Mosesian Center Hosting Bollywood Band, The Who’s “Tommy,” and Art Classes this Spring

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The following information was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

The Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown has announced a spring season of arts education programs, performances, and exhibitions for diverse art enthusiasts and creators of every age and type.

“We’re thrilled to see more people returning to live events and classes,” said Executive Director Darren Farrington. “We offer so much to do, see, learn, and create at Mosesian Arts this spring, and we hope people will take advantage of the easy access to the arts at the Arsenal.”

Arts Education

Spring classes in visual and performing arts begin on April 5. Mosesian Arts offers adult courses in drawing, painting, mindful arts, and a popular class in developing your sketchbook. Youth classes include comics, soft sculpture, bookmaking, exploring art, and developing creativity! Performing arts classes for youth include acting, a new voice ensemble, and technical theater.

From April 19-22, students in Grades K-5 can enroll in Our Planet: Artists and Activists, a school vacation week program inspired by Earth Day and our amazing planet. Participants will connect with nature through visual and performing arts, and they’ll learn how to take care of the earth while painting, sculpting, and mixing recycled materials. In performing arts, students will explore the land, sky, space, and sea through theater and movement.

Also on Earth Day, April 22, in a family workshop to “Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse,” participants are invited to bring old plain t-shirts, jackets, skirts, or pants and give them a new existence by using easy printmaking techniques. The cost is only $10 for materials. Children 6 years and up are welcome to attend with their adults at no additional cost. Students 12 or older can attend without an adult, and adults are welcome on their own too.

Complete program listings and additional information are online at www.mosesesianarts.org/education.

Performances

Arlington High School’s Gilbert & Sullivan Club presents The Who’s Tommy, based on the 1969 rock opera by the British rock sensation. This story of a pinball wizard who triumphs over his physical and emotional adversities has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 50 years. April 8-10.

It’s the Time to Disco features New England’s premier Bollywood Band, Din Check, for an evening of disco-themed entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for Ekal Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing basic education to children in rural India. April 24.

Too Fat for China follows Phoebe Potts, comic storyteller and self-described professional Jew, as she tries, fails, and eventually succeeds to adopt a baby. After a U.S. adoption goes horribly wrong, Potts finds herself surprised, disgusted and ultimately resigned to the role she plays as a middle class white lady in the business of adopting babies in the U.S. and internationally. Potts’ tragicomic journey is about looking for more – love, life, family – and she’ll do anything to get it. April 29-30.

For these and other performances, visit www.mosesianarts.org/shows.

Also in April, New Rep Theatre returns to Mosesian Arts with performances celebrating songs and storytelling. Tickets and more information are online at www.newrep.org. April 23.

Exhibitions

Human/Nature, an exhibition reflecting on our rapidly changing environment, challenges both artists and viewers to think critically about the climate through art. Through April 22.

A special closing reception with the juror of “Human/Nature,” Nathalie Miebach, is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. A talk by Ms. Meibach Is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. She will address key concepts behind her own artwork and the methods and processes she employs in making her sculptures and installations. Afterward, artists and guests are invited to stay for a closing reception and a final look at this wonderful exhibition.

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About Mosesian Center for the Arts

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary arts organization in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot arts center, located within a former United States Army arsenal, houses a 340-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, a rehearsal hall, and resident artist studios. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and Metro West. Programming includes professional theatrical and musical performances, gallery exhibitions, literary and art discussions, and performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. Watertown Children’s Theatre is Mosesian Arts’ flagship performing arts education program, providing exceptional theater arts classes and performances for youth and families. The venue also hosts celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies in the Greater Boston region, such as New Repertory Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Improv Asylum, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Midsummer Opera.

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