Friday, December 21, 2007

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, January 2008


Richard Sandler "Tremont St. Boston, 1977"
Continuing through February 10:
Richard Sandler, "Living For The City: Street Photographs Of Boston and New York, 1977-1992"
Closting Festivities Feb 9&10, Films & Reception, details at those dates, below.

OUTPOST + subconsciouscafe Concert Listings, WINTER 2008

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St., Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Ages

OUTPOST DIRECTIONS: Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

OUTPOST INFO:
All shows 8pm doors unless otherwise noted.
Admission by donation at door.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, no alcohol please.

GALLERY HOURS:
Starting January 8, regular gallery hours are 1-4pm Tuesday through Sunday.
CONTACT: robchalfen@hotmail.com617.876.0860

Richard Sandler, "Grand Central Station, NYC 1990"
Continuing through February 10:
Richard Sandler, "Living For The City: Street Photographs Of Boston and New York, 1977-1992"

Richard Sandler began shooting pictures on the streets of Boston in 1977 during a heyday for Boston photographers. He crashed a photo class at Harvard with Ben Lifson and studied briefly with Garry Winogrand at the New England School of Photography.

Richard Sandler moved to New York in 1980 and intensively photographed on the streets there until 1992,the year he began shooting street video. Richard's photographs are in the collections of the New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston.

FEB 9 + 10 : Closing Reception featuring the films of Richard Sandler SEE LISTING AT DATES, BELOW


Concerts & Events

Fri. 4 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
Paul Erlich - microtonal guitar and other guitars
Johnny Reinhard - bassoon
Garo Papazian - percussion
Todd Brunel - clarinets
Robert Rivera - cello

Bassoonist and composer Johnny Reinhard is from NYC and will be performing his "Odysseus" in May at the American Festival of Microtonal Music with an amazing cast of characters. Paul Erlich is always looking to transcend stylistic boundaries and is the guitarist from the Band Stretch. Garo's subtle virtuosity as a percussionist has been a staple on the Boston World music scene for over a decade. The quartet will weave through a sonic landscape and uncharted terrain..

Sunday, 6 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot”
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.
Feature:
Ian MacKinnon presents:
"MORMON CANDIDATE INSPIRES NEW “RELIGION OF SECULARISM””In recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America, the religion of secularism. They are wrong.” Mitt Romney, 12/6/07

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Mitt Romney was right.

When the former governor and current presidential hopeful delivered his ”Faith in America” speech, he made a prophecy. And now we are happy to announce the fulfillment of that prophecy with the birth of the Religion of Secularism (ROSe).From his campaign headquarters in Boston, Romney detected an unusual movement among the secular faithful across the river in Cambridge. He warned the nation against us in his special speech and said that we were ”wrong.” Still, he took time from his busy schedule to discuss the threat we pose, and we thank him for the publicity. The ROSe has its opening rites on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 8:30pm, as a part of “Al’s Crockpot,” which happens at OUTPOST 186 All are welcome

Fri. 11 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
Cello Alley presents:
“Sam Hill Trio” + “Robert Rivera - cello”

Sam Hill Trio:

Cathy Clasper Torch - violin and chinese fiddle / Steve Jobe - viola and hurdy-gurdy / Sharon Key - cello and vocals / with guest: Catherine Hawkes - recorder and harp
http://www.as220.org/~stevenjobe/

Sat. 12 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
subconsciouscafe presents:
Blowin' in from Chicago with
“LEVIN/BRANCH/DAISY”!

Daniel Levin - cello (New Haven)
Jaimie Branch - trumpet (Chicago)
Tim Daisy - drums (Chicago)

Levin/Branch/Daisy
plays solo, duo and trio format improvisations from a wide range of influences from 70's free jazz to electronic music.www.daniel-levin.com

“Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music.”
--Ed Hazell

DANIEL LEVIN has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Rob Brown, Whit Dickey, Mark Dresser, Joe Morris, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Warren Smith, and others. Daniel has recorded as a sideman on Clean Feed Records, EMANEM, Not Two, and RogueArt, and as a leader, on Riti Records and HatHut. www.daniel-levin.com

JAIMIE BRANCH is a trumpeter working in the areas of composition and improvisation. In addition to leading her own bands, Jaimie is a member of many groups including: Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra, Toby Summerfield’s Never Enough Hope, Tim Daisy’s Fracture Quartet, Keefe Jackson’s Project-Project, and Yale the Band. Jaimie resides in Chicago where she is an active member in the creative music scene as a performer, recording engineer, and presenter.

TIM DAISY has been an avid member of Chicago's thriving music scene since moving there in 1997 and has performed, recorded, and written music for many of the city's creative ensembles. In 2001, Tim was asked to join the Vandermark 5 and has since recorded four albums. Tim leads two groups of his own: Festival Quartet with Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Josh Berman on cornet, and Anton Hatwich on bass, and Sky and Lights with Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Anton Hatwich on bass.

Sunday, 13 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot”
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.
WE GOT PRESS!!
Globe piece on this event: http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2008/01/12/small_arts_groups_are_dying_to_be_heard/
http://www.theartsfuse.com/2008/01/20/boston-foundation-to-small-theaters-drop-dead-please/#more-401
Big Red & Shiny discussion of the event & issue:
BILL MARX/The Arts Fuse: Boston Foundation to Small Theatres - Drop Dead Please!
http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/retrieve.pl?issue=issue75§ion=article&article=DONT_DRINK_THE_1485440
(and check the photo link for more pix of the event)
Feature:
Ian MacKinnon presents:
‘THE SMALL ARTS GROUP DIE-OFF’
Ian MacKinnon drank the Kool-Aid
‘THE SMALL ARTS GROUP DIE-OFF’
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2008
A feature of ‘Al’s Crockpot’ at OUTPOST
186 Hampshire St., Cambridge, Massachusetts
Doors open at 8 pm for Chili, gathering…8:30 pm Die-Off begins
Is your small arts group feeling hopeless? Tired of bashing your head against the wall? Do you suffer from artistic depression? According to the latest report of the Boston Foundation, if your small arts group’s “vision either dissipated or lost its resonance with its audience or supporters,” you should think about pulling the plug. Of course, you’ve thought of ending it all before, but now a Major Player in the Boston arts scene is calling out to you with an expensive new study. Look deep into your heart. Consider how fruitless it all seems. Think of the burden that will be lifted from your shoulders if you answer their call for small arts groups to die. No one wants to go first. But after that, it gets easier, and if enough groups expire, the ones that live on will be stronger and help Boston be a world-class city. Wouldn’t it be easier if groups went together, all at once? Come and join us. Represent your small art group – whether real or imagined.Together, we will inspire one another to perform our ultimate acts in a loving circle of small-art-group friendship. A $5 donation helps to pay for free Kool-Aid and further die-offs.
For more encouragement, go to responsibleart.org
To see the report, go to tbf.org
Sign a PETITION (see below) at: ipetitions.com/petition/BFsmallarts
For More Info: Funeral Director: Ian MacKinnon, 617-491-8971,
artezani@verizon.net

Dear Boston Foundation,
We are inspired by your recent report on Boston cultural groups, Vital Signs. Now we are calling on you to put your money where your mouth is. You recommend that some small arts groups dissolve. Well, the fact is that funerals cost money. It can be expensive to turn off the lights. We would hate to think that you would issue a report saying some should die off without offering to help them put themselves out of their
misery. Small arts groups that choose to go to the great beyond will be giving their lives so that the arts scene of Boston will be stronger and our city will be seen as World-Class. Often when small arts groups die, there is little closure and bitterness prevails. Instead, they can be encouraged with financial support for final performances and/or paying the last phone bill. They can die with dignity. Perhaps, if the cause truly moves you, you could even fund an artistic float on First Night memorializing the small arts groups that answered your call.
We, the undersigned, are putting an end to it all, considering it, or sympathizing with those who are doing so. Just think: If you gave a mere $10,000 in 20 $500 grants, 20 groups would be encouraged to die off, be it by grand farewell or neat demise. Other groups, idly thinking of the ultimate sacrifice, could be given the push they need. If that $10,000 does not work, then a new round of Encouragement Grants could be given until arts groups of all sizes have the right funding climate here in Boston.
Oh, and by the way, could you outline what your ideal innovative start-up is in case anyone wants to start a group that could justify your funding something small and new again?

Fri. 18 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
“Brunel/Rivera/Dickson/Samolis"
Todd Brunel - clarinets / Robert Rivera - cello / Glenn Dickson - clarinet / Matt Samolis - flute

Sat. 19 January @ OUTPOST, 1-2pm - $5 or b/o A Family Event
MOONSHIP presents:
“SONG FEST POT LUCK!”
"Music is the universal Language of the Heart" Using this quote as our inspiration, The Moonship invites you to gather and share songs and dances. We will bring instruments and a hefty supply of great and simple songs for group singing and playing. A perfect way to warm the heart in cold January, we also welcome you to share your own songs that you love to spontaneously croon.
All ages welcome!! $5 donation FREE for 3 and under.


Sat. 19 January @ OUTPOST, 3-5pm - $5 or b/o
MOONSHIP presents:
"GREEN SPIRIT RISING"
a talk by healer Sean Padraig Donahue

500 years ago, the conquest of the Americas, the fencing in of the commons, the suppression of the old religions that tied people to the land, and the fear of women's power gave rise to a way of thinking that saw the world as a machine that could be brought under human control. In medicine, religion, politics, science, and economics this mindset gave rise to systems of colonizing land, cultures, bodies, minds, and spirits.

Today those systems of control are coming up against their limits and beginning to collapse. At the same time, older ways of being and knowing that survived at the margins of the empire and continued to grow and evolve are re-emerging and reasserting themselves.

Poet, journalist,activist, and healer Sean Padraig Donahue will explore the nature, origin, and failure of the mechanical world view and the ways we can step outside it to (re)build a culture connected with the living Earth.

$5 donation

Sunday, 20 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“The Whimsy!” Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic

Fri. 25 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
Improvelocity ~ Intimate Public Experiments ~ presents:
"Sound Meditations"

Immerse yourself in the beauty, peace and passion of musical improvisation from Spirit. Improvelocity is Andrea Loretz Frey - soprano / Tonia Pinheiro - vocals / Todd Brunel - clarinets / Joel Cohen - cello / Paul Rodriguez - guitar / Ukumbwa Sauti - percussion / Grant Smith - drums / guest artists

A collective improvisational experience, fusing jazz, symphonic, microtonal, blues and elements from the other side of the universe.

Sunday, 27 January @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot”
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.
Ian MacKinnon presents the Debut Performance of
“THE ANGRY SOUNDMEN”A unique lobbying effort to amend Massachusetts' wiretapping law, which since 9-11 has been applied to activists, amateur reporters, and other citizens who've been prosecuted for filming or recording police in public space. Police have found they can file charges on anyone who hasn't drawn their attention to the fact that they're being recorded. The dissenting opinion in the Hyde case said Rodney King's videographer would've been a felon if the case had happened here. Hear the songs that will be played to legislators and their staffs all over Beacon Hill! Look for upcoming CD "Meet the Angry Soundmen" coming soon.
For More Information, call Ian MacKinnon 617-491-8971 artezani@verizon.net

FEBRUARY

Fri. 1 February @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
”Liquid Life”Jim Warshauer - woodwinds / Gregory White - oud / Sven Larson - bass Grant Smith - percussion

Liquid Life is a four-way collaboration featuring the unusual instrumentation of oud, woodwinds, string bass, and percussion. The band came together out of a desire to play fiery, rhythmic improvisational music at low acoustic volumes. Performances can flow from jazz to funk grooves to distinctly middle eastern feels, all seamlessly and organically. These skilled musicians create a musical empathy in the moment that audiences can immediately relate to. Fans of acoustic music, jazz, world fusion, and collective improvisation will all connect with this exciting music.
liquidlifemusic.com
myspace.com/liquidlifemusic

Fri. 8 February @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
Cello Alley presents:
Dennis Moser - Guitar and Looping
www.myspace.com/usrsbin
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.asp?epk_id=137259
+Emily Moore - Violin and Looping
http://www.emilymooremusic.com/
+
Rivera Brunel Method
Todd Brunel - clarinets
Robert Rivera - cello
www.myspace.com/riverabrunelmethod

Sat. 9 Feb. & Sun. 10 Feb. - FREE

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION CLOSING: RECEPTION & FILM SCREENINGS

Closing Receptions, 2pm
"Living For The City: Street Photographs Of Boston and New York, 1977-1992," by Richard Sandler.

Renowned NYC photographer & filmmaker Richard Sandler will be present at his closing reception for his exhibit of New York black and white photography at Outpost. Reception @ 2 pm.

FILM SCREENINGS

Saturday, 9 Feb., 4:30 pm
At 4:30pm we will present a showing of his award-winning documentary feature film “The Gods of Times Square”, on the occasion of its dvd release by Brink Films.

Sunday, 10 Feb., 4:30 pm
At 4:30 pm, we will present his other films, as follows:

Brave New York, (2004, 57min)
SWAY, (2006, 33min)

Intermission

6:30pm:
Everybody Is Hurting, (2006, 55min)
Aka Martha’s Vineyard (12min.)

FILM DESCRIPTIONS
Saturday, February 9
The Gods Of Times Square, (1999, 112:00) is about religious zealots in the fabled square and about the grotesque process of "Disney-fication there. "Gods" chronicles the last days of the old Times Square and it's traditional function as a place of freer speech. "The Gods of Times Square" has won a number of film festival awards including "best documentary" at the 1999 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Sunday, February 10
Brave New York, (2004, 57:00) is a free form documentary that loosely chronicles the last 12 years of intense change in the East Village “hood.” From the reopening of a newly curfewed Tompkins Square Park and Wigstock in ‘92, to the destruction of the cherished Loisaida Community Gardens, to the yuppie invasions of the dot com years, to the present era, indelibly stamped with post-9/11 grief, this durable, lusty neighborhood survives in spite of a real estate gold rush that has excluded all but the well-to-do. The movie’s main voices are those of the artists and street people whose wisdom and commentaries upon the dominant culture give us pause amidst the speedy approach of a “Brave New World.”
SWAY, (2006, 33:00) is a free-form documentary about the underground portion of the NYC subway system; edited from 12 years of daily shooting on the trains and on the platforms.

Intermission

Everybody Is Hurting, (2006, 55:00) is a documentary about the day of 9/11/01 in NYC, and the muscular debate and soul-searching that raged in Union Square Park in the days and weeks after the attacks. The piece ends with a coda of contextual video of the World Trade Center towers from the previous 10 years.

Aka Martha’s Vineyard (12min.)
A powerful giant as big as a mountain, has a pet frog as big as an elephant.
They live on an island called NOEPE, which means "A PLACE OF REFUGE."
This is the island now known as Martha's Vineyard.

In a dream the giant, whose name is MOSHOP, saw that Europeans were coming and he mourned,
then he split from the scene, knowing that these people were truly
un-hip, and would not "get" the beauty that subsumed their world and culture.

MOSHOP dreamed that the shit was about to hit the fan, so he turned his pet frog into a stone.
The European people arriving on "floating islands" (sail boats) would cause them terrible harm,
in the form of small pox, Christianity and outright genocide.
But, their world, though seriously injured, would survive.
Fast forward to today where 350 people form the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah.

"Aka Martha's Vineyard," (shot on super-8 films) is a study for a feature documentary and a first glimpse through that giant stone-frog's eye.

Fri. 15 February @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
Guitarist Doug Principato, aka
“The Grand Pepper of Reality”
+
Neil Leonard - saxophone & electronics,
Anthony Baldino - computer music
+
”The Rivera Brunel Method”
Todd Brunel - clarinets / Robert Rivera - cello /

DOUG PRINCIPATO
Doug has long been a fixture in the New York avante guard scene collaborating with such musicians as Sabir Mateen, Andre Martinez and Francoise Grillot. His earth shaking band ‘Earth People’ combines numerous influences and talent…the ‘real new York scene’:
youtube.com/watch?v=Dinfy34rxy8

NEIL LEONARD
Composer, saxophonist Neil Leonard will stir electro acoustic sound scapes and other worldy visions. Please check himn out online at:
http//:www.neilleonard.com or http//:www.neilleonardevents.blogspot.com


Saturday 16 Feb. @ Outpost - 1-3pm $5 or b/o - A Family Event
MOONSHIP presents:
“SONG FEST POT LUCK!”
"Music is the universal Language of the Heart" Using this quote as our inspiration, The Moonship invites you to gather and share songs and dances. We will bring instruments and a hefty supply of great and simple songs for group singing and playing. A perfect way to warm the heart in cold January, we also welcome you to share your own songs that you love to spontaneously croon.
All ages welcome!! $5 donation FREE for 3 and under.

Saturday 16 Feb @ OUTPOST, 3-5pm $5 or b/o
MOONSHIP presents:
Jason Berube : Lecture
“The Mayan Calendar & The Transformation Of Consciousness”

Jason wll show how the Mayan calendar can be used to track the evolution of human consciousness through its various cycles. Come learn what 2012 holds in store for us all!

Fri. 22 February @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
Improvelocity ~ Intimate Public Experiments ~ presents:
"Crayons & Cray-Pas"
Bring colors, sketch pad or coloring book and let our "kaleidoscope for the ears" inspire your art! Improvelocity is Andrea Loretz Frey - soprano / Tonia Pinheiro - vocals / Todd Brunel - clarinets / Joel Cohen - cello / Paul Rodriguez - guitar / Ukumbwa Sauti - percussion / Grant Smith - drums / and guest artists


CONCERT SERIES AT OUTPOST:

VORTEX - 1st & 3rd Fridays, 8pm $5 or b/o
Microtonal soundscapes painted over a radiant sea of anarchy. New and improvisational music, featuring various guest artists in different incarnations, seeking truth and the voice that brought them to this point. Hosted by Todd Brunel - http://www.clarinetconspiracy.com

CELLO ALLEY - 2nd Fridays, 8pm $5 or b/o
New & Improvised Music
We will present all aspects of the modern improvising string player, in solo and ensemble settings, with electronics and without. Hosted by Robert Rivera
www.myspace.com/riveracellist

IMPROVELOCITY - 4th Fridays, 8pm $10 or b/o
An interactive, improvisational "kaleidoscope for the ears" fusing jazz, symphonic, microtonal, indigenous, ambient, vocals, written words, and elements from the other side of the universe. Hosted by Toni Pinheiro and members of Improvelocity.
http://www.improvelocity.com

subconsciouscafe new chamber music : - occas. Saturdays, 8pm $10 or b/o
Rob Chalfen's long-running improvised music series continues at OUTPOST and elsewhere. Innovative chamber music at play on the spectra of jazz, electronic, classical and world. Also may be dug by the non-subconscious mind.

THE WHIMSY! - 3rd Sundays, 8PM $5 or b/o
Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic
Hosted by Markus Nechay

AL’S CROCKPOT - Sundays, 8pm $5 or b/o
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, food, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set. Crackpots welcome. Hosted by Al Nidle, so it's only fair.

MOONSHIP presents - for kids - 3rd Saturdays, $5, under 3 Free 1pm, 1hr.
family shows for young and old. From pirates to dragons, fairies to magic beans, each month THE MOONSHIP will take you on a wonderful adventure with storytelling, music, puppets and more!www.themoonship.com/calendar.html

MOONSHIP - 2nd Saturdays 1pm(kids)+8pm, $5 or b/o
Pirates, aliens, poets and madmen, belly dancing goddesses and shamanic punks.
www.themoonship.com/calendar.html


SERIES PRODUCERS:
subconsciouscafe : Rob Chalfen : robchalfen@hotmail.com
VORTEX : Todd Brunel : thbrunel@earthlink.net
Improvelocity : Toni Pinheiro : improvelocity@comcast.net
Cello Alley : Robert Rivera : cello_alley@hotmail.com
Moonship : Jason Berube : jason.berube@hotmail.com
The Whimsy! : Markus Nechay - markusnechay@yahoo.com
Al's Crockpot : Al Nidle - alanidle@hotmail.com

DISCLAIMER:
All disclaimers are for reflexive and tautological purposes only, and should not be construed as applying to any errors, typos, or outright fraudulent misrepresentations, real or imaginary, that may be embodied in this notice.

Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary

Labels: Cambridge, experimental, improvised music, jazz, Outpost, Zeitgeist Gallery

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OUTPOST Concert Schedule, Autumn 2007


Richard Sandler "NYC - 5th & 57th" Reception 16 Dec. 2pm
The photographs are on display through January.

OUTPOST + subconsciouscafe Concert Listings, FALL 2007

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St., Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Ages

OUTPOST DIRECTIONS: Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

OUTPOST INFO:

All shows 8pm doors unless otherwise noted.
All donations cheerfully accepted.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, no alcohol please.
CONTACT: robchalfen@hotmail.com617.876.0860

NOTE:
Some shows around Xmas have been canceled due to seasonal madness, as indicated.

Starting in January gallery hours will be 1-4pm as we can arrange it! Stay tuned for details.


December 2007


Sunday, 2 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot”
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.

Fri. 7 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
”Improv Travelers”

Michael Carey, woodwinds / Greg Pare, drums / Jason Davis, bass
a guest t.b.a...

MIKE CAREY plays in the Boston area with Anita Coelho, Sandi Hammond, Improvelocity, Mike Barylle, and his own quartet. Has toured the US with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and performed with The Platters, The Crystals and Phil Woods, among others.

GREG PARE, composer and drummer, holds a Masters in theory from NEC and is the music director at St. Gerard of Majella Parish.

Bassist JASON DAVIS - Since coming back to his home town of Lexington he has been playing with Rusty Scott and friends.

We have playful arrangements of jazz tunes and some solos sections of emotional depth to help you enjoy the intimate room; Outpost.


Sunday, 9 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot”
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.

Thursday, 13 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $8
“New England Film Movement” - a networking event
A monthly evening for film-makers and film-related artists to connect with the film community.

Fri. 14 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
Cello Alley presents:
Rabid Owl + Robert Rivera - solo cello

Rabid Owl:
Roger W. Fritz - guitar / Alison Hearn - flute / Chris Pert - trumpet / Mike Drzewiecki - drums

Sat. 15 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 4pm - $7 - A Family Event
MOONSHIP presents:
“Season of the Light - A Solstice Celebration”
Jenn Bliss of MOONSHIP and Sue Eaton of MAGICAL CREATIONS team up to present SEASON OF THE LIGHT, the tale of four Winter celebrations, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas through interactive storytelling and live music! Bring your whole family and Share the Light!!
Tickets-$7/Free for ages 3 and under
Info: 617-620-9517 www.sueaton.com, www.themoonship.com


Sunday, 16 Dec. @ OUTPOST free
2pm Reception, 4:30pm Screening
Richard Sandler - NYC photographs & film screening

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
"Living For The City: Street Photographs Of Boston and New York, 1977-1992," by Richard Sandler.

Guggenheim award winning NYC photographer & filmmaker Richard Sandler presents his New York black and white photography at Outpost. Reception @ 2pm. The show will run through most of January.

FILM SCREENING: "THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE"
At 4:30pm he will present a showing of his award-winning documentary feature film “The Gods of Times Square”, on the occasion of its dvd release by Brink Films.



PHOTGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: "Living For The City"

"Living For The City: Street Photographs Of Boston and New York, 1977-1992," by Richard Sandler.

Richard Sandler began shooting pictures on the streets of Boston in 1977 during a heyday for Boston photographers. He crashed a photo class at Harvard with Ben Lifson and studied briefly with Garry Winogrand at the New England School of Photography.

Richard Sandler moved to New York in 1980 and intensively photographed on the streets there until 1992,the year he began shooting street video. Richard's photographs are in the collections of the New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston.

Sandler's videos and films are, "The Gods Of Times Square"(1999), "Brave New York" (2004), "Sway" 2006, "Everybody Is Hurting" 2006, "The Rocks Of Eternity: Conversations with Satish Kumar" 2007, and a film, (in progress) "Aka Martha's Vineyard." Sandler has received two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships in photography (1992, 1998) and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for filmmaking in 2006. "The Gods Of Times Square" has won a number of festival awards including "best documentary" at the '99 Chicago Underground Film festival and the '99 Rotterdam Film Festival.

FILM SCREENING: “THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE”
THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE was shot over a six year period that witnessed a radical transformation of Times Square. Gone now are the mom and pop stores, squeezed out by a real estate gold rush. Gone too are the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner". THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE thus records a time
in New York City history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York, changed from a democratic and interracial common ground, into a corporate controlled, soulless theme park. The former versions of Times Square offered its
congregants a place to air their thoughts and blow off a little steam, to rant about God and race on the one hand or see a "B" movie or buy sex, at the other end of the Times Square spectrum. Now the choices are fewer, the prices are higher, and the "sin" is gone. Times Square now plays host to the newest of Gods: Micky, Minnie and Goofy on one corner, Bugs, Daffy and Porky on the other...God help Times Square!


"The Gods of Times Square is one of those rare documentaries that combines a cinematic eye with a compelling and genuine narrative. This is what doc filmmaking is about." - Scott Petersen, indieWIRE



Sunday, 16 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“The Whimsy!” Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic

Fri. 21 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
Gary Fieldman, solo percusion
Percussionist, composer and music educator Gary Fieldman is active in a variety of musical genres throughout the US and Europe. He has performed with Joanne Brackeen, David Liebman, Bill Frisell, Ben Monder and Bevan Manson, and has recorded with Don Byron and George Garzone.

NOTE: THIS SHOW IS CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN JAN - THANKS.
Saturday, 22 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
“Dave Maxwell & the Electrosonics”
David Maxwell - electric piano / Todd Brunel - bass clarinet & electronics / Robert Rivera - cello & electronics
Dave plugs into electro-acoustic space with key local improvisers to take it OUT at the OUTPOST.

NOTE: AL'S CROCKPOT IS ON VACATION UNTIL JAN 6 - THANKS.
Sunday, 23 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot” presents : Nidle’s Saturnalia
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set.

Fri. 28 Dec. @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
VORTEX presents:
“Improvelocity”
Andrea Loretz Frey - soprano / Toni Maria Pinheiro - vocals / Ukumbwa Sauti - percussion / Joel Cohen - cello / Todd Brunel - clarinets / Michael Carey - sax and flute / Paul Rodriguez - guitar / Grant Smith - drums

A collective improvisational experience, fusing jazz, symphonic, microtonal, blues and elements from the other side of the universe.

CONCERT SERIES AT OUTPOST:

(on sabbatical til Feb)
BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC
~ an improv residency
Thursdays, 8pm free or b/o
Members of the legendary electrified chamber ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic will be in residence at Outpost this fall with occasional special guests. The group normally performs almost entirely composed music, complex enough that it is read on stage from sheet music. Birdsongs will be incorporating for the first time large amounts of textural improvisation. These evenings will be devoted to public experimentation in this direction.
http://www.birdsongsofthemesozoic.org

VORTEX
- 1st & 3rd Fridays, 8pm $5 or b/o
Microtonal soundscapes painted over a radiant sea of anarchy. New and improvisational music, featuring various guest artists in different incarnations, seeking truth and the voice that brought them to this point. Hosted by Todd Brunel - http://www.clarinetconspiracy.com


CELLO ALLEY
- 2nd Fridays, 8pm $5 or b/o
New & Improvised Music
We will present all aspects of the modern improvising string player, in solo and ensemble settings, with electronics and without. Hosted by Robert Rivera
www.myspace.com/riveracellist

IMPROVELOCITY - 4th Fridays, 8pm $10 or b/o
An interactive, improvisational "kaleidoscope for the ears" fusing jazz, symphonic, microtonal, indigenous, ambient, vocals, written words, and elements from the other side of the universe. Hosted by Toni Pinheiro and members of Improvelocity.
http://www.improvelocity.com

subconsciouscafe new chamber music : - occas. Saturdays, 8pm $10 or b/o
Rob Chalfen's long-running improvised music series continues at OUTPOST and elsewhere. Innovative chamber music at play on the spectra of jazz, electronic, classical and world. Also may be dug by the non-subconscious mind.

THE WHIMSY! - 3rd Sundays, 8PM $5 or b/o
Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic
Hosted by Markus Nechay

AL’S CROCKPOT
- Sundays, 8pm $5 or b/o
Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, food, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set. Crackpots welcome. Hosted by Al Nidle, so it's only fair.

MOONSHIP presents - for kids - 3rd Saturdays, $5, under 3 Free 1pm, 1hr.
family shows for young and old. From pirates to dragons, fairies to magic beans, each month THE MOONSHIP will take you on a wonderful adventure with storytelling, music, puppets and more!www.themoonship.com/calendar.html


MOONSHIP - 3rd Saturdays 1pm(kids)+8pm, $5 or b/o
Pirates, aliens, poets and madmen, belly dancing goddesses and shamanic punks.
www.themoonship.com/calendar.html


PRODUCERS:
subconsciouscafe : Rob Chalfen : robchalfen@hotmail.com
VORTEX : Todd Brunel : thbrunel@earthlink.net
Improvelocity : Toni Pinheiro : improvelocity@comcast.net
Cello Alley : Robert Rivera : cello_alley@hotmail.com
Moonship : Jason Berube : jason.berube@hotmail.com
Birdsongs & Friends : Ken Field: ken@kenfield.org
The Whimsy! : Markus Nechay - markusnechay@yahoo.com
Al's Crockpot : Al Nidle - alanidle@hotmail.com

DISCLAIMER:
All disclaimers are for reflexive and tautological purposes only, and should not be construed as applying to any errors, typos, or outright fraudulent misrepresentations, real or imaginary, that may be embedded in this notice.

Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Outpost is coming!

After much sturm und drang, the Outpost Media & Performance Center is coming this fall to 186 Hampshire St., a former short-lived site of Zeitgeist, when we were sharing space with Axiom (c. April-Nov. '06)(I realize this saga has more twists and turns than a 19th c russian novel). Current grandiose schemes include a video production studio, low power fm & webcast community radio, on-line progressive political magazine, and in the main space, visual arts & regular producer-curated series of experimental and improvised music. The space(s) are now under renovation, but some events may happen there as early as September, and will be posted here. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic has already scheduled an open-rehearsal series for October. My subconsciouscafe new chamber music series will return to the space, for all but the largest shows. Stay posted for further mutations.

Low power fm (lpfm) radio may come to Outpost in legitimate (or quasi-legitimate) garb, as the Local Community Radio Act ( http://www.freepress.net/lpfm/ ) is in the Federal legislative pipeline, and from what I hear ( http://prometheusradio.org/content/view/524/1/ ) stands a reasonably good chance of passage in the next Congressional session. This means that urban non-profit community groups previously denied access may soon apply for lpfm (up to 100 watts) licenses. An informal group of local radio-heads has been meeting at the Middle East to discuss creation of a Cambridge community radio station; to be hooked up send me an email (robchalfen at hotmail).

Dig also:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2458757462

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Space Opera : the View from May

Here's a frame shot of our rapidly morphing surreal estate scene:

Space 1:
616 Cambridge St., Hard-nosed landlord is putting it on the market at 13Gs, but renting to us on an ad hoc basis @ $7 (both floors), with 2 months free, and 3 month notice. He also seems willing to rent the 2nd floor separately for 3 Gs. The dollar store is clearing out, and should be outta there by 1 June. A large housing development near Lechmere that was to galvanize the district seems stalled. Our view is that what he's asking is so hopeless given the market that we're likely to be there for a while, barring angry, torch-bearing mobs or regulatory equivalent.

2nd fl:
A test party we held on 27 April resulted in the cops responding to a noise complaint from the family adjacent to 2nd fl rear, who live above their fish store, the New Deal ("nude eel"). An acoustician I brought by says that the most cost-effective way to damp the sound is to fill in the 2 existing walls between the performance area and the back wall. When doors are closed, this would in effect create 2 rooms of 'dead air', which are considered most effective means of sound insulation. Rough estimate for materials for this is 2G, sheet rock & framing. Labor will be largely donated from gallery work pool.

Concept
Long term plausibility index of this space for our purposes is unknown, but sufficiently intriguing to check out. Being able to have even a modest schedule of events (without benefit of constabulary) would build public momentum towards opening space 2 in Sept/Nov range, not to mention the invaluable boost that having a clubhouse would be for the ever-parlous Zeitgeist morale.

Rent to be covered largely by tenants. Ben Vigoda's computor company is the prime commercial tenant, and we will share performance with him.

1st fl.
The dollar store should be vacant by 1 June. Our ability to do events there will depend on neighbor & civic response to 2nd floor doings. We're thinking of just letting the city know that this is a transitional space, and not throw the entire licensing & zoning book at us - they'll have plenty chance to do that at Space 2. If we dont try to do a lot of performances there it could be worth holding on to as a gallery-annex. The landlord may decide after awhile that the path of least resistance is to let us have it for what we can pay, the space not otherwise going anywhere. It is certainly not worth putting a lot of dough into without a lease, and would be fairly expensive to get up to code for occupancy, requiring sprinklers & fire-coded corridor wall for 2nd egress. In short, this could be a Groovy Underground Scene, transient by nature, but may have some longer term potential, as various issues play out.

Space 2:
The former Portuguese Social Club, just in from the corner at Prospect on Cambridge St, Inman Sq. Landlord, mellow cat, down with the concept of an Arts Center. Has already begun renovations, and has made verbal commitment to install full sprinkler and safety systems. Rent is $6k for 5K+ sf 1st fl plus basement, 4 months free buildout, 20 year lease.

The main space is 1st floor and fully handicapped access. Concept is to have 1200/1500 sf Zeitgeist type perf & exhibition space, cafe, recording studio, community fm/web radio, silkscreening studio, various retail. Varying commitments exist from these tenants to date.


Monday, May 7, 2007

So I Thought You Guys Were Moving to Union Square?

Karen Boutet of the Zeitgeist answers a FAQ @ our (ill-starred) Union Square Gambit

The Union Square bank space fell through in February. Alan and I went through a period of discouragement, where we weren't sure what we would do, and were worn out with talking about things.

At any rate, what happened at the Union Squre Bank space is that after bringing in architects and city inspectors, we found that the building needed around $100,000 worth of work for us to be able to turn it into a public use space (it was private offices before.) For us to be able to do what we do, it would need a sprinkler system, wheelchair lift, two handicapped access bathrooms, and a second means of egress. (The handicapped access rules kicked in due to it's being on the second floor.) We were advised that this would cost approximately $100,000. After that we would still need to do all the usual sheetrocking, painting, lighting, and sound system installation. Despite extensive attempts to negotiate with the landlord (Ifeanyi Menkiti), he finally made it clear that he would not be willing to pay for any portion of this work, nor would he give us periods of free rent so that we could undertake to fund it or work on it ourselves. We have attracted a backer recently, who was willing to put up $50,000, but we didn't feel comfortable about raising the rest of the money without being able to use the space, while paying rent on it. Also, some problems arose with the Diesel cafe, who signed a lease on the first floor. They did not want to work together to develop the building, in fact they refused to give us a couple of feet we would need on the first floor to put in the whelchair lift. This would have resulted in an additional cost of $20,000 to build the wheelchair lift on the outside of the building. They were not willing to approach the city together for facade funding- they went separately as did we, which was not going to work, since the facade was made up of one wall of glass spanning the two floors.

The whole thing started to feel untenable and kind of hostile. We felt misled by the landlord, as he had initially expressed an interest in participating in an arts and cultural center, bringing people from his native Nigeria, putting on poetry events, etc. (Mr. Menkiti is a poet.) He neglected to mention that he was not willing to participate financially. We also felt betrayed by the Diesel cafe people, as Alan brought them into the space, yet they weren't willing to work with us in the most rudimentary of ways- in fact they stopped talking to us! Also, the realtor said the place already had a sprinkler system, which it didn't.

At any rate, we got a lease lawyer and got out of the lease. Mr. Menkiti gave us back our whole deposit, but the realtor, Kevin Delaney, still wanted his commission, so we had to pay that (even though Alan got him a tenant, which he hadn't been able to do in three years!) We also had some lawyer's fees. But we were very relieved to get out of there- it just felt really cutthroat. The Somerville Arts Council and Union Square Main Streets were very supportive, but they were powerless against this stuff.

So we are still looking about for an appropriate space, with a landlord who genuinely wants to work with us to make it happen!

Thanks for your patience and support.

Karen and Alan

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

party: fri 27 april : LIVE ART FRESH KILLED!


gang ~ come party at the potential new Zeitgeist Outpost in East Cambridge, on Cambridge St just after the tracks going towards Lechemere. Entrance to the right of the dollar store.

LIVE ART FRESH KILLED
A Zeitgeist Gallery Production
Performance, music, video
FRIDAY APRIL 27th, 8 pm till midnight
616 Cambridge st.

Go to Lechmere station at the end of the Green line. Follow Cambridge street until you'll come upon the big yellow chicken with the black letters "LIVE POULTY FRESH KILLED" near the railroad tracks... or take the 69 bus from Harvard square through Inman. Across the street from where the chicken crossed the road, you'll see a sign "Superdollar". On that same big yellow building, you'll notice a handpainted sign "Live Art Fresh Killed" which will mark the entrance to the space. Walk upstairs and enjoy the music.
8 till 10 Stephane Wrembel Band.... Lickedysplit guitarist who toured with
David Grisman is accompanied by a standup bass and a washboard.
10 till 12 Gypsy Jazz Jam Session.... 1930s style Jazz Hot Club Band w. Ben Vigoda
Come on down............ Don't be chicken !!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

about Zeitgeist Outpost

OUTPOST is a blog for the Zeitgeist Diaspora, a Virtual Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge, Mass.) for the wayward scattered legions (you know who you are). Its a more interactive version of the Z website, to post what's up with you, news about potential new spaces, what you think about what the Zeitgeist should be, performance and art event info, praise & hosannas, grousing & crabbing. You'll be able to put up images & sound files, eventually if not already (I'm a blognoramus) (but I'm learning). Consider it a work in collective progress - it'll be interesting to see how it actually plays out - make the law of unintended consequences work for you!

Other ways I'm thinking about OUTPOST is as a magazine open to various creative networks, containing all the kinds of stuff we think of as going on at the Z: art & music, but also poetry & writing like we had in the Zeitgeist Improbable 'zine. OUTPOST may eventually have a paper component - I still dig being able to hand people a Thing. Consider me the editor/curator, but I'll rule with an iron feather.

Since I'm starting the damn thing, it'll also be a sort of clearinghouse for stuff I'm doing &/or interested in, like:

-subconsciouscafe new chamber music series
-community media : fm radio & webcasting
-jazz & improvised music
-Outpost itself as morphing phenomenon
-Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge, MA)
-friends
-writings, drawings & photos, new & archive

for now here are a few key links:

new amazing boston jazz/improv site:
http://brilliantcornersabostonjazzblog.blogspot.com/

my woefully neglected sub'cafe site:
http://subconsciouscafe.org/

Prometheus community radio site:
http://www.prometheusradio.org/

Chalfenalia:

Library of Vinyl Experience : a 4 page tour through my 78rpm record stash :
http://libraryofvinyl.org/love1_1/love1_1.htm

More obsessive ragtime arcana: JR Europe/Castles footage, 1914:
http://riddimmethod.net/index.php?s=Castles+in+Europe&submit=Search

Institute for Parallel Studies: R&D from "the world next door"
www/skdeitch.com

Rob Chalfen
minister of propaganda / zeitgeist gallery
robchalfen@hotmail.com