Thursday, October 29, 2009

Workshop: Winterizing Workshop, Making a More Efficient Home, November 6, 2009

Winterizing Workshop: Making a more efficient home

Friday, 6 November 2009 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

With November fast approaching, homeowners and renters alike begin to anticipate the frozen pipes and leaky windows of winter, as well as the financial strain of keeping the winter’s cold at bay.
As part of our continuing Urban Sustainability Series, the JP Forum joins with the Massachusetts Municipal Association to present a 1-hour workshop on home energy saving strategies for the winter.  Focusing on the simple steps to reducing the use of electricity, water and heat, this program offers a do-it-yourself approach to saving energy.  Topics will include:
  • Air sealing and insulation strategies to greatly reduce home energy costs
  • Available rebates and grants to reduce the cost of home alterations and appliances
  • Home energy audits from MassSave
  • Inexpensive solutions for reducing your house’s carbon footprint inlcuding programmable thermostats, CFLs, and low-flow showerheads.
Come and share your strategies for reducing electricity, water and heat use during the winter months, and methods for greening our habits in the places we call home.

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In coordination with the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, the JAMAICA PLAIN FORUM is a free and public series that will feature speakers, discussions and events that celebrate members of our local, national and global community.This project is funded, in part, by the Fund for UU Social Responsibility.
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First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Conference: The Road to Copenhagen, November 14, 2009

Saturday, November 14 , 2009

The Road to Copenhagen: Mini Conference on Global Climate Change

As governments, scientists, and environmentalists prepare for the Copenhagen meetings to hammer out the next international agreements on global climate change, Cambridge Forum brings together a group of researchers,political leaders, and local advocates to discuss the issues that will be on the table in Copenhagen.

U.S. Congressman Ed Markey has been invited to reflect on his ground-breaking legislation outlining the nation's plan to reduce carbon emissions, while the latest data on polar ice melt and sea level change is outlined. Public health experts discuss the impact of warming on food production and movement of diseases. How is this global data relevant to local environmental groups? How can local groups co-ordinate their work, share best practices, and have a broader impact?

Cambridge Forum 
3 Church Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone/fax:  617-495-2727

Concert/Lecture: Indian Classical Music Concert & Lecture, November 7

A Jugalbandi and Lecture Demonstration of Hindustani and Karnatic Music
Saturday, Nov 7 3:00p to 6:00p
at Residence of Mr. Arun Khond, Stoughton, MA
Price: Free
Phone: (617) 314-9077
Come explore the beauty of the two ancient musical traditions of Indian classical music. The Karnatic and Hindustani Music Circle (KHMC) brings to you a special flavor of Hindustani and Carnatic style together in a melodious jugalbandi (duet) and a lec-dem by Dr Suresh Mathur (flute) and Dr Ram Naidu (veena), acccompanied by Akshay Navaladi(tabla)and Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan(mridangam).Admission is free! For more information, see

Exhibit: Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Culture, Through November 22

Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Anime
September 10 - November 22, 2009
Tisch Gallery

Click here for an animated slideshow featuring commentary from Gallery Director and exhibition co-curator Amy Schlegel!

Participating Artists: Chiho Aoshima / Nobuhiro Ishihara / Kenjiro Kitade / Mahomi Kunikata / Tomokazu Matsuyama / Mr. / Oscar Oiwa / TOKYO KAMEN

This exhibition examines representations of mythical spirits, gods, monsters, and other mutant, sentient beings in contemporary Japanese art and film as expressions of animist belief through the work of eight emerging and mid-career artists. The theme is also explored through a complementary program of continuous anime screenings presented in the Gallery.

Many contemporary Japanese visual artists and animators incorporate animist beliefs in their work as cultural rather than religious expression. A shared iconography connects the artists and anime included in this exhibition, ranging from kami (gods) to yokai (monsters), sentient and non-sentient beings with supernatural powers, and hybrid mythical creatures. These traditionally Japanese representations - visible, tangible, and ubiquitous - actively dissolve boundaries between the living and the dead, the human and non-human realms.

Chiho Aoshima's anime-inspired work evokes a gothic realm of spirits and monsters that are neither anthropomorphic things or animals nor distorted, grotesque humans. Aoshima's beings continually change forms but are frozen, like stills from animated films. A visit to the ancient Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan, at night sparked painter Nobuhiro Ishihara's interest in investigating the legend of the deer-messenger. He reimagines the folkloric spirit as a wise but tormented kami. Kenjiro Kitade's earthenware sculptures symbolize a premature, foreboding intelligence of environmental disaster that feels simultaneously futuristic and nostalgic. Mahomi Kunikata paints scenes grounded in Japan's traditional culture of matsuri. Her manga-esque drawing style and big-eyed characters are pastiches of contemporary and traditional social references. Tomokazu Matsuyama
re-presents the mythical creature known in Japan as the kirin. Japanese art has depicted this powerful yet peaceful beast as having the attributes of a deer, a dragon, and a unicorn. Mr. created an anime-inspired doll head with an aperture through which viewers encounter a miniature dollhouse inside the hollowed-out head. Oscar Oiwa's paintings compose strangely unpopulated cityscapes that are nevertheless animated by mysterious, unseen forces. Tunnels and passageways beckon us to foreboding realms we can only imagine. Finally, fashion design duo TOKYO KAMEN (Tokyo Mask) have created a troupe of five life-size "monster dolls" made of brightly colored fake fur and decorative materials.

Continous Screenings:
Akira, 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo
Beautiful Dreamer, 1984, Mamoru Oshii
Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence, 2004, Mamoru Oshii
My Neighbor Totoro, 1998, Hayao Miyazaki
Paprika, 2006, Satoshi Kon
Princess Mononoke, 1997, Hayao Miyazaki
Spirited Away, 2001, Hayao Miyazaki
The Grudge (Ju-on), 2002, Takashi Shimizu

The Tufts University Art Gallery has teamed up with Tufts professors Charles Shiro Inouye, Hosea Hirata, and Susan J. Napier, all experts in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, to organize this exhibition.
This exhibition is co-curated by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Gallery Director, and Jonathan Barracato, 2008-09 Gallery Graduate Assistant.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Film/Music: Phantom of the Opera/Nosferatu with Live Music, October 30-31

Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Somerville Armory
191 Highland Ave, Somerville (617) 718-2191
The Phantom of the Opera 
scored live by 
The Alloy Orchestra. 
Opening: [R/A] performing to The Fall of the House of Usher,
DJ Dziga.
The Alloy Orchestra provides live music to accompany the silent version of Phantom of the Opera (1925-29) directed by Rupert Julian.
$21.00 in advance; $26.00 at the door (prices include $1.00 facility fee)
Doors - 6:30 PM; Show - 7:15 PM
Tickets Through Brown Paper:

Saturday, October 31
scored live by 
Devil Music Ensemble 
Opening: Chris Brokaw
Spinning: Brother Cleve
Devil Music provides a live score to the 1922 Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror directed by F.W. Murnau.
$16.00 in advance; $19.00 at the door (prices include $1.00 facility fee)
Doors- 6:30 PM; Show- 7:15 PM
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Event: Future of the Book Conference, October 30

Future of the Book
The Core Curriculum in the College of Arts and Science and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education present

a one-day conference exploring the
Moderated by David Eckel, Professor of Religion, Director of the Core Curriculum and Victor Coelho, Professor of Music, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

1:00-2:30 pm
Libraries and Education in the 21st Century:
The Case of Cushing Academy
James Tracy
Headmaster, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
Former Headmaster, Boston University Academy

Remarks by Christopher Ricks
Warren Professor of the Humanities
Co-Director, Editorial Institute, Boston University

3:00-4:00 pm
The Impact of Digital Technology on the Publishing Industry
Richard Sarnoff
President, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

4:00-5:00 pm
Pedagogy and Textbooks in the Renaissance
Ann Blair
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University

Friday, October 30, 2009
Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, Ninth Floor
Green Line B-Train to Blandford Street Stop
Reception to follow-free and open to the public

Co-Sponsored by the New England Renaissance Conference and the Boston University Humanities Foundation.
For more information please contact or 617-353-5404.