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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public Art

Love this! Please watch this video. It is the beginning of an even more beautiful and interesting Downtown.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Burning Back In

It's been a long time since I've taken to writing on this blog. So long that I'm sure most have stopped reading.  Every so often, I'm inspired to write but don't get around to it. I guess you could say I was burned out. A lot of people are in different ways. While I've decided to focus on the theatre at Arts After Hours, I've had to let other things slide.

Tonight, I decided to break the trend on the writing front. I won't write as often as I used to, but I will try and get some thoughts on here more often.

I just got in from a crazy day. I spent most of the day watching my dad. He is suffering from Alzheimer's and needs 24/7 coverage. When I got back from that, I met up with some DTL folk at Visionspace at Centerboard's HQ in City Hall Square. They had an all female artist gallery opening. The art was awesome, the beer was great, and the company was amazing. Sitting at the table with me were three downtowners. My wife and two of our friends. All three of them are now working on a benefit fashion design show to support our Alzheimer's team for my dad, Team Bill. We talked about my day and got a little sad but at the same time, I was overwhelmed at the support this crew of neighbors is bringing to this cause. It really is one of the special things about living here. This neighborhood is full of such amazing people willing to do so much with and for one another. The event is called a Catwalk to End Alzheimer's. Come and join us. The event is in Marblehead, but will have so much Lynn in it.

The Pizza Bake-off and Dr. Caligari film was also tonight in Central Square. It was so well attended, the music from the Dejas I heard was outstanding and the silent film, accompanied by live musicians from the Devil Music Ensemble, was incredibly unique. I was lucky enough to catch the end. Congrats to the Downtown Lynn Cultural District and DTLna for putting this together.

This was a night that changes the conversation. It's the kind of night you bounce from one amazing thing happening Downtown to another that really makes it start to click. I want to applaud the work of Carla Scheri at Centerboard and Emily Ruddock from DTLCD and the crew at DTLna for making this a night to be proud of in DTL.

-Corey

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Avenue Q Opens March 7th!


March 7-22
LynnArts
Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange St.
Lynn, MA

Buy Tickets at http://artsafterhours.com or call 781-205-4010

AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious, modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues and themes, it is similar to a beloved children's show;  a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. With songs like Everyone's A Little Bit Racist, It Sucks To Be Me, and You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want, When You're Making Love, Avenue Q is sure to have you laughing and who knows, you might learn something about yourself along the way.



During the show, collections are made for the "School for Monsters." We will be donating these proceeds plus $5 for each ticket sale if you use the CODES below when ordering your tickets:

Dates and Charities/Promo Code
Fri. March 7…8pm                Girls, Inc - GIRLS
Sat. March 8….4pm               Raw Arts - RAW
Sat. March 8….8pm               Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocac - LYSOA
Sun. March 9…3pm               Centerboard - CENTERBOARD
Thurs. March 13…8pm         All Care VNA & Hospice - ALLCARE
Fri. March 14…8pm              Lynn Arts - LYNNARTS
Sat. March 15….4pm             Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach - BEACH
Sat. March 15….8pm             Friends of Lynn Woods - WOODS
Sun. March 16…3pm             My Brother’s Table - TABLE
Thurs. March 20…8pm         Greater Lynn Senior Services - GLSS
Fri. March 21…8pm              Lynn Museum - MUSEUM
Sat. March 22….4pm             Lynn Housing Authority Scholarship Fund - LHAND
Sat. March 22….8pm             United Way - UNITEDWAY

Monday, March 3, 2014

One Piece At A Time: The Johnny Cash Art Show

Featuring work inspired by the life and music of the legendary man in black. This show will exhibit a wide range of content from a large group of emerging and established artists pulling from all over the country.

From fiery to funny to fierce, we will display illustrations and interpretations of an American icon. Where creativity meets music meets the memory of the man.

This is sure to be a killer night of art, music and stories. Invite every outlaw you know, the more the merrier.






Centerboard
visionspace gallery
Saturday March 8th from 6-9pm
16 City Hall Sq. Lynn, MA.
Cash Bar. Light fare will be served.

"People call me wild. Not really though, I'm not.I guess I've never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I'm country."
- Johnny Cash

Support Local Artists.
— at visionspace gallery.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thank you MAPC, Now Time for Action!

MAPC did an incredible job of looking into the barriers to growth in our Downtown area. They admit much positive change over the past several years but share our frustration at the pace of it all. Advocates for smart equitable growth, if we follow their recommendations, we might get there a bit faster and in an equitable way for all the existing and future neighbors. During a well attended session at Lynn Auditorium several members of the community were able to voice opinions on MAPC's recent project and recommendations for the future of Downtown Lynn. They began by having all 40-50 members of the audience introduce themselves and share one word to describe their vision for Downtown Lynn.



I urge you all to take a look at the website, http://dtl.mapc.org. There are some great tidbits of research and an incredible set of recommendations. To share a quick summary, see below, but on the website they go into much more detail on each point:

MAPC recommendations are the following:
  • Improve coordination and communications of municipal planning and land use development efforts
  • Amend the City of Lynn Zone Ordinance to promote a live-work-play-learn environment       
  • Strengthen existing businesses and attract new ones to encourage downtown development activity and progress
  • Support efforts to make Downtown an arts, culture, and dining destination
  • Make Downtown Lynn more welcoming and improve its appearance
  • Continue to invest in infrastructure improvements that promote redevelopment and improve sustainability
  • Promote community stewardship of Downtown Lynn
  • Detailed action steps and ideas to help achieve these recommendations are as follows.

While nothing is necessarily new, it is validation by our regional planning agency that we're thinking about all the right things.  I would also argue that while the points above are not new, many of the in depth points they make on the "how" are new and a bit more progressive than we typically think.

It's time for action on some of these pressing needs. Reform of the zoning downtown and less usage of our special permitting procedure. City Council should only be necessary in extreme circumstances if zoning is done right.

More housing. More housing. More housing. MAPC estimates the Greater Boston region is going to need 435,000 new units by 2040 in order to remain competitive. Lynn will be responsible for 5-7 thousand of those units. These units need to be the kind that attract young professionals. If we fail to do this, our economy will slug further in to a wasteland. They urge us to grow equitably with a percentage set aside for affordable housing, knowing full well that the existing housing stock downtown is incredibly skewed towards low income. This is a good thing, but the community will also need lots more disposable income in order to thrive. In order for ALL OF IT to thrive together.

One of the best sentiments from MAPC's Executive Director was that the most successful cities across the region are those where mixed income individuals and families are coexisting successfully.

In response to removal of the Lynn Shelter, MAPC was quick to jump all over that. Does a city of 90,000 need a homeless shelter at the urban core. YES. Can any issues be solved by attention from management. YES.

I would also add, did Rossetti's and D'Amici's just open up one block away? YES!  (In full disclosure, I am the Executive Director of two family shelters in Peabody, so I do get a bit enraged when people fail to understand the needs of our neighbors).

In a shining moment, LynnCAM's Cassie Vitali reminded the audience that while we do have a lot of nonprofits and affordable units, we also have a lot of need. The audience applauded that sentiment and we all have to realize, this isn't about leaving anyone behind. This is about success for all of our neighbors.

I look forward to seeing the City take the next step.

-Corey

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

--SNOW EMERGENCY NOTICE---------------
 
CITY OF LYNN
SNOW EMERGENCY/PARKING BAN
will be in effect from
6:00pm; Tuesday, December 17, 2013 through
5:00am; Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
All vehicles parked in school lots need to be out by 6:00am.
In anticipation of the predicted winter weather; please post this notice on your Broadcast to air immediately in order that the community will be prepared. This notice should also be aired continuously until this Snow Emergency has been lifted.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Any questions, please contact the DPW at (781) 477-7099.

All applicable parking, ticketing, related ordinances and laws are in effect.  All parked vehicles must be removed from city streets.  The Snow Emergency will be in effect until the storm has passed and the streets have been cleared of snow and ice or as noted above.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lynn Auditorium is on a Roll!

Some great stuff coming to Lynn Auditorium inlcuding Cheap Trick which went on sale today and a whole host of different offerings throughout the next year. Check out lynnauditorium.com for more info.

On top of that, they are providing $3 movie nights starting with this Saturdays presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sarah Jackson will be speaking briefly prior to the film about the movie and staying after for Q&A with all you Kubrick nerds. It's going to be lots of fun. Come on down this Saturday night. Go to lynnauditorium.com for more information about this and the rest of the lineup.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Devil Music Ensemble to perform “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Lynn Auditorium

Critically-acclaimed musical trio Devil Music Ensemble presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a multi-media experience featuring Robert Weine’s 1919 silent horror film about murder and mind control in a small German town set to a live, original score. The dynamic musical accompaniment by guitarist Brendon Wood, electric violinist Jonah Rapino, and drummer Tim Nylander, brings the film to life as never before. Incorporating Rock, Electronic, Orchestral, Folk, Improvisation, and Incidental sounds, Devil Music Ensemble strives to present original, diverse works with performances in Boston, throughout the U.S., and recently on their European tour.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered one of the most cherished films of  German Expressionism and stands beside Dreyer’s Vampyr and Murnau’s Nosferatu as outstanding examples of the horror genre. The plot tells of a series of murders committed in a small German town, coinciding with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) at the local fair and leading to a dramatic conclusion that you will have to see for yourself.

"DME's take on the western soundtrack won't be like any you've heard before. Their compositions employ tweaked-out electric guitars, lap steel, vintage analog synthesizers, traditional drums and surprising percussion. The horrific nature of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari lent itself to haunting strings, creepy bells and a low-hum bass line. Even as the music matches and enhances the moving pictures, the tunes are more abstract, more avant garde than traditional Hollywood soundtracks. Plus, the live performance brings immediacy to the connection between movie and music." Paige M. Travies Knoxville Metro

It is an experience not to be missed! Devil Music Ensemble will be performing at the Lynn Auditorium on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8 PM. The event  is presented by the Lynn Museum, the Lynn Auditorium and the Lynn Cultural Council. Tickets are $10 each, available at www.lynnauditorium.com. Tickets are also available at the Lynn Museum and the Lynn Auditorium Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Devil Music Ensemble at Lynn Auditorium presented by the Lynn Museum



Devil Music Ensemble to perform “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Lynn Auditorium

Critically-acclaimed musical trio Devil Music Ensemble presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a multi-media experience featuring Robert Weine’s 1919 silent horror film about murder and mind control in a small German town set to a live, original score.   

The dynamic musical accompaniment by guitarist Brendon Wood, electric violinist Jonah Rapino, and drummer Tim Nylander, brings the film to life as never before.  Incorporating Rock, Electronic, Orchestral, Folk, Improvisation, and Incidental sounds, Devil Music Ensemble strives to present original, diverse works with performances in Boston, throughout the U.S., and recently on their European tour. 
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered one of the most cherished films of German 
Expressionism and stands beside Dreyer’s Vampyr and Murnau’s Nosferatu as outstanding examples of the horror genre.  The plot tells of a series of murders committed in a small German town, coinciding with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) at the local fair and leading to a dramatic conclusion that you will have to see for yourself.

"DME's take on the western soundtrack won't be like any you've heard before. Their compositions employ tweaked-out electric guitars, lap steel, vintage analog synthesizers, traditional drums and surprising percussion. The horrific nature of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari lent itself to haunting strings, creepy bells and a low-hum bass line. Even as the music matches and enhances the moving pictures, the tunes are more abstract, more avant garde than traditional Hollywood soundtracks. Plus, the live performance brings immediacy to the connection between movie and music." Paige M. Travies Knoxville Metro

It is an experience not to be missed! Devil Music Ensemble will be performing at the Lynn Auditorium on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 8 PM. The event is presented by the Lynn Museum, the Lynn Auditorium and the Lynn Cultural Council. Tickets are $10 each, available at www.lynnauditorium.com. Tickets are also available at the Lynn Museum and the Lynn Auditorium Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News from LynnArts

LynnArts is pleased to extend the showing of both Mixed Media and Imagination, Symbol & Spirit through till October 26th. Also Please join us for an artist Meet & Greet on Saturday, October 12th, from 2-4pm. Come talk with the artists that created this beautiful pieces of original art.
 
In addition, The Lynn Museum and Historical Society kicks off their brand new How We Work exhibit on Oct 12th; all in attendance are encouraged to visit both locations.  (Saturday hours, 10am-3pm) http://lynnmuseum.org/

Come visit our thriving Downtown
Cultural District, and stay for a day of art and history. See you there!

Mixed Media
A juried exhibition featuring artwork by:

Janet Albert, Holly Chin, Ken Coder, Elaine Caliri Daly, Joanne Desmond, Carin Doben, Eleanor Fisher, Peter Grimshaw, Joanna Kao, Susan Kauder,
Andrew H. Martensson, Abigail Nelson, Barbara Rafferty, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Brain Shea, Kelly Slater, Brain Thomas, Suzanne Ulrich,
Martin Whitkin and Laura Wilhelm. 
Juried by: Sand T. Kollach

Imagination, Symbol & Spirit
A Duo Exhibition featuring the work of: Priscilla Hathaway & Marilyn McKeon

These two artists, each with their own critical life struggles, work from the mind. Images that seem to birth themselves from both of these prolific women invariably end up on paper, using marker, crayon, pen, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint – basically whatever their ideas demand. Images of life and death, religion, relationship, family, femininity and masculinity, as well as elves, fairies and landscapes, all seem to weave their way into their art.
Priscilla has shown widely and she generously will donate her art and hopes to continue to share her work with others, while Marilyn, as Priscilla states, “deserves to be known and appreciated for her brilliance,” and has also shown in several public exhibits. They are both long time friends and find solace, peace and challenge through the creation of art.
       
The Way We Worked
at The Lynn Museum and Historical Society
Discover America’s work history with this traveling exhibition on labor in the United States, The Way We Worked. Drawn from the National Archives’ unparalleled photographic collections, The Way We Worked explores how work became so integral to American culture and traces the evolution of a workforce that was shaped by the American dreams of equality and freedom. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to add focused elements of Lynn labor and unions to the gallery spaces so both floors of the Museum will be filled with labor history.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

VOTE ON TUESDAY - Seth, Marshall

Tuesday is an important day for Lynn and for Downtown for two reasons.

1. One of the three Ward 5 candidates will be eliminated

2. A vote for Marshall Middle School is an important step in improving our schools and keeping new Downtown residents in the city and attracting new families.


For number one, I am recommending you take a strong look and give your vote to Seth Albaum. Seth has already been doing the job. When the council restricted LynnCam from trying to provide meetings to the public, Seth personally went in recorded all meetings and posted them to his now extremely popular website, lynnhappens.com.  When it looked like we had a ton of new residents Downtown and nothing to do, Seth jumped in and helped found Arts After Hours, became a member of LynnArts board, helped form the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, DJ'd at area restaurants, founded a Neighborhood Association for Downtown. Seth rallied around getting new cameras installed at the MBTA stations in Central Square and brought residents together with MBTA and Lynn Police for a frank and honest discussion about the crime there. Seth rallied around the trash problem downtown and got new barrels installed with beautiful visuals on them of High Rock Tower and other Lynn landmarks, all sponsored by Lynn businesses. Seth understands community building and he completely understands the dynamics of our council and will be able to jump right in to work.  Seth is here, he is already your Ward 5 Councilor. Let's just make it permanent.

Here are some links for those who haven't read up on the candidates:

Lynn Item Profile on Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.itemlive.com/news/a-look-at-lynn-s-ward-candidates/article_63c53528-1c05-11e3-a1fb-0019bb2963f4.html

Lynn Journal Profile on Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.lynnjournal.com/2013/08/20/profiles-of-ward-five-council-candidates/

Debate between Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j4jpupLa5Q




For Number 2, I am sick of seeing young families move in to Downtown lofts and then leave for a city that isn't close to the bottom when it comes to schools in the overall rankings for Massachusetts. For those of us who look into these things, we know that you can get a great education in Lynn.  We need to prove to these families they can stay here and be able to attract new families to Lynn. A big statement would be to start improving our physical structures and providing teachers and administrators with the tools they need to succeed. A vote for Marshall is a vote to progress the pipeline and move on to the next school. Pickering, Tracy, etc. are all coming up next and a down vote would put all that in jeopardy. Vote for Marshall and let's get this done!


I ask that debate below, if it happens, be respectful and informative of your views and opinions and not derogatory in any way or it will be removed.  Please identify yourself in your comments so we can have an honest discussion.


Friday, August 16, 2013

2 Awesome Exhibits, 1 Awesome Building - LynnArts

LynnArts
25 Exchange Street
Willow and Community Galleries
Both Exhibits: August 17-October 5
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 2-4 PM


Mixed Media
A juried exhibition featuring artwork by:

Janet Albert, Holly Chin, Ken Coder, Elaine Caliri Daly, Joanne Desmond, Carin Doben, Eleanor Fisher, Peter Grimshaw, Joanna Kao, Susan Kauder, Andrew H. Martensson, Abigail Nelson, Barbara Rafferty, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Brain Shea, Kelly Slater, Brain Thomas, Suzanne Ulrich, Martin Whitkin and Laura Wilhelm. 
Juried by: Sand T. Kollach

Imagination, Symbol & Spirit
A Duo Exhibition featuring the work of: Priscilla Hathaway & Marilyn McKeon

These two artists, each with their own critical life struggles, work from the mind. Images that seem to birth themselves from both of these prolific women invariably end up on paper, using marker, crayon, pen, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint – basically whatever their ideas demand. Images of life and death, religion, relationship, family, femininity and masculinity, as well as elves, fairies and landscapes, all seem to weave their way into their art.
 
Priscilla has shown widely and she generously will donate her art and hopes to continue to share her work with others, while Marilyn, as Priscilla states, “deserves to be known and appreciated for her brilliance,” and has also shown in several public exhibits. They are both long time friends and find solace, peace and challenge through the creation of art.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Arts After Hours and Ryan's Smashing Life present The Backyard Bash on August 17th


August 15th - Third Thursday Brings to Central Square the Dog Days of Summer!


The Downtown Lynn Cultural District is pleased to announce the return of the ever popular 3rd Thursday event, Dog Days of Summer. The celebration of all things canine will be taking place on August 15th at 6pm in Central Square.

This year’s event will feature vendors including local pet stores, gourmet doggie snack makers, dog groomers, representatives from Lynn’s own dog park Barkland Ave, a K-9 dog demo, a DJ and food vendors for humans!


The event will begin at 6pm in Central Square. The roster of activities will include a doggie parade complete with a Norwich Terrier named Baby acting as Grand Marshall. Tickets will be sold for a kissing booth, dog brushing, doggie massage and a raffle chock full of prizes from Lynn restaurants and businesses.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Northeast Animal Shelter who will also have a table at the event, distributing information and displaying the “Look Book” for dogs available for adoption.

All dogs must be registered to participate. The registration form can be downloaded and printed at http://thirdthursdaysdtl.wordpress.com/. Forms can be dropped off or mailed to LynnArts, 25 Exchange St. Lynn MA 01901 Attn: Dog Days. Registration will be available at the event however pre-registering your dog is highly recommended.

Dog Days marks the second event in the return of the 3rd Thursday series. The Downtown Lynn Cultural District has much more planned and recently launched a website highlighting all that downtown Lynn has to offer. To learn more, please visit dtlcd.org.

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