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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.

Arts & Culture

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.  

Arts & Culture

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Did you know that you can read clothing like any other historical document?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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Art Class Registration

01.23.17 at 10:00 AM - Danforth Art
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Hurry to sign up for art classes (which begin in late February) for adults and kids, including February Vacation Week, in the Danforth's new home on the Framingham Centre Common. Choose fron a wide range of one-day or weeks-long classes and workshops, daytime or evening. 

Arts & Culture

Fountain Street Studios Artists Showcase (thru Feb. 25)

02.02.17 at 9:30 AM - Post Road Art Center
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28 artists from Fountain Street Studios are participating in this show. FSS receives 10% of all gift shop and art supply sales at Post Road Arts Center during February 9-11. 

Pictured: "Still Life" by Mona Bhoyar

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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.

Arts & Culture

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.

Education & Learning

Discover Engineers Week

02.19.17 at 9:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
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Each day of the week offers a special fun and educational activity, including Cup Towers, Straw Structures, Indoor Fort Building, Sail Mobiles, Tinfoil Ferries, and Bridge Building.  See the website for a complete list, including times.  Note special February vacation hours at the museums.

Nature

February Vacation Week Kids' Activities

02.19.17 at 12:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Featuring fun and educational activities for children of all ages--and anyone young at heart--during February vacation week.  Activities include drop-in crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Hours and price vary daily, depending on the activity. Check the website for a full list of kids' events each day.

Recreation & Sports

Sports Vacation Week Programs

02.20.17 at 8:00 AM - Teamworks
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Half-day, full-day and full-week program for kids aged 5-12. Lacrosse, soccer, basketball, skate-boarding, flag football, and other sports. Extended-day options available.

Arts & Culture

Crafts in the Museum (thru Feb. 23)

02.20.17 at 11:30 AM - Concord Museum
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Free with museum admission

Get creative with vacation week crafts, daily in Brooke Hall. Included free with museum admission.

Nature

Fun in Nature: February Vacation Week (Grades K-5)

02.21.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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Per day: $85 Members, $100 Non-members

Join us for winter fun and exploration! We'll search for the tracks and signs of Broadmoor's many winter creatures, learn how animals survive the winter, play games in the snow, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Sign up for single sessions or all four! Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

Vacation Week Kids Workshops

02.21.17 at 9:00 AM - Danforth Art
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Fun workshops, each for two full days, for kids grades K-5. Students rotate through four art-making stations including drawing, painting, watercolor, sculpture, and collage.  Extended hours available

Arts & Culture

School Vacation Week Activities

02.21.17 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
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Free with admission

Drop inwith the kids for Russian-themed crafts, game, and cartoons, plus exploratory activities in the galleries. Great for all ages!

Arts & Culture

Magnificent Mosaics Vacation Workshop: 1, 2, and/or 3-day!

02.21.17 at 1:00 PM - Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
360 Woodland Street, Holliston
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3 days: $120. 1 day: $45. Includes materials fee

1, 2, or 3 days for grades 3-8! Have your child try mosaics, or build on what they have learned! Children who are new to mosaics will make a coaster and a picture frame, and continuing mosai-acists will have a choice of cut out shapes to mosaic or will make a nature scene. Want a full-day option? Jenn Pipe is having a class, 9:30-12:30 at her studio one building down from mine, if you would like a full day option of art! http://jennpipe.com/classregistration.

Other

Jeff Jam Dance Party

02.23.17 at 4:00 PM - Jam Time
86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard, MA 01754
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$10 per child

Jeff Jam is making his first appearance at our Maynard location over February break! Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for children of all ages. He travels all over Massachusetts, New England, and the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children everywhere. Doors will open at 9am for playtime as usual and the dance party with Jeff Jam starts at 4pm! Stop by for afternoon playtime, singing, dancing, and fun with one of our favorite musicians! No passes or class admission for this event. $10 admission per child. No reservations needed.

Arts & Culture

"Eurydice" (Winter Play) (thru Feb. 26)

02.23.17 at 8:00 PM - Walnut Hill School for the Arts
12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760
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$17 Students/Seniors; $22 Adults

All performances at 8pm except February 26 performance, which begins at 2pm.

In Eurydice, award-winning writer Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Contact the Box Office at 508.650.5068 Email: pconnors@walnuthillarts.org

Other

Doll Hair Salon Spectacular

02.24.17 at 9:00 AM - American Girl
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$28

Girls will learn how to create two cute new 'dos and receive insider tips from our professional stylists. Afterward, each girl and her spruced-up companion can pose for a photo op in our Princess Chair. Pink lemonade and a snack will be served. The event includes a goody bag with a craft and doll tee, a recent issue of American Girl magazine, and a $10 coupon for an upcoming visit to the Doll Hair Salon. Reservations required.

Arts & Culture

Presidents Family Day

02.24.17 at 11:00 AM - Spellman Museum of Stamps
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Celebrate all our Presidents' birthday with an exhibit of Presidents stamps and postal items from past inaugurations. Make a collection of President stamps to take home. stamp scavenger hunts and arts and crafts with stamp. Share a piece of our Presidents stamp birthday cake.

Education & Learning

Everyday Engineering: Bridge Building

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

Join us as we celebrate National Engineers Week! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Bridges help us safely get from here to there. From pasta to paper, we’ll experiment with simple supplies to design and build some sturdy and strong structures. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

Other

Teddy Bear Tea (thru Feb. 25)

02.24.17 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. 

Arts & Culture

Color*Full Art Workshop

02.24.17 at 4:30 PM - Jam Time
86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard, MA 01754
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$30 per child

Join us for puppet-making in this month’s drop-off art workshop! This 90-minute drop-off art workshop for kids 4-8 years is run by Color*Full. Homemade playdough, sensory, sculpting, and a guided art project with additional art stations inspired by the colors of the season. Reserve at 978-897-2917.

Arts & Culture

Fugitive Stories: Moth-Inspired True Stories Told Live

02.24.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
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$10 members, $13 non-members

Four acclaimed storytellers are joined by two local citizens to present stories based on the theme "Tolerance."  Audience members are invited to prepare a story in advance and drop their names in a hat to be chosen to perform.  Produced by Fugitive Stories, which is an event that brings new and experienced storytellers toether to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft. 

Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

02.25.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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$54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95)

Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, 6-9pm, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. $54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95) Inclusive of tax and gratuity Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Feb25

Nature

Winter in Bloom Family Weekend

02.25.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Families are warmly invited to enter a floral arrangement designed by an adult/child pair for display at Tower Hill – either created on your own at home or during our flower arranging class on Friday, February 24, 10am; pre-registration required for class. Please register in advance to submit an arrangement by calling 508.869.6111 x101.

Other

Holliston Antique Show (thru Feb. 26)

02.25.17 at 10:00 AM - Holliston High School
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More than 100 antique dealers with furniture, paintings, glass, ceramics, books, and more. Proceeds benefit Holliston Scholarship Foundation.

10am-5pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.

Arts & Culture

Sugar Ray & The BlueTones

02.25.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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$18, discounts for seniors, students, Under 12

Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Not limited to one style, played with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals and harmonica, guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond Organ, Michael “Mudcat” Ward playing acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Neil Gouvin. 

All of the members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been featured on other Artists recordings which include Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, Otis Grand, Pinetop Perkins, The Mannish Boys, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and many more. “SUGAR RAY IS THE REAL DEAL. THERE IS NOBODY BETTER TO REPRESENT THIS MUSIC.” – KIM WILSON, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS “SUGAR RAY HAS GREAT TONE AND PHRASING, SINGING AND PLAYING THE HARP. ONE OF MY FAVORITES.” -CHARLIE MUSSLEWHITE

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Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

02.26.17 at 10:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 , $14 NM. Child: $6M, $8NM

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program includes walking over uneven terrain.

Other

Mini-Retreat for Peace and Relaxation

02.26.17 at 12:30 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$45

Experience profound levels of inner peace and well-being in the beautiful setting of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Julie Crantz and Vicki Parker will guide you on a journey of deep relaxation and self-care through the practice of Yoga Nidra and medication, with the healing effects of Reiki and Aromatherapy incorporated throughout. Learn how essential oils will help enhance your medication experience. You will create your own unique aromatherapy product to take home and learn easy meditation techniques to foster wellness in your daily life.

 

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor

02.26.17 at 2:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. Pre-registration required.  Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Arts & Culture

Cinéphile Sundays: "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" ("The Adventures of Prince Achmed")

02.26.17 at 3:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA
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$0

As the oldest surviving animated feature, Lotte Reininger's film goes a long way to proving the relevance of women filmmakers in the history of animation. "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger invented, which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera—a technique she would continue using during the rest of her long filmmaking career. 

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

Ever Evolving Sculpture Exhibit

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.

Other

Read Across America Day

03.02.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50

Join us for a Storytime Potluck. Bring your favorite book to read, and a cozy teddy or blanket too, as we read together in celebration of Read Across America Day!

Food & Drink

Winter Wine Dinner

03.02.17 at 6:30 PM - Wayside Inn
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$75 all-inclusive

Each dish (such as crispy lobster fritters with tarragon aioli)  is inspired by the flavors of Duckhorn Vineyards and paired by the wine experts at Sudbury Wine & Spirits. This event will sell out!  Call 978-443-1776 to register.

Arts & Culture

Art 3 = Dance x Music x Sculpture

03.03.17 at 6:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA
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Free Admission

Sculpture artist Michael Alfano’s work will be highlighted in 'Art 3 = Dance x Music x Sculpture.' Alfano’s over-sized participatory sculpture, ‘Cubed,’ will be the centerpiece of a collaborative performance event. 'Art 3' features composer, musician, and New England Conservatory faculty member Ben Shwendener and choreographer and dancer Shari Repasz.  A meet-and-greet with all three artists will follow the show. Small bites and a cash bar will be made available during the event by the HCA.

Schwendener’s nonprofit organization Gravity Arts, presents creative music and dance events around the world.

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First Friday Open Mic with Barbara Kessler

03.03.17 at 7:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA
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$5 at the door

Feature for this concert is Sam Bayer. "Boston musician Sam Bayer is your literate, exuberant guide to an imaginary world where housewives win the Nobel Prize in physics, poker-playing children gamble over their bedtimes, and metaphorical elephants pirouette in the den, four and a half minutes at a time," says one critic.  His latest studio CD is "The Great Indoors."

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures for Adults

03.03.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $13, Non-Members $16

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls.

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Nature

188th Annual Camillia Show (thru March 5)

03.04.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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View the diversity of camillia varieties, with many cut blooms and plants on display.  The show also includes lectures and hands-on activities.  This is the final weekend of the Winter in Bloom series.

Arts & Culture

Workshop: Earrings in a Day

03.04.17 at 10:30 AM - Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts
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$75 + $20 materials fee

Spend a day making your own fabulous earrings! Make French ear wires, dangles, hoops and much more. Wire (goldplated, silverplated, and copper), beads, and some sheet metal will be used.

Arts & Culture

Musical Animals

03.04.17 at 10:30 AM - David French Music Company
53B Otis St., Westborough, MA 01581
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Free

A concert for the whole family! Learn about whale songs, bird songs and how music can be used to describe or imitate animals. Hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Flight of the Bumblebee," Tchaikovsky’s "Song of the Lark," Falcone’s "The Tortoise & the Hare," and more!  An educational, entertaining & interactive concert designed for ages 4-10, but all ages are welcome. See the instruments up close after the concert. Feel free to come dressed in your favorite animal-themed attire! 

This program is supported in part by grants from the Westborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Families

03.04.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $13 M/$15 NM; Child: $7M/ $9NM

Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls.

 Pre-registration required. This program for ages 6 and up includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Recreation & Sports

Guided Snowshoe Adventure at Broadmoor

03.05.17 at 10:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Come with us on a guided snowshoeing tour. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. A great way to see the nature of Broadmoor!  Snowshoes not included. We can provide information on options for local rentals if needed. Pre-registration required. 

Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

03.05.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor

03.05.17 at 2:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. Pre-registration required. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Food & Drink

6th Annual Culinary Cabaret

03.05.17 at 7:00 PM - The Black Box
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Hosted by Franklin Performing Arts Company. Join us at THE BLACK BOX when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, wine, and entertainment! The 6th anniverary Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer flavorful dishes and delectable desserts!

Arts & Culture

Watercolors in Nature

03.07.17 at 10:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $36, Non-Members $44

Join award winning art instructor Sarah Alexander and let nature inspire you! We will use watercolors and some multi-media options to bring nature into art. Bring your own painting wish list! Learn new techniques in color, texture and more. As warmer weather approaches we will begin to explore the outdoor world at Broadmoor as weather allows. This is an ongoing series. Students may join at any time during the year. Small class size for personal attention. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.  This class for adults only.

Sarah Alexander is an award winning artist and core member of the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham. Her work has been published in North Light Books: Incite: The Best of Mixed Media, Incite 2: Color Passions, and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling.

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The Freedom Project Censorship Awareness Week: Catherine Ross

03.07.17 at 4:30 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

The Freedom Project is pleased to present Censorship Awareness Week. The week’s events include a talk  by Catherine J. Ross, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. She is the author of Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students’ First Amendment Rights (Harvard University Press 2015). She is also a past visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Education. 

Censorship Awareness Week 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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The Freedom Project Censorship Awareness Week: Laura Kipnis

03.08.17 at 4:30 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

Censorship Awareness Week  includes a talk by Laura Kipnis, a cultural critic whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her books include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation; How to Become a Scandal; Against Love: A Polemic; The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability; and Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America.  Kipnis is a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University. 

Censorship Awareness Week 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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Education & Learning

Asobouyo! Explore the Songs and Toys of Japan

03.09.17 at 10:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
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Event included in museum admission, $12.50.

10-10:30am, 11-11:30am, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3:00pm. How do you sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Japanese? Do Japanese children play with the same toys as me? Join visiting student teachers from Showa University in Tokyo to explore classic Japanese children’s songs and toys. We'll learn some simple Japanese words as we sing and play together!

Arts & Culture

Tea & Talk Series: Who Was Edna Dean Proctor?

03.09.17 at 2:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St
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$5 members, $10 non-members

Enjoy tea while viewing a short lecture that will take you more deeply into the Framingham History Center's "History in the Stitches" exhibition. All guests are invited to stay and view the exhibition. We knew Edna Dean Proctor was a local poetess during the Civil War era, but since we chose her 1870s tea gown for our exhibit we decided to do more digging. Via video, storyteller Libby Franck will discuss the remarkable life of Edna Dean Proctor, a local poetess during the Civil War-era, whose 1870s tea gown is included in the exhibit.  Space is limited; Reservations required.

Other

The Shape of Rivers: Perspectives from Art and Science

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

Join Biennial artist Fritz Horstman and MIT geophysicist Daniel Rothman for a multidisciplinary conversation on water flow through natural landscapes. Hortstman, a DeCordova New England Daniel H. Rothman is a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. His work has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment, resulting in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and geobiology.  FREE, please RSVP

Biennial 2016 artist, explores the intersection of human constructions and ecological systems. Horstman's large commissioned sculpture, "Formwork for a Spiral Movement" based on the form of a river's eddy is on view in the Sculpture Park as part of the Biennial, while over 20 wooden models are on view in the galleries. 

Rothman has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Much of his recent interests focus on the dynamics of Earth's carbon cycle, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the physical foundation of natural geometric forms. Rothman is co-founder and co-director of MIT's Lorenz Center, a privately funded interdisciplinary research center devoted to learning how climate works. The Center fosters creative approaches to increasing fundamental understanding.

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Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Clipperton Atoll

03.09.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12 M, $15 NM

Remote and isolated, uninhabited and forbidden, Clipperton Atoll is located in the Pacific Ocean almost 800 miles off the coast of Mexico and is a French protectorate.  Under special authorization from the French Government, we bring you an account of the scientific mission to track the migratory pattern of sharks as well as document the surrounding reef and the wildlife, both above and below, that depends on it. Join us for views of the wild inhabitants, from birds to sharks, of this remarkable place. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by March 7. Online registration.

Dinner 6:30; lecture 7:30

Education & Learning

The Freedom Project Censorship Awareness Week: Flemming Rose

03.09.17 at 7:00 PM
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA, 02481
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Free

Flemming Rose, Danish journalist, author and senior fellow at Cato Institute, contributes to international media and is the author of several books, such as “The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech” (2010 in Danish and 2014 in English), which was listed among the 10 best non-fiction books of 2014 by "The Economist." In 2016 he was awarded the Milton Friedman Prize for advancing liberty.

 Censorship Awareness Week 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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Food & Drink

Murder Mystery Dinner (thru March 11)

03.10.17 at 6:00 PM - Wayside Inn
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$55 all-inclusive

Help us sold the mystery of the Murder of the Masquerade! The Murder Mystery Dinner will entertain you with intrigue, plenty of laughs, and of course food! We welcome you with a reception and the performance begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served during the event: prime rib, winter harvest salad, roasted winter root vegetables, and deep-dish apple pie.  Purchase tickets by calling 978-443-1776.

Other

Prom Preview Fashion Show

03.10.17 at 7:00 PM - Solomon Pond Mall
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free

Preview the latest prom and Quinceanera dresses in the Ann Taylor Court.

Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

03.10.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Members $13, Non-Members $16

Sound is one of the best ways to locate and identify owls. Learn about their calls, behavior and habitat. Join the adventure as we explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident great horned, screech and barred owls.

Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Arts & Culture

Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

03.10.17 at 7:30 PM - Babson College
231 Forest Street Wellesley, MA 02457
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$20 public, $0 students, $10 BOW staff

The Babson/Olin/Wellesley Maria Schneider residency concludes with a concert by the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Reservations and tickets required.  Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization. She is known for her personal way of writing for her 18-member instrumental collective, tailoring her compositions to highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. 

Her music blurs the lines between genres, giving her a long and diverse list of commissioners, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to David Bowie. She is among the very few musicians to have received Grammy Awards in multiple genres.Schneider is not only an award-winning composer and instrumentalist but an innovative business entrepreneur and music rights advocate.  Generously supported in part by a Babson/Olin/Wellesley Presidential Innovation Grant; BabsonARTS; and the following Wellesley College sources: the Wellesley College Music Department, the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.

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Food & Drink

Hearthside Bounty

03.11.17 - Old Sturbridge Village
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$54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95)

6-9pm. Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. $54.95 per person (OSV Members $49.95) Inclusive of tax and gratuity Registration is required. To register, visit https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Mar11

Other

Wedding Expo

03.11.17 at 11:00 AM - Solomon Pond Mall
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free

Join us for a runway bridal show at 12pm and 2pm.  Enjoy wedding exhibitors, goody bags, and door prizes.

Other

Miles For Miracles Fundraiser to Benefit Boston Children's Hospital

03.11.17 at 3:00 PM
Hampton Inn Natick
319 Speen St, Natick, MA 01760
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$15 Adults/$10 Kids CASH ONLY

Family event full of fun kid activities. Sports activities and obstacles led by Hero Kids Sports, face painting, temporary tattoos and much more. Also, purchase tickets for "chance to win" items. Shop LuLaRoe and Jamberry onsite. All proceeds go to benefit Boston Children's Hospital.

Arts & Culture

In an English Garden” Concert

03.12.17 at 2:00 PM - Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, MA
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Free

Including selections by Holst, Grainger, and Vaughn Williams, this concert by the Chelmsford Community Band promises to melt the snow in your mind and replace it with a feeling of whimsy and sunshine.  Delicious home-baked goods will be also be available for a donation. Although admission to the concert is free, donations are very gratefully accepted to help the band continue to purchase music, maintain instruments, compensate its directors, and pay for rehearsal space. Suggested donations are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

 The Chelmsford Community Band was founded in 1972 and is a volunteer group of adult musicians who greatly enjoy bringing live music to the greater Chelmsford area. The concert band and jazz ensemble both perform several concerts throughout the year and on Chelmsford Common every summer. Look for them online at www.chelmsfordband.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/ChelmsfordCommunityBand, and on Twitter as @ChelmsfordBand.

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Arts & Culture

Davis Museum Film Series: Grand Tour - "Roman Holiday"

03.16.17 at 6:30 PM
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley MA
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Free

In this 1953 romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, a young Princess Ann escapes her dull political duties for a day of sightseeing in Rome with an American journalist who hides his real agenda.  This is part of a four-part spring film series entitled the Grand Tour. For more info about the series, click below.  

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. 

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Arts & Culture

Ladies Night!

03.17.17 at 7:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Floor 3, Framingham, Ma, 01702
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$45

Take a night off and spend time with your best gals! Come with ideas or get inspiration from teacher Cheska Komissar. Hand-build ceramic bowls, mugs, or containers with your girl squad, all while enjoying conversation and laughs. Bring your creative side; we'll provide the fun.

Recreation & Sports

Ashland Park Prep (Half-Marathon)

03.18.17 at 10:00 AM - Marathon Park
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This 13.1-mile race is the perfect prep for the Boston Marathon.  It winds its way along a figure-8 course through the town of Ashland that is a mixture of flats and hills.  This year, we have added a 5-mile race. Free parking at 6 nearby lots.

 

Food & Drink

Chef Demos & Tastings

03.18.17 at 2:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$5 members, $25 non-members

Featuring Carolyn Johnson of 80 Thoreau restaurant in Concord, MA. Class size is limited; pre-registration required.

Arts & Culture

Seder Plates (Clay Workshop)

03.19.17 at 1:00 PM - Community Kiln
46 Park Street, Floor 3, Framingham 01702
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$45

Create beautiful and functional Seder plates for your family’s Passover. Decorate with symbols, colors, and textures that evoke the spirit of the special day. These plates can be used for years to come! Tuition includes all materials and firing. Fired artworks can be picked up 3 weeks after the workshop. Ages 5 and up. Advance registration required; price is per person so register anyone planning to create something. Instructor: Cheska Komissar 

Food & Drink

Taste of MetroWest

03.21.17 at 5:00 PM
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Savor the best of the region at the 7th Annual Taste of MetroWest.  Dozens of restaurants and other food/drink purveyors providing generous samples of signature dishes and beverages.

Food & Drink

Travel & Taste: Galapagos

03.23.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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$26M, $32NM. Lecture only: $12M, $15NM

Dinner 6:30, program 7:30

The Galápagos Islands, off the coast of South America, are like nowhere else, a living laboratory of evolution, documented by Darwin in 1835. Because of the islands’ isolation in the Pacific Ocean there is a wealth of animal and plant life found only here. From the tortoises and desert landscapes at sea level, nesting ocean birds to tall volcanoes and lush highland forests that feature a wide variety of birds, including Darwin’s finches, these islands are considered one of the jewels of the world. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only. Pre-register for dinner by March 21.Online registration available.

Arts & Culture

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. 

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.

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!

Arts & Culture

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.

Arts & Culture

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 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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Arts & Culture

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 story 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 Slone, Barbara Takenaga, 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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Arts & Culture

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 other don’t? Why do some works leave? A museum collection is not a static entity, but fluid with regular arrivals and departures. "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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Arts & Culture

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 

Arts & Culture

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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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

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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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

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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. 

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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