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Musical Apertif March *Music, Poetry an Prose from Ireland*

February 24, 2016

The Musical Aperitif Series Presents *Music, Poetry an Prose from Ireland*

A delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day or just enjoy the richness of Irish culture. Featuring readings from the works of some of Ireland's greatest writers: William Butler Yeats, James Joyce and Seamus Heaney. With theatrical performers Donal O'Sullivan and Cahal Stephens, and musicians Tony Keegan on bodhran, Lidia Chang on flute, and Sean Connor, fiddle.

Friday, March 18, 6-7PM
The Democracy Center
45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

$10 donation at the door
More information at www.hce-players.org

The Mile Wide Project 2/6/16

February 4, 2016

(TW: suicide) "My name is Joel Glenn Wixson. I'm a musician, a psychologist, a father, a husband, a friend, and a suicide survivor."

When Joel was 25, he experienced the lethal invitations of suicide. He survived because the distance between his plans to kill himself and his ability to act on those plans was wide enough for him to reconsider. This is the inspiration for the Mile Wide Project.  The mission is to create space between impulse and action. The belief is that impulses are rooted in ideas that we hold dear. There are ways to stand up for those ideas. By creating space through music and conversation we find ways to stand up for what we hold dear, and live a life that is a testament to our pain, not a tragic headline.

The Mile Wide Project is a one man show.

It takes you from pain and isolation to hope and possibilities.

See where it takes you.

Learn more: http://themilewideproject.org/

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931207676915151/

Musical Apertif Series: January 2016

January 1, 2016

Do you enjoy Downton Abbey? Then be sure to attend our Musical Apertif series Friday, January 15 6-7pm, which will feature music inspired by the era and tv show. Soprano Jean Danton, baritone Mark Morgan and pianist Linda Papatopoli will bring you back in time.

There will be an English tea reception to follow. 

Suggested donation: $10

Democracy Center Holiday Party This Friday, December 18

December 15, 2015

Join the Democracy Center and all of the amazing people who use the Democracy Center for a holiday party Friday, December 18 5-7pm at the Democracy Center. Just bring yourself and a friend! Snacks, music and other cool people provided. FB event.

November 20, Musical Apertif Series: Voci Angelica Trio

November 12, 2015

Join the Democracy Center for the Musical Apertif Series. This month, the program features Voci Angelica Trio, a group that is enjoying a widening audience nationally and internationally. The performers are multi-national and have a huge repertoire of music from around the globe that they have ingeniously arranged for voice, cello and percussion. Listen to their music: http://vociangelicatrio.com/media/

The program will begin at 6pm with a reception afterwards. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

6-7pm

Suggested donation: $10

More about Voci Angelica Trio: 

Re-imagining the boundaries of traditional folk music, Voci Angelica Trio’s riveting arrangements of global songs from every continent leave audiences mesmerized.  Shimmering vocal harmonies intertwine with lush cello lines and vibrant percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends cultural divisions.

What started as a side project building on its members’ diverse ethnic backgrounds has become a musical mission.  More than just a performance group, Voci Angelica Trio promotes the humanitarian goals of social justice and cultural understanding.  “We believe that one of the best ways to pursue peace is to sing one another’s songs,” says Jodi Hitzhusen.  Meena Malik adds, “We see ourselves as musical ambassadors, using our performances to raise public awareness of diverse cultures and the issues they face.”

The name “Voci Angelica” is a mix of romance languages and Latin, just as the trio explores and blends the music of many cultures.  It roughly translates to mean “voices of angels.”  Aristides Rivas concludes, “Music goes beyond language, religion, and politics.  It connects us to our humanity.”

Amador Family Concert Benefit--New Date!

May 21, 2014

The Amador Family will be performing a benefit concert at the Democracy Center, now on August 8th instead of July 25th! Mark your calendars, and be prepared to hear both Sol y Canto, a staple of the Cambridge music scene, perform original songs alongside Alisa Amador!

7:30 pm, all ages welcome!

You can buy tickets here, and follow the event on the Facebook page here.

Hope to see you there!

Tango Valentino On Tonight!

February 15, 2014

Our performers are braving the snow to put on a hot tango performance for you tonight, so we hope you'll join us!

The parking ban in Cambridge is in effect on certain roads, so if you plan on driving, use one of the streets on this map:

Activist Holiday Party at Dem Center!

January 7, 2014

2013 was an amazing year for The Democracy Center and our supporters, allies and friends--and we're hosting a party to celebrate making 2014 even better!

Have you used the Democracy Center (ever)? Have you (ever) wanted to? Come hang out with fellow activists, organizers, and artists, listen to awesome live music, and participate in our clothing swap!

This is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share! And our library yearns for books like Bostonians yearn for above-freezing temperatures, so bring any books you'd like to donate to a radical space!

Potluck and clothing swap begins at 7 pm
  MANICITY will be playing at 7:30
The fun continues until 10 pm

Come on down, bring a friend, and hang out with generally rad people. We'll see you there!

Film Premier and National Speaker--Fall Events at the Dem Center!

October 17, 2013

This fall, we're featuring events focusing on women war veterans, permaculture, solidarity economies, and more--and they're all FREE, including the film premier this Saturday!:

Women account for roughly 14 percent of the active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, yet they often receive less than a hero's welcome upon their return to civilian life. Many face poverty, homelessness and joblessness; deal with the psychological and physiological effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from military sexual trauma and combat-related injuries; and often receive poor service from a Veterans Administration ill-equipped and, in some cases, unwilling to help them. The Emmy®-nominated documentary WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE uncovers the plight of these veterans through the intense and personal stories of four women veterans coping with life after their military service. Each seeks a sense of normalcy and peace without the benefit of a comprehensive support system. WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE weaves together intimate interviews with the story of two women — Shalini Madaras and Joy Kiss — struggling to establish transitional housing for homeless female veterans in Bridgeport, Connecticut, despite virulent community opposition.

Then join us on Sat, Nov. 2nd for a talk with permaculturist Jan Spencer on how he transformed his yard into a sustainable haven, and his neighborhood along with it!

Hope to see you there!