5 Things To Do This Week – 12/2/20

Newton Cultural Alliance highlights virtual arts & culture things to do.

NCA is keeping you connected with each other and with your favorite local arts and culture organizations. 

*Join Pro Arte for their final Fall Salon Series on Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00 PM. The performance will consist of an all brass ensemble programming featuring a cornucopia of works including festive favorites alongside Baroque and Renaissance chestnuts. This Series takes place entirely online and each performance will also be followed by a live Q&A session with that night’s musicians. Tickets for each performance are $20 for an individual or $35 for families. Click here to purchase tickets.

*Sign up for New Art Center’s upcoming Textured Glass Workshop, which will be held at their Washington Park location on Friday, December 4th at 10:00 AM. Create a low relief tile out of ceramic fiber on top of which 3 layers of glass will be kiln fired at 1500 degrees. The glass sheets will become one solid piece with the imprint of your relief. You will have the option to add bright transparent colors to your project using colored pieces of thin fusible glass. Your fired artwork with display frame will be available for pickup a few weeks after class. Students must wear closed toe shoes, and safety glasses or eyeglasses. No experience necessary. See website for more information.

*Join the Scandinavian Cultural Center for an author series with David K. Mullaly. On Saturday, December 5th at 1:00 PM, David will discuss his new book The Viking Woman of Birka. A Viking burial found on the Swedish island of Birka, identified as Bj.581, contained what was recently identified as the remains of a woman warrior and leader. What was found there confirmed that she was female and presented herself as such. What we cannot know for sure is how she grew into the role which typically was filled by men in the Norse culture. Click here to register. 

*Join the Newton Art Association for their next Online Artists’ Demos. Join Janet Schwartz on Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 PM for a lesson in Pastels over Zoom. As a practicing artist and art workshop instructor, Janet uses pastels, oils, and charcoal to explore the variation of light in nature and architecture. She is particularly drawn to the chaos and unexpected beauty of urban landscapes, traffic and, more recently, ships and the shoreline. Janet brings a very personal and unique viewpoint to her work, which dramatically captures the mood of her emotionally-charged subjects. Click here to learn about the artist and get the Zoom link.

*Newton Theatre Kids will host a new workshop called Stepping into Slapstick: An Introduction to Physical Theatre on Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 PM. ​Get your young performer on their feet with this introduction to physical acting! Using a variety of hands-on virtual activities, participants will be able to gain a deeper awareness of the way their bodies move and explore ways to make bold, creative choices onstage. Click here to register.

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