May 1–10, 2015

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ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff

April 30 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm
  W Boston has partnered with The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston and celebrated local artists for ArtWeek 2015. Stop by our W Lounge after dusk to enjoy an interactive digital art installation by artist Jeremy Stewart , May 1-10. W HAPPENING Join us at the ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff event to celebrate ArtWeek and our immensely talented local artists. Ryan Edwards and Savvas Spyridopoulos will welcome guests with a dynamic live performance and art installation, followed by a live DJ set…

Artists in the Garden

May 1 at 7:00 am9:00 am
  Exclusively for artists. This unique opportunity gives artists access to New England Wild Flower Society‘s Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, MA, before it opens to the public and when the light is especially beautiful. This is your chance to photograph, paint, draw, and sketch beautiful landscapes, native wildflowers, pollinators, and more! Botanical artist, Carol Govan, will give a 30 minute watercolor demonstration in the Garden! Preregistration is required.  

Radius Ensemble Presents: INSIGHT

May 1 at 10:00 am1:00 pm
Radius Ensemble presents its season finale, INSIGHT, on May 2. Robert Schumann’s imaginative Fairy Tales, Sofia Gubaidulina’s extraordinary string trio, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peruvian-inspired Pre-Inca Sketches. Plus the transporting Fratres for winds and percussion by Arvo Pärt. JUST FOR ARTWEEK: free open rehearsal on Friday May 1 at 10 am. Meet the musicians and observe the rehearsal process as we prepare for our concert the following evening.  Please note that tickets for the concert on May 2 are $10-23 and not required…

community murals: Uncovering and exploring Your ecstatic creativity

May 1 at 1:30 pm3:30 pm
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Every day until May 3, 2015
For Art Week, Stephanie Saunders Art Gallery will be transformed into a dynamic community building creative adventure. We begin by discussing our art experience, positive and negative attitudes and how we can move past them. Groups work together on a mural of a hopeful dragon with scenes of Boston children and hopeful messages to be displayed at the end of art week and possibly at children’s hospital. We will learn techniques through demonstrations and hands on practice We will learn through informative and…

Musical Hues

May 1 at 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Like Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Dudley World Music Ensemble has a distinctly international focus. Enjoy live music drawn from cultures around the world while exploring the Peabody Museum’s impressive galleries. Wander freely or let the ensemble’s music spark your imagination and inspire you to draw what you hear. Art supplies will be available. All ages welcome. Free with museum admission. Includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Adults: $12 Senior citizens: $10 Students with ID: $10 Children…

Meet the Makers in the Drawing Room

May 1 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Stop by and Meet the Makers in the Drawing Room to take part in a visual adventure where artists will be demonstrating various methods of art making. Robert Abele, a New England landscape painter, will be available to discuss his plein air works—done in the tradition of Corot and Monet. Robert responds to the changing effects of light and atmosphere. Enjoy a discussion and painting demonstration as Sally McCarthy illustrates her process for creating a memory in paint. A unique opportunity to learn how Sally…

A Spectrum of Ideas

May 1 at 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Embracing the broad spectrum of ideas and materials that defines contemporary art, the Senior Thesis show of Fine Arts students at the New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University will be open to the public on May 1 between 5 and 7pm with a special talk at 6pm. Painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, photography, performance and interactive installations are used to explore themes of identity, personal mythology, perception and representation. While they incorporate a wide variety of media, all ten artists participating…

James Montford Silent Performance

May 1 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
On Friday, May 1st, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts presents “Silent Performance,” a powerful experiential art piece by artist James Montford during the opening reception of the exhibition “James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015,” on view at the gallery through June 21. Montford has been creating a rich and challenging body of work, including provocative performance art works, for the past 25 years, yet its relevance to the issues of our times feels ripped from the headlines, including his latest productions…

Wearable Art Extravaganza II Featuring The Four Elements

May 1 at 7:00 pm10:00 pm
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Every day until May 2, 2015
Wearable Arts Extravaganza II Featuring the Four Elements at Western Avenue Artist Studios is a revue of performance and visual art that reflects the artists’ interpretations of the four elements of nature. The artists and drag queens are ready to dazzle our guests with costumes, song and dance for two evenings in May. The purpose of the event is to raise money, through the generous donations of our guests, for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The Miracle Providers NorthEast (MPs) are partnering with the Loading Dock Gallery…

Fork & Tune Presents: Pulp Fiction

May 1 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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Every day until May 2, 2015
Fork & Tune is a dining experience that uses groundbreaking albums as inspiration for a 4 course meal served around one communal table. This menu is designed to highlight not only the season’s best ingredients, but also invoke the rhythm, timbre & theme of an album listened to from start to finish. Guest are encouraged to interact with each other as well as the chef, Jessica Brown, and evening’s host, Dana Briley. This intimate setting provides the perfect venue for…

Juerga Flamenca

May 1 at 7:00 pm11:00 pm
Spanish music and flamenco have taken Boston by storm. Greater Boston has more than a dozen artists teaching flamenco dance and music and scores of students who are hungry to perform. Special for ArtWeek, El Arte Flamenco, in collaboration with The Boston Arts Consort and Always Be Dancing, will present a Juerga Flamenca and offer free Flamenco lessons from 7:00-8:00 p.m. A juerga is a gathering for fun or merrymaking with song and dance. This event is an opportunity for Boston’s flamenco community…

Authors in the House

May 1 at 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Readers, writers and those who want creative, interactive entertainment are invited to join GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace Conference attendees at Authors in the House, Friday, May 1st at 7:30p.m. at the Boston Park Plaza. Authors in the House showcases great new books by national self-published authors and combines entertainment with an opportunity for audience members to hear feedback from literary judges and participate with their own feedback. Five curated authors each have the stage for five minutes pitching their story, thoughts on writing…

Jaggery Presents The Beautiful and the Grotesque: Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci

May 1 at 7:30 pm9:30 pm
Boston-based avant-pop quintet Jaggery presents an evening of original music exploring themes in the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci on special exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The band will perform a song cycle in their characteristic sepia-toned, fluid style, mixing the classical precision of piano, harp, and viola, the jazz-inflected looseness of contrabass and drum kit, and the volcanic voice of Mali Sastri, whose “performances are at once breathtaking feats of physical expression, and a form of psychic excavation.”(WBUR) Sonically conveying…

Betty Bam by Daniil Kharms

May 1 at 8:00 pm9:30 pm
May 1st – 8PM – 9:30 PM May 2nd – 4 PM – 5:30 PM May 2nd – 8PM – 9:30 PM   Catch the final week of the critically acclaimed imaginary beasts’ production of ‘Betty Bam!’, appropriate for ages 13 and up. Join us for a special talkback following the Friday, May 1st performance with dramaturg Matthew McMahan. Reflecting Kharms’ writing experiment, the beasts have put this project into the hands of not one but three directors who will each bring their…

Natick Farmers Market Opening Day Celebration!

May 2 at 9:00 am1:00 pm
Join the Natick Community as it celebrates the Opening Day of the Farmers Market on May 2nd form 9 AM – 1 PM on Natick Common! Over 40 local vendors will offer a variety of tasty fruit and vegetables as well as homemade prepared foods and crafts! Specialty vendors will offer mushrooms, microgreens, Biscotti, challa and bubke, jams and gluten free baked goods, goat’s milk products, maple products, and candy! Two lucky Farmers Market raffle winners will be awarded over $60 in market…

Watercolor Demonstration by Nan Daly

May 2 at 10:00 am12:00 pm
A demonstration of how to create textures in watercolor using various common materials, many of which can be found in the grocery store. Art can be fun and surprising, and these techniques remind us of that. Needham Open Studios, now in its seventeenth year, features more than 45 artists exhibiting and demonstrating their art in 10 locations throughout the town of Needham. These artists work in a variety of media and styles, and each has a unique creative vision. They have exhibited in…

5th Annual High School Story Slam

May 2 at 10:00 am3:00 pm
High school students from several local schools tell their own life stories and compete for a total of $5,000 in scholarship prizes at the 5th annual StoriesLive High School Scholarship Story. For ArtWeek, in between contestants the audience can share their 1 minute high school stories. Free and open to the public. Public Transportation (MBTA): Red or Green Line to Park Street Station Parking: Parking Lot at 60 Ashburton Place, to the right of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School OR Charles…

The Raven’s Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston

May 2 at 10:30 am2:30 pm
SECOND TOUR ADDED First Tour: 10:30am Second Tour: 1pm-2:30pm The Raven’s Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston: This 90-minute tour explores Poe’s connections to Boston, from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845. Though Poe spent only about a year living in Boston, he was intensely engaged throughout his career with the writers and editors he called “Frogpondians.” Sites visited include the likely Poe birthplace,…

Henry VI Part 2 Rehearsal with Tina Packer

May 2 at 11:00 am12:00 pm
Actors’ Shakespeare Project is working with international Shakespeare luminary Tina Packer who returns to ASP to direct Henry VI, Part 2. The Open Rehearsal is an up-close-and-personal opportunity to witness the rehearsal process, hear a short talk by Tina, engage in a Q&A session, and enjoy a light reception. Tina Packer is one of the most engaging and respected directors, teachers and actors of Shakespeare worldwide. The award-winning Actors’ Shakespeare Project has a track record of stellar community engagement, innovative education programs, and acclaimed artistic…

Open Arts Day

May 2 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
The Arsenal Center for the Arts hosts Open Arts Day, a Watertown favorite! This family-friendly, free event takes place on Saturday, May 2nd! The drop-in open house features art and theatre workshops led by the talented teachers at arsenalARTS and Watertown Children’s Theatre. Clay, Pottery Wheel, Mixed-media and more art activities will be offered for the whole family! For ArtWeek, this year’s event will also include Steamroller Printing and a performance of Watertown Children’s Theatre’s The Main Street Kids Club: A MathStart Musical! Every registrant will…

Yoga in the Galleries with Tree Top Yoga

May 2 at 11:00 am12:30 pm
Practice mindfulness and gentle yoga poses surrounded by art in CAM’s Special Exhibition Gallery. Participants of all levels are invited to partake in this immersive 75-minute yoga session. This program is offered as part of ArtWeek Boston, a twice-annual 10-day collection of events throughout Greater Boston that features unexpected or creative interactive experiences. $5 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Email


May 2 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
Join us for a community arts festival with something for everyone to enjoy! This event will span the broad scope of arts disciplines, offering theater performances, live bands, the annual Haverhill Idol singing competition, cultural dance performances and workshops, martial arts demonstrations, and an interactive improv comedy show! New for ArtWeek, KidsArtsFest in Downtown Haverhill will feature a creative careers booth which will allow students to pick the brains of local creative professionals. Local businesses and non-profit organizations will line the streets, offering many free…

Front Door Framingham – Gateway Mural Launch

May 2 at 11:00 am2:00 pm
On May 2nd 11 to 2PM, Framingham Downtown Renaissance launches its Gateway Mural Project in front of the wall at 16 Concord Street in the infamous MBTA Banana Lot. Bring your lawn chairs, your pets and your creative edge for an awesome, artful day soaking in local food and music. Hard to beat spending a day downtown in the sun after a long snowy winter — celebrating art and the great comeback of Downtown Framingham! Meet mural artist, Sorin Bica…

City Heart

May 2 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
City Heart is an annual art show and sale in Boston, MA featuring local homeless and low-income artists. City Heart began in the spring of 2011 and is now in its fifth year. The show was founded because there was a wealth of wonderful art created by local homeless and low-income individuals but a lack of opportunity to share it with the community. In 2014, City Heart exhibited over 800 pieces of work from 70 artists. These artists create work at…

May Day celebrations at the Garden in the Gallery

May 2 at 11:30 am2:30 pm
As part of the current exhibit, “Garden in the Gallery,” everyone is welcomed to explore all the art offerings at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts! Celebrate May Day with an evening reception in the Gallery. Take part in an artist’s demonstration of iPad painting (bring your own iPad!). Listen to local musicians play during open rehearsals. Watch artists in their studios. Join us in creating a one-of-a-kind flower garden at the CCA. Get out your paints and brushes and…
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