Introducing... ItsLitBoston Podcast
By Sho for Boston Compass (#132)

February 11, 2021

Introducing...ItsLitBoston Podcast

Podcasts weren't a thing in Boston back in 2015; when our platform was created, it was to give creatives and people with something to say a safe space to be heard, to give their opinions and not be judged for them.

Our podcast is another way of having therapeutic conversations. Exchanging opinions and indulging in one another's conversations is an experience that we take for granted. We hope to leave people feeling like they’ve learned something, all whil...



Reflections on The Darkest & Coldest Time of Year
By Naomi Westwater

February 10, 2021

It’s 12º, feels like -4º with the windchill. I'm on hold with my doctor's office as I write this. I've been on hold, in silence, for 10 minutes. I am trying to lean into this hold, into this moment where time is slow and stretching on and on — into the waiting. For this is the message of winter: slow, dark days for reflection.

Winter is a season we easily get lost in, and yet, if we listen, if we take notice, little changes are happening. The wheel is still turning. Life is dormant, but...



Teen Music Maker Showdown (BPL x Hip Hop Transformation)
By Qadir Shabazz for Boston Compass

February 9, 2021

The Boston Public Library has been a community center for students of all ages, especially when school hours are dismissed and these students look for a place to stay out of the streets. It’s truly been the type of environment where these kids are able to have access to schoolwork-related guidance and even receive therapeutic talks with some of the workers. This time around though, there’s been something spectacular in the works. Red Shaydez, the Artist Development Director for a program called ...



Theatrescape—February 2021
By C.E.E.K. for Boston Compass (#132)

February 8, 2021

As the pandemic progresses, creatives are getting more creative, now laying the seeds for a fruitful Spring and Summer. Since Covid turned the 2020-2021 season on its head, local theatre companies have been landing on their feet finding various ways to push forward with programming. While many shows were canceled or moved to warmer months for outdoor performances, other companies have turned to technology to revive past pieces with new technology or creating entirely new works based on this new ...



ARTWITCH: an Interview with Naomi Westwater
By Jenn Stanley for Boston Compass (#132)

February 8, 2021

Naomi Westwater starts her morning with a sunrise walk on the beach. It’s intentional. It sets the tone for the day. And like everything else she does, it’s spiritual.

“I do certain things to nurture my physical being. I stretch in the mornings, and I eat foods that make me feel good,” Westwater said over Zoom. “But everything else I'm doing to nourish the spiritual part of me: consuming art, making art, getting in touch with nature.”

In addition to writing the monthly tarot co...



BAO Fam Share: Live Arts Boston GRANT APPLICATION
By Sam for Boston Compass

February 6, 2021

Attention Artists!!

Do not forget to apply for the upcoming live Arts Boston grant due February 10. Live ArtsBoston has been a pillar of support in the area in the past several years, funding awesome projects including the Continuum Dance Project and the UnBound Bodies Collective. Shout out to Dunamis who works to administer the fund with the Boston Foundation, and thank you as always to...



SEE(D)
By Qadir Shabazz for Boston Compass

February 1, 2021

What does it mean to obtain a “lifestyle”? I’ve known the word to exist as a form of social status and the eagerness that tends to grow within someone to rise to the top of the paradigm, it’s been tossed around and marinated with the indication of “by any means, I will succeed”. The word tends to carry a kind of weight that drives oneself to constantly reflect and build, to constantly construct an evolution within one's daily routine hoping that it pays off - hoping that maybe one day this rou...



Big Fuzzy: Album Release
By Qadir Shabazz for Boston Compass

January 29, 2021

10 years in the making, 10 plus years of friendship -- after starting off with just a Vocalist and guitar player (Anneke & Max), the Big Fuzzy band has reached a level of settlement within their collective sound; adding Dan who plays the bass guitar and Austin who is a well known percussionist in the local area of Boston.

The newly added musicians gives the two original members the motivation and concrete direction to compose what would be the bands first self titled debut album under the la...



BAO Fam Share: Save MA Stages
By Emma Leavitt for Boston Compass

January 28, 2021

This week, we want to give some love to savemastages.com!

This grassroots group of venue operators has joined together to advocate for themselves as cultural workers, working to ensure the future for our beloved venues throughout and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

Based on precedent set by other NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) members, Save the MA Stages aims to gather Massachu...



Wooden Sword — LP by Mute City
By Pablo Onnias for Boston Compass

January 27, 2021

Providence experimental label Wrong Whole Archival Bureau publishes its eleventh 2020 release, Wooden Sword by Mute City (a.k.a. Sommerville producer Mike Gintz). This second album (the first one released in February, Data Breach) revolves around 11 tracks masterly chaptered together in a downtempo journey, lush and gritty synths orchestrated to effectively generate tension and release, and sound discovery depth sustained by background glitchy textures.

Mute City has been placed on the same...



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