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Newton Happenings – Music and Art and Literature

Newton Happenings – Music and Art and Literature

Without going out on a limb here, I think it’s safe to say we are all looking for signs of Spring. Haven’t seen crocuses in your garden yet? That’s okay – here are some events to bring on the Spring.

Spring into Swing

Spring into Swing

What: A community Jazz Concert and Reception to benefit Newton Public Schools Creative Arts & Sciences Programming – featuring Semenya McCord and her 6-piece jazz ensemble.

When: Friday, April 10, 7 -10 PM

Where: Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd., Newton Centre, 02459.

Tickets: $35/person at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/CASC

Ticket price includes light fare and open bar.  No one under 21 will be admitted. Proceeds from the event will benefit enrichment programming during the 2015-16 school year.

Creative Arts & Sciences began bringing enrichment program into the classroom in 1960. Fifty-five years later it continues to be is a part of every grade and middle school PTO and a vital part of Newton students’ education experience. Please attend! Please support Creative Arts & Sciences!

 

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Newton Open Studios

2015 Spring Open Studios
Coming THIS WEEKEND: April 11-12,

Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm

Join the fun! Browse, explore, and buy art and beautifully crafted objects directly from over 150 local artists.

You’ll see painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, sculpture, prints, wearable fabrics and much more.

NOS is one of the largest and longest running open studios events in the region! 50 pop-up exhibit/sales locations all across Newton have plenty of free parking, and many have handicap access. Red balloons mark the locations.

 One of my favorite places to get great food is L’Aroma Cafe and they are also one of the locations for Newton Open Studios. Bonus! I’ll take a soy latte and a spin around the upstairs where the following artists will have tables set up.
Upstairs at L’Aroma
15 Spencer St
West Newton
617-630-0006


Inge Downing
Handmade Cosmetic
Bags and Pillows
781-545-4780
etsy.inges.com


Larry Grob
Pastel Landscapes/
Studio & Plein Air
617-817-3123
larrygrob.com


Hog Wild Pottery
“Farm to Table” Pottery
Collection
508-740-7767
hogwildpottery.com


Rebekah Lord
Gardiner
Painting, Books and
Works on Paper
rebekahlordgardiner.com


Andrea Newman
Handmade Upcycled
Jewelry and Collage
etsy.com/shop/
riverviewgems


Sharon Schindler
Photography
Fine Art Photography
617-564-1764
sharonschindlerphotography.com


Spring Fling

The always wonderful Newton Free Library Spring Fling on Saturday, April 11th featuring Barney Frank and Atul Gawande. A sure sign that Spring is around the corner.

Spring Fling 2015

 

 

 

Holiday Pop Up Shop

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Mompreneurs – do you like the title or find it dismissive?

close conceptsMompreneurs…Mommy bloggers… Are women defined by our status as parents while men never are? Is there a ever a Dadpreneur? No, but should we care? Are we fine with it because we don’t mind the extra qualifier?

Let me know what you think. Are you either, neither or both? Hate the terminology or love it? Weigh in here. Pragmatic Mom, you are a self-described Mompreneur – let’s hear from you, too.

Anyway, I have more than a few working friends (and three working sisters) who are flat out amazing.  Here are a few that I want to share with you.

A friend and mompreneur, Judy Close,  (no, I haven’t asked her if she is okay with the term) who is described by a former colleague as “a brilliant industrial designer” (they worked together at Reebok) has a business putting together everything you could possibly need for any party and here is her site  Close Concepts.  close concepts

The company’s tag line is Creative solutions to specific party needs and here are just some of the things she has done – invitations, table numbers, desserts…yum. I think I would be hanging around that cookie table for a bit.  Really cool invitations, party favors, centerpieces and more.  Judy is amazingly creative and so easy to work with – you immediately feel comfortable with her and she asks all the right questions (in case you don’t exactly know what you want…like me).

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She will think of things A) that you will not and B) so you don’t have to.  As a family we have gone to our share of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation and Coming of Age parties in the past two years and it is truly lovely to see the personality of the person or family in the details of the event.

Another friend (and new-ish mom) Shannon McGill works for Stella and Dot. It is a wonderful company that sells really sweet jewelry at house parties. The prices are reasonable and the stuff is super cute – bold necklaces or charming charms and a bead and pin combination (that I loved in all colors) and the setting is more cocktail party than anything – no hard sell here …they are fun to go to and from what I hear fun to host, too. Come on, your friends will tell you if something is right for you, so no worries there and if you host you get free stuff. Sign me up!

stella and dot shannon mcgillI found it hard to choose, there were so many things I liked…hmm…I do have a birthday coming up…

I have some other friends who are artists who work in glass or jewelry and I will feature them soon (I need more pictures of their wonderful stuff).

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