Arts & Culture

Nugs of Knowledge: May 2015


A monthly bowlful of tidings and tidbits for the creatively inclined

Somewhere between poet and playwright, SARAH KANE lets her audiences fend for themselves. After having suffered a personal loss of faith she wrote her fourth play, Crave, which was a departure from her typical heavy-handed stage directions opting for a minimalist approach to narration overall. This May 1 and 2 at 8pm, you can catch Machine 5 Theatre Works’ production of it over @ Green Street Studios in Cambridge. $20/$15 students.

SOMERVILLE OPEN STUDIOS (SOS) is one of the most established of all open studios, which happen year-round, throughout town by neighborhood. This year’s is May 2 and 3, noon–6pm, and continues to allow the public to know thy neighbor while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of how artists work. Click around to see who’s there. Knock, knock.

Ride the E to Longwood for this year’s MassArt MADE SPRING SALE, going on from Sunday May 3 to Saturday, May 9, 10am–7pm. The Tower Building lobby will be for loitering and listening to what current student and alumni are saying with their work, so bring cash if you wanna pick up what they’re puttin’ out.

If you’ve got some long limbs and fashion is your thing, Cambridge Local First’s fashion show, THE LOOK OF LOCAL, is looking for ladies to make clothing come to life on the runway Tuesday, May 19, 6–9pm @ Workbar in Central Square. Get in touch with [email protected] to see what’s what. If strutting your stuff holds no appeal to you, just show up and check out some local designers.

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 fucked-up society, and they’re looking for work that exemplifies the female perspective and narrative. Details at, with the deadline on August 1, 2015.

Old nugs . . . still good.


CALL FOR WORK—If you’re a photographer who celebrates humans in their purest form (au naturel), then perhaps you should submit to NAVE GALLERY’s upcoming show NAKED. $15 entry and deadline is April 12. More info at here.


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.


*Header art by Brian Connolly (Nothing Mattress)

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