Marathon-month news from past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.
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The 2013 Commonwealth Reading Series features free readings by MCC-awarded writers and poets: Newtonville Books (4/2, 7 PM); Gulu-Gulu Café (4/7, 4 PM); American Antiquarian Society (4/9, 7 PM); Forbes Library (4/24, 7 PM); and Cambridge Public Library (4/30, 7 PM). Learn more.
Independent Film Festival Boston (4/24-4/30) will include films by MCC-awarded artists Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), Mary Jane Doherty (Secundaria), and Jane Gillooly (Suitcase of Love and Shame).
Ben Berman received a great, starred review from Publishers Weekly for his poetry collection Strange Borderlands, calling it “a must-have book for readers of poetry.” He’ll read from the collection at the Watertown Library (4/17, 7 PM).
Sarah Bliss‘ video You Leave Here is in the group show A Trapped in Your Mind Feeling, at Transmission Gallery and Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, CA (thru 5/18). The exhibition explores anxiety sources ranging from economic instability to environmental stewardship, from deteriorating health to identity crisis. Also, Sarah’s soundwork All the Flesh of His Body was featured in a presentation by Fulbright scholar Ciara Cosgrove on the Ulster & Fenian story cycles at the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College (on 3/31).
Edie Bresler is artist in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this Spring has a photography exhibit, Exchange Economy, thru 6/15. On April 6, 2-5 PM, the artist will hold Exchange Economy Community Photo Day at the BCA. Attendees can “purchase” any as-yet unclaimed photographs by offering something of value in exchange, beginning at 4pm. Learn more.
Shawn Cody received a 2013 Artist Lab Grants from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University Alumni Association.
Andrea Sherrill Evans has a new series of drawings in the group exhibition Mean Girls at SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (thru 4/28). The artist will have an artist talk (4/27, 1 PM) in conjunction with the show, which is curated by Jill Larson.
Barry Freedland exhibits his new project, Passive Engagement, in the Easthampton City Arts Gallery (4/6-4/29). Passive Engagement is an interactive project that investigates boundaries of artistic ownership and creative process through a series of robotically generated drawings.
Ralf Yusuf Gawlick will have the world premiere of Kollwitz-Konnex (…im Frieden seiner Hände), his song cycle for soprano and guitar, at Boston College’s Gasson Hall (4/8, 8 PM).
Eric Hofbauer has released American Grace, the final CD in his American Trilolgy, described as “Avant-Americana meets Free Jazz, Blues, Bebop and 80’s pop tunes played (without multi-tracking) on a solo hollow body guitar.“
Scott Listfield‘s solo exhibition, Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield, is at Albright Gallery in Concord (thru 5/26). He’ll also participate in Wider Than a Postcard (a group exhibition curated by Sven Davis) at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR (5/2-6/1).
Henriette Lazaridis Power has a number of readings scheduled for her new novel, Clover House: Porter Square Books in Cambridge (4/16, 7 PM), New England Review Vermont Reading Series in Middlebury, VT (4/18, 7 PM), Concord Book Shop (4/25, 7 PM), and Gibson’s Book Store, Concord, NH (5/2, 7 PM).
The Draft, a new multi-media documentary play by Peter Snoad, will receive its first staged reading at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College in Northampton (5/2, 7:30 PM), directed by Daniel Kramer. The Draft brings alive the voices and stories of 10 people who made life-changing choices in relation to the military draft and the Vietnam War. Their experiences range from combat in Vietnam, to resisting the draft and going to jail; from choosing self-exile in Canada to treating wounded GIs as an intensive care nurse in Vietnam.
Jonathan Weinert‘s chapbook Thirteen Small Apostrophes has just been published by Back Pages Books of Waltham, MA. Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin, which Jonathan co-edited with Kevin Prufer last year, has been named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Essays category.
Image: Still image from the installation THE POETICS OF SKIN, a collaboration between Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll.