities neighboring Boston Harbor. Located on the Boston Harbor Walk, the site of this outdoor exhibition offers views of downtown Boston and the Seaport District. Equally, HarborArts is part of the vista from the Boston waterfront, with clear sight lines to it from the city’s landmark contemporary art museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art.”


Alex MacLean: On The Shore

(Houston, Y TX)

When: On view through October 2nd, 2011

Where: Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why:From September 6th through October 2nd, the gallery will host con-current solo exhibitions of Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs and Donald Saaf’s spirited paintings of whimsical figures and landscapes. Despite the differences in each artist’s media and technical practice, each values the role of form, composition, and color to convey interpretations of the natural landscape and the ways in which it is both valued and manipulated. All are invited to join the artists for a reception on Saturday, September 10th from 4-6pm.

Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs explore the interplay between natural and constructed environments. Focusing on images MacLean has made along water sources including the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and various rivers and water tributaries, the featured photographs convey the prevalent manipulation of population growth, cultural recreation, and climate change on the natural landscape. Water is seen organized into neat coils of canals in a Houston cul-de-sac while sand has overcome a seaside parking lot, creating abstract patterns of the lot’s painted lines. Garish water-park slides and pools are offset by the muted colors of time worn dinghies on a New England dock. Line serves an important role to MacLean’s compositions as color, texture, and pattern develop each composition.”


Pixilerations [v.8]

(2010 New Media Showcase, What we Loved and Forgot, Megan and Murray McMillan)

When: Through October 2nd, 2011

Where: Venues throughout Providence

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Now in its eighth year, PIXILERATIONS continues to amaze Providence audiences with groundbreaking multimedia installations, performances and film/video screenings. In an era of Twitter-inflamed revolutions, biotech ethics wars and YouTube-generated museum exhibitions, this year’s festival explores new territory with the provocative question, “Where, and what, is New Media Art today?”


MICE-The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo

(The work of Ellen Crenshaw for Beer Advocate)

When: Saturday September 24th, 2011, 10:00AM-6:00PM

Where: University Hall at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave , Cambridge, MA 02138

How: Official Website

What/Why: “MICE is an event dedicated to independent, alternative, small-press and self-published comic books, webcomics and ‘zines. The show features the work of 80+ exhibitors and a full day of comic-related programming with panels and workshops.”


Photo Lottery 2011

When: Saturday September 24th, 2011 6:00-9:00PM

Where: 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

How: Official Website

Cost: $125

What/Why: “The photo-frenzy returns September 24th from 6-9pm. Join us and celebrate the 5th Biennial Photo Lottery as we raise our cameras in unison and defy the defeatists.

When you purchase a ticket to the Photo Lottery you are guaranteed to win one of over 150 photo-based artworks. In addition to helping AS220 Photo meet our financial goals, your artwork donation or ticket purchase supports a growing community.
A number on each ticket sold will coorespond at random to one of the works of art on the wall at the reception. Everyone who buys a ticket is a winner! Everybody is invited to the show, but only people who buy tickets will win photographs.”


Sting! XI: Object Relations

When: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011, from 6:30PM – 8:30PM(next week)

Where: The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The artists of Sting! XI: Object Relations invite viewers to participate in an active, open dialogue with the abstract art object. Instead of relying on illusory space, they employ the ‘real’ nature of the object itself – its materials, surface, scale, and geometry – and its physical relation to the viewer, to prod viewers into a deeper sense of their own ‘real’ nature. At the same time, their formal choices echo their particular concerns with that object relation, reflecting a personal approach embedded in the universality of their forms.

Visitors to The Beehive will be witness to the broad diversity of mediums, materials and techniques utilized by this group of artists, including works on plexiglass, raw linen, tarp and aluminum, paintings made from carbon smoke, house paint and acrylic, in addition to photographs, fabric collages and carved mirrors. Sting! XI: FEATURING THE WORK OF: Arisa Boit John Guthrie Andrew Mowbray (Represented by LaMontagne Gallery) Ross Normandin Joshi Radin Isabel Riley (Represented by BK Projects) Daniela Rivera (Represented by LaMontagne Gallery) Jim Stroud (Represented by Galerie Mourlot, NY) Bill Thompson (Represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery) Doug Weathersby (Represented by Dodge Gallery, NY) Brian Zink (Represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery)

Performance by Nat Mugavero Quartet: Nat Mugavero is the heart of the free jazz scene and a legend in the jazz world. Mugavero has soul and his quartets can only be described as pure. This band is made up of the best players you can find playing “pure” music. Inspiring! The Beehive will have great food, cool art, and a special live musical performance by the Nat Mugavero Quartet beginning at 6:30PM. Don’t miss Sting! XI: Object Relations”


Allston Village Street Fair

(Crafts! ..and a 5 hour energy booth. Ugh.)

When: Sunday September 25th, 12:00-6:00PM

Where: Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “For a neighborhood so youthfully vibrant and culturally diverse, Allston gets a bad rap. It breeds creativity and a modern bohemia rarely seen in other areas of the Hub.

Sunday, September 25th, the Parents and Community Build Group’s Allston Village Street Fair shows off exactly what Allston offers year-round: a litany of live performances, several local businesses taking to the streets and thousands of people coming together in one giant party.

“American Idol’s” Ayla Brown, Three Day Threshold and Casey Desmond highlighted more than 30 live performers on three stages; local vendors, artists and craftspeople show off their wares; and Harvard Avenue morphs into Bourbon Street for this year’s Mardi Gras theme. Grab some beads, rock out and have some fun, Allston-style.”


Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area

(A scene from “The Lead Shoes,” by Sidney Peterson)

When: Monday September 26th, 2011, 7:00PM

Where: Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque , 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Punk was more than the music. It was an attitude that swept through culture like an angry roar. It thundered in the Bay Area’s dank clubs, but it could also be detected in brash works made by bratty artists intent on aesthetic insurrection. Everything in this program is about loud, whether it’s the sonorous outbursts of the Avengers, the Mutants, or the Dils in Mindaugis Bagdon’s searing doc Louder, Faster, Shorter, The Residents’s prepunk proddings in Third Reich and Roll, or the memorable mayhem of the Offs in Richard Gaikowski’s Deaf/Punk. A caustic collage of found images, The Units’ Training Film was a visual backdrop for this groundbreaking punk-syntho band. While the music was churning in the clubs, video artists were mangling the medium. Whether it be Dale Hoyt’s last gasps of anxious youth, Barney Haynes’s sonic travels through the wasteland, or Ivar Smedstad’s slice-and-dice orchestrations, the proof was in the pummeling. Finally, sluggo selections from Target Video’s Joe Rees take us into the core of the hardcore maelstrom.
— Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive”


The Sounding Board Launch Party

(Yes.Oui.Si Space)

When: Saturday, September 24 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Yes.Oui.Si Space, 19 Vancouver Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

Cost: $25 Purchase tickets here.

What/Why: “TSB bursts on to the scene! This event will combine world-class performers with top-tier nightlife entertainment producers; invigorate timeless classical pieces with some of the hippest new music around; intertwine commentary from celebrities with noted public figures; and feature dynamic scripts from some of Boston’s most promising writers.

– TSB Executive Producer and performer Emmy-nominated composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain
– Mia Friedman, a grand-prize winning singer-songwriter in the John Lennon International Song Competition
– Award-winning jazz singer Aubrey Johnson, instructor at the Berklee College of Music
– Rock-pianist and songwriter Andrew Horowitz from the band Tally Hall
– Harvard Lampoon writer Ben Smith
– Artistic Directors Brian Kaufman and Michael Reichman and the TSB Creative Team members Albert Oppenheimer, Erik Johnson, Liz Erenberg, Anne Gregory and Lila Palmer”


Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

(Harvard Museum of Natural History, one of the many participating venues in MA)
(photo credit: zusty)

When: Saturday September 24th, 2011

Where: Participating Locations in Massachusetts

How: Official Website

What/Why: “In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free”


(Dinghies Clustered Around Dock, Alex MacLean, currently on view at Clark Gallery)


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