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Creative Brookline

Creative Brookline

By Ann Theis
Listen to stories, hear behind-the-scenes ancedotes, and learn what it takes to create art from local Brookline artists of all genres.
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Episode 7 - Evan Sanders & Accent
Join Host David Cifarelli as he learns about an international a cappella group that functions remotely in an intimate conversation with the only US member of the group, Evan Sanders.  Accent is an international collaboration of six multi-talented a cappella singers that came together through YouTube. The group continues to record music remotely in each of their respective countries and has even released multiple projects. Evan Sanders as the only US member of Accent and a Brookline native, explains to David in this episode how the group has maintained its work and personal connections for nearly six years. Back Story: Website: Performance Reel: Instagram: @accentvocal Twitter: @AccentVocal Facebook: YouTube:
January 11, 2021
Episode 6 - Avery Judge
In this episode, host David Cifarelli explores the aspirations of artist student wanting to improve their craft by leaving then returning to Boston as well as their struggles during the pandemic. Avery Judge has lived her whole life in Brookline. She considers herself a self-taught artist and first got involved in art as a child. While she values her upbringing close to Boston, Judge is ready to take her craft to the next level by leaving to go study at The Pratt Institute in New York City. By being exposed to a larger art scene, Judge hopes to eventually return to the Boston area and work as a studio artist. The student also shares experiences with the Coronavirus Pandemic, political involvement, and work series.
December 1, 2020
Episode 5 - Melanie Conroy-Goldman, Author of "The Likely World"
In this episode, host David Cifarelli discusses the release of Melanie’s new book, "The Likely World", and its strong inspirations from Brookline. Author Melanie Conroy-Goldman grew up in multiple neighborhoods around Boston but says that her time in Brookline was specifically impactful. With the release of her latest novel, a speculative novel entitled The Likely World, Melanie shared how Brookline, her childhood and family strongly influenced her book. Listen to Melanie discuss with David about the book’s concept, inspirations, and involvement with the Brookline community. Website:
November 3, 2020
Episode 4 - The Q-Tip Bandits
 The Q-Tip Bandits is a local band made up of close friends who all met while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While the band is based in Brookline, an opportunity to record at Northeastern University sparked their musical journey. The group recorded a debut single, “Willow,” which garnered high praise and thousands of streams on Spotify. This ultimately led the Q-Tips to tour nationally and internationally and generate a larger following. The band has since released a new project and is working on more future endeavors. Founders Leo Son and Claire Davis talk about the Q-Tip’s musical stylings, inspirations and foundations, as well as their experiences as young professionals in the music industry.
August 12, 2020
Episode 3 - Ruth Ginsburg-Place
Ruth has been a studio artist in the Brookline/Boston area for decades. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ruth moved to Boston after completing her graduate degree. She has dealt with a number of different mediums and subject matter throughout her career but her primary focuses have been tapestry art, photography and oil painting. Ruth also mostly explores the various themes related to the natural world. I got the chance to talk to Ruth about her career as well as her multiple excursions (Mexico and upstate Maine) artistic inspirations, and her impact on the Brookline Community (Brookline Open Studios, senior center project) as well as why she considers Brookline the perfect place to live as an artist. See her work here.
June 23, 2020
Creative Brookline Episode 2 - Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Listen and learn about our amazing local, all-volunteer, 70-piece local symphony! Laura Bouix talks with our host, David Cifarelli, about music, the organizational history, BSO projects and upcoming events. Their Story - Created in the 1950's, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, thrived for many years, but went on hiatus in 2001. In 2010, a group of friends dedicated to bringing classical music to the community revived the organization to make it an integral part of the Brookline community and beyond.  They seek to present concerts of the highest quality. Their orchestra members are talented musicians -- amateur, student, and professional -- who volunteer their time to create an organization of which Brookline can be proud. For more information visit:
March 6, 2020
Inside the Puppet Showplace Theater with Roxie Myhrum
Listen and learn about the artistic world of puppetry in Brookline Village through an interview with Roxie Myhrum of Puppet Showplace Theater. Puppet Showplace Theater is dedicated to presenting outstanding professional puppetry to diverse audiences through performances, workshops, and community outreach activities. Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s center for puppetry arts. Each year, we present over 300 performances by professional puppet companies to audiences young and old at our intimate Brookline Village theater.  Our touring productions reach thousands more at schools, libraries, theaters, and cultural centers throughout the Northeast region and beyond. This podcast is brought to you by Brookline Interactive Group. Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub for Brookline, MA and the region. BIG facilitates diverse community dialogue, incubates and funds hyperlocal storytelling, arts, journalism, media literacy, and technology projects, including Virtual Reality (VR), and serves over 500 youth and adults annually through innovative classes and partnerships. BIG offers extensive multimedia training, access to high-quality equipment, cohort programs and partnerships, and provides low-cost professional media services to non-profit organizations, education partners, businesses, and access to local government coverage. Become a member today!
January 10, 2020