It’s another quiet weekend in Newton! Happy vacation to all you kiddos and good luck to all the parents. If you’re headed down to Florida for vacation, give a lil’ wave to my home state for me.

So the weekend might be quiet but tonight is jam packed! Do yourself a favor and squeeze one of these into your night… and almost everything is FREE!

M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition
Gallery Talk and Opening Reception
New Art Center*
Thursday, April 12 from 5pm-8pm; FREE

Can making marks on paper help unravel the conundrums of observed reality? Don’t miss this contemporary drawing exhibition M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition where science and art collide! Join us at 5pm for the Gallery Talk with Curator David Mazure and Artist Basil El Halwagy. Join us at 6pm for the Opening Reception. All events are free and open to the public! Exhibition runs through May 20. 

Newton’s Revolutionary Roots
Historic Newton*
at Newton Free Library
Thursday, April 12 at 7pm; FREE

A New Refinement: the Durant-Kenrick and the First Gentrification of Newton. At its construction in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick house represented an important new stage in the evolution of colonial architecture, falling between the simplicity of seventeenth century building and the social aspirations of later Georgian mansions. This lecture by Boston College Professor of Fine Arts Jeffery Howe will explore the emergence of a new phase in upscale homes in Newton.

Demonstration by Carolyn Latanision
New Art Association*
at Newton Senior Center
Thursday, April 12 at 7pm; FREE

Distinguished watercolorist Carolyn Latanision will be guest artist of the Newton Art Association and demonstrate her use of the medium. Ms. Latanision is a member of The National Watercolor Society among others and has received many awards nationally. She has been featured in many publications and art magazines and is included in over 30 collections. People and architecture figure prominently in Latanision’s work and in both cases urban scenes are frequently depicted.

Final Fenway Fiction: More Short Stories from Red Sox Nation
Newtonville Books
Thursday, April 12 at 7pm; FREE

Fenway Park Event. Join us for a reading by selected contributors to Final Fenway Fiction: More Short Stories From Red Sox Nation.




50th Annual New England Music Festival
Marriott Hotel, Newton
Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15; FREE

When 800 young musicians let loose under one roof at the Newton Marriott April 13-15, the shards are likely to fly in every direction. From the romantic classics to punk rock, accordion to electric guitar, the New England Music Festival has pushed the imagination and self-confidence of its participants for 50 years now. The festival is free and public, including a Sunday 12:30 p.m. Air Force Strolling Strings performance on April 15.



Annual Spring Concert
Boston College Symphony Orchestra
Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus
Sunday, April 15 at 2pm; FREE

The Boston College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the wonderful John Finney, presents its final concert of the year, featuring Lalo’s Concerto in D minor for Cello and Orchestra performed by Tina Jung ’14. I love this idea mostly because when I was a sophomore at BC we played this same concerto featuring my talented cellist friend, Sara. Check them out! BC produces some lovely performances.



Monday, April 16 from 7pm-9pm; $25

Screenwriting 101 is a two-day course designed to help aspiring writers hone those often overlooked aspects of the screenwriting craft and provide guidelines as to how they can best exhibit their finished work.


*=Newton Cultural Alliance member

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