Newton Arts Calendar

Sep
18
Wed
Anime/Manga Club @ Newton Free Library
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Anime/Manga Club @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Meet and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more! Japanese snacks will be served. Grades 6-12. Teen Area.

Sep
19
Thu
Freestyle Learning Innovators Program Orientation @ Newton Free Library
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Freestyle Learning Innovators Program Orientation @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Experience what the library has to offer for the homeschooling community! Each month will have a different theme that is explored through book groups, strategic games, technology and maker concepts. For ages 5-14. Teen Area.

Sep
20
Fri
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library
Sep 20 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Look, listen, touch and play! Children will enjoy a storytime and activities to explore different concepts each week. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program at the desk in the Children’s Room.

Sep
21
Sat
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day @ Durant-Kenrick House or Jackson Homestead
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day @ Durant-Kenrick House or Jackson Homestead

Enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead or the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds through a special one-day nationwide program sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Learn more about the Underground Railroad at the Jackson Homestead and about three families over three centuries at the Durant-Kenrick House. Download your tickets now for September 21 admission.

Fast Color Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fast Color Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Ruth flees for her life from scientists who wish to study her supernatural abilities, which leaves her no choice but to return home to her estranged family. Rated PG-13. Runtime 107 minutes.

Sep
22
Sun
Newtonville Village Day @ Newtonville Village Day 2019
Sep 22 all-day
Newtonville Village Day @ Newtonville Village Day 2019 | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Come Celebrate the arts in Newton at this year’s Newtonville Village Day! There will be music, dancing, arts and crafts, and demonstrations from several different youth groups in Newton. There will be a train ride for children, lots of vendor booths, and free cake, too! All are welcome!

Alex Thomas on Piano @ Newton Free Library
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alex Thomas on Piano @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Alex Thomas will perform works by Liszt, Debussy, Ginastera and Stravinsky in a program that explores the lineage of instrumental expression following the romantic era.

Sep
26
Thu
Early Release Interactive Movie – Avengers: Endgame @ Newton Free Library
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Early Release Interactive Movie - Avengers: Endgame @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Looking for a place to be after an early release from school? Join us for an interactive experience in which we’ll create rules and callouts for certain parts of the movie! Rated-PG-13. Runtime 182 minutes. Snacks will be provided. Teen Area.

Sep
28
Sat
Mark Development Block Party @ Santander Parking Lot
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mark Development Block Party @ Santander Parking Lot | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join Mark Development and the creative minds of UpNext for a community Block Party in West Newton to benefit New Art Center! Stop by to welcome fall with free eats and sweets from the Tenoch Mexican taco truck and New City Microcreamery, drinks, live music by Jane’s Great Dane, games, interactive art and much more family-friendly fun!

Support the New Art Center by soaking members of the Mark Development team at the Dunk Tank!

More info here: https://poppingupnext.com/block-party

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Competing for attention with a new toddler in the family, Max nervously embarks on a rural vacation outside the city. Rated PG. Runtime 86 minutes.

Spanish Bilingual Storytime (Ages 3-5) @ Newton Free Library
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Spanish Bilingual Storytime (Ages 3-5) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

A special bilingual storytime with stories, songs and movement in English and Spanish. Space is limited. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program at the desk in the Children’s Room.

Sep
29
Sun
Outrageous Fortune Returns! @ Newton Free Library
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Outrageous Fortune Returns! @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Enjoy Outrageous Fortune’s toe-tappin’ style with sweet three-part harmony and sizzling guitar, harmonica, jug, washboard and bass. The concert will include new acquisitions from Joe “King” Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, The Memphis Jug Band and the ubiquitous and elusive P. Domain; along with favorites from Outrageous Fortune’s CDs, Lazy Bones and Delta Bound.

Oct
3
Thu
Freestyle Learning Innovator’s Program (FLIP) @ Newton Free Library
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Freestyle Learning Innovator's Program (FLIP) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Experience what the library has to offer for the homeschooling community! Each month will have a different theme that is explored through book groups and maker concepts. This program takes place every first and third Thursday. For ages 5-14. Teen Area.

Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Over the course of six weeks we will learn about theater, readers’ theater and prop-making. The culmination will be an exciting performance of a beloved children’s African folktale on 11/21! Workshop dates are on the following Thursdays: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14. Children must attend at least four workshop sessions to take part in the final performance on 11/21. Register online. Ages 6-9.

Storytime Adventures @ Newton Free Library
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Storytime Adventures @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

This month’s theme is Owls. Space is limited. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program at the desk in the Children’s Room.

Joint Art Reception for Jim Kociuba & Daniel Dyer @ Newton Free Library
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Joint Art Reception for Jim Kociuba & Daniel Dyer @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Jim Kociuba’s The Komorebi Series is inspired by the Japanese word “Komorebi” which describes the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees. In Portraits/People and Places, Daniel Dyer has a keen interest in figure and portrait paintings and has spent time focusing on painting urban landscapes. On view October 2-30 in the Gallery and Main Hall.

Oct
4
Fri
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library
Oct 4 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Look, listen, touch and play! Children will enjoy a storytime and activities to explore age-appropriate concepts. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program at the desk in the Children’s Room.

Oct
5
Sat
Queen of Katwe Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Queen of Katwe Movie Screening @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

A young girl in Uganda is introduced to chess. Her rapid success in the game brings about unexpected life changes. Rated PG. Runtime 124 minutes.

Oct
6
Sun
Homestead Hayfest @ Jackson Homestead
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Homestead Hayfest @ Jackson Homestead | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Drop in for a day of old-fashioned fun at our annual hands-on family festival. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping, and learn the history behind these 19th century activities of daily life. Why was butter mysterious to folks in the 1800s? Which recipes are best for dyeing cloth? Why is the hoop-tossing game called Graces? Join us rain or shine to find out!

Oct
9
Wed
Anime/Manga Club @ Newton Free Library
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Anime/Manga Club @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Meet and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more! Yummy Japanese snacks will be served. For tweens/teens entering grades 6-12. Teen Area.

Oct
10
Thu
Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Over the course of six weeks we will learn about theater, readers’ theater and prop-making. The culmination will be an exciting performance of a beloved children’s African folktale on 11/21! Workshop dates are on the following Thursdays: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14. Children must attend at least four workshop sessions to take part in the final performance on 11/21. Register online. Ages 6-9.

Oct
13
Sun
Mythic Winds @ Newton Free Library
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mythic Winds @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Aubrie Dionne, flute, Alicia Rockenhauser, oboe, and Céline Ferro, clarinet, are Mythic Winds. Join them for a delightful afternoon concert as they perform works by Malcom Arnold, Paul de Wailly, Alexander von Kreisler, Gustav Holst, Ludwig van Beethoven and Whitney Tustin.

Oct
15
Tue
Music with Emily @ Newton Free Library
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Music with Emily @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join Parents’ Choice Award-winning singer/songwriter, Emily Hall, for this sing-a-long musical adventure. With familiar tunes and some originals, visuals and surprises, Emily will get you up and moving along and having fun! Druker Auditorium.

Oct
17
Thu
Freestyle Learning Innovator’s Program (FLIP) @ Newton Free Library
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Freestyle Learning Innovator's Program (FLIP) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Experience what the library has to offer for the homeschooling community! Each month will have a different theme that is explored through book groups and maker concepts. This program takes place every first and third Thursday. For ages 5-14. Teen Area.

Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Backstage: A Theater Workshop for Kids @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Over the course of six weeks we will learn about theater, readers’ theater and prop-making. The culmination will be an exciting performance of a beloved children’s African folktale on 11/21! Children must attend at least four workshop sessions to take part in the final performance on 11/21. Workshop dates are on the following Thursdays: 10/24, 11/7, 11/14. Children must attend at least four workshop sessions to take part in the final performance on 11/21. Register online. Ages 6-9.

Oct
18
Fri
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library
Oct 18 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sensory Play Storytime (Ages 2-4) @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Look, listen, touch and play! Children will enjoy a storytime and activities to explore age-appropriate concepts. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program at the desk in the Children’s Room.

Oct
19
Sat
Get It Write: The Nano Sessions for Teens @ Newton Free Library
Oct 19 @ 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 10/26, 11/2 and 11/9. Grades 6-12. Teen Area.

Metrowest NaNoWriMo Official Write In @ Newton Free Library
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Metrowest NaNoWriMo Official Write In @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

This event is for anyone who is working on a novel or needs a quiet space to work on their writing. A Municipal Liaison from NaNoWriMo’s Metrowest region will be on hand to provide advice. To sign up visit NaNoWriMo’s website or email the local region at nanowrimometrowestmaregion@gmail.com for information. Sessions will continue on November 2 and 16. Room B.

Oct
20
Sun
Solo Piano Performance @ Newton Free Library
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Solo Piano Performance @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Pianist Carlos Vargas will perform works by Bach, Gershwin/Wild, Bullumba Landestoy and Chopin. Mr. Vargas has a particular interest in developing programs that facilitate musical education for the underprivileged. A 2008 grant from the Boston Public Library allowed him to create a piano program through which dozens of children are able to receive free lessons in piano and theory.

9-Man Documentary Screening @ War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm
9-Man Documentary Screening @ War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

A film by Ursula Liang, who grew up in Newton, takes us behind the scenes of 9-man volleyball, a Chinatown street game with connections to Newton, giving us insights into Chinese-American history. Presented with the Boston Asian American Film Festival (held October 24-27) and the Boston Hurricanes team.

Oct
21
Mon
Cool Stories and Snacks @ Newton Free Library
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Cool Stories and Snacks @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Read aloud for older kids! Enjoy cool, strange, weird and wacky stories…and snacks! Grades 2 and up. Storytime Room.

Typewriter Poetry @ Newton Free Library
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Typewriter Poetry @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Get creative with the monthly Typewriter Poetry group. We’ll use old-school typewriters and write poems for library patrons on the spot! Grades 7-12. First floor Lobby.

Oct
22
Tue
The Nightingale’s Sonata @ Newton Free Library
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Nightingale’s Sonata @ Newton Free Library | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join musician and author Thomas Wolf for a program on his book, The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz. The multi-generational saga will be narrated with a live performance of a musical work Lea Luboshutz championed – César Franck’s dramatic violin sonata. The musicians will be Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Lucia Lin and pianist and Newton resident, Sayuri Miyamoto. This evening’s program honors Henrietta Dilyock who faithfully documented the history and culture of our city during her 16 years volunteering at the Newton Free Library. Please note seating at our programs is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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.