Discount Code to the Local Craft Spirits Festival!

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The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts present the Local Craft Spirits Festival.

In addition to DJing the event, our graduate James Walker a/k/a Cakewalk will be a judge in the Cocktail Throwdown next Saturday October 15th, from 4pm-7pm!

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To celebrate, they are offering our network a special twenty dollars off admission!

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To get the discount simply type MMMM30 in the promotional code box when you buy your tickets.

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For the cocktail aficionado comes the ultimate cocktail party: The Local Craft Spirits Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, 4pm-7pm. A beautifully landscaped outdoor patio, tucked away in Central Square, opens onto a cocktail bonanza!

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This late afternoon event is a perfect way to start the evening — pre-dinner, pre-theater, pre-night-out. Guests are welcome to indulge in unlimited tastings from dozens of local distilleries, cideries, meaderies, breweries, artisan beverage brewers, and local food producers. Plus find out who mixes a seriously amazing cocktail at the Cocktail Throwdown competition!

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Get a big Twenty Bucks off by entering MMMM30 as your discount code at check-out and, while you’re at it, support SBNMass on Twitter and Facebook!

Festival Of Us – Weekend Long Art and Dance Extravaganza

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Are you a fan of art in many different forms? If so, mark your calendars for this upcoming, open event right in the heart of Cambridge. From Friday, June 24th – Sunday, June 26th, The Dance Complex in combination with Cambridge Arts Council’s Riverfest and Dance For World Community Festival to bring you The 2nd Festival of Us, You, We & Them.

From the sidewalks to inside of the Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139) there will be art everywhere: including concert and pop-up performances, classes on various dance genres, and “spontaneous actions of creation”. Many of these events are free and they will all be open to the public for enjoyment. It’s a half showcase, half celebration!

Click here for the programming schedule. You are not going to want to miss out!

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Neighborhood Profile: Central Kitchen

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When an artist comes to Make It New, their first experience in Boston is often a dinner at Central Kitchen in Central Square. Since 1998, Central Kitchen has been providing Cambridge with spectacular food and an urban atmosphere. After grad school, owners Fred Carret and Gary Strack took inspiration from many late night, drunken meals they had had in France, Spain and Italy, bought a take out wings place and open Central Kitchen. They were successful for many years, gaining a local following from their atmosphere and terrific European-inspired cuisine, but things really took off when Steve Schran, wine savant and ground-up investor in the restaurant, encouraged them to get a liquor license and open the upstairs, now home to the award-winner Brick and Mortar. The popularity of the spot speaks for itself.

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Central Kitchen also sports one of Boston’s sanctioned graffiti walls. Owner Gary Strack, an urban art aficionado, sactioned for the wall to be painted over a decade ago. Since then, the wall, which, in this case, is an alley next to the restaurant, is a popular attraction for those visiting Cambridge. It features the work of many local urban artists.

In this respect, Central Kitchen is not just a restaurant, it is a supporter of culture and art in Cambridge, and has cemented its place in the local community.

Here are some photos of their delicious food from their Instagram page, just don’t go on when you’re hungry! Also be sure to like and follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

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Reading the Room: a Lesson in Crowd Literacy (4/17)

So, you’ve taken the classes, you bought the equipment, you know your way around the Serato box, you’re ready to be a give a great performance, right?

Wrong. You’ve only fought part of the the battle. The other part of performance is knowing how to read the room. You don’t want to be “that guy” who plays Kygo when the room is ready to turn up, and Skrillex when everyone just wants to chill. It’s important for a DJ to understand his/her audience, and this Friday, Fens can teach you how.

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Fens is a Boston resident and Connecticut native who’s been appearing at popular clubs, concert venues, and parties for about four years now. His experience with instrumental music shines through in the musicality of his tracks and the obvious thought he puts into the way everything goes into his music.

[…] his forward thinking bass music and cutting edge techno and house sounds are a perfect companion to head-bobbing and dancing like nobody’s watching.

Fens is the co-founder of Banana Peel Records. He has performed in venues throughout Boston and New York such as Middlesex Lounge, Goodlife, House of Blues, Le Poisson Rouge, and Brighton Music Hall, and has opened for artists like Objekt, Pangea, L-Vis 1990, Christian Martin, Machinedrum, SBTRKT and many more. You can even catch him on Wednesday nights from 7-9p.m. on WZBC 90.3FM.

Get a taste of his music with his first installment of CSC’s new mix series:

This Friday, April 17, at 7pm Fens will be teaching a free workshop at Mmmmaven on Reading the Room: a Lesson in Crowd Literacy. For all you performers out there, you really won’t want to miss it! Reserve your place on eventbrite.

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Is Summer sneaking up on you and you still don’t know what your kids are going to do with their free time? Well, DJing isn’t just for adults. Sign your kids up for our Summer Beat Academy by April 31st and get 10% off enrollment in person, over the phone, or online with the code ‘EARLYBIRD’. Contact Sarah for more info!