Arts & Culture

Nugs of Knowledge: June 2015


A monthly bowlful of tidings and tidbits for the creatively inclined


PIG PEN THEATRE CO has been garnering lots of hype over the years with their signature blend of live music, film, and theater. They’re rolling through town with their latest touring show, “With You Won’t” on Wednesday 6/17 @ Arts at the Armory in Somerville for just one night. $20 to find out if this folk foray through theater is a phony or a find.


Cambridge’s AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE (A.R.T.) is one of the best in the country, and they happen to have daily deals for students to enjoy their pricey programming. From now through June 6, you have a few chances left to see CROSSING, an American opera based on Walt Whitman’s diary from the Civil War. Directed by Diane Paulus, this has the potential to be a soul-shaking show.


Only two weeks left to see LEONARDO DA VINCI and the IDEA OF BEAUTY @ MFA. Take in this rare collection of intimate drawings by one of the most capable draughtsmen and curious minds of all time. Leo gives age its dignity and women their mystery. On view now–6/17 and FREE every Wed after 4pm.


From Friday 6/26 to Friday 8/28 and all Fries in between you can bank on free fare to a bunch of Bay State museums thanks to the HIGHLAND STREET FOUNDATION and their annual FREE FUN FRIDAYS. This month it kicks off @ the Worcester Art Museum, MIT Museum, Peabody Essex, and more. Click the link to see what’s on the docket for the rest of the summer.


Are you crafty? Do you wanna be? Bring your current project over to Central Square’s OUT OF THE BLUE TOO GALLERY any Thursday night, 6–10pm, for some camaraderie while you craft. OPEN CRAFTING Thursday runs alongside Open Mic night for some entertainment while you work. All FREE.


Old nugs . . . still good.


CALL FOR WORK — The NAVE GALLERY is looking to showcase the work of local ladies emerging in the art scene for their upcoming exhibit RECLAMATION. This is all about women reclaiming their roles in our backwards society, and they’re looking for work that exemplifies the female perspective and narrative. Details at, with a deadline of August 1, 2015.


Thanks to some mysterious, generous donor we’d all like to know better, the RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN MUSEUM (RISD Museum) is offering FREE MEMBERSHIP for one year to all Rhode Island–based artists/designers. If this is you or a friend, hop on this gravy train while it’s around in 2015. Use Discount code: RI-ARTIST.


Dress to impress and head over to the MUSEUM OF FINE ART’s new exhibit on iconic American fashion photographer HERB RITTS, whose work from the ’80s and ’90s you’ll be sure to recognize.  His bold style and love for the figure elevated the public’s view of fashion as art, while his portraits helped establish cultural icons. Stop by any Wednesday after 4pm to get a free peek from now to 11/8.


Are you an artist looking for some opportunities but don’t know where to look? Get the full scope over at for a thorough-as-shit list of upcoming and current CALLS FOR ARTISTS in and around town. What’ve you got to lose?


If you’re looking to sharpen your skills in the figure-drawing department, head over to LIFE DRAWING with DAVID LEE @ Outpost 186 in Inman Square (Cambridge) any Sunday, 10am–1pm. Bring your own supplies and $15 for the model. All are welcome.


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