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    Local action pushes issue of corporate rights to state

    The following letter to the editor was written by Gina Sonder, who is the 2014 Arlington coordinator of Pass Mass Amendment, an effort to amend the state Constitution. The letter responds to an editorial in The Arlington Advocate titled "Stepping up for 'the people,' published Jan. 22, 2015.  A version of the editorial is online. I would like to bring your attention to a piece of legislation, filed in the Massachusetts Legislature by our own Senator Kenneth Donnelly and Representatives Dave Rogers as well as Paul Mark, which directly address corporate rights and money as speech. SD 1311 and HD 2599 were inspired by the language proposed by Pass Mass Amendment [PMA], a grass-roots citizens' ballot initiative petition committee. PMA proposes to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to clarify that: ...

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    Absent -- without voters' leave

    When Town Hall is crowded ... I reserve sustained applause for all Town Meeting members who show up to engage in public discussion and votes about Arlington's issues. As tedious and time-consuming as some of the discussion can be, your work toward a vote, and the vote itself, are welcome. Nay, more than that -- showing up is essential in our town's representative democracy. By far, the greatest majority of our elected Town Meeting members are present each spring Monday and Wednesday nights, from 8 until 11, at Town Hall. What about the persistent absentees? As documented in this news story about Town Meeting attendance, those who responded to questions about their absences have their reasons. ...

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    Bikeway-Lake: Would a traffic light help?

      The following discussion, provided by Phil Goff and Chad Gibson, co-chairs of the East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition, was included in the group's Wednesday, Jan. 21, newsletter, titled "Will a traffic signal at the Minuteman/Lake St crossing improve or degrade safety?" For those who may not have heard, the town's venerable Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) has issued a preliminary study on the impacts that a new Lake Street traffic signal at the Minuteman pathway crossing would have on traffic flow and path user safety. TAC will summarize its analysis report to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) at the BOS meeting next Monday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m. [Because of the blizzard, this meeting was rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:15 p.m.] The TAC report recommends that the BOS form a Design Review Committee to oversee the placement and design of a full traffic signal at the Minuteman Crossing, to be coordinated with the Brooks Ave. signal. The series of recom ...

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    Review: How Arlington celebrates King's life

    One participant's view of a town tradition King My wife and I have been attending Arlington's celebration of Martin Luther King's life for two decades. We recall fondly the elbow-to-elbow affairs in the basement at the First Baptist Church. Pushed together with people you did not know but would soon come to know, the annual January occasions began the evening as neighborly get-togethers. After supper, we'd head upstairs to the sanctuary, and a choir would remind that the occasion was in part religious. After all, the slain civil-rights leader had been a preacher. So the evening called for the rhetoric of remembrance -- hopes sought, gains made, progress yet to occur -- and speakers rarely disappointed. Some even made news, as in 2006, when Deval Patrick spoke, foreshadowing the silky phrases we would hear after he became governor. Poet Afaa Michael Weaver recalls his younger years. In the years since the event moved to Town Hall, the committee that organizes the celebratio ...

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    Loser's view: What historic loss teaches

    As I write, the Spy Ponder boys are unbeaten after their first nine games. Many of their wins have been decisive. Enjoy the run while it lasts, and remember it well. I have no such memories. I played high school ball on a team that set a standard for appalling play. In two years, the teams on which I dribbled lost 34 times. A typical loss was 100 to 40 or so. A typical win? None really. We won twice, close games against the same "artistic" kids from New Hope, Pa. Why were we so bad? It was not for lack of effort. ...

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    Jazzy fund-raiser held as teen Model U.N. Group needs help

    The following was submitted by Julia Ruderman, a member of ARMUN for a second year, a resident of Arlington and a junior at Minuteman. The Arlington Regional Model United Nations Program (ARMUN) invited the public attend "An Evening of Festive Entertainment," held Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Church, 300 Mass. Ave. The evening featured a local-youth jazz band led by vocalist Claire Dickson and bassist Dan Klingsman, joined as well by Ezra Morrison on Clarinet, Kevin LeFleur on guitar, Michael Morrissette on piano and Aaron Colonnesse on drums. ...

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    Review: 'American Sniper': Clint’s a good shot, but what about man behind scope?

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at TBMeek3.wordpress.com. It’s pretty amazing the quality of films Clint Eastwood has been belting out as he sails well past the octogenarian mark, not just because he’s making movies at that age, but because of the ambition and scope of those films. “Invictus” (2009) took on the shifting tides of apartheid in South Africa, “J. Edgar” (2011), the biopic of America’s long-standing top dick, spanned eras and presidential regimes as America was shaped during the mid-1900s – and then there was the ill-fated but well-intentioned musical “Jersey Boys” (2014) ...

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    Brrrr: but it's a good cause Saturday

    Want to receive a photo of School Committee Chairman Bill Hayner in a Speedo freezing his tush off? You can, if you donate to a worthy cause -- eradicating polio. "Remember, everyone who sends a donation gets a picture of me coming out of the water," Hayner write in an appeal seeking donations. He adds with tongue in cheek: "If it is a substantial donation, I won't send the picture." Hayner is among those supporting Rotary District 7930 of Arlington, participating in its fifth annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:15 a.m. ...

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    Your letters wanted ... about anything

    Do you have a passionate opinion about an Arlington issue? We know you have emotions, but can you support your beliefs with facts? The general election is over, but opinions don't stop. Let the public know what you think. Right here. You may submit letters of any length to YourArlington. You're not restricted by any word limit, as you are in The Advocate. You may send letter in three ways -- by email to sprague.bob [at] gmail.com,  or by a plain-text file copied and pasted at Send News or here >> ...

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Concerts in this MIT series, "The Art of the Improvisers," are curated by Mark Harvey of Arlington and held in conjunction with the MIT course "Musical Improvisation." They are made possible with the support of MIT’s Music and Theater Arts and the Alumni Class Funds Program.

Tre Corda, Wednesday, May 1, Killian Hall, 8 p.m., free:

Whether reinventing jazz standards, breathing fresh life into classical repertoire, or premiering their own original works, Tre Corda generates a compelling sound all its own. Their works blend composition and improvisation in new and unexpected ways, using the musical vocabulary of such classical composers as Bartok and Stravinsky, as well as songs and ideas from the worlds of jazz and popular musics.

Cellist Eugene Friesen's dynamic rhythms and incredible array of bowing and plucking techniques, trumpeter Greg Hopkins's virtuosic leaps and outrageous genre-bending phrases, and pianist Tim Ray's lyric melodicism and two-fisted pyrotechnics--these are just a few of the ways Tre Corda concerts have satisfied and delighted audiences with both jazz and classical expectations.

Tre Corda combined virtuosity and intelligence in two sets of original compositions and arrangements…winning in their rhythmic vitality, play of ideas, unexpectedly fine blend and all around engagement with the music….(playing) rhythms that left Stravinsky and minimalism gasping for breath…That's chamber music, partner," wrote Andrew Pincus in the Berkshire  Eagle.

Improvisation and Electronics, with Neil Leonard & Robin Eubanks, Wednesday, April 3,  Killian Hall, 8 p.m., free:

Leonard is a sound artist/composer/saxophonist. His work includes jazz performance, composition for orchestra with computer generated video/sound, sound/music for dance, theater, installation, and film, including over 25 years performing with live-electronics and saxophone. Leonard's collaborations with visual arts have been featured at MoMA (NYC), the Whitney Biennial, the Havana Biennial, and will be featured in the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennial (2013).

Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation and a prolific composer/arranger whose work has been featured by his own ensembles and been central to long-term associations with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, and the M-Base Collective.

Leonard and Eubanks will perform solo works from their repertoire for saxophone/trombone and electronics and new duo compositions written for this concert. Their work creates a discourse that explores the implications of emerging technologies and their impact on jazz improvisation.

Natraj, featuring special guest, Indian classical virtuoso, Chitravina Ravikiran, Sunday, March 10, Wong Auditorium, 4 p.m., presented in collaboration with MITHAS and is free to MIT Students with ID
Acclaimed world-jazz group Natraj teams up with Indian classical virtuoso Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N. Ravikiran for an amazing East-West synthesis. Doordarshan (Indian National Television) broadcast this stunning collaboration's performance in the Prayojana International Music Festival in Chennai, India.

Natraj showcases Ravikiran on adaptations of Indian classical and original pieces, including works by Ravikiran who will also present an Indian classical segment.

Called an arresting virtuoso by the Los Angeles Times, and one of India's finest musicians, Ravikiran plays the Indian stringed instrument, the chitravina. He has performed and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic, blues legend Taj Mahal, and Grammy Award winner Glenn Velez. Radio National Australia hails Ravikiran as perhaps the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world today. 

Natraj … seamlessly fuses classical Indian music, the traditional music of West Africa and contemporary jazz to create its own style extols the Asian Age, Bengaluru, India. Along with Ravikiran, this concert features Natraj regulars Phil Scarff, soprano and sopranino saxophones; Mike Rivard, string bass; Jerry Leake, tabla and multi-percussion; and Bertram Lehman, drums and percussion.

"FiLmprov," Wednesday, Feb. 20, Killian Hall, 8 p.m., free

Film + improvisation=FiLmprov. Add live musical improvisation by world-class musicians to the moving modern art of filmmaker Kate Matson of Arlington and enter the world of FiLmprov.

Join Matson and this wonderful ensemble for a dazzling display of visual and aural invention: Harvey, trumpet; Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff and Dan Zupan, saxes and woodwinds; and John Funkhouser, string bass and piano.

Matson's found-object animation has had improvised accompaniment ranging from solo piano in a coffee house setting to the entire Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to screenings at Takoma Park, Md., with music by the Aardett and for the Society for Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, New York City, a trio of her films scored by Forrest Larson was part of the Experimental Intermedia Festival, Screen Compositions 6, New York City. 

FiLmprov has participated in annual film/music performances at MIT since 2006, performed at the First Annual Cambridge Science Festival, the Berklee College of Music, Harvard's Dudley House, and the Berkshire Community College Forum.

Zhen Ren Chuan: January Photos

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    Adults practicing Bagua Yue.

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    Emile and Lucas (Juniors) get their belts.

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    Iron Palm and Speed Bag training.

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    Jasmyn (Children's age group) gets her Belt.

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    Juniors during Deep Breathing.

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    Nick passes his 6th Stripe Test.

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    Rivka passes her 2nd Stripe Test.

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    Vivek gets his belt (Advanced Children).

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