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Arts & Culture

Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith, Seed to Harvest

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

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

Arts & Culture

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

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

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

Education & Learning

Peter Baehr: “Intelligent” Liberalism, The Affirmations and Antipathies of Rebecca West

01.28.20 at 4:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Over a life that spanned two centuries and seventy-one years of literary production, Rebecca West (1892-1983) was an author of remarkable versatility. Today she is most often recalled for her novels, short stories, literary criticism and autobiographically laced travelogues. But Rebecca West was also a political writer of astonishing verve: resourceful, combative and impelled by a strong sense of responsibility for the commonweal. In this talk Peter Baehr describes Rebecca West’s distinctive brand of liberalism. It was marked by a series of affirmations and negations: individualism against conformism, freedom against censorship, responsibility against immaturity, decency against gratuitousness, and empathy against incredulity. The talk approaches West’s peculiar brand of liberalism not as an abstract philosophy in the mode of Martha Nussbaum, Jürgen Habermas, or John Rawls, but as a set of ideas forged in oppositional encounters with movements, and currents of thought, she considered fatal to a free society: nihilism, Communism, and imperialism. “It is never possible,” West wrote in 1951, “to serve the interests of liberalism by believing that which is false to be true.” Liberalism was “intelligent” to the degree it was truthful against all pressures of ideology and special pleading. Peter Baehr is a research professor in social theory at Lingnan University, Hong Kong who teaches and writes mainly in the areas of social and political thought. Before coming to Hong Kong in 2000, he worked at universities in Canada and Britain. Baehr’s work has been translated into 10 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian. His books include The Unmasking Style in Social Theory (2019), Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences (2010), and Caesar and the Fading of the Roman World (1998).

Arts & Culture

Local Scene Music Series: JP & Friends Concert

01.31.20 at 7:30 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
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$15 General Admission

Join us at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for a great music series featuring the best local bands. Cash bar. JP and Friends is an established eight-piece pro-level band covering rock, soul, blues, funk and pop. The line-up features three vocalists (excellent harmonies), guitar, keyboards, sax, percussion, bass and drums. The band is led by British guitarist Jeff Purchon who has played with some of music's greatest; Robert Palmer, Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix), Ginger Baker, Vernon Reid, Buddy Miles to name but a few. The aim of the band is to play great songs and get people up on their feet and have a great time. JP and Friends have a wide repertoire of songs that they deliver with superb vocals and top-level musicianship providing infectious grooves that will have the crowd dancing the night away and still want more. Tickets: $15 general admission. Buy here: https://www.hopartscenter.org/buyticket/4099 Hopkinton Center for the Arts Local Scene Music Series is sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

Nature

Orchid Street Art Show

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

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

Education & Learning

Painting Whimsical Flowers: Tending The Garden Within

02.01.20 at 1:00 PM
Cheryl Cohen's Mosaic Art Center
Woodland Street, Holliston
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$55/$50

Whimsical flowers are fun to paint because each one is a unique expression of who you are. You simply can’t go wrong with these exquisite beauties! You do not know how to paint or draw to take this program. Like I do in all my intuitive painting programs, I break drawing/painting flowers into its simplest components, show you examples and get you on your painting way with whatever abilities you have now. We will be painting the idea and feeling of flowers rather than painstakingly copying real ones. Love the looseness of whimsical! Then you’ll use watercolor/acrylic markers or add paint. Seriously, you’ll be painting flowers in no time. I do this by taking the fear of getting started and giving it the creative boot. Works like a charm! Ready to make the world a more beautiful place?

Arts & Culture

First Sunday at MORI

02.02.20 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Free!

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation!

Arts & Culture

Symphony Pro Musica: "What Love Tells Me"

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

The Symphony Pro Musica, under the direction of conductor Mark Churchill will present "What Love Tells Me', a performance of Mahler's monumental Third Symphony.

Arts & Culture

Take it to the Curator

02.07.20 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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$20 per object, limit four objects per 20-minute t

Want to know more about your icon? Bring your objects in for an assessment clinic provided by the members of the Museum’s curatorial team. The assessment includes the approximate age of your icon, where and how it was made, and for what purpose it was made. Find out if your icon is a Church icon or an icon for domestic display, and receive information on conservation and appraisal services. Assessments do not include financial appraisals, per IRS tax code prohibiting the valuation of objects by a nonprofit. Registration required

Other

Framingham Repair Café

02.08.20 at 10:00 AM
First Parish in Framingham
24 Vernon St. Framingham MA 01701
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Free

Got something that needs fixing or mending? Bring it to the Repair Café… Saturday, February 8th (10am to 1pm) First Parish in Framingham (24 Vernon St.) Our volunteers can help fix many things for FREE including: clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers/other electronics, bikes, toys, jewelry, wheelchairs and sewing machines. We will also have a station for sharpening knives, scissors and garden tools. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time. Let us know if you have any questions :) Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1022686488080797/

Community & Celebrations

Framingham Repair Café

02.08.20 at 10:00 AM
First Parish in Framingham
24 Vernon St. Framingham MA 01701
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Free

Got something that needs fixing or mending? Bring it to the Repair Café… Saturday, February 8th (10am to 1pm) First Parish in Framingham (24 Vernon St.) Our volunteers can help fix many things for FREE including: clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers/other electronics, bikes, toys, jewelry, wheelchairs and sewing machines. We will also have a station for sharpening knives, scissors and garden tools. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time. Let us know if you have any questions :) Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1022686488080797/

Arts & Culture

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

02.08.20 at 3:00 PM - Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
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$5 kids, $10 adults

A mesmerizing performance of over ten object manipulation skills choreographed to diverse music that will leave the audience smiling and in awe. Featuring world-class yo-yoing, top spinning, traditional juggling, contact juggling, poi, diabolo, and more. The audience won’t be able to guess what comes next. Part of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Children's Entertainment Series.

Arts & Culture

Film Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

02.09.20 - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Free with admission

Produced by the National Gallery of Art for their 2013 exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music, the documentary explores the impresario Serge Diaghilev, creator and driving force of the Ballets Russes and his ability to recruit the greatest talents of the early twentieth century to join his company and revolutionize modern dance in the process. The documentary includes footage of performances by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. The film also includes sets and costumes from Diaghilev’s innovative productions, as well as interviews with dancers, musicians, and scholars. This film was made possible by the HRH Foundation.

Arts & Culture

School Vacation Week: Cartoons and Crafts

02.18.20 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Free with admission

Grab a snack, watch a Soviet-era cartoon, and after craft your own Cheburashka or Gena the Crocodile to take home with you. Appropriate for ages 6-10.

Arts & Culture

First Sunday at MORI

03.01.20 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Free!

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation, and watch the film Pysanka – The Ukrainian Easter Egg at 12:00pm & 2:00pm. Explore the mysteries and symbolism behind the decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs in this short documentary that won over 25 international film awards.

Arts & Culture

Delightful Duets: Piano Music for Four Hands

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

The fourth concert in the 2019-2020 Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's series, features pianists Ellina Blinder and Irina Kotlyar Vulikh playing piano music for four hands. The program will feature works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and DeFalla.

Arts & Culture

Exhibition Opening: Atomic Alert!

03.19.20 at 6:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Members Free, Nonmembers $15

Dust off your best “Mad Men” outfit and join us for martinis, manhattans, and all things Cold War. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 15, so we know how much Spam to purchase!

Arts & Culture

Artist Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal

03.21.20 at 2:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Members $6, Nonmembers $12

Artist Lesia Sochor presents her exhibition Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal, on view March 21 – August 2, 2020. The paintings of Lesia Sochor are narratives told in paint prompted by personal experiences. The Pysanka series evolved from her annual spring ritual of creating intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs known as pysanky. Depicting the symbolic meanings and traditional motifs in oils and watercolors spawned a new path of contemporary expression for this ancient art form. Registration required by Tuesday, March 17

Recreation & Sports

Fight for Air Climb Orlando

03.28.20 at 7:00 AM
Bank of America Center
309 N Orange Avenue Orlando FL 32801
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25

A competitive stair climb event challenging participants to conquer the 25 floors/512 stairs of 390 N. Orange Avenue (formerly known as The Bank of America Center). The Fight For Air Climb is a signature fundraising event of the American Lung Association, raising critically needed funds for research, advocacy, and education surrounding all lung disease. Participants range in age (10+) and athletic ability. Climb as an individual or form a team with your friends, family and coworkers to join us in the fight for clean air and healthy lungs. Because if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. Registration Fee: $25 Website: http://FightForAirClimb.org/Orlando

Arts & Culture

Symphony Pro Musica: Symphonic Farewells

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

in its 36th season, the Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of conductor Mark Churchill presents the fifth concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series. Program: Lili Boulanger–D’un matin de printemps Be´la Barto´k–Piano Concerto No. 3 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky–Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” The 3:30pm concert is preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm. Seating is unreserved. Tickets are available at the door or at the Southborough Sounds website.

Arts & Culture

Rising Stars of New England Conservatory

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

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

Arts & Culture

Symphony Pro Musica: Rule Brittania!

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

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

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