Newton’s arts and cultural organizations are making TERRIFIC art this weekend! Carve out some time in your schedule for any of the following…


A Sleeping Country
South Stage
Newton South High School
Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2 from 7pm-9pm | $8

Newton South closes out their season this weekend. Want to see talent? Check out Newton’s teens! A Sleeping Country is “a comedy about sleep lost and hope found.  Julia, a woman from New York City with a serious case of insomnia, travels to Venice seeking help from a sleepless heiress who might be a distant relative.  What she discovers is the difference between being an insomniac and being truly awake.” It is suggested for ages 13 and up. 



The Creative Process: Opening Reception
New Art Center*
Friday, June 1 from 5pm-7pm | FREE

Have you been thinking about taking a brush to canvas? Molding clay? Coloring out of the lines? Come to the New Art Center on June 1st for the opening reception of The Creative Process: The Andrew & Jean Dibner Annual Student & Faculty Show featuring work by artists of all ages, representing the outstanding quality of our education programs. I’m sure you’ll be inspired to take up your own artistic hobby!



Robert Wyatt “From Rags to Riches”
Basically Broadway and Newton Community Ed
at Brimmer & May School
Saturday, June 2 at 2pm | $14

Basically Broadway is making a comeback! As part of their efforts to revitalize the stage and present a show in this coming season, Basically Broadway presents renowned pianist Robert Wyatt in performance. Wyatt has performed throughout the world, garnering critical acclaim for his sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals. His performance this afternoon will celebrate the intertwined lives of George Gershwin and Scott Joplin–the nation’s two most-popular and most-beloved composers–who were the sons of a Russian immigrant and a freed slave, respectively. In a way, it’s the American story, told in jubilant songs.


Joe Crookston: Acoustic Folk Live at the WLC
at Waban Library Center
Saturday, June 2 at 7pm | $20

Kick back to America’s musical roots! Presenting Joe Crookston, award-winning singer-songwriter, with a skilled presentation of traditional folk tunes, as part of the Waban Library Center’s Acoustic Folk Music series. Space is limited so please email us to reserve your spot. Confirmation of your email is your ticket and cash payment will be taken at the door. Potluck dessert reception to follow – rsvp to [email protected]


Welcome Out!
Voices Rising
Eliot Church
Saturday, June 2 at 7:30pm | $5-$30 

Kick off Pride Week 2012 with the women of Voices Rising as we bring you an evening of heart and humor. With musical selections from Cris Williamson, Cyndi Lauper, the Flirtations, Jerry Herman, CSNY and maybe even some Gaga, this concert will touch your soul, tickle your funny bone and fill you with Pride. Don’t miss it! Buy your tickets online and save $4!



30th Annual Newton House Tour
Historic Newton*
Sunday, June 3 from noon – 5pm | $20 – $35

Get a glimpse at some of Newton’s most fabulous homes! Read more about the House Tour on yesterday’s Village14 post.

Wait, what’s that? You can bike the Newton House Tour?! YES YOU CAN. Check it out: “We’re excited to be offering a “bike convoy” again for this year’s Newton House Tour! Stop by the Jackson Homestead any time after 10 am on June 3rd to buy tickets and pick up special bike directions. At only 7.6 miles, this year’s route is relatively short and a good way to try out the House Tour on a bike!” I know how much Village 14ers like biking!

From Boston to Berlin
Zamir Chorale*
at Brandeis University
Sunday, June 3 at 7:30pm and
Monday, June 4 at 8pm | $10 – $20

An uplifting and entertaining program featuring highlights from Zamir’s recent tour to Berlin –music from the synagogue bima to the cabaret stage. Jewish life in Berlin today is experiencing a renaissance. The Jewish population, 160,000 at its pre-war peak, and virtually empty after the war, has begun to grow again. There are now 25,000 Jews in Berlin, as well as synagogues, kosher shops, schools, and a new seminary that trains rabbis and cantors. Of all the European countries, Germany may be Israel’s most supportive ally today, and the strongest combatant of antisemitism. And if Zamir’s participation in the Lewandowski Festival is any indication, the people of Berlin, Jews and Gentiles, greatly appreciate the Jewish contribution to German culture. The singers in Zamir felt a tremendous satisfaction in having lent a hand, and a voice, to the revival of Jewish life in Berlin.

Remember to pickup your Culture ‘n Cuisine voucher at both Zamir Chorale and Newton House Tour events and receive 10% off at a favorite (read: participating) Newton restaurant through June 30!


*=Newton Cultural Alliance Member



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