Spring 2017: April 28 - May 7

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April 2017

Art of Food – Spring 2017

April 28May 7

Culinary creations are served all ArtWeek-long! Visit the restaurants listed below during ArtWeek (April 28 – May 7) and taste flavors inspired by art! From sandwiches to pizza slices, cocktails to high-end cuisine — Art of Food has your palette covered! Each of these partner restaurants will feature a special ArtWeek menu item inspired by a piece of art, a favorite album, artist or an arts group – where nothing is off the table! The best part? Some of these…

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ArtWeek on the Road – Spring 2017

April 28 at 12:00 amMay 7 at 12:00 am

ArtWeek is hitting the road again this Spring!  Partnering with the Highland Street Foundation as this season’s guest curator, huge roadside digital billboards will showcase art representing different organizations that take part in their Free Fun Fridays program.  Arts and creativity have the power to connect us and inspire us – and “ArtWeek on the Road” drives that point home. A special thank you to our “ArtWeek on the Road” partner, guest curator, and art groups for these larger-than-life colorful…

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May 2017

The Key Idea™, an Interactive Exhibit for All Ages

May 1 at 8:00 am8:00 pm
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Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States

You are invited to add your voice to this exhibit during ArtWeek 2017 at the Boston Public Market. Plan to come by, see the exhibit, choose a key and create your own KeyStory.

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Stamping Nail Art

May 1 at 9:00 am12:00 pm
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MiniLuxe, 296 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02114 United States

Try your hand at trendy and intricate nail art by using engraved stainless steel image plates and a silicone stamp to transfer amazing designs to your nails! Combine your own fashion sense and creativity in a unique stamping process. MiniLuxe will demonstrate this simple process and you will leave with a nail design you have chosen for your nails. There are many designs to choose from for this unique body art including geometric, tropical, bridal, illusion and more. Choose your own nail color combination for a truly customized look exclusive to you!

$10
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Design Your Own Wine Label Contest

May 1 at 10:00 am11:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until May 7, 2017

Bauer Wine and Spirits, 330 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Visit Bauer Wine & Spirits to design a new wine label to enter to win a gift card! Bauer will have a design area for contestants and each entry will be showcased on our social media. Entries will be accepted from April 28th to May 5th. Then, on May 6th and 7th stop by Bauer Wine & Spirits to vote for your favorite!*Store hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm.

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Florals and Fresh Paint

May 1 at 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel Boston, the Phillips Room, 200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Four Seasons Boston is hosting an afternoon of “Florals and Fresh Paint” in support of ArtWeek this Spring. Overlooking the Public Garden, guests can enjoy an interactive flower arranging by Winston Flowers as well as a ‘first look’ at the ‘Fresh Paint’ pieces from the Copley Society.

$50
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“The World is My Home” – A Performance and Talkback with Girl Talk Theatre

May 1 at 3:00 pm4:30 pm
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Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Girl Talk Theatre invites you to experience their latest original production, “The World is My Home” in which they will dig deep in the issues of prejudice, dignity and homelessness. They also want to talk about hot pants and blue jeans. Curious? Please join us at Central Square Theater.

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Latte Art with Nespresso

May 1 at 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Nespresso, 7 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 2116 United States

Join us for one-on-one time with our baristas as they teach you how to make some of our iconic creations and one of a kind latte art.

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Business Communication Mastery – Storytelling

May 1 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Workbar Union, 31 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

This workshop will equip you with the necessary tools to tell the best stories, grab the attention of others and help you share your experiences.

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3rd Annual CIC Arts Week Opening Reception

May 1 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm
CIC Cambridge, One Broadway 5th floor, Havana Event Space
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

To kick off a week filled with art of all mediums across our Boston and Cambridge locations, join us at our One Broadway location in Cambridge for an evening of art, food, and drinks. Tour around our floors to check out work from local artists!

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The Artist’s Approach to User Experience

May 1 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
LogMeIn, 333 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210 United States

Whether you’re an artist looking to better understand UX, or a UX designer/developer looking to better understand artists… or if you’re neither/nor, looking to understand either/or, join us for a conversation led by David Delmar, founder of Resilient Coders.

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Finding Your Flow with HoopDr & Gemini Jules

May 1 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

In this class, we’ll review the latest science behind “Flow State” and practice unlocking the flow within yourself using mindfulness meditation and Flow Arts!

$5
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Inspired!

May 1 at 6:45 pm7:45 pm
Cape Cod Community College’s Grossman Commons, 2240 Lyannough Rd
West Barnstable, MA 02668 United States

A concert featuring music by the CYO and Debut Strings in collaboration with local artists and art students across Cape Cod who will showcase original 2D and video art inspired by the music itself. The Cape Cod Community College’s Culinary Services will provide small bites to enjoy during the concert inspired by the music. Local artist Laura Balboni Craciun will paint a portrait in response to the music during the entire concert.

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Access Classical Guitar

May 1 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center, 123 Antwerp Street
Allston, MA 02134 United States

Access Classical Guitar is an opportunity for families and children to explore the global richness of the classical guitar. Classical Guitarist, Adam Levin, will transport the audience to Brazil, Spain, Germany, Paraguay, Cuba and America through solo guitar repertoire selections.

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The Sounds of Silents: The Freshman

May 1 at 7:00 pm9:00 pm
The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

Join us for this rare opportunity to see a silent film as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen with a live score from the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. Harold Lloyd is off to college in this silent comedy classic, featuring your favorite bespectacled slapstick genius and one of the most elaborate and hilarious sports sequences ever put to film.

$23
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Mad for Monet

May 2 at 10:00 am12:00 pm
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The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Avenue
Easton, MA 02356 United States

Throughout the week we’ll focus on this Frenchman and his love of his water lily pond. We will use different mediums to recreate the color-filled water scenes he painted in his new style. And who knows? Maybe we’ll sneak a little science in, too!

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Collaboration Nation: A Collaborative Mural

May 2 at 12:00 pm5:00 pm
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125 United States

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute welcomes visitors to contribute to a participatory mural created by the teen artists of Artists For Humanity. Together we can make a bold colorful statement that amplifies the many and varied voices in our communities and country

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The Art of Being a Professional Speaker

May 2 at 12:00 pm1:30 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street 20th Floor - Lighthouse Event Space
Boston, MA 02109 United States

In collaboration with ArtWeek, let’s demystify what it takes to become a professional speaker. Do you want to get booked and paid to speak at events, be a motivational speaker, get invited to speak at panel discussions, share your message on stage or even give a TEDx talk but you have no idea how and where to begin? This workshop dives into a detailed comprehensive guide on how you can get started as a speaker.

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WeWork St. James Art Walk

May 2 at 1:00 pm5:00 pm
WeWork St. James, 31 St. James Ave 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Join us at WeWork St. James for a tour of the space. See the design and learn about how the space was influenced. View art from local artists and take in the general artistic atmosphere that is inherent to WeWork spaces. See how the murals in WeWork St. James were influenced by Boston and the architecture of the space.

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Spring Blossoms in Japanese Ink & Watercolor

May 2 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Boston, MA 2130 United States

Japanese inks and watercolors are a perfect mix to portray the fragile blossoms of the spring against their expressive branches. This is an event for kids and their parents to explore the combo of these media in Boston’s stunning Arnold Arboretum.

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Omni Parker House Literary Tour

May 2 at 1:30 pm3:00 pm
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States

Where did Charles Dickens practice his reading of “A Christmas Carol” before speaking in front of an American audience? Where did the Transcendentalists hang out on the last Saturday of every month? Where did Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X work before they were Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X? Susan Wilson is back by popular demand to uncover the rich literary history…

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Sneak Peek: Pao Arts Center

May 2 at 3:00 pm6:00 pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Boston , MA 02111 United States

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) invites you to experience a lively ribbon-cutting ceremony accented with performances celebrating Asian American culture and heritage. After the doors open, continue to explore contemporary and traditional art practices by getting your hands dirty, discovering our inaugural exhibition and meeting with artists! The afternoon includes an interactive performance of “From Across The Seas” programmed in conjunction with Young Audiences.

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Gemstone Gallery Tour at Harvard Museum of Natural History

May 2 at 3:30 pm4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Explore gemology with Raquel Alonso-Perez, Curator, Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard in this guided tour of the rare mineral and gemstones gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

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From Across the Seas

May 2 at 4:00 pm4:45 pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Boston , MA 02111 United States

Join us for this family-friendly 45-minute program led by master musician and Young Audiences of Massachusetts teaching artist Shaw Pong Liu. This interactive performance includes folk music from China, Europe, and the United States, as well as audience-created new music, with the audience participating as singers, composers, and body-percussionists. This is being performed for the opening of a new arts space at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

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HipStory Films & NU Crossing Present: Vitiligo

May 2 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Special for ArtWeek, filmmaker Cliff Notez will give a talk prior to the screening of “Vitiligo.” Help us debut this important film expanding on trauma, related to racism and how it can affect the mental health of people of color.

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CIC Arts Week: Story Slam

May 2 at 5:00 pm8:00 pm
CIC Cambridge, One Broadway 5th floor, Havana Event Space
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

CIC Arts invites you to a celebration of literature and the spoken word. This evening event will feature readings from the CIC community and the public at large, a story slam featuring local talent and the launch of a new local independent fiction publication, The Cantabrigian Magazine. Food and beverage provided! All are welcome!

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Networking for Artists

May 2 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Workbar Brighton, 1660 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135 United States

Many artists fail to network effectively. When many artists hear the word “network”, they think of staged networking events, after-work cocktails hours, over enthusiastic handshakes, mindless small-talk, and collecting business cards. Artists need to learn how to form long lasting relationships for professional collaboration and growth. Join us in this interactive workshop to practice the art of networking.

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Create Your Own 3D Printed Geometric Pin

May 2 at 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

Make your own 3D Printed Geometric Pin! Spend the first hour learning basic 3D modeling principals in Tinkercad, a free online 3D CAD platform. While pins are being printed, tour Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000 sq foot community workshop, and see some other incredible things get made.

$25
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Write a Passage

May 2 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join us for a monthly journey towards better health and happiness through expressive and creative writing. Special for ArtWeek, we’ll do a group story writing activity that gets everyone thinking and writing together!…

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Explore Danza Orgánica’s New Work!

May 3 at 10:00 am12:00 pm
Tony Williams Dance Center, 284 Amory Street Second Floor
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Join Danza Orgánica as they build their new piece – join the company warm up, witness their creative process, and learn a section from their repertoire.

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The Art of Sales For Artists and Entrepreneurs

May 3 at 12:00 pm1:30 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street 20th Floor - Lighthouse Event Space
Boston, MA 02109 United States

As entrepreneurs, we are our strongest advocate, salesperson, and marketer. However, have you ever asked yourself these questions? How do I gain more clients without being too sales-y? How can I make my passion more important for my clients? or How do I get a bigger reach so that more people can see my product and/or services? In this workshop, you will learn how to communicate effectively to sell to clients and more importantly position yourself so that you can stand out.

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THE Block Party

May 3 at 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Copley Square, 560 Boylston
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Whether you are looking for a place to enjoy a healthy snack and hear some fun music or want to learn a fun groove on a bucket drum, The Block Party will certainly provide a mid-week pick-me-up! Copley Square comes to life on May 3rd at 12:30 p.m. with music performances by students from CLCS, an interactive bucket drum circle for all to take part in, food from B.GOOD, and outdoor lawn games.

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Paul Schulenburg: Expressing the Figure

May 3 at 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638 United States

On May 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Paul Schulenberg, a well-known figurative painter from Cape Cod, will paint directly from a model in the midst of our exhibition, “Freedom of Expression.” He will not only create a work of art during those hours, but will also discuss his process and answer viewer’s questions at specific posted times.

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Lowell Makes: 3D Printing and Laser Etching

May 3 at 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Lowell Makes, 47 Lee Street
Lowell, MA 01852 United States

Join us for the 2017 Spring ArtWeek open house, featuring 3D printing and laser etching! Lowell Makes is one of the biggest makerspaces in the Boston area, featuring fully functioning metal, wood, leather/tailor and mechanical shops…

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CIC Arts Week: “Open” Open Mic Night

May 3 at 5:00 pm8:30 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street 20th Floor - Lighthouse Event Space
Boston, MA 02109 United States

Open-Open Mic is an evening full of talent, insight, and inspiration. Musicians, poets, writers, magicians, filmmakers, comedians, motivational speakers, mad scientists — all are welcome! Each performer will be given five minutes and a microphone to do anything (safe for work) that they please. Anyone interested in simply joining the audience and soaking in the wonderful performances is encouraged to attend as well.

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Conversation Skills for Artists and Creative Minds

May 3 at 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Workbar Union, 31 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

As an artist, you are great at what you do whether it is choreographing a new dance, painting the next master piece or writing new poetry – this is how you express yourself. However, artists need to master their conversation skills to be able to talk about their work and to build a bigger professional network. In this workshop, you will practice speaking and listening and engage in activities that will work on your conversation and people skills.

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Discover Your Inner Voice – Vocal Workshop

May 3 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join this vocal workshop for singers of all levels and people who are trying to explore their vocal abilities. Learn more about daily voice practice, techniques of proper warm up, applications of vocal improvisation, vocal exploration through body movement, visual arts and ways of overcoming performance anxiety.

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Wednesday Night Yoga Jam with Hannah Christianson

May 3 at 6:00 pm7:15 pm
JP Centre Yoga, 670 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 2130 United States

Join Alana Brennan and special guest musician Hannah Christianson for yoga with live music at JP Centre Yoga!

$16
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CELEBRATE BOSTON! Quiz Night at Old South Meeting

May 3 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States

Join us at Old South Meeting House for a special evening celebrating the rich diversity at the very heart of our city — from Downtown to the Theater District to Chinatown. Share your knowledge of local history and discover something new with at this unique quiz show that will highlight the vibrant newcomers from around the world who have shaped our neighborhood.

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Turkish Pottery (Cini) Painting Class

May 3 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Turkish Cultural Center Boston, 1105 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 United States

Do you want to apply your painting abilities on uniquely shaped pottery? Turkish pottery is your chance to take pottery design to another level. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about extensive background on history of Turkish Pottery and its relationship to Turkish arts and culture. Special for ArtWeek, we invite you to sample Turkish coffee while you learn about the origins and techniques of brewing this unique beverage.

$30
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Design in Boston: Creating a More Connected City

May 3 at 6:30 pm8:30 pm
General Assembly, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02110 United States

In celebration of ArtWeek, General Assembly and the City of Boston are pairing up to bring together designers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers who are helping to define and redesign what makes for a better urban lifestyle in Boston.

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“Games and Politics” Game Play Night

May 3 at 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

The Boston Cyberarts Gallery presents Games and Politics, an interactive exhibition by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with ZKM | Center for Art and Media. Special for ArtWeek, on Wednesday, May 3rd the gallery will open for a Game Play Night from 7:00 to 9:00pm with a short talk by a video game theorist, allowing for much game play.

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Featherstone Uke Jam

May 3 at 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Featherstone center for the Arts, 30 Featherstone Lane P.O. Box 1145
Oak Bluffs, MA 2557 United States

Come learn how to play the ukulele in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! Play along with the group and enjoy refreshments and lots of laughs! Just bring your uke, or any other instrument and have a great time!

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The Role of Theater for the Here and Now

May 3 at 8:30 pm9:30 pm
Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join us for an exclusive post-show talkback with Debra Wise who is both the Artistic Director of the Underground Railway Theater, and the sole performer in Tony Kushner’s Homebody. Hear from Debra about her history of making politically engaged and responsive theater and share your thoughts on the roles and responsibilities of creative artists, and audience members, in times of political unrest.

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Harbor Health Elder Service Plan Art Exhibition

May 4 at 10:45 am12:00 pm
Harbor Health Elder Service Plan, 1135 Morton Street
Mattapan, MA 2126 United States

The Harbor Health Elder Service Plan (ESP), a program for all- inclusive care of the elderly will hold its fourth Annual Art Galleria on Thursday May 4th, 2017 at their Mattapan facility. Special for ArtWeek, Jose Soto (Activities Manager) will give a brief talk about the program and invite residents to share their stories.

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The Art of Meteorology

May 4 at 11:00 am1:00 pm
WCVB Channel 5 Studios, 5 TV Place
Needham Heights, MA 02494-2302 United States

Go ‘behind the scenes’ and watch a newscast from inside WCVB Studios in Needham, hear how Storm Team 5 uses computer models to track major storms and observe the process of creating computer graphics for the weather forecast!

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Tour of Boston Custom House

May 4 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Boston Custom House, 3 McKinley Square
Boston, MA 02109 United States

To help celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, please join Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) staff for a special tour of a Boston Landmark. Leading this noontime tour are Todd Satter, BLC Staff Architect and a representative from the Marriott Vacation Club Custom House team.

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The Art of the Pitch for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

May 4 at 12:00 pm1:30 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street 20th Floor - Lighthouse Event Space
Boston, MA 02109 United States

You are amazing at what you do (whether you are a musician, artist or a creative entrepreneur that has the next big idea) but you can’t get people to hire you or buy into your idea. Join us in this workshop to hone your impression that you are making so that others will take you seriously and want to collaborate with you. Learn how to be in-demand while getting your message across in a confident and persuasive manner.

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Bigelow Chapel’s Stained Glass Windows Pop Up Concert

May 4 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Mount Auburn’s Composer-in-Residence Mary Bichner and the Planetary Quartet will present a 20 minute set of music in Bigelow Chapel including a song inspired by the stained glass windows. Afterwards, Curator of Historical Collections, Meg L. Winslow, will share the story of the history and restoration of the windows.

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Make Your Own Mother’s Day Card at The Paint Bar

May 4 at 2:00 pm4:00 pm
The Paint Bar – Boston, 248 Newbury Street
Boston , MA 02116 United States

Create a beautiful, Mother’s Day card with your choice of watercolors, markers, colored pencils and more! We will provide all the materials needed, as well as some examples and loose instruction on how to use watercolors! Unlike our regular classes, this event will be open studio style, rather than having an exact start and finish time. We love moms and believe every mom should receive a handmade card! We have the staff and materials to help you do just that.

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