If you’re not resting up for your marathon run this weekend you should check out some local arts and culture! There’s a book signing, a highly recommended (and free) cello quartet, a baroque concert, monthly vespers, and a Jewish Film Festival in West Newton!




Book Signing: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto
New England Mobile Book Fair
Saturday, April 13 at 1pm 

Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo is a 9 year old girl super surgeon, with special powers, who is committed to addressing problems in the Universe by using surgical techniques.  She is assisted by her cast of surgical instruments, an irritable Koala bear, a Gullible Globe and is transported by a very capable Flying Ambulance.  She loves science, has a very close knit and loving family and lives on the Island of Positivity.  She believes that ‘Not even the Sky is the Limit” and so when Gordon the Gullible Globe sounds the alarm that Pluto is very sad because he has been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo is positive that she can do something about that.


newton-215x300.jpgC.P.E. Bach Concert
Newton Baroque
at Second Church in Newton

Saturday, April 13 at 8pm | $20-$30

The wit and creativity of C.P.E. Bach comes to life when Newton Baroque performs chamber music by this 18th century master. Participating in this program which will take place in the church’s Fuller Chapel are Mary Oleskiewicz, flute; Jane Starkman, violin and viola; Sarah Freiberg, cello; and Andrus Madsen, fortepiano and harpsichord. They will perform two quartets for flute, viola, cello and fortepiano by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, second son of Johann Sebastian Bach.




Cello QuartetBoston Cello Quartet Concert
at Temple Emanuel
Sunday, April 14 at 3pm | FREE

This is a fantastic group! I highly recommend this FREE performance! The Boston Cello Quartet will present a free concert of music by Bach, Mozart, Verdi, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, and others on Sunday, April 14 at 3 P.M. at Temple Emanuel in Newton (385 Ward St.). Admission is free, seating is open, and a dessert reception will follow the concert.


Jewish Film Festival
at West Newton Cinema
April 10 – 21 | See Schedule

The 2013 Jewish Film Festival is being shown throughout Boston, namely at the MFA, but there are a handful of films coming to West Newton! Check out the schedule above to learn more and see the whole festival list.

(Photo from “The Dandelions”)


First Unitarian Society in Newton
Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm | FREE

This month’s Vespers Service, is a rich blend of music and poetry based on the theme of “Mercy. ” FUSN’s poets recite works by Shakespeare, Denise Levertov and Yusef Komunyakaa, whose poem “Rock me Mercy” was written in mourning after Newtown. Vermilion sings a piece by Elgar, Isaac Watt’s tune, “My Shepherd will Supply my Need,” in the classic arrangement by Virgil Thomson, and will be joined by guest pianist Lois Shapiro for Brahms’ Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren).


As always, the Culture Fix is a sampling of arts and culture events taking place in Newton. If you have an event to add, please kindly put it in the comments section or let me know and I will add it. Thank you!

Pin It on Pinterest