Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, March 2008

"SKRAELINGS' PROGRESS" 23 Feb thru 16 March
photo: Nicole Meinhart
OUTPOST + subconsciouscafe Concert & Event Listings, March 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.

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.

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

Nice write up on Outpost in the Glob, Sunday 27 Jan. Outpost is the 2nd item:

on Richard Sandler's Films:
On our "Small Arts Group Die Off", 13 January:
Big Red & Shiny:§ion=article&article=DONT_DRINK_THE_1485440
BILL MARX/The Arts Fuse: Boston Foundation to Small Theatres - Drop Dead Please!

SKRAELINGS'PROGRESS" 23 Feb thru 16 March
photo: Nicole Meinhart
Continuing through March 16:
"Skraelings’ Progress": A Collaboration in Assemblages

SHOW DATES: 23 February - 16 March 2008

Closing Festivities: Sunday, 16 March 2-5pm

"Skraelings' Progress" is an on-going work in progress of which all are invited to partake.
Nick Wyneken, Bob Smith, Ting Hoepfner, and guest artist Doug Howlett will be showing some finished work and hoping that you will join them in the production of others inside and out in the courtyard behind the "Outpost186", snow or shine.
photo: Nicole Meinhart
Nick, Ting, and Smitty have been inspired and enriched by collaborating on "Skraeling Garden Protectors" for years. Last summer we posed as "The Neanderthals for Climate Change" at the "Cambridge River Festival" and Somerville's "Art Beast", to which we brought a full-size teenage woolly mammoth sculpture made out of bamboo and wicker and other found objects. " Michelle the Woolly Mammoth" was then placed off the bike path at Davis Sq. where she delighted some and incited others to attack and destroy. A debate about public art ensued in the Somerville Journal and Somerville News. We were deemed "unemployable so-called artists" being "coddled" by public funding and "not adding anything to the revenue stream". Other works have their own stories to tell and we hope future works as well. Please join us. Kids and shamans of all ages welcome!

ARTIST/CURATOR: Bob Smith - 781.648.7078
Friday, March 7, 20088pm $5
VORTEX presents:
“The Daniel Bennett Group”
”The Rivera/Brunel Method”

"Bennett is adding his own British-folk/ American-minimalism sensibility to the mix."
- Jon Garelick (Boston Phoenix)

Boston Saxophonist Daniel Bennett has traveled the country, performing at venues like Lincoln Center, Merrill Auditorium, Eastman Theatre, George Eastman House, Jordan Hall, Hale Auditorium, Open Fest, Six Flags Darien Lake, and the Rochester Lilac Festival. The Daniel Bennett Group has recently performed in concert with guitarist Charlie Hunter, percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, David Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos), Denison Witmer, and LA-based synth-pop group Joy Electric.

Daniel Bennett's music is a unique mix of minimalism, folk, and jazz. The music employs repetitious trance melodies over recurring chord structures. Bennett's group features well known classical guitarist Brant Grieshaber and percussionist Rick Landwehr.
Visit to learn more!

Sat. 8 March @ OUTPOST, 1- 3pm - $5 or b/o, Free under 3 - A Family Event
MOONSHIP presents:
"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. 8 March @ OUTPOST, 3-5pm $5 or b/o
MOONSHIP presents:
Science and Spirituality: God, Meaning, and the Material World
a lecture by Daniel Kriegman, Ph.D.

What do modern physics (relativity, quantum, and string theories) and the theory of evolution tell us about God, spirituality, and the meaning of human life? The evidence supporting our dominant sciences and their power to provide answers concerning the essence of matter and human origins continues to mount. What was once mysterious continues to yield to scientific inquiry.

So when we look at the BIG questions—purpose, meaning, morality, where we came from, the existence and nature (if any) of God, and why is there something instead of nothing—do these sciences tell us anything? And if so, what?

Dr. Kriegman was formerly Chief Psychologist and the Director of Supervision and Training at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Offenders as well as the Clinical Director for the maximum security, intensive treatment unit for adolescents in the City of Boston. Dr. Kriegman has been a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; a founder and faculty member of the
Psychoanalytic Institute for Couple and Family Therapy; co-author (with M. O. Slavin) of the acclaimed book, The Adaptive Design of the Human Psyche: Psychoanalysis, Evolutionary Biology, and the Therapeutic Process (1992, Guilford Press) that created the psychoanalytic paradigm known as “evolutionary psychoanalysis”; co-editor (with J. G. Teicholz) Trauma, Repetition, & Affect Regulation: The Work of Paul Russell (1998, The Other Press); he has published widely (30+ articles and book chapters) on topics related to the evolutionary understanding of human behavior and the theory and practice of depth psychological (psychoanalytic) approaches to psychotherapy; he is in the full-time private practice of psychoanalytic treatment of individuals, couples, and families in Newton, Massachusetts as well as specialized work in forensic psychology (e.g., expert witness testimony in cases involving the prediction of dangerousness).

Dr. Kriegman is also one of the founders of Yoism, the World’s First Open Source Religion, and the author of “The Word according to Yo.”

Lawrence Cook & Eric Zinman
Sunday,9 March @ OUTPOST,
8pm $12 or b/o
“Al’s Crockpot” (Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set).
Eric Zinman - piano / Jacob Williams - bass / Laurence Cook - drums
music samples are available on my website
CONTACT: or 617-901-4624
At the forefront of creative music for more than 20 years, Eric Zinman's piano playing is known internationally and has been described as a "fleet and appealing touch". Rooted in the language of the avant garde his vision embraces the role of the piano in the orchestras of the future, the piano's relation to the trap set drums, its touch, the way it can surround the other instruments and mark varying shifts in weight, the way the piano can also move lyrically within the whole from varying densities of sound masses to sparkling melodies spanning the whole keyboard.

"I am concerned about the sensual nature of sound, with the piano that is first and foremost TOUCH. FORM, then, is a manifestation from beggining to end of dynamics and within that the phrasing, silence and an arresting balance between the pedaled and un-pedaled sounds."

Eric Zinman has played with Craig Schildhauer, Raqib Hassan, Toshi Makihara, Sabir Mateen, Marco Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, Peter Valsamis, Tatsuya Nakatani, Glynis Lomon and Blaise Siwula, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Jan Roder, Thomas Rehnert, Mario Rechtern, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre, John Voigt and Laurence Cook. Mr Zinman has also composed music for dance and theatre using verbal directives as well as graphic scores.


Laurence Cook studied painting at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and later learned to play piano, vibraphone, and drums. He has been a major figure in the jazz avant-garde since the 1960's on twenty-two recordings, including Revenge, and Dual Unity with Paul Bley; Skillfullnes with Alan Silva,Ritti with Joe Morris; "Fuzzagainst Junk" from Vision 1997 Festival with Thurston Moore; Triplet and Fire in the Valley with Jemeel Moondoc; Divine Mad Love with Sabir Mateen; November 1981, Thoughts, and Son of Sisyphus with Bill Dixon. He has worked with Sam Rivers, Alan Silva, The Brecker Brothers, Robin Kenyatta, Mark Whitecage, and Barre Phillips among many others.

[a paraphrase]'The older jazz is like representational painting where you paint a portrait of a person or a thing. Thats playing on a song and its chords. The new music is like modern painting, Action Painting. You concern yourself with the surface of the canvas, with the brushstrokes, the texture of the paint, the total two dimensional surface, concern myself with the way the drum stick strikes the cymbal, the surface of the drum heads.'

Friday, March 14 8pm $10 or b/o
CELLO ALLEY presents:
Tom Abbs & M.P. Landis :
”Petting Zoo” - live multi-media performance
”To Give is to Receive is to Give” - documentary film

Tom Abbs - cello, percussion, flute, dijeridoo, video triggers
M.P. Landis - painting, light manipulation, sound triggers

For nearly a decade jazz musician Tom Abbs & abstract painter M.P. Landis have collaborated on everything from films to CD covers to live performances. Just over a year ago they shared in the ultimate collaboration when Tom donated his left kidney to save M.P.'s life.

From Friday, March 14th until Saturday, March 22nd, Abbs and Landis will be touring the North East and Midwest with their newly finished documentary, "To Give is to Receive is to Give" and premiering their new live work "Petting Zoo" (information below)

NOTE: This tour is sponsored by the great avant-jazz label ESP-Disk' (http:/./ ESP's entire catalog will be on sale at every stop on the tour, with profits going to the Petting Zoo tour fund. We would like to thank ESP's founder Bernard Stollman for his support and guidance.

"To Give is to Receive is to Give" (45min) documentary film

A video collaboration by Ryan Tebo, Tom Abbs and M.P. Landis

This is a video that charts the emotional journey of two artists as they delve into the depths and ascend the heights of collaboration. Eight years after they began their artistic collaboration and
four months after they began the collaborative relationship of being neighbors in the same brownstone in Brooklyn, M.P. had kidney failure and began dialysis. In an act of tremendous generosity, Tom decided to donate his kidney and M.P. accepted. This not only saved M.P.'s life, it also became a beautiful extension of their previous collaborations as artists and friends.


"Petting Zoo" (45min) - live multi-media performance

Live multimedia explorations by musician Tom Abbs and painter M.P. Landis.

Witness a set of improvised music and visuals that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Using a mix of overhead projection and live video along with triggered sound manipulation,Abbs and Landis bring you a set of multimedia entertainment like you have never seen.

photo: Nicole Meinhart
Sunday, 16 March @ OUTPOST 2-5pm FREE
minimumwageart presents
Please join in the invocation of an old world word into the local dialect.

Words are arguably the most unappreciated, innocuous, but undeniably powerful and mystical tools that manifest our destinies. Words start wars, heal the sick, bore the intelligent. They get us jobs and cause us to be fired. By words we are married and divorced. Yet we use and abuse the privilege of knowing them so often without a second thought of their incredible power!

On the closing of an art show in Cambridge, Massachusetts we intend to invoke into local usage, a word hard to find in any English dictionary. It is a noun with Nordic roots. It was used to define any person that was not "of our tribe" by the exploring Vikings.
Nick Wyneken and Bob Smith discovered this word for themselves in an obscure book from the turn of the 19th century that claimed with maps and serious research that the Vikings' Vinland was located on the Charles River and that a settlement existed on the present grounds of the Mount Auburn Hospital.
photo:Nicole Meinhart
In this book an unusual word appeared. When read aloud the word sounded rich, strong, and had a power to infuse meaning. We stood on a bridge overlooking the supposed site of this ancient settlement and in the gutter of the road over that bridge was a piece of metal about the size of a human head. It obviously had fallen off a passing vehicle. One of us picked up the piece and the word "SKRAELING" was invoked. Then "SKRAELING MASK" was invoked.
We walked on and we saw another such piece on the side of the road. Then we realized that all along roadways their were these masks violently discarded off vehicles, reeking revenge on bicyclists and motor vehicles' tires, wasted, unwanted, rusting away, just like the once powerful and fearful word, "SKREALING!"
photo:Nicole Meinhart
The show ending on March 16th is called, "SKREALINGS" PROGRESS". In the show are many such "masks" and other objects that have been assembled into beings which we call "SKRAELING HOME and GARDEN PROTECTORS", we intend to potlatch some of our work at the closing of this show. WE will also take a moment of time to say the word "SKREALING" many times with all present invited to join in the conversation with the intent to infuse this word back into local dialect out of honor and respect and the pure enjoyment of the expression of that word and its meaning and to show respect for the power of all words.
Bob Smith "Minimum Wage Art"

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

Birdsongs - photo: Jane Philbrick
Thursday, 20 March 8pm - by donation
"Birdsongs of the Triozoic"

Michael Bierylo (guitar, loops)
Ken Field (sax, flute, percussion, loops)
Rick Scott (synth, loops)

Three of the four members of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic meet in the middle for a rare evening of improvisation and looping. All hell will break loose or your money back.
Admission by donation.

Production: Ken Field ken@kenfield.org
Friday, March 21st, 20088pm $5
VORTEX presents:
”Poetic Vision” An audio visual collective trance
-Emile Tobenfeld - visual poetry
-John Mulrooney - audio poetry
-The Rivera/Brunel Method
-Anthony Baldino - Laptopology

Most if not all sensory perceptions will be stimulated.

Saturday, 22 March 8pm $5/10 dance/movement/music
Su Eaton presents:
"Zen of Being"
Improvisational Movement, Sound and Words

Su Eaton, Stan Strickland, Karen Psaledakis, Sparrowhawk aka Brittany Cox, , Dave Scandurra, Ethan Mackler will enter the unknown and share with you what is present. We will use musical instruments our bodies and voices. We will begin at 2:00 and invite you to be witness at 8:00 till 9:30 and then open the floor to you to join some improvisational structures until 10:00.

Fri. 28 March @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
Improvelocity Intimate Public Experiments ~ presents:
"Life Lessons And Epiphanies: Paying Taxes And Tuition In The School Of Life"
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.

Courtney Brown
Saturday, 29 March @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o
subconsciouscafe presents:
“Courtney Brown + Carmen Caruso”
voice, electronics & multimedia performance

Courtney Brown has long harbored aspirations of becoming an Edward Gorey heroine, but her attempts have thus far been foiled. In lieu of her unlikely but tragic demise, she makes strange dark music and fiddles with electronics. Her most recent work, Every Night I Lose Control, is an electronic post-modern cabaret act that explores the ideas of disintegration and failure. Every piece is designed so that she, as a performer, will fail. This show follows the trajectory of her attempts to regain balance and composure in the wreckage. Heavily influenced by tango, Weimar cabaret, and early goth rock, this work explores the danger of performance and ultimately exposes the vulnerabilities of its performer.

She is a founding member of Electrocab, a trio of performers/composers who invent new musical spaces with two soprano voices, an accordion, and a DJ. Her compositions have been featured in the Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar, the Festival of New Musics, the Boston CyberArts Festival, and more. She is the founder of Seductivism, an art movement based on the play of appearances.

Carmen Caruso is an experimental composer and a riotous vocalist who has been known to shriek, moan, grunt, and almost become possessed during performance. She creates sonic collages using electronics and her voice, and continues to probe the grey area between pop and computer music. She is currently debuting her piece, Roots, which uses her voice to create a virtual world within her voice. These compositions also incorporate her self-created instrument, affectionately dubbed “the Carmenizor,” a small electronic box that can transform her voice into its own orchestra. Some of her influences include chamber pop, alternative dance, modal music, ambient-techno, post-modern pop, experimental rock and minimalism.

Carmen currently performs with Electrocab, a trio of performers/composers who combine subversive pop and sound art into a strange beast. She has been featured at the Laila Lounge in New York, the Boston CyberArts Festival, the Spheris Gallery, and the Festival of New Musics at Dartmouth College.
Sunday, 30 March @ OUTPOST, 7pm $20 workshop + concert, $10 concert only
“Al’s Crockpot”
(Al cooks, you eat. Madness, satire, music & espresso for the post-apocalyptic set)
presents GYPSY JAZZ with
“AMERANOUCHE” - guitar & bass workshop with Jack Soref of Boston's own Sinti Rhythm, concert to follow.
The Ameranouche Trio features guitarists Richard Sheppard, Ryan Flaherty and bassist Xar Adelberg. The nationally acclaimed Gypsy Jazz ensemble plays acoustic hot jazz, both original compositions and unique arrangements by American and Gypsy songwriters. Hailed as "The new sound of America" by National Lampoon's Kevin Wheatley, Ameranouche's whirlwind of Gypsy jazz is intense and spirited, drawing from French, Spanish, Latin and Flemenco influences."
7:00pm Workshop feat Jack Soref of Boston's own Sinti Rhythm.
8:00pm Chili and doors open for concert
8:30 Concert


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 -

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

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.

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!

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

subconsciouscafe : Rob Chalfen :
VORTEX : Todd Brunel :
Improvelocity : Toni Pinheiro :
Cello Alley : Robert Rivera :
Moonship : Jason Berube :
The Whimsy! : Markus Nechay -
Al's Crockpot : Al Nidle -
Eric Zinman:,
Birdsongs: Michael Bierylo -

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 contained in this notice.

Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary

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

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