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Evie Salon and Studio: A Place Where Hair and Art Co-mingle

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I am not a patron of hair salons. When I go to have my sparse bit of hair and my beard trimmed I go to an old school barber in Harvard Square. But on this occasion, I made the trip to the Evie Salon and Studio in Davis Square, Somerville. The owner, Yvonne Bonaccorso met me at the salon. Bonaccorso impressed me as warm and friendly, and of course she was well-coiffed. She told me that the stylish black dress she was wearing was designed at a local shop “whats–nu,” right down the block from her.

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August 16

Juliet, a casual café in Union Square for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Friday and weekend brunch, transforms into a full service dining experience, serving themed tasting menus accompanied by poems, essay, illustration and other dynamic design and service elements by owners and Somerville residents Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri.

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33 Ibbetson Street: The Orange House Down the Block

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I sent this small piece to the Somerville 175th Birthday History Project and it will be on display with many others at the Somerville Public Library, and possibly on their website…

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August 9

Paul Marion has been a writer and community activist since the 1970s. He is the author of several collections of poetry as well as the editor of the early writings of Jack Kerouac, Atop an Underwood, and other titles. His recent book, Mill Power, tells the story of the innovative national park in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the city’s acclaimed revival, a model for small industrial cities everywhere. His work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review and The Massachusetts Review. In 1978 he created Loom Press, a small publishing company that promotes writing from the Merrimack River Valley. Among other accomplishments on the community front, he co-founded the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Heritage Partnership, an alliance of people and organizations whose mission is to care for architecture, nature, and culture. His latest collection of poetry is Union River. I interviewed Paul on my show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer at the Somerville Media Center studios.

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Chief Jay Strongbow is Real: Timothy Gager Hungers for Truth

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Timothy Gager – poet, novelist, short fiction writer, and the co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival (2003 to 2010) with yours truly – has a new book of verse out. Here is the review by Laura Cherry:

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August 2

Tate Sands is a trustee of the Moozie Foundation, a Grant Foundation that aims to provide for vulnerable populations. Tate studied at Berklee College of Music and later received a license in Cosmetology. As well as performing music, Tate is also a stand-up comedian in his free time.

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Provincetown Arts: An annual look at the visual and literary arts

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Many a Somervillian will be heading to the Cape this summer. I will be heading to that enclave of artists and writers, Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod. Christopher Busa, the founder of the magazine Provincetown Arts sent me the latest edition. So I decided to write an appreciation of it.

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July 26

Somerville Bagel Bard and Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi A. Sesling sent us this poem about the late poet Harry Weldon Kees. Kees was an American poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, playwright, jazz pianist, short story writer, and filmmaker.

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Interview with Somerville Poet David Blair

Author of the poetry collection ‘Arsonville’

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David Blair is a poet who is firmly rooted in Somerville, and on any given day you may see him walking the streets of our very walker-friendly city, closely observing, taking in the sights – and pondering his next poem.

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