This weekend Newton boasts a film festival, live love letters, disco fever, puppetry, a bevy of cross-generational singing sensations, and an Open House in one of the coolest facilities in town.



Transitions: Showcasing New Nordic Cinema
Scandinavian Cultural Center*
at SCC and West Newton Cinema
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21 | $9


The Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham Street, W. Newton, MA 02465

7:00 PM: Remarks by the Festival coordinators

Introductory lecture by Ursula Lindqvist, Director of Scandinavian Studies at Harvard University

Feature film: Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) Sweden, dir. Roy Andersson, 2000


The Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Cultural Center

11:30 AM: Short Cuts: Recent Short Films by Scandinavian Filmmakers (see program for more information)

1:30 PM: Feature film: The Sunshine Boy (Sólskinsdrengurinn )Iceland, dir. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 2009


The West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., W. Newton

1:30 PM in Cinema One: In a Better World (Hævnen) Denmark, dir. Susanne Bier, 2010

3:45 PM in Cinema Two: Oslo, August 31st (Oslo 31 augusti) Norway, dir. Joachim Trier, 2011


Love Letters
Newton Country Players*
at Trinity Church, Newton Centre
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21 | $20

Not every couple is the same, and not every performance of Newton Country Players’ Love Letters is the same!

Two real-life couples who met doing community theatre will take the stage at Trinity Parish Church in Newton Centre, with Diane and Kenny Meehan assuming the roles of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III on Thursday, October 18, and Friday, October 19, and JulieAnn and Michael Govang playing those same roles on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21The Sunday show starts at 2 p.m.; all other shows start at 8 pm. So that audience members can see both casts, NCP is offering tickets to two shows for a discounted rate of $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. For one show, tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.

One dollar from all tickets sold will go to the Centre Street Food Pantry. Non-perishable food, juices, and toiletries will also be collected at the door for the pantry.


Arts Ball: Stayin’ Alive
New Art Center*
Saturday, October 20  | SOLD OUT!

The New Art Center is Stayin’ Alive! In celebration of thirty-five years of inspirational creativity and community, they are throwing a fabulous Arts Ball! Jump back to the Disco days of bellbottoms, mood rings, and platform shoes as we revisit 1977 and the birth of the New Art Center.

Unfortunately for you, the Arts Ball has SOLD OUT! But a great big kudos to director Kim Comart and staff for a job well done! Looking forward to seeing the pictures from this party!



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Tanglewood Marionettes
Solomon Schechter Day School
Sunday, October 21 at 10am | FREE

Be swept away by this lavish production of the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty. From witches to beauties, curses to cures, Tanglewood Marionettes’ spectacular puppets play out this spellbinding story told through a mix of opera and theater. PALS is a program of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston that provides a range of FREE activities and events for preschoolers and their families. Please join us! You can never have too many PALS!



Together in Harmony: Inspiring Voices Young & Old
Boston City Singers & Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus
at Newton Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 21 at 3:30pm | $25 General Admission, $5 for students

In keeping with our mission, BSMC once more shares with young performers the life-long joy of singing well together.  For the fifth year in a row, BSMC will share the stage with Boston City Singers, a teen chorus from Boston’s neighborhoods and surrounding communities.  These two choruses will inspire you with their passion for music in an afternoon that should not be missed.



YMCA Open House
West Suburban YMCA*
Sunday, October 21 – Friday, October 26 | FREE

Visit the West Suburban YMCA during our Open House Week in October. Try our fitness center, pool or group exercise classes. We are also offering a flu shot clinic and a Halloween Fest during the week. Already a member? Bring a friend for free!

  • Open Music Studio times
  • Live music demos (10/22 from 4-5pm and 10/23 from 5-7pm)
  • Learn more about the Newton Mentoring Alliance
  • Camp Information Table (10/25 from 3-5:30pm) with a chance to win a one week introductory session to Camp Frank A. Day!
  • And much more!


*Newton Cultural Alliance Member