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December 21, 2014

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

All Day Chanukah (Multi-Day Event)

Jewish holyday: Chanukah (Dedication) begins at sunset the evening before the 25th day of the month of Kislev, in remembrance of how the vastly outnumbered Jews, led by the Maccabees, miraculously won a major victory in 168 BCE against the occupying Syrians, who had outlawed Judaism and defiled the Temple of Jerusalem by worshipping idols of Greek Gods. After their victory, the Jews rededicated the Holy Temple to G-D by relighting the ner tamid (Eternal Light), but there was only enough oil for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted 8 days, until more could be secured, so the light of the Temple could burn constantly.[i] A celebration of Jewish identity, religious freedom, and the triumph of light over darkness, the Festival of Lights is characterized by lighting an additional candle in the menorah each night. Other customs include making latkes, giving children Chanukah gelt (money or chocolate coins), and playing dreidel (a spinning top with the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin which stands for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, meaning "a Great Miracle Happened There”).[ii]

                                               
All Day Fourth Sunday in Advent
Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holyday. Advent is a month of reflection that precedes the arrival of Jesus Christ in His first Advent on Christmas over 2,000 years ago, and anticipates the return of the Lord in His second Advent. Purple, the color of penitence, fasting, and royalty, is associated with Advent. Christians adorn their doors with Advent wreaths and give their children Advent calendars, with chocolate, that count down to Christmas Day.[i] 


[i] Time and Date. “First Sunday in Advent in United States.” http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/first-sunday-advent

All Day Karl Stevens + Raul Gonzalez Two Artists and Their Books: The Lodger and Lowriders in Space

Karl Stevens  + Raul Gonzalez, Two Artists and Their Books: The Lodger and Lowriders in Space from December 4, 2014 to January 25, 2015. There will be a reception and Book signing Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This exhibition focuses on each of the artist’s published books. They both straddle a range of influences – illustration, graffiti, comic books, as well as nods to the history of painting.  Stevens and Gonzalez will present original drawings and paintings from their respective books.  This is an exciting opportunity to peer behind the text, and experience the work of these two extraordinary Boston artists.

Karl Stevens’ book The Lodger is so carefully and convincingly drawn from life that it’s tempting to assume the whole thing is real. It is built around a year’s worth of the weekly comic strip “Failure” which he drew for the Boston Phoenix, having spent several years there as the official cartoonist. The strip’s title is both a characteristic bit of self-deprecation and a sequel to Stevens’ earlier work “Succe$$.” His award winning series consisted of realistic renditions of people and the creation of small, slice-of-life profiles filled with wit and profundity.

Raul Gonzalez’s first graphic novel is co-created with writer Cathy Camper; Lowriders in Space, is published by Chronicle Books and debuts in the fall of 2014. The three main characters, Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. Their favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. Striking art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book educates and entertains in equal measure.

 

All Day Litha

Pagan/Wiccan holyday: The Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Many agricultural societies have observed the longest day of the year in some way: Stone Henge was created to glorify the rising of the sun on the Summer Solstice, the Saxons and Celts built bonfires to celebrate the power of the sun over darkness, and the Romans had a festival for Juno, wife of Jupiter, the Goddess of marriage, women, menstruation, and children during Midsummer. A time of fertility, growth, warmth, and light, Litha is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans.[i]     



[i] About. “Litha History: Celebrating the Summer Solstice.”  http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lithathesummersolstice/p/Litha_History.htm

All Day Yule

Pagan/Wiccan holyday: The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In the darkest of winter, Yule celebrates the return of the sun, when the days begin to get longer again and bring more light into the world, with feasting and merrymaking. Decorating a tree, wreathes, the Yule log, and caroling come from ancient Norse traditions. Yule is also associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of horsemen through the sky—which became Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Romans held feasts, decorated trees with tin ornaments, practiced fertility rites under mistletoe, and exchanged gifts during the week-long festival of Saturnalia. The Celts believed the Oak King and the Holly King fought at this time of year to see if light or darkness would win out, which some Wiccans re-enact as part of their celebrations today.[i] Yule is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans.  

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Imaginal/Imagining the World at the Adams Gallery

An exhibit of artwork from the faculty of the New England School of Art & Design

The theme "Imaginal" refers to the imaginary, to the image, and also to certain cells in butterflies that allow for metamorphosis and transformation. 

The Adams Gallery is free and open to the public.

Reception: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.



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