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Arts & Culture

Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith, Seed to Harvest

10.02.19 at 10:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith, head of painting at the Royal College of Art in London, formerly assistant professor of painting at Wellesley College. Smith’s Seed to Harvest foregrounds portraits of Wellesley’s first African American graduates and borrows its title from the “Patternist” series of novels by Octavia Butler, stories that explore themes of science fiction, humanity, and the ethical and unethical uses of power. Rendering with hand-drawn and computer techniques, Smith embellishes original photographic portraits of five alumnae: Dr. Harriett Alleyne Rice (Class of 1887), Ethel M. Caution-Davis (Class of 1912), Katherine Naomi Robinson (Class of 1922), Clarissa Scott Delany (Class of 1923), and Jane Bolin (Class of 1928). She adds symbolic elements derived from her own visual vocabulary and from quilt patterns used to convey messages along the Underground Railroad (there were two stops in the town of Wellesley) to create the unique crests that adorn each with an honorific flourish. Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director. The windows will be on display until August 2020. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Wellesley’s Friends of Art at the Davis

Arts & Culture

Exhibition: Framingham's Top 10 (10.25.2019 thru 4.16.2021)

10.25.19 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St
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$5/adults, Free/FHC Members & children under 18

Among the rows of storage shelves and tucked away in archival boxes lie the most important artifacts housed at Framingham History Center (FHC). Ten of these precious objects have been chosen by the curator and the community for a 20 month exhibition designed to reinforce the local, national, and international significance of the FHC’s collection. Spanning three hundred years, with objects as small as a pin to as large as billboard, this exhibit will underscore the variety of the FHC’s holdings. Set in a modern gallery style, each artifact stands alone in reverence to its importance. Visitors have the opportunity to explore further through interactive displays that excite discovery. Framingham’s Top 10 has something for everyone – paintings, sculpture, documents, clothing, Americana, music, and neon. On exhibit October 25, 2019 through April 2021.

Nature

Orchid Street Art Show

02.01.20 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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0-$16

The public is invited to the first ever Orchid Show, inspired by street art, this February and March at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. Worcester street artist Croc's original creations will be featured during the exhibition along with creative displays of orchid plants arranged by Tower Hill's horticulturists. The Orchid Show exhibition will entertain and educate all ages from Feb. 1 to March 31. Guests, who will pay admission upon arrival to Tower Hill, will enjoy the custom-made graffiti artwork, a diverse collection of orchid flowers, subtropical greenhouse conservatories, a farm to table lunch cafe. Visitors can create their own tags, tag special graffiti walls at Tower Hill, create their own word art, and use our orchid finder tool to discover the wide variety of these special flowers on display. Outside, visitors are welcome to take winter hikes through the gardens and surrounding woodland trails. Opening Weekend on Feb. 1 and 2 will feature tours, artist talks, and orchid crafts. The Street Art Festival on Feb. 8 and 9 will offer vendors, face painting, graffiti demonstrations, and much more. For more information, including hours and admission rates, please visit www.towerhillbg.org.

Arts & Culture

Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday

02.08.20 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection Gift Today, we use the phrase “going viral” to describe the rapid reception and reproduction of media on the internet. However, since the dawn of amateur photography in the late 19th century, critics have warned of a “universal snapping psychosis.” Long before the age of the selfie, the craze for candid cameras spawned innumerable tropes that snapshooters found irresistible. This exhibition of early 20th-century American snapshots considers our everyday relationship to photography: the ways in which we mediate, understand, and narrate our lives through the snapping and sharing of photographs, and how and why certain types of images become socially infectious. Mined from the Peter J. Cohen Collection gift of nearly 1,000 anonymous snapshots, the exhibition is organized into 11 sections that explore various performances, rituals, and gestures that have gone viral via photography. The texts for each section provide micro-histories of these diverse social phenomena and demonstrate how vernacular photographs might function as affective historical documents and offer rich rewards for the imaginative historian, anthropologist, or sociologist. The exhibition will also showcase an original Kodak camera, early amateur photography manuals, Kodak 1s and 2s, 20th-century album pages, and six photo albums as well as the latest from Kodak—the Printomatic—with which visitors can shoot and print their own snapshots in the gallery. We invite you to share your own snapshots and impressions with us on social media using #davisgoingviral. Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051. Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Image Caption: Anonymous snapshot photograph, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2019.633

Arts & Culture

Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century

02.08.20 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Mounted in conjunction with Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday, this exhibition tells an earlier history of vernacular photography—that of 19th-century portraiture. Similar to snapshots, the portrait photograph is enigmatic for its ability to be a one-of-a-kind object (a family keepsake) and a duplicate (a repetition of conventional settings, poses, and framing devices) all at once. However, before photographs were taken or snapped, they were made. Early photography was a process that involved a great deal of time, labor, and costly materials. Thus, this exhibition explores the materiality, the craft, and the event of photography in its earliest iterations. Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Image Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler (Class of 1947), 1997.47 Image Caption: André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Mme. Cusani, ca. 1860, Uncut albumen cartes-de-visite, 7 5/16 in. x 6 1/16 in.

Arts & Culture

Open Studios

04.04.20 at 12:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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Free

More than 50 Studio Artists look forward to opening their studio doors at 40 Stow Street in Concord and sharing with you their artistry and process in diverse practices including painting, ceramics, glass, woodworking, photography, printmaking, drawing, illustration, jewelry, fiber arts and mixed media. Plus, stop into The Umbrella's newly renovated Visual Arts Gallery to visit Aperture: Annual Studio Artist Group Show. Free and open to the public!

Arts & Culture

Rising Stars of New England Conservatory

04.19.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The sixth concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series will feature young virtuosi from the graduate program at New England Conservatory. The program, to be announced, will feature solo and chamber works. The 3:30pm concert is preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm.

Arts & Culture

War Paint

04.24.20 at 8:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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$19 - $42

Hailed as “thoroughly compelling and masterfully entertaining” WAR PAINT is the true-to-life story of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein, masters of self-invention and titans of the cosmetics industry who became the country’s first major female entrepreneurs in a time when only men were thought to be capable of building international empires. This fascinating, female-forward bio-musical spans their 50 year rivalry, is a master-class for two stars and will feature Boston’s own leading ladies, Leigh Barrett and Shana Dirik, in one of the first productions in the country since the musical closed on Broadway in November, 2017. Book by Doug Wright Music by Scott Frankel Lyrics by Michael Korie Directed by Julia Deter CAST Leigh Barrett* as Elizabeth Arden Shana Dirik* as Helena Rubinstein Russell Garrett* as Tommy Lewis Todd Yard as Harry Fleming with Jennifer Bubriski Vanessa Calantropo Doug Hodge Sabrina Koss Lori L’Italien Ashley Nicole Martin Jeff Mitchell Kara Chu Nelson Dan Prior Rachel Tata Rebekah Turner PERFORMANCES 04/24/2020 - 8:00pm 04/25/2020 - 8:00pm 04/26/2020 - 3:00pm 04/30/2020 - 7:30pm 05/01/2020 - 8:00pm 05/02/2020 - 8:00pm 05/03/2020 - 3:00pm 05/07/2020 - 7:30pm 05/08/2020 - 8:00pm 05/09/2020 - 8:00pm 05/10/2020 - 3:00pm 05/14/2020 - 7:30pm 05/15/2020 - 8:00pm 05/16/2020 - 8:00pm 05/17/2020 - 3:00pm ABOUT THE SEASON The Umbrella's Stage Company's expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 350-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Community Art Center’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available, and patrons can make a night of it thanks to Dinner-and-a-Show deals offered by several Umbrella Hospitality Partners.

Community & Celebrations

Musketaquid Earth Day

04.25.20 at 10:00 AM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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Free

Celebrate our first and forever home: the Earth! The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is hosting the annual Earth Day Celebration, and this year our theme is Water. We will start our celebrations with a River Ceremony at the Old North Bridge. The Earth Day Parade will leave from the Old Manse down through Concord center to the Umbrella Arts Center, where there will be performers, artists, and food in our Festival. RIVER CEREMONY 10:00am–11:00am Minute Man National Historic Park, at The Old North Bridge CC King will lead our River Ceremony, accompanied by vocalist and performing word artist Valerie Stephens and percussionist Grant Smith. We will launch our collection of Earth Floats at the water’s edge. EARTH DAY PARADE 11:00am–12:00pm The Old Manse to The Umbrella To start our parade, the band Snow Crow will raise us to our feet in song and dance. We muster at 11:00 and begin parade down Monument and Main Streets with giant puppets, costumes, banners, community groups, families, and friends alongside performing artists including: aNova Brazil, an interactive performing arts group that combines Afro, Funk, Hip Hop, Samba and Taiko drumming into a feet-stomping music extravanganza! Dirty Water Brass Band, a Soul and R&B band that draws its influence from the streets of New Orleans Bagpipe Major Ben Adelman and Friends, a local Massachusetts group of powerful bagpipers EARTH DAY FESTIVAL 12:00pm–2:00pm The Umbrella Our parade ends at the Umbrella Arts Center on Stow Street. We will have table exhibitors and arts activities inside the Umbrella. Once you step inside you will find yourself immersed in a watershed environment, a special artist installation just for Earth Day. There will also be entertainment, music, and performances from: Drumlin Farm's Birds of Prey Diabolis in Musica, a community music group that plays party-time medieval music Vera Meyer's Glass Harmonica, a water-inspired, historical performance Mary Puppets: Tubs, Tubes, and Toilets, a family puppet show presented by Rosalita's Puppets Enjoy food from Concord Market/Trail's End Cafe! Musketaquid and OARS is pleased to present a family-friendly film festival on Earth Day! The film festival will focus on our water theme. More details to come as we approach the spring.

Recreation & Sports

Avidia Bank MetroWest Corporate 5k

05.14.20 at 6:30 PM
Pinefield Shopping Center
1 Nicolas Rd.
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$30

Employees from MetroWest companies and organizations will engage in friendly competition at the Avidia Bank MetroWest Corporate 5K run/walk on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. The starting line is located at 1 Nicholas Road in Framingham. For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be organized through the efforts of United Way of Tri-County, headquartered in Framingham. United Way of Tri-County anticipates registration to exceed 500 runners and walkers from over 40 MetroWest businesses. Proceeds from the event will support programs and services provided by United Way of Tri-County in the 34 communities they serve in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties, including hunger relief, early childhood literacy, and suicide prevention. Individuals can select the program they would like to fund. “The United Way of Tri-County is proud to be a community building organization that brings people together to care for one another,” said United Way of Tri-County President and CEO Paul Mina. “The Avidia Bank MetroWest Corporate 5k brings the employees of corporations together to impact the needs of many in our community. We are impressed each year by the boundless energy we see in the participants and we are incredibly grateful for the funds they raise, as well to as our sponsors who make this all possible,” Mina said. Teams of all sizes, ages, and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Individual runners and walkers are welcome; however, each participating company must have a minimum of 4 people in order to place for company awards. Registration fee is $30 per team member. Online registration is available at www.uwotc.org/corp5K Awards will be given to the company with the highest number of participants, top male and female finishers, top individual fundraisers, top company fundraiser and most creative team shirt. There will be complimentary chicken sandwiches after the event provided by Chick-fil-A and beer available for purchase from Exhibit ‘A’ for those 21+ of age. Event sponsors include: Avidia Bank, Identify Force, TD Bank, Wegmans, Avecia, St. Mary Credit Union, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Little Hopes Home, Keller Williams Charlie Pasewark, and Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Arts & Culture

Symphony Pro Musica: Rule Brittania!

05.17.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The seventh and final concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series will feature Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of Mark Churchill. Program: William Walton–Crown Imperial Thea Musgrave–Turbulent Landscapes Sir Edward Elgar–Violin Concerto The Elgar Cello Concerto will be played by cellist Zlatomir Fung. The 3:30pm concert will be preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm. Seating is unreserved. Tickets may be bought at the door or at the Southborough Sounds website.

Community & Celebrations

MetroFest 2020

06.13.20 at 11:00 AM - Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex
475 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
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FREE

MetroFest, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau's signature event, showcases the richness and diversity of the region's music, arts and culinary offerings, with a wide range of activities anticipated to attract 8,000+ visitors.

Recreation & Sports

Metrowest K95K

06.14.20 at 10:00 AM - MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center
45 East St, Hopkinton, MA 01748
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20-35

The this unique dog-friendly trail 5K is only part of the fun. Walk or run the trails, be wowed by the doggy demonstrations, visit vendors from the human and animal fields, enjoy music, and grab a bite to eat for you and your pup while you soak up the sun. However you choose to participate, you are helping raise money for the animal welfare programs of the MVMA Charities, which funds the care of stray animals and provides emergency & disaster preparedness and response education and equipment for first responders across Massachusetts.  

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