The following information was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:
The Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown has announced events for a Pride Weekend festival and other programs, performances, and exhibitions for June and beyond.
“We’re thrilled to see more people returning to live events and classes,” said Executive Director Darren Farrington. “Every month, we offer a diverse variety of the best in performing and visual arts that Greater Boston has to offer, and we hope people will take advantage of the easy access to the arts at the Arsenal.”
On June 17-18, Boston drag and cabaret star Patty Bourrée returns to Mosesian Arts for her Last Pride on Earth. Intergalactic war, famine, and disease may have left Patty as the last queen standing on a now desolate planet, but naturally, she’s taking this as an opportunity to stage a final Pride Parade for a party of one. Journey with Patty and a cast of glamorously bizarre characters (all played by Patty, of course!) to a not-so-distant apocalyptic future in this all live-sung drag cabaret fit for the end of days. June 17 & 18, 8:00 PM.
Also on June 18, Mosesian Arts proudly partners with the Boston Chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour for Let’s Say Gay: A Community Pride Event. LGBTQ+ role models from both organizations will lead this FREE afternoon of family-oriented visual and performing arts activities that celebrate creativity, inclusivity, and self-expression. The event will feature a fabulous all-ages read-along by the performers of Drag Queen Story Hour, exciting activities including collaborative visual arts projects and acting and movement workshops, and a Pride-themed dance party! Most arts activities will be geared towards 3rd-5th graders, but everyone ages 5 and up is welcome to attend and join the fun! June 18, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
Events and Performances
Beginning June 7, Mosesian Arts Live and Earfull bring live events back to the patio at Branch Line restaurant. Earfull is a performance series featuring writers and musicians doing their respective things in an intimate setting. Writers read from their new books, or about-to-be books, or right from their crumpled up notes. Musicians range from harpists to sitarists, from solo songwriters to full-on rock bands. Earfull evenings offer food and drink at the venue, and time between acts to socialize is a must. June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 7:00 PM.
On June 9, photographer Rania Matar will speak about her creative work and collaborative process, using slides from her recent book and other photographs, followed by a talkback with the audience. Rania is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of several grants and awards, including the 2022 Leica Women Foto Project and the 2022 Mosesian Award for the Arts. Also an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, her most recent book, She, explores subjective and collective identity through portraits of young women in America and the Middle East. Select photographs from She are on exhibit in the Mosesian Arts second floor gallery through June 30. Rania also juried the first floor gallery exhibition, Across Cultures: Invisible Ties and Journeys of Hope, which explores concepts of migration, cultural identity, and the discourse around immigration. June 9, 6:30 PM.
After an absence of four years, Taline & Friends return to Mosesian Arts on June 12 for a special concert featuring their greatest Armenian children’s music hits! Taline and three of her character friends from the Los Angeles-based team will sing, dance, and have fun with your little ones in an interactive show for children and families in the Armenian language. A meet and greet session with photo opportunities follows the show. June 12, 3:30 PM.
On June 24-26, Mosesian Arts’ Watertown Children’s Theatre brings Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical to the stage. Inspired by Dahl’s twisted genius, the Tony Award-winning musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. June 24, 7:00 PM; June 25, 2:00 & 7:00 PM; June 26, 2 PM.
For tickets and further details on these and other performances, visit www.mosesianarts.org/shows.
Coming in July
Enrollment is open for Summer Stages & Studios. Summer arts education programming at Mosesian Arts fosters an engaging, welcoming, and creative community where students in grades K-12 can explore new art forms, focus on specific interests, learn from teaching artists, and make connections with other participants in a variety of weekly programs grouped by age and arts discipline. July 5 – August 26.
Join Mosesian Arts on a summer adventure with Road Trippin’, a film series on Tuesday evenings in July and August. At a time when we’re all tryin’ to get somewhere, these classic road movies are just the inspiration – or escapism – that we need! Tuesdays, July 12 – August 23.
Complete arts education program listings and additional information are online at www.mosesesianarts.org/education.
About Mosesian Center for the Arts
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts venue in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot center, located within a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and rehearsal studios. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and Brighton, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and Metro West. Programs include professional theater and musical performances, gallery exhibitions, literary and art discussions, and performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. Watertown Children’s Theatre, Mosesian Arts’ performing arts education program, provides exceptional 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.