Past Events

ArtBeat 2012

Fri., JuArtBeatly 20 at 6pm thru Sat., July 21 at 6pm: The ArtBeat 2012 theme is Migration.

On July 20 & 21, the Somerville Arts Council will present one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, complete with two stages of music with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and migration-themed activities.  Stay tuned for calls to craft vendors, talent, and community and food vendors.

Migration evokes many ideas: movement, immigration, Monarch butterflies fluttering en masse and New England snowbirds heading to Florida’s balmy shores. We encourage artists to explore migration in various ways. Visual artists might explore how forms morph and move—like atoms within a molecule, for example. Dancers might explore flight patterns of migratory birds. Other ideas include an interactive map project in which Somervillians trace their migratory route to Somerville. Migration also can be explored from environmental, geo-political and inter-galactic angles. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this year’s theme!


Redbones 16th Annual Bike Party & Benefit

RedbonesThis event — which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 11 — benefits the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). Location: Redbones at 55 Chester Street.

A long-time leader in the local bike community, Redbones is the undisputed hub the night of the annual bike party. Hundreds ride, walk, drive and take the T to celebrate cycling and support two bicycle advocacy groups — MassBike and NEMBA — at a block party outside, in front of the restaurant. The night includes food, drink, live music & an amazing raffle.

Tickets: $15.00 includes bicycle valet parking, a Redbones sandwich, soft drink or beer & a raffle ticket. All tickets purchased on site. No advance sales. Additional raffle tickets: 1 for $2.00 & 3 for $5.00.

Sponsors & Raffle Prizes: The Grand Prize, a custom made cargo bike, is being donated by returning lead sponsor, Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT). Many additional sponsors donate awesome prizes for the raffle including amazing bikes, gear & lots of swag. List of sponsors at

Entertainment: Live music by The SLAPS – 2nd Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band: we aim to please if the cause is true and the time is right.

More Information: 617.628.2200 &

Somerville Homeless Coalition’s “Under the Roof”

Sat., Apr. 21 – Support affordable housing and community involvement and enjoy a lively event in Somerville! The Somerville Homeless Coalition’s (SHC) “Under the Roof” annual benefit dinner will be held once again at Arts at the Armory, recognizing over 27 years of support of the non-profit organization.

Joseph Flatley, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC), has been chosen as this year’s honoree. Somerville Homeless Coalition and MHIC have enjoyed a long standing partnership regarding affordable housing.

Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., with an open bar and a chance to browse auction items, followed shortly by dinner by popular Somerville barbecue restaurant Redbones, dancing, and an awards ceremony for Flatley and other SHC partners. All monies raised will help underwrite SHC’s high-demand programs, including homeless prevention, permanent housing, emergency shelters for families and individuals, and food assistance under Project SOUP; New England’s first free supper program.

Dress code for the event is business casual. Tickets are $75 each or $550 for a table of eight.

More info at