Events Calendar

Naturestage Salon Series presents:

The Wednesdays and Calen Perkins are back in the studio by popular demand!

 Friday July 18 7-10ish

144 Moody Street, Waltham, Building 19 3rd Floor (Naturestage studio)

Join us for a  Naturestage Music and Nature Mash-up

Get tickets here:

with singer/songwriters Calen Perkins and The Wednesdays (Meg Smallidge and Jeff Harris), Jody Weber of Weber Dance and Kerri Hark of I’m the Cheese for an evening of music, peppered with fascinating tips and insights on dog behavior by dog trainer Kerri Hark and observations on honeybees by dancer and beekeeper Jody Weber

 7 – 7:45  PM

Kerri Hark of  I’m the Cheese dog training:

Dominance or Dance Moves? Dogs Are Not Trying to Take Over the World

 7:45 – 9:15 PM

Music by Calen Perkins and the WednesdaysNetworking/socializing/listening/refreshments provided but please feel free to BYOB

 9:15 – 9:30 PM

6 minute film from Buccaneers of Buzz “Trisa’s Story” about  Trisa’s connection with bees from age 5 followed by dancer and choreographer Jody Weber talking about her connection with honeybees

9:30-10-ish More music!

Tickets are $12 and reservations will guarantee you a spot in the (air-conditioned) studio which can fit 40.

Get your tickets now and spread the word!

Meg Smallidge and Jeff Harris of The Wednesdays bring you a night of folk, pop and Americana music. Check ’em out at this year’s Porchfest.


Virtuoso Matt Glover playing

60 Minutes Around the World (on Mandolin)

followed by a brief presentation on the state of elephants, both Asian and African, the ivory trade and why we all should care, given by Miranda Loud


Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30 PM

Naturestage Studio, 144 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, Building 18

Regis College, October 8th 11:30 – 2 PM

Miranda Loud presents a luncheon talk/multi-media presentation on her work as a musician, filmmaker and photographer, and the mission of Naturestage as a leading cause for her reinvention.

Angel statue in the Public Garden in Boston. Photo: Ami Wang

Angel statue in the Public Garden in Boston. Photo: Ami Wang

The One Language Project exhibit, For the Love of Dogs moves to Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA

October 1st thru January 30th, 2014


September 15, 4 PM  Calen Perkins and Meg Smallidge

Naturestage Studios: Intimate Musical Concert. Limited Seating Available. Please call ahead 617.519.3380 calenphotoCome join Meg Smallidge and Jeff Harris of The Wednesdays and Calen Perkins for an evening of folk music at a beautiful artist loft in the historic mills of Waltham. The building is right next to the Waltham Commuter Rail station on the Fitchburg line from Boston (9 minutes from Porter Square) and has plenty of parking if you choose to drive. Details: Sunday, Sep 15th 4:00pm 144 Moody St. Building #18, Waltham MA Suggested donation: $5-10 We’ll have beverages available, but feel free to bring your own! **This will be an intimate, seated show so please RSVP to hold your seat. Links: The Wednesdays music – Calen’s music – Calen’s tour dates:

Closing Reception for the One Language Project (Part I – For the Love of Dogs)

5 PM to 7 PM, Wednesday August 28, 2013

Lincoln, Public Library, Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA

Handpaw       photo: Miranda Loud

Handpaw photo: Miranda Loud

Miranda Loud’s short films related to the exhibit screened upstairs during the reception including excerpts from footage this summer of people talking about their connection with cows and with dogs, short films from The Elephant Project and Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee

Art Sale to Benefit Naturestage, Inc.

All the art prints for sale on the Naturestage store are available for purchase at the reception (or for ordering via the store)

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 6:30-9:30 PM (Refreshments before and after the talk at 7 PM)


hudontalk Daniel Hudon, a poet and lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Boston University presents his popular talk as part of our Screenings, Eco-Art and Workshop Series in the new Naturestage headquarters – our studio at the Waltham Artist Mills in Waltham, MA. Join us for refreshments before and after this lively and thought-provoking presentation of the power of poetry to help us re-imagine our relationship with the natural world.

Daniel shares works by the great haiku poets, William Wordsworth, D.H. Lawrence, Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Whitman and others.
$10 at the door. You will leave with a booklet of all the poems referenced in the talk. Please RSVP to
Directions: It is fine to park in the lot below the huge sign “Gordon Center for the Arts”, but parking is also always available off of Pine street just beyond the Embassy Cinemas and you can walk across the river on the footbridge to Building 18. If you are coming by commuter rail, you can easily hop the train at Porter Square or North Station and get off at Waltham stop which is right at the studio, or take Bus 70 and get off at Moody Street.

Daniel Hudon photo: Miranda Loud

Two Events Coming in March!

Opening at Massachusetts General Hospital for the One Language Project (part of the Illuminations program of healing art in the hospital) March 12   5:30-7:00 PM  Opening Remarks at 6:00 pm

Massachusetts General Hospital 55 Fruit Street Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, 2nd floor Mezzanine

Participating Artists
Bill Campbell Jamaal Eversley Steven Foote Doug Johnson Miranda Loud David Maroney Linda Ramsden Astrid Reischwitz Deena Schnitman Pragati Sharma
design and photos: Miranda Loud

design and photos: Miranda Loud

photo March 19 6:30-9 PM Screening and Q & A in our new studio space with film director Phil Philip Buccellato of Greener Media via Skype. Reservations required. Please send us an email if you would like to attend. $15 at the door.

Common Ground Trailer from Greener Media on Vimeo. Animals that have been symbolically embedded into our cultures for centuries are now disappearing at alarming rates. The importance of these animals in our lives is often overlooked, but animals are truly symbols that not only inspire us, but are essential for a healthy future. Animals are religious deities and majestic icons. They have provided companionship, carried us on their shoulders, and plowed our fields. Few are as awe-inspiring as the elephant. For thousands of years, across Asia, humans and elephants have lived side by side in a relatively peaceful coexistence. That relationship is now being threatened due to increasing human populations and loss of elephant habitats. Elephants and humans are being forced to compete for resources, a problem that has been defined as Human-Elephant-Conflict. This predicament poses a serious threat to the elephant’s continued existence. While this is a widespread concern all across Asia and Africa, it is nowhere more apparent than in the small island of Sri Lanka. What lies beneath the often-destructive consequences of human elephant conflict is a common story that both man and animal shares. That story is about family and survival. Tuesday, April 2nd “Screenings in the Studio” continues with the film/memoir by Shep Abbott, Serengeti-Mara followed by Q&A with Abbott. Reservations are required and the charge is $15 at the door to support our ongoing series. Please email us to reserve a spot. We open the doors at 6:30 and then preview short films related to Naturestage’s mission before the the feature film of the evening. Come meet other arts and film lovers who care deeply about what is happening to our environment and the animals that need our voice.
Serengeti-Mara Trailer from Monty Lewis on Vimeo. December is About Spreading the Word Through Our Naturestage Store Launch!

Cat adoption cards for inserting into holiday mailings. These highlight the cats needing homes at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm as well as other animals which have been waiting the longest for various reasons. Purchase these on our store!

As part of the One Language Project, Miranda Loud has been photographing animals needing adoption (focusing on the animals in the MSPCA shelter at Nevins Farm who have been there the longest). You can support this effort in various ways. If you send holiday cards, you can now purchase them in our store. The proceeds go directly to help fund future photographing of animals needing the extra help that a good photograph can give them on Petfinder. You can also purchase cat adoption cards to insert into your holiday mailings to share with the people who might be able to help find homes for a specific animal. The cards send people to the Naturestage website to see what current animals need homes and also give exposure to the invaluable work of the MSPCA which helps protect animals in a variety of ways. Exhibitions of the One Language Project: Year 1, For the Love of Dogs

design and photos: Miranda Loud

You can see the growing photographic series by Artistic Director Miranda Loud of dog portraits (and many other species) alongside their stories currently at Dakota Puffin Dog Boutique on Charles Street in Boston and February thru May 2013 at the Yawkey Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. See many of the dog portraits here and read about them and their stories on the site devoted to the One Language Project Thursday April 19, 2012      6 PM KCB101 565 Commonwealth Ave. Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves – The Role of Art in Social Change – Artistic Director Miranda Loud speaks as a guest at Boston University. Open to the public. Musician and artist Miranda Loud  presents her acclaimed multi-media lecture that demonstrates how artists are using their art to draw attention to the plight of elephants, and shows how art can awaken empathy and kinship with other species. This awareness has profound implications for how we treat and manage other species, and leads to other social justice and educational issues which Loud will also explore. Geared as a mix between music, image and storytelling, the talk is an example of how an artistic approach to conveying information can have lasting emotional resonance.  “A powerful presentation which should be seen by humane educators around the world.” – Director, Peninsula SPCA This presentation exemplifies the power of combining an artistic approach with issues around species loss and the human role on the planet. Her talk inspires students and general audiences to take action on their feelings of compassion and to see connections between social justice and reviving our sense of kinship with other species. Miranda interweaves video, poetry, music and lecture around humanity’s complex and often tragic relationship with elephants as a gateway to exploring what it means to be global stewards, and illustrates the power of art to educate and connect people with the knowledge they have in their hearts. November 22 – December 4 – Exhibition Two: Color Talk – International WomeArtists’ Salon curated by Mary Gagler. Loud’s films made for The Elephant Project screened as part of the exhibition.

Chashama 217, 217 East 42nd Street, New York, New York ExTWO-Poster-HQP October 12-15 Miranda Loud speaks at the Association for Humanist Sociology Conference in Chicago, Saturday the 15th, Session 38. Paper title: “Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves – The Role of the Arts in Social Change” As humanity becomes more aware of its role in the destruction habitats and of other species, the arts–in particular film, theater and music–are a vital path to the self-knowledge, empathy and compassion that will help people regain a sense of connection to other species and turn towards global stewardship as a new educational paradigm. Loud shares through short video compilations, the work of artists world-wide who are raising awareness of the impending extinction of the Asian elephant. We learn what elephants can model for humans in terms of cooperation, loyalty and depth of relationships. Elephants, like humans in many parts of the world, are fighting for survival, although elephants are ultimately losing due to poaching and habitat loss. In all levels of education, wherever possible, Loud makes the case for her curriculum in progress (and seeking additional funding) which uses short films in combination with different art forms as a response to help students understand the complexities of global stewardship and empathize with other species. Her films use the Asian elephant as a gateway to examining these questions and finding ways of learning from what has made elephants such a successful species until habitat loss and poaching has brought them to their knees. The arts can help students problem-solve and assimilate, as well as grieve the loss of species, and allow empathy and healing in their local environments to take seed, awakening the elephantine part of themselves. October 3-7, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Jackson, WY – ML attending September, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, Interviewing and Photographing for the Park Dreams Project. Final edits for Buccaneers of Buzz DVD. August 23-30, Cinematography Workshop, Maine Media College, with Mark Raker – ML attending August 20, Screening of beekeeper interviews from Loud’s film/live performance with Brian Jones and Yuko Yoshikawa, Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee, Follow the Honey store opening, Screening at 3 PM, The Inn at Harvard, Cambridge, MA. July 1 FACES magazine publishes a page for tweens about Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee and how the performing arts can incorporate current environmental issues June 27-30, Miranda Loud visits the Animals in Society Conference at Wesleyan University June 24-26, screening of four films from The Elephant Project as part of the Hell’s Kitchen Arts Festival   In the gallery space for the International Women’s Salon. More info, please email June thru October 2011 Interviewing, photographing and editing for Park Dreams Project in the Public Garden, Boston Common and along Commonwealth Avenue as well as in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. Updates and podcast will appear at Thursday, March 24th, 2011  7-9 PM University of Redlands, Redlands, CA Loud’s visit is co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Environmental Studies departments, the Theatre Odyssey Program, the Stauffer Science Center, the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office at the University of Redlands. Miranda Loud, an activist, filmmaker and musician who uses performing arts to spur thought about environmental issues, will be speaking at the University of Redlands on Thursday, March 24. Her presentation, “Saving Elephants – Saving Ourselves: The Power of the Arts to Affect Social Change,” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA This year’s series, entitled “Nature’s Heroes,” will feature two speakers who will examine the impact human activity is having on other species, with which we share the planet, and on the world’s dwindling supply of water. The Dorothy Stang Center’s mission is to increase awareness and activism around social justice and environmental issues. “We regard sustainability as very much a social justice issue,” said Dr. Cheryl Joseph, co-director of the Dorothy Stang Center. “The damage that we do to the environment has a disproportionately negative impact on those who are least able to cope with drastic environmental change. This includes disadvantaged people in all cultures and even other species, whose survival is ultimately closely linked to our own. ” The two speakers for this spring are Miranda Loud, founder of The Elephant Project, who will appear on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Ralston Hall Mansion. Her talk entitled “Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Arts in Social Change” …” to “addresses the similarities human share with other animals and the ways in which various art forms can be used to promote social change.”
Tuesday, February 1st 6-8 PM 2011 Southwestern University, TX Miranda is presenting her talk, “Saving the Elephants; Saving Ourselves: The Role of the Arts in Social Change” and will spend the day beforehand talking with students in classes in Music and Animal Behavior, listening to them share their passions and sharing ideas. More details… Loud’s talk at Southwestern will touch on the power of the arts in heightening our inter-connection with other species using the elephant as a gateway. She will detail the plight of elephants, specifically the Asian elephant because of its close ties with humans over the centuries, and how their situation provides a powerful mirror to humans. She will discuss ways to foster compassion and the challenges that need to be overcome in building a world where we can emotionally handle the amount of information we now receive via different media. Through this, she will challenge us to think about what being powerful really means and the need for us to shift from the inside out. Loud’s visit to Southwestern is sponsored by several programs and departments, including Animal Behavior, Environmental Studies, Communication Studies, Paideia and the Office of the Provost. September 30, 2010 MSPCA Screening of Short Films from The Elephant Project  2010 Summer Tour of Libraries and Community Centers of Works in Process for The Elephant Project Work-in-Progress Screenings of Six of the completed short films for Phase II, “Ele- Phantom: Twenty Films/Twenty Questions” followed by brief talk, feedback, Q&A. Wednesday July 7 7 PM, Wellesley Friends Meeting, Wellesley, MA WednesdayJuly14 7PM, Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH Wednesday July 21, 7 PM, Brooks Library Brattleboro, VT Wednesday July 28, 7 PM,Bar Harbor Public Library, Bar Harbor, Maine Thursday July 29, 5 PM, Peaks Island Community Center Tuesday August 17 7 PM, Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore 432 Main Street Chatham, MA