December 8, 2013 - 5:26pm
After a long and collaborative effort between the City of Cambridge’s Department of Public Works, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the three agencies celebrated the grand opening of the Alewife Constructed Wetland just west of Alewife T Station along the Alewife Greenway Extension on Oct. 15.
The 3.4-acre wetland is designed to store and treat storm water runoff before it enters the Little River. The new wetland will slow down the flow of storm water through contact with a series of marsh systems, allowing sediment to settle, and removing nutrients and pollutants from the water. Several types of habitats, ranging from emergent marsh to riparian woodland have been created to enrich and enhance the biodiversity that already exists in the Alewife Reservation. The wetland also provides recreational amenities, including a boardwalk and scenic overlooks, environmental education opportunities, an amphitheater designed with seating for a class of students, interpretive signage, and links to the Alewife Greenway Extension’s bike and pedestrian paths.
This project is funded by the City of Cambridge,...
November 1, 2013 - 9:35pm
Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council talked with me about upcoming arts happenings in both the CAC Gallery and all around the city.
LET THE PUBLIC PLAYCAC Gallery – City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Beginning December 1, 2013, the CAC Gallery will be transformed into a fully interactive and evolving play-space with hands-on fun and playful opportunities for all generations! Let the Public Play is a three-part, multi-scale project, developed by CAC in response to recommendations of the Healthy Parks & Playgrounds Task Force, the City initiative to build a more playful Cambridge for all ages and abilities.
Simultaneous with the CAC Gallery exhibition, Let the Public Play will include interactive outdoor sculptures designed by Adam Simha and Skylar Tibbits that will be temporarily installed in Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park in Central Square and in other public locations in Cambridge. The sculptures will demonstrate how play is important not only for children in playgrounds and parks, but throughout life, along our streetscapes and sidewalks and for short or long-term engagement.
A small-scale, playful printed piece...
October 23, 2013 - 12:47pm
At 5:55 on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 a bright and beautiful rainbow appeared in a pink sky over Central Square. I debated with myself about whether or not this was news, and decided that people's reactions to the rainbow made it news.
People at the intersection of Mass. Ave and Prospect Street stopped in amazement, looking up, pulling out their phones to take pictures and smiling at each other. Comments included:
"Look at that!"
"I hope my photo comes out" and a response of "It will!"
As you'll see in the slideshow, some of my photos did come out as promised, but only the close-up segments, not the whole thing.
Did you see it? Do you have photos? Please reply if you do.
October 3, 2013 - 10:21pm
"Many people who've heard about the sale of the bookstore are coming in and asking when the new owners are going to take over" said David Sandberg, new owner, with his wife Dina Mardell, of Porter Square Books. "Things are going so smoothly and all of the excellent staff has remained, so to the community, there hasn't been any visible change."
I had a chance to talk with David about how things have been going over the past six weeks, what continues to work well as it has over the past nine years, and some new plans in the works - think e-books.
More information about PSB including their ongoing author events series and the upcoming "New Chapter at Porter Square Books" party on October 13 at: http://www.portersquarebooks.com
August 18, 2013 - 10:48am
As I walked up the stairs to Nancy Simonds’s exhibition “Reverie in Color and Shape,” at the CAC gallery, I became immediately immersed in her orderly compositions based on natural objects, such as leaves and stones, as well as on abstract shapes.
One entire wall of the gallery is filled with a large composition of multi-colored leaves of differing sizes that look like they are falling. The exhibit also showcases smaller gauche on paper compositions, multiple shaped and textured collages, and small individual studies.
Photos of Simonds’s 2011 public art project on the façade of the First Street Parking Facility in East Cambridge at the corner of Spring and First Streets, entitled “Beacon of Color,” are included in the exhibit.
I highly recommend that you see this compelling show.
Where: Cambridge Arts Council Gallery in the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor at the corner of Inman and BroadwayWhen: through September 27, 2013. Gallery Hours: M 8:30am-8:00pm; T, W & Th 8:30am-5:00pm; F 8:30am to NoonMore information: http://www.cambridgeartscouncil.org http://nancysimonds.com/
August 2, 2013 - 10:37am
Saturday, July 27th was a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Nia Technique along with National Dance Day at The Dance Complex in Central Square.
What is Nia?
Founded in 1983, Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that “empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries worldwide. Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities."
Why do people practice Nia?
After Saturday’s class, instructor Julianne Corey and several students shared their reflections about what practicing Nia means to them. As the Dance Complex and Central Square are lively, happening places, you will hear some background noise on these interviews!
Where in Cambridge is Nia offered?
Nia is offered at The Dance Complex on Saturday mornings - starting up again in September after an August break, at other locations in Cambridge, across the U.S. and around the world.
More about Nia classes in Cambridge...
July 14, 2013 - 9:19pm
True or False
Which of the following are true of our fair city in the summer?
1. Restaurants and stores less crowded
2. More parking spaces and bike lane room available
3. No arts events for kids
You Guessed It!
If you guessed that 1 and 2 are true, and 3 is false, you’re absolutely right! Although some things generally slow down and get quieter here in the Summer, the Cambridge Arts Council has lined up all kinds of FREE dance, music, puppetry, theater, and outdoor movie events in parks across the city this summer.
Designed for Kids
“These events – sponsored in partnership with business associations across the city - are primarily designed for kids aged four to twelve,” according to Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) “but we hope residents of all ages will enjoy them. “
As you can see from the list below and from reading more about the events on the website, that there is something to interest just about everyone:
Tuesday, July 16, 10:00AMMELODEEGO - Clean Green Music Machine Show
Danehy Park near 87 Sherman St. (Rain Site: Vassal Lane Upper School, 197 Vassal Ln.)
Thursday, July 18, 10:00AMTHE MAGIC COMEDY OF GEORGE SATERIAL – magic and music...
June 30, 2013 - 7:51am
November 13, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the Cambridge Historical Commission.
According to Gavin Kleespies, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society, "To celebrate this milestone of our sister organization, the Historical Society is planning a gala celebration of the preservation movement in our fair city and an exhibit at the Multicultural Arts Center. The exhibit - up from October 24 through November 22 - will include the 50 best pictures submitted to our photo contest that show the things that make Cambridge such a great place to live and work."
"We’re looking for photos of the things that you could say 'Cambridge wouldn’t be Cambridge without…' What do you think is a uniquely Cambridge place or institution? What makes this city your home?" adds Kleespies.
So grab your phone, camera, whatever you use to capture images and get out there! My NeighborMedia colleague, Bev Mire, is already off to a running start with the first in her series entitled Cambridgeisms and The Cambridge Room at the Public Library has already selected their favorite photo (shown above, courtesy of Alyssa Pacy, Library Archivist).
Who? You. If you are over 18....
June 3, 2013 - 9:07pm
I attended the 34th Annual Cambridge RiverFest on Saturday, June 1 and captured this soundscape.
May 15, 2013 - 11:04am
Artists in East and Central Cambridge will open their doors to the public for the fourth annual city-wide Cambridge Open Studios (COS) on May 18 & 19.
Meet local artists and discover unique paintings, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, ceramics, film, mixed-media, literary works, and more!
May 18 & 19, 2013 - East/Central Cambridge
includes Lechmere, Inman, Kendall, Central Square, Mid Cambridge, Area IV, and Cambridgeport
More information, including printable brochures and maps at: www.cambridgeartscouncil.org