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'https://' : 'http://')+"www.localendar.com/docs/display/lc"); view_window.title = "FAQ"; view_window.focus(); } function AddEvent(eventDate){ var target = "/elsie?DAM=EventEditor"; if (eventDate!=null){ target+="&eventDate="+eventDate; } window.location.href= target; } function Preferences(){ window.location.href="/elsie?JSP=PreferencesGeneral" } function Search(){ window.location.href="/elsie?JSP=Search" } function PublicEventDetail(m, calendar_id,event_id,more_info,exportDate,category) { if (eventWindow){ eventWindow.close(); } var dualScreenLeft = window.screenLeft != undefined ? window.screenLeft : screen.left; var dualScreenTop = window.screenTop != undefined ? window.screenTop : screen.top; var left = ((screen.width / 2) - (400 / 2)) + dualScreenLeft; var top = ((screen.height / 2) - (510 / 2)) + dualScreenTop; eventWindow = window.open(('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://')+"localendar.com/event?DAM=PublishedEvent&m="+m+"&event_id="+event_id+"&calendar_id="+calendar_id+"&more_info="+more_info+"&export_date="+exportDate+"&category="+category, "previewevent", "scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=400, height=510, top=" + top + ", left=" + left); if (window.focus) { eventWindow.focus(); } } function zipSearchSubmit(lcform) { var c = lcform.city.value; if (c.length < 3) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter at least the first 3 characters of the city", { 'type': 'warning', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Insufficient Information' }); return false; } return true; } function checkAdvSearch(lcform) { var addressOK = ""; addressOK = $('#member_lat').val(); if (addressOK==null || addressOK=="" || addressOK=="null"){ $.Zebra_Dialog("Please provide a valid geographic location for searching", { 'type': 'warning', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Insufficient Information' }); return false; } else { return true; } } function prefsGeneralSubmit(lcform) { if (checkDayViewRange(lcform)) return true; else return false; } function isNumber(data) { var numStr = "0123456789"; for (i = 0; i < data.length; i++) { thisChar = data.charAt(i); if (numStr.indexOf(thisChar) == -1) return false; } return true; } function checkCountry(lcform) { if (lcform.country.value=="---"){ $.Zebra_Dialog("Please select your country", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); return false; } else return true; } function checkTimezone(lcform) { if (lcform.timezone.value=="---"){ $.Zebra_Dialog("Please select your timezone", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); return false; } else return true; } function checkZip(lcform) { var zipcode = lcform.zip.value; if (zipcode!="00000"&& ((!isNumber(zipcode)) || zipcode == "" || zipcode.length != 5) ) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter a valid 5 digit zipcode", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.zip.focus(); return false; } return true; } function checkDayViewRange(lcform) { var dayStart = lcform.dayStart.selectedIndex+1; var dayEnd = lcform.dayEnd.selectedIndex+1; if (dayEnd<=dayStart) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please make sure the day-view 'To:' hour is later than the 'From:' hour.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.dayStart.focus(); return false; } return true; } // if you put one space in then it passes function checkSubject(lcform) { var subject = lcform.event_title.value; if (subject == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("You must supply a title for this event", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.event_title.select(); return false; } return true; } function checkChangeMemberLogon(lcform) { var str = lcform.username.value; // Return false if characters are not a-z, A-Z, or 1-9. for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++) { var ch = str.substring(i, i + 1); if (((ch < "a" || "z" < ch) && (ch < "A" || "Z" < ch) && (ch < "0" || "9" < ch)) || ch ==' ' && ch != '.') { if (ch!='_' && ch!='-') { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Account name may only consist of letters & numbers (spaces are not allowed).

Please change your Account name.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.username.select(); lcform.username.focus(); return false; } } } return true; } function isName(lcform) { var str = lcform.username.value; // Return false if name field is blank. if (str == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Account Name is blank.

Please enter your Account name.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.username.focus(); return false; } return checkChangeMemberLogon(lcform); } function isEmail(lcform) { // Return false if e-mail field is blank. var str = lcform.email.value; if (str == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Email Address is blank.

Please enter your email address.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.email.focus(); return false; } // Return false if e-mail field does not contain a '@' and '.' . if (str.indexOf ('@',0) == -1 || str.indexOf ('.',0) == -1){ $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter a valid email address.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.email.select(); lcform.email.focus(); return false; } return true; } function isLocation(lcform) { // Return false if e-mail field is blank. var str = lcform.member_location_desc.value; if (str == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter a valid location.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.member_phys_address.focus(); return false; } return true; } function checkPassword(lcform) { var pw1 = lcform.password.value; var pw2 = lcform.confirmpw.value; // Return false if pw don't match. if (lcform.password.value == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Password field is blank.

Please enter your password.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } if (lcform.confirmpw.value == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Re-Enter Password field is blank.

Please enter your password again in the Re-Enter Password field.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.confirmpw.focus(); return false; } if (pw1 != pw2) { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Passwords you entered do not match.

Please check your entries.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.select(); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } if (pw1.length<6) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter a password that is at least 6 characters long.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.select(); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } // Return false if characters are not '0-9' or '.' . for (var i = 0; i < pw1.length; i++) { var ch = pw1.substring(i, i + 1); if (((ch < "a" || "z" < ch) && (ch < "A" || "Z" < ch) && (ch < "0" || "9" < ch)) || ch ==' ' && ch != '.') { if (ch!='_' && ch!='-') { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Password field only accepts letters & numbers (spaces are not allowed).

Please change your password.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.select(); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } } } return true; } function checkChangePassword(lcform) { var old_pw = lcform.password.value; var new_pw1 = lcform.newpassword.value; var new_pw2 = lcform.confirmpw.value; if (old_pw == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Password field is blank.

Please enter your password.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } if (new_pw2 == "") { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Confirm Password field is blank.

Please enter your password again in the Confirm Password field.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.confirmpw.focus(); return false; } if (new_pw1 != new_pw2) { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Passwords you entered do not match.

Please check your entries.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.newpassword.select(); lcform.newpassword.focus(); return false; } if (new_pw1.length<6) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please enter a password that is at least 6 characters long.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.password.select(); lcform.password.focus(); return false; } // Return false if characters are not '0-9' or '.' . for (var i = 0; i < new_pw1.length; i++) { var ch = new_pw1.substring(i, i + 1); if (((ch < "a" || "z" < ch) && (ch < "A" || "Z" < ch) && (ch < "0" || "9" < ch)) || ch ==' ' && ch != '.') { if (ch!='_' && ch!='-') { $.Zebra_Dialog("The Password field only accepts letters & numbers (spaces are not allowed).

Please change your password.", { 'type': 'error', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Validation Error' }); lcform.newpassword.select(); lcform.newpassword.focus(); return false; } } } return true; } function checkAgree(lcform) { if (!lcform.agree.checked) { $.Zebra_Dialog("Please indicate that you accept the Terms of Service", { 'type': 'warning', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Message' }); lcform.agree.focus(); return false; } return true; } function EditEvent(event_id,event_public,repeatsCode,eventDate) { if (repeatsCode!=null && repeatsCode!="N") { $.Zebra_Dialog('This is a repeating event. Do you want to edit the series, or just this occurrence?', { 'type': 'question', 'overlay_opacity': .5, 'title': 'Edit Repeating Event', 'buttons': ['Edit the Series','Edit this Occurrence'], 'onClose': function(caption) { if (caption=="Edit the Series") window.location.href="/elsie?DAM=EventEditor&event_id="+event_id+"&public_event="+event_public; else if (caption=="Edit this Occurrence") window.location.href="/elsie?DAM=EventEditor&event_id="+event_id+"&public_event="+event_public+"&occur=Y&odate="+eventDate; } }); } else window.location.href="/elsie?DAM=EventEditor&event_id="+event_id+"&public_event="+event_public; } function getRestaurants(zipcode) { var view_window; view_window = window.open("http://www.usrg.com/script/nearzip.asp?ZIP="+zipcode,"localendar","width=800,height=500,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes"); view_window.focus(); } function trim(strValue) { var intLoop=0; for(intLoop=0; intLoop=0; intLoop=strValue.length-1) { if(strValue.charAt(intLoop)==" ") strValue=strValue.substring(0,intLoop); else break; } return strValue; } function AnonAddInfo() { var view_window; view_window = window.open("/elsie?JSP=AnonAddInfo", "localendar", "width=475,height=565,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes"); view_window.focus(); } // Geo-Encoding functions function hideGeoAlerts(panel){ var prefix = ""; if (panel==0){ // Event Location prefix="event"; } else if (panel==1){ // Weather Location prefix="weather"; } else if (panel==2){ // Member Location prefix="member" } $("#"+prefix+"_location_chooser").hide(); $("#"+prefix+"_location_valid").hide(); $("#"+prefix+"_location_invalid").hide(); $("#"+prefix+"_location_none").hide(); $("#"+prefix+"_lat").val(""); $("#"+prefix+"_long").val(""); $("#"+prefix+"_location_desc").val(""); } function geocodeAddress(panel){ var prefix = ""; if (panel==0){ // Event Location prefix="event"; } else if (panel==1){ // Weather Location prefix="weather"; } else if (panel==2){ // Member Location prefix="member" } hideGeoAlerts(panel); $("#"+prefix+"_geoList").empty(); var address = $("#"+prefix+"_phys_address").val(); jQuery.support.cors = true; $.getJSON("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json",{address:address,sensor:"false"}, function(data) { if (data.results.length>0) { geoData = data; if (geoData.results.length>1){ $("#"+prefix+"_geoList").append($("") .attr("value",-1) .text("-- Please select --") ); } for (i=0;i") .attr("value",i) .text(data.results[i].formatted_address) ); } } else { geoData=null; } if (geoData==null){ $("#"+prefix+"_location_none").show(); } else if (geoData.results.length==1){ storeLatLong({value:"0"},panel) $("#"+prefix+"_location_valid").show(); } else if (geoData.results.length>1) { $("#"+prefix+"_location_chooser").show(); } }); } function storeLatLong(obj,panel){ var prefix = ""; if (panel==0){ // Event Location prefix="event"; } else if (panel==1){ // Weather Location prefix="weather"; } else if (panel==2){ // Member Location prefix="member" } if (obj.value==-1){ $("#"+prefix+"_location_valid").hide(); $("#"+prefix+"_lat").val(""); $("#"+prefix+"_long").val(""); $("#"+prefix+"_location_desc").val(""); } else { $("#"+prefix+"_lat").val(geoData.results[obj.value].geometry.location.lat); $("#"+prefix+"_long").val(geoData.results[obj.value].geometry.location.lng); var desc = $("#"+prefix+"_geoList option:selected").text(); if (""==desc){ desc = $("#"+prefix+"_phys_address").val(); } $("#"+prefix+"_location_desc").val(desc); $("#"+prefix+"_location_valid").html("Location valid
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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Monday Dec 11
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

  • MON
    11

    The Fire This Time

    Monday Dec 11
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Fire This Time

    New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

     

    Exhibition dates: October 27 through December 15, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm

     Gallery hours: M-F  10-6

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.

    – Amiri Baraka

    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-­media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

  • MON
    11

    The Fire This Time New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

    Monday Dec 11
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.
    – Amiri Baraka
     
    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

    These entities reference the Dadaists, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to create “anti-‐art”. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The signs Antoine Williams is interested in are tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche. 

    In the vein of Felix Gonzales-‐Torres, Antoine Williams has a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist between the nuances of class and race. They are both born of and perpetuate the actions and thought processes due to social reproduction. They exist in an abstracted purgatory.

  • MON
    11
    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Monday Dec 11
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

  • MON
    11
    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Monday Dec 11
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

  • MON
    11

    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Monday Dec 11
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

  • MON
    11
    Choose Your Adventure Reading and Discussion Group

    Monday Dec 11
    6 pm - 7 pm

    Chaos Bookery @ The Hearing Room

    Come celebrate the joy of reading.

     

    Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Monday nights at The Hearing Room.

     

    Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

     

    The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

     

    Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

  • MON
    11
    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Monday Dec 11
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

  • MON
    11
    Choir Festival

    Monday Dec 11
    8 pm - 9 pm

    Berklee Performance Center

    The Berklee Concert Choir performs classical choral literature from the Renaissance to present-day compositions. Programming can range from smaller chamber music to large-scale, major works with orchestra.

  • MON
    11

    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Monday Dec 11
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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  • TUE
    12
    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Tuesday Dec 12
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

  • TUE
    12

    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Tuesday Dec 12
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

  • TUE
    12
    "Places": An Art Exhibit Inspired by Andover

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 4 pm

    Andover Historical Society

    Andover’s special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover’s many special places.

    A Meet the Artists Reception will be held Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay.

    Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    The Fire This Time

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Fire This Time

    New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

     

    Exhibition dates: October 27 through December 15, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm

     Gallery hours: M-F  10-6

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.

    – Amiri Baraka

    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-­media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

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    The Fire This Time New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.
    – Amiri Baraka
     
    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

    These entities reference the Dadaists, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to create “anti-‐art”. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The signs Antoine Williams is interested in are tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche. 

    In the vein of Felix Gonzales-‐Torres, Antoine Williams has a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist between the nuances of class and race. They are both born of and perpetuate the actions and thought processes due to social reproduction. They exist in an abstracted purgatory.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Tuesday Dec 12
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Tuesday Dec 12
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Tuesday Dec 12
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    "Silent Night" Worship Service at Aldersgate UMC

    Tuesday Dec 12
    7 pm - 8 pm

    Aldersgate United Methodist Church

    In the midst of a busy holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by many things.  If you are looking for a quieter place, please join us on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. for a time of reflection and an opportunity to find peace and comfort. This service features special music, prayers, and Scriptures that speak of God’s presence and light.

    Aldersgate United Methodist Church is located at 242 Boston Road (Rt. 4) in Chelmsford.  For more information, contact the church office at (978)256-9400 or aldersgatechelmsford@verizon.net, or visit us online at www.aldersgateumc.us or www.facebook.com/aldersgateumc.chelms.

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Tuesday Dec 12
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Holiday Music Then and Now!

    Tuesday Dec 12
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Parker Memorial Library

    In her program Holiday Music Then and Now, highly acclaimed pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham shares her own arrangements of various holiday pieces both traditional and popular. With styles ranging from contemporary classical and jazz to ragtime, she plays holiday songs from both the far past and the present, such as "Sleigh Ride", "Greensleeves"and more, sharing interesting facts about the songs' beginnings and composers."

    Registration opens November 18th.

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    Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Tuesday Dec 12
    8 pm - 9 pm

    Berklee Performance Center

    The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (BCJO), directed by Greg Hopkins, is one of the most prestigious performing groups at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble features fine jazz instrumentalists playing primarily original music written expressly for the group by the most accomplished jazz composers on campus.

    The musical expression of the BCJO represents a unique fusion of international musical styles. The group represents a true melting pot of talent, with music composed by writers from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Argentina, Japan, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The product is a wealth of exotic ideas using current and traditional jazz forms, resulting in fresh approaches to the idiom.

    Director Greg Hopkins, a professor in the Jazz Composition Department, also teaches trumpet and ensembles at Berklee. He toured with Buddy Rich as musical director and soloist. Hopkins played with Motown groups and learned the business while working in the Detroit, Michigan, area and attending Michigan State University in the late 1960s. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and many others. In addition to teaching at the college, Hopkins travels extensively, performing, conducting, and teaching. He recently conducted and performed with the Prague Radio Big Band and the Reykjavik Jazz Orchestra, and every summer he directs the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Jazz Program.  

    Admission:  $8 in advance / $12 day of show

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Tuesday Dec 12
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Wednesday Dec 13
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

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    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Wednesday Dec 13
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

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    "Places": An Art Exhibit Inspired by Andover

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 4 pm

    Andover Historical Society

    Andover’s special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover’s many special places.

    A Meet the Artists Reception will be held Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay.

    Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    The Fire This Time

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Fire This Time

    New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

     

    Exhibition dates: October 27 through December 15, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm

     Gallery hours: M-F  10-6

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.

    – Amiri Baraka

    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-­media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

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    The Fire This Time New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.
    – Amiri Baraka
     
    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

    These entities reference the Dadaists, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to create “anti-‐art”. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The signs Antoine Williams is interested in are tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche. 

    In the vein of Felix Gonzales-‐Torres, Antoine Williams has a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist between the nuances of class and race. They are both born of and perpetuate the actions and thought processes due to social reproduction. They exist in an abstracted purgatory.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Wednesday Dec 13
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 50th Anniversary

    Wednesday Dec 13
    2 pm - 3 pm

    Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell

    Showcase Cinemas, in partnership with Fathom and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), is welcoming beloved classic film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner to the big screen for a special, two-night only event.

    On December 10th and 13th, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner will return to theatres in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Joanna (Katharine Houghton) comes home with John (Sidney Poitier), her new fiancé. Although he's a successful doctor and a Nobel Prize candidate, her parents, Christina (Katharine Hepburn) and Matthew (Spencer Tracy), are taken aback when they discover John is black. And as John's parents also have their doubts over the impending marriage, the good doctor has his work cut out for him, as he won't marry Joanna unless there's unanimous parental consent. The award-winning comedy-drama was revolutionary at the time in its positive depiction of interracial marriage.

    The film includes commentary from TCM. Classic film reprises are part of Showcase Cinemas’ ongoing Event Cinema programming -- alternative content that expands the movie-going experience with documentaries, anime, art, ballet, opera, Broadway musicals and much more.

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    Showcase Cinemas Brings Classic Film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Back to the Big Screen for Two Nights Only

    Wednesday Dec 13
    2 pm - 4 pm

    Showcase Cinema de Lux

    On December 10th and 13th, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner will return to theatres in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Joanna (Katharine Houghton) comes home with John (Sidney Poitier), her new fiancé. Although he's a successful doctor and a Nobel Prize candidate, her parents, Christina (Katharine Hepburn) and Matthew (Spencer Tracy), are taken aback when they discover John is black. And as John's parents also have their doubts over the impending marriage, the good doctor has his work cut out for him, as he won't marry Joanna unless there's unanimous parental consent. The award-winning comedy-drama was revolutionary at the time in its positive depiction of interracial marriage.

     

    This film event includes commentary from TCM. Classic film reprises are part of Showcase Cinemas’ ongoing Event Cinema programming -- alternative content that expands the movie-going experience with documentaries, anime, art, ballet, opera, Broadway musicals and much more.

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 50th Anniversary (1967)

    Sunday, December 10, 2017; 2:00pm & 7:00pm

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017; 2:00pm & 7:00pm

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Wednesday Dec 13
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Wednesday Dec 13
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Wednesday Dec 13
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Berklee Symphonic Winds: A Life of Significance

    Wednesday Dec 13
    8 pm - 9 pm

    Berklee Performance Center

    Berklee Symphonic Winds presents its annual fall concert, featuring the Boston premiere of a new work for wind ensemble by Berklee assistant professor Omar Thomas.

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Wednesday Dec 13
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Thursday Dec 14
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

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    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Thursday Dec 14
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

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    "Places": An Art Exhibit Inspired by Andover

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 4 pm

    Andover Historical Society

    Andover’s special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover’s many special places.

    A Meet the Artists Reception will be held Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay.

    Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    The Fire This Time

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Fire This Time

    New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

     

    Exhibition dates: October 27 through December 15, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm

     Gallery hours: M-F  10-6

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.

    – Amiri Baraka

    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-­media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

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    The Fire This Time New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.
    – Amiri Baraka
     
    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

    These entities reference the Dadaists, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to create “anti-‐art”. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The signs Antoine Williams is interested in are tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche. 

    In the vein of Felix Gonzales-‐Torres, Antoine Williams has a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist between the nuances of class and race. They are both born of and perpetuate the actions and thought processes due to social reproduction. They exist in an abstracted purgatory.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Thursday Dec 14
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Thursday Dec 14
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Thursday Dec 14
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    Handmade Holiday Shopping Night 2017

    Thursday Dec 14
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Western Avenue Studios

    Enjoy an intimate shopping experience at Western Ave Studios, just in time for the holidays. Shop unique, handmade gifts and art from over 30 local artists.


    Handmade Holiday Shopping Night
    Western Avenue Studios A-Mill Loading Dock
    Thursday, December 14th, from 5 to 9pm

    Stop by after work and enjoy the beautiful Loading Dock space at Western Avenue while you shop. We'll have light beverages & baked goods benefitting the The Miracle Providers NELoading Dock Gallery will be open late that night for extra shopping & browsing! More details as the event gets closer.

    For more information on the event and the vendors, visit http://wasgifts.blogspot.com/

    Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/697405433786393/

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    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Premier Night and Fan Events at Showcase Cinemas

    Thursday Dec 14
    6 pm - 10 pm

    Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell

    On Thursday, December 14th, Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell will celebrate the premier of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Be the first to enter a galaxy far, far away and watch the latest installment in the sequel triology, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at 6pm. Fans will be treated with exclusive content, collectible cards, and a special concession offer. The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Directed by Rain Johnson, the film stars original cast members Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and new comers Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong'o. The night is sure to be a blast!

    When: December 14th at 6pm

    Where: Showcase Cinemas de Lux Lowell

    Cost: $25

    Tickets: https://www.showcasecinemas.com/movie/opening-night-fan-event-star-wars-last-jedi-3d

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    MOSTLY ACOUSTIC JAM/SONG PARTY

    Thursday Dec 14
    7 pm - 10 pm

    Every Thursday

    All genres of music, all ages, all skill levels

    Hosed by Mark Aleo

    $5 Suggested Donation

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    MOSTLY ACOUSTIC JAM

    Thursday Dec 14
    7 pm - 10 pm

    The Hearing Room

    All genres of music, all ages, all skill levels

    Hosed by Mark Aleo

    $5 Suggested Donation

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    Young Musicians Display Their Talents at Free Concert

    Thursday Dec 14
    7 pm - 9 pm

    Durgin Concert Hall

    Lowell public school students learning to play classical stringed instruments through the nationally acclaimed UMass Lowell String Project will perform their “Winter Showcase,” a free concert for the public and university community, on Thursday, Dec. 14. The young musicians, in elementary through high school, perform as the Lowell Youth Orchestra and will be joined by the University Choir and Chamber Singers, along with UMass Lowell Music Department students and faculty. Selections will include Antonio Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Bach’s “Dona Nobis Pacem.” The ensemble is directed by Allyn McCourt, who earned a degree in music performance at UMass Lowell. The event will be held in UMass Lowell’s Durgin Concert Hall, 35 Wilder Street, and begin at 7 p.m. Parking is available in the nearby Wilder Lot.

     

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Thursday Dec 14
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Doggy Days: Winter Storytime

    Thursday Dec 14
    10 pm - 11 pm

    The Discovery Museums

    Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am

    Join Therapy Dog Abby for cozy, winter Storytime and bring your blanket! 
    Abby is a certified Therapy Dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy. 

    http://discoverymuseums.org/calendar/day/2017-12-14

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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Friday Dec 15
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

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    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Friday Dec 15
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

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    "Places": An Art Exhibit Inspired by Andover

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 4 pm

    Andover Historical Society

    Andover’s special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover’s many special places.

    A Meet the Artists Reception will be held Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay.

    Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    The Fire This Time

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Fire This Time

    New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

     

    Exhibition dates: October 27 through December 15, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm

     Gallery hours: M-F  10-6

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.

    – Amiri Baraka

    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-­media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

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    The Fire This Time New work by North Carolina artist, Antoine Williams

    Friday Dec 15
    10 am - 6 pm

    Essex Art Center

    The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center is pleased to present The Fire This Time, new work by Antoine Williams.

    Something entirely fictitious and true, that creeps across your path hallowing your evil ways.
    – Amiri Baraka
     
    Antoine Williams' art practice is an investigation of his cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional inequities. He has created a mythology, which has become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. His artwork is heavily influenced by science fiction literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.G. Wells. Themes in science fiction can be analogous to the Black experience in America. Therefore, the artist has created a world of beings that personify the complexity within hierarchies of power in everyday life. These figures manifest as mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

    These entities reference the Dadaists, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to create “anti-‐art”. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of “signs” as a subversive act. The signs Antoine Williams is interested in are tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche. 

    In the vein of Felix Gonzales-‐Torres, Antoine Williams has a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina that related to wider contemporary concerns. Inspired by the Amiri Baraka poem “Something in the Way of Things”, these beings live in the intangible spaces that exist between the nuances of class and race. They are both born of and perpetuate the actions and thought processes due to social reproduction. They exist in an abstracted purgatory.

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    Cultural Survival Bazaar

    Friday Dec 15
    12 pm - 12 am

    Belvidere + Huntington Arcades at the Prudential Center

    Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more!    Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.    Live music on Dec 16 and 17 from 12pm - 4pm!   Free admission
    We recommend public transit: Green line "E" train - Prudential Station stop exits into the Prudential Center Bus 39 stops right outside - "Huntington Ave @ Belvidere St." stop 0.4 mile walk from Back Bay Station (Orange Line, Commuter Rail) For other options visit:  http://www.prudentialcenter.com/visit_directions.html   Accessibility Elevator and escalators from Huntington Ave and Belvidere St. entrance to event level. For other accessibility questions, contact  bazaars@cs.org
      Learn more at  Bazaar.cs.org For artist and music updates and event info, follow us on Facebook at  facebook.com/culturalsurvivalbazaars Contact  bazaar@cs.org for questions or to volunteer.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Friday Dec 15
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Friday Dec 15
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Friday Dec 15
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    SILVERTONES Big Band Dance

    Friday Dec 15
    7 pm - 10 pm

    Tewksbury Senior Ctr.

    October 20 and every "3rd Friday" of the month 

    Live music and vocalist by 20 musicians for listening  and dancing 

    7-10 pm  $10 pp. BYOB and munchies.Free ice, cake, coffee.

    Tewksbury Senior Center 175 Chandler St. Tewksbury 978-640-4480

     

    Thank you, Barbara Flanagan, clarinetist and Band manager 

    978-851-7580 

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    SilverTones Dance

    Friday Dec 15
    7 pm - 10 pm

    Senior Center

    Tewksbury Silvertones “Happy Holiday” 3rd Friday Dance, Dec. 15 , 7-10 pm

    20 professional musicians, Big Band Dance and Listening Music

    $10 pp. free cake/coffee/tea/ice  (bring beverages and snacks)

    Fully handicapped accessible.

    Win door prize and scratch tix

    barbara Flanagan 978-851-7580 mgr.

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Friday Dec 15
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Friday Dec 15
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Friday Dec 15
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Saturday Dec 16
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

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    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Saturday Dec 16
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

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    "Places": An Art Exhibit Inspired by Andover

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 am - 4 pm

    Andover Historical Society

    Andover’s special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover’s many special places.

    A Meet the Artists Reception will be held Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay.

    Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    Cultural Survival Bazaar

    Saturday Dec 16
    12 pm - 12 am

    Belvidere + Huntington Arcades at the Prudential Center

    Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more!    Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.    Live music on Dec 16 and 17 from 12pm - 4pm!   Free admission
    We recommend public transit: Green line "E" train - Prudential Station stop exits into the Prudential Center Bus 39 stops right outside - "Huntington Ave @ Belvidere St." stop 0.4 mile walk from Back Bay Station (Orange Line, Commuter Rail) For other options visit:  http://www.prudentialcenter.com/visit_directions.html   Accessibility Elevator and escalators from Huntington Ave and Belvidere St. entrance to event level. For other accessibility questions, contact  bazaars@cs.org
      Learn more at  Bazaar.cs.org For artist and music updates and event info, follow us on Facebook at  facebook.com/culturalsurvivalbazaars Contact  bazaar@cs.org for questions or to volunteer.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Saturday Dec 16
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Concord Women’s Chorus presents “Celebremus: A Season of Song”

    Saturday Dec 16
    3 pm - 5 pm

    Trinity Episcopal Church

    Join the Concord Women’s Chorus for “Celebremus: A Season of Song,” a celebratory holiday concert, followed by a free champagne reception in honor of the 25th anniversary of Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank. The concert, with pianist Scott Nicholas, features Poulenc’s “Litanies à la Vierge Noire” and works by Charpentier, Rheinberger, Carey, and Stroope, as well as our popular sing-along. December 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, Massachusetts. Under the expert leadership of Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, the chorus commits to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women, transforming the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. Tickets: adults $25, seniors/students $20, 12 and under $5, concordwomenschorus.org or at the door

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Saturday Dec 16
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Saturday Dec 16
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    Nutcracker Ballet

    Saturday Dec 16
    6 pm - 8 pm

    The Amato Center for Performing Arts

    Come be a part of a holiday tradition. Boire Dance Academy presents "The Nutcracker", a production danced by over 60 children from all different surrounding towns. Performances will be held at the Amato Theatre in Milford NH: Saturday, December 16th at 6pm and Sunday, December 17th at 3:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online for $20.00 or at the door for $25.00. 

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    Chelmsford Monthly Dance

    Saturday Dec 16
    7 pm - 10 pm

    Ballroom Daning

    Live Music by Pete Saran and his Orchestra

    Coffee, dessert, raffle, and prizes

    $10 per person

    All are welcome

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Saturday Dec 16
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Ballroom Dancing Every Sunday Night

    Saturday Dec 16
    7:30 pm - 11 pm

    RELIEF'S IN FUNCTION HALL

    BALLROOM DANCING EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT at RELIEF'S IN Function Hall, 1 Market Street, Lawrence, MA. on the North Andover line. Take the Mass. Ave. exit from 495. 7:30 to 11 PM   Singles and Couples all welcome. Live Bands. Wood Floor. Bar service. Dessert and coffee at 8:30. Admission $13. Run by 'Come Alive After Five' group for over 30 years.  Bring your dancing shoes!

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Saturday Dec 16
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Andover Historical Launches New Mobile VIRTUAL ANDOVER App

    Sunday Dec 17
    (All Day)

    Today Andover Historical launched Virtual Andover, a new app that invites people to explore Andover’s many stories where they happened. The mobile guide to Andover’s stories is free and available for iPhone and Android devices through andoverhistorical.org/app. “Virtual Andover is a pocket-sized, personal guide to the town’s history and stories, accessible anywhere and everywhere,” said Executive Director Elaine Clements, “It’s fun and interactive and full of surprising stories. It connects people to Andover through its stories…where they happened. Through Virtual Andover, you can explore the fun, off-beat, and unexpected stories that happened all around town.” Downtown Main Street Andover and Off Main Street – East are the first tours on the app, with more under development. “As we finish a street or area, we upload the stories right to the app,” Clements said, “and add fun features like videos. Look for them on the Elm Street tour!” Future tours include Essex Street, Dundee Park, and the Historic Mill District. Events, maps, memberships, and more are also features of the app. The app is designed to be used as a walking tour, complete with walking directions and maps that pinpoint where stories took place. “By launching Virtual Andover with Main Street stories, we’re hoping to encourage people to visit, explore, and linger in beautiful downtown Andover,” Clements said, “You can sit in a restaurant and explore stories that happened in that location years ago.” The app was designed in collaboration with Cuseum, a Boston-based technology design firm that focuses on creating mobile apps and other digital experiences for cultural institutions. The first year of Virtual Andover was funded with thanks to a local donor and the Rotary Club of Andover. The app includes opportunities to donate and become a member, as well as business sponsorship opportunities. About the Andover Historical Society Andover Historical inspires and deepens community engagement by connecting people to each other and their community through Andover’s stories – preserving the past, educating for the future, connecting to our community. For more information, visit andoverhistorical.org.

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    MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection

    Sunday Dec 17
    (All Day)

    Museum of Russian Icons

    This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

    The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

    Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

    Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. 

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    Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne

    Sunday Dec 17
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Invisible Citings is a collaborative project by Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne—two artists who happen to be longtime friends and avid readers. This exhibition joins Reichek’s embroidery and Silverthorne’s sculpture with literature in an exploration of their shared interest in text and notions of invisibility. As the so-called Gutenberg age gives way to glowing screens, this exhibition celebrates writing as material and medium and looks to the printed page to consider invisibility. Compiling and reading diverse texts and then painstakingly translating them into compelling works of art, the artists address themes such as the legible and obscured, word and image, illumination and luminescence, archiving and discarding.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Seen and Unseen

    Sunday Dec 17
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Inspired by Invisible Citings, this exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the collection explores the relationship between word and image as well as the concept of invisibility. Representing a wide range of artistic approaches, these objects attest to the poignant, subversive, and sometimes humorous expressions generated by the dynamic dialogue between art and language.

    Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald pair portraits with texts to reveal the inner and unseen selves of their subjects. Glenn Ligon provocatively pushes the limits of legibility to comment both on language and its ability to communicate and invisibility as it relates to issues of identity, race, and gender. Sandow Birk incorporates historical documents into satirical drawings that expose the gaps between national rhetoric and reality. Separating word and image, Sarah Charlesworth’s Herald Tribune includes appropriated newspaper front pages from which all text has been removed. Leaving only the masthead and images intact, the artist exposes the subtle ways in which ideas are conveyed and power structures are perpetuated by pictures.

    September 1 - December 31, 2017

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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    Eye on the Collection

    Sunday Dec 17
    10 am - 5 pm

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Always present but ever-changing, the Addison’s permanent collection is reinstalled several times a year as a way for varied audiences to experience anew the wealth of the holdings of American art. With the collection now numbering more than 17,000 objects and growing, the museum is committed to displaying a wide range of works, both those well-known and those lesserknown, for discovery and appreciation by all visitors. This season the Addison presents paintings, photographs, and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries by artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler.

    September 1, 2017 - March 2018

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24.

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    Sunday Brunch Series at Gallery Z

    Sunday Dec 17
    11 am - 1 pm

    Gallery Z

    Sunday Brunch with music fantastic breakfast and mimosa 11am to 1pm

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    Cultural Survival Bazaar

    Sunday Dec 17
    12 pm - 12 am

    Belvidere + Huntington Arcades at the Prudential Center

    Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more!    Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.    Live music on Dec 16 and 17 from 12pm - 4pm!   Free admission
    We recommend public transit: Green line "E" train - Prudential Station stop exits into the Prudential Center Bus 39 stops right outside - "Huntington Ave @ Belvidere St." stop 0.4 mile walk from Back Bay Station (Orange Line, Commuter Rail) For other options visit:  http://www.prudentialcenter.com/visit_directions.html   Accessibility Elevator and escalators from Huntington Ave and Belvidere St. entrance to event level. For other accessibility questions, contact  bazaars@cs.org
      Learn more at  Bazaar.cs.org For artist and music updates and event info, follow us on Facebook at  facebook.com/culturalsurvivalbazaars Contact  bazaar@cs.org for questions or to volunteer.

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    14th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special!

    Sunday Dec 17
    12 pm - 1 pm

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the launch of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special supported by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets are on sale now at www.MayorsHoliday.com and at the ArtsBoston

    Booths located at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

    The Mayor’s Holiday Special is an annual event designed to shine a light on arts and cultural events that take place in Greater Boston during the holiday season. This two-month celebration of performing arts features thousands of great deals to over 500 mostly holiday performances, as well as dining experiences and an online calendar of free holiday events across the city.

    "The holiday season brings out the best of every neighborhood, and I am proud that through our partnership with ArtsBoston, we are able to ensure even more residents can have the opportunity to enjoy this year's holiday celebrations," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's thriving performing arts scene provides some of the best memories for families. Together with ArtsBoston, we are making these performances more accessible to all, fostering the spirit of community as we celebrate our holiday traditions."

    From local arts groups to national touring shows, the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Special offers something for everyone to enjoy.

    Looking for a traditional performance this year? Don’t miss the Boston Pops Holiday Pops or José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Interested in a different type of Nutcracker this year? Check out Tony Williams’ production of Urban Nutcracker at John Hancock Hall.  

    For those interested in a performance that’s a little less festive but still rings in the fun, the Mayor’s Holiday Special has you covered. Check out shows like Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, Man of La Mancha, presented by New Repertory Theatre, or Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, presented by American Repertory Theater.

    “Boston is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene throughout the holiday season and it’s important to us that everyone is given the chance to experience these performances,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director at ArtsBoston. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers that opportunity, making it easy and affordable to create special lifelong memories with family and friends through the performing arts.”

    Family outings during the holiday season are made effortless by the variety of family friendly shows included in the Special. Kids create cherished lifelong memories with their parents seeing shows like Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit, the American Repertory Theater’s Charlotte’s Web, and Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

    “There is no place like Boston during the holiday season. For residents and visitors alike, Boston becomes a destination for family and friends to share joy and celebrate,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Mayor’s Holiday Special helps to make this happen, offering an easy way to get tickets to a show, find a restaurant for a holiday meal and access information on free events across the city. It’s a valuable resource for everyone visiting Boston this holiday season.”

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    Nutcracker Ballet

    Sunday Dec 17
    3 pm - 5 pm

    The Amato Center for Performing Arts

    Come be a part of a holiday tradition. Boire Dance Academy presents "The Nutcracker", a production danced by over 60 children from all different surrounding towns. Performances will be held at the Amato Theatre in Milford NH: Saturday, December 16th at 6pm and Sunday, December 17th at 3:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online for $20.00 or at the door for $25.00. 

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    Storybook Christmas

    Sunday Dec 17
    3 pm - 5 pm

    MET Back Bay

    WHAT:                  The holiday season is officially upon us and in celebration of the most wonderful time of year, MET Back Bay, located at 279 Dartmouth Street in Boston, MA, is prepping for its annual “Storybook Christmas.” On Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, join MET Back Bay for a festive evening filled with fun, food and friends!
     
    Kids of all ages are invited to escape the brisk winter weather and get cozy at the MET Winter Wonderland where they can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, nosh on milk & cookies, and enjoy a variety of winter crafts, including cookie decorating. That’s not all, the big man himself, Santa Claus, will make a special appearance to take photos with all of the boys and girls on his “nice” list. After taking pictures, Santa will give a special fireside reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 3:30PM. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting metstorybookxmas.eventbrite.com.
     
    WHERE:                 MET Back Bay, 279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
     
    WHEN:                  Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 3:00PM-5:00PM
     
    COST:                    Free to attend.
     
    RSVP:                    Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting metstorybookxmas.eventbrite.com.  
     
     

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    Escape to Alsace with Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

    Sunday Dec 17
    5 pm - 11 pm

    Gaslight Brasserie

    Boston’s Award-Winning and most popular French Brasserie is celebrating its roots by offering an Alsace-inspired prix-fixe menu with carefully curated wine pairings by Trimbach wines. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, located in Boston’s historic South End, is the very definition of a traditional brasserie, offering French classic cuisine, a large selection of wine, beer and shellfish in a vibrant space filled with all walks of life. A Large zinc bar, vintage railway clock and large communal tables complete the atmosphere of this neighborhood institution.

    Beginning November 1st, 2017, Gaslight is introducing an exclusive and authentic Alsace Prix Fixe Menu available through the months of November and December, 2017.

    Gaslight’s Alsace Three Course Prix Fixe Menu ($33 per person):
    Trimbach Wine Pairing (supplement $17 per person)
    Available in addition to the regular dinner menu

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Quiche Lorraine
    Petite Salade

    Spätzle
    Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

    Bisque de Courgette
    Butternut Squash, Apples, Ginger, and House-cured Bacon Lardons

    Plats Principaux
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pinot Gris, Riesling or Pinot Noir

    Poulet avec Riesling
    Chicken Braised with Riesling, Cabbage, Prunes and Roasted Creamer Potatoes

    Choucroute Garni
    Duck Confit, Sausages, House-made Bacon
    With Apple-braised Sauerkraut

    Shnitzel du Porc
    Fingerling Potatoes, Chili Mignonette, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette

    Dessert
    (Choice of One)
    Wine Pairing: Choice of Trimbach Pear or Raspberry Cordial

    Crème Brulée
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Fresh Berries

    Gateau Aux Pommes
    Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Featured Draft Pour

    Kronenbourg 1664 Draft
    ($4)

    For $33 per person ($17 supplement for Trimbach wine pairing), exclusive of tax and gratuity, the Alsace-inspired prix fixe menu is available from 5:00PM to close from November 1st, 2017 through December 30th, 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve), in addition to Gaslight’s regular dinner menu. While supplies last; menu subject to change.

    Go back to where it all began this holiday season, with the original brasserie du Coin of Boston. To book a reservation or for more information, please visit www.gaslight560.com.

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    ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 24

    Sunday Dec 17
    5 pm - 9 pm

    Stone Zoo

    ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 24. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get inot the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests will be able to see black bears, Smoky and Bubba and the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

    Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet on eof Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be availible for photos through December 23. On December 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs.Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the Zoo from 5:30-8:30pm.

    *Please note: The reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather. 

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    Community Christmas Chorus Concert

    Sunday Dec 17
    7 pm - 9 pm

    First Parish Church United

    Community Christmas Chorus will present its annual concert to benefit the Westford Food Pantry on Sun., Dec.  17, at 7:00 p.m., at First Parish Church United, 89 Main St., Westford.  Suggested donation is $5/$15 family, plus 2 non-perishable items for the pantry.  For further information, call 978-692-8416.

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    Chelmsford Stamp Club

    Sunday Dec 17
    7:30 pm - 9 pm

    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Chelmsford Stamp Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month except July, August & December. We have speakers & show short films about various aspects of stamp colleting. Beginners welcome. Ample parking, wheelchair accessable.

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    Ballroom Dancing Every Sunday Night

    Sunday Dec 17
    7:30 pm - 11 pm

    RELIEF'S IN FUNCTION HALL

    BALLROOM DANCING EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT at RELIEF'S IN Function Hall, 1 Market Street, Lawrence, MA. on the North Andover line. Take the Mass. Ave. exit from 495. 7:30 to 11 PM   Singles and Couples all welcome. Live Bands. Wood Floor. Bar service. Dessert and coffee at 8:30. Admission $13. Run by 'Come Alive After Five' group for over 30 years.  Bring your dancing shoes!

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    Open Mic at the Thirsty First

    Sunday Dec 17
    10 pm - 1 am

    Thirsty First

    Weekly open mic at the Thirsty First Bar & Grill on 280 Central Street, Lowell MA. PA provided, no cover, all styles, genres, and talents are welcome! 10pm-1am, hosted by Andy Brink

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    Mark Tobey: Threading Light

    Sunday Dec 17
    10 pm - 5 am

    Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light traces the evolution of the artist’s groundbreaking style and his significant yet under-recognized contributions to abstraction and mid-century American modernism. With 70 paintings spanning the 1920s through 1970, Threading Light surveys the breadth of Tobey’s oeuvre and reveals the extraordinarily nuanced yet radical beauty of his work. The first comprehensive retrospective of Tobey’s work in two decades, and the first in the United States in four decades, Threading Light provides a thoughtful re-appraisal of Tobey’s work.

    One of the foremost American artists to emerge from the 1940s, a decade that saw the rise of abstract expressionism, Mark Tobey (1890–1976) is recognized as a vanguard figure whose “white-writing” anticipated the formal innovations of New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock. When Tobey first displayed his paintings composed of intricate, pale webs of delicate lines in New York in 1944, he generated much interest with his daring “all-over” compositions that eliminated narrative and three-dimensional space but retained references to the human figure.

    His unique calligraphic renderings largely invoke the city and are the outcome of a lyrical integration of both Eastern and Western visual histories that range from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. This unique form of abstraction was the synthesis of the artist’s experiences living in Seattle and New York, his extensive trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Europe, and his conversion to the Bahá'í faith. Tobey stated, his work was not bound by a geography or a country but aimed for a “higher state of consciousness.” It bridges the international dimensions of midcentury modernism, a connection that has been previously unexplored in the discourse on postwar art.

    Mark Tobey: Threading Light is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and is guest curated by Debra Bricker Balken. The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, on May 6 and run through September 10, 2017, before opening at the Addison.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 208-page scholarly catalogue, published by Skira Rizzoli in English and Italian, that documents many of Tobey’s most accomplished works and includes a comprehensive examination of Tobey and his cultural context by Balken, whose thorough and original research addresses the prescience of Tobey’s style and his unique place in American art.

    November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Open Tueesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays, national holidays, and December 24. 

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