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Hear his work on WGBH Tuesday, next month
John Kusiak was once a rock-'n'-roll guitarist, on the road with the Pousette-Dart Band and other groups, continuing to play the music he had loved since age 12, when he began guitar lessons in his native Agawam. Nowadays, his life is more sedentary. He works out of his Arlington studio, composing music for dozens of commercials, documentaries and live performances.
His latest work will be heard in two upcoming broadcasts. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, "American Experience" will feature a program about Thomas Edison on WGBH, and in February, HBO will present "The Jinx," a six-part documentary series about Robert Durst, scion of a wealthy family who may have gotten away with murder.
Kusiak's music will set the mood for these productions, as it has for his other work. He walks a careful line in not overpowering the dialogue or events the viewer is seeing, yet establishing the tone and helping the viewer have an emotional response.
There is nothing like holding your face over a spicy, steaming, sizzling bowl of bibimbap to clear your sinuses and make you forget about the chilling wind outside. Except for maybe bibimbap that has been delivered to your doorstep so you don’t even have to venture out into that wind.
WooRi, Korean Fusion Grill, is the latest addition to Korean offerings in Arlington, and a delightful addition it is.
The first thing you have to know about Korean food is kimchi. In my humble opinion, it’s the king of pickles. It’s cabbage with chili, shrimp and some other stinky stuff that is fermented until, like a fine aged cheese, the smell tells you something amazing is about to happen to your tongue. When you are offered kimchi as a side dish or accompaniment, say, “Yes, please.” If you want to see it made, stop in to the H-Mart, the Korean grocery store in Burlington and epicenter of the kimchi universe in these parts.
The bulgogi kimchi slider ($8) is the first small plate that is a must-try. Bulgogi is a paper-thin, sliced beef barbecue. The barbecue is piled onto little snowflake rolls with mayo and kimchi with a side of the best little shoestring fries you’ve ever had.
In the face of a reported $765 million state midyear budget deficit, Rep. Sean Garballey, Democrat of Arlington, assured the School Committee on Thursday, Jan. 22, "there should be no need to cut local aid."
Whether or not that occurs will not be up to one local representative.
Garballey spoke to the committee mainly to update them about his legislative efforts.
Filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, they seek limits on unfunded mandates and high-stakes testing. The former are requirements school districts face without enough money to pay for them.
The goal, he said, is to first require an investigation into costs for programs and ways to fund them via partnerships around priorities.
In addition, he said, he has refiled a bill for six years aimed at getting insurance companies to pay for mental-health counseling at schools. "One way to stop gun violence [at schools] is by addressing mental health, he said, in an indirect reference to the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in which 26 died.
Internal candidates sought; interim eyed by end of January
UPDATED, Jan. 14: The effort to find a new police chief includes recommendations from the town manager that would remove the position from Civil Service and limit the applicant pool to only internal candidates.
Following a 10-minute discussion, selectmen voted, 4-0-1, on Monday, Jan. 12, to support the manager's recommendation. Selectman Diane Mahon abstained, referring to some of the history of why Town Meeting had approved moving the chief position into Civil Service in the late 1990s.
Under the recommendation, moving the chief's position out of Civil Service requires a Town Meeting vote. Chapdelaine said he would seek a warrant article about the matter to be considered at a Special Town Meeting early in this spring's session.
Responding to questions from Selectman Kevin Greeley, Chapdelaine said the town would hire a third-party evaluator to vet applicants, the manager would conduct interviews and three to five candidates would be offered.
Selectmen Joseph Curro and Dan Dunn said they supported the manager's recommendation. Selectmen Steven Byrne and Greeley did not comment about support voted in favor.
Chapdelaine said that, if the process is taken out of Civil Service, he would be freer to spell out the kind of chief the town seeks.
Two local Democrats are celebrating the signing of legislation this month establishing a Mystic River Water Quality Commission aimed at keeping the river’s water quality high enough for fishing, boating and swimming.
"People are finally starting to pay attention to the Mystic," said state Rep. Denise Provost, who wrote the legislation with state Sen. Pat Jehlen.
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UPDATED, Jan. 16: A 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from Arlington, were among 29 arrested Thursday, Jan. 15, after protests that blocked traffic on the Southeast Expressway and I-93 near Medford.
Protesters who said they were trying to call attention to racial oppression blocked traffic heading to Boston on Interstate 93 north and south of the city Thursday morning. The actions surprised police, snarled the commute for thousands and forced the diversion of an ambulance carrying a car crash victim to a Boston hospital, State Police said.
Organizers plan to keep Arlington in name
UPDATED, Jan. 8: A successful international film festival, part of Arlington's goal to promote town tourism and culture, will be showing its edgy movies at Kendall Square next October, but its organizers will be retaining the town's name in the event's title as well as its connections here.
In separate interviews, a festival co-organizer described the effort to continue to link the films to Arlington, while the Regent Theatre's co-owner offered his side of the story.
At a noisy, crowded Kickstand on Friday, Jan. 2, J. Alberto Guzman, who with his wife, April Ranck, have operated the festival in town since 2011, told what led to the change of venue.
He put out both hands, his palms up and open. "It fell onto our plates," he said.
Howie Sandler, Kendall Cinema general manager, reached out just after the 2014 festival ended in October, he said, noting he had approached a number of festivals and thought the Arlington International Film Fest (AIFF) would be a good fit for his patrons.
The deal took about seven weeks to cement. "I spoke with so many," Guzman said.
Under the new arrangement, Kendall Square Cinema, owned by Landmark Theatres, a national chain, plans to charge the same rent the Regent did, but the festival will have eight days instead of five, Guzman said. The festival dates are Oct. 15 through 22 (Thursday through Thursday).
Available to Kendall festivalgoers will be the 24-hour next-door parking garage, which charges $3 a car. Kendall Cinema is to provide promotion via social media (Facebook, Twitter and a Kendall newsletter) as well as on a large poster at the front of the East Cambridge theater.