Create a Winter Craft with Watertown Families Together

The Watertown Mall, located at 550 Arsenal St., Watertown, with Watertown Families Together will be hosting a Merry Mitten Morning event for children and their caregivers to shake off the cold January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held in the back hallway, next to the Target, across from Carter’s. The event will include crafting projects, singing songs, reading and listing to stories. This event is FREE and open for all ages. The more the merrier. About Watertown Mall

The Watertown Mall is wheelchair accessible and accessible by MBTA Bus routes 70 and 70A.

Latest NewRep Play, ‘Heartland’ Starts This Weekend

The latest NewRep Theatre production, Heartland, begins this weekend at the Mosesian Center for the Arts with pay-what-you-can previews on Saturday and Sunday. The play will be held in the Black Box Theater from Jan. 12 to Feb. 9 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. NewRep describes Heartland:

When Afghan refugee Nazrullah shows up on the doorstep of retired professor Dr. Harold Banks claiming to have known his adopted daughter Getee, the two become unlikely roommates and friends. Getee and Nazrullah’s relationship unfolds in a series of dramatized memories that reveal their uniquely human journey while stunning us with a new understanding of America’s tragic impact on Jihadism in Afghanistan.

Watertown Based Revels Names New Executive Director

Kate Stookey was named the new executive director of Revels, the Watertown based group known for producing the Christmas Revels. The following announcement came from Revels:

Revels, Inc., the beloved steward of world songs, stories, and traditions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Stookey as its Executive Director, effective January 31, 2019. Stookey’s appointment comes as Revels readies itself for the next chapter of its nearly 50-year history. Founded in 1971 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Revels is best known for its annual production of The Christmas Revels, a seasonal celebration now shared across the US through eight affiliate companies. “It is such a joy to be able to place Revels in the hands of such a capable and energetic executive as Kate,” said Stine O’Brien, President of the Revels Board of Directors.

Revels Hosting 3 Concerts in its Fringe Series in Watertown

Night Tree kicks off the Revels Fringe Series for 2019. All three concerts will be at the United Methodist Church in Watertown. Watertown-based Revels announced the 2019 Fringe Concert Series hosted at the United Methodist Church on Mt. Auburn Street. The group sent out the following information:

Announcing the 2019 Revels FRINGE Concert Series!

“Dancing With the Stars” Winner Teaching Class at Local Dance Studio

Tony Dovolani, a professional dancer who won “Dancing with the Stars” will teach a class at the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. A winning dancer from Dancing with the Stars will make a special appearance at a local dance studio to teach ballroom dancing. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Tony Dovolani will be teaching a ballroom dance class at Fred Astaire studio in Cushing Square. The Belmont-based studio is owned by Watertown resident Elizabeth Woo.

Watertown Art Association Hosts Demonstration of Traditional Chinese Brush Painting

Chinese Master Artist Qingxiong Ma will demonstrate Chinese brush painting at Watertown Art Association event. Watertown Art Association presents Orient Expressed: Chinese Brush Painting with Qinxiong Ma on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2-4 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9 Russell Ave., Watertown. The Watertown Art Association provided the following information:

Chinese Master Artist Qingxiong Ma will be the first demonstrator for Watertown Art Association of 2019 showing his techniques with Chinese Brush Painting. Bring a friend to this entertaining demonstration!  

Mr. Ma was born in Guangdong China.

Library’s One Book, One Watertown Selection for 2019 is an Ode to Libraries

The One Book, One Watertown selection for 2019 is Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book.” The Watertown Free Public Library announced that it’s One Book, One Watertown selection is The Library Book by author and journalist Susan Orlean. 

Every year the Watertown Free Public Library chooses a book, which it encourages the community to read, and schedules a series of events related to the selection. The choice was made in part because 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the opening of Watertown Library. Part true crime, part love letter to libraries (and the people who inhabit them), The Library Book is expertly woven, according to the library’s announcement. Author Dave Eggers’ wrote the following about the The Library Book: “Somehow she manages to transform the story of a library fire into the story of literacy, civil service, municipal infighting and vision, public spaces in an era of increasing privatization and social isolation … and the central role libraries have always and will always play in the life and health of a bustling democracy.”

In the announcement, the Watertown Library staff writes:

“Solon Whitney began the library as a room in Town Hall in March of 1869, and we’ve been evolving ever since.

Eliza Dushku Speaks Out About Sexual Harassment, Firing by CBS

Eliza Dushku responded to reports about her firing from CBS’s “Bull” after she complained about sexual harassment by the show’s star, as well as the subsequent settlement. During Eliza Dushku’s time on the CBS show “Bull” she experienced “classic workplace harassment” which it turned into “workplace bullying” that made the set a place she dreaded to be. The Watertown native wrote about her experience in an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe

Dushku broke her silence to respond to what she called the “revisionist accounts” of the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, and the writer-producer Gelnn Gordon Caron that appeared in a New York Times story last week. The Times reported that Dushku received $9.5 million in the settlement to reflect that her character was to have become a full-time role on “Bull,” but she was written off after she complained about her treatment on set. “I am still trying to make sense of how this could happen, especially in these times,” Dushku wrote in the piece.”