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Hey everyone,

Random Chants, the lovely women's a cappella group of which I am a proud member, is having a gig at the Oasis Coffeehouse in Waltham. This will be the first gig in which I have a solo!

We're sharing the stage Friday evening, June 5, with Long Time Courting, so it will be an evening of all-female entertainment, ranging from traditional Irish and American tunes to current pop songs.

WHO: Random Chants and Long Time Courting
WHAT: An evening of sustainable, woman-powered music
WHEN: 7:30pm, Friday, June 5th
COST: $12.00 adults, $10.00 students/seniors, $8.00 Brandeis/Bentley students
WHERE: The Oasis Coffeehouse
in the First Presbyterian Church in Waltham
34 Alder Street, Waltham, MA
http://www.oasiscoffeehouse.org/directions.html

We hope to see you there!

In harmony,
Random Chants

Sop 1: Kris Bruneau, Laurie Isaacson
Sop 2: Anne Marie Reardon, Courtney Walsh
Alto 1: Kristen Child, Maura Gallagher
Alto 2: Kamela Dolinova, Alix Fox, Sara Grady
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or, as my friend RM calls it, Sleep-Away Welding Camp for Girls.

My friend [livejournal.com profile] xaydie went to this last year and it was FTW. They're short a few folks this year and could use a few women who'd like to learn to weld! I figure at least someone in my friendslist would want to do this.

I saw the pictures. It looks AWESOME.

Go!

AmazonFail

Apr. 16th, 2009 02:09 pm
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EDIT: Apparently I wasn't only behind on jumping on the bandwagon; I'm late in realizing that the bandwagon has been overturned and set on fire.

Sorry! Apparently the whole thing was a huge mistake and it's fixed. I'll still be shopping at Porter Square Books, though. :)


I'm late catching the bandwagon on this one, but the upshot is this: Amazon is removing the sales ranks from all books dealing with GLBT issues, claiming that they are "adult content," while leaving things like Playboy calendars and other heterosexually oriented adult material alone. This means that when you search for, say, a book on the history of the gay rights movement, the book you want won't appear on the first page of results, or maybe at all.

A good summary of the debacle is here.

I'm boycotting Amazon until further notice on this one, and I hope you'll consider doing the same. A petition against this madness is here.
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Hey everyone,

My good friend Mike Marano is running writing workshops at Grub Street these days, and asked me to signal boost his upcoming class in genre fiction. He's a great writer, a great teacher and a great guy - I highly recommend. Do check it out - and forward to your friends!

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ChiZine Fiction Editor, Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winning horror and SF writer Michael Marano will be offering a new class on "The Art of Genre" at Grub Street, Inc., a non-profit creative writing center dedicated to nurturing writers and connecting readers with the wealth of writing talent in the Boston area. Grub's mission is to support creative writers at all stages of their development so that they can achieve their goals of publication, social and professional networking, gainful employment in the field, and/or personal enrichment. Details are below. For more information, contact Grub Street via their web site here.

The Art of Genre
Using the unreal in your fiction offers unique opportunities to break fresh, new ground. This class will help hone the tools you'll need to write genre fiction--be it science fiction, fantasy, or horror--with a distinctly literary bent. In addition to the weekly workshopping of short stories and novel fragments, students will be given a background on the genres' histories and their respective subgenres, strategies for using surrealism and postmodernism in their work, approaches to using "real world" research as a way to flesh out otherworldly settings and narratives, and ways to use the unreal as a tool to make metaphoric statements that can only be articulated with fantastic trappings. Other topics covered will be strategies for marketing your work, techniques for idea generating, and protocols for developing their work with the help of editors and agents. The goal is to give you a solid grounding in the demands of fantastic fiction, and a better understanding of literary potential of your favorite genres.

$425/$400 members
10 Sundays in Boston, 6pm – 9pm. Begins January 18th
Instructor: Michael Marano
Registration Deadline: January 13th
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This Saturday, November 8th at 8pm at Emmanuel Church, Boston, the Back Bay Chorale presents Music for Double Choir.

The new, improved, 125-voice choir will be serving up Bach, Mendelssohn, Schutz and Rhineberger in six- to eight-part choral glory, complete with Baroque colegium and spectacular straight-tone soloists. :)

Please join us, and buy your tickets here: http://www.bbcboston.org

Also, hear an interview of our intrepid director, Scott Allen Jarrett, here: http://www.grailtech.com/BBC/podcast/BBC-Podcast-11.8.08.mp3



Details:
MUSIC FOR DOUBLE CHOIR

Saturday, November 8, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston [directions]

Special Guests:
The Marsh Chapel Collegium, Boston University

Sopranos: Teresa Wakim, Brenna Wells
Mezzo-Soprano: Emily Marvosh
Tenors: Stefan Reed, Timothy Westerhaus
Bass: Graham T. Wright

Justin Thomas Blackwell organ & assistant conductor
The Back Bay Chorale Chamber Orchestra

Enjoy polyphonic masterpieces for double choir as conceived by composers from the Baroque through the Romantic eras, as well as an innovative collaboration between JS Bach and 20th century composer Knut Nystedt.

Mendelssohn: Deutschen Liturgien: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus
Nystedt: Immortal Bach
Schütz: Musikalische Exequien, Op 7, SWV 279-281
Rheinberger: Cantus Missae in E flat, Op 109
Schütz: Das ist je gewisslich wahr
Bach: Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied, BWV 225
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Final reminder, from Theatre @ First!

***
Opening night is here!

See Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre @ First!

Come see us make something out of "Nothing!"

Make reservations and get more info online at
http://theatreatfirst.org

Theatre @ First is kicking off our fifth season
with Shakespeare's beloved comedy,
"Much Ado About Nothing".

This weekend and next!

Comedy. Romance. Intrigue. All in one play!

April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 8 pm
April 6 matinee @ 3 pm

Reserve your tickets now!
$12/$10 for Seniors/Students

You can order tickets online at
http://www.theatreatfirst.org/tickets.shtml
or call our toll-free ticket line at
1-888-874-7554
or email tickets@theatreatfirst.org

All performances are in the hall at First Church,
located at 89 College Ave. in Somerville,
4 blocks from the Davis Square stop on the Red Line,
and accessible to the physically challenged.

Please join us and bring your friends for a great
night of theater!
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From T@F's president:

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We're putting the finishing touches on Theatre @ First's production of
Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in April, and we could use your
help before the performances as

Greeter - welcome people at the door
Usher - hands out programs
Box office - sells tickets
Concessions - sells candy and sodas (also works intermission)

Please email Beckie at bex77@comcast.net with three items:
A. your name
B. date of show you can work (April 4, 5, 11, 12)
C. Job you prefer (if any)

You need to arrive 45 minutes prior to the show.
All these shows start at 8 pm.

Volunteers get to see the entire show, for FREE.

Please respond soon, as we only have a few slots left.

Thanks!

-Beckie Hunter
President, Theatre @ First
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If you'd like to see this Saturday's concert of the Back Bay Chorale, there are still tickets available:

http://www.bbcboston.org

If you'd like to see the concert but can't really swing it right now, let me know - there are still ushering positions available!
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The Back Bay Chorale performs on March 15 at 8pm at Emmanuel Church, Boston. This cycle: 20th Century French composers! I really think this is going to be a stunning concert; I hope you'll join us.

Tickets here!

More )
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I will write 100-word vignettes, one a day for 100 days. It was [livejournal.com profile] harlequinaide who first suggested this as a way of figuring out certain things about the novel I'm working on, so I’ll start there, but I might also write other strange things, observations, or stories. It'll be good for working on brevity, as well as expressing things in just the right words. Other obvious benefits include writing every day, and writing in odd, stolen moments rather than always waiting for large swaths of time to become available.

Here’s my first. Except, not really. More soon, less meta.
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If anyone's interested, I just found out that the Back Bay Chorale is holding auditions on January 7, at Emmanuel Church in Boston, at 6pm

-No appointment necessary

-Requirements: short prepared piece (a copy for accompanist), sight reading, vocal exercise

I found the audition process to be very friendly and easy, and the chorus itself to be quite wonderful. We're about 100 voices and do a range of classical repertoire under the direction of the fabulous (and I mean that in many senses of the word) Scott Allen Jarret, who is a joy to work with.

This winter we'll be doing pieces by Martin and Messien, and in the spring, Mendelssohn's Elijah.
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The Chorale is getting some nice attention right now:

- The concert is noted on the inside cover of the WGBH members guide
for November
- We got "Critic's Pick" in the Boston Globe today

So I'm pretty psyched. I'm also psyched since the orchestra and soloists joined us on Wednesday night; it's going to be pretty special, I think.

Tonight's the last dress rehearsal, and tomorrow night is the concert.

Saturday, November 3, 8pm - Pre-concert lecture, 7pm by Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor

Music:
Elgar's Elegy for Strings
Holst's Psalms 87 and 146
Howells' "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing"
A piano and strings piece by Finzi
Haydn's Missa in Anguistis ("Lord Nelson Mass")

At Emmanuel Church, on Newbury Street between Arlington and Berkeley Streets. Tickets $5-$40. Get 'em at the door, or at BBC's website.

Join us!
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On Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, the Back Bay Chorale will have its fall concert, featuring Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass as well as pieces by Holst and Elgar, and the gorgeous "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" of Herbert Howells.

I'll be performing in this concert; tickets available here!


At 7:00 pm, Scott Allen Jarrett, the vibrant young director of the group, will be giving a pre-concert lecture. I'm willing to bet it'll be fantastic.
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[livejournal.com profile] lightcastle pointed to this Slate article recently, titled "Does the HPV Vaccine "promote" promiscuity?" The title is typically sensational, but the article itself is quite good. Still, it angers me that such an article should even have to be written.

If you can, ladies, go get vaccinated!
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From [livejournal.com profile] queen_of_wands:

Elements of Magic in Boston (Somerville)

A Weekend Intensive with Sarah, Sierra, & John
Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30

Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will. In this class we empower ourselves to make change in the world by working with Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Techniques include visualization, sensing and projecting energy, chanting, trance, sacred movement, creating magical space, spell-craft, and structuring rituals. Elements of Magic is a core workshop in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft (http://www.reclaiming.org). You do not need to be part of this tradition to participate. Group experience happens in the framework of feminist consensus process. We hope to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants. The workshop is suitable both as an introduction to Witchcraft for seekers, and as an introduction to Reclaiming practice for more experienced practitioners.


Details and registration form. )
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I've joined a small choral/orchestral group called Calliope, and we will be having our first concert, including Faure's Requiem, four motets by Durufle, and Barber's Easter Chorale and Sure on this Shining Night, on Saturday, September 15.

I've been a little reluctant to post about this, as I've had mixed feelings about the way the rehearsals are going, and whether I'll stick with the group. However, a week and a half away, I feel like we're in good shape, and should make some very pretty music indeed. Please to come and enjoy; details below.



***
You are cordially invited to

The Inaugural Performance of Boston’s Collaborative Choral / Orchestral Experience…

CALLIOPE “Exploring Gesture in Music”

Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
Boston University’s Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
General admission $25

To order tickets online please visit CalliopeMusic.org OR call 617-759-2057
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Hi there!

If you or someone you know owns a video camera and might be available
to lend it out or use it to tape a performance or two of "C'est
Levine!" we'd really appreciate it. I've had an offer for duplication
services, so we really just need someone to get us the footage.

Home camcaorders are better than nothing; please let me know if you
can help us out!

Thanks,
The Cast & Crew of Festival@First
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Full info is below!

I also wanted to let folks know that if you work house for an evening, you can see the show for free! It's a great deal: usher at the beginning of the show, and work concessions at intermission: 45 minutes of work, free theatre for you!

For those who'd prefer to do things the old fashioned way, please - order your tickets online! Info below!

Reserve your tickets now for the 4th Annual
Evening of One-Acts.

Theatre @ First proudly presents
"Festival @ First: C'est Levine: An Evening
of One-Act Plays by Mark Harvey Levine".

These seven short plays will make you laugh and think.
We've got a cab, a cube, a jar, a party, a script, a kiss,
and of course, a zombie!

The plays will be presented on these seven dates during
the last two weekends in July:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday July 19-21 at 8 pm
Sunday, July 22 at 3 pm (matinee)
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 26-28 at 8 pm

Tickets are only $10. We offer discounts for
students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

You can order tickets online at
http://theatreatfirst.org/tix.htm
or call our toll-free ticket line at 1-877-557-5936
or email tickets@theatreatfirst.org

Or you can see the show for free if you
usher, or sell tickets or concessions.
Reply to this email to volunteer.

First Church is located at 89 College Ave.
in Somerville, 4 blocks from the Davis Square
stop on the Red Line, and is accessible to the
physically challenged.

For more info, check our web site at
http://theatreatfirst.org

Please join us and bring your friends for a great
night of theater!
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Hi, all,

I'm directing one of the plays in the festival announced below. Please come and offer your support - and while you're at it, have a great time!

***

It's time for summer theater!

Reserve your tickets now for the 4th Annual
Evening of One-Acts.

Theatre @ First proudly presents
"Festival @ First: C'est Levine: An Evening
of One-Act Plays by Mark Harvey Levine".

These seven short plays will make you laugh and think.
We've got a cab, a cube, a jar, a party, a script, a kiss,
and of course, a zombie!

The plays will be presented on these seven dates during
the last two weekends in July:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday July 19-21 at 8 pm
Sunday, July 22 at 3 pm (matinee)
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 26-28 at 8 pm

Tickets are only $10. We offer discounts for
students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

You can order tickets online at
http://theatreatfirst.org/tix.htm
or call our toll-free ticket line at 1-877-557-5936
or email tickets@theatreatfirst.org

Or you can see the show for free if you
usher, or sell tickets or concessions.
Reply to this email to volunteer.

First Church is located at 89 College Ave.
in Somerville, 4 blocks from the Davis Square
stop on the Red Line, and is accessible to the
physically challenged.

For more info, check our web site at
http://theatreatfirst.org

Please join us and bring your friends for a great
night of theater!

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