5 Things To Do This Week – 5/19/21

Newton Cultural Alliance Highlights Arts & Culture – Things To Do

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

*Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra presents its Spring Salon Series on Thursday, May 20th at 8:00 p.m.  The program includes Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 11, and Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114.  The performance will be followed by a live Q&A session with the night’s musicians including Ian Greitzer – clarinet, Jolene Kessler – cello, and Rebecca Plummer – piano. Tickets for each performance are $20 for an individual or $35 for families and remain live through Sunday, May 23rd. Take yourself out for a treat to the Spring Salon.

*Join the Scandinavian Cultural Center on Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual workshop with Pat Olski, a professional needlecraft designer, lecturer, and instructor using traditional needlework techniques as well as current knitwear trends.  Learn to make a daisy coaster for your midsummer celebration, a design made especially for the SCC by Pat. Fabric, thread, and needle included in the workshop fee $25; $15 for Members.  Register here to get to the needlepoint.

*Back by popular demand, Historic Newton takes a look inside the homes designed by Maud Howard Brodrick. Brodrick, a marketing genius with no formal training in architecture, developed and sold hundreds of homes in Newton and Wellesley in the 1920s and 1930s. Tickets include the Historic House Tour videos as well as access to a virtual panel discussion, Groundbreaking Women of Newton.  This virtual event will feature special guests who do innovative work in Newton.  The tour videos will be released for viewing Saturday, May 22 through Sunday, May 23, with the virtual panel discussion taking place Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25 or $20 for members and provide access to the tours and the discussion. Purchase groundbreaking tickets here.

*The Newton Free Library will host a discussion on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. entitled: COVID-19 and Structural Racism. Learn how racism intersects with housing instability and other structural forces to magnify COVID-related risks both locally and at the national level. Dr. Jen Brody, MD, MPH, and Sonja Spears JD, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for Boston Health Care for the Homeless will challenge participants to consider how structural racism threatens the health of all.  This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton. Speakers will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the deep racial and economic inequities that persist in U.S. society, providing a crucial opportunity for reflection, reckoning, and repair. Structural racism continues to permeate all institutions, including the U.S. healthcare system, which has led to inequitable rates of COVID19 infection and death among low-income people and communities of color, grossly hindering efforts to end the pandemic. Register here to reflect, reckon and repair.

*Join Zamir Chorale on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30 p.m. for “Kolot Nashim: Part II,” a year-long program celebrating the many roles of women in Jewish music.  This program is dedicated to the memory of Linda Plaut, the City of Newton’s longtime Director of Cultural Affairs and founder of the Newton Festival of the Arts.  Part II of “Kolot Nashim” is hosted by Josh Jacobson and Amy Lieberman and includes interviews and performances with Mira Awad, Elena Kats-Chernin, Kirsten and Ken Lampl, Achinoam Nini (aka Noa), Benjie Ellen Schiller, and Naomi Shemer.  If you missed Kolot Nashim: Part I, you can check it out here onlineCome celebrate Jewish women in music.

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