Two awesome videos

These are two videos that have come across my media feeds lately.  They’re very different from one another, but they’re both absolutely worth watching.  And, now that the Game of Thrones season premier is over, you can do just that.

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Interim Organist needed ASAP

I just received this today.  Please crosspost or forward to interested parties.  Contact info is below.


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Southborough, MA is in immediate need of an interim Organist.  This person will be responsible for playing in the 10:45am Sunday service and for working with the choir.  This is an interim position that will serve until a new permanent Organist & Choirmaster is appointed.

For more information on St. Mark’s and this position please contact Rev. Phil LaBelle.

OPEN MIC OPERA on Tuesday March 11 at 7 pm in Cambridge

This is happening at our church.  If you’re available to come and sing or to come and listen please stop by.  It sounds like great fun.

For Immediate Release- Tuesday, March 11, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, the weekly “Tuesday Nights” concert series presents Open Mic Opera.  Local opera singers, younger and older, amateur and professional, are invited to sing their hearts out.  Collaborative pianist Juliet Cunningham, who has accompanied opera, oratorio and musical theater singers (and produced operas with her Janus Opera Company) will play whatever you bring.  Suggested donation of $10 at the door.  For more information about the weekly “Tuesday Nights” concert series please visit    

Open mic opera?  In Boston – the home of the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics?  Yes, and it isn’t new either.  Many lovers of Italian food will remember a restaurant near Quincy Market that used to feature singing waiters.  In other parts of the country, such as California, there have been restaurants with nights given over to singers performing opera arias and scenes for the past two to three decades, according to Duff Murphy, host of The Opera Show on Los Angeles’s radio station KUSC.   In case you thought opera was just for the old folks, Murphy also has observed that it has become popular with many 20- and 30- somethings.  Robert Hansen, executive director of the National Opera Association has been quoted to the effect that open mic opera is growing in popularity because “there is a huge population out there now of singers who want some sort of opportunity to sing, whether they make a living doing it, for pocket money or just for the love of singing.”  Boston is brimming over with opera singers.  This is an opportunity for them to strut their stuff in public, with encouragement and at no risk.  All singers are welcome to participate, and you can bring your accompanist and audience with you. 

Me, I’d probably bring some Musical Theatre just to shake things up a bit.


Meravelha is awesome, the internets say so

You’ve probably seen me write in this space before about Meravelha concerts.  Teri Kowiak is the founder and as I write this I’m sitting next to Tim, one of the fabulous singers in the group.  I’ve had the pleasure of working front of house for Meravelha and listening to them rehearse and perform and I have to tell you, they don’t suck.  In fact, they’re really, really, good.  Apparently I’m not the only person who thinks this.  In fact, there are more than a few people who think this.

Now, you can join them and it won’t cost you a thing.

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Summer Jewelry Shows!

I have some shows coming up.  This weekend and next I’ll be vending at ASSEMBLED and SLAM respectively.  It should, hopefully, be a nice weekend so come on out this weekend and see me out by the Mystic River.  Next weekend I’ll be in Davis square while Artbeat is going on so there will be lots to see.

Assembled Flyer dates 2013

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SLAM ArtBeat-2013

I have new stuff and a bunch of new vintage things on offer.  Hope to see you there!


What I’ve been reading lately

While both Geoff and I have spent a ton of time at work lately (this is my first day off in 11 days I think) I’m in the middle of a fascinating book and I’ve been emailed some really fascinating blog links.  Now it’s my turn to share them with you.

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Art so irrationally funny, I’m not sure how to describe it

This was sent to us by the super funny JJ yesterday.  It is a link to art by this guy James.  He calls it “Relentlessly Cheerful Art.”  I can’t say I disagree.  The artist is someone who clearly knows his Geek Culture (yes, there is such a thing) and who also is ridiculously talented.  The art is actually really, really beautiful.  But the subject matter is so strikingly funny I was actually sitting here yesterday, Geoff right along with me, laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

It does require a certain understanding of things like Star Wars, Firefly, and Dr. Who, but it also mixes in Winnie the Poo, Where the Wild Things Are (my favorite childhood book), and Edvard Munch’s The Scream.  Oh, and the Muppets.  Lots of Muppets.  Go, take a look.  You won’t regret it.