Friday, April 29, 2011

Boston Shines Updates

Update on tomorrow's Boston Shines from Cam. See original post for full details.

Just a few more notes for this weekend-

1. Chris Vaillancourt has generously offered to be the point person for 300 Summer Street and designed the cheerful poster.
2. Caroline has asked that we be very careful in Wormwood park because of fragile plants not yet visible so- NO raking, just very gentle removal of trash, dog products, etc.
3. We REALLY need food/tool pickup (coffee from Sagarinos, soil etc.) and logistical help.
4. Tools are now in the back of Channel Center and will be brought out to Binford park around 9:00

5.  The meeting place  is at Binford Park on Sunday at 1:30, but everything, tools, soil from Commonwealth Ventures, tools from back of Channel Center, coffee etc. will be moved to Wormwood when we start working. We need people to help right at 1:30, so please let me know if you can make it then. I have a recording session and will try to be back by 1:30, but it would b e great if there were specific people ready to step in.
6. Folks who couldn't help this weekend are warmly invited to the party and perhaps can help with party setup, or bring a little something in case we have more people than expected. Please let me know if you are available to do this so I can delegate specific tasks.

Looking forward to a great weekend!

Cam Sawzin

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hotel Cassiopeia at Fort Point Theatre

Fort Point Theatre Channel presents
Contact: Marc S. Miller, Producer –, 617-750-8900

Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.Fridays, May 6, 13, 20
Saturdays, May 7, 14 & 21 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, May 8, 15 at 7:30 pm.

Presented at 10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston
Tickets: $20;
$13 for students, over 65, groups of 6 or more. Available through or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Described in Boston Magazine as "a unique initiative in the performing arts in the city," Fort Point Theatre Channel is pleased to announce its production of Hotel Cassiopeia, by Charles Mee.
This fantasy inspired by the life and work of the master of assemblage art, Joseph Cornell, will itself be an assemblage,” notes Sylvie Agudelo, concept director and production designer for Hotel Cassiopeia.
Marc S. Miller, Fort Point Theatre Channel’s co-artistic director, directs the production. According to Miller, “The space in which we are mounting this unusual and exciting play – several thousand square feet of vacant retail space in the center of Fort Point’s artist community – is as inspiring as Mee’s script. We are also thrilled to open the play during the Fort Point Arts Community’s annual spring Art Walk.”
Robert D. Murphy, who has performed with many of the area’s finest theatre companies, will play Joseph Cornell. A member of Actors’ Equity, Murphy starred in Fort Point Theatre Channel’s acclaimed 2008 production of The Time of Your Life, which was set and performed in a Fort Point saloon.
The cast also includes: Jake Berger, Mary Driscoll, Silvia Graziano, Meredith Stypinski, Nick Thorkelson, Allison Vanouse, Rick Winterson.
The design and production team, led by Agudelo, includes Jennifer Hardy (choreographer), Andrew Neumann (composer), Robin Reilly (costume consultant), Todd Sargent (lighting design), Nick Thorkelson (set design collaborator, graphic design), Douglas Urbank (film design), and Mark Warhol (sound design).
Accompanying the production will be a series of “Constellations,” artistic exhibitions curated and created by Agudelo, the Hotel Cassiopeia design team, and guest artists at various locations in Fort Point and other parts of Boston.
In conjunction with Hotel Cassiopeia and “Constellations,” Liliana Folta, an internationally known artist now living in Fort Point, has created "Cassiopeia Behind the Scene." This painting is being raffled off to support Fort Point Theatre Channel. Born in Argentina, Folta is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with acrylics, ceramic sculptures, and installations. Her inspiration for "Cassiopeia Behind the Scene" comes from the assemblages of Joseph Cornell.
Robert D. Murphy on playing Joseph Cornell:“Joseph Cornell could rhapsodize about a cinnamon doughnut and discover constellations in a shot glass. How do you portray this alchemy to an audience? How do you find the drama in a painfully shy homebody who made world-class art at his kitchen table? And then project that drama onto the floor of a sprawling warehouse space? That’s our ensemble’s challenge in Hotel Cassiopeia and playwright Charles Mee provides the map. Mee assembles drama, beauty, and a few laughs into this dream-catching play. We are scrambling to keep up.”
Sylvie Agudelo on Hotel Cassiopeia“Our challenge is to present a theatrically functional work of art that honors both Joseph Cornell and the individual artists contributing to the design of the production. We are trying to weave together Mee’s abstract fantasy--a delightful pastiche of imagery and writing--with assemblies of language, art, and sound in a way that engage and provide a foundation. Here is a story about how far you can go on a daydream. Our wish is that the audience leaves inspired and reminded of the power of the imagination.”
Background information:
Sylvie Agudelo, a Boston artist, is delighted to have been invited to work on concept and design for this production because of the opportunity to explore how artists make and think about art and ideas about our collective memory—not just what we remember but how and why. Prevailing themes in her work include bioethics, human nature, media and society, and time. Now in her fourth year as a member of the Fort Point Theatre Channel, she has designed costumes for FPTC’s Codes of Conduct, The Time of Your Life, Present Imperfect, and Carny Knowledge and appeared as Mary in The Time of Your Life. This is her first experience working with a team to create a three-dimensional cartoon city for an ensemble of actors dressed mostly as ballerinas who dance with the stars and clouds and have tea with Gorky.
Marc S. Miller (stage director) is FPTC co-artistic director, co-founder, and producer. He has directed for a number of Boston-area theatres and was a member of the Actors’ Coop of North Carolina. He directed FPTC’s productions of 4:48 Psychosis and The Time of Your Life. He is a long-time board member and past president of Resist Foundation.
Robert D. Murphy (Joseph Cornell) is an actor and playwright based in Boston. For Fort Point Channel Theatre, he starred in The Time of Your Life, staged at Lucky’s Lounge (to which Murphy has subsequently returned for the Sinatra Brunch). He has also performed with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Underground Railway Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and the Weston (VT) Playhouse. He played the inscrutable Dr. Harden in several episodes of the Showtime series Brotherhood. He has run countless laps of the Boston Theatre Marathon and his play Client Number One was produced in the 2008 edition. His other plays have been featured in SLAMBoston (Company One), FeverFest09 (Small Theatre Alliance of Boston), Moments of Play (Salem Theatre Company), and Exclamation Point #8 (Fort Point Theatre Channel). His play Bollywood Ending was recently published by Smith & Krause in Best 10-Minute Plays 2010. He is a graduate of Amherst College and a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.

Charles Mee (playwright): “My work begins with the belief that human beings are, as Aristotle said, social creatures—that we are the product not just of psychology, but also of history and of culture, that we often express our histories and cultures in ways even we are not conscious of, that the culture speaks through us, grabs us and throws us to the ground, cries out, silences us.” (from Charles Mee’s website:
Fort Point Theatre Channel is dedicated to creating and sustaining new configurations of the performing arts. FPTC brings together an ensemble of artists from the worlds of theater, music, visual arts, and everything in between as a forum for collaborative expression while enriching the Fort Point community, Boston, and beyond.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Boston Shines: Next Saturday (4/30)

A big thank you to Cam Sawzin for organizing again!

Boston Shines
Neighborhood Clean Up and Party
Saturday, April 30th, 9:30


UPDATE: Meeting time Sunday tbd (probably 11:30 or later)


"Shines" schedule:
Traditional cleanup with the city on Saturday April 30th. We will meet in Binford Park as we did last year at 9:30 AM. It would be great to have a meeting place and tool drop off at 300 Summer, but someone needs to commit to be there and distribute tools. Coffee and muffins provided on both days.

SUNDAY shines/ vines planting, same meeting place starting at 1:30 unless I hear from folks about an earlier time preference

There will be a small hangout with snacks on Saturday but the main "Shines"/May day Party will be on Sunday, May 1st in Wormwood park, starting at 3:00 or so, depending on how long the vines take.

We need help with food pickup, party set up, tool distribution, organizing equipment and directing volunteers on the Summer/Congress Street side of the neighborhood.

1.The recently opened, unique and funky gourmet food shop "American Provisions" has enthusiastically committed to provide appetizers for the after party and Andy Fadous, one of the owners looks forward to meeting you all.
2. Cheryl has generously offered a donation for the vines from Spaulding Tougias and the USPS will also contribute.
3. Southie Liquors is in for wine. Lennie, the owner, did a great job for us last year.
4. Sagarinos is in as always for coffee and snacks for the morning, and beer for the party.
5. Pat's Trattoria on West Broadway will provide delicious calzones.
6. The cool new Aussie take-out/catering shop, K.O will send up fresh Aussie pies.
7. Joyce at the Channel Cafe is cooking up something special.
8. Barlows will make us a huge salad.

The post office has already cleaned a lot of the trash. Tony Mcguire, the new maintenance guy seems very cooperative and thinks the vines are a good way to send the message that A Street is not a dump. The vines are mostly okay. Planting them right against the fence with no planters will work with the snowplows.Commonwealth Ventures will contribute a work force and planting supplies.

Looking forward to a great turnout and perfect weather!

Warm Regards,

Cam Sawzin
Outreach Chair, Fort Point Neighborhood Association

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fort Point Art Walk

Mark your calendar for FPAC's Annual Spring Art Walk Open Studios:

Art Walk
Friday May 6: 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday May 7 and 8: noon-5:00pm

Explore the studios of painters, jewelers, ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, textile artists, and more. Talk with artists in their studios and discover new works and treasured favorites. Visit Fort Point’s art galleries and creative design shops. Explore Boston’s changing Fort Point and see the unique waterfront warehouse district that is one of New England’s largest arts communities. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase works of art and fine craft directly from local artists. Artists’ Demonstrations • Talks • Hands-On Activities

BRA Approves 41-63 Melcher St. Project

The plan on the BRA's website:


Coverage in the Boston Business Journal:

The second-largest development to win BRA approval Thursday night involves another joint partnership, this time involving New York developers Archon Group and Goldman Properties , to develop a 74-unit rental apartment building at 41-63 Melcher St. in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood. The project is expected to cost $11 million and is an extension of the multiproperty development that Archon and Goldman have advanced in South Boston’s burgeoning commercial and residential district bordering the channel. Archon is the real estate arm of Goldman Sachs Co.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tell the City Where Food Trucks Should Be

The City of Boston is looking for input on where to station food trucks.  If it's in the right place, I personally think this could be a nice addition to Fort Point.  You can recommend spots on their website:

Full details here:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Smith & Wollensky Liquor License for 290 Congress ST.

Smith & Wollensky has applied to transfer a 2 AM liquor license to 290 Congress St (Atlantic Wharf).  Contact the licensing board with questions/concerns: 617.635.4170