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Things are starting to pick up post-holidays and vacations. Plan now before it’s summer! There are some top notch events happening in Newton this weekend!

FRIDAY

SteveSongs Concert
Benefits Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Friday, April 20 at 10:30am
American Legion Nonantum Post 440 (295 California St)
$12 

This is an ideal way to spend a vacation morning with your family! Join SteveSongs, the multi-talented and award-winning children’s musician and PBS co-host and his band for a rockin’ concert to benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

The Three Muskateers: Danger, swordplay and… a string section?
l’academie
Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 8pm
Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill
$25 General Admission | $12 Seniors/Students

I really like groups that get silly with their marketing! Straight from their site, here’s the description for this French infused program:  It’s not everyday that you come across a composer that’s known as “the god of arms”. Afro French composer Chevalier de Saint- Georges was a public figure, a preeminent fencing champion, gifted violinist and composer. Over time, Saint- Georges’s mastery of the arts earned him the position Gentleman of the King’s chamber for King Louis XV

 

From Russia with Arts and Culture Festival
From Russia with Art
Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22
Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St
FREE 

Newton is home to a wide spectrum of Russian immigrant talent: scientists, musicians, artists, doctors, great teachers and business owners, The Festival on 20-22 April will present both classical and jazz musicians, film makers, authors, dancers, a fashion show with modeling of clothing and jewelry, Russian handicrafts and of course many of best Russian artists living in Newton and metropolitan area as well as several who still live in Moscow, Russia. More information here.

 

SATURDAY

Dancen (A Scandinavian Film)
Scandinavian Living Center*
Saturday, April 21 at 1pm

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Especially a L-O-V-E movie. With dancing.  In Dancen, a dance school is run by a lively young woman named Annika who falls passionately in love with Lasse. Annika must learn the high cost of saying yes to love. 96 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles
Sign of the Dove: Opening Party!
Chestnut Hill Mall
Saturday, April 21 from 5pm-8pm

The Sign of the Dove is a 40 year old New England cooperative composed of over 50 artists and craftspeople who make pottery, blown, stained and fused glass, weaving, jewelry, art clothing, photgraphy, beading, metal sculpture, dolls, leather, prints, paper crafts, and unique holiday ornaments. The artists contribute hours at the store and are available to discuss their medium and answer questions about their work. All objects are handmade and original designs. Come to shop and meet the artists!

 

Global Warming: The Berklee Rainbow Jazz Band
Highland Jazz*
Saturday, April 21 at 8pm
Newton South High School
$20 

The internationally acclaimed Berklee Rainbow Band, directed by world-renowned trombonist and Berklee Professor Phil Wilson, features some of the college’s top instrumentalists from around the world. Wilson formed the student group that would become the Berklee Rainbow Band during his first year at Berklee. Since then, the band has appeared on national television, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at numerous festivals, and on tour in Latin America, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. The Rainbow band includes a host of famous Berklee alums including Cyrus Chestnut, Marshall Wood, Makoto Ozone, Tiger Okoshi, Dennis Wilson, Bill Pierce and Greg Abate.

 

Singin’ in the Rain
Weston Friendly Society of the Performing Arts
April 21, 21, 27, and 28
Weston Town Hall

Last but not least, I’m throwing in a non-Newton event (GASP!) but a dear friend of mine is starring as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain so I would be a lousy friend if I didn’t include a plug…

 

 

*Newton Cultural Alliance Member