Next Season: April 26 - May 5, 2019

ARTWEEK TO CELEBRATE THE “ART OF FOOD” APRIL 29 – MAY 8

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Contact: Michelle Chapman
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mchapman@citicenter.org
ARTWEEK TO CELEBRATE THE “ART OF FOOD” APRIL 29 – MAY 8

Boston, MA (April 21, 2016)

ArtWeek, a bi-annual, ten-day creative festival, will offer more than 170 events this season, including many culinary events and a celebration of the “Art of Food”. ArtWeek will run from April 29 – May 8 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

This season’s ArtWeek lineup will feature dozens of unique culinary events, including events that will demonstrate how to make artful sushi and how to create the perfect margarita, celebrate Hispanic food and culture simultaneously during “Cinco de Mayo Antidote – Opera Style”, and feature an epic “Seafood Throwdown” as local chefs battle to create the best seafood dish at the Boston Public Market.

ArtWeek will also feature the “Art of Food” where restaurants across Greater Boston will create a drink, appetizer, entrée, or dessert inspired by a piece of art or artist. Participating restaurants include Menton, Ames Street Deli, ArtBar Cambridge, Avenue One, Double Chin, Backbar, Empire, Gennaro’s 5 North Square, Michael’s Deli, Red Lantern, Woods Hill Table, Grill 23, Post 390, Study, Courtyard Restaurant, Loyal Nine, and Outlook Kitchen and Bar.

This season’s culinary events include:

Art of the Cocktail: The Perfect Margarita
Lead Partner: Boston Center for the Arts
Community Partner: Traveling Foodie in 4″ Stilettos
Price: $25
Location: Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston
Monday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Boston Center for the Arts and Blogger Markeya Williams highlight the artistic side of cocktails from creation to consumption where local distillers, bartenders and industry insiders escort participants on an intimate and unique taste experience.  3-2-1, 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec and 1 part lime and you’ve got the perfect classic margarita! Got the basics? Now up your game and expand your tequila cocktail repertoire in time for Cinco de Mayo. Your friends will love you for it. No refunds or exchanges for tickets. 21 plus guests. ID required.

Artful Sushi
Lead Partner: Sea to You Sushi
Price: $20
Location: Sea to You Sushi School, 232 California Street
Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

In Japanese culture, sushi is considered to be an art form because its appearance is just as important as how it tastes. Chefs from different regions of Japan roll it and arrange it on the plate according to their own styles, and they spend years learning the craft of sushi-making. You and your family are invited to get a taste of how this delicate art form is created at Sushi School! Sushi School Open House and Demo is for couples, friends and families with children.  The fee includes admission for two, Sushi Demo at 2:00 PM and all supplies to make one California roll and two Spicy Tuna rolls per person. Part of the proceeds will be donated to ArtWeek Boston.

ArtLifting + Fondue Night
Lead Partner: Boston Public Market
Price: $7 (Trustee Member Price includes free beverage)
Location: Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Friday, May 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Enjoy local art, cheese, beer, and wine during our modern take on a traditional art opening. ArtLifting representatives and artists will discuss their work while visitors sample fondue, admire and purchase original art, and experience a unique pairing of food and art in the City. ArtLifting representatives and artists will discuss their work while visitors sample fondue, admire and purchase original art, and experience a unique pairing of food and art in the City.

Cambridge Innovation Center’s ArtWeek Opening Reception
Leading Partner: CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center)
Community Partner: Berklee College of Music and Branchfood
Price: Free
Location: CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Floor 16, Boston
Monday, May 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

To kick off a week filled with art of all mediums across our three Boston and Cambridge locations, join us for an evening of art, music, food, and drinks. Tour our newest floor to check out work from local artists. For our opening reception, we will be organizing a musical demonstration by Berklee student musicians, as well as welcoming the artists displaying at CIC to join us for the festivities, hold tours, and discuss their work with the community.

CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center – one of the largest co-working spaces in the world for start-ups) was founded in 1999 to support people from all walks of life in their endeavors to create lasting, innovative change. We are interested in asking tough questions and in providing the local community with a unique physical space to collaborate on exceptional solutions.

Cinco de Mayo Antidote – Opera Style
Lead Partner: OperaHub
Community Partner: The Middle Gray
Price: Free
Location: The Middle Gray, 6 Station Street, Brookline
Thursday, May 5 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Tired of a day created to celebrate watered down Hispanic food and culture? The Middle Gray dishes out sophisticated South American cuisine while Opera on Tap and OperaHub serve up Spanish and Latin opera arias and songs. New Gallery/Cafe/Tapas Bar The Middle Gray in Brookline Village hosts Opera on Tap and OperaHub for an intimate evening of vocal music.”

This is a special collaboration between three unconventional arts-focused groups and will preview some of the material from OperaHub’s upcoming production of El Gato con Botas along with Opera on Tap’s signature blend of epic, close-quarters entertainment. The Middle Gray’s family-recipe South American food and bar service will be available throughout the event.  No cover charge; food and beverages will be served at normal prices.

Clover + Beer + Poetry
Lead Partner: Clover Food Lab
Price: Free
Location: Clover Food Lab, 1075 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Thursday, May 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Joining the City’s celebration of ArtWeek, Clover Food Lab will feature a poetry reading by Julia Shipley as part of its monthly craft beer-launch program. Emerging artist Julia Shipley, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, is a poet, farmer and fellow champion of a sustainable New England food system. Julia will read a selection of poems from her debut poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, as well as new works. The event will feature live music, snacks, and the full Clover menu.

Eat, Love, Paint On the Farm
Lead Partner: The Kitchen Porch
Price: $50
Location: The Farm Institute, Katatma, Edgartown
Friday, May 6 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Join Jan Buhrman and Melissa D’Antoni at The Farm Institute on Martha’s Vineyard to explore our relationship to food that is grown close to home while painting at our table. We will  celebrate our relationship to food through art while immersed in the diverse operations of a working farm. Friday night will be open to the public for a farm tour, dinner and painting. We will serve a delicious simple supper made from the freshest ingredients off the farm. This will be the “taste”of  the full weekend retreat Eat, Paint, Love Your Body to follow on Friday and Saturday.

Fire & Wine
Lead Partner: Diablo Glass School
Price: $35
Location: Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace Street, Boston
Saturday, April 30 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Dabble in the ancient arts of glass in a relaxed social environment. Witness the alchemy of glassblowing and flameworking by Diablo Glass School talented artists while sampling our carefully selected wines.   Reservations are required as space is limited. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the glass origin, history, behavior and types. Professional glassblowers  will explain the different steps and strategies used during the creation of the special pieces. One of the creations will be raffled between the public.

Make a Silver Ring & Sam Adams
Lead Partner: Stonybrook Fine Arts
Community Partner: Samuel Adams Brewery
Price: $50
Location: Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Learn the basics of jewelry-making in this introduction. Beginners welcome! Students use a torch to solder and anneal their metal, size, file, cut and finish their rings. Practice rings in copper and finished rings in silver. Afterwards walk across the street to quench your thirst during an exclusive ArtWeek tour of the Sam Adams Brewery and enjoy a cookie from Ula Cafe. Workshop age minimum is 10 years old with parent or guardian. All ages are welcome for the Brewery tour where root beer is also available. Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe substantial shoes and tie back long hair.

Metal Casting & Sam Adams Tour
Lead Partner: Stonybrook Fine Arts
Community Partner: Sam Adams Brewery
Price: $50
Location: Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Aluminum Sand Casting Workshop! Learn the basics of metal casting, watch the molten metal flow and leave with an aluminum object! Afterwards walk across the street to quench your thirst during an exclusive ArtWeek tour of the Sam Adams Brewery and enjoy a cookie from Ula Cafe. Workshop age minimum is 10 years old with parent or guardian. All ages are welcome for the Brewery tour where root beer is also available. Finish with a cookie from Ula Cafe! Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe substantial shoes and tie back long hair.

Mother’s Day in the Garden
Lead Partner: Trustees
Price: $24 Adult Members; $5 Children of Members; $30 Nonmember Adults; $10 Children General
Location: Worcester Street Community Garden, Worcester St between Tremont and Columbus, Boston
Sunday, May 8 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day and the art of herb gardening with your family enjoying healthy brunch treats amidst the spring flowers. We’ll have supplies to make your own potted herb arrangement using your own container or one we’ll have available. A great activity for all and a perfect gift for Mom. Herb pot, plants, and supplies are included.

Opera Pop-up at the Boston Public Market
Leading Partner: Boston Public Market
Community Partner: Boston Lyric Opera
Price: Free
Location: Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Let talented divas entertain you while you dine! Join us for an unexpected concert featuring Boston Lyric Opera singers, food, and performance art. Today only, customers and visitors are invited to watch the food and music worlds collide. A unique blend of food and music, this event allows visitors to engage directly with food and music in an unexpected way.

Seafood Throwdown at the Boston Public Market
Lead Partner: Boston Public Market
Price: $10 (non-members); $5 for Trustees members
Location: KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Sunday, May 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Local chefs battle it out to prepare the “Best Seafood Dish” using a mystery item sourced from Boston Public Market vendor Red’s Best, while their local food stylist counterparts square off to artfully plate it up. Come sample each dish and weigh in on the best presentation—Peoples’ Choice award goes to the most artful chef and stylist! The audience is invited to judge the winning dish on flavor and presentation.

Still Life Drawing at the Boston Public Market
Lead Partner: Boston Public Market
Price: Free
Location: Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Bosotn
Wednesday, May 4 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Professional, amateur, and aspiring artists alike are welcome to join us for a free Market-wide “food still life” open-studio. Enjoy sketching, photographing, and painting at food still life stations throughout the Market featuring centerpieces of Market vendors’ beautiful and unique products, from traditional bowls of fruit to sea urchins, parrot tulips, and celeriac. Bring your own supplies or use our complimentary paper, materials, and easels and come create art with us! For ArtWeek, the Market will transform into an open studio for live drawing.

Tour and Decor, Drinks & More
Lead Partner: Restoration Resources
Price: Free
Location: Restoration Resources, 1946 Washington Street, Boston
Wednesday, May 4 from 6:15 – 8:30 PM

RSVP to experience an Artweek exclusive tour of Restoration Resources, Boston’s only 7,000 sq. ft. salvage showroom and warehouse which is often referred to as a “museum” of Boston’s architectural history. In addtion, throughout ArtWeek, you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special exhibit of home décor and furnishings crafted from antique salvaged elements. Watch slideshows in “Circa” on “How to Repurpose and Design/Furnish your home with Salvage”.  “Circa” is the back showroom of Restoration Resources that doubles as a one-of-a-kind event venue designed with “rescued” furnishings that are also all for sale!  See pieces designed by local artists, including a computer workstation crafted from a repurposed vintage gas pump, complete with a webcam in the hose! Restoration Resources, a 2-time recipient of Boston Magazine’s, “Best of Boston Home” will offer 10% off all merchandise when you mention Artweek Boston. Plus Free Wi-Fi, snacks and beverages!

Tribute to My Homeland
Leading Partner: Gennaro’s 5 North Square
Price: $45
Location: Gennaro’s 5 North Square, 5 North Square, Boston
Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Chef Marisa Iocco is one of the country’s most well known (and rare) native Italian female chefs…and she belongs to Boston. With a fine arts education, her mamma’s food instincts and a few American phrases, Iocco landed here in 1988 when the city began acquiring a palate; and ever since, she’s sated Boston diners with the treasured regional cooking that shaped her youth, and by elevating traditional Italian-American dishes. Come revel in Iocco’s story at this event honoring her newly published memoir/cookbook, “Every Menu Is A Love Story”, where she’ll read passages from signed books that trace her culinary story against a backdrop of the music, bites and sips that have earned Iocco accolades from “Esquire”,”Condo Nast Traveler” and countless local media.

A lifelong artist, Marisa Iocco expresses herself with no medium more prized than food. Now ArtWeek Boston participation honors her passion for ensuring that the city’s children have access to methods for that same self expression by reading from her book, and serving its dishes that highlight the connection between art, food, love and family.

Weld A Critter/ Sam Adams Tour
Lead Partner: Stonybrook Fine Arts
Community Partner: Samuel Adams Brewery
Price: $50
Location: Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Play with fire in this beginner workshop! Learn the basics of MIG Welding, shop safety, using tools and equipment. After you get the gist of welding, you create a small sculpture!  We provide all of the safety gear and materials. MIG welding is sort like using a hot glue gun with a wire feed running through it. When you touch the wire to the metal, it creates an arc, which creates a weld. After the workshop, quench your thirst with an exclusive ArtWeek VIP tour of the Sam Adams Brewery across the street.  FInish up the day with a cookie from Ula Cafe!  Workshop minimum age 14 with parent or guardian permission. All ages are welcome for the Brewery tour where root beer is also available. Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe substantial shoes and tie back hair.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. Participants can go on a running tour of Boston’s cultural landmarks, join a Brazilian dance and drum parade, create a one-of-a-kind public art installation, or experience pop-up opera at the Boston Public Market. Since more than 65% of events are free and all are affordable, you can also watch local chefs battle to design the best seafood dish, create sensory friendly brainprints with MIT neuroscientists, or see the latest creations from local fashion designers. These exciting events are happening across more than 50 neighborhoods and towns, including Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Edgartown, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Nantucket, Newton, Peabody, Provincetown, Salem, Somerville, Wellesley, West Tisbury, Worcester, and more. A complete calendar of events can be found here.

For more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.

About ArtWeek Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Born in Boston, ArtWeek has grown so rapidly since its 2013 launch that it now serves communities throughout all of Eastern Massachusetts.

Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness about the area’s creative economy and its creative communities, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek has a network of generous media partners, including WHDH-TV/WLVI-TV, Boston.com, Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9, 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7), and Titan Cares, with additional support from Lesley University, Clear Channel, the MBTA, and Long Haul Films. For more information, visit artweekboston.org.

About Highland Street Foundation – Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $165 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

About Citi Performing Arts Center – Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For more information, please visit www.citicenter.org.