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The 2015 Summer Jazz and Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis and his Friends Will Begin this Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 PM, Rain or Shine, in Library Park

2015 July 19
by marleen

loomis concerts 2015This coming Tuesday, Pat Loomis and his Friends will perform the first in a  series of four Jazz and Blues concerts in Library Park. It starts at 6:30 PM. The title of the Tuesday concert is  La Fiesta: A Celebration Of The Music Of Chick Corea with Pat Loomis saxophone), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Edvard Lee (keyboards), Daniel Day (bass), Zeke Martin (drums). The next concerts will take place in August, as per below:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 6:30 PMNow’s The Time: An Evening of Blues, Bebop, and Beyond with Pat Loomis ( saxophone ), Scott Aruda (trumpet), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Dan Winshall (bass), Dave Fox (drums)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PMOye Como Va- A Celebration Of Latin Music with Pat Loomis (saxophone), Gilberto Rivera (guitar, cuatro, percussion, vocals), Leo Blanco (piano, keyboards), Benny Benson (drums)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 at 6:30 PMSilky Soul: An Evening Of Silky Smooth Jazz and R&B with Pat Loomis (saxophone, vocals), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Big Ben Hillman (keyboards, vocals), Christoff Glaude (bass), Joaquin Santos (drums)

There will be refreshments (sliced watermelon has been the traditional fare, but feel free to bring your own additions). All concerts are free and will be held rain or shine, inside the library or at the park. The South End library is handicapped accessible and has bathroom facilities available during the concerts. Concerts end by 8:00 PM.

 

 

 

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Author and South End Resident Steven Kinzer, Recently Back from Iran, Tells a Library Audience in Truro, MA, “Iran is the Most Misunderstood Country in the World” with “the Most Pro-US Population of Any Country in the World”

2015 July 19
by marleen

steve kinzer -1-Award-winning foreign correspondent and local resident Steven Kinzer, one of the South End library’s invited speakers last year and the author of The Brothers, recently returned from a two week trip to Iran, details of which he discussed at the Truro, MA, public library in June, the town where he grew up.  “I’m a great fan of libraries,” declared Kinzer before the enthusiastic audience of locals and summer people.

Kinzer, who also wrote the 2008  All the Shah’s Men: an  American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, wasted no time getting to the point. “Iran is the most misunderstood country in the world,” he said. “Everything you know about it is wrong. It’s a vibrant society with the most pro-US population of any country in the world. When they hear you’re from America, people are jumping and shrieking ‘I love America,’ and taking selfies with you.” Kinzer added,  “I don’t get that in Canada.”

Public Art along Roads in Iran

Public Art along Roads in Iran

With his wife, Marianne as the photographer, the two-week bus tour took his group of about 25 people to cities like Shiraz, Teheran, and Tabriz. Marianne Kinzer narrated slides she had taken, some of urban areas with the same highways and traffic jams found in the West  (“The heart of darkness,” her husband joked) but, unlike Western roads, they were lined with public art on billboards and video screens. These billboards also included photographs of the ‘martyrs,’ some of the faces of the 500,000 casualties of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Mosaics on Mashed-e Imam in Isphahan

Mosaics on Mashed-e Imam in Isphahan

Other pictures showed ancient buildings and mosques decorated with magnificent tile-work, walls and ceilings adorned with richly reflected mosaics of glass. Cities with lushly irrigated urban gardens and parks were silhouetted against a harshly dry landscape. Only a few tourists were to be seen at Persepolis, the astounding archeological site of the former ceremonial capital of the Persian king, Cyrus the Great, who ruled the greatest empire that existed in the fifth century BC. Kinzer suggested that would change dramatically in the event of a new US/Iran relationship.

“It’s a particularly interesting time now,” Kinzer told the library audience, “because everyone we met was ‘hopeful’ that the US and Iran could come to an agreement. And it’s a huge opportunity for the outside world,” he pointed out: “There are 80 million Iranians; they have a 99 percent literacy rate; and the average age is 25. It is the last ‘untapped’ market,” he added.

Grave site of a Beloved American, Howard C. Baskerville in Tabriz

Grave site of a Beloved American, Howard C. Baskerville in Tabriz

Perhaps another sign of the melting of the US-Iranian ice cap is the re-opening of the Christian Armenian cemetery in Tabriz, where an American teacher and missionary, Howard Conklin Baskerville, is buried. Baskerville was killed fighting for Iranian democracy during a monarchist uprising in 1909, and a number of schools and streets in Iran appear to have been named after him. Steve Kinzer and his fellow travelers were the first group of foreigners to be allowed to go there.

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The First of the Two Library Park LightWells Has Been Installed and….It Glows Softly in the Night

2015 July 19
by marleen
One of the two Laboy LightWells installed this weekend in Library Park

One of the two Laboy LightWells installed this weekend in Library Park

After several weeks of delays due to manufacturing backups, the first of the two LightWells has been installed in Library Park. Glowing softly at night now, the water meters and the programming of color changes will follow the final lighting configuration, according to Michelle Laboy, assistant professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture. Reseeding the grass and adding the plantings around the LightWells will be completed in the next few weeks.

The Light Well project lends itself well to small parks in areas with groundwater recharge issues, according to Kris Carter, from the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The project was one of the winners of the Walsh administration’s Public Space Invitational competition held last year, for which there were 70 submissions and nine winners. The proposal was submitted in the Random Awesome Design category by Laboy and two associates, Seth Wiseman and Joshua Fiedler.

 

 

 

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South End Library Park’s LightWell Installation Expected to Take Place Next Week, as Minor Manufacturing Delays of the Urban/Environmental Sustainability Project Appear Resolved

2015 July 18
by marleen

 

The mold for the LightWell under construction in Bristol, RI

The mold for the LightWell under construction in Bristol, RI

The two LightWells that were supposed to be installed last month are on track to become part of South End Library Park’s landscape in the next week, according to Michelle Laboy, in charge of the project. The South End Landmarks Commission  had approved it; the holes had been dug; DigSafe had approved it; the gravel dry well has been placed in the holes. All that’s been missing is the LightWell itself, a softly-glowing multi-purpose art object, the shape of a one-arm embrace, lit with energy collected by solar receptors during the day.

The LightWell as a finished product

The LightWell as a finished product

According to Seth Wiseman, associate of architecture and urban planning professor Michelle Laboy who created the concept for a city-sponsored Public Space competition, the mold for the LightWell is being fabricated by a small shop in Bristol, R.I., that suddenly received another huge order, which slowed the process for the Laboy project. Ensuring proper transparency and the right color match for the two LightWell molds took more time than anticipated. Once installed in the Library Park, the lighting portion will be refined on site, which may take more time. Plantings will be added in stages in the next week or two.

The engineering plan for the LightWell

The engineering plan for the LightWell

South End Library staff and neighborhood association board members were approached to consider the idea for this installation by City Hall’s New Urban Mechanics group in February 2015. The Light Well project lends itself well to small parks in areas with groundwater recharge issues, according to Kris Carter, from the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The group, which included the Parks Department’s chief landscape architect Liza Meyer, met with library staff, a member of the library Friends group, and the Rutland Square Association during the winter, after which it was decided to install two light wells inside Library Park: one near the corner of the library building and the alley behind it; the other on the opposite side of the park, close to the intersection of Rutland Square and Tremont Street.

James Hohmann, of Mahoney’s Garden Center, who last year generously planted perennials and grasses in three areas of Library Park as part of the South End Garden Tour, has expressed interest in working with the Light Well design team to provide additional plantings appropriate for the installations. The Public Space Invitational is a project of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Proponents were asked to “dream of new ways to bring function and wonderment to civic spaces within a budget of $4,500.”

 

 

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The 2015 Summer Jazz Concert Series with Pat Loomis & His (Many) Friends Will Start Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 PM in Library Park, Followed by Three More Performances on August 4, 11 and 18

2015 July 10
by marleen

loomis concerts 2015Four outdoor concerts by the versatile and compelling jazz group Pat Loomis and Friends have been scheduled for July and August in Library Park, located next to the South End branch library. The series, which features a total of fifteen different musicians, includes a celebration of Latin music on Tuesday, August 11. It is co-sponsored by the South End library and the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL). Three years ago, a South End resident generously donated money to FOSEL, in memory of his mother, for that purpose.

The popular concert series again includes vocalists in two of its August programs. In previous years, the jazz singers have been known to quickly turn the (still-broken) pavement of Library Park into a dance floor filled with summer-drenched music lovers happily swaying back and forth (see photograph below). This year’s concerts include familiar faces  –including Pat Loomis’s son, Antonio, Zeke Martin, Dan Winshall– as well as new ones, all of them outstanding musicians whose history and musical pedigrees you can discover by clicking on their names below.

There will be refreshments (sliced watermelon has been the traditional fare, but feel free to bring your own additions). All concerts are free and will be held rain or shine, inside the library or at the park. The South End library is handicapped accessible and has bathroom facilities available  during the concerts. Concerts end by 8:00 PM.

Library Park Summer Jazz Concert with Pat Loomis and Friends 2013

Library Park Summer Jazz Concert with Pat Loomis and Friends 2013

Here is the line-up:

TUESDAY, JULY 21 at 6:30 PM—  La Fiesta: A Celebration Of The Music Of Chick Corea with Pat Loomis  saxophone), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Edvard Lee (keyboards), Daniel Day (bass), Zeke Martin (drums)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 6:30 PM— Now’s The Time: An Evening of Blues, Bebop, and Beyond with Pat Loomis ( saxophone ), Scott Aruda  (trumpet), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Dan Winshall (bass), Dave Fox (drums)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PM— Oye Como Va- A Celebration Of Latin Music with Pat Loomis (saxophone), Gilberto Rivera (guitar, cuatro, percussion, vocals), Leo Blanco (piano, keyboards), Benny Benson (drums)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 at 6:30 PM— Silky Soul: An Evening Of Silky Smooth Jazz and R&B with Pat Loomis (saxophone, vocals), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Big Ben Hillman (keyboards, vocals), Christoff Glaude (bass), Joaquin Santos (drums)

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