Artmaking and Wine

Janet Powers and the Gallery@First Parish will host a fun filled night of art making and wine.  Come learn the process artist Janet uses, while making your own drawing or working on a larger collaborative piece.  No prior art making experience needed.

History of Speakeasies

Professor Dan Breen of Brandeis University and a favorite lecturer a the Bedford Free Public Library each winter, will be speaking about prohibition in Somerville.  Dan has a lot of fans in Bedford and they might might want to come out and hear him speak in Somerville at the Aeronaut Brewery. Prohibition was the death of the traditional American saloon, and the ruin of many a brewery–but at least it was the making of the Speakeasy. Join us for a talk about the history of how Speakeasies helped the beer-drinkers of Somerville endure the bleak years 1920-1933, led by historian, Dan Breen. This event is co-sponsored by Somerville Museum and Aeronaut Brewing Company

BCA Photo Group: My Best 5 Shots

The BCA Photo Group concludes its 2018-19 season with a BCA tradition, led by member Dennis Rainville. Members present up to 5 of their own photos, describing how each made a difference in their creative journeys this year. There will be time to socialize afterward. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 pm (Elm Street entrance).

BCA Photo Group: Member Image Sharing

The BCA Photo Group concludes its 2018-19 Image Sharing with the theme “After Dark.” Photographer and member Bill Davison will provide constructive critique (https://billdavisonimages.com). The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 pm (Elm Street entrance). This program is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

BCA Photo: Diane Bennett on “Copyright Basics for Photographers”

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group Technical Series with photographer and BCA member, Diane Bennett, speaking on “Copyright Basics for Photographers.”

Digital images are easily appropriated over the Internet and through social media. Bennett will discuss the basics of copyright protection for photographs: basic tenets of fair use, reverse image searches and a range of practical steps you can take to protect your images from misuse. This talk will be followed by a member-centered discussion of image sharing websites, led by Helena Long. If you’ve attended the BCA Photo Group, you know our members’ photographic knowledge and experience is deep and varied. Learn from others and share your own insights on options for sharing images online.

Lecture: “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: The Myth and the Man”

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO MAY 19
How did Boston silversmith Paul Revere end up riding to alert the countryside that “the British are coming” in April 1775? How many know that Paul Revere was an express rider for the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the MA Committee of Safety in 1774 and 1775, to carry news, messages, and copies of important documents from Boston as far away as New York and Philadelphia? These facts and others will be offered when retired John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Curator Frank Rigg talks about the impact and legacy of Paul Revere’s historic ride. – Click this link to learn more! Join us in the Upper Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational at 7:30 pm for the annual meeting of the Bedford Historical Society and at 7:45 for our guest speaker.

Lecture: “Irish Need Not Apply: The History of the Irish in Boston”

The Bedford Historical Society welcomes back history teacher, author and lecturer Chris Daley with his latest presentation, Irish Need Not Apply: The History of the Irish in Boston.  The 90-minute slide lecture examines many facets of the early Irish experience in Boston. These will include a look at the scant evidence about Irish brought over unwillingly as indentured servants in the late 17th Century; the arrival of the Scotch-Irish or “Ulster Irish” in the first real migration of Irish in 1718; the increase in anti-Irish/Catholic sentiment in Boston – starting with the notorious Pope’s Day celebrations; and a discussion of the burning of Charlestown’s Ursuline Convent in 1834 and the Broad Street Riot of 1837. Join us in the Great Room of the Old Town Hall at 2:00 pm for refreshments and at 2:30 pm for announcements our guest speaker. Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Bedford Historical Society.

Earth Alive ~ A Concert by Bedford Singer/Songwriter/Environmental Activist Neil Dale on May 4

Submitted by the First Parish Green Sanctuary Committee

Celebrate “Earth Alive”, an evening of interactive, multi-media song and storytelling for all ages from 7-9 pm on Saturday, May 4 at the First Parish on Bedford Common.  The First Parish Green Sanctuary Committee is proud to present Bedford’s own Neil Dale, a singer, songwriter, artist, author, scientist, and environmental activist. 

Film: Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9”

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted  that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the U.S.  Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic, and political impact of Trump’s victory.  Moore also takes an in-depth look at voting, the Electoral College, the government agenda, the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Light lunch served and discussion after the film.

BCA Photo: Focus on Sharpness with Mike Milicia

The BCA Photo Group Technical Series welcomes photographer Mike Milicia to present “Focus on Sharpness.”

Capturing fine details is often a critical element of a successful image. This presentation will explore a variety of tools and techniques to help maximize image sharpness: autofocus (AF) systems and how to take advantage of them, live view AF, mirrorless AF, back button focus, tripods and heads, long lens technique, hand-holding, micro-focus adjustment. A professional photographer since 2005 after a software engineering career, Mike is known for his two main passions, bird photography and teaching. He has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best and National Wildlife magazines. His images have also earned high honors in the North American Photography Association’s Annual Showcase Competition and in the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards.

Lecture: “Survival: Boston 1630”

In the summer of 1630, a thousand people with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into the wilderness.  They lived in caves or wigwams or tents; food began to run out.  In winter, Boston Harbor froze solid for two months. John Morrison, Trustee of the Partnership of Historic Bostons (PHB), will present an illustrated talk about the first dangerous years when nearly one-half of the original Puritans died or fled back to England.  How did they survive in the place that became the City of Boston? Join in the Upper Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational at 2:00 pm for refreshments and at 2:30 pm for announcements our guest speaker. Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Bedford Historical Society.

ACA-Pocalypse, A Cappella Extravaganza!

CHELMSFORD HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST ACA-POCALYPSE EVENT FEATURING THE THURSDAYS, THE CRESCENDOS, AND A BEDFORD A CAPPELLA GROUP

ACA-POCALYPSE is a two-day a cappella event that will be held on March 22nd-23rd, 2019.  This event will feature amazing a cappella groups from throughout the Boston area and will be held at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center at the Chelmsford High School. There will be a 7:30pm show on Friday, March 22nd, and a 7pm show on Saturday, March 23rd.  Master classes and workshops taught by Northeastern University’s The Nor’easters and others will also be available to a cappella enthusiasts on Saturday, March 23rd.  Northeastern University’s 2018 ICCA semifinalist, Distilled Harmony, is the headliner for Friday night’s show, and Northeastern University’s 2017 ICCA winner, Nor’easters, is the headliner for Saturday night’s show. Chelmsford’s own a cappella groups, The Crescendos and The Thursdays, will perform at both shows. The two groups recently advanced to the Semifinal round of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) while earning individual awards in arranging, choreography, and vocal percussion. The Thursdays have twice represented the Northeast region in the ICHSA finals and were a winning group on season 4 of Sing That Thing! on WGBH.

ACA-Pocalypse, A Cappella Extravaganza!

CHELMSFORD HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST ACA-POCALYPSE EVENT FEATURING THE THURSDAYS, THE CRESCENDOS, AND A BEDFORD A CAPPELLA GROUP

ACA-POCALYPSE is a two-day a cappella event that will be held on March 22nd-23rd, 2019.  This event will feature amazing a cappella groups from throughout the Boston area and will be held at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center at the Chelmsford High School. There will be a 7:30pm show on Friday, March 22nd, and a 7pm show on Saturday, March 23rd.  Master classes and workshops taught by Northeastern University’s The Nor’easters and others will also be available to a cappella enthusiasts on Saturday, March 23rd.  Northeastern University’s 2018 ICCA semifinalist, Distilled Harmony, is the headliner for Friday night’s show, and Northeastern University’s 2017 ICCA winner, Nor’easters, is the headliner for Saturday night’s show. Chelmsford’s own a cappella groups, The Crescendos and The Thursdays, will perform at both shows. The two groups recently advanced to the Semifinal round of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) while earning individual awards in arranging, choreography, and vocal percussion. The Thursdays have twice represented the Northeast region in the ICHSA finals and were a winning group on season 4 of Sing That Thing! on WGBH.

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Don Toothaker

The BCA Photo Group will share member images on the theme, “Hats and Hairdos.” Don Toothaker, photographer and Director of Hunt’s Photo Adventures, returns to critique (https://toothakerphoto.com). This theme came from a conversation about Street Photography between friends in a coffee shop. From where they were sitting, they could only see the tops of people’s heads. It was suggested that members’ image subjects could also be wild and domestic creatures, or manufactured ones, such as store mannequins, in addition to people. Imagination and creativity were most important.

BCA Photo: Digital Infrared Photography

The BCA Photo Group Technical Series welcomes photographer Vega Buchbinder to discuss “Digital Infrared Photography.”

Have you ever wondered how the “ghostly” or “surreal” infrared images were created? This presentation will tell you what infrared photography is all about, what equipment you need to do it, what subjects and conditions are conducive to great infrared images, and how to process your images afterward. Doors open at 6:45 pm (Elm Street entrance). This program is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information visit www.bcaphoto.org or contact pr@bcaphoto.org.

BCA Photo: Image Sharing & Critique

The BCA Photo Group kicks-off its 2019 Image Sharing with the theme “Hats and Hairdos.” Photographer Bruce Myren returns for constructive critique (https://brucemyren.com). This theme came from a conversation about Street Photography between friends in a coffee shop. From where they were sitting, they could only see the tops of people’s heads. It was suggested that members’ image subjects could also be wild and domestic creatures, or manufactured ones, such as store mannequins, in addition to people. Imagination and creativity were most important.

Artists Brogan Joe Murphy and Mary Aloyse Firestone featured at local gallery

The Gallery@First Parish are pleased to announce their newest show featuring artists Brogan Joe Murphy and Mary Aloyse Firestone.  Murphy says ” A life-long Impressionist, I have always been drawn to the ordinary as subjects for my paintings”.  Firestone’s abstract art “is nourished by forms in nature. On Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 11:30am – 1:30pm, there will be a public reception in the Gallery.

BCA Photo: Pip Shepley on Improving your Printing

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group Technical Series kicks-off 2019 with photographer Pip Shepley, speaking on “How to Improve your Printing.” A member of the BCA Photo Group, Shepley will delve into printing theory & practice, concentrating on printer capabilities, limits and menus to improve your digital print quality. (https://www.pipshepley.com). This program is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information visit www.bcaphoto.org or contact pr@bcaphoto.org.

Lunar Eclipse Alert ~ Super Blood Wolf Moon on Sunday, January 21

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Sunday’s Super Blood Wolf Moon will rise over Bedford in the ENE sky at 4:53 pm next Sunday, January 20. A total lunar eclipse will begin at 10:34 pm and last for just over an hour. The excitement should be visible in Bedford if the skies are clear.

The Eclipse for Families: With the Martin Luther King, Jr. school holiday on Monday, January 21, this could be a great introduction to astronomy for your family. The JPL/NASA website shares engaging activities for students from kindergarten to high school.

Exhibition “Impressions of Nature”

“Impressions of Nature”, a two person show with monoprints by Lonnie Harvey and photographs by Amy Rindskopf, is on display at the Bedford Free Public Library from January 10 to March 13, 2019. A reception for the artists will be on Sunday, January, 13, 5-6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Carol Rissman: Pattern + Texture + Nature

Wall-hung ceramic “prints” by Carol Rissman, Resident Artist at the Harvard University Ceramics Studio, are featured at the Acton Library Gallery. I am very interested in pattern and texture in nature. I use techniques including monoprinting, carving, drawing and painting to capture the feeling of the landscape in clay.”