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Beverly Mire

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I live and work in Cambridge--lucky me!  I have 20+ years experience teaching teens how to use multi-media platforms as tools for learning.  Since 2005 I've worked with teens at MIT/Terrascope Youth Radio, and at CRLS' Media Arts Studio.  My passion is advocating for more creative forms of learning, and urging educators to embrace using artistic expression as an outcome.

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On Saturday, July 18, Cambridge residents (and friends of Cambridge residents) of all ages will be able to channel their inner musician at what promises to be the most enjoyable event of the summer.

The "Hands" Movement is setting up a piano in Central Square.  The idea is to encourage people of all ages to learn a portion of an original song.  When you've got it down, your hands will be filmed as you play your piece, and the resulting video will be the complete song played by many different hands.

It was one of those cute-as-pie but headscratching moments.

(Top Photo) A sweet little pug dog was sitting outside the Plough and Stars Sunday evening, gazing longingly at the door.  He was tied to a fire alarm box and there was a water dish nearby.  He looked a little forlorn.  Music was blasting inside, but he was locked out of the fun.  

 

 

Cambridgeisms

Ah, Cambridge.  Just when we start taking you for granted you surprise us again.

Your gift this time is "Resurgence" a remarkable sculpture created to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater's 25th Anniversary.  A creation of sculptor David Kasman, "Resurgence" was inspired by Jose Mateo's 1993 ballet "Isle of the Dead."

 

Readers of these pages will remember that earlier this year, we reported that the Kendall Square restaurant Friendly Toast had on its menu a cocktail named “Strange Fruit.”  For those who don’t know, “Strange Fruit” is a song that was written in 1937 about the lynching of African-American men, which was common in the south at that time.  It became a signature of Billie Holiday, who sang mournfully about “Strange Fruit” hanging from the Poplar trees. 

Wilgens Metelus is a familiar face at CCTV.  When he's most visible, you'll see him carrying a camera, doing man-on-the-street style interviews, asking locals to wish their loved ones a happy holiday or asking kids to describe their Halloween outfit.  It's when Wilgen is less visible that he's doing his most important work as a youth trainer for CCTV's Youth Media Program.  In between he's a multi-media artist open to experiment with a wide variety of genres.

Earlier in the day, Bryan Stevenson learned that a man he and the Equal Justice Institute represent, Ray Hinton, was exonerated after spending 30 years on death row. Mr. Stevenson’s eyes became glassy as he spoke of Mr. Hinton: 30 years of being in proximity to men who went to their death in the electric chair and smelling their burning flesh; the difficulty Mr. Hinton knows he’ll have assimilating back into a world that is 30 years beyond him. All that time lost for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s difficult to write about the talk Bryan Stevenson gave Thursday night at the John F.