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The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, plans to open for guided tours from May 28 until Oct. 30.
Visitors can also view a new exhibit “Menotomy--Road to Revolution,” to learn the stories of Menotomy residents who mobilized to defend their homes and village from retreating British troops.
The house is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks are required for admission.
Arlington Community Education is sponsoring “An Evening with Pop Artist Howie Green,” set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Arlington High School.
The cost for this one-night event is $15.
Join the internationally recognized pop artist, designer, author — and Arlington Community Education cover artist — for a colorful overview of his career and journey through several decades of creative pursuits. They include TV, toys, collectible figures, publications, Hollywood, web and multimedia, album covers, urban sketching, public art and, as he puts it, “the kitchen sink!"
Find further information about the event and Green here >>
True Story Theater, based in Arlington, presents issues to the public by involving the audience through "playback" -- by drawing stories from them and having actor present the stories that arise.
Active Bystander Training, Wednesday, May 18: At 4 p.m. the Disability Commission will have its regularly scheduled monthly meeting and at 4:30 an Active Bystander Workshop for Adults & High School Youth will begin, in partnership with True Story Theater.
This is an interactive workshop that explores responding to everyday bigotry, being open to receiving feedback, and engaging in constructive dialogue with someone who has engaged in offensive behavior. Practical strategies for handling specific situations will be provided to help you discover what tools may work best for you. Learn more and register >>
Presented by Arlington Center for the Arts
Wednesday, May 18. from 7 to 9 p.m.
"My Son the Waiter"
April 21 until May 22
If you have ever longed for something, if you have ever desired it with all your heart, if you have been willing to wait tables for 29 years in order to pursue your dream then, My Son The Waiter will give new meaning to your life with "90 minutes of nonstop laughter!"
Delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic since 2019, the Town of Arlington plans to celebrate Town Day, set for Saturday, Sept, 17,
Come and see some familiar faces and make some new acquaintances. The location remains the same: on Mass. Ave., between Jason Street and Pleasant Street.
If you are a vendor or an organization, and you want to have a booth, you may sign up for one.
The 2022 Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is celebrating the arts through music with a presention by Eduardo Betancourt, a Grammy Award-winning harpist, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Town Tavern, in East Arlington.
This is the second of two music concerts this spring with support from the Arlington Cultural Council.
Considered “one of the iconic harpists of this new age,” Betancourt is a Venezuelan musician, producer, arranger, composer, instructor and multi-instrumentalist with 30 years of experience in traditional and fusion Venezuelan music.
In 2010, Betancourt won a Latin Grammy Award for his participation on the album “Tesoros de la Música Venezolana" by Ilan Chester, and in 2016, he was nominated on the album "Pa' Tío Simón" with Rafael "Pollo" Brito.
AFD Theatre is staging "Boeing, Boeing," May 6 through 8, 13 through 15 and 20 through 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee.UPDATED May 15:
But before the show opens, at 22 Academy St., life is very busy. After a dark winter, AFD is ready to start up again with the final show of the season, "Boeing, Boeing."
A French farce written by Marc Camoletti, it tells the story of Bernard, a man smitten with gorgeous women. Simultaneously engaged to three airline hostesses, he has been able to juggle their schedules so that they never meet. Since they fly on three separate airlines, there is always one up, one down and one coming in to land.
But when Boeing brings in faster jets, their lives are about to collide.
Menotomy Concerts presents "Crossing the Space Between Us," featuring music by Ukrainian and American composers, in person at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20.
Performing are Hazel Dean Davis of Arlington, horn, with the Raha Duo as well as Amelia Hollander Ames, viola; Elaine Rombola Aveni, piano, and Nicholas Auer, horn.
Two scenes from "Shadow Bang" by Evan Ziporyn;
"Eclogue (Elegy)" by Théodore Akimenko;
"Songs of the Wolf" by Andrea Clearfield;
"The Stone and the Milkweed" by Jonathan Bailey Holland;
The Jam'n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse, open Fridays every month for 12 years, has been on a Covid-19 break from the Kickstand Cafe since March 2020, but shows continue virtually, this time at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20.
The deadline to sign up is the end of the day, Thursday, May 19, the day before the virtual open mic.
UPDATED May 13: The Old Schwamb Mill is presenting a talk titled “Arlington’s Cultural Heights Revisited” with speakers Sarah Burks, Doreen Stevens and Aimee Taberner, coauthors, Arlington’s Cultural Heights (2014). The illustrated talk, about the remarkable artists’ colony that flourished in western Arlington during the early 1900s, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.
At that time, the Arlington Heights and Crescent Hill neighborhoods boasted a significant concentration of creative residents, including the Bavarian master wood carver Johannes Kirkmeyer, short story writer and poet Susan Hartley Swett, newspaper journalist Marjorie A. MacBride, poet and editor William S.B. Braithwaite and, most notably, Cyrus Dallin, sculptor of the Paul Revere Equestrian statue in Boston’s North End among many other figures.
Refreshments and an opportunity to view the exhibit “Into the Woods” exhibit will follow the talk.
UPDATED May 17: The Arlington Historical Society has released its listing of programs for 2021-22. Its regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs is the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. (access for the disabled is at rear).
With "My Story," the society resumes and expands on the 2019-2020 program theme: The Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the society. Next up, after a scheduling change:
Sculpture + Architecture Walking Tours of Arlington Center, 6 to 7 p.m., May 27, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22.
For art and history enthusiasts of all ages, experience the masterful public works created by the celebrated American sculptor Dallin for his adopted hometown.
Learn the stories behind notable memorials and historic buildings, including the "Uncle Sam Memorial Statue" (1976), "Soldiers and Sailors Monument" (1887) and the art deco Arlington Co-operative Bank (1934). Before or after the tour, plan to visit one of the many wonderful restaurants in Arlington Center!
The tour starts in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building.
The May 27 tour is being offered in conjunction with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s Hidden Treasure’s program. Admission is free. Tickets for subsequent programs are a suggested donation of $10 per person. Register at Dallin.org/events.
UPDATED May 15: The Cutter Gallery is a hidden gem with limited hours, but you can find it on the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Chamber of Commerce.
The gallery's May exhibition, "The Soul of a Camera" by Richard Krigstein, continues Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Boston Festival Orchestra has announced its second season's summer program.
Last June, the orchestra, with direct Arlington connections, opened its initial season as the first ensemble to bring live orchestra back to Boston after a year and a half. Now, season two features:
• Alyssa Wang, principal conductor, leads three performances in Jordan Hall on July 17, 24 and 31;
• The opening Summer Mainstage concert features cellist, Evan Kahn, performing Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2;
• BFO flutist Allison Parramore takes center stage on July 24 with Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Parramore is also featured heavily on July 17 in Debussy’s "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun";
• Highlights include Brahms Symphony No. 2 on July 24 and Dvorak Symphony No. 8 on July 31; and
• Venturing into contemporary music, the BFO performs David LePage’s "Sleep Softly" in its finale concert on July 31, featuring solos from concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee.
UPDATED, Oct. 27: The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 24th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, closed for the season after Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
From the Oct. 27 market newsletter: "Patti the Knife Lady will be at the market today. Cyndi the Fish Lady will NOT be at the market.
"Many many thanks to all you terrific customers who have patronized the Arlington Farmers' Market this summer. You're the best - you keep us going.
"All the vendors and I are grateful for your business, your loyalty, and your good cheer! Best wishes for a healthy journey into 2022. See you then, on June 8.
"See you on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Same time, same place."
Now you can hear the Mystic River as you walk along it for two miles in Arlington and Medford.
"Sound on Mystic" is an outdoor audio installation combining sound art, music, spoken word and ambience into an immersive experience.
After downloading the app, put on a pair of headphones, take a walk within the installation’s extensive boundaries and hear a diverse set of sound works that are all united by the river itself, and its complex legacy as a place of history and nature, community and conflict, labor and recreation.
How do I listen?
Until the pandemic shut it down March 15, 2020, Fugitive Productions brought Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share noncompetitive, five- to six-minute, true-life "Fugitive Stories" at Kickstand Cafe.
In 2015, the effort began producing events in West Acton. The response surpassed expectations. It has been the host for 200-plus shows and sold nearly 14,000 tickets to a wide variety of music, comedy, and storytelling events in Acton, Concord, Arlington, Sudbury, Maynard, Framingham, Stow and Lincoln — and then virtually.
That is ending. The effort has been booking for the past couple of weeks — music and comedy at Sanctuary in Maynard and a story-telling series at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard.
Fugitive won’t be booking smaller rooms just yet, including Kickstand Cafe.
Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.
Those at the nonprofit hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. While social-distancing guidelines remain in place to protect us all from exposure to Covid-19, we also know how important it is to be outdoors and enjoy the bounties of spring in New England.
The land trust offers the following suggestions for safe walking around Arlington and in other nearby communities where conservation lands and parks are open.
Please check the websites of places you wish to visit ahead of time since many are still closed.
Registration opens to current families, new families
Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.Registration for
"Current family" is defined as having a child registered for the Kid Care Preschool or Afterschool program during April 2020.
The enrollment fee of $50 per child. It is due at the time of registration and may be paid before that.
New video by Glenn Litton of Arlington.
UPDATED, March 11: A high-quality eight-minute video documentary viewable online, just updated, called“Mill Brook Rediscovered,” is part of an adapted version of a 2019 Old Schwamb Mill exhibit scheduled to be shown in Town Hall from March 2 to April 30. A reception was set for Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor gallery, but that has been postponed in view of the coranvirus.
“Mill Brook Rediscovered” was produced and directed by Arlington resident Glenn Litton under the auspices of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust. Litton is a former producer and executive producer for WGBH-TV, associated with Emmy-winning programs, including “The Advocates, “ “The Living Planet” and “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.” His own production company, DocuThis, based in Arlington.
More than 9,000 children and young adults are in state custody in Massachusetts under the Department of Children and Family Services. These young people have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are living in temporary situations.
The Foster Care Review Unit makes decisions regarding children who have been in foster care for six months or longer, assessing how well their needs are being met and what progress has been made toward establishing them in a permanent living situation. A volunteer from the Community is one member of the three -person panels that make these decisions.
The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.
Meals are delivered five days a week, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays. These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.
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