5 Things To Do This Week – 2/17/21

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 the Newton Free Library for a Cook Along with Chef Bill on Wednesday, February 17th at 5:00 PM. Cook alongside or watch as Chef Bill prepares a different dish live on Zoom each month! Formerly a chef at the original Ritz-Carlton/Boston, Chef Bill worked at Harbor Sweets, makers of handmade chocolates in Salem, MA. Now a personal chef, he has provided cooking demonstrations and lessons for Whole Foods, Stonewall Kitchen, Reader to Reader, Monitor Group, and numerous businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. This month’s recipe for Maryland Crab Soup can be found on Chef Bill’s website here. The Zoom login link will be sent the evening of the event. Registration closes two hours before the event start time. 

*Historic Newton invites you to their presentation Written By the Victors – Remembering the American Revolution. On Thursday, February 18th at 5:00 PM, take a detailed look at the economic conflicts that led up to our War for Independence to better understand how our knowledge of the outcome often flavors our perception of the beginning. Come and learn how taxes, trade, and economic theory played just as big role as patriotism and liberty. This is part one of a two-part program. The second part will be presented in the spring. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

*Sign up now for the Newton Art Association’s next workshop with Christine O’Donnell. On Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 PM, Christine will provide a generous peek “behind the curtain” of working with a gallerist. Learn some best practices to use when prospecting or working with a gallery, as well as some good ways to jump into the art world and start showing more. Make sure to bring your questions! Click here to purchase tickets.

*Amherst Early Music will hold their online class “Diving Deeper into English Country Dance Music” on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 PM. This workshop is a continuation of the October workshop, but that class isn’t a prerequisite. You will take a more detailed look at how to make sure the dancers get what they need from the band and that the band gets what they need from the dancers. You will further explore and experiment with embellishing melodies and improvising harmonies and accompaniments. These skills will serve you well in learning other styles of ornamentation and performing dance music from other periods. Classes are $25 per session. Click here to register.

*Join the New Art Center for their upcoming workshop Design and Create a Mural. Beginning on Saturday, February 20th and lasting for four weeks, this workshop introduces the process for mural making, from research and drafts to client relations and installation. Dive into color, texture, and scale to create a mural for the lobby of the New Art Center’s satellite location at 243 Walnut Street. Working in mixed media, students will explore the Impressionist paintings of Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse and others to inspire a large scale installation. We will use printmaking, drawing, and painting to create a colorful collaborative masterpiece. For students in grades 7-12. Click here for more information.

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