5 Things To Do This Week – 2/24/21

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. 

*Dance where you are with Boston Ballet’s first-ever virtual season BB@YourHome; six programs that feature fresh creations, signature works, and classical ballet favorites captured live in-studio and streamed directly to you. From February 25th – March 7th, their next performance, Celebrating Jorma Elo, will be available to watch online. Celebrate the boldness and choreographic evolution of Jorma Elo’s work through his 15 years as Boston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer. Watch as a new cast of dancers takes on his mind-blowing hit Plan to B and be the first to experience his brand-new work for two dancers. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

*Pro Arte invites you to the third concert in their Winter Salon Series, which takes place entirely online. On Thursday, February 25th at 8:00 PM, enjoy “American Vignettes,” a concert featuring several renowned American composers. The concert will premiere on Thursday and will be available to watch through the following Sunday. On the night of the premiere, the performance will 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.

*Join the New Art Center for a screening and discussion about filmmaker Jennifer Burton’s latest project Half the History. On Friday, February 26th at 6:00 PM, enjoy Burton’s short film series about the under-explored stories of women in American history. This evening’s films will explore groundbreaking figures including Belinda Sutton, considered the first person to receive reparations for enslaved labor, and political leader Shirley Chisholm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

*Join the Newton Theatre Company on Saturday, February 27th at 8:00 PM for their upcoming virtual production of William Branch’s A Medal for Willie, a powerful play which examines the intersection of segregation and racism during a time when both were permitted to flourish. Set in a small town during the Jim Crow era with eerily contemporary parallels, A Medal for Willie serves as a reminder that bias and supremacy must always be challenged and that change can occur in even the smallest pockets of our society. After the show, please stay for a talkback exploring the themes of bias, prejudice, and structural racism embedded within the play. Reserve your ticket here.  Log on at 7:45 to hear live music by Danny Rivera!

*The Newton Free Library will present Communicating in a Diverse World, a discussion with Attorney Frederick Golder, on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM. Golder, a mediator and arbitrator with more than 20 years of experience, will discuss how to communicate effectively in a diverse world. Attendees will come to understand the differences in core values, gender, race, culture, religion, age and sexual orientation. Learn to reframe contentious issues such as “men against women,” “Blacks against whites,” and “liberals against conservatives.” When you learn the reasons for divisiveness, you will be able to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts more easily and maintain positive relationships. This event is cosponsored by the Newton Human Rights Commission. Click here to register.

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