September 25 – October 4, 2015

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September 2015
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The Wyeths: America Reflected – Exhibit Tour

September 25 at 11:30 am12:00 pm
Heritage Museums & Gardens,
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563 United States
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  The Wyeths: America Reflected, Heritage’s 2015 special exhibit, features the work of 3 generations of artists: N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. The exhibit explores quintessential American themes, including patriotism and the meaning of America; family; the significance of place; and the role of storytelling. The exhibition of 45 paintings includes all sixteen of N.C. Wyeth’s oil paintings from Poems of American Patriotism, Master Bedroom by Andrew Wyeth, and Gull Rising by Jamie Wyeth. ArtWeek visitors will be treated to…

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Marquee Moments on Tremont

September 25 at 12:00 pm6:00 pm
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Every day until October 4, 2015
Wang Theatre,
270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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  Marquee Moments provides Boston Public Schools students with a place in the spotlight by reframing the arts through the iconic marquees of the Wang and Shubert Theatres. Unique to ArtWeek, the BPS Visual and Performing  Arts Department is partnering with Citi Performing Arts Center to provide a giant digital canvas highlighting the talent of students in the City of Boston. Both marquees at the Wang and Shubert will display artwork of BPS students from 12-6PM throughout ArtWeek. The arts…

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The Art of the Oriental Carpet

September 25 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Skinner Inc,
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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The best antique carpets exhibit the color, depth, clarity and patina that come only with age. Join Skinner expert Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, at Skinner’s Boston Gallery for a guided gallery walk and lecture highlighting Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets featured in the September 26th auction. Kearney will explore the art of the carpet discussing color, composition, design and placement to bring harmony into your home with the carpet as the artistic focal point.  …

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Shobu Aikido Open Dojo & Demo

September 25 at 7:00 pm
Shobu Aikido,
34 Allen Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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Shobu Aikido will begin Artweek with a discussion of the philosophical and spiritual origins of aikido and how these are incorporated into the martial arts practice, followed by a demonstration focused on the artistry of open hand technique and weapons forms. Following the demonstration we are planning an interactive component that will invite people to try aikido. For the remainder of Artweek, we will allow anyone, regardless of attendance at the opening event, to participate in our practice and personally…

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Maya Beiser: Uncovered

September 25 at 7:30 pm10:00 pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium,
48 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Maya Beiser: Uncovered is a concert of startling classic rock tunes, re-imagined and re-contextualized, in stunning performances by Maya Beiser on cello. A “cover tune” can be an homage to the original, but these “uncovers,” in new arrangements by MIT professor and composer Evan Ziporyn, attempt to do more – to evoke the unprecedented power of the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, and AC/DC. Maya will be joined by indie rock bassist/composer…

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SALOMÉ Preview & Talkback

September 25 at 8:00 pm9:30 pm
First Church, Boston,
66 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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“Bring me the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter.” Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston presents Oscar Wilde’s SALOMÉ at First Church in the Back Bay, with dancer / performer Shura Baryshnikov in the title role. Director Olivia D’Ambrosio sets the epic, fast-paced one act against the backdrop of the sexual and cultural revolution in America between the years 1968 – 1972. A “preview” is a special performance where the creative team “tests” the show in front of…

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Prudential Tower Lighting

September 25 at 8:00 pm11:00 pm
Prudential Tower,
800 Boylston St
Boston , MA 02199 United States
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Prudential Center is excited to shine a light on Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative communities. The Prudential Tower will light up blue, red, yellow and green on the evening of Friday, September 25, to celebrate the kick-off of ArtWeek Boston which runs through October 4 with over 100+ creative experiences in Greater Boston and beyond. The multi-colored lights represent the colorful diversity of creative offerings during ArtWeek Boston, an award-winning creative festival for all which offers many free events. Look UP…

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Boston Ballet Storytime – Jamaica Plain

September 26 at 10:00 am11:30 pm
Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library,
433 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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In this interactive workshop, children and families will listen to the stories in English and Spanish, led by Boston Ballet company members. In between stories, youth will participate in a movement experience that will highlight the themes from the stories. Themes will include self-expression, creativity, musicality and storytelling through movement. Youth will also have the opportunity to learn about costumes. This program is offered in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Event is for youth ages 6 and up. A parent/guardian…

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Vogue it Up as a Skyscraper

September 26 at 10:00 am2:00 pm
Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners Office,
15 Remington Street #1
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Are you passionate about cities and do you also like to get your picture taken? Then join Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners at their Harvard Square Cambridge office to get photographed for the “I am a Skyscraper” Project. Directed by our team and using your own inventive posing skills, you will use your own figure to propose new skyscraper forms that you want to see built. Sorensen Partners staff will photograph your creative inventions. From the pictures taken we…

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Up Close! Gallery Program

September 26 at 10:00 am10:30 pm
Boston Athenæum,
10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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The Boston Athenæum invites families with children ages 6 to 10 to join us for a close look at artwork in our current exhibition, Lafayette: An American Icon. We’ll spend 30 exciting minutes in the gallery looking at, thinking about, and talking about art and discovering cool stories about the Marquis de Lafayette. Image credit: Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741–1828), Marquis de Lafayette, ca. 1785, plaster bust, painted white, Athenæum purchase, 1828 (UH149). Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Robert Wyatt talks on Satchmo

September 26 at 10:00 am12:00 pm
Highfield Hall,
56 Highfield Drive
Falmouth , MA 02540 United States
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Steinway artist Robert Wyatt has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for 20 years and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on George Gershwin. His talk on Louis Armstrong, “Satchmo,” will honor the man who pioneered the solo performance, used his voice as an instrument and created scat. JazzFest Falmouth is a ten-day celebration of this great and unique American art form. Six events include a headliner concert by three-time Grammy nominee Denise Donatelli, a concert by regional…

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Make A Ring & Sam Adams Tour

September 26 at 10:30 am4:00 pm
Stonybrook Fine Arts,
24 Porter Street
Boston, MA United States
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Make your own silver ring! Learn jewelry basics by fabricating a copper ring to start and then create one in silver. Next quench your thirst with beer or root beer while learning about the brewing process at the Samual Adams Brewery across the street. Afterwards, finish up your day with a delicious cookie from Ula Cafe!

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Aluminum Casting & Sam Tour

September 26 at 10:30 am4:00 pm
Stonybrook Fine Arts,
24 Porter Street
Boston, MA United States
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Introduction to aluminum sand casting. Choose an object, pack it in sand and watch the negative space fill with molten aluminum! Next quench your thirst with beer or root beer while learning about the brewing process at the Samuel Adams Brewery across the street. Afterwards, finish up your day with a delicious cookie from Ula Cafe!  

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Welding & Sam Adams Tour

September 26 at 10:30 am4:00 pm
Stonybrook Fine Arts,
24 Porter Street
Boston, MA United States
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Introduction to MIG Welding and you get to make a critter! Learn welding safety, tools, equipment and the basics in this workshop. Next quench your thirst with beer or root beer while learning about the brewing process at the Samuel Adams Brewery across the street. Afterwards, finish up your day with a delicious cookie from Ula Cafe!  

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Kids Really Rock

September 26 at 11:00 am6:00 pm
Lawn on D,
D Street
Boston, MA United States
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Kids Really Rock is a FREE all-day family music and arts festival for children and families in and around Boston. Kids Really Rock exposes kids to messages of kindness, creativity and community through performances by nationally-acclaimed bands for families and children, and hands-on art and community service activities. The event includes a Books & Bibs drive for this year’s event partner, Room to Grow, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical…

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Art and Architecture Tour

September 26 at 11:00 am12:00 pm
Boston Athenæum,
10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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Join a Boston Athenæum docent for an hour-long tour focused on the architectural history of the Athenæum’s building and on the institution’s fine arts collection. The Athenæum’s current home—its fifth—opened in 1849 and has been expanded and renovated twice, once from 1913 to 1915 and again from 1999 to 2002. Special for ArtWeek, tour participants will also receive free admission to the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery at the Athenæum on September 26 & 27. Can’t make it to the Athenæum…

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Bach Cantata Open Rehearsal

September 26 at 11:30 am1:00 pm
Emmanuel Church,
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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In this rare open rehearsal, The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music prepare a Bach Cantata, conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Turner. In addition to hearing the work in progress, visitors will learn about the history, function, and structure of Bach Cantatas and their significance to Emmanuel Music, which has been performing Bach Cantatas in a traditional liturgical setting since 1970 under the direction of its late founder Craig Smith. This is a rare opportunity to witness the Emmanuel Music…

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Painting Stones, Doing Good

September 26 at 12:00 pm6:00 pm
Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival,
Columbus Ave
Boston , MA 02118 United States
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Special for ArtWeek, Painting Stones, Doing Good is about children painting stones with inspirational messages. The stones will be photographed and could be made available on wood block covered with a high gloss resin. The bright colors and inspirational messages is playing off of the painted stones found in front of Nelson Mandela’s home at the end of his life. Proceeds from the sale of photographic art blocks goes toward buying art supplies and bringing art teachers into schools in…

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2nd Annual Iron On the island

September 26 at 12:00 pm9:00 pm
Featherstone center for the Arts,
30 Featherstone Lane
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 United States
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Second annual iron pour on Martha’s Vineyard! Lets see the sparks fly! Come celebrate the revival of the industrial arts with the casting of 1500lbs of molten metal. You can enjoy the day by simply watching or you can create your own piece of cast iron art. Purchase a scratch block $30 or a scratch bowl $50 (limited #’s) Scratch block carving from 12pm-5pm, then watch the metal pouring 6-9pm rain or shine! Artists who create a scratch block can…

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Watercolor Painting Workshop – Muddy River Round House

September 26 at 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Explore your creativity in one of Boston’s beautiful neighborhood parks. The watercolor painting workshops enable artists of all skill levels to create their own green-space inspired masterpiece. Learn how to capture Boston’s landscape with tips and techniques provided by local artists. Materials provided but limited capacity. Presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Sponsored by Holly and David Bruce.

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Marquee Moments on Tremont

September 26 at 12:00 pm6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until October 4, 2015
Wang Theatre,
270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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  Marquee Moments provides Boston Public Schools students with a place in the spotlight by reframing the arts through the iconic marquees of the Wang and Shubert Theatres. Unique to ArtWeek, the BPS Visual and Performing  Arts Department is partnering with Citi Performing Arts Center to provide a giant digital canvas highlighting the talent of students in the City of Boston. Both marquees at the Wang and Shubert will display artwork of BPS students from 12-6PM throughout ArtWeek. The arts…

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Boston Ballet Storytime – Dorchester

September 26 at 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library,
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125 United States
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In this interactive workshop, children and families will listen to the stories in English and Spanish, led by Boston Ballet company members. In between stories, youth will participate in a movement experience that will highlight the themes from the stories. Themes will include self-expression, creativity, musicality and storytelling through movement. Youth will also have the opportunity to learn about costumes. This program is offered in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The program is for youth ages 6 and up. A…

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I Have A Dream: Stories Alive!

September 26 at 12:30 pm5:30 pm
Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival,
Columbus Ave
Boston , MA 02118 United States
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Join Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Team for a series of empowering interactive readings of Kadir Nelson’s I Have a Dream picture book inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Led by Citi Center’s Teaching Artist Toni Bee, this free event will feature interactive audience performances, interactive improve games, and an art-making activity! Each reading will run approximately 30 minutes and take place around 1:00; 2:00; 3:00; 4:00. Participants can create their own Dream Doves or Dream…

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Learn to Improvise

September 26 at 1:00 pm2:30 pm
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Every week on Saturday until October 3, 2015
ImprovBoston,
40 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Brand new to improv? This is where it all begins. Ever see an improv show and think, “Man, that looks like fun?” It is. Come see for yourself. One of ImprovBoston’s top instructors takes participants of every stripe through the basics of improv in a ridiculously fun, totally not scary, hands-on workshop. This 100% FREE session (for ages 17+ only) is your gateway to the world of liberated creativity, boundless collaboration, enthusiastic support, joyous risk-taking, and unbridled laughter. We know…

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Sea To You Sushi School

September 26 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
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Every week until October 3, 2015
Sea to You Sushi,
232 California street
Newton , MA 02458 United States
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In Japanese culture, sushi is considered to be an art form because its appearance is just as important as how it tastes. Chefs from different regions of Japan roll it and arrange it on the plate according to their own styles, and they spend years learning the craft of sushi-making. You and your family are invited to get a taste of how this delicate art form is created at Sushi School! Sushi School Open House and Demo is for couples,…

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