Tanya Donelly & Bill Janovitz to Perform at Mosesian Arts Benefit Honoring Tom Perrotta & the Earfull Series

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

Mosesian Center for the Arts will hold its annual fundraising benefit on Tuesday, May 21. Themed OUR STORIES, this year’s event will celebrate the stories and talents of several people who have been involved with the arts center in its nearly 22 history.

Honorees of the evening’s Mosesian Awards include critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta and the team behind the Earfull Series: Jen Trynin, Tim Huggins, Michael Creamer, and Jon Lupfer. The entertainment for the evening features Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses/The Breeders/Belly) and musician and New York Times best-selling author Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom). Entertainment will also include a performance from Mosesian Arts’ upcoming Watertown Children’s Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Tickets include international hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, awards and entertainment on the main stage, and a selection of desserts. Guests will also be among the first to see the accompanying gallery exhibition, Entwined: Visual and Textual Narratives.

According to Executive Director Darren Farrington, the theme recognizes the importance of community to the establishment and endurance of Mosesian Arts. “The building and its history are impressive, the programming has been diverse and outstanding, but the truly remarkable story of this arts center is its people.” At the event, Farrington will encourage attendees to share stories about their first involvement with the arts center, about a favorite engagement, or about how arts programming has changed their lives.

Event proceeds will support exceptional programs in performing and visual arts education; free art exhibitions, artist talks, and opening receptions; and diverse events on MCA’s stages and in the community.

Individual tickets and sponsorship packages are available at www.mosesianarts.org. The reception begins at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 21. Awards and entertainment will begin at 7:30 PM.

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts on the Arsenal on the Charles Campus. The venue is easily accessible from I-95/128, Routes 9, 16, 20, and 90 (Mass Pike), and the MBTA. See the “Getting Here” page on the venue’s website for detailed directions from various points and for information on free parking.

About Mosesian Center for the Arts

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a performing and visual arts venue on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot facility, located in an historic 1894 manufacturing shop on a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a flexible black box theater, exhibition galleries, art classrooms, and a rehearsal studio. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders Brighton and the Charles, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and MetroWest.

Programming includes professional and community theater and musical performances, comedy, 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 from throughout the Greater Boston region and New England.

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Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of ten works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers and Mrs. Fletcher, which were adapted into critically acclaimed HBO series. His other books include Bad HaircutThe WishbonesJoe CollegeThe Abstinence TeacherNine Inches, and his newest, Tracy Flick Can’t Win. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta lives locally and has been a featured author as part of the Earfull Series for Mosesian Arts Live on several occasions.

Earfull is a performance series featuring writers and musicians doing their respective things in an intimate setting. Food and drink are always available, and socializing is a must! Earfull began as the brainchild of bookstore connoisseur Tim Huggins and Boston musician and author Jen Trynin, created from their shared goal of bringing book and music fans together. Back in the early 2000s, Tim and Jen teamed up with Jon Lupfer and the late Mike Denneen of Q Division Recording Studios and started hosting events at Michael Creamer’s Kendall Cafe in Kendall Square. In 2016, the Earfull Team revived the series as part of Mosesian Arts Live productions.

Bill Janovitz is the New York Times bestselling author of Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History (2023, Hachette Books). He has also written two books on the Rolling Stones: Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones (2013, St. Martin’s Press) and Exile on Main Street (2004 for the Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series). He is one of the three founding members of the Boston-based band Buffalo Tom, which formed in Northampton in 1986 while students at UMass Amherst. He lives with his family in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Tanya Donelly is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New England, and she is a co-founder of Throwing Muses and The Breeders, as well as the reunited Belly. In the late 1990s, she also established a continuing solo career, working largely with musicians connected to the Boston music scene. Recent collaborative work has included a covers album with The Parkington Sisters, a new project called The Loyal Seas with Brian Sullivan of Dylan in the Movies, and her Swan Song Series of collaborations with songwriters and authors.

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