Exploring the Surreal at the Franklin Park Pop-Up Art Grove

When it was announced that a Pop-up Art Grove in Franklin Park was planned for August, my curiosity was piqued.   In the past few years, the city has been working hard to revitalize the area with an ambitious agenda of rotating public art installations but this was the first time I’d ever heard of a…

Celebrating the Ecclectic at the Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Now in its second year the Jamaica Plain Porchfest, started i n 2011 as a spinoff of the Somerville Porchfest and felt like more of an all inclusive arts festival than a music festival. Featuring acts that ranged from spoken word to dance to music, it showcased the kind of eclectic creativity that the neighborhood…

Rolling into Summer at the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party

At the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party there wasn’t just disco dancing.  Yes, there was a mobile dance floor where disco dancing was encouraged and yes, there was also a roller skating rink, but there was also interactive art, coloured lights, food, live performances, drag performances, retro fashion, crazy wigs, sequins and lots…

A Maze of Colour: “Pentalum” at the Lawn on D

From the sidewalk it looked like King Koopa decided to take a rest after a long day of trying to kidnap Princess Peach and conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. Presented by the Architects of Air, and designed by Alan Parkinson, “Pentalum” is a luminarium which is similar to an enormous luminaria, or paper lantern, that people…

Music and Community converge at the Somerville Porchfest

With my fingers crossed for no rain, I headed to Somerville’s PorchFest last Saturday May 16th.   Started in 2011 PorchFestis a decentralized music show/crawl that spans Somerville over the course of an afternoon.  Its exactly the kind of event that you expect in an area known for its high density of artists and students, where…

Making Science Wearable: An Interview with Ariele Faber of Cerebella Design

Entrepreneur, scientist and fashion innovator Ariele Faber, founder of Cerebella Design, has been one of the pioneers changing the way we see the intersection of art and science by bringing us science we can wear.  The marriage of fashion and science is something that has continued to grow in popularity and explode on the market…