5 Things To Do This Week – 5/12/21


Newton Cultural Alliance highlights Arts & Culture things to do

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*Join Historic Newton and author Gloria J. Browne-Marshall for a discussion on the future of voting rights. On Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m, Professor Browne-Marshall, author of The Voting Rights War, will examine laws posing challenges to American voters — especially African-Americans — from enslavement and women’s suffrage through current controversies of voter suppression. She will also look ahead to challenges that future voters are likely to face, especially after the tumultuous 2020 election. A Q&A will follow. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To attend this program, please register here.

*Don’t miss the grand finale of Boston Ballet’s first-ever virtual season: BB@yourhome: Process & Progress streaming May 13th-23rd. Enjoy innovative never-before-seen dance films, choreographed by international and new to North America voices Ken Ossola and Nanine Linning, boundary-breaking choreographer Lex Ishimoto, and Boston Ballet Principal Dancer John Lam. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

*Join Newton Art Association for a demonstration with Katherine Miller on Sunday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m.  Katherine Downey Miller has always been a painter, moving between the worlds of representation and abstraction. Working from the line of the land—building up layers and transparencies, emphasizing the power of brushstrokes—her work is about contained chaos, whether it be more representational landscape or a movement towards full abstraction. Click here for more information.

*The Newton Free Library will host a discussion on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. entitled: The Asian American Experience – Reflections of a Historian and an Artist. This event will deepen our understanding of the Asian American experience through an interactive dialogue with historian Lisong Liu and public artist Wen-ti Tsen. Topics will include the historical perspective of Asian immigrants, the complexities of the Asian-American experience, and Asian cultural heritage, community activism against racism, and cross-racial solidarity through art. Register here for this program.

*Sign up for the New Art Center’s upcoming Fabric Dyeing and Printing Mask Workshop running 3 sessions beginning on May 19th- May 21st, 11:00- 2:00 PM. We have all been wearing masks for a year now, but is your mask a beautiful handmade work of art?  Design and create a fabric mask in this three-day workshop. In session one, students will explore dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and Japanese Shibori. Once students have chosen the colors for their fabrics, they will add pattern designs using carved linoleum stamps in session two. In session three, students will construct and sew their fabric into wearable works of art. Click here to learn more and register.

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