Friday, April 3, 2009

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, April 2009

Santiago Latorre, 1 May

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

OUTPOST wins Editor's Pick for BEST EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VENUE in the Phoenix Best 2009!

OUTPOST featured in a short film, THE VENUE (april 2009)

20 March 2009 - Wednesdays are now open for rental, beginning April 2009.

19 August - Outpost just got a fabulous Yamaha U3 full-size upright piano! Come check it out!

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, alcohol please.

Gallery exhibits may be viewed during scheduled shows or by appointment.


OUTPOST is currently available as a rental @ $40 per event.
CONTACT: Rob Chalfen, director:
OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK - you must read this before you produce a show @ Outpost!
NOTE: You must be 21 to produce events at Outpost.


Hhere’s a nice review of the 24 Nov. 08 Scarecrow Mobius gig at the Outpost by Jon Garelick of the Boston Phoenix:

Outpost featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 19 June 2008:

John Voigt featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 14 July 2008

Nice write up on Outpost in the Glob, Sunday 27 Jan. 2008 Outpost is the 2nd item:

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


Thursday, 2 April @ Outpost - 8pm, $10
The Band That Can't Be Named presents The World Premiere of
“A Show that Can't Be Named”

Last year, in response to the Boston Foundation's request that small arts groups either merge or 'find an exit strategy,' Ian MacKinnon produced "The Small Arts Group Die-Off" at Outpost and put his Artezani Theater to death. Now, with Eric Zinman on keyboards, Stephan Ripke on drums, and other guests, Ian invites you to hear the first fruits of a multi-year effort to create his own kind of music theater. Is it a musical? Not really, since there's no 'book.' Is it a rock opera? It could be: over 20 songs tell a bizarre, 95% true story of nomads, bad science, and the American Prairie. If you know Ian or Eric, you probably know what the title is and why it cannot yet be named. Will you say you saw it when it was anonymous? Maybe: Ian's "Elect Better Actors" won a national manifesto contest for the future of American Theater that was judged by Tony Kushner and others.

Ian MacKinnon - voice, guitar
Eric Zinman - yamaha CP300
Stephen Ripke - drums

Friday 3 April - private rehearsal

SATURDAY 4 APRIL @ Outpost 8pm $15 or b/o
The Exchange:Paintings and Performances (#2)
Painter Linda Clave inspired by Austrian Saxophonist Mario Rechtern
for TransCultural Exchange 2009 "Here There and Everywhere" with
New Language Collaborative for live painting and musical performances.

New Language Collaborative
Eric Zinman - piano / Glynis Lomon - cello, voice / Syd Smart - drums
Linda Clave - action painting

What might new language be?

Coming out of these emotional ponds, lakes and seas spreading out and merging into each other- not a communication in the sense of pure conversation, discourse and interaction to the point of the said but rather grasping the sensuality and sensual expressions of the said by emotional shares and sensual contributions to the said, grasping the energies and shipping the vessel on them, waves surfing, drowning and getting rescued by drums or cello or piano and back on board through space and friendships among the travelers speaking, feeling and thoughts from the moment as necessary to describe flight position and desire to break even with the needed distinction of the status quo, to know who and where we are today.........tomorrow is another day another journey...............

- eric zinman

Poetic Review of Linda Clave/New Language, 29 March:

Color form dissolves,

undefines the movement of the brush,

which licks the canvas while the three

musicians play--jam melodies that linger

and dissolve like the paint into inaccessible

phrases with nothing to grab onto, and then

caterwauling together finding their common

thread in a brush stroke.

I was sad to see the foot disappear into

layers of inarticulate overlap, color meld into

color, the artist taking a roller to smush the layers of paint

until they merge soft as down blurring the boundaries

between one and other, smears of color, layers of sound

all enveloping us, we dozen listeners, in their web of

enterprise, a journey that began at 8 and had an end

with the artist’s statement, “Well, it is 9:00 after all,

but I could paint forever.”

A promise made to get us home left us hungry for more of the

story, the unfolding dialogue between notes and

strokes. None of us knew what to expect but

loved that we were co-creators of the energetic space

and stayed long after for the wine and cheese,

the fresh baked bread, and conversation among the

disparate acquaintances who filled the space, and made

their own kind of jazz, the improviso of conversation,

the scat of ceremony, as the night rolled on and

Monday soon would call.

- Martha Thayer

Linda Clave painting

Sunday 5 April @ OUTPOST, 6pm $5/10 or b/o

Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative present

Sounds in Bloom: Diana Norma Szokolyai (Hungarian & American), poetry
Dennis Shafer, saxophone and musical guests
+ Ellom in Voice, Estonian poet: American debut performance

Drawing on Eastern European imagery, mystical connections to their Finno-Ugric ancestry, and a deep connection to forests and mountain rivers, Norma and Ellom explore "the deadly and wide oceans inside" and "the dusty gold of souls tangled inside the Earth, that cosmic ball" (excerpts of some of the poetic dialogue, Ellom's followed by Norma's verse). This is the first time they will perform together in the U.S., bringing their debut Parisian show to American audiences in April 2009. Musical direction by Dennis Shafer.

Sounds in Bloom:
Ellom in Voice:
Dennis Shafer:

Tuesday 7 April - private rehearsal

Friday, 10 April @ Outpost - 8pm, $5/10
+ Low Road

Joe Moffett: Trumpet
Dan Blacksberg: Trombone
Daniel Durham: Bass
Dave Flaherty: Drums

Low Road
Ruth Lepson - poetry / Noah Preminger - sax / Eric Lane - piano

Saturday 11 April @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o

subconsciouscafé presents

Burton Greene
Burton Greene - piano
Perry Robinson - clarinet
Burton Greene figured prominently in New York's free jazz movement of the '60s, performing with such major figures as Marion Brown, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, and Alan Silva. As a child, Greene studied classical music at the Fine Arts Academy in Chicago; from 1956-1958 he studied jazz with Dick Marx. Greene moved to New York in the early '60s, as the city's free jazz movement was gathering momentum. There, he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with Silva in 1963 -- reputedly one of the first groups devoted to playing a wholly improvised music. In 1964, he joined the Jazz Composer's Guild. During the mid-'60s, he recorded for the ESP-Disk label as a leader, before moving to the Netherlands in 1969. Greene became something of a journeyman, performing all over Europe while maintaining a residence on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He recorded intermittently in the '70s and '80s. Greene became one of the few free jazz musicians to experiment with synthesizers. He's played solo and led various bands of unusual instrumentation; a recent project is a klezmer group called Klez-Jazz, which features clarinetist Perry Robinson. During the '90s, Greene recorded more frequently in the U.S., notably for the Cadence Jazz and C.I.M.P. labels. Greene's autobiography is entitled Memoirs of a Musical “Pesty Mystic” -- or -- From the Ashcan to the Ashram and Back Again, published by Cadence Jazz Books.

Perry Robinson
For over four decades, Perry Robinson has been the sui generis master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music. Early in his career he was a sideman with Tete Montoliu, and he has since worked with some of the world’s best musicians, including the Brubeck Family, Gunter Hampel, Henry Grimes, Bill Dixon, Naná Vasconcelos, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Badal Roy, John Carter, Anthony Braxton, Mark Whitecage, Pete Seeger and George Clinton. He has been a mainstay of Burton Greene’s Klezmokum and of Lou Grassi’s Po Band, which has recorded with Marshall Allen, John Tchicai and Joseph Jarman on CIMP. His own trio Raga Roni, featuring Badal Roy and Ed Schuller, released its self-titled debut disc in 2002 on Geetika Records. Robinson also performed on William Parker’s trio recording Bob's Pink Cadillac on Eremite. The Perry Robinson Quartet, featuring pianists Simon Nabotov and Christoph Adams, bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Ernst Bier, has released four CDs: Nightmare Island, Call To The Stars, Angelology and Still Traveling on the West Wind and Timescraper labels; the trio of Robinson-Schuller-Bier is featured on Children's Song (Konnex Records). Recently Perry has been playing with Wynne Paris and Groovananda, the band Centazzo-Robinson-Stowe featuring percussionist Andrea Centazzo and pianist Nobu Stowe, the Israeli clarinetist Harold Rubin, U.S. Pipe & the Balls Johnson Dance Machine, and the Israeli composer-pianist Anat Fort, whose new ECM release A Long Story features Perry. Perry's autobiography, The Traveler, was published in 2002.

Production: Rob Chalfen

Sunday 12 April @ OUTPOST, 4-6pm $5 or b/o

The Center for Arabic Culture presents
An afternoon of Arabic poetry
Come celebrate spring with an afternoon of Arabic poetry with your friends and family!

CAC is hosting a poetry reading at Outpost186 in Cambridge! Enjoy the poetry of Hamdi el-Dib, translated by Sara el-Dib. Hamdi el-Dib is a scholar and poet from Alexandria, Egypt who has taught Arabic literature in Egypt. Open mic is available after for any other poets or writers.

Suggested donation is $5. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Families and children are welcome!

Contact: Fatima Jafri -

Sunday 12 April @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o
markus nechay presents
“The Whimsy!” Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic

Thursday 16 April @ Outpost - 3pm, open donation
Linda Clave presents talk #1 on her paintings & the music of Austrian composer & musician Mario Rechtern
Meet the artist and veiw the art work from the exchanges with Mario Rechtern, Eric Zinman and New Language Collaborative.
Video reveiew of the performances
Dear Friends,
My friend Linda Clave will be showing a new series of music paintings based on recent work I have done with her, Mario Rechtern and New Language Collaborative. It is part of a juried cultural exchange that took place in 2008. To see these paintings is an experience you will not forget. Briefly, they are attractive in the visceral sense. Gradually you begin to see the layers unfold (as is often said in the arts)/I hope some of you can attend the performances. This promises to be fun in the Dionysian way as a grascious donation of wine from Vineyard brands features the 2005 Marques de Caceres. Many believe this is one of the best Rioja vintages in 50 years.................for all your senses and of course to your health...............Saluté

peace and regards,

Eric Zinman

Thursday, 16 April @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Fox 4: “Adventures in Sound”
Bruno Raberg - bass / Josh Rosen - keys / David Tronzo - guitar Dave Fox - drums

Friday 17 April @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5/10

Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative present


Artists from all disciplines, from poetry to installation art to music, all combine in an extravaganza show at the OUTPOST, with hosts Sounds in Bloom and Momentum.

Saturday 18 April @ Outpost - 3pm, open donation
Linda Clave presents talk #2 on her paintings.

"Brain Plasticity and Paintings of Linda Clave" with the New Language Collaborative.

"Brain plasticity is about how the brain makes new pathways to make your task easier.
Example: The first time you get a new task you are responsible for 100 percent of
allt he work. A few days later you have to do only 80% as the rest of the job gets
done for you by your brain and body. Over time your task is to do 20% or less and
the brain and body know how to do the rest.

"An unusual aspect of this can be seen in some of Linda Clave's art.
You look at some of the paintings and there doesn't seem to be much there.
You come back five minutes later and the image starts connecting with you.
This effect can go on for a while, each time you get more out of the painting.

It seems that the initial image is taken by the brain and it is worked on so that the
second look five minutes later your brain inputs it's own impact on what the painting

-Walter Ness

Saturday 18 April - 8pm $5/10
Alex Wan & The Cultural Fusion
Standard Jazz Jam and Funk/Hip Hop Jam

Sunday 19 April @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5/10
Transientones presents
Flow-N: Trio
Jacob William - bass / Jim Hobbs - alto / Luther Gray - drums

Monday, 20 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10
Scarecrow Mobius

Dave Bryant - piano / James Merenda - alto sax / Mike Rivard - bass / James Kamal Jones - drums

Thursday, 23 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
David Maxwell’s Eastern Front
David Maxwell - piano / Fred Stubbs - turkish ney /Warrick Moses - clarinet / Blake Newman - bass / Mac Ritchey - ud


Frederick Stubbs studied ney under Niyazi Sayin and Ihsan Ozgen. A founding member of Boston's Eurasia Ensemble and Euphony Groove, he has also worked with El Arte Flamenco, Dunya, Mercan Dede, and Subluna. He currently teaches music at the Lexington Montessori School and lectures in World music and Ethnomusicology at UMass Boston.


Once referred to as a "musical Swiss army knife", multi-instrumentalist Mac Ritchey has been plucking strings for decades. Studying electronic music at Oberlin College and anthropology at Brandeis University, Mac has been influenced by a vast palette of musical traditions and genres. His primary focus for the past 10 years has been on the oud, otherwise known as the Arabic lute. The other hat he most often wears is that of music producer and proprietor of Possum Hall Recording Studios in Carlisle MA. His primary music group 35th Parallel has been performing through the Northeast for the past 8 years. For more about Mac’s music and various projects: and


Originally from South Africa, Warrick Moses holds a Master of Woodwind Performance degree from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Warrick is currently a graduate ethnomusicology student at Tufts University, where his research interests include kirtan devotional chanting, and hip-hop in Cape Town. As a performing clarinettist, he draws inspiration from Greek and Turkish musical traditions, as well as Ethiopian jazz. Warrick also teaches in the greater Boston area.

Friday, 24 April @ Outpost, 8pm - $5/10
3-part vocals, brass and guitar; Travelin’ Light is about taking jazz tunes and standards and finding new things to say with them. “Bright Moments” and “From This Moment On” meeting for the first time; Peaches En Regalia performed w. original lyrics covering every note in Zappa’s opus; “But Not For Me” with Chet Baker’s signature intro and solo lyricized; “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” with each of Mingus’ ferocious parts and Booker Irvin’s solo covered...

Travelin’ Light singers are Steve Provizer (also on trumpet and trombone), Gabriella Silva and Ed Meradith. They are all veterans of jazz, rock and classical music who find themselves on the same harmonic page. For more, got to Nick Grondin is our fine guitarist. An active bandleader himself, go to to find out more.

Saturday 25 April @ Outpost, 3pm
John Mulrooney poetics presents
Corina Copp & Dana Ward

Corina Copp's recent poems and performance texts have appeared in Aufgabe, Antennae, Poets on Painters, Denver Quarterly, EOAGH, 6x6, and Serie Alfa. She is the author of the chaplet Play Air (Belladonna* 2005) and e-book Carpeted (Faux Press 2004). Her short play, "A Week of Kindness" was produced in the 2007 Tiny Theater Festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater; and she has performed in plays at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is pursuing graduate studies in playwriting.

Dana Ward lives in Cincinnati where he edits Cy Press. He is the author of books like Goodnight Voice (House Press, 2008) the Drought (Open 24hrs, forthcoming 2009) & others on the way. He works as an advocate for adult literacy. He's made some terrific new friends these last weeks, & for that he's very grateful.
Saturday, 25 April @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
Steve Lantner Quartet
Allan Chase – saxophones
Steve Lantner - piano
Joe Morris – bass
Luther Gray – drums

Sunday 26 April @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5/10

Ian Thal presents
a staged reading of his play "Total War"

Press Contact: IanMThal@gmail.com • 617-547-2048

Ian Thal hosts a staged reading of his play, Total War which was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2009 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition.
Total War is a five-act play set at a Catholic university where the student newspaper has published a Holocaust denial advertisement. While faculty and staff attempt to show solidarity with the small Jewish community on campus, an anarchist-cell using the nom de guerre of “Total War” begins a campaign of guerrilla art attacks before a predictable dialogue on free speech and religious pluralism can begin.

Though a work of fiction, Total War was inspired by events Thal witnessed while attending graduate school, exploring the history (and potential futures) of Jewish-Catholic relations, historical memory, and the conflict between grass-roots activism and institutional power. It is a story made timely after the scandal surrounding Vatican’s recent lifting of the excommunication of the anti-Semitic Society of Saint Pius X and its Holocaust-denying Bishop, Richard Williamson.

The staged reading is for an audience to experience a stripped-down version of a work-in-progress, and an opportunity for the author to listen to actors and solicit feedback.


Ian Thal is best known locally as a mime, puppeteer, and poet. He has performed with Bread and Puppet Theatre, was a founding member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and frequently performs with the commedia dell’arte troupe, i Sebastiani. He has taught mime and commedia at The Huntington Theatre, The Stoneham Theatre, and Open Air Circus. His poetry has appeared in such magazines as BOOM! For Real, Flash!Point, Poesy, Ibbetson Street Press, and Crooked River Press and the anthologies Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations (Andover, MA: Andover-Newton Publications), Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway (New York: P & Q Press.) and Out of the Blue Writers Unite, and the forthcoming Crude: Poetry After the Age of Oil (Columbus, OH: Pudding House Press) and has been exhibited at Boston City Hall and incorporated into a public installation at the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival. His blog about his experiences with Bread and Puppet Theatre was recently placed on the reading list for a course at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Monday 27 April @ Outpost - 8pm, open donation

Small Animal Project presents
a reading by Noy Holland and Kate Schapira

Noy Holland
is the author of two collections of short fiction, What Begins With Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf), and the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, Open City, New York Tyrant, Denver Quarterly, NOON, and others. She is a Professor in the MFA program for Writers and Poets at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she co-directs the Juniper Initiative.

Kate Schapira
lives in Providence, where she writes, teaches, and runs the Publicly Complex reading series. In addition to making her own chapbooks, she's the author of four chapbooks published by other people, including The Love of Freak Millways and Tango Wax (Cy Gist Press) and two mini-chaps from Rope-A-Dope Press. She just started working with first graders as a Writer in the Schools.

Tuesday 28 April
private rehearsal

Thursday, 30 April @ Outpost 8pm, $10 or b/o
Dijkstra / Karayorgis / Newton
Jorrit Dijkstra - alto sax / Pandelis Karayorgis - piano
Curt Newton - drums

We now have a web page specifically for this trio, with sound:


VORTEX - 1st & 3rd Fridays, 8pm $5/10
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 -

subconsciouscafe new chamber music : - occasional 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! - 1 Sunday/mo, 8PM $5 or b/o
Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic
Hosted by Markus Nechay -

Steve Lantner presents : 4th Saturdays

Dave Pryant presents : monthly, by announcement

subconsciouscafe : Rob Chalfen :
VORTEX : Todd Brunel :
The Whimsy! : Markus Nechay -
Steve Lantner presents : slantner@comcast.net
Courtney Brown
Dave Bryant presents :
Josh Jefferson :
Joseph Moffett :
John Mulrooney : poetics -

This disclaimer is for reflexive and tautological purposes only, and may not be construed as applying to any errors, typos, or logical absurdities, real or imagined, that may be contained in this notice, without further notice.

Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary