Salem Arts Festival This Weekend!

Salem Arts FestivalThe 8th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 3-5th.  The popular free event will feature over 80 artists and performers, and includes a variety of art, music, dance, and theatre performances. The family-friendly festival also includes art-making for all ages, artisan vendors selling their creations, and a temporary public art installation.

The Festival is spread out at a variety of venues in downtown Salem, with the primary focus on Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists’ Row.  A Juried Art Show will be held in Old Town Hall throughout the festival, with an artisan street fair in the area around the building on Saturday and Sunday. Live performances this year will mostly be held outside (weather permitting) on Derby Square and Artists’ Row.  The event is rain or shine, with a rain location for performances held upstairs at Old Town Hall and on Artists’ Row.  A basic schedule is included below. Full schedule and programs will be available on site during the festival, as well as the Festival website.

The Festival kicks off with an opening reception at Salem’s Old Town Hall on Friday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.  The free event allows visitors to enjoy beautiful art work while being entertained by renowned local and regional performers North Shore Chamber Music, Gretchen and the Pickpockets, Siren of the Circle, and headliners Picante Soul. In addition this year, Friday night will also serve as the grant reception for the Salem Cultural Council’s FY16 grantees.

Move with Me - Photo Credit Creative Salem

One of the most anticipated events this year is “Move With Me”, a collaborative public art project led by artist and architect Claudia Paraschiv, featuring an installation of pinwheels over Front Street. Over the past few months, community groups and locals of all ages and abilities have decorated several hundred individual pinwheels made of reclaimed sailcloth, drawing their own interpretations of traditional textile patterns from different cultures around the world.

This year, the Salem Arts Festival also celebrates the very first “Mural Slam” on Artists’ Row, organized by the City of Salem’s Public Art Commission and Public Art Planner Deborah Greel. Murals will be painted throughout the weekend by 12 selected artists and will be completed by the end of the festival. In addition, the Festival marks the return of vendors to Artists’ Row, with both new and returning tenants for the 2016 season.

The goal of the Salem Arts Festival is to promote all the arts in Salem and to provide the entire North Shore arts community with an opportunity to showcase their talents. The Festival is run in collaboration with Salem Main Streets by a team of dedicated volunteers, including representatives from Creative Salem, Salem State University, the Peabody Essex Museum, and many more.

Volunteers interested in helping with the Festival are warmly welcomed and encouraged to contact Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org for more information.

Visitors interested in attending the Salem Arts Festival can find easy access to the downtown by public transportation or parking at one of the many downtown lots in the City. For more information, please visit SalemArtsFestival.com and follow the festival on Facebook.

The 2015 Salem Arts Festival. Photo credit Creative Salem

SALEM ARTS FESTIVAL 2016 SCHEDULE

Friday, June 3rd – Kickoff Reception

6:00 – 6:45 pm, Old Town Hall
North Shore Chamber Music

6:50 – 7:00 pm, Derby Square
Salem Cultural Council Grant Announcements

7:00 – 7:45 pm, Derby Square
Gretchen and the Pickpockets

7:50 – 8:00 pm, Derby Square
Siren of the Circle

8:00 – 9:00 pm, Derby Square
Picante Soul

Saturday, June 4th – 11:00 – 6:00

Juried Art Exhibit, Old Town Hall

Street Fair

Art-Making Activities, Front Street and Artists’ Row

11:00 – 11:45 am, Derby Square
Vermillion Strings

12:00 – 12:45 pm, Derby Square
ElectricAcidJazzCircus

12:15 – 12:45 pm, Artists’ Row
Meridian

12:45 – 1:15 pm, Artists’ Row
Strange Interlude

1:00 – 1:45 pm, Derby Square
Adrian DiMatteo

1:45 – 2:15 pm, Artists’ Row
Dave Bailin

2:00 – 2:45 pm, Derby Square
Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion

2:45 – 3:15 pm, Old Town Hall Upstairs
Katherine Fuller

2:45 – 3:15 pm, Artists’ Row
Julie Dougherty

3:15 – 4:00 pm, Derby Square
Sarah Messias & Hunter Burgamy

4:00 – 4:30 pm, Old Town Hall Upstairs
Aurora Borealis Dance Company

4:00 – 4:30 pm, Artists’ Row
Francis X. Norton

4:15 – 5:00 pm, Derby Square
Jalopy

5:00 – 5:30 pm, Artists’ Row
Amy Spillert

5:15 – 6:00 pm, Derby Square
The Tree House Charlatans

Sunday, June 5, 10:45 – 6:00

Juried Art Exhibit, Old Town Hall

Street Fair

Art-Making Activities, Front Street and Artists’ Row

10:45 – 11:30 am, Old Town Hall
Community Yoga Dance with Dale Lewinski

11:30 am to 12:15 pm, Derby Square
Christopher Noran

12:15 – 12:45 pm, Artists’ Row
Joey Phoenix

12:30 -1:15 pm, Derby Square
Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys

1:15 – 1:45 pm, Artists’ Row
Ashley Dawn

1:30 – 2:00 pm, Derby Square
Flamenco Boston

2:00 – 2:50 pm, Artists’ Row
Witch City Belly Dance

2:15 – 3:00 pm, Derby Square
Soft Cactus

3:00 – 3:30 pm, Artists’ Row
Thea Hopkins

3:00 – 3:30 pm, Old Town Hall Upstairs
Molly Rose Tupper

3:15 – 4:00 pm, Derby Square
Jazz Punishers

4:00 – 4:30 pm, Artists’ Row
Striving Artists Theatre Company

4:15 – 5:00 pm, Derby Square
Deep C Divers

4:30 – 5:30 pm, Artists’ Row
Plummer Home, On Point, & Salem YMCA Ensembles

5:15 – 6:00 pm, Derby Square
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The Work of Rodin Interpreted in Dance

101 Dancers

BoSoma Dance Company, 2016. Photo by Kathy Tarantola / Peabody Essex Museum.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and BoSoma Dance Company present 101 days of modern gestural performance in the museum’s headlining exhibition, Rodin: Transforming Sculpture. Dancers will respond to sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), including masterpieces such as “The Thinker,” “The Kiss” and “The Hand of God.” Performances will take place daily from 11 am to 4:30 pm for the entire run of the exhibition – May 14  through September 5, 2016.

Whether working in plaster, marble or bronze, Rodin captured the emotional and psychological complexities of the human experience in ways that few sculptors have achieved, before or since. Pairing sculptures with movement in the gallery will heighten the emotional experiences of the sculptures and allow for another entry point into considering aspects of the human form and how Rodin was inspired by the body.

BoSoma Dance Company of Peabody, Mass., will lead the daily gestural performances. Dancers will juxtapose human limbs, joints and muscular forms with sculpted body parts in performances woven into the exhibition.

ABOUT BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY

Founded in 2003, BoSoma is a modern dance company under the artistic direction and leadership of Katherine Hooper.  The company’s mission is to make dance captivating and accessible through dynamic performance and community education.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit pem.org.

Photo Contest Pick of the Month for April

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall by Stephanie Travers

Congratulations to Stephanie Travers, whose image, “Essex Street Pedestrian Mall,” has been chosen as the Destination Salem Photo Contest “Pick of the Month” for April!

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall by Stephanie Travers

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall by Stephanie Travers

Do you have a great picture from your trip to Salem? Submit it to our photo contest! You’ll find the information at Salem.org/PhotoContest.

Live Entertainment at CinemaSalem gets [Expletive]

Sh*tfaced Shakespeare at CinemaSalem. Photo Credit: Creative Salem
Sh*tfaced Shakespeare at CinemaSalem. Photo Credit: Creative Salem

I laughed so hard I cried. Seriously.

That was my mantra for days after seeing “Sh*tfaced Shakespeare” at CinemaSalem last month.  Granted, my expectations were not high.  I did not realize that I was holding a ticket to an international phenomenon (okay, maybe not phenomenon, but you get where I’m going with this).  What began in London has spread it’s iambic pentameter wings over to Somerville, and now we are lucky enough to have it in Salem not once, but twice.

If you aren’t doing anything on Thursday, May 5, you should get tickets. You should go.

I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt.

Here’s the premise: A small cast sets out to perform an abridged version of a Shakespeare classic, in this case it will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and one of their members is drunk. Bombed. Smashed.  The theatrical experience begins with the narrator showing the audience all of the empty, or half-empty, bottles that have been consumed.  The chosen player is different for each performance, so, in theory, no two performances are the same.

It really was funny, and such a fun take on Shakespeare. Read more about it on CreativeSalem.com.

This is one performance in a new series of live entertainment on Thursday nights at CinemaSalem, so if Shakespeare under the influence isn’t for you, please check out their full calendar.  There are several musical and comedic options on the calendar, including You Have Died of Dysentery, which looks as intriguing as Shakespeare.

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