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Virtual Music Festival Starts This Saturday

Thanks to three cultural organizations in Western Massachusetts, an online music festival is bringing performers like Lake Street Dive, The Fab Faux, and June Millington to screens everywhere. Get Down With Your Hometown is the handiwork of a small group of women — nicknamed the “Giddy-Up Gals’’ — from the Institute of Musical Arts, Shea Theater, and North Star, a Sunderland alternative learning center for middle and high school students. The 38-act program will stream live on Facebook and YouTube Friday and Saturday, free of charge. [...]

2021-01-08T19:35:33+00:00January 8th, 2021|News|

Local Rock Musicians Play to the Virtual Crowds

As COVID hit Boston in March, a small clutch of rock musician friends became aware that their whole way of life had abruptly gone extinct: gigs, rehearsals, even the hang — the after-show gabbing at favorite bars — all fell victim to the virus. “I so missed going to bars like the Plough and Stars [in Cambridge] to see all my friends play,’’ explained drummer Larry Dersch. “So I suggested we hang out on Zoom.’’ The friends were all veterans of the Boston rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s: [...]

2020-12-08T12:31:25+00:00December 8th, 2020|News|

Cappella Clausura Makes Virtual “Magnificat”

Every kid with a musical bent has fantasized by waving their arms, conducting an imaginary orchestra. For Amelia LeClair, it wasn’t a fantasy. It was her only way to make real music. The founder and director of Cappella Clausura, the ambitious vocal ensemble that specializes in contemporary women composers as well as “the nuns,” as LeClair calls them - early-music pioneers like Barbara Strozzi and Hildegard von Bingen - had to find a way to record her 16 singers and instrumentalists. With live performances on hold, Cappella Clausura came together virtually to record Chiara Margarita Cozzolani’s “Magnificat.” The process began with LeClair, alone. [...]

2020-11-25T22:04:52+00:00November 25th, 2020|News|

Shop and Support Art This Sunday

More than 2,200 artists nationwide — including two dozen from Boston — are carving out a holiday shopping tradition of their own with Artists Sunday. In the style of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday, Artists Sunday focuses on buying artwork, crafts, and other goods from individual creators. Scheduled this year for Nov. 29, the campaign aims to make this Sunday “the arts’ most profitable day annually,’’ according a release. Participating artists compiled their creations — including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, clothing, crafts, home goods, and more — in a directory on Some even scheduled events and activities leading up to the day. [...]

2020-11-23T21:20:55+00:00November 23rd, 2020|News|

8th Annual Boston Children’s Festival Goes Virtual this Weekend

Combining films by, for, or about kids, the Boston International Kids Film Festival celebrates its eighth year, beginning on Nov. 20. Dispensing with its usual in-person screenings this year, the festival will encompass online screenings, interactive Q&As after each screening block, and virtual workshops. The films, chosen by a panel of professional reviewers assembled by nonprofit Filmmakers Collaborative, have been broken up into blocks by audience age, film type, and language. Both professionally and student-made films will be showcased.[...]

2020-11-21T13:58:00+00:00November 21st, 2020|News|

Marathon Sculpture Made From Tree on Heartbreak Hill

NEWTON, MA — A couple near the corner of Grant and Commonwealth avenues, halfway up Heartbreak Hill, had to take down a large tree on their front lawn. Rather than grind the trunk to dust, they decided to have an artist turn it into a sculpture for the community. So what does a homeowner along a key part of the Boston Marathon route choose for a sculpture? That's not a hard call.[...]

2020-11-19T15:16:29+00:00November 19th, 2020|News|
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