This week's creative round up! Salem news, creative inspirations, podcasts, calls for art and more. MAY 9, 2016


Wreckshopians - THE SALEM STATE LOG

When-Raw-Elements-Combine-Kinetically-Start-Helping-Other-People. WRECK SHOP

You’re walking by downtown Salem on a Wednesday and happen to pass by Opus, one of the new sushi restaurants on Washington Street. In the distance you hear someone call out “Wreck!” and the crowd yells back, “Shop!” Once again, and the audience cheers with anticipation. Walking through the side door and down the stairs you hear the steady beat of old school Hip-Hop and feel the crowd’s vibrations bouncing off the brick walls.

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Ex-Rykodisc VP talks about Salem label’s role in Bowie’s creative rebirth - BOSTON GLOBE

Of David Bowie’s myriad accomplishments, one of the most enduring might turn out to be his contribution to the development of the deluxe re-issue. A pillar of events like Record Store Day, the album-plus-bonus-tracks package has become an industry standard. Bowie, working alongside Salem-based independent record label Rykodisc, helped to mainstream the idea of value-added catalog product, changing the way the industry interacts with its own history.

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VOTERS RIGHTS IN SALEM – Board Of Registrars Signs MOU with The Latino Leadership Coalition - SALEM DIGEST

On very rare occasions there are small but very significant moments that occur in municipal government. These moments often go unnoticed by most.  They are however, sure to be remembered for a long time by those who worked hard and long to realize that moment.

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Salem House Of Pizza – Where The Sauce Rules - SALEM DIGEST

On the corner of Margin Street and Endicott Street, a quite prominent Salem spot sits the Salem House of Pizza.  Every town seems to have a house of pizza.  The menus are generally similar from town to town.  Pizza, sandwiches, pasta plates, steak tips and chicken wings, salads, and more.  They tend to be an all things for all people sort of stop

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2016 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Schedule - SALEM JAZZ AND SOUL FESTIVAL

Its finally here!  Please join us as we celebrate our 10th season of bringing live funk, soul and jazz to the sandy shores of Salem Willows.  This year’s lineup is comprised of newcomers and returning favorites, sure to please and get your toes tapping!  The festival kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 20 with our perennial openers, the Salem High School Jazz Band, and closes Sunday, Aug. 21 with Zydeco hotshots Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.  This underscores both the breadth and depth of the music that has become the SJSF’s calling card.  For more information about attending the festival, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.   Hope to see you in August!

(Note: For those among us who just can’t wait for some of that cool summer soul, don’t forget to check out our SJSF/Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square.  Free concerts happening at Derby Square on the second Saturday of every month in the summer!)

…aaaand now! We proudly present the schedule for the 10th annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival!

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We completed another great day with SSU, we moved another 8 yards of soil and compost.  We were able to completely fill all beds inside of GreenSpace as well as move on to our newest garden plot too!  Thank you so much to SSU and their efforts we can’t wait to have you all back in the fall when you return to Salem.  Also big thanks to Cristina, Owen, Jason, and Elise from Salem High School as well as neighbors Nick, Gada, and Kathy for the help too!  Check out some pics from the day below…

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What to do with my Stereoviews? - STREETS OF SALEM

I’ve been a collector of sorts for much of my life but I never collected historic photographic images until I started this blog: I quickly realized their power to tell stories and provide context in this, our digital age. So I started buying some Salem images, mostly stereoviews, which were produced in a vast quantity in the later nineteenth century. There were about six or seven major publishers of stereoviews here in Salem at that time, but I’ve focused almost all my collecting efforts on images associated with Frank Cousins, as either photographer or publisher. I just completed my collection of his “Salem in 1876” views, encompassing nearly every corner of central Salem. Now I’ve got a (shoe) box of stereoviews and I’m not quite sure what to do with them.

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Trees for Lafayette - STREETS OF SALEM

This is not to complain–I know lots of good Salem people are working on this–but rather to offer some perspective: Salem’s grand boulevard Lafayette Street needs some trees (and some love). This is the route on which I walk to work nearly every day, and I crave the protective canopy it once had. I’m also tired of picking up trash, and hoping that the commitment to the future that tree plantings represent would also instill a bit more stewardship for this once-grand street.

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The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and...


“En Plein Air and Beyond” 4th Annual Artists’ Residency at the House of the Seven Gables - SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION

Registration deadline: Monday May 9 2016


(For Salem Arts Members Only)

For the fourth year in a row The House of the Seven Gables will allow Salem Arts Association members on the grounds of their property to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.


Call to Artists Spring Fling - ARCWORKS PEABODY

ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter.


Online submission: March 14, 2016 – May 13, 2016     Instructions available here 


Collaboration with Salem Sound Coastwatch and City of Salem Public Art Initiative - SALEM SOUND COASTWATCH

Salem, MA - Salem has a new public art project: “Drain SmART Salem”. The project is made possible through a collaboration between Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Initiative.  “Drain SmART Salem” will use artistic storm drain murals to educate Salem residents about the connection between storm drains and the ocean. 

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Adult Coloring Book Night: Call to Local Artists to Submit Designs! - WICKED ART BAR

Call to Local Artists!! - For our June Coloring Book Nights (June 14th and June 28th) we’re going to curate coloring book artwork from local artists for guests of each event to choose from (as reprints).  We are hoping to compile enough designs to publish a full fledged North Shore Artist coloring book in the fall of 2016.  Below are the details on submission of artwork:

  • Wanted: Up to 3 single page adult coloring book designs (original artwork only)
  • Specs: Up to 8.5″ x 11″, no full bleeds (minimum size 4.25″ x 5.5″)
  • Format: We can accept digital (PDF) or original artwork (we will be producing prints of originals – all original artwork will be returned to the artist after)
  • Style: Black & White and stylistically following the coloring book format.
  • Deadline:  All submissions must be received by May 21st, 2016
  • To submit: Email to submit a digital version of your artwork or to make arrangements to drop off actual artwork for us to replicate.  Please make sure to include your name and/or your business name (if any), your website, your logo (if any) and any social media you’d like included. Each print will have the artists full info listed at the bottom of each page.





To sign up to audition please click above and complete the form and choose your first and second preferred time slots. Auditions will take place at Salem Theatre on Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23 from 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will be Thursday, May 26.

Please prepare a one minute, contemporary monologue in the style of the play. Please do not prepare a piece from JUDAS, however, pieces from other Stephen Adly Guirgis plays are welcome. Please arrive ten minutes early to complete an audition form and remember to bring a resume and headshot with you. Be prepared to list ALL conflicts between May 29 and August 5. Tech week begins August 6. The show will run August 11 - 27, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm.

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Globe photos of the month, April 2016 - BOSTON GLOBE

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including the Boston Marathon, snowy weather, World Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden, and the end of the Celtics season.-

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The Magic and Logic of Powerful Public Speaking: TED Curator Chris Anderson’s Field Guide to Giving a Great Talk - BRAIN PICKINGS

How to master the generous art of inspiration and avoid the pitfalls of attention-hungry manipulation.

“Words are events, they do things, change things,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her sublime reflection on telling and listening“They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.”This mutual transformation takes place in a special atmosphere that exists in no other realm of life — one Paul Goodman captured beautifully in his taxonomy of the nine kinds of silence, among which he listed “the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear.”

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Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least Once - ONSTAGE BLOG

It is often said that “actors without stagehands are naked people standing in the dark trying to emote and stagehands without actors are at the bar.” This couldn’t be a truer statement. But yet, many actors are unappreciative of what the people backstage do. I believe this has nothing to do with the actor’s ego. Many (not all) actors are so focused on what they need to be doing that they tend to forget about the people who work hard to make the show possible.  Because of this, I believe that every actor should work backstage at least once.  

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The Merits of Giving Up on Your Ideas - 99U

Don't judge your ideas through a lens filled with beat-tired late nights, sacrificed paychecks, and all the other trademarks of building something from scratch. Instead, view them as investments, so you can better gauge when to move on from a loser.

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May/June 2016 Capsule Previews - ARTSCOPE

Art work of dresses and shoes by Patricia Canney, Susan Freda, Holly Gaboriault, Larisa Martino, Kelly O’Neal and Kyle Ragsdale are on view through May 27 in “Fashion Statements” at the ArtProv Gallery in the Doran Building, 150 Chestnut St., Providence, R.I. “The pieces in this exhibit are as beautiful as they are varied,” said the gallery’s co-owner Michele Aucoin. “Yet what unites them is the artists’ love of fashion icons.” There’s a series of events tied to the show — a “Girls Night Out” art and fashion shopping experience on May 13 from 5-9 p.m.; expanded evening hours from 5-9 p.m. during Gallery Night Providence on May 19 and The Artists Loop hosts a talk with artists Gaboriault and Martino on May 25 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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Looking for Direction at Thompson Gallery  - ARTSCOPE

It’s the first piece I see and, from a distance, it almost looks like a photograph: a man and his son stand on the sidewalk of a crowded, urban, black and white street, the man’s attention held entirely by the phone in his palm. Clinging to his leg is his son, peering past the foreground with his back to the viewer as he stares down the road, almost looking to the people who are frozen in moments of candidness. Amid the hues of whites and grays that inundate their world, the two are the only things that stand in full color

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In, On, and Around Music - ARTSCOPE

Contemporary Works at Sharon Arts

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is celebrating the grand reopening of its Sharon Arts Center Gallery with an exhibition built around “The Thing in the Spring” series of concerts and art events presented by the Glass Museum that takes place annually in downtown Peterborough.

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Cubist Chicks and Robot Turkeys - ARTSCOPE MAGAZINE

O’Donnell is Seriously Humorous

When I pulled up to the house Patrick O’Donnell’s grandfather built on the North Shore of Boston, he was standing on the front porch waiting for me — hands in his pockets, eyes on the lookout for his expected guest. O’Donnell doesn’t have a cell phone. No website. No computer. No email address. I’d called his home phone a few days earlier to set up a time to interview him and see some of his art. I expected a reticent technophobe.

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Tim Ferriss: How to Rig the Game So You Can Win It - CREATIVE LIVE

Tim Ferriss is one of the most well-respected self-made entrepreneurs of our generation.

And for good reason, he’s built a name for himself by making consistently great business decisions.

In the video above, Tim touches on a great technique that he uses for battling intimidation and overshooting his own goals. He mentions a sales tactic from IBM, when they were the industry’s “behemoth,” which was to set the sales quota lower than what was realistically expected.

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Seth Godin Explains How to Overcome the Fear of Failure - CREATIVE LIVE

If you haven’t read any blog posts or books from Seth Godin, watching this clip from Godin’s interview on 30 Days of Genius will have you chomping at the bit to do so.

In his interview, Godin, a best-selling author of 18 books, entrepreneur, marketer, public speaker and all-round influential thinker, talks about the difficulty of extracting the genius we all carry within us.

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Who sets the agenda in America’s new urban core? CREATIVZ.US

As the Founder of AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, a community-based arts center responsible for $25 million of investment in Providence’s downtown – with 100,000 square feet of space and two new developments in process – I am an advocate for the role that art, culture and design can play in community development.

Community developers are now reconsidering past approaches that tragically bifurcated neighborhoods with our national highway system, moved street retail into mega malls, and promised utopian bliss in single family suburban homes.

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Chase Jarvis on Creativity and the Art of Entrepreneurship ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE

I’m super pumped to bring you today’s guest on The School of Greatness.

I’ve been waiting years to interview my good friend Chase Jarvis for the podcast, and the stars finally aligned.

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Is Your Creativity Suffering from Cabin Fever? - ENTREPRENEUR

If you’ve ever been stuck inside for a prolonged period during a storm, you’re probably familiar with cabin fever -- the state of anxiety, restlessness and boredom that arises from being trapped in a confined place.

But what about the cabin fever we inflict on ourselves? You don’t have to be walled up inside a house to experience its effects -- it creeps in through your own harmless routine: driving the same route to the office, working long hours at your desk, running meetings, going to tried-and-true lunch spots, stopping by the grocery store on the way home.

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Art in the Making. Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing - WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART

Art in the Making. Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing, by Glenn Adamson, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Publisher Thames & Hudson writes: From painting to digital technologies to crowdsourcing, over the last few decades the means of making artworks have become more extraordinary and diverse. Yet we rarely consider the implications of how art is made.

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Creative Wood & Balloons Installation in the Forest - FUBIZ

Darren Rigo is a Canadian artist, from Ontario, author of these strange and fascinating installations in the woods ; he uses natural elements, which he leaves in their environment, so creating a in situ work. He also stages multicolored balloons, as abandoned in the middle of the forest. Domestic Wilderness and Displacement are two series which we present you below. Strange and sublime, be inspired by these poetic creations in the middle of the nature.

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Get Jealous Of Kids Today With These Photos Of The World's Most Creative Playgrounds - FASTCO

A new exhibit tracks the rise of playground design beyond monkey bars and slides, from a school that's only a playground to adventure playgrounds with no equipment, just junk to play with.

At the Fuji Kindergarten, outside Tokyo, the entire school is a playground: It's possible to climb a tree to get to some classrooms, and take a slide to others. From the roof—where kids play at recess—five-year-olds can look down skylights at friends still in class.

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Exhibit celebrates works by urban artists - GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES

    “Hand-tooled baseball/vintage leather glove,” 2015, by Brian Burkhardt, is part of a new exhibition at iartcolony in Rockport. 

    This large work by Molly Segal, titled “Unapologetic Sentimentality, 2015,” is a watercolor and gouache on yupo. It is part of a group show at iartcolony in Rockport.

    Brian Burkhardt’s hand-tooled baseball, nestled in a vintage leather baseball glove, is now on display at a Rockport art gallery. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, this designer and artist won the first season of Lifetime’s “Project Accessory,” which led to a capsule collection for Kenneth Cole.

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    The Admissions Counselor is responsible for a wide range of activities related to recruitment and enrollment of new undergraduate and pre-college program students. This position serves as a first point of contact for prospective students and their families, providing information and advisement on the admissions process, financial aid, academic program and curriculum, student services programs, and the general educational, residential and extra-curricular environment at the college.

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    Snapshots of life on the streets in Lynn - BOSTON GLOBE

    James Payzont is “proud to be a resident of Lynn.” He loves its landmarks like High Rock Tower, where, on a recent day, he could view the entire panorama of the city through the lens of his 35mm camera.

    Born and raised here, Payzont, 40, aspires to own a house-painting business one day, get married, and have a child.

    But that dream is on hold. He’s living in a rooming house, a transitional stop for people who have left the Lynn Emergency Shelter and are working toward becoming productive residents.

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    Cape Ann Community

    Head to the Cape Ann Museum’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite photo of Cape Ann under the theme of “home”! Voting ends Friday, May 20th.

    The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them on Facebook. Every “like” is a vote and the process is open to everyone, so invite your friends to do the same by sharing the post! The top three photos with the most “likes” will be awarded first, second and third place prizes.

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    Podcast: Kim Palmer On Finances And Freedom - ACCIDENTAL CREATIVE

    I often see people compromise their work and choices because they’ve made poor financial decisions that come back to haunt them later. Kim Palmer, Money Editor for US News and author of The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life, is here today to help us make better financial decisions that will give us freedom in our creative pursuits.

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    Chris Copper- The Power to Get Things Done - CREATIVE WARRIORS

    It would be great if we could only do what we love to do in our business. Most of us would agree that’s not realistic, yet it might be exactly what we are doing and the key thing that could change everything! Today we’re discussing The Power To Get Things Done Whether You Feel Like it or Not.

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    Episode 33: A Dead End

    Folklore can change and evolve over time. But when we uncover the roots of these stories, we often find that the real events at their core are the darkest version of all.

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    TANIS - EPISODE 202 "Levity Elks." - TANIS PODCAST

    Cameron Ellis has something hidden in the basement, and a letter addressed to Karl van Sant leads to a mysterious John Doe in the Pacific Northwest. 

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    Yannis Pappas (comedian! Comedy Central!) makes it weird!


    Japanese Lego Master Builds Delicious-Looking Creations From Blocks - COLOSSAL

    I don’t think I’ve ever felt so hungry looking at Lego blocks! A Japanese Lego creator who goes by the nickname Tary has sculpted one of the most delicious-looking collections of food made entirely from Lego blocks. From fruit and vegetables to bento boxes, junk food and even deserts, Tary has almost all major food groups covered!

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    A Wood Turned Bamboo Death Star by Frank Howarth - COLOSSAL

    In this new timelapse video, woodworker Frank Howarth (previously) demonstrates how he designed and constructed a replica of the Star Wars’ Death Star out of bamboo. The Portland-based designer, who also has a degree in architecture from Harvard, shares much of his behind-the-scenes processes through his wildly popular YouTube channel. I expected to skip through different parts of the video, but Howarth has an uncanny ability to film himself working, it really is worth watching the whole thing straight through. Even the sound design is great.

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    May this 'Star Wars' told like 'Hamilton' video be with you, always - WASHINGTON POST

    Strawberry Basil Vodka - foreverxxxix

    The strawberry basil cider (called Patch by Far from the Tree Craft Cider) has me on a strawberry basil kick.  The cocktail I made with it was amazing…and I yearned for more of this clever mixture of flavors.  Also being curious about making some of my own ingredients (not talking about distilling here), this recipe for Strawberry Basil Vodka was intriguing.  Conveniently, along with the recipe for the vodka was a recipe Strawberry Basil Lemonade.  I like vodka with lemonade, and I like strawberry lemonade – so it seemed like a clear winner to me.

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    Choco Chip Cookie Skillet - TWIN TASTES

    Our Mom is the queen of improvisation, especially when it comes to entertaining. Whether she throws together an impromptu tray of smoked salmon on toasts, whips up a platter of lightly breaded chicken with pantry staples, or tops mini bowls of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel and sprinkling of sea salt, the focus is always on bringing people together over food and fun. 

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    Overtime: May 2 – May 8 - ARRESTED MOTION

    More stories from the week that ended May 8 (click on bolded words for more information):

    • Max Frintrop exhibition opens at Lyles & King. Text and images are up.
    • RIP: Marisol, who passed away at the age of 85 due to pneumonia.
    • RIP: Carl Fredrik Reutersward, who passed away at the age of 81 after being treated for pneumonia.
    • Illma Gore says that a Trump supporter punched her in the face for her anti-Trump artwork.
    • FBI goes digging in search for stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist works.
    • Fire at Rosemarie Trockel’s house may have damaged or destroyed about $34.5mil. in artwork.
    • Art collectors pulling works out of Geneva Free Ports and transferring them to Delaware and London.
    • Graffiti exploding in the streets of Los Angeles.
    • Aby Rosen and others in NY pay fines for avoiding to pay taxes on purchased artwork.
    • Moving Image fair cancelled this year.
    • Met Opera struggling at the box office.
    • Julian Schnabel leaves Gagosian Gallery for a return to Pace Gallery.

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