5 Things To Do This Week – 3/31/21

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. 

*Newton Theatre Company is excited to announce their upcoming children’s workshop Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Join Charlie and his zany companions on their adventure through Willy Wonka’s magical Chocolate Factory. Open to children from Kindergarten through 5th grade, they’ll get to act, sing, make scenery, and create a filmed performance. This workshop is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM, beginning on March 31st and April 1st, and ending on June 16th and 17th. Click here to learn more.

*For the third year, the Newton Art Association is collaborating with Boston’s Piano Craft Gallery to present a juried exhibition. 26 NAA artists will display 40 pieces of artwork – paintings, fabric art, ceramics, and sculpture. The opening reception is April 2. 6:00–8:00 PM in the gallery. A Zoom awards ceremony will be hosted simultaneously by the NAA from 7:00–8:00. Haley Neville, PCG board member, will present the awards and provide a live walking tour of the works on the walls. Join this event with this Zoom link. See the artwork up close via a virtual exhibit and tour created by the gallery.

*Join the Newton Free Library for a virtual performance from Women in World Jazz, and Women in World Jazz Junior. On Monday, April 5th at 7:00 PM, hear the multi-generational ensemble perform musical styles ranging from blues and jazz, to Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern – all with African roots. For this event they will applaud artists such as Mahalia Jackson and Miriam Makeba, who were active in their countries’ Civil Rights Movements. Their concerts are rich with information about composers and their music, and include audience Q and A at the end of each session. Registration for this program will end two hours before the start time. 

*Newton Free Library presents the next event in their Green Newton Series. On Tuesday, April 6th  at 7:00 PM, learn about Race and Climate Justice with Iván Espinosa-Madrigal. The intersection of race and environmental discrimination has become more apparent during the pandemic given that low-income communities of color, and immigrant communities, are disproportionately affected. Climate change is an additional factor that harms these neighborhoods, creating climate refugees. Meanwhile, the ‘green economy’ is providing a means for individuals to address climate disparities as well as to benefit from the economic opportunities presented by this growing industry. Join Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Esq., Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, for a discussion of these challenges and how organizations are seeking to address them. Registration for this program will remain open up until the event starts. 

*Join New Art Center for Chinese Brush Painting, beginning on Wednesday, April 7th at 10:30 AM. In this five-week course, students will experience the meditative satisfaction of the Chinese Brush Painting process as they paint on double Shuen paper. Subjects include the cockscomb flower, the lipstick plant with small bird, volcanos, yellow mountain pine tree, the Japanese crane. This class is suitable for beginners as well as artists with some experience with Chinese brush painting. Click here for registration.

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