Fields Corner farmers market continues mission

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 24, 2014

Comic courtesy of Greg Watson

It was a tough sell back in 1978: convince farmers from the far edges of the state to travel to Boston’s core to sell their wares at three of the city’s first farmers markets.

“Many of them were a little concerned about coming out, asking ‘will we make it out alive?’” recalled Greg Watson, who was hired by the state to help organize a network of farmers markets in and around the city.
Residents were miffed too, including some in Fields Corner, where the first of the three markets was slated to open.  Read more

Soul City Band to play free concert in Dot Park

Jul. 23, 2014

Soul City Band Comes to Dot Park: The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS outdoor summer concert series comes to Dorchester Park on Thursday, July 31 with the Soul City Band. The free show starts at 7 p.m. The stage will be located on the Adams Street side of the park in the “bowl” baseball field. Soul City Band bills itself as “Boston’s premiere soul cover band” with a song list heavy with Motown classics. For more information or a full schedule of events, call 617-635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at cityofboston/parks  Read more

Neponset woman is first-time author

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2014

Neponset resident Paula Guerard realized a dream this month: Her first book for children, “Mary Lou Found a Really Big Shoe,” was published through Tate Publishing on June 17.

Guerard, 51, has been living on Glide Street since she married in 1989. She lives with her husband Mark, 18-year-old son Mark and 15-year-old daughter Patrice. A Dorchester native, Guerard attended St. Ann’s Grammar School and St. Gregory High School. She is a legal assistant for the MBTA, a florist at Kathleen of Boston and now a newly published author.  Read more

Johnny Depp, 'Black Mass' crew camp out on Ashmont Hill

'Whitey sighting': Actor Johnny Depp – dressed as mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger – was photographed as he exited a Roslin Street home last week. Depp and other actors were filming scenes for the film “Black Mass.”'Whitey sighting': Actor Johnny Depp – dressed as mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger – was photographed as he exited a Roslin Street home last week. Depp and other actors were filming scenes for the film “Black Mass.”

The Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass” ascended Ashmont Hill last week for a three-day encampment that turned two Roslin Street homes – and much of the surrounding neighborhood – into a South Boston side street circa 1970.

Among the stars spotted on the set last Thursday and Friday were Johnny Depp, who portrays the notorious gangster and FBI informant, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the British heartthrob who plays Whitey’s politician brother Bill.  Read more

‘Fiddlehead’ ups the pace at the Strand

“Ease on Down the Road” … “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” … “Written in the Stars” are just a few of the hit musical songs that will be echoing through the mirrored halls of the Strand over the next year as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC) presents three Broadway blockbusters as part of its upcoming second season as the Resident Theatre Company at the city-owned former movie palace.  Read more

‘Freedom’ is the artist's charge in Town Field project

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

Town Field: A view from aboveTown Field: A view from aboveWith just a week for artists to put their hat in the ring for a $250,000 installation at Fields Corner, only out-of-town artists have submitted their qualifications.

“This is a great budget and a great opportunity,” said project manager Jean Mineo last Friday. “Maybe people are waiting until the last day.”

Mineo said between 30 and 40 applications have come forward from artists from around the country, but none from the Boston area.

The project will be a permanent installation at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park, better known as Town Field. It was initiated by Nam Pham, executive director of the Dorchester-based Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).

It’s title will be “Freedom.”  Read more

TONIGHT: WGBH/PBS film Freedom Summer premieres at Strand Theatre

Jun. 17, 2014

Admission is free, but reservations are required

The latest installment of WGBH/PBS’ The American Experience series — Freedom Summer— debuts with an exclusive screening at the Strand Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-and-a-half long screening focuses on the Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till— all extraordinary events in the Civil Rights experience from 1964.  Read more

Chamber Music returns to roots for season-opening concert

Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Emily Bruskin, Julia Bruskin, and Andrea Lam will perform as the Claremont Trio at a benefit season-opening performance of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series on May 17.

Back in 1973, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music launched its debut season with an intimate concert inside a Victorian home on Ocean Street, bringing the works of Beethoven, Janacek and Ravel to Dot’s doorstep.

Next Saturday, a revitalized Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns to its original roots with a season-opening benefit concert at the same Ocean Street locale— only a few doors down at number 60 Ocean.  Read more

On bombing’s anniversary, area artists confront the meaning of ‘Boston Strong’

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 17, 2014

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. In the midst of ramped up coverage of the Marathon and the Marathon bombing tragedy, a small group of Boston area artists gathered near the Boylston Street finish line on Tuesday evening to raise a contrarian view about the meaning of the slogan “Boston Strong” in the context of neighborhood violence.

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, a former Dorchester resident, was one of three artists to put together a show called “Boston Strong?” to spark discussion about the coverage of the Marathon bombings and the comparative lack of coverage of the victims of crime in the city’s neighborhoods, including Dorchester.

“One thing about my work is it is making commentary about how our culture is pretty violent in general with terrorism or domestic violence or street violence,” Gane-McCalla said.

Her piece, in which drawings of people covered newspaper articles of violent events, stood beside those of artists Shea Justice and Jason Pramas at the Community Church of Boston’s Lothrop Auditorium at 565 Boylston St., one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square.  Read more

Boston Ballet’s annual visit to Strand features two shows at new-look theatre

Boston Ballet at the StrandBoston Ballet at the StrandBoston Public School students and the general public will get to see the results of the Strand Theatre’s recent multi-million dollar renovation tomorrow as the Boston Ballet (BB) returns for its 5th annual visit to Uphams Corner with an 11 a.m. performance for BPS students and another at 7 p.m.for the general public.

In partnership with the city of Boston and the BPS, the program features dances by Boston Ballet, BB II, BB School students, and students from BB’s Education & Community Initiatives (ECI), including Dot’s own Boys in Motion from the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School.  Read more