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Newton Cultural Alliance: Uniting Culture and Community
April 2012 e-Newsletter

April is a great month for us! We are proud to announce that we are hosting our first Building Culture & Community Gala and honoring Tom Concannon. We are also making exciting changes to our Culture 'n Cuisine program (more on that later). And, of course, our members are offering some fantastic programs. Read on for more...
Building Culture & Community Gala  
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Newton Cultural Alliance is honoring Tom Concannon for his lifelong commitment to Newton and community arts. Please join us to salute and enjoy performances, exhibits, and scrumptious treats!
Building Culture & Community Gala
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00pm
Gregorian Rug, Newton Lower Falls

Events through April 30
In Concert 
Global Warming: The Berklee Rainbow Jazz Band
Sat, April 21 @ 8pm
Newton South High School Auditorium berklee
The internationally acclaimed Berklee Rainbow Band, directed by world-renowned trombonist and Berklee Professor Phil Wilson, features some of the college's top instrumentalists from around the world. Wilson formed the student group that would become the Berklee Rainbow Band during his first year at Berklee. Since then, the band has appeared on national television, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at numerous festivals, and on tour in Latin America, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. 



Suzuki in the Community

Sun, April 29 @ 3pm
Scandinavian Living Center

Michelle Ordorica, SSN faculty member, will be performing at The Scandinavian Living Center at 206 Waltham Street, Newton MA.  Come to enjoy some classical music by this young talented artist. 




Special Events


Scandinavian Film: Dancen (Dancers)
Mon, April 21 @ 1pm
Nordic Hall @ SLCdansen
A dance school is run by a lively young woman named Annika who falls passionately in love with Lasse. Annika must learn the high cost of saying yes to love. 96 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles.




14th Annual Boston College Arts Festival
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Boston College Arts Council   Thurs, April 26 - Sat, April 28 from noon-11pm

Boston College, O'Neill Plaza


Every year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. The 13th annual Arts Festival committee invites the community to experience the variety of arts at Boston College firsthand. A talented group of more than 1,000 student and faculty artists will present music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more. Enjoy some music, buy some art, try your hand at ceramics, listen to readings, enjoy a play...there's so much to experience at the BC Arts Festival!  



NewTV Red Carpet Awards


Thursday, April 26 at 7pm


NewTV's Annual Red Carpet Awards will be taking place on Thursday, April 26th at 7pm at our studio in Newton. All producers interested in nominating a program from 2011 should submit a DVD copy or email Member Services Coordinator Michael Crossen-Sills at by Monday, April 9th to be considered for an award.  


In View


Newton Community Weekend
Sat, April 7 from Noon-5pm


Newton residents are invited to enjoy free admission to the museum. Please note that the museum is closed for Easter. 


Also from Historic Newton

Newton's Revolutionary Roots- The 2012 Newton History Series
A New Refinement: Durant-Kenrick and the First Gentrification of Newton 

Thurs, April 12, 7:00 PM 

At its construction in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick house represented an important new stage in the evolution of colonial architecture, falling between the simplicity of seventeenth century building and the social aspirations of later Georgian mansions. This lecture by Boston College Professor of Fine Arts Jeffery Howe will explore the emergence of a new phase in upscale homes in Newton. At the Newton Free Library, Homer Street, Newton. Free.

Encountering Slavery and Race in New England

E. Benjamin Skinner: Slavery in America Today       Tues, April 24, 7:30 PM at the Newton Cultural Center


Encountering Slavery and Race in New England

Gloria White Hammond: Enslaved Women of Sudan 

Mon, April 30, 7:30 PM at the Newton Cultural Center




M (i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition - Gallery Talk and Opening Reception

New Art Center

Thurs, April 12 at 5pmNAC

Can making marks on paper help unravel the conundrums of observed reality? Don't miss this contemporary drawing exhibition M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition where science and art collide!

5pm Gallery Talk with Curator David Mazure.

6pm Opening Reception.  


Also from New Art...

Pen and Ink Drawing Technique Workshop

April 11, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Join David Mazure, the curator of M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition and artist in the exhibition, for a Pen & Ink Drawing Technique Workshop in the exhibition space. Fee: $5.00 

Registration Required: Register Online, or call us at 617.964.3424.



Contemporary Art Lecture and Discussion

With the New Art Center's Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith

April 24, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

What is so contemporary about contemporary art? How does contemporary art relate to the history of art of the 20th century? Fee: $5.00

Registration Required: Register Online, or call us at 617.964.3424.



Monochrome and Minimalism
Now through May 15 | Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm
Mayor's Office, Newton City Hall, 2nd floor


NOS's first juried show at the Mayor's office. Juried by Kathleen Smith, Exhibitions Director at the New Art Center. She's chosen 10 NOS artists, and the show is delightful.  Artists: James Cain, Howard Fineman, Zeina Kahhale, Sarah Kahn, Amy Kaufman, Alla Lazebnik, Anthony Lobosco, McKenna, Coleman Rogers, Marcy Stuart. More info and a sneak peek here!


Also from Newton Open Studios 

Shared Benefits 2012

L'Aroma Cafe, 15 Spencer St, West Newton

Through April 29: M-F 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm


5 person show, including work of 4 NOS artists Arlene Bandes, Lynda Goldberg, Mary Beth Maise, and Amy McGregor-Radin. Also includes Gayle Smalley. Reception Sunday April 22, 3-5pm - Meet the artists!




Watercolor Demonstration by Carolyn Latanision
Thurs, April 12 at 7:15pm
Newton Senior CenterNAA pic


Distinguished watercolorist Carolyn Latanision will be guest artist of the Newton Art Association and demonstrate her use of the medium at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville. Ms. Latanision is a member of The National Watercolor Society among others and has received many awards nationally. She has been featured in many publications and art magazines and is included in over 30 collections. People and architecture figure prominently in Latanision's work and in both cases urban scenes are frequently depicted. The public is cordially invited to this free demonstration. Doors open at 7:00 pm and refreshments will be served.  

NCA member organizations offer classes year-long! Looking for a new hobby? Find something you like here!

Boston Ballet School: Adult & Children classes

NewTV: Animation Workshops, Studio Production, Field Production, Post Production + more!

New Art Center: Classes for children, teens and adults!

Thank you for your support of the NCA! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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