Art Radar Aug 27 – Sept 1

Thursday Aug 29

Thahab Visits SMFA– One Night Event – Work by Nabeela Vega
When: Aug 29, 7 – 9pm
Location: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Friday Aug 30

Culture Tap – interactive kiosks that celebrate the South End’s culture and history, activated by a Charlie Card (no charge required)
When: August 30 through October 18
Location: BCA Plaza, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA

Saturday Aug 31

When: Opening: Aug 31, 7 – 10pm, On View: Aug 30 – Sept 10
Location: The Hallway Gallery, 66a South Street, Jamaica Plain. MA

Percussions*Re*Percussions: Quintín Rivera Toro
When: Reception – Aug 31, 6 – 8pm, On View Aug 30 – Oct 5
Location: IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, 405 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA

Art Radar Aug 20 – 25

Thursday Aug 22

Shhhhh / The Sound of Shhhhh: resident artist Susan Metrican
When: Reception & Artist Talk – Aug 22, 6 – 8pm
Location: Samsøn Prøjects, 450 Harrison Avenue &/@ 29 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118

Artists for Humanity: Summer Art Exhibition & Celebration
When: Aug 22, 4 – 8pm, Entrance is Free, 50% of proceeds will go to the artists, the rest to support Artists For Humanity programs
Location: Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, 100 West Second Street, South Boston

Friday Aug 23

When: Aug 23 & 24, 7pm, Suggested $10 donation
Location: Mobius, 55 Norfolk St, Cambridge

Saturday Aug 24

Street Diamonds 2
When: Reception Aug 24, 7 – 9pm, On View Aug 10 – Sept 7
Location: Fourthwall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA

Ampersand Concert Series: Presenting Julia Kent – Aug 15

Ampersand (a concert series put together by WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center) held the inaugural concert of its soon-to-be monthly concert series this evening.

Luke Damrosch opened for Julia Kent. Damrosch combined pre-recorded sounds with live drum set and visual projection. The visual imagery traced the historical evolution of telephonic sound transmission, with instructional imagery translucently overlaying scenes of urbanity and nature: the intellectually analytical overlaid with the experiential.  Damrosch’s performance blended the science of sound with the experience of sound art, keeping the audience engaged not only with the performance itself, but also with their own experience of listening.

 There is something you should know about me – I love cello music and I adore looping artists. There’s just something about the simultaneous precision and creativity of creating and layering music live until it swells into something much larger than the single performer.  Julia Kent’s music was paired with imagery of elegant spirals of smoke twisting backwards and forwards in time. Although the visuals were mesmerizing, I found it hard not to close my eyes sometimes in order to fully appreciate the rich layered tones of Kent’s music. Kent included some non-cello non-live elements of percussion into a few pieces, which I mostly found distracting and off putting, although the use of the tiny music box in the last number was a nice touch. I must say I did go into the concert wondering if there was room for two awesome looping cellists in my life (my favorite cellist is Zoe Keating), but I came out definitely convinced that there is. And with the 2 CDs I purchased tonight added to my collection, I will now have 4 albums by looping cellists on my iPhone. Although nothing can compare to experiencing a looping artist perform live, I highly recommend you check out Julia Kent’s music. Ampersand’s first monthly concert was definitely a success. I can’t wait to see who they have performing next month.

Check out Luke Damrosch.
Check out Julia Kent.
Check out Ampersand, WMBR, and the List.

Art Radar Aug 13 – 18

Tuesday Aug 13

National Poetry Slam
When: Aug 13 – Aug 17 – See Festival Guide
Location: Many locations throughout Somerville and Cambridge, Finals at Berklee Performance Center, Aug 17X @ 6:30

Thursday Aug 15

Ampersand: A WMBR & List Concert Series presents: JULIA KENT
When: Aug 15, 7:30 – 10pm, $3 w/ MIT ID | $5 General. Tickets at door.
Location: MIT, E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St, Cambridge

If you happen to be in Providence:

Art Twerk:RISD Fletcher Open Studios
When: Aug 15, 5 – 10:30pm
Location: RISD, 212 Union St, Providence, RI

Friday Aug 16

War Against Magic
When: Opening Aug 16, 5:30pm, On View Aug 16 – 31
Location: Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison St, Boston, MA

Sunday Aug 18

Near Than Far, Near Then Far – Mid Show Reception/Going Away Party (Your chance to own a Quinn Gorbutt original!)
When: Aug 18, 6 – 9pm
Locations: The Aviary, 48 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Art Radar – Aug 6 – Aug 12

Wednesday Aug 7

Miah Nate Johnson, Perceptions
When: Opening Aug 7, 6-8
Location: The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St, Belmont, MA

Thursday Aug 8

Seven: A Performative Drawing Project
When: Closing Party: Thursday, August 8, 6-8pm
Location: Montserrat College of Art, Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

SADBOX: Old Sayings, Tooms AND MORE
When: Aug 8, 8pm
Location: Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

In Conversation with Harold Feinstein
When: Aug 8, 6-8pm, Free, RSVP by emailing
Location: Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Friday Aug 9

Entering Somerville
When: Opening Aug 9, 6pm, On View till Aug 31st
Location: Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Saturday Aug 10

 Mentor ~ Mentee
When: Reception Aug 10, 4-6pm, On View 8/7 – 9/7
Location: Stone Crop Gallery, 805 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine 03909