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Parallels to the Past from Needlecraft Magazine

Parallels to the Past from Needlecraft Magazine Apart from the familiar finds that I described in previous blog posts, and the fashions that are now vintage, the trove of old Needlecraft Magazines that Camille picked up contains some interesting parallels to the past. Since most of the issues we have copies of are from the early 1930’s, the concerns of the Great Depression are readily present. Much of it sounds familiar in our economically aware times – not just the concerns, but the way people turn to home crafts and do-it-yourself projects to save money or just to find new and affordable hobbies. Article from Needlecraft: The Home Arts Magazine, July 1934, page 11. Read more... Museum Textile Services is New England's premier textile conservation studio. I work there as a collections management and textile conservation intern, and contribute to the blog on a semi-regular basis.

Profile of Jazz Singer Rebecca Parris

The Yoko Miwa Trio With Special Guest Rebecca Parris, Friday 2/15 On Friday, February 15, the Yoko Miwa Trio will play with renowned jazz singer  Rebecca Parris as a special guest at the  Shalin Liu Performance Center  in Rockport, MA. Photo by Susan Wilson Parris has won the Boston Music Awards nine times, and her earthy, grounded sound has captivated audiences from Boston to the Apollo Theater in NYC to the Oslo Jazz Festival. Some have called her “Boston’s First Lady of Jazz.” Read more... I am the blogger for the jazz group the Yoko Miwa Trio.

Book Review: A Very Queer Book Called Straight

Queerly Bookish: A Very Queer Book Called Straight Straight: the Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality , by Hanne Blank , is the queerest book I have read in quite some time. Straight describes the history of heterosexuality as a concept in Western thought and in American culture. While there have always been people with different-sex attractions, Blank explains that prior to the nineteenth century, people didn’t think of sexuality in terms of identity: there were only specific behaviors. During the nineteenth century scientific craze for creating taxonomies for everything, and the craze for using the nascent field of modern psychology as a basis for moral and legal judgments, the words “heterosexual” and “homosexual” were both invented. Read more... Queerly Bookish is a column I write for Diffuse 5, a Boston-based collection of resources for the LBTQ community. The column presents book reviews and notes on the Boston literary scene, including events, publ

Profile of the Sahara Club Jazz Venue

Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club this Tuesday The Yoko Miwa Trio will be playing at the Sahara Club and Restaurant in Methuen, MA this Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm. While some frequent Sahara Club and Restaurant for its authentic Mediterranean food, this restaurant is really known as a jazz venue.  read more.. I am the blogger for the jazz group the Yoko Miwa Trio.

New Year, New Blogging!

Today I posted my first post as the blogger for Boston's excellent jazz group, the Yoko Miwa Trio. Last year, they won Best Jazz Act in the Boston Phoenix's 2012 awards. I am excited to be working with them. Happy New Year from the Yoko Miwa Trio What are your New Year’s resolutions? Two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions last year were to “enjoy life to the fullest” and to “spend more time with family.”* But Time Magazine listed “spend more time with family” as one of the most commonly broken resolutions, along with “be less stressed.” Read on...