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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: The deCordova New England Biennial 2016 (thru March 26)

10.07.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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The exhibition features 16 New England-based artisits who are making significant contributions to contemporary art in the region.  Showcasing the work of painters sculptors, video artists, book illustrators, performance artists, and photographers, the exhibition will occupy the main galleries of the museum and extend into the sculpture park with site-specific installations.

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Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer (thru March 26)

10.07.16 - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Drawn primarily from deCordova's permanent collection, this exhibition presents a dynamic survey of photographs by Edward Steichen, whose innovation as a photographer helped define the breadth of the medium in the twentieth century.  It will trace his exploration of the range of representation enabled by the photographic medium, from his early expressive, Pictorialist images, to his decades-long work as a commercial photographer taking portrait photographs of the rich and famous for Condé Nast.  

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Exhibit: "History in the Stitches: Framingham Fashion through the Centuries" (thru April 29)

10.28.16 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street, Framingham, MA 01701
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Open Wednesdays-Saturdays. Set against a backdrop of Framingham images and artifacts, this exhibit features fashions that will both please the eye and illuminate the lives of some very special Framingham women. We've chosen pieces that reflect the social mores, economic status, and personalities behind the every-present decision we all face: what should I wear?

Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document? It’s simply a matter of understanding the language. We’ll illustrate this language as you compare the ethereal wedding dress worn by Anna Foster Haven in 1824 with the austere gown worn by the devout Mrs. Temple on her wedding day in 1772. We’ve set the stage for you to experience the intimate setting of an 1880s salon where Framingham women entertained their closest friends adhering to the international trends that dictated appropriate dress and décor. Experience the Roaring Twenties by reading an Art Deco inspired dress worn by a very independent local actress and theatre director.

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The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence (thru July 9)

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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$20, free to students

This is the first exhibition in America devoted to the luminous and meticulously rendered paintings and drawings of Italian artist Carlo Dolci. It provides an unprecedented opportunity to study the life and oeuvre of 17th-century Florence's most important painter, who reverence for detail, brilliant palette, and seemingly enameled surfaces earned the favor of patronage by the powerful Medici family.

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Exhibit: The Fine Print (thru July 9)

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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Ann Kirk Warren '50 was an avid collector of works on paper, with impeccable taste and capacious interests. Her entire collection--which encompasses works from European old masters to American prints and drawings--comes by generous bequest to the Davis Museum. This first selection of many demonstrates the breadth and richness of the Warren Collection of more than 200 works on paper.

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Photography exhibit: "Walden/Four Views" (thru Aug. 20))

02.10.17 at 11:00 AM - Concord Museum
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The museum launches its one-year Thoreau Bicentennial celebration with an exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Guided and inspired by Thoreau's journal, this features panoramic views of Walden Pond.

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Exhibit: "Wish You Were Here: Souvenirs of Dedham" (thru Nov. 1)

02.24.17 at 12:00 PM - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
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Free for members, $2 members

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum explores Dedham as a tourist destination in this new exhibit, which highlights historic postcards, ceramic pieces and other collectables from the DHS collection. These objects show some of the well-known tourist sites in Dedham, such as the Fairbanks House, as well as objects brought back to Dedham as souvenirs from foreign countries. Check website for hours each day.

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Ever Evolving Sculpture Exhibit (thru March 26)

03.01.17 at 9:00 AM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA
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Free Admission

A new sculpture exhibit, featuring the works of acclaimed artist Michael Alfano, opens at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this March. The exhibit, titled 'Ever Evolving,' features Alfano’s surreal and philosophical figurative-based sculpture. The collection spans a decade of his work and premiers several new pieces.  For gallery hours and more information, visit www.hopartscenter.org/gallery.

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Exhibit: "Pondering Mary: Her Story Through Icons" (thru May 27)

03.11.17 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
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This exhibit will explore Mary's life as portrayed in icons; how her relationship with her Son has defined her; and how the Russian people have viewed her complex role in salvation. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Check for hours each day.

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Summer Programs at Pakachoag Music School

03.12.17 - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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varies

Registration now for summer programs! Programs include:

  • Music and Movement Samplers
  • Musical Theater
  • Private Lessons
  • Fiddle Band
  • Suzuki Violin and Cello

For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

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Music and Movement Samplers at Pakachoag

03.12.17 at 9:30 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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$65 for 5-week session/discounts for siblings

Register now for Pakachoag Music School’s SUMMER MUSIC & MOVEMENT SAMPLERS for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. All classes at 9:30 am at the following days and locations:

  • Mondays in Sterling
  • Tuesdays in West Boylston
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays in Auburn

For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

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Exhibit: "Fickle Ground" by Sarah Tortora (thru April 21)

03.14.17 at 9:00 AM
Jewett Arts Center Gallery, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 14, 6-8 PM.

"Fickle Ground" will feature sculptural works exploring the authority of longevity present in classical forms of friezes, columns, and steles, and relegating their imposing militarism to the surface, like a Potemkin village. These works accept the premise that every equestrian monument has inevitably become a Trojan horse, and by passively consuming sculptural archetypes we passively place precedence on postured narratives of history. 

Generously supported by the Alice C. Cole ’42 Art Fund.

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"WET," a Juried Exhibition

03.21.17 at 7:00 PM - Gallery Seven
7 Nason St., Maynard, MA
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FREE

Close to 300 images were submitted by artists from around the country, and co-wwners Nick Johnson and Kelli Costa chose 36 pieces of artwork! Reception: Saturday, March 11th, 7-9 p.m. IMAGE: "Before the Fall" by Shantel Rich, awarded "BEST IN SHOW"

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Paradise City Arts Festival (thru March 26)

03.24.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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Adults $13, seniors $12, students $8

Paradise City Marlborough celebrates its twentieth year as the Boston area’s leading fair of fine craft, painting and sculpture. From artists with established reputations to emerging talents fresh on the scene, 175 outstanding exhibitors display the best in American artistry and craftsmanship. Browse the beautiful collection of our Spring 2017 exhibitors on our webpage.

Hours: Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5

Other

Teddy Bear Tea (thru Mar. 25)

03.24.17 at 12:00 PM - Concord Museum
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$15 members, $20 non-members

Delight your child or grandchild with an afternoon just for the two of you!  Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to join you for tea or cocoa and take part in a simple craft.  One-hour seatings at noon and 2pm. 

Other

Parents' Night Out

03.24.17 at 6:00 PM - Jam Time
86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard, MA 01754
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$30 per child, discounts for addl kids

Drop off your kids for a special movie night + pizza party, with playtime and small craft! Children will enjoy a screening of the movie Trolls, plus organized games + play, with pizza provided. Wear crazy hair + pajamas! For kids ages 3-8 years, limited spaces available! Advance registration required-- online or by calling 978-897-2917.

Food & Drink

Specialty Dinner: Shake off the winter blues

03.24.17 at 6:30 PM - Crowne Plaza: The Verve-Natick
1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA
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$95 per person

Shake off the winter blues with this java-inspired menu during our first of three specialty dinners at The Pantry. Join The VERVE's culinary team for this unmatched culinary experience. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner following at 7 p.m. Each course is paired with wine, dessert is paired with an espresso martini. Reservations: 508-416-1352. Limited to the 50 guests, so join us for this unique, culinary experience. $95 per person includes gratuity and sales tax.

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Deadbeat: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

03.24.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
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$19 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

DeadBeat is a jam band that brings alive the sound and style of the Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band & all of the music that Dead Heads love to hear! With a grooving dance vibe, a rock edge and featuring strong 3-part vocal harmony and instrumental soloists, DeadBeat performs the original music of the Grateful Dead and its family of bands, as well as music covered by those groups. 

DeadBeat is based in Boston, and has performed all over New England since 2005. DeadBeat delivers an upbeat vibe that keeps its audience on its feet and dancing all night! Consisting of 6 pieces (Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar & Vocalist) DeadBeat’s members are seasoned musicians each with 3+ decades of experience & with national and international gigging and recording credentials.

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Spring Music Together, Week 1

03.25.17 at 9:30 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
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$185/10 week session

Music Together at Pakachoag Music School Open registration begins March 1st. Spring session classes begin March 25th. Ages birth-5, and big kids 5-7. For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

Other

HPLF's 5th Princess Tea

03.25.17 at 1:30 PM
St. John's Parish Hall
20 Church St, Hopkinton, MA
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$25

Join us for a magical morning or afternoon at the HPLF Princess Tea. This year, the Tea will feature 2 seatings: 10am-12pm and 1:30-3:30pm No need to change nap routines!  Come one come all, we welcome surrounding towns' princesses! All ages welcome! 

  • Live performances by professional Disney® Princesses Elsa, Belle, and Cinderella
  • Photo and autograph opportunities with each princess
  • Sundae bar, delicious treats and coffee from Starbucks
  • Face painting for little princesses
  • Drawings for fantastic prizes, including an American Girl® doll!

Recreation & Sports

A Benefit for Devin Suau: Groove YOGA

03.25.17 at 6:00 PM
Mystic Fitness
855 Worcester Road Suite 18, Framingham, MA
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$20

Please join us for a fundraising event for Devin Suau and his family. Enjoy food, beverages and a super-fun 75-minute all-levels yoga flow class "GROOVE YOGA" to 70s disco music with instruction from guest yogi Drew Scott Pearlman. 100% of the proceeds from this class are being donated to Devin and his family. Please register in advance at: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=1421&sclassid=568&sDate=3/25/2017&sLoc=1&sTG=8&sType=1

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Fellswater and The Vox Hunters

03.25.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
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$19 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Fellswater is Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble that plays a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Instrumentation includes vocals, whistle, Irish flute, fife, guitar, octave mandolin, violin, Scottish smallpipes, border pipes and percussion. Fellswater has released two well- received albums, Fellswater, in 2010 and Thursday Night, in 2013. 

This will be Fellswater’s third appearance at Amazing Things! Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are musically bound by a shared love of traditional Irish music, which originally brought them together,as well as an eclectic and ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of ‘folk music’. With fiddle in hand, a couple concertinas, banjo and a pair of complementary voices, The Vox Hunters present an exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs and musical varia.

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Easter Bunny and Brunch

03.26.17 at 9:00 AM - American Girl
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$25

Hop in and celebrate spring's arrival by sharing a sunny brunch with your girl and meeting the Easter Bunny!  She'll be able to partake in a special brunch and get a chance tomeet and take a picture with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera). For girls ages 3 and up.

Cost of $25 per person does not include gratuity.  Prepaid event reservation are non-exchangeable and non-redundable. Reservations required.

 

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Educator Workshop: Engaging With the Davis Museum

03.28.17 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street
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Free, registration required

The Davis welcomes local K-12 educators for a workshop organized around our recently reinstalled permanent collections galleries. Explore how to connect the themes and works of art on view in the Museum with your classroom curricula. Registration required. Please email davisadmin@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.3569. 

Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

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Artisan Fair

03.29.17 at 6:00 PM - Crowne Plaza: The Verve-Natick
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Free

Sharing (and selling) their wares will be local artists inlude Amaranth and Rue (handmade soaps and beauty products); jewelry from Walk on the Moon and Swarovski Crystal & Gemstone; Katchin Fashionable; painters Lauren Perron, Amy Burke, Cass Dorvile; and fiber artist Mindi McCarthy.

Recreation & Sports

Presentation: "The Boston Marathon: History by the Mile"

03.29.17 at 6:30 PM
1st Congregational Church
2 East Central Street, Natick 01760
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$0-$5

Award-winning author Paul Clerici, author of The Boston Marathon: History by the Mile and a 23-time Boston Marathon runner, gives insight into the mile-by-mile experience of running this world'famous marathon. Learn why runners consider the Boston Marathon to be second only to the Olympic Marathon. Presented by the Natick History Society.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

03.29.17 at 7:00 PM - Fine Arts Theatre
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$13 general admission

OARS presents the 9th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which includes a selection from the nation's largest environmental film festival. With the theme "At the Edge," the films will bring you close to magnificent wilderness as well as courageous people working to protect their communities' environment. Join us for an evening of humor, adventure, and inspiration!

Doors open at 6pm.  This film festival traditionally sells out! Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

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Loren & Mark: International Guitar Duo

03.31.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
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$20 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding musicality and spontaneous creativity. Loren and Mark’s varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets, giving them a wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Americana, Jazz, Popular and Classical.

Recreation & Sports

FUN RUN/FUN FAIR for Kids

04.01.17 at 8:30 AM - Wellesley College
300 West Central Street
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Race fee: $7, $3 siblings. $3/add'l race

 The Wellesley Community Children’s Center’s 37th annual FUN RUN/FUN FAIR! Races for children aged 3-12, 9am-noon.  All racers receive a runner number and a participation ribbon. Register online at tinyurl.com/WCCCFunRun2017 or download a form www.wccc.wellesley.edu. Refreshments, raffle, silent auction, book & stuffed animal sale and fun for all ages. Children’s games and activities like toddler run, basketball, bean bag toss, nerf archery, football, lollipop pull, hockey, face-painting and more. 

Representatives from area Independent Schools and businesses will be present. Proceeds benefit Wellesley Community Children’s Center’s Early Childhood and After School programs. More information: 781/235-7667 or www.wccc.wellesley.edu.

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Open House for New Art Studios

04.01.17 at 10:00 AM - Danforth Art
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Free

This Open House will showcase the organization's newly renovated art studios in their new home, the Maynard Building on Framingham Centre Common. The event will feature a collage art-making project, painting and drawing demonstrations, and interactive art project, and information info sessions about the Art School's offerings for all ages.

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Porch Party Mamas with Alice Howe

04.01.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
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$19 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Inspired by playing and singing each other's songs at their own “porch parties,” these established Boston-area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of urban folk, country, and blues. Opening for the band is former Seattle resident Alice Howe, known to many as the “songbird of the Northwest.” Her soulful, impeccably tuned voice is a seamless conduit for her crafted poetry. Her musical heart lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters.

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Workshop: Resin Jewelry

04.01.17 at 10:30 PM - Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts
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$75 + $30 materials fee

Instead of using stones to set in jewelry, try using resin! We will add paint, herb, tea leaves, colored powder, glitter and much more.

Food & Drink

Easter Bunny and Brunch

04.02.17 at 9:00 AM
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$25

Hop in and celebrate spring's arrival by sharing a sunny brunch with your girl and meeting the Easter Bunny!  She'll be able to partake in a special brunch and get a chance tomeet and take a picture with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera). For girls ages 3 and up.

Cost of $25 per person does not include gratuity.  Prepaid event reservation are non-exchangeable and non-redundable. Reservations required.

 

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Abbie Gardner & Jim Henry

04.02.17 at 7:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
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$20 with discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

This concert brings together two songwriters, singers and instrumentalists for a unique pairing: Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player from Americana darlings Red Molly and Jim Henry, the A-list multi-instrumentalist for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eliza Gilkyson and Paula Cole. Both artists have toured nationally and internationally, playing such festivals as Merlefest and Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as countless concert series throughout the states. We are thrilled to be able to get them both on the same stage for this rare treat.

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Curatorial Gallery Talk: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence

04.04.17 at 4:00 PM
Davis Museum, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA
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Join Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, to explore the life and oeuvre of Carlo Dolci through his dramatic and intimate canvases. Requires ticketed admission to "The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence."

Education & Learning

The 2017 Wilson Lecture: "William Julius Wilson, Reflections on Race, Class and Cumulative Adversity"

04.04.17 at 5:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

This lecture will revisit some of the major arguments advanced in William Julius Wilson’s seminal books, The Truly Disadvantaged (1987) and When Work Disappears (1996), to elucidate problems associated with the increased income segregation in communities of color since 1970. In the process, he will reflect on issues of race and class that are important to the nation, including social and public policy challenges. 

This program is generously funded by an endowment from Carolyn Ann Wilson, Class of 1910. Photo: William Julius Wilson

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The Freedom Project Presents Steven Teles

04.05.17 at 6:00 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

Steven Teles discusses "Conservatives and Criminal Justice Reform." Since the 1970s, conservatives have been the driving force behind mass incarceration through their advocacy of “law and order” policies. However, in recent years, conservatives have reversed course, becoming unlikely champions of criminal justice reform. How do we explain this critical shift? Steven Teles is co-author of "Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration (2016)."  

This event is sponsored by the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. The Freedom Project is dedicated to the exploration of the idea of freedom in all of its manifestations, but especially in the tradition of Western classical liberalism. This tradition emphasizes the sanctity of individual rights, freedom of contract and economic rights, constitutional democracy, and the rule of law. The Freedom Project also promotes interdisciplinary understandings of the idea of freedom, and values expansive intellectual pluralism and debate, especially on contentious issues.

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Sexual Assault Awareness: "The Hunting Ground" Screening & Discussion

04.05.17 at 6:30 PM
Fine Arts Theatre Place
19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA
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Free

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. As a community service, the Fans of Film at Fine Arts Theatre host a free event which will include a screening of the short animation film “Every Two Minutes” by local artists Catriona Baker and Curvin Huber, followed by "The Hunting Ground,"a documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on US college campuses. 

The evening will begin and end with a panel discussion among Melissa Gopnik, Chair, Board of Directors, MASOC; Ariana Lee of Wayside Trauma Intervention Services; and Katherine Leung of Harvard University’s HALT (Harassment Assault Law-Student Team). Also on display will be copies of "She Learned to Smile Later", a photographic novella of a therapeutic journey from adversity to triumph by Maynard-based photographer Erik Hansen.

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Theatre: "Terra Nova" (thru April 9)

04.05.17 at 7:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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$0-$15

Terra Nova is the story of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole in the winter of 1911–12. Five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced each other to the bottom of the Earth. Only the Norwegians returned. The discovery that Amundsen has preceded him, the bravery and suffering of his team, the self–sacrifice of Captain Oates, and the final tragedy, are recounted in a mixture of fantasy and realism that underlines both the human and the epic qualities of the adventure. In this unique theatrical production, Wellesley College will explore this very male experience. 

Community & Celebrations

Annual Recognition Event

04.06.17 at 7:30 AM - Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
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$55 each or table of eight for $415

Join the United Way of Tri-County as it honors volunteers, supporters and donors at their Annual Recognition Breakfast. The MetroWest Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year winners will also be recognized.

Arts & Culture

A Grand Tour Film Series: "A Room with a View"

04.06.17 at 6:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this sweeping romantic drama finds young Lucy Honeychurch, played by Helena Bonham Carter, and her chaperone, played by Maggie Smith, on holiday in Florence, ensconced at a small pension amidst free-thinking fellow travelers. Back at home, Lucy is wooed by an affluent and cultured suitor, and must decide whether to abide by the conventions of Edwardian England or follow her heart. 

The Davis spring film series considers the “Grand Tour”—a rite of passage for young aristocrats (men, and some women) coming of cultural age from the mid-17th through the mid-19th centuries. The Grand Tour itinerary linked passion for touristic adventure to the cultural legacies of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, informed tastes in art and collecting, and reinforced notions of class status and empire. These four films in the series vary in source material, genre, and time period, from modern psychological horror to classic romantic comedy, yet have one thing in common: a life-changing visit to Italy, though perhaps not as “grand” as expected. This series is generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift. 

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Excerpts from "Aeolus": Ken Ueno

04.06.17 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

Aeolus is written by composer-performer Ken Ueno in collaboration with poet Robert Hass, architect Thomas Tsang, and vocalist Majel Connery. It is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and the epic meeting between Odysseus and Aeolus, the keeper of the winds. Reimagining these mythic personalities in a series of performance diptychs, the opera pits Keno Ueno’s extended vocal techniques (as Aeolus) against Majel Connery’s fluid vocalise (as Odysseus). 

Commissioned by Opera Cabal, Aeolus has received work-in-progress showings at Switchboard Music Festival (SF) and High Concept Labs (Chicago). In 2016–17 it is supported by a residency at the Starline Social Club (Oakland) and a Mellon Visiting Artist Residency administered by the Newhouse Center at Wellesley College. This music preview of the opera is presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series with FLUX Quartet and The Living Earth Show. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund and the Mellon Artist in Residence Program of the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Photo: Ken Ueno

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Ashland Mystery Festival (thru April 8)

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM - Ashland Library
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The Annual Ashland Mystery Festival is expanding by adding a writers' workshop and mystery feature film to the usual line-up that includes a mystery writers’ panel and book signing. The event, focusing on the theme of “New England Crime,” is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, 7pm: mystery film
  • Saturday, 10am-noon: Writers' workshop
  • Saturday, 1-4pm: authors' panel and book-signing

For the list of panelists and all other info, please visit www.artsashland.org or www.friendsoftheapl.com 

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Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $0 under 13

This exciting and timely exhibition focuses exclusively on women artists, shifting the expected male narrative of abstract painting. In addition, it expands the usual New York-based sotry by looking entirely to New England. Nearly 40 innovative New England women artists, including Natalie Alper, Kristin Baker, Sharon Friedman, Maud Morgan, Ann Pibal, Katherine Porter, Jo Sandman, Sandi Stone, Barbara Takanaga, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, represent the rich diversity of abstract painting from 1950 to today. Check for hours each day.

Pictured:  "Diaphanous Leverage" by Kristin Baker

 

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Exhibit: "Let It All Hang! 1982, A Year of Collecting at deCordova"

04.07.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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$14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, $0 under 13

How and why do some works enter museum collections and others don't? Why do some works leave? "Let It All Hang! 1982, A Year of Collecting at deCordova" pulls back the curtain to account for every work acquired by deCordova during a single year. With total transparency, the reasons for accessioning and deaccessioning are laid bare for public review.

Pictured:  "Blackbird Avery" by Olivia Parker

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Mosaics Ladies' Night Out

04.07.17 at 7:00 PM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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$42 includes materials

Ask your co-workers and/or friends to join you or make friends while you are there. We always have a wonderful group of women! Come and make a coaster/decoration, light switch cover, or up to two pendants and learn to use the mosaic wheeled cutters to shape glass pieces. Your project can be completed in one session and grout will be given to you to finish at home, or you can sign up for another class, four or 10 pack, to complete your project. Feel free to bring an adult beverage.

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Mosaic Saturday!

04.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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$42 includes materials

Come try something new! All classes are great for the “I’m not creative’s,” as well as those experimented in the arts. Cheryl walks you through the process and makes it easy! Come and make a coaster/decoration, light switch cover, or up to two pendants and learn to use the mosaic wheeled cutters to shape glass pieces. Your project can be completed in one session and grout will be given to you to finish at home, or you can sign up for another class, four or 10 pack, to complete your project. 

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Opera: "The Finishing School"

04.08.17 at 7:00 PM - Perrin Theater, Keiter Center for the Performing Arts
146 Bacon Street, Natick
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$15

The Finishing School, with music adapted from selections by Viennese operetta composter Franz Von Suppe, with a new sotry and libretto by Martha Collins. Additional song texts by director Theresa Winner Blume, inspired by the letters of Walnut Hill's founding mistress, Charlotte Howard Conant.  Performances at 7pm on April 8 and 2pm on April 9.

 

Arts & Culture

Riverside Stamp Road Show & Evaluations

04.09.17 at 12:00 PM - Spellman Museum of Stamps
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Similar to Antiques Roadshow, the annual Stamp Road Show offers stamp experts who will review stamp collections and provide information about adding to the collection, properly storing the collection, and potentially selling the collection. Evaluations of up to 30 minutes are done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arts & Culture

Russian Folk Concert: Zolotoj Plyos

04.09.17 at 4:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
209 Union Street, Clinton, MA
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$20 members, $30 non-members

This is a lively and fun concert that all ages will enjoy.  Zolotoj Plyos' repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russian, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia. The trio plays more than 30 Russian folk instruments. Tickets will go fast! To purchase, call the museum at 978-598-5000, ext.121 or click on the website link.

 

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Cinéphile Sundays: "Et maintenant on va où?"

04.09.17 at 5:00 PM
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

Et maintenant on va où?, the winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is a bold step in political filmmaking, a fairy tale that attempts the impossible: at once the depiction of an intractably topical situation in Lebanon (the conflict between Muslims and Christians) and the visualization of what could happen if women took some extreme, utopian—and humorous—measures. 

This semester's Cinéphile Sundays film series is titled Where Do We Go Now?. Although films made by women have already figured in our Cinéphile Sundays series, the time has come to dedicate a five-film cycle to women directors. The series’ title is the English translation of the title of one the films, Nadine Labaki’s Et maintenant on va où? (2011).

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Art and Travel: The Life of a Professional Art Historian

04.10.17 at 4:00 PM
Jewett Arts Center Room 450, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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Free

Presenter Rebecca Parker Brienen ’89 is Vennerberg Professor of Art and head of the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History at Oklahoma State University. A specialist in 17th-century Dutch art, internationalism, and the history of museums and collecting, Brienen will speak about her career path as an art historian. 

This talk, the second in a series, brings an alumna of the Art Department to campus to meet with Art History Club students and speak about her professional and personal trajectory after Wellesley. When Wellesley introduced art history in 1885, it distinguished itself as one of the only American colleges to offer this area of study, and the College has been dedicated to leadership in arts education ever since. The Art Department is home to majors in art history, studio art, and architecture, and intersects with programs in cinema and media studies as well as media arts and science. The department believes that the rigorous study of art and visual culture is critical to a liberal arts education and to the power of women to interpret, shape, and master their environments. To enrich the art experience at the College, the department hosts special exhibitions and welcomes guest lecturers and visiting artists to engage with the community.

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Russian Folk Music with Zolotoj Plyos

04.11.17 at 7:00 PM
Jewett Auditorium Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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Free

The folk ensemble “Zolotoj Plyos” was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia. Its members are Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev.  The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than 30 Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordion , the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells. 

The ensemble has performed in countries such as Russia, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and the USA. “Zolotoj Plyos” has been frequently invited to perform on radio and television shows in Russia, Belgium, and Holland. From 2000-2013 the ensemble made seven tours of the United States, including a concert in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and also directed the Russian Choir of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College (Vermont, USA). In 2008 the ensemble was given the honor of performing in the main hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and also in the main hall of the State Academic Choir in St. Petersburg. At the present time the members of “Zolotoj Plyos” live and work in Belgium. Generously supported by the Maria Opasnov Tyler ’52 Fund for the Russian Department.?

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Kabuki Dance with Samisen and Taiko

04.13.17 at 7:30 PM - Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

Master dancer Michiko Kurata (stage name: Hanayagi Sukekatsumi), Japanese koto and samisen musician Sumi Kaneko, and Japanese taiko drum and shakuhachi musician Kaoru Watanabe offer a rare glimpse into the hidden world of traditional Japanese dance. Kurata has been performing traditional Japanese dance for 35 years in Japan and the United States. 

Community & Celebrations

Meet the Easter Bunny (both locations, thru April 15)

04.14.17 at 10:00 AM
Jam Time Maynard + Natick
86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard, MA 01754
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FREE with normal playground admisson of $10/child

Meet the Easter Bunny at both Jam Time Maynard + Natick locations! Enjoy Easter treats, Easter-themed crafts + coloring, games + prizes, and more! Free with normal playground admission, no reservations required. Just show up!

Education & Learning

Celebrate National Robotics Week: Scribble Bots

04.14.17 at 11:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors, markers, tape, pipe cleaners and a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. Set your machine in motion and watch it leave a trail of unexpected patterns.

Arts & Culture

Exhibit reception: Alida Cervantes Gallery

04.14.17 at 6:00 PM
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
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Free

Alida Cervantes is a Mexican artist who lives and works in the Tijuana/San Diego border region. Born in San Diego, California, she was raised in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up on both sides of the border. Her paintings, drawings, and performance work draw inspiration from class, race, and gender relations in colonial and present-day Mexico. Generously supported by the Wellesley College Alice C. Cole '42 Art Fund and in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts.

Cervantes earned a BA from the University of California, San Diego, then studied at Scuola di Arte Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy, for two years. She earned her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. 

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Recreation & Sports

Boston Marathon Start

04.17.17 at 7:30 AM - Boston Marathon Start Line
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The famed Boston Marathon begins in the MetroWest town of Hopkinton and half the course winds through the suburban streets of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley. Be one of the hundreds of thousands who cheer the 30,000 runners at the race's start or anywhere along the course.

Education & Learning

Meet the Scientists!

04.17.17 at 11:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

What’s it like to be a scientist or engineer? Find out in this special program where you can talk to real scientists and engineers and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed to showcase their work. Discover why they find STEM cool and exciting while learning about their research and interests. Check our website before the event for a list of the scientists and engineers who will be participating, and what type of science activity they will provide. This event is led by scientists participating in our Science Communication Fellowship program. 

Education & Learning

Lecture: Bridget Terry Long & the Economics of Higher Education

04.19.17 at 5:00 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

Wellesley College presents "Bridget Terry Long: The Economics of Higher Education Access and Success" as the 2017 Calderwood Lecture in Economics.  Long is an economist who specializes in the study of education, in particular the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Her work focuses on college student access and choice and the factors that influence students' postsecondary and labor market outcomes. 

Bridget Terry Long is academic dean and the Saris Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Generously supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for Economics.

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Celebrate Earth Day

04.20.17 at 11:00 AM - Spellman Museum of Stamps
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Bring used items to be decorated with stamps. Use old wrapping paper to make unique envelopes.  We'll provide the free postage!

Arts & Culture

Midday Jazz Muse: Russell Hoffmann

04.20.17 at 12:30 PM
Jewett Auditorium
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

Russell Hoffmann teaches Jazz Piano in the Jazz and World Music program at Wellesley. He also serves as Professor at Berklee College of Music, and was recently granted a sabbatical to explore the music and culture in the tropical paradise island of Cuba. He will share some of his discoveries of the rich musical and culture heritage of the country and also perform selections with his group, from pre-revolutionary Old Havana, along with more contemporary works. 

A pianist, recording artist, composer, and arranger in many styles of contemporary music, including jazz, Latin, and pop, he has served as musical director for Concord recording artist Marlena Shaw and the University of Minnesota's "Twelve Moods for Jazz" Langston Hughes project. He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Jack McDuff, James Moody, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Leitch, and many of Boston's finest jazz artists. As a clinician, Hoffmann has appeared in Berklee's Italy summer program at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; Berklee in Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Heineken Jazz Fest in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of workbooks on keyboard comping, ensemble performance, and coauthor of Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund. Photo: Yuare Muniz, a member of the Russell Hoffman Jazz Ensemble.

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Lecture: Laurie Wilson on Louise Nevelson

04.20.17 at 6:30 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
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free

Laurie Wilson ’62 is an art historian, biographer, and practicing psychoanalyst. Her involvement with Louise Nevelson dates back to the 1970s, when she spent 15 hours interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation. Her new book, Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow (Thames & Hudson), offers what Kirkus Reviews extols as an “intimate, revealing biography of the artist.” Reception to follow.

Arts & Culture

2017 Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture: Laura McPhee

04.20.17 at 6:30 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
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Free

Join us for this special lecture featuring Laura McPhee. A professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, McPhee is known for her stunning large-scale photgraphs that chronicle how we value and use the landscape. Ample seating available. RSVP requested but not required. Let us know you're coming!

Arts & Culture

Spring Dance Repertory (thru April 23)

04.20.17 at 7:00 PM - Perrin Theater, Keiter Center for the Performing Arts
146 Bacon Street, Natick
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$22/$17

Annual celebration of dance, choreographed by the faculty of the Dance Department of Walnut Hill. Pieces include contemporary, modern, and jazz. This will be the first dance concert presented in the new Delbridge Family Center for the Arts. Performances on April 20, 21, and 22 at 7pm. Performance on April 23 at 2pm.

Arts & Culture

Art Makes the Heart Sing: exhibit and gala (thru April 23)

04.22.17 at 12:00 PM - The Black Box
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Free

The Franklin Art Association presents this two-day exhibit, gala, and live music event.  Exhibit and art sale opens at noon on Saturday.  Live music and awards gala will be 4-8pm. Exhibit and art sale concludes 12-4pm on Sunday. Fine art paintings and photographs, bin sales or original art works and prints, and small works table.

Community & Celebrations

Earth Day Festival

04.23.17 at 11:00 AM - Natick Common
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free

Join us as we come together as a community to celebrate the Earth and learn how you can be a part of preserving it. There will be activities for kids, live music, vendors, food, and demonstrations.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: "Dream Girls"

04.23.17 at 5:00 PM
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

In the high-stakes world of the Takarazuka Revue, young women vie to perform as men or women in the troupe's wildly popular musicals. A fascinating documentary about gender, sexuality, and performance, Dream Girls offers a unique persepctive on the confines of modern women in a male-dominated world. Join film archivist May Haduong '00 as she presents a rare 16mm print of Dream Girls, along with some outstanding short films from the Academy Film Archive's collection. 

This semester's Cinéphile Sundays film series is titled Where Do We Go Now?. Although films made by women have already figured in our Cinéphile Sundays series, the time has come to dedicate a five-film cycle to women directors. The series’ title is the English translation of the title of one the films, Nadine Labaki’s "Et maintenant on va où?" (2011).

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Arts & Culture

The Skylark Choral Ensemble: Clear Voices in the Dark

04.24.17 at 7:30 PM
Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel, Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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$30 ($10 students, music educators)

The Skylark Choral Ensemble presents a celebration of the power of the human spirit to endure in times of turmoil, featuring Francis Poulenc's Figure Humaine. This chamber choir of professional soloists and music educators from across the US was formed in 2011 under the direction of Matthew Guard. Skylark has been described as “a gem…soloists who come together to create a dynamic and inspiring whole.” 

Skylark performs innovative programs that help reinforce the intent of the composers to communicate truths about the human condition. A not-for-profit entity, Skylark also performs educational outreach programs with students across the United States during their concert tours. 

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Theatre: "The White Snake" (thru April 30)

04.27.17 at 7:00 PM
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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General: $10; $5 for students with ID

In Wellesley College Upstage Theatre's adaptation of a classical Chinese legend, an immortal white snake spirit journeys to the human realm and falls in love with a man. The snake's story reminds us of the timelessness of friendship and love, and the joys and pains that make human life so vibrant. Filled with dances, poetic designs, and intensely lyrical storytelling, The White Snake is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. 

White Snake is written by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Kendra Cui ’18. General admission $10, $5 for students with ID, free for Wellesley, Olin, Babson, MIT faculty and students.

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Ceramics Night Out!

04.28.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Framingham 01702
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$45

Join us for a night of hand-building with clay! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Make ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your friends, date, or girl-squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Works will be decorated with carving or stamping, painted with underglaze, and fired in the kilns. 

Arts & Culture

Mother's Day Gifts

04.29.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham 01702
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$45 per project

Hey Dads! Come in with your son or daughter to make a beautiful vase to hold your mother's day flowers, or bring mom along too and work on gifts as a family! Think of all the mother's in your life: mom, grandma, or any other mother figure. If you have other project ideas that can be completed in this class time, the instructor will support you in your own creation as well. Gifts will be fired in the kiln and ready to pick up before Mother's Day. 

Arts & Culture

Fountain Street Open Studios

04.29.17 at 11:00 AM
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More than 50 artists open the doors to their studios for viewing and shopping.  This event happens only twice yearly!  Check the website for a list of participating studios.

Arts & Culture

Family Day at the Davis: A Grand Tour of Italy

04.29.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

The Davis welcomes visitors of all ages to participate in programming and activities inspired by Italian art and culture. Join us for a treasure hunt in the galleries, art making, and performances that will entertain the whole family. Free and open to the public. Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Arts & Culture

Concert: "Of Intellect & Heart"

04.29.17 at 4:00 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA 01501
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Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

Join faculty member Inna Muravnik for a piano concert featuring music by Brahms, Grieg and Schumann, including selections for piano four-hands with two of Inna's more accomplished senior students. Inna is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Through the formidable Russian pianistic traditions passed down through the centuries, Inna has made music her life; now, her students are also poised to continue music throughout life. We hope you will join us for this inspiring concert where teacher and students join together to share their love of the piano.

Arts & Culture

Of Intellect & Heart: Teacher, Student, Artist

04.29.17 at 4:00 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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Free; donations gratefully accepted

Led by Inna Muravnik, piano faculty, joined by Senior Students Andrew Lefferts and Leah Cammusso, performing

  • Selections from Schumann’s Novelletten
  • Four Hands Piano: Teacher & Student

What does making Music for Life really mean? Inna Muravnik, graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, has made music her life. Through the formidable Russian pianistic traditions passed down through the centuries, Inna’s students are poised to continue music throughout life.

Arts & Culture

Made By a Woman: Gender and Its Relevance to the Arts

05.04.17 at 6:30 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
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Free

Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at Providence College, will explore the benefits and complexities of presenting exhibitions of all women artists. She is widely published, and her co-authored book, Women Making Art: Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts Since 1960 (with Dr. Wendy Oliver, Peter Lang, Inc., 2001) remains a standard source in the field of interdisciplinary feminist cultural studies.

Dr. Deborah Johnson received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University and is Full Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at Providence College, where she specializes in 20th and 21st century material culture, especially since 1945. A founding member and former Director of the Women's Studies Department, she also teaches regularly in the Black Studies Program and the American Studies Program. Prior to her arrival at Providence College, she worked for over a decade as a museum curator and administrator, and in 2006-07, she was appointed Manager of Public Art for the State of Rhode Island through which she directed the federal program, 1% for Art. 

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Recreation & Sports

Mural Mile Kids Dash and Road Race

05.06.17 at 9:00 AM
438 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702
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The first annual Mural Mile Road Race and Kids Dash is an official ArtWeek Boston event. The Greater Framingham Running Club and Framingham Downtown Renaissance have joined forced to bring you this robust community-building and placemaking celebration.  Race down the art-filled Mural Mile or 200-meter dash. After the race, enjoy live music, interactive painting, local vendors, food, and fire truck tours. 

Arts & Culture

Timothy Barringer Lecture: "Transatlantic Landscapes"

05.06.17 at 2:00 PM
The Davis Museum
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

The histories of American and British art have often been told as isolated narratives of two national schools rooted in their own soil. This presentation, by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, focuses on stylistic, iconographic, and historical comparisons to suggest that transatlantic dialogue—by way of Constable and Kensett—is a key to understanding art in the Anglophone world. 

This event will be held in the Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove of the Levine Gallery. Photo: John Frederick Kensett's Lake George (1860)

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Davis Film Series: "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

05.11.17 at 6:30 PM
Collins Cinema
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

An impulsive young “nobody” is enlisted to convince the scion of a wealthy family to return to America. Thus begins a chain of deception with dire consequences. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this psychological thriller matches Tom Ripley’s passions to the dramatic landscapes of Italy’s great tourist destinations. 

The Davis spring film series considers the “Grand Tour”—a rite of passage for young aristocrats (men, and some women) coming of cultural age from the mid-17th through the mid-19th centuries. The Grand Tour itinerary linked passion for touristic adventure to the cultural legacies of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, informed tastes in art and collecting, and reinforced notions of class status and empire. These four films vary in source material, genre, and time period, from modern psychological horror to classic romantic comedy, yet have one thing in common: a life-changing visit to Italy, though perhaps not as “grand” as expected. This series is generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift. Photo: Still from The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Arts & Culture

Mosaics Ladies' Night Out

05.12.17 at 7:00 PM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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$42 includes materials

Ask your co-workers and/or friends to join you or make friends while you are there. We always have a wonderful group of women! Come and make a coaster/decoration, light switch cover, or up to two pendants and learn to use the mosaic wheeled cutters to shape glass pieces. Your project can be completed in one session and grout will be given to you to finish at home, or you can sign up for another class, four or 10 pack, to complete your project. Feel free to bring an adult beverage.

Arts & Culture

Round Lanterns Clay Lanterns

05.13.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per person

Learn to make beautiful hand-built clay lanterns for your home or garden! Instructor Sam Nelson will walk you through how to make either a round or rectangular lantern, including carving, decoration, and color. All clay will be provided.This workshop is a "donation workshop": a portion of the total fee will go towards our scholarship fund, which allows low-income or disadvantage individuals to have access to the arts.

Arts & Culture

Date Night

05.19.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park St., Framingham 01702
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$45 per person

Join us for a night of hand-building with clay! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Make ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your friends, date, or girl-squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Works will be decorated with carving or stamping, painted with underglaze, and fired in the kilns. We will contact everyone when works are ready to pick up. Cost per person: $45

Arts & Culture

Spring Flower Pots

05.20.17 at 9:00 AM - Community Kiln
46 Park St, Framingham
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$45 per project

Come make flower pots to start your summer planting or make a whimsical ceramic cactus or flower to put in your pot. Add decoration, color, and design to your planter, which will be fired in the kilns! 

Arts & Culture

Annual Framingham House Tour

05.21.17 at 12:00 PM
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$25-$35

Six beautiful homes will be open to the public for the special annual event that gives insight into Framingham's architectural traditions and innovators. (Photo by Lynne Damianos). Tickets are $25 for FHC members and $30 for non-members.  Prices rise $5 after May 15.

Tickets are $25 for FHC members, $30 for non-members. After Mother’s Day, May 15th until the day of the tour, tickets are $30 for FHC members and $35 for non-members.

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Food & Drink

3rd Annual Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner

05.21.17 at 5:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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Groups of diners will celebrate Franklin’s food and entertainment options by enjoying appetizers, soup or salad, dinner and dessert at three different downtown restaurants. Guests will wrap up their dining tour with local entertainment and a silent auction. 

Community & Celebrations

14th Annual Strawberry Stroll

06.08.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

Join your neighbors and friends as we welcome warmer weather with the Downtown Partnership’s mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcakes, enjoy live entertainment and shop a sidewalk sale. 

Arts & Culture

Masterclass: The Art of Sight Reading

06.09.17 at 6:30 PM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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Participants: $35; auditors: $20/$15

Led by Vladimir Odinokikh, piano faculty.

“Breathtaking” was how the great Russian mezzo-soprano and international recording artist Valentina Levko described Vladimir’s sight reading during the years Vladimir toured with her. Not everyone can be a breathtaking sight reader, but Vladimir will share techniques and insights for how to be a better sight reader. Appropriate for instrumentalists and pianists of all levels. 

Community & Celebrations

31st Annual Hudson Community Fest

06.10.17 at 9:00 AM - Downtown Hudson
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Food, music, vendors, activities, and fun all day!

Arts & Culture

Wings & Wheels: American Elegance

06.17.17 at 8:30 AM - Collings Foundation
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$10-$15

An incredible collection of 70 vintage racecars, carriages, military vehicles, and airplanes are presented in elegant American tradition when the Gatsby Era comes alive at this world-class event hosted by the Collings Foundation, which is world-renowned for the world's most extensive national living history tour of WWII aircraft.

Community & Celebrations

MetroFest: Regional Arts, Music, and Food Truck Festival

06.17.17 at 11:00 AM - Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex
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FREE!

More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, live music, crafters, kids activities, touch-a-truck, live demonstrations, and 15 food trucks. And this year, MetroFest admission is FREE!

Arts & Culture

Father's Day Clay

06.18.17 at 12:30 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Framingham
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$45

Come celebrate Father's Day with your family! Make a themed plate or platter with your favorite thing: sports, princesses, camping, etc. Or make a plate together that includes something from every family member. If you have other project ideas that can be completed in this class time, the instructor will support you in your own creation as well $45 per project

Arts & Culture

Musical Theater at Pakachoag

07.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
203 Pakachoag Street
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$180

SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER Production of Broadway at the Beach for children entering grades 1-5.    Showtime is July 28th at 7pm. For complete information visit us at pakmusic.org, email info@pakmusic.org, or call 508-791-8159.

Community & Celebrations

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival (thru July 29)

07.26.17 at 5:30 PM - Downtown Franklin
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$0

The Festival will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Brick School, the Historical Museum, the Town Common, the Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School. The Festival features a variety of presentations and performing arts including groups and or individuals, visual artists, and area restaurants/food service businesses.

Community & Celebrations

Race of the Century

07.29.17 at 8:30 AM - Collings Foundation
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$10-$15

Horses, vintage racecars, flying machines, and carriages are just come of the historical contraptions and transportation modes that race against each other in this unique two-day event.  In addition, the Collings Foundation throws open its doors for you to see an amazing exhibition and display of over 70 vintage automobiles and race cars, historic aircraft, and rare military vehicles.

Community & Celebrations

Multicultural Day

08.26.17 at 12:00 PM - Natick Common
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Free

Presented by Natick Center Associates for the first time, this event will celebrate the various food, music, and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community.

Community & Celebrations

Harvest Festival

10.14.17 at 12:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

Business and community group booths, games, a YMCA children’s area, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw thousands of people downtown for a great afternoon with their neighbors. 

Arts & Culture

"Meet the Artists"

10.21.17 at 10:00 AM - Natick Center
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Free

Over 70 artists, all members of Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) will open their doors throughout the community during the weekend for the public to meet them, view their work, and enjoy demonstrations and informal conversation.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Stroll

12.07.17 at 4:00 PM - Downtown Franklin
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free

The family-favorite Holiday Stroll will include a tree-lighting ceremony; visits from Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus; gift shopping; holiday crafts for kids; live entertainment; and food and drink specials. 

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