Upstage Lung Cancer Fundraiser Features the Music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter

Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC), in its fifth year partnering with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, presents I Got Rhythm: In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter, on Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. All concert proceeds will benefit the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute’s (ALCMI) Genomics of Young Lung Cancer study and research for improved early detection of lung cancer. International jazz and cabaret recording artists The Follen Angels take center stage for a spectacular evening of entertainment in I Got Rhythm, featuring the beloved songs by two of the 20th century’s most treasured composers – George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Hosted by WBZ’s celebrity radio personality Jordan Rich, this inspirational night of live music strikes a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. The evening features special guest ensemble The Unisons, an all-male contemporary a cappella group from Northeastern University, known for performing up-tempo contemporary tunes in venues on campus all the way to Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Watertown Art Gallery Features Works Made with Bold Application of Paint

Watertown-based Room 83 Spring is hosting an exhibit called “Eye Feel,” featuring paintings where the paint has been applied thickly by hand, with a stick or straight from the tube. 

Paint and touch are paramount in Room 83 Spring’s current exhibition Eye Feel with Susan Carr, Tatyana Gubash, Katy Helman, Lavaughan Jenkins, and Ellen Wineberg. Each artist’s work has an insistent presence, which is articulated by the generous application of paint in the impasto technique. Straight from the tube, paint stick, or finger, paint is built up, slathered, and encrusted, often with colors colliding serendipitously on the surface. This deep investment in the physicality of the materials is imperative to expression, asserting object-ness and actuality. The heft of the paint preserves the hand’s mark-makings, becoming a narrative in itself, with the haptic quality underscoring a relational, even conceptual intent of the works.

Watertown High School Students Putting on the Musical “Pippin” This Week

While the elements have not cooperated, Watertown High School’s production of the musical “Pippin” will go on this week as scheduled. Monday afternoon the 30 plus members of the cast fine tuned their numbers while the crew worked on the scenery and lighting at the WHS Auditorium. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15; Friday, March 16; and Saturday, March 17. The show is a bit of a mind bender for the actor who are putting on show within a show, said WHS junior Daniel Vanryn. “It is really cool, it is almost a show within a show.

Watertown Author to Read from Her Book Based on Her Family’s Experience as Refugees

Award-winning local author Kathleen Spivack, who lives in Watertown, will read from her debut novel Unspeakable Things, which uses magical realism to tell the stories of refugees fleeing the Holocaust and relocating in New York City. Spivack has had many books of poetry and has published short stories, but her first novel was published in 2016. She spoke with Watertown News about her book and said that it is based on her family’s experience as refugees moving to America (read more here). The book is now available in paperback. The reading will take place 0n Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank Room at Watertown Free Public Library.

Eliza Dushku’s Film on Robert Maplethorppe Premiering at Tribeca Film Fest

A biopic produced by Watertown native Eliza Dushku about artist Robert Mapplethorpe, whose work sparked controversy in the 1980s, will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

The film, “Mapplethorpe,” was a family effort by Dushku and her brother Nate, who is also a producer. Mapplethorpe is portrayed by British actor Matt Smith, who is known for his roles as The Doctor in “Doctor Who” and Prince Philip in “The Crown.” The film is written and directed by Ondi Timoner, who also directed “Dig!” Dushku has been trying to make the movie for a decade. The movie is about Mapplethorpe, who was famous for his provocative black-and-white portraits and pictures of New York’s underground BDSM scene in the 70s.

Celebration of Crafts, Culture and Food of Uzbekistan Coming to the Watertown Library

(The following event was snowed out on March 13 and has been rescheduled)

A celebration of the crafts, food, music and dance of Uzbekistan will be held at the Watertown Free Public Library to mark the Uzbek national holiday of Navruz or New Day. 

The free event is being organized by Zilola Ashurova, who is originally from Uzbekistan and wanted to introduce the people of the Boston area to the Uzbek culture. The event, which will be held Friday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Watertown Library, 123 Main St., Watertown. During the event there will be an exhibition of handmade embroidery and a workshops on needle-work. There will also be Uzbek music and dance and attendees can sample Uzbek food. There will also be travel videos showing highlights of Uzbekistan.

Concert at Watertown Church Features Two Singer-Songwriters

Friday night’s Tremedal Concert in Watertown features singer-songwriters Don White and Maria Sangiolo. The performance will be on March 9, 2018 at 8 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Church of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown. White is described as a “storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter,” and Sangiolo’s latest album features 19 environmentally-themed songs. Tickets are $20 at the door and can be purchased online by clicking here. For more information go to tremedal.org.

Musicians from Around the Watertown Public Schools Playing at Bandarama

Musicians from each of the Watertown Public Schools will perform at Bandarama on March 6, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Watertown High School Gymnasium. See what each group will be performing during the concert. Middle School Sixth Grade Band

Morgan Schneider, conductor
Raiders March – J. Williams/arr. J. Bullock

Middle School Combined Sixth, Seventh , & Eighth grade String Ensemble

Dr. Frederik Schuetze, conductor
Fiddles on Fire – M. Williams

High School Concert Band

Dan Jordan, conductor
Hawaii Five-O – Stevens/Lopez
The Ides of March – S. O’Loughlin

High School String Ensemble

Dr. Frederik Schuetze, conductor
The Beach Boys – arr. J. Moss

Middle School 7-8th grade Band

Morgan Schneider, conductor
Superheroes R Us – arr.