Explore the idea of everything micro at this year's Artbeat Festival in Davis Square. Artbeat is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, complete with two stages of music with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and micro-themed activities. Thinking big has been done. So this year, you're invited to think small. “Micro” evokes many things: microscopes, microwaves, microgrooves, micro-beers, micro-grants (like kickstarter) and perhaps even Micronesia! Visual artists might explore infinitesimally small patterns or forms. Tech wizards might create projects exploring the power of microprocessors or a symphony of microwave ovens heating up various food items. Dancers might explore small, subtle gestures or work within a confined space. Other ideas include exploring the locavore movement, which promotes shopping and living on a local/micro scale. Ultimately, the festival is interested in exploring how small things might attract oversized impact and attention. Fri., July 20, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat., July 21, noon - 6 p.m. All ages. Free. 1 Davis Square, Somerville. www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2013
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