Bia Bauzys is the curator of our weekly Culture Rundown, which includes Womxn Worth Watching. Check out our account on Instagram every Friday to see who she’s highlighting.
“A late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.”
“Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.”
“Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance on the topic in his personal sex ed course — living with mom Jean, who is a sex therapist. Being surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis has become a reluctant expert on the subject. When his classmates learn about his home life, Otis decides to use his insider knowledge to improve his status at school, so he teams with whip-smart bad girl Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their classmates’ problems. But through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes that he may need some therapy of his own.”
- Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés → ENTIRE PDF BOOK ONLINE FOR FREE!
“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women’s vitality can be restored through what she calls “psychic archeological digs” into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.
Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.”
- Paula Johnson: His and Hers… Healthcare
Friday, June 14
“Historically within black communities and families, music and the arts have served to be the most powerful forms for communication, morale boosters, and influencers of hope during the most difficult circumstances. Its liberating power has pushed the boundaries of language and imagination, connected cultures, tapped into our intellectualism and has penetrated our emotional core, the heart.
From Negro spirituals that provided salvation during slavery times, and the intricate sounds of jazz by Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington during the Great Depression, to Alex Haley’s “Autobiography of Malcolm X” and “Roots”, to the gospel hymns of Mahalia Jackson during the early civil rights movement and a new generation of voices that demand respect, freedom and equality in songs like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, Rapsody’s “Lalia’s Wisdom”, John Legend’s “Glory”, and Beyonce’s “Formation” – the music of these griots and endless others helped us through the toughest of times.
With the impact of technology, politics, radio syndication, consumerism, and social media shifting our ways of engagement with music and art, to societal issues of racism, mass incarceration, sexism, pay inequality and gentrification that affect how people collaborate with each other, it begs the questions: “Where is black music and black arts headed?” Can our black creative economy continue to ignite a modern-day renaissance and initiate global transformation, or will it fade into a memory?
Join us for a two part conversation: a one-on-one conversation with Co-Founder of Black Music Month, Dyana Williams, as well as lively panel discussion with music historians, arts educators and practicing artists of color who discuss the current condition and future of Black music and the arts at a local and national level.”
Saturday, June 15
“The Somerville Flea and The Somerville Arts Council present The Ball Square Night Market. An all ages, free event.
Three musical acts and a bunch of vendors featuring fantastic vintage and artisan wares in the heart of Ball Square. Beer garden sponsored by The Pub
Music Set Times:
6:00pm Yoni Gordon
7:30pm David Mirabella and Friends
9:00pm Andrea Gillis Band”
- Free Pride Movie: Love, Simon @ Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park
“As part of PRIDE MONTH, Somerville Media Center – SMC and Assembly Row at Assembly Square celebrates our LGBTQ+ communities by presenting the movie screening of “Love, Simon (PG-13).” *The MPAA rates “Love, Simon” PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual referenced, language and teen partying.
Movie description: “Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.”
7:00pm: Community organizations will be on site handing out giveaways and to share educational resources!
8:00pm: The movie begins at dusk
This event is co-sponsored by the City of Somerville (Official) Health & Human Services Department, Somerville Public Library (MA) and the Somerville High School (Massachusetts) Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).
- Underground Mural Project Launch // Urban Renaissance @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
” Street Theory Gallery presents a panel talk-back, DJ, and multi-media installation at the Gardner.
Join the discussion with locally and internationally renowned street-artists, Massachusetts-based mural festival organizers, and city stakeholders on the impact of street art on the urban landscape, communities, and the people who live in them.
Panelists will explore the effects of street art and creative economy on urban development and place-making, and the transformative complexities of public art in communities.
Street Theory is a creative agency transforming over 100,000 sq. ft. of Boston’s underutilized walls at Underground Ink Block into a unique urban park and visual playground between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods.
Admission is free, but RSVP is required.”
- Yoga in The Park @ Assembly Square
“Relax and restore along the Mystic with free riverfront yoga brought to you by Assembly Row and Some.Yoga Studio. Reserve your spot here for our free 9am class! Please note, this reservation is only for the class held the upcoming Saturday. Each week will have a new registration link.
Tickets will be live Friday at noon.
There are 100 spots available. If the class fills up, waitlist sign up will begin at 8:30am on Saturday and will be on a first come first serve basis for any available spots.
Class begins promptly at 9am. Anyone not checked in by 8:55am forfeits their spot.”
Sunday, June 16
“BODY WORLDS, the most visited traveling exhibition in the world, comes to the Museum of Science with a new chapter, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life.
Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.
More than one hundred preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body. Whole-body plastinates, created from people who have donated their bodies for Plastination, the advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, with the express purpose of educating future generations about health, teach us the story of our lives like no textbook can.
Experience this life-changing exhibition, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, and look inside to find out what makes us human!”
* all events are within the Greater Boston Area. – BB