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Future Teens @ Crystal Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Ben Stas.
Future Teens @ Crystal Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Ben Stas.

ArtBeat, NICE … and More!




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ArtBeat Returns!

The Somerville Arts Council’s annual multicultural arts festival, ArtBeat, returns for its 37th year, this Saturday, July 15 (rain date Sunday, July 16), at 11 a.m. in Davis Square. The festival showcases the City’s diverse and vibrant arts communities and attracts ten thousand visitors to the Square. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council and Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, features an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance, and interactive activities.

For more information click here (any necessary rain date announcement available after 12 noon on Friday, July 14).

NICE, a fest Returns

NICE, a fest returns for its third year, July 20-23. Offering four days of live music in Somerville’s Davis Square at both Crystal Ballroom and The Rockwell, the fest will also feature a local vendor market outdoors in Davis Square. All 74 artists of diverse genres have direct ties to the Boston area. The fest is presented by local booking company Get To The Gig Boston, which is headed by Boston Music Awards Talent Buyer of the Year 2021 and 2022, Alex Pickert.

For more information click here.

Somerville Rent Stabilization Listening Sessions

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville invite community members to provide public comments about rent stabilization at two upcoming listening sessions on Thursday, July 20, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (for property owners & advocates) and Thursday, July 27, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. (for renters & advocates).

Advance registration is required to speak at either listening session no later than 48 hours before the session.

As part of ongoing efforts to continue to reduce displacement and increase housing affordability, the City’s Anti-Displacement Task Force is drafting a rent stabilization law, and community members are invited to share their input on what should be included.

The ADTF will use the feedback received at the listening sessions to help inform the proposed legislation draft. The ADTF will then submit the draft law to the City and the City Council, and then to the state legislature, where the City will formally ask the state for permission to enact the law (known as a “home rule petition”).

For more information and to register to speak click here.

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