Fall River Portraits – 2015

Photographs by students from B.M.C. Durfee High School, Resiliency Preparatory School, UMass Dartmouth, and Senior Champion volunteers with the Healthy Cities Initiative document the people, culture, and neighborhoods of Fall River. A sequel to last year’s well-received Fall River Portraits show, this exhibit explores new aspects of city life. Themes include life at the city’s fire stations, neighborhoods and beloved small businesses in the Flint and South End, highlights from the last Senior Sweetheart pageant, activities and camaraderie at the city’s Senior Centers, and Fall River’s residents’ enjoyment of movement in its many forms. The project is made possible by a grant from the UMass President’s Office. An opening reception to be held on June 6th 1:00 ‘ 3:30. Entertainment by the Jambalaya band 2:45 – 3:30. The reception is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come and celebrate together. Photograph by Kathy Duclos, Senior Champion.

Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys 7/9/15

There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers. Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience. His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.