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Arts & Culture

Exhibit: Paintings of the Four Seasons by Charles Mills (thru Dec. 1)

07.12.17 - Dedham Historical Society & Museum
612 High Street; Dedham MA 02026
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$0 members, $2 non-members

Charles Mills (1856-56) led a full life as an artist and citizen of Dedham. In Europe at age 22, he studied art in Europe and was known as one of the ‘Duveneck boys’ in Venice, a group of eight young artists who studied under Frank Duveneck, an American painter, etcher, and art teacher who is credited for creating a new art movement known for a freer application of paint. The Dedham Historical Society & Museum exhibits four of Mill’s landscapes, representing the seasons of the year. 

Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 noon - 4:00pm. society@dedhamhistorical.org 781-326-1385

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Exhibit: Gérard Titus-Carmel (thru Dec.)

09.07.17 at 10:00 AM - Spaightwood Galleries
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New England's largest gallery, with works from the 15th to the 21st centuries, present an exhibit of over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, watercolors, and original etchings, aquatints, drypoints, and lithographs by the French artist Gerard Titus-Carmel.  Because of the number of his works owned by the Galleries, the show wil be presented in two different modes overs 3-4 months.

Open Saturdays, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm; weekdays by arrangment

We have an extensive reference library on art from the late 15th century to the present as well as over 2000 art books (new and used) available for purchase. If there are books about which you have an interest, please let us know. If we have them we will be happy to ship them directly to you. If you seek information about our art inventory, please feel free to call at 1-800-809-3343.

 

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Ron Rosenstock Photography Reception and Exhibit (thru Oct. 26)

09.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
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Free

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is hosting international photographer Ron Rosenstock in exhibit in the HCA Main Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The reception is on Friday, October 6, 2017, 6–7:30pm. Ron’s photographs are in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, The International Center of Photography, New York City, and numerous private collections. 

He has been honored with over 100 exhibits in the United States and Europe in the past fifty years including The Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts and the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ron has published six books of his photographs. Presently, Ron is a frequent lecturer to social, community and professional groups as well as an international photo tour leader in Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Cuba, New Zealand and Vinalhaven, Maine. 

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Exhibit: "This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal" (thru Jan. 18)

09.29.17 at 9:00 AM - Concord Museum
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The most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the life of one of America's most influential authors and thinkers, this brings together remarkable holdings from the world's two most signficiant Thoreau collections, which include journals, manuscripts, books, field notes, and personal items, as well as the very desk on which Thoreau wrote much of his journal.

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Exhibit: "Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic" (thru Dec. 17)

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

Eddie Martinez’s first museum solo exhibition, this installation includes a suite of seven new large-scale “mandala” paintings, accompanied by a range of table-top painted bronze sculptures and large graphite drawings. 

The exhibition and catalogue are realized with generous funding from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis, The Helyn MacLean Endowed Program Fund for Contemporary and South Asian Art, The Mildred Cooper Glimcher ’61 Endowed Fund, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center Endowed Fund; with additional support for the catalogue from Timothy Taylor, London, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. This exhibit will be held in the Davis Museum Gerald and Marjorie Schechter Bronfman Gallery and Chandler Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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Exhibit: "Martin Luther: Protest in Print" (thru Dec. 17)

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

This selection of 16th-century prints and books commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, also known as the 95 Theses. In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (1483–1546) became a leading provocateur for its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported those grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. 

Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation. Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, in collaboration with Simon Grote, Wellesley Faculty Assistant Professor of History, and presented with generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ’54 Davis Museum Program Fund. This exhibit will be held in the Davis Museum Levine Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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Life on Paper: Contemporary Prints from South Africa (thru Dec. 17)

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

Taught in both academic institutions and community education centers, printmaking has long held a prominent place in South African modern and contemporary art. "Life on Paper: Contemporary Prints from South Africa" investigates the existential questions raised by diverse artists in drypoints, lithographs, screenprints, woodcuts, and more. The exhibition honors recent gifts to the collection.

The exhibition honors recent gifts to the collection by the Artist Proof Studio (Johannesburg) and Dr. Pamela Allara, Brandeis University Associate Professor Emerita of Contemporary Art. Curated by Amanda Gilvin, assistant curator, and presented with generous support from the Constance Rhind Robey ’81 Fund for Museum Exhibitions. This exhibit will be held in the Davis Museum Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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Alice C. Cole '42 Project Grant Show: Motion/Less (thru Nov. 3)

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

This two-person exhibition focuses on the work of Meghan Grubb ’05 and Zsofia Schweger ’12, recipients of the 2015–16 Alice C. Cole ’42 Studio Project Grant. Explorations of home and personal space coexist with flattened form and tightly controlled color in Zsofia Schweger’s paintings.  Rooted in questions on how a powerful and mysterious non-physical experience might arise out of the physical, Meghan Grubb strives to generate a sense of anxiety and fear, but also a sense of wonder. 

Image by Zsofia Schweger

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Hrair Sarkissian: Horizon (thru Dec. 17)

10.05.17 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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free

Shot by drone across a perilous expanse, Hrair Sarkissian’s two-channel video installation, Horizon (2016), charts one of the shortest and most common refugee routes from Ka on the southwestern Turkish shore, across the Mycale Strait, to the island of Megisti on the edge of southeastern Greece. Sarkissian writes of this journey “into the unknown” as marked by extreme uncertainty wherein “there is just one line to hold on to: the horizon."  Born and raised in Damascus, Sarkissian trained in his father’s photographic studio and has lived and worked in London since 2011. 

Curated by Lisa Fischman, with generous support from the Maryam and Edward Eisler / Goldman Sachs Gives Fund on Art and Visual Culture in the Near, Middle, and Far East at the Davis Museum. This exhibit will be held in the Davis Museum Freedman Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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Soong Mayling: Paintings (thru Dec. 17)

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

Soong Mayling (1898–2003) graduated from Wellesley College as a Durant Scholar in 1917 with a major in English literature and a minor in philosophy. She married Chiang Kai-Shek in 1927. Madame Chiang began to paint in 1951 and proved herself an adept and gifted pupil. A 1952 feature on her in Life magazine claimed her “aptitude far greater than that of most amateurs.” Madame Chiang made a gift of five paintings to Wellesley in 1958, during her third post-graduation visit. 

Organized by Ningyi Xi ’17, the 2017 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern at the Davis Museum, and presented with generous support from The Mellon Endowment for Academic Programs at the Davis. This exhibit will be held in the Davis Museum Elizabeth Rickey Bevington/Leila Hammond Duncan Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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Exhibit: "Screens: Virtual Material" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Focusing on the increased presence of screens, both digital and tactile, within contemporary art, this exhibit features large-scale works by six leading contemporary artists: Brian Bress, Marta Chilindron, Liza Lou, Matt Saunders Josh Tonsfeldt, and Penelope Umbrico. From metal fences and folding architecture to television monitors and video projections, screens are the primary artistic medium and conceptual focus in these immersive sculpture, installations, and multimedia artworks.

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Exhibit: "Bodies in Water" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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Showing the many creative ways photographers have been inspired by water, the exhibition features human bodies immersed in, emerging from, and interacting with water in visually bold and thought-provoking ways. While some artists address water as a form of recreation or relaxation, others focus on its scarcity or potentially dangerous nature.

 

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Exhibit: "Cool Medium" (thru March 18)

10.06.17 at 10:00 AM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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"Cool Medium" explores how the emergence of color televsion and psychedelic culture--and the hypnotic properties of both--interesected with visual arts. The paintings, photographs and prints in the exhibition mirror the saturated colors and patterns shown on television in hte 1960s and 1970s, and also address cultural issues of drug use, paranoia, space exploration, and media saturation.

 

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Food & Drink

Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week presented by Lyft

10.16.17 - Downtown Framingham
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Dive into our arts, entertainment and fine dining scene! Check out our detailed calendar of specials, discounts, arts, and entertainment! Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week is presented by Lyft, our exclusive rideshare partner. Leave your car at home and get 10% off a ride to or from participating restaurants this week using code FRAMRESTAURANTS 

Arts & Culture

Gallery Talk: Soong Mayling As Literati Painter

10.18.17 at 12:30 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join Heping Liu, Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College, for a discussion on Soong MayLing as a literati painter. A specialist in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty, Liu’s interests lie at the connection between painted image and literary text. Soong Mayling (1898-2003) graduated from Wellesley College as a Durant Scholar in 1917 with a major in English literature and a minor in philosophy. She married Chiang Kai-shek in 1927.  A 1952 feature on her in Life magazine claimed her “aptitude far greater than that of most amateurs.” 

Madame Chiang began to paint in 1951 and proved herself an adept and gifted pupil. Madame Chiang made a gift of five paintings to Wellesley in 1958, during her third post-graduation visit. Organized by Ningyi Xi ‘17, the 2017 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern at the Davis Museum, and presented with the generous support from The Mellon Endowment for Academic Programs at the Davis.

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Transformations: Celebrating Pendleton West (thru Oct. 21)

10.18.17 at 3:00 PM
Pendleton West
106 Central Street Wellesley MA 02481
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Free

During four days of celebration, Pendleton West opens its doors to the public for the first major series of events since its recent renovation. The celebration kicks off on Wednesday with a panel featuring the architects of the new space, Steven Kieran and Tim Peters. The celebration also includes performances by BANDALOOP, the acclaimed vertical dance company; premiere performances of a new piece by Grammy Award–winning composer Augusta Read Thomas performed by the Wellesley College Chamber Singers; a performance by the Wellesley College Theatre related to their fall show Working, a musical that examines workers across the spectrum of American life, updated for the 21st century with new songs by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda; open art studios; guided tours and family activities at the Davis Museum; and much more. 

The renovation, which began in June 2015, included an overhaul of the existing space and a 10,000-square-foot addition for both visual and musical arts, incorporating classroom, studio, rehearsal, and intimate performance spaces that can flexibly accommodate the needs of Wellesley's emerging and traditional arts and media programs. With the renovation of Pendleton West, Wellesley’s arts spaces have been transformed to promote creative dialogue and cross-disciplinary collaboration, emphasizing individual artistic practice as well as communal experiences. 

 

Please note that Sunday, 10/22 is the rain date for all outdoor activities.

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Education & Learning

Presentation" Commemorating Martin Luther After 500 Years: A First Assessment"

10.18.17 at 5:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Since the beginning of the so-called Luther Decade in 2008, and throughout 2017, the year of the quincentennial commemoration of the Protestant Reformation, a plethora of conferences, lectures, books, and exhibitions has focused public attention on the person and historical significance of Martin Luther.  This event brings together two of the most eminent participants in the ongoing public discussion. (see "Details" below)

Historian Hartmut Lehmann (University of Kiel) will analyze the various conflicting vantage points from which scholars have approached the legacy of the German reformer and his commemoration, followed by commentary from theologian Harvey Cox (Harvard University) and general discussion. Generously supported by the Program in Medieval/ Renaissance Studies.

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Magic Dick & Shun Ng

10.18.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for the J. Geils Band, partners up with acoustic guitar sensation and singer Shun Ng. Magic Dick, has toured the world playing with some of the top names in the business as well as blowing away clubs to stadiums with the J. Geils Band since 1969. Shun Ng, at 26 years old is an international star, and just received his second Boston Music Awards nomination (won in 2015) for Best International Performer. 

Shun Ng is a  soulful, world class guitarist and electric performer. As the legendary Quincy Jones puts it, “When you see Shun Ng, you won’t believe your eyes nor your ears — he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science — his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.”

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Wellesley College Upstage Theatre Production: The Wolves

10.19.17 at 7:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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$5-$10

Upstage Theatre is an entirely student-run theatre production that seeks to elevate people of color and deconstruct gender roles. The Wolves is a timely play about a girls’ high school soccer team that illuminates with the unmistakable ping of reality the way young selves are formed when innate character clashes with external challenges.  To make a reservation, email:upstage@wellesley.edu.

Education & Learning

Lecture: "Teaching for Life in Today’s World: How Teachers Collaborate for Good"

10.19.17 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

A renowned scholar of international education, teaching, and education reform who consults with organizations and governments all over the world, Andy Hargreaves is author or editor of over 30 books. In this lecture, he will describe what teaching for life--not just for tests, skills, careers, or individual gain--looks like in different communities internationally where teachers work together to fight for dignity, peace, and democracy, even in the most difficult circumstances. 

Drawing on examples from around the world, he will discuss how we can help teachers in the United States work together to teach for good in their communities. Generously supported by the Wellesley College Education department and by the Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Fund for Public Education. Please note: The Ravitch was originally described in the Fall Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar as “Beyond the Bubble Test: Reforming How We Evaluate Learning and Teaching,” by Linda Darling-Hammond. That talk has since been cancelled.

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Nature

Ikebana Show

10.20.17 at 12:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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$5 youth, $10 Senior, $15 adult

Members from three schools of Japanese flower arranging will display 35 arrangements in many locations in the buildings of the Garden. Enjoy floral arrangements and demonstrations of the Japanese Ohara, Ikenobo, and Sogetsu Flower Arranging Schools and visit pottery vendors for unique containers and vases. Free with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

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Augusta Read Thomas Lecture: The ART of Inspiration

10.20.17 at 5:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Grammy Award–winning composer Augusta Read Thomas, whom the New Yorker called “a true virtuoso composer,” has amassed a following among orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, vocalists, and music enthusiasts with her unique creations of vibrant, bold fantasy in sound. From where does she draw inspiration, and how does she translate what’s in her head to her scores? Join Thomas on a visual, tactile, and auditory journey through her musical world as she shares her sketches, manuscripts, and methodology for composing. 

Thomas writes music that is nuanced, majestic, elegant, capricious, lyrical, and colorful. In addition to composing, Thomas has taught at Eastman, Northwestern, Tanglewood, the Aspen Music Festival, and the University of Chicago. In 2007, Thomas was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. This lecture will immediately precede the final performance of her residency at Wellesley. Residency and concert generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.

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Family Night: "The Night Sky: Yours to Discover"

10.20.17 at 5:30 PM - Christa McAuliffe Center
State Street, Framingham, MA
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free: $5 suggested donation

Showtimes:  5:30pm and 6:30pm

Featuring the fulldome film, "Two Small Pieces of Glass: the Amazing Telescope." Appropriate for ages 6+.  Due to the popularity of the free monthly family nights at the planetarium, reservations are strongly recommended.  However, please do not register if you aren't sure that you will attend.

Community & Celebrations

20th Annual Oktoberfest!

10.20.17 at 7:00 PM - Holliston Historical Society
547 Washington Street Holliston, MA 01746
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$25

20th Annual Holliston Historical Society Oktoberfest celebration, takes place in the Holliston Historical Society's 1815 barn, the perfect venue for this festive occasion. The Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band's performance will get you laughing, singing and dancing a polka before the evening is done. Ken Onofrey, of Crafted, will be supplying the beer for this event and will speak briefly about the seasonal craft beers. In addition to beer, wine, soda and water will also be available. The dinner menu includes large, soft pretzels, knockwurst, rye bread, German potato salad and pickled red cabbage, and homemade apple crisp. 

Vegetarians can request kasespatzle in place of the knockwurst by contacting Beate Hait at Beateh1@aol.com or 508-429-3564. Tickets are available at the following merchants: Fiske’s Holliston Superette and Crafted. Checks should be made payable to Holliston Historical Society. Tickets are also available through PayPal at hollistonhistoricalsociety.org. Tickets are $25 each and there is a small handling fee if purchased through PayPal.There is no guarantee tickets will be available at the door, as space is limited. 

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Uncle Bonsai

10.20.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $21 ~ Senior 65+ $20 ~ Member $18 ~ Studen

Uncle Bonsai celebrates the release of their latest album, "The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young." With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories.

Join us as the group explores all the familiar themes: first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you’d get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai.  Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family.

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Community & Celebrations

Wayside's 8th Annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk & Halloween Festival

10.21.17 at 10:00 AM - Walsh Middle School
301 Brook St., Framingham, MA 01701
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$25/ Adult, $15/ Youth, Children Under 10 y.o. FRE

The 8th Annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk & Halloween Festival begins with a professionally timed 5-km Run/Walk and follows with a Halloween Festival featuring bounce houses, obstacle courses, pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoos and community businesses and organizations with giveaways.  We hold one grand prize raffle: a $5,000 vacation package to the destination of your choice. Each year, Wayside staff form teams to sell raffle tickets, and whatever money is raised stays with that team, so they get to decide how to use their funds best- whether it’s providing a volunteer thank-you lunch or buying train/bus passes for at-risk young adults.

Last year’s event saw nearly 300 participants and raised over $100,000 to support Wayside children and families. Since the 5K Run/Walk started in 2010, Wayside has raised over $500,000. Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, headquartered in Framingham, is one of Massachusetts’ most respected child and family serving agencies. Offering support and resources for children, young adults and families facing some of life’s greatest challenges- mental, behavioral and emotional health issues- Wayside serves nearly 5,000 individuals across the state each year. Wayside began in 1977 when the first emergency shelter for runaway teens opened in New England- Harbinger House- and throughout the years has grown to incorporate a number of long-standing community organizations that share Wayside’s mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being. 

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"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.

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Family Day: Ready, Set, Excavate!

10.21.17 at 11:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day at the Davis! Travel back in time and explore the wonders of the past. Visitors of all ages are invited to this free, family-friendly event and will explore ancient artifacts, enjoy storytelling, art making, a museum tour, treasure hunt in the galleries, and more. Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Other

Truck or Treat

10.21.17 at 11:00 AM
Northborough Crossing
9102 Shops Way, Northborough, MA
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free

You're invited to dress in costume for an afternoon of fun that includes a display of service vehicles and trucks, a mobile gaming truck, photo opportunities with characters, giveaways, a DJ, and trick-or-treating at participating merchants.

Arts & Culture

Franklin Performing Arts Company Presents: Spamalot (thru 10/29)

10.21.17 at 2:00 PM
THE BLACK BOX
15 West Central Street, Franklin
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$34

Adapted from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is chalk full of hilarity based on the stories of King Arthur and his cohorts.

  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:00 PM
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:00 PM

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Klezmer Comes to Amazing Things

10.21.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $19, Senior 65+ $18, Member $16

After performing with the Klezmer Conservatory Band since its beginnings in 1980 and and performing with klezmer band leaders Margot Leverett, Frank London, Pete Sokolow, Andy Statman and Alicia Svigals, bassist Jim Guttmann has created a show that successfully threads klezmer music through his work in other musical genres, referring to to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tower of Power visiting the Caribbean, Erroll Garner’s work with Slam Stewart and the rapper Nelly as well as the traditional music of clarinetist Dave Tarras and violinist Leon Schwartz. 

From Carnegie Hall to smoky dives, from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to the legendary folk music venue Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jim has played everything from klezmer to classical — and most styles in between. In a remarkable career spanning more than 30 years, he’s performed with a myriad of groups including the Klezmer Conservatory Band, singers Eartha Kitt and Mark Murphy, the Really Eclectic String Quartet, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Texas swing legend Tiny Moore, new acoustic music guitar virtuoso Russ Barenberg, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and many more. Whether he’s swinging a jazz tune, holding down the clave rhythm in an Afro-Cuban song, or nailing a lively sirba with a klezmer band, Guttmann plays with great warmth, sophistication, and flawless time.

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12th Oldtown Photo Calendar Competition

10.22.17 at 11:00 AM - Eliot Memorial Hall
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See the new 2018 calendar and vote for your favorite photographs to be included in the 2019 Oldtown Calendar.  Meet local artists, see their local work, and meet the local nonprofits that benefit from this fundraiser.  This annual contest is a part of Natick Artist Open Studios Weekend.

Arts & Culture

LiveARTS String Quartet

10.22.17 at 3:00 PM
Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin
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Adult: $20, Seniors: $15, Students: free

LiveARTS string quartet plays the music of Brahms, Mozart, and Shostakovich as part of the LiveARTS 2017-2018 season. 

Doors open at 2:30pm

Handicap accessible

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Arts & Culture

Midnight at the Masquerade

10.22.17 at 5:00 PM
Rosa Mexicano
155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
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$90

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in areas throughout the United States. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!

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Ron Rosenstock: “The making of meaningful photographs”

10.24.17 at 9:00 AM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748
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FREE

In conjunction with the current exhibit, “Recent Work of Ron Rosenstock,” on view through October 26th, HCA will host three half-hour talks on “the making of meaningful photographs.” Ron will present images and quotes from photographers who have influenced his work, including Minor White and Paul Caponigro (his teachers), and Ansel Adams. Ron will also talk about his witnessing of vast climate change. Ron has photographed the same glaciers from the same vantage point and witnesses totally different landscapes from year to year! 

Please call if you have questions! Kris 774 278 4053

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Curatorial Gallery Talk: Martin Luther: Protest In Print

10.24.17 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join Kemper Curator Meredith Fluke and Simon Grote, Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College, for a discussion of Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the books and prints that were both a result of and an agent for the historical changes of the 16th century. This selection of sixteenth-century prints and books commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, also known as the 95 Theses. 

In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (1483-1546) became a leading provocateur of its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported these grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery, demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation. Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, in collaboration with Professor Simon Grote, Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College and presented with the generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund.

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Arts & Culture

David Teng Olsen: Meaning-making

10.25.17 at 12:30 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Associate Professor David Teng Olsen will discuss thinking about meaning-making in relationship between works of art on view at the Davis and his installation, as well as his own process of understanding life through art. This invitational pilot program at the Davis is designed to engage local artists in transforming the dramatic expanse of floor-to-ceiling ground-level windows that articulates the lobby of our signature Rafael Moneo building and its courtyard plaza. 

The debut features a commission by David Teng Olsen, Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College, based on objects in the permanent collections. Curated by rotation among the Davis curatorial staff, the first iteration of the Windows project organized by Lisa Fischman and will remain in place for one year. Presented with generous support from Wellesley’s Friends of Art at the Davis.

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Rappaport Prize Lecture with Sam Durant

10.26.17 at 6:30 PM - deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
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free

Sam Durant works in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, drawing, and installations—to address the varying relationships between culture and politics. He draws inspiration from American history and engages subjects as diverse as the Civil Rights Movement, southern rock music, and modernism. He has recently created major public art projects throughout the US and was artist-in-residence at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. 

The Rappaport Prize is an annual art award presented by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through the generosity of the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The Foundation has funded a $25,000 prize, given to a contemporary American artist each year since 2000, making it among the longest-running and most generous contemporary art prizes in the United States. The Rappaport Prize has come to symbolize DeCordova's commitment to supporting the best art and artists in the region, as well as the donor's commitment to recognizing and supporting leadership in diverse fields throughout New England.

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Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures for Adults (2 sessions)

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

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local barred and great horned owls as we walk under moon and stars, listening for our resident screech. Pre-registration required. (Dates: 10/27 & 11/3)

Arts & Culture

The Chandler Travis Philharmonette

10.27.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $21, Senior 65+ $20, Member $18

The Chandler Travis Philharmonette is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It’s possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra… There’s some chance you may be aware of Chandler’s other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow.

; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the ‘Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.

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American Craft Fair

10.28.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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$5 youth, $10 senior, $15 adult

The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have partnered to present a juried fair of American craftwork. Hosted at Tower Hill, the show features over 25 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber artists and more. Free with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Recreation & Sports

6th Annual Ashland Half Marathon & Half Miler

10.28.17 at 10:00 AM - Marathon Park
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$35-$75

Starting and finishing at Marathon Park, the original start line of the Boston Marathon (1897-1923), the 2017 race will feature a new 5-mile race and a half-marathon two-person team relay competition, in addition to the usual events.  The October race also introduces a new course featuring scenic rolling hils traversing Ashland town roads and a loop through the beautiful Hopkinton State Park.

Arts & Culture

Karen K & The Jitterbugs

10.28.17 at 10:30 AM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Adults $8; Children $5. Amazing Things Members: $

Bug out with Karen K in her imaginary backyard fort where she makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs. In this high-energy, crowd-engaging show for kids and kidults, Karen takes audience members young and old on a musical adventure exploring themes of kindness, friendship and downright fun. The Jitterbugs’ will have kids up and dancing to Karen’s catchy, pop-infused, award-winning songs, and leave adults asking for more…even when the kids aren’t around. Tickets at Door Only!

One of the most buzzed about bands for families and kids on the East Coast, Karen K & the Jitterbugs have received multiple national awards, including a Parents Choice Fun Stuff Award and Best KidVid of 2014 for their smash hit video (I Woke Up in a) Fire Truck. Music from both of their albums – Pancakes for Dinner and Big Ol’ Truck can be heard on radio stations across the country. 

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Education & Learning

Spooky Science

10.28.17 at 11:00 AM - The Discovery Museum
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free with admission

Drop in to uswe a little spooky science to create some strange substances. Whip up a batch of ooey, gooey, glow-in-thedark slime or sink your hands into some odd oobleck.  Is it a liquid or a solid...or both?

Arts & Culture

Voices from Edgell Grove Cemetery

10.28.17 at 4:00 PM
Edgell Grove Cemetery
53 Grove Street, Framingham
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$5-$20

This spooky Halloween tradition, which began at the Old Burying Ground, has moved to this beautiful “garden cemetery” modeled after Mount Auburn in Cambridge. Join us for a stroll and "meet" some of the luminaries buried here, including Mary Eames, who was the first person interred at Edgell Grove; mapmaker Warren Nixon; General George Gordon and his wife Lizzie; historian Josiah Temple, and a Revolutionary War soldier who died of smallpox and was reinterred in the soldier’s lot before developers destroyed his original grave behind Framingham’s “pest house.” There are others who are waiting to tell you their tales, but we don’t want to spoil their surprise! 

v  Rain date November 5th. Tickets are $10/FHC members, $15/non-members, $20/family, and $5/ages 8-18. Purchase tickets at framinghamhistory.org or mail checks to FHC P.O. Box 2032, Framingham, MA 01703. Tickets may be purchased on the day of event if we haven’t sold out…. Questions? Call 508-626-9091.

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Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Families (2 sessions)

10.28.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult:$13 Members/ $15 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9n

  • 10/28: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • 11/4: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ever wondered if an owl is really 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. Pre-registration required.

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

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Arts & Culture

Five O'Clock Shadow

10.28.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $23 ~ Senior 65+ $22 ~ Member $20 ~ Studen

These six vocalists produce rock-solid leads and harmonies, while exploring instrumental mimicry and creating unique textures that excite, entertain and inspire. Throughout its 23-year history, Five O’Clock Shadow has redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, real-time digital effect processing and innovative writing and arranging into its critically acclaimed live performances, effectively blurring the lines between traditional a cappella singing and today’s mainstream audio. 

Other

Halloween Parties with Live Animal Show (both locations)

10.29.17 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
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Free with playground admission

Calling all party animals for a Boo-tasti morning of Halloween-themed arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, contests wtih prizes, and a 10am live animal show. Dress in costume and meet some slimy, scaly, furry, and even cute animals at the interactive and howling show.  No reservations needed.

Nature

Creepy Crawlies

10.29.17 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult:$13 Members/ $15 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9n

It is almost Halloween! How do you hiss without using your mouth? Breathe without lungs or gills? Move if you don't have legs? This program features some of the strange and creepy critters from our wild and wacky world of animals. Get up close and personal with tarantulas, amphibians, snakes and even some cool cockroaches! Pre-registration recommended. 

Online registration available.

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Community & Celebrations

Sleep Hollow-een Tour

10.29.17 at 3:30 PM
Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd, Concord MA 01742
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Members: $5/ Non-Members: $10

Join us for this special Halloween event! Take a tour through historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with a Concord Museum Guide. Learn about the lives and deaths of past Concordians through stories passed down through the generations. 

Arts & Culture

Conversation With The Artist: Hrair Sarkissian

11.01.17 at 12:30 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Join Hrair Sarkissian by Skype from his London studio, with exhibition curator Lisa Fischman, in conversation on the artist’s video installation, "Horizon," and contemporary art practices inflected by political concerns. Shot by drone across a perilous expanse, Hrair Sarkissian’s two-channel video installation, "Horizon" (2016), charts one of the shortest and most common refugee routes from Kas on the southwestern Turkish shore, across the Mycale Strait, to the island of Megisti on the edge of southeastern Greece. 

Sarkissian writes of this journey “into the unknown” as marked by extreme uncertainty wherein “there is just one line to hold on to: the horizon. A line that divides the blues of the water and the sky, the up and the down. It visualizes how close the future is, a starting point for building up hopes and dreams, a refuge for escaping the darkness of the present, while holding on to the memories of the past.” Born and raised in Damascus, Sarkissian trained in his father’s photographic studio, completed a BFA in Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 2010, and has lived and worked in London since 2011. Curated by Lisa Fischman, with generous support from the Maryam and Edward Eisler / Goldman Sachs Gives Fund on Art and Visual Culture in the Near, Middle, and Far East at the Davis Museum.

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Arts & Culture

Franklin Art Assn Meeting & Demonstration

11.01.17 at 6:30 PM - Franklin Senior Center
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free

A demonstration by Vincent Crotty, an oil artist, follows a short time for refreshments, socializing, and a business meeting at 6:30pm.  Crotty's work has been recognized with awards from the Mass Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation, and plein air competitions internationally. Free and open to the public.

Nature

Travel & Taste: Chiricahua Mountains, Wildlife Oasis in the Desert

11.02.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $27M;$33NM/Lecture only:$12M; $15N

On the Arizona-New Mexico border lies the Chiricahua mountains, and the valley below. This unique geological area is steeped in Native American history, and signs of native peoples can still be found to this day. Due to its widely varied habitats this area is also home to a wide variey of birds, lizards, frogs, wildflowers, and butterflies. Come with us for an exploration of the diversity of this amazing area. 

Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only (7:30 start). Pre-registration required for dinner by 5pm Tuesday, October 31. Online registration available.

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Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

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

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 & barred owls. Pre-registration required. 

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

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Arts & Culture

Playing Dead

11.03.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $15 ~ Senior 65+ $14 ~ Member $12~ Student

This Grateful Dead tribute features former members of Dark Star Orchestra, Slipknot!, and Uncle John’s Band. Their marathon sets feature music and jams from the entire Grateful Dead catalog, faithfully recreating the experience of a live Grateful Dead concert. Their improvisational style and large repertoire guaranteed that every musical performance would be unique. 

Nature

Busy Beavers

11.04.17 at 4:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Fall is a busy time for beavers as they prepare for winter at Broadmoor. We will visit different beaver sites, discover what life is like as a beaver, and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, we will watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations.Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program for ages 7 and up also includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program for ages 7 and up also includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

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Arts & Culture

Rust Never Sleeps

11.04.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $20 ~ Senior 65+/Student $19 ~ Member $17

RUST NEVER SLEEPS is a unique, live rock show that celebrates the music, and musical career of Neil Young. While some groups in the tribute-band genre are content with a note-for-note replication of the original recordings, a Rust Never Sleeps show is infused with the passion and truth that comes from musicians using their own unique, creative energy to present these great songs.

Arts & Culture

Printing Demonstration

11.07.17 at 4:00 PM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

During the Reformation, the medium of printing was utilized to great effect to circulate ideas and effect change. In conjunction with "Martin Luther: Protest in Print," join Katherine M. Ruffin, Director of Book Studies and the Book Arts Program, for a demonstration of letterpress printing techniques, including the hand composition of metal type and printing on the iron hand press. A woodcut image will be printed along with type. Meet in the lobby of Clapp Library. The demonstration will take place in the Book Arts Lab. 

This selection of sixteenth-century prints and books commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, also known as the 95 Theses. In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (1483-1546) became a leading provocateur of its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported these grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery, demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation. Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, in collaboration with Professor Simon Grote, Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College and presented with the generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund.

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Arts & Culture

Stroller Tours: Art and Legends of the Ancient World

11.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02481
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Free

Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour—a special opportunity for families open before normal hours. Designed for art lovers and their little ones (recommended for children up to 2 years old). Join Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education Programs, for a different theme each month. November 8 theme is Art and Legends of the Ancient World.

Nature

A Special Lecture Event: An Adventurers Tale aboard the Nautilus

11.10.17 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Deep beneath the surface of the ocean are remnants of an ancient world and creatures you have never even imagined. Join science teacher, Framingham native, and former Mass Audubon staff, Amy Fleischer, as she relates stories from her 22 day voyage on Dr Robert Ballard’s Exploration vessel Nautilus.  Amy will share stories and videos from the explorations of ancient submerged shorelines, sea caves and relic coral reefs, as well as encounters with an array of sea creatures. Pre-registration recommended. 

Online registration available.

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Arts & Culture

Dale LePage & The Manhattans

11.10.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $20 ~ Senior 65+ ~ Member $17 ~ Students/C

An evening of FUN and MUSIC with 6-Time Best Of The Year winners Dale Lepage & The Manhattans. This band gives you a show that will keep your toes tapping and your heart singing; their take on familiar songs mixed with swinging originals is a great time for everyone. Led by singer/ songwriter Dale LePage (host of New England Pride TV, now airing in over 2 million homes).

Other

Country Fair

11.11.17 at 9:00 AM - Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church
106 Walnut Street - Natick, MA 01760
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Free Admission

Take a stroll down the Cookie Walk (veterans receive a free cookie). Visit the Good-As-New Shop and the Country Store. See baked goods, silent auction, knitted/craft items and homemade ornaments, and a variety of vendors. Luncheon served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes lobster rolls, homemade soups, and more! All monies received at Fisk tables go to missions, both local and global. 

Education & Learning

Getting the Most from your Digital Camera Workshop

11.11.17 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $55 Members, $65 Non-Members

Are you new to the world of digital photography, or still don't feel you're getting the most from your digital camera? This workshop is designed to help you understand the features of digital cameras, and, if nature allows, use the landscape and creatures of Broadmoor to practice techniques to help improve your digital photography.  Beginners are welcome. Makes a great gift! Pre-registration required. .

Online registration available

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Other

Wellesley Marketplace

11.11.17 at 9:00 AM
Wellesley High School
50 Rice Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Premium admission - $20, General Admission - $15

Wellesley Marketplace is an annual retail favorite for those seeking unique holiday gifts for family and friends. Shoppers had access to over 200 vendors and artisans from New England and afar. Available wares included gourmet foods, handmade jewelry, artwork, crafts, and clothing.

Nature

Terrarium Show

11.11.17 at 10:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Dr.
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$5 youth, $10 Senior, $15 adult

Terrariums capture miniature living worlds within glass walls. View stunning terrarium displays from professionals and amateurs alike.Free with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Nature

Busy Beavers (2 Sessions)

11.11.17 at 3:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Fall is a busy time for beavers as they prepare for winter at Broadmoor. We will visit different beaver sites, discover what life is like as a beaver, and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, we will watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. Pre-registration required. 2 Session: 11/11 & 11/18

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program for ages 7 and up also includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

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Arts & Culture

The Love Dogs

11.11.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
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Regular $19 ~ Senior 65+/Student $18 ~ Member $16

Take one red-hot horn section – we’re talkin’ alto, tenor, baritone saxes and trombone – down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with years on the road tearing up juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s THE LOVE DOGS!

Nature

Duckstravaganza! (Wayland)

11.12.17 at 8:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

November is a great time to watch beautiful wintering ducks. Not just your average mallards... we will carpool to several locations in search of ducks. Target species include teals, shovelers, mergansers, buffleheads, pintails and more. The leader will also bring a spotting scope for close-up views of these stunning ducks. Pre-registration required. 

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain. See link in registration confirmation email for meeting location, directions and additional information.

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Food & Drink

Free Dinner for MetroWest Veterans and Their Families

11.12.17 at 5:00 PM - Plymouth Church of Framingham
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free

To honor our armed forces veterans, and to show our deep appreciation for their service, The Plymouth Church, Edwards Church, and Open Spirit joyfully invite all veterans living in MetroWest, and their families, to a FREE honorary dinner, which includes chicken piccata, vegetable lasagna, the more. The evening will feature “A Conversation with Ed Carr,” in which Ed will share his experience as a U.S. Marine Veteran and how he uses equine therapy to cope with PTSD.  Please RSVP to 508.875.1364 by November 6 to be entered in a raffle.

d’s strength and perseverance echo through his work with the MetroWest Transit Authority and through his efforts to create the MetroWest Vietnam Veterans Monument. Music will be provided by Dave Jost/Don Ryan Jazz Duo. 

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Arts & Culture

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

11.12.17 at 7:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
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Regular $19 , Senior 65+/Student $18, Member $16

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history, that period during the ’30s and ’40s when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass. As virtuosos of old-time mandolin, banjo & guitar, they dig deep into early country music and blues – a limitless library of brother duets, traditional instrumentals, mother ballads and award-reaping originals. Their combined pedigree spreads over the 4+ million regular listeners of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion to the millions of devoted fans of the Grammy-winning Oh Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack.

Nature

Travel & Taste: Bhutan, Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

11.16.17 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $27M,$33NM.Lecture only: $12M, $15

The residents of tiny country of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayan foothills north of India lives in the valleys, while yaks, hornbills, monkeys, tree rhododendrons and spectacular birds like blood and Kalij pheasant are found along the famous Linmethang Road at high elevations. Weaving, wood carving, painting, and papermaking are among the arts practiced in this creative culture. Join us as we tour this idyllic mountain kingdom. Mass Audubon’s next trip to Bhutan is April 17-May 2, 2018. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture, or lecture only. Pre-registration required for dinner by Tuesday, November 14. 

Arts & Culture

Paradise City Arts Festival (thru Nov. 19)

11.17.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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Adults $14, seniors $12, students $8

Eastern Massachusetts' favorite show of fine and functional art draws visitors from throughout New England. Not your usual holiday season fare, it's a beautifully curated selection of 175 of the finest craft makers, painters, and sculptors from every corner of America.

  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Arts & Culture

Mark & Raianne and Smith & Ryder

11.17.17 at 8:00 PM - Amazing Things Arts Center
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Regular $19, Senior 65+/Student $18, Member $16

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region. Each summer for the past eight years, they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour,” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. With their bandmates—Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar—they continue to impress listeners with their heartfelt songs. 

Smith & Ryder is an Americana / Country / Roots duo from Central Massachusetts. Their music blends acoustic instruments with close vocal harmony, singing songs with a focus on strong lyrics and a good story. Miriam Smith is a lifelong, classically trained violinist who also dabbles in mandolin and guitar. Sean Ryder plays acoustic and electric guitar, tenor guitar, and other things with strings. ents.

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Nature

Duckstravaganza 2! (Concord)

11.19.17 at 2:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

November is a great time to watch beautiful wintering ducks. Not just your average mallards... we will carpool to several locations in search of ducks. Target species include teals, shovelers, mergansers, buffleheads, pintails and more. The leader will also bring a spotting scope for close-up views of these stunning ducks. Pre-registration required. 

Online registration available. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain. See link in registration confirmation email for meeting location, directions and additional information.

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Arts & Culture

22nd Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature

11.22.17 at 9:00 AM - Concord Museum
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During the holiday season, the museum's galleries are filled with more than 30 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children's storybooks and contemporary picture-book favorites.

Community & Celebrations

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees

11.24.17 at 10:00 AM
The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street, Wellesley MA 02482
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$10

Festival of Trees showcases dozens of trees and the Snow Village for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival offers beautifully decorated holiday trees decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at The Gardens at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa visits and other activities. Snow Village is an enchanting display with model trains winding through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City, Fenway Park, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. 

ADMISSIONS: $10 per person, children 11 and under are free, Mass Hort members: $8 Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The Festival is open November 24 through December 10, weather permitting: Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-8 pm; Friday through Sunday 10 am-8 pm; Sunday December 11 until 6 pm; Monday through Thursday mornings, by appointment, for senior group visits; Monday and Tuesday evenings, by appointment, for corporate events. 

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Arts & Culture

Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts

11.24.17 at 11:00 AM
Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd, Concord MA 01742
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Members: free/Free w/ Family Trees admission

Get crafty with special projects relatred to Family Trees. Free with Family Trees admission. Members free. 

Arts & Culture

Amazing Things Holiday Market

11.25.17 at 11:00 AM - Amazing Things Arts Center
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$5 adult, children under 12 free

Many Metrowest artists will be presenting their amazing products, from clothes to furniture to soaps and art! See the wares of our local’s finest, displaying gifts that are wonderful for any gift receiver! There is plenty of parking behind the building and on-street parking is available. Live music will entertain shoppers, light snacks and refreshments for sale. Each customer gets 1 raffle ticket with entrance fee for our Amazing Raffle featuring items from our vendors!

Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

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

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

Community & Celebrations

7th Annual Holiday House Tour

12.02.17 at 10:00 AM
Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd, Concord MA 01742
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Members: $40/Non-Members: $45

Tour a selection of Concord's most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. 

Doors at 10:00 am to pick up programs for the day. Homes open 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

Discount advance ticket price through November 30

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Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Families

12.02.17 at 4:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult: $13 M, $15 NM; Child: $7 M, $9 NM

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. We will explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Pre-registration required.  This program is for ages 6 and up and includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light.

Nature

Full Moon Owl Prowl for Adults

12.02.17 at 7:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
Website
Adults: $13 Members; $16 Non-Members

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

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. 

Other

Festival of Trees & Holiday Sampler

12.08.17 at 10:00 AM - Royal Plaza Trade Center
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After a one-year hiatus, this popular festival returns with 100 brightly decorated trees and holiday activities, including entertainment, miniature Santa's Village, Santa station, and hundreds of holiday artisans and vendors.

  • Friday: 1-9pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Education & Learning

Author and Illustrator Day

12.10.17 at 1:00 PM
Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd, Concord MA 01742
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Members: free/Free w/ Family Trees admission

Meet some accomplished authors and illustrators featured in Family Trees. Free with Family Trees admission. Members free. 

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