Film Festival, Artwork for All Ages & Art Classes at Mosesian Center in August

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

The Mosesian Center for the Arts (MCA) in Watertown has announced a schedule for the month of August that includes performances, exhibitions, and registration for fall classes and productions.

“With daily arts education programs, events and exhibitions, and planning for the season ahead, summer is one of our busiest times,” 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 easy access to the arts at the Arsenal.”

Performing Arts

Road Trippin’, Mosesian Arts’ Tuesday evening series of road movies continues through August 23. Admission to all films is free, but donations are graciously accepted. Playing in August are The Muppet Movie and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Aug. 2); Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Aug. 9); Onward and Midnight Run (Aug. 16); and Almost Famous (Aug. 23). Single-show screenings begin at 8:00 PM. Double features play at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Doors, bar, and concessions open half an hour before the night’s first screening. On August 23, an open reception for potential business sponsors begins at 7:00 PM.

In Richard Rovosa’s play, Mommy, Are We Poor?, Chelsea is a widowed single mom with two jobs, two kids, too many bills, with Christmas approaching and no money for presents. Her boss offers to help, but it’s not the kind of help she had in mind. Can this struggling family get out of a 100-foot hole with a 50-foot ladder? This world premiere is directed by Greg Allen, Professor of Theater at Northeastern University, and presented by Six Corners Entertainment. Performances run August 5-20. Proceeds on August 6 benefit the Massachusetts Debt Relief Foundation.

The South Asian-American Theater Festival, organized by the Boston-based non-profit theater group Off-Kendrik, is a three-day celebration of the performing arts — plays, stand-up, storytelling, seminars — that brings together multiple creative groups over August 19-21. The narratives address a range of issues in multiple languages, from politics in their countries of origin and experiences of immigration to complexities of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. More than simply a celebration of multiculturalism, the festival provides an opportunity for education and enrichment, for South Asians themselves and others.

Visual Arts

Mosesian Arts’ summer exhibition, Under the Sea and Over the Rainbow: Artwork for All Ages, runs through August 31. The show includes artists, illustrators of children’s books, toymakers, game makers, designers, and animators bringing colorful, engaging, and magical work for children of all ages, youth, and adults. A featured collection in the exhibition is local artist Dawn Evans Scaltreto’s mixed media images from Mystical Penguin Tarot.

Calls for art are open for the MCA Members Exhibition and Flash Art Benefit Exhibition.

Arts Education

On Monday, August 1, registration opens for fall classes and programs. The arts center’s largest offering in over two years includes thirty performing and visual arts classes for children, teens, and adults, plus MCA’s fall Watertown Children’s Theatre productions —Something Rotten!(Grades 6-12); Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective(Grades 3-5); and Once Upon a Time (Grades 1-2). Browse the catalog and chose classes at mosesianarts.org/education/info.

Enrollment is also still open for select August classes for students in grades K-12 in Summer Stages & Studios.

For details on all events, schedules, and tickets, visit mosesianarts.org.

About Mosesian Center for the Arts

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts venue on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot center, located in an historic 1894 manufacturing shop on a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, art classrooms, and rehearsal studios. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders Brighton and the Charles, 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.

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