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12 FEBRUARY 2010, 7:30 p.m., SONGS OF HOPE FOR HAITI at The Nave
Facebook Event Page • Allysen Callery • Celia Slattery • Allyssa Jones • Mark Shilansky • Partners in HealthAlbum
$10 suggested donation

A Benefit Concert for Partners in Health, an organization providing medical care to earthquake victims in Haiti. The concert will feature singer/songwriters Allysen Callery, Celia Slattery, and Allyssa Jones, along with accompanist Mark Shilansky.

The Concert kicks off a larger fundraising effort which includes the release of Songs of Hope for Haiti  - a new internet compilation album featuring local artists, many of who have performed at the Nave.  All proceeds from the album will go to Partners in Health.   Each of the artists appearing at the Benefit Concert have contributed a track to the album.

Allysen Callery's debut studio album Hopey was chosen one of the "Top Local CDs of 2007" by the Providence Phoenix who wrote: "Fragile picking and a haunting delivery reverberate with the ghosts of British folk like the hybrid, conjoined spirit of Sandy Denny and Nick Drake."

Celia Slattery's latest release, Cast of Characters weaves elements of jazz, pop and folk/rock with perceptive lyrics inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Richard Thompson, all of whose music she also covers.

Allyssa Jones has a sound like Sarah Vaughan on a Sheryl Crow kick.  Allyssa embraces her soul and songwriter roots, along with her jazz and classical training. Her new CD 35 follows the moods of a diva: playful, pissed-off powerful.

Mark Shilansky, who will be accompanying Celia and Allyssa, is an in-demand accompanist, arranger, producer and player with many groups and singers around town.  His own most recent release is the CD, Join the Club, an album of creative arrangements of jazz and popular songs.

Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in twelve countries around the world, and has been working on the ground in Haiti for over twenty years. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for their patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.  Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities they serve.

19 FEBRUARY 2010, 6 p.m., OPENING RECEPTION, 'LOST & FOUND' at The Nave
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Energy isn't destroyed or created, it's simply lost by one and found by another. Presenting the works of 15 local artists who have come together to present their interpretation on the theme of "Lost & Found" in a variety of mediums. Selected pieces are available for sale and range from restored antique chairs to paintings to multimedia presentations.

Christine Jozitis, Jessie Pinkham, Bennett Grizzard, Barrett Thornton, Mike Fortier, Emily Zilm, Harold Flood, Brittonie Fletcher, Mike Bullock, Tova Speter, D. Heidi Hample, Chris Holmes, Melissa McDowell, Dan Ribaudo, and Pete Septoff.

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Work by Joe Keinberger and Skunk.

20 MARCH 2010, 4 p.m., ARTIST TALK, 'TOOTH AND NAIL' at The Nave
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Joe Keinberger and Skunk discuss their work.

21 MARCH 2010, 3 p.m., ZEFIRO at The Nave
Zefiro • Zefiro at The Nave Podcast
$15 general admission / $10 for students and seniors

Zefiro is a Boston- and Providence-based ensemble of eight singers devoted to performing vocal music of the 14th-17th centuries. Founded by six members of the group formerly known as Passio, this award-winning group takes inspiration from specialist groups from around the world such as the Tallis Scholars, the Sixteen, and the Taverner Consort. Zefiro's credits include winning a project grant from the Somerville Arts Council, chapter of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and serving as artists in residence (as Passio) to Bennington College in Vermont.

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A Benefit for Providence Books through Bars
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
$10 general public / $7 with student I.D.
All ages.

the 'Mericans, Brown Bird, Coyote Kolb, Avi Jacob, Last Good tooth, Movers & Shakers, Ben Pilgrim, Tallahassee, The Wrong Reasons

9 APRIL 2010, JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE at Elevens (Northampton)

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A Benefit for Prison Book Project (Amherst, MA)
Doors at 8 p.m.
$10 general public

61 Ramblers, Coyote Kolb, Evil Bill, The Lonesome Brothers, Movers & Shakers, The Salvation Alley String Band, Tony the Bookie

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Performances by Vanessa Hayes and Greg Mullen
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Rebel, lover, family man, adulterer, addict, believer, sinner—Johnny Cash is the epitome of struggle. And, while we all suffer the contest between our wickedness and our righteousness, perhaps what makes this man different from most is that he embraced both. Desires to destroy/create, compassion born from being in the muck, a joy that comes through when one knows sorrow so well—that is grace, that is Johnny Cash.

Bad men and bad women—we've all met them, we've all been 'em. This exhibit aims to recognize that sometimes the worst parts of humanity attend to its virtue; that the actual measure of man's vitality is the labor to accept our inherit ill will but to not be bent—too much—by it.

10 APRIL 2010, JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE at P.A.'s Lounge (Somerville)
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A Benefit for Prison Book Program (Qunicy, MA)
Doors at 8 p.m.
$10 general public

Autumn Hollow Band, Banditas, Coyote Kolb, Indian Style, Fred The Donkey (Jesse Gallagher), Movers & Shakers, The New Highway Hymnal, Sleepy Very Sleepy

16 APRIL 2010, BOWED GLASS TRIO at The Nave
Bowed Metal Trio
Reviewers say:  "Great atmospheric music." 
"Awesome - (Five Stars) Very suggestive work, film-like in its ability to conjure up images - great stuff!"
Featuring Matt Samolis, flute; Thadd Comstock and Randy Winchester, bowed metal.

28 APRIL 2010, JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE at Space Gallery (Portland, ME)
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A Benefit for Prison Literacy Programs
Doors at 8 p.m.
$5=$15 suggested donation

Caleb Aaron and the Thrill Pills, Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire, with many special guests!

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In the 3rd week of April, clarinetist Michael Winograd, accordionist Patrick Farrell and bassist/singer Benjy Fox-Rosen will pack their instruments into a car and head north, performing concerts in eight cities. This Brooklyn trio features three of the busiest musicians playing Klezmer music in New York today. Blending traditional Yiddish songs, and new Klezmer compositions with chamber-like improvisations and spontaneous arrangements, this ensemble creates a new program for each individual audience.

Clarinetist Michael Winograd has recorded and performed with SoCalled, Budowitz, Frank London, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has led workshops and concretized near and far, with highlighted performances in Reunion Island, the Dawson City Music Festival (Yukon), the Winnepeg and Calgary Folk Festivals, Klezmore festival (Vienna) and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has taught Klezmer music at the Paris Klezmer week, KlezKanada, and Living Traditions KlezKamp. In his spare time he produces records, composes music and plays synthesizer in the Brooklyn based metal band Yiddish Princess.

Accordionist/composer Patrick Farrell, specializes in new-music, free-jazz, cabaret, theater, klezmer and various other forms of East-European folk music. He leads his own group, Stagger Back Brass Band, as well as playing with Ljova and the Kontraband, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Veveritse Brass Band, Romashka and in multiple other groups and odd situations around New York City.

Bassist/vocalist Benjy Fox-Rosen has toured internationally performing throughout the United States and Europe as a member of the Luminescent Orchestrii (and with his own ensemble, performing new renderings of Yiddish folk songs as well as original setting of the poetry of Krakow's Mordechai Gebirtig. Benjy performs regularly as a bassist with many of New York's finest Klezmer, Hungarian, Jazz and improvising musicians.

30 APRIL 2010, 8 p.m., AUDREY RYAN and RACHEL EFRON at The Nave
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Since releasing her debut record, “Passing Thru”, in 2004 Audrey Ryan has been on the road touring both solo and with a band. Her second full length record “Dishes & Pills” was released by Folkwit Records in 2008. Her music started out in the jazz/pop vein and has evolved into an eclectic form of singer-songwriter indie rock of some alien breed using backwards loops, finger pianos, and other unique instrumentation. Overall this music blends together her early influences of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan with contemporaries such as Robert Wyatt, Radiohead, Dungen, Wilco, Steroelab, and Arcade Fire. She performs nationally and internationally and resides in Somerville.

To listen to a Rachel Efron song is to be led across an inner-landscape at once beautiful, dangerous, serene, and startling. Rachel offers that rare combination of sophisticated musicianship and commanding lyricism. There is a delicacy and astuteness to her perspective on the world, and she possesses that most precious and rare artistic quality of being able to honestly share herself with her listeners. She is versed in classical, jazz, folk, and pop music, and travels unabashedly between the soulful and sweet, saucy and swinging, by way of her alternately sincere and comically cynical portraits of life and love.

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14 MAY 2010, 6-8 p.m.
Opening reception & a special performance—for mature audiences—of "The Hyperbolist" by Joe Mazzan, 'Sacred Art' at The Nave
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With a special performance—for mature audiences—of "The Hyperbolist" by Joe Mazzan
"[T]he genuine artistry of puppeteer Joe Mazza [is] all the more engaging. In "The Hyperbolist", he mounts a metal stepladder and manipulates a small, faceless hand puppet that looks like a heap of linen with a rock mounted on top. Adopting the affected diction of a Victorian elocutionist, Mazza turns the puppet into a grotesque parody of a faithless yet godlike cynic who sends his assistant—a rag on a stick—to the world below, to find one example of true love. When the rag ends up crucified, the hyperbolist, in one of the silliest theatrical moments in recent memory, unleashes a stentorian—not to say, hyperbolic—lament: "Come in, Fate! I wasn't expecting you! I would have stewed more woe!" Mazza works his puppets with sublime subtlety, each tiny movement conveying recognizable emotion and psychology—a particularly impressive feat given the ridiculous text and the diminutive scale of the puppets."
Chicago Reader

The Nave is an art gallery located in a church. What does having a gallery in a "sacred space" do to the art in that space? What effect does it have on art produced for that space? A place of worship is inviting artists to display their inspirations. Does the juxtaposition allow the spiritual and artistic to inform and feed off of each other? Or does it raise questions on the appropriateness of certain subjects, fear of proselytization, and concerns about censorship and interference? The show "Sacred Spaces" wishes to answer these questions, or, at least, to propose some individual reactions to them.

22 MAY 2010, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Flea Market at The Nave
Join us for some unbelievable bargains! Most items are $5 and under, including books, CDs, clothes, coats, lamps, housewares, pots, handbags, candle holders, belts, and much more. Get there early!

If you have clean, reusable items (sorry, no TVs and other electronics), we'lll be happy to accept donations this Friday, the 21st from 4-8 pm at the Nave Gallery. Questions about donation? Just email
Proceeds to benefit Nave programming.

27 JUNE 2010, 3 p.m., An Afternoon of Jazz & Art with Ruthie Ristich & Friends at The Nave

$15 Door, $10 for Students & Seniors
A Benefit for Groundwork Somerville

Featuring The Ruthie Ristich Trio together with The Sisters of Swing in the Sanctuary at the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church. This event is Part of the Somerville Annual Blues & Jazz Fest.
Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Followed by a reception the gallery with a special preview of the exhibit “Elements: Line, Color & Form” featuring the work of Ron Brunelle, Kathleen Finlay and Alisia Dworsky.

8 JULY 2010, 6-8 p.m., Opening Reception, 'Elements: Line, Color, Form' at The Nave
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6 AUGUST 2010, 6-8 p.m., Opening reception, 'Little Critters’ at The Nave
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During the opening reception and the exhibition we will be accepting food and litter donations for Somerville's "Pets In Need", a local volunteer-run Cat Adoption Shelter.

Have you ever used your dog’s hair to make a paintbrush, then used it for a series of paintings? Ever wonder whether you should save your cat’s hair to use in a fiber art piece, then actually done it? Do you design clothes for your dogs to wear on holidays? Or did one of your snake’s extra skins end up in one of your collages?

This is a call for artwork that not only speaks of our obsession with our pets, but art which is inspired by our furry (or not) loved ones. Some pieces might evoke this human-animal bond; others might try to imagine life from the animals’ perspective. We look forward to viewing artwork, literal or interpretive, that touches on this theme. All media including video and installation will be considered.

21 AUGUST 2010, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., The fifth and final Project MUM! Dance under the McGrath Highway!
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25 SEPTEMBER 2010, 5-8 p.m., Reception, 'Open Air' at The Nave
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The outdoors have long been an inspiration for artists and probably will be forever. Over time, our interactions with and understanding of nature have changed. Today's artists create new genres in response to our diverse concerns while honoring the artworks that have come before them. Open Air brings together five artists enthralled by the world outside their front doors.

ARTISTS: Matthew Best, Nathalie Miebach, Carolyn Muskat, Ted Ollier, Jason Shoemaker

Join us for a concert of new music as well as the reception for Open Air. Music begins at 6.
"The Passing of Weather"
Weather Score #1, Musical Buoy in Search Towards A New Shore
Weather Score #2, External Weather, Internal Storm
And a new, currently untitled world premier!

25 SEPTEMBER 2010, 8 p.m., Goatstock 5: Goats in Space
$5.00 cover: A benefit for Heifer International

Wisteriax (gothic cello music)
Karen Langlie mixes the organic sounds of cello with electronics and effects to conjure improvisational soundscapes. The results of this union are sometimes as unexpected to her as they are to the listener. She has collaborated with many Boston-based musicians in live and recorded sessions.

Astro Al (psychedelic Ed Wood music)
Astro Al is a B scifi/horror movie freakout band. Weirdness that has to be seen and heard.

Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions (retro goat rock)
In this psychedelic power trio, scene veteran Tim Mungenast (egged on by Cul de Sac survivors Michael Bloom on bass and Jon Proudman on drums) uses his guitar, voice, and effects pedals to search for truth, justice, and mystic transport. This seasoned jam band can weave seamlessly between "automatic composition" and actual pop/psych tunes, bringing the best of both worlds.

BILL (Dadaist rock)
BILL are a rock band, started in 1987 in New England and fronted by Bill Gage, a charismatic performer who sings surreal, ever-changing lyrics in a wide variety of styles. He also has DS (Down syndrome). The band name is one of the words Mr. Gage can write. Live, the BILL show presents a sonic kaleidoscope of punk, psychedelia, pop, and hard rock, Bill Gage tying it all together using his incredible voice and edge-of-the-seat performance (with theatrical touches like the cape he wears for "STEVE PEPPER"), as he continuously refines and re-works his vocal improvisations. Between songs Mr. Gage chats with the crowd, announcing the next song and letting the audience know they're about to hear something "REALLY GREAT". While some of his words are not always clear, his intentions are obvious and the crowd stays right with him. Bill Gage is a mild-mannered gentleman, until he has a mic in his hand: "LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!"

In addition to the cool tunes there will be bellydancing by the super charged Samarra

SATURDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2010, 10 a.m.-1:30 pm.., The Nave Semiannual Flea Market at The Nave
Deep discounts 1-1:30
Join us for some unbelievable bargains! Most items are $20 and under, including furniture, books, CDs, clothes, coats, lamps, housewares, pots, handbags, candle holders, belts, and much much more! Proceeds to benefit Nave programming.

Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd. Somerville, MA 02144
The Nave Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Teele Square, which can be reached by the 87 and 88 bus.

FRIDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2010, 6-8 pm., Opening reception, 'Corrupt Susceptible Hearts' at The Nave
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16 OCTOBER 2010, 8 p.m., JaJuNo Trio, Metal & Glass Quartet at The Nave

JaJuNo Trio: Noell Dorsey, voice; Julius Vasylenko, reeds, etc.; James Coleman, theramin
Metal & Glass Quartet: Matt Samolis, Peter Warren, Thadd Comstock, Randy Winchester

SUNDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2010, 1-5 p.m., KNIT-A-THON! at The Nave
Knitters, crocheters are invited for 4 HOUR session to create work for Wrap Around, the Nave's annual sale of homemade woolen goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Being needles & wool; wine & snacks provided.

FRIDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2010, 6-8 p.m., Opening reception, 'Our Town' at The Nave
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FRIDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2010, 6-8 p.m., Wrap Around: A Sale of Affordable Handmade Woolen Goods
Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition

SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2010, 3-5 p.m., Wrap Around: A Sale of Affordable Handmade Woolen Goods
Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition
We are shouting out a CALL FOR CUPCAKES for this benefit. Hooray for baking!

SUNDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2010, 1-5 p.m., Wrap Around: A Sale of Affordable Handmade Woolen Goods
Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition

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