Newton Arts Calendar

Sep
1
Sun
Call for Artists @ Newton Free Library
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm
Call for Artists @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

The Newton Free Library is seeking proposals of two-dimensional, original work by local artists for July-December 2020 shows. Exhibiting policy at newtonfreelibrary.net under the About tab. Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 12 noon. Questions? Contact Ellen at emeyers@minlib.net or call 617-796-1410.

Oct
23
Wed
Teen Gallery Opening @ Newton Free Library
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Gallery Opening @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join us for the opening reception for the combined Newton North and Newton South High Schools show in our Teen Gallery. There will be refreshments and live music provided by students from Newton North. Frames provided by Abraxis Framing Company in Auburndale.

Oct
24
Thu
Overbooked: A Teen Book Club @ Newton Free Library
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Overbooked: A Teen Book Club @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Have too much to do? Want to add something else to your plate? Join our book club for over-scheduled teens! This month we’ll be discussing Carry On by Rainbow Rowell while munching on snacks. Please pick up the book at the Main Desk. Grades 9-12. Teen Area.

Oct
25
Fri
Story Music Fun @ Newton Free Library
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Story Music Fun @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join our staff for a fun-filled music storytime. Listen to a story, sing songs, play instruments and move your body to the music. Geared toward kids through age 4. Join us in the Gallery directly after the program for a special Fun with the Friends of the Library reception in honor of National Friends of the Library Week. Enjoy snacks and surprises for all!

Oct
26
Sat
Get It Write: The Nano Sessions for Teens @ Newton Free Library
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get It Write: The Nano Sessions for Teens @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Get It Write is a two-hour workshop series, specifically designed for teens who write stories, poems and personal essays. Feel free to bring a sample of your writing to read aloud for guidance and gentle feedback. No matter what creative writing you’re interested in—even NaNoWriMo—this course will help you. The workshop instructor will be Lynette Benton of Tools and Tactics Writers. Online registration (required) is for all sessions which continue on 11/2 and 11/9. Grades 6-12. Teen Area.

Oct
27
Sun
Women and Gender in Tagore’s Songs @ Newton Free Library
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Women and Gender in Tagore’s Songs @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join us for an intriguing look at what it was like to be a woman in the late 19th and early 20th century. Vocals and live music will accompany a slide show projecting English translations of Rabindranath Tagore’s works. He was a Nobel Laureate composer whose prolific thoughts permeated multiple forms of art including song, dance, painting, drama, poetry, prose, articles and music. A discussion will follow. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The performers will be:

• Maitreyee Chakraborty, vocals
• Monami Roy, harmonium
• Dhruva Acharya, percussion
• Ayon Basumallik, keyboard
• Dave Chakraborty, sound and slide show

Oct
30
Wed
After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920 – 2020 @ Newton Free Library
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights, 1920 – 2020 @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

How were women’s rights impacted once they gained access to the ballot in 1920? Join Barbara Berenson for a talk that will:

• Explore how women have fared politically and legally over the past century
• Consider how women activists have built alliances and shaped laws in an effort to combat stereotypes
• Review some of the key developments over the past century
• Discuss the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today

Barbara Berenson is the author of, among other books, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018). This program is cosponsored by Historic Newton, Newton Human Rights Commission and the League of Women Voters/Newton.

Nov
13
Wed
Panel Discussion: “When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age” @ McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Panel Discussion: "When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age" @ McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

In conjunction with “Alen MacWeeney and a Century of New York Street Photography”, Professor of Photography Karl Baden with the ILA presents a panel discussion: “When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age”.

Because street photography occurs in a public space it has been protected as a right to free expression under the US Constitution’s First Amendment. The digital revolution of the past three decades, social media, the ubiquitous smartphone, and increasingly high resolution, affordable surveillance cameras, however, have blurred the line between public and private spaces. Suspicion and resistance by the general public has grown to being photographed by a random individual, especially without permission. At the same time, particularly in urban environments, the public is constantly on camera, surveilled by governmental and corporate entities, from body cams on a police officer’s lapels to satellite cameras powerful enough to read license plates. It is these paradoxical issues that the panel and exhibition seek to highlight and debate.

Free; please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y3fy5gq3.