Sooz TV: Marc Pinansky Sunday Residency at Precinct

Marc Pinansky rocks and rolls. He rocks as the frontman for Boston rock band Township. Rolling is Marc’s singer/songwriter side which you can experience every Sunday night at Precinct in Union Square. (Update: This no longer happens at Precinct. Alas!)

Below are concert videos I shot of Marc at Precinct on Sunday, March 25. You can also watch the videos on Sooz TV at YouTube.

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Marc Pinansky – “Soft Parts”

Marc Pinansky – “Stone”

Marc Pinansky – “The Thunder Song”

Marc Pinansky – “Golden Light” (Township)

Photo: Journeyman Restaurant at night

photo taken outside Journeyman Restaurant, 9/23/2010, 7:30pm

Journeyman recently opened in Union Square, Somerville after a year-long adventure bringing the restaurant to life. They’re located at 9 Sanborn Court towards the back of the same building that Ronnarong is in across the alley from The Independent. I took a look at the menu information on the website and it mentions that they can accommodate dietary restrictions beyond just omnivores and vegetarians. Looks like my vegan friends should join me there sooner than later!

The big window in the photo was originally boarded up. After removing all the wood they transformed the space into a huge, beautiful window that is now the home to an enormous herb garden that extends from floor to ceiling at the front of the restaurant.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

Journeyman is the project of a handful of food-loving friends who believe that fine dining should be a comfortable, intimate, and delicious experience. We’ve created a small, refined restaurant that serves elegant but unpretentious food and drink with relaxed and respectful service.

Our food comes from local farmers and artisans, often people we know and respect in our personal lives. We grow edible herbs and flowers in our window garden, and are working to become an active member of the Union Square Community by supporting as many local producers as we can, including some neighborhood favorites like Taza Chocolate and Pretty Things beer.

Our beverage program focuses on the strange and wonderful back alleys of production, featuring wines made in traditional ways in unusual areas, beers brewed with special care all over the world, and a wide selection of superb aperitifs and digestifs. We bring in our teas from Upton, and our coffees from Counter Culture, and the selection rotates regularly.

Connect with Journeyman on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: today’s office outside at The Granitorium


As much as I love the air conditioning at Design Annex during these crazy hot days, sometimes I like to work from home outside. I recently cleaned up the picnic table area at The Granitorium (aka where I live with Nick and Chris) so it’s a lot more appealing to sit outside and work. Or sit in the hammock. Unfortunately “work” and “sit in the hammock” don’t seem to happen at the same time. Do they make hammock desks? ;)

Here’s a photo of today’s outdoor office.

photo of outdoor office at The Granitorium

Photo of green curry with tofu at Ronnarong

For years I didn’t think I liked Thai food — it generally underwhelmed me and I never sought it out. But then there’s Ronnarong in Somerville’s Union Square — an explosion of tasty awesomeness. I went there for the first time when I moved to Union Square last Fall.

Now that I’m vegan, it’s especially a good spot to go to — most of the dishes can be prepared with tofu.

Here’s a photo of my favorite dish at Ronnarong: green curry with tofu.

green curry with tofu at Ronnarong

I’m doing photography and video work for Ronnarong. See the rest of the photos I’ve taken there (so far) in the photo gallery at Sooz Photography. Follow Ronnarong on Twitter.

Update: Someone commented on Facebook that the dishes at Ronnarong might not be vegan — a lot of Thai food uses fish sauce. I should probably ask. But overall, I’m not worried about being 100% vegan.

Photo of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band Playing Outside in Union Square

As I was leaving Design Annex for the day (or night, as it were), I spotted Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band playing on the plaza in Union Square, in front of Precinct. Fun!

Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band

About Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band is an instrumental ensemble with an eclectic repertoire that combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of free jazz and the irreverence and fun of today’s vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. Accompanying the band is an exuberant confederation of circus performers known as the Madcap Rumpus Society whose members include a rotating cast of aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers and sideshow freaks.

Upcoming event for Somerville bloggers hosted by The OneVille Project

I’m helping The OneVille Project host an event for Somerville bloggers that will bring together Somerville area online media makers for a discussion about how to better connect all of Somerville with news and information that parents and kids need. For example, there are a lot of summer programs available for kids but not all parents necessarily know about the opportunities for their kids and the information is not always available in the parents’ home language.

If you are a Somerville blogger who is curious about this event that will be happening in a couple weeks at Design Annex in Union Square, Somerville — let me know. The date should be finalized soon — most likely it’s going to be Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm. The RSVP page for the event will be open to any Somerville blogger who wants to attend just as soon as the details are finalized.

What is The OneVille Project? Here’s how the project describes itself on the OneVille website:

We believe strongly that to pursue young people’s success, people who share communities need to communicate about how young people are doing and work together to provide opportunities to every child.

Right now, we’re learning from folks across Somerville, MA about existing communications and relationships affecting young people. Mica Pollock, a Somerville parent and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, started us off and leads our research.

We are now a community research team supported by a two year planning grant from the Ford Foundation, to pilot projects in partnership with the school district, the city, and Somerville’s rich network of young people, agencies, teachers, families, and volunteers.

Over the next 1.5 years, we hope to learn from everything already going on in Somerville and to make recommendations for tools and strategies that support ongoing conversation and partnership among the people in Somerville young people’s lives. We also hope to offer other cities ideas for how diverse communities can partner in student success in the 21st century.

Update: Someone asked me if you need to be a parent blogger to attend — not at all! The only “requirement” is that you’re a Somerville blogger interested in the topic(s).