Revels Free Online Concert Series Begins This Weekend

Watertown-based Revels kicks off a series of free virtual concerts on Sunday, Feb. 28. See details and how to listen in the Revels’ announcement below:

THIS SUNDAY at 5:00 pm ET! Join us for a special #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Concert on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/therevels/live

Revels presents Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec, this Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 pm ET on Facebook Live! Explore musical traditions from around the world with the #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Series of FREE intimate salon-style performances and companion podcasts, produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council. This new series explores musical traditions from around the world with intimate virtual experiences, including 45-minute salon-style performances with a variety of musical tradition bearers.

See What’s Available in Watertown Recs’ Winter II Session

The Watertown Recreation Department is offering sports programs, science lessons and crafts during the Winter II session, which starts Feb. 22. Activities include Cops ‘N’ Rec, the Survivor Series, and sports programs for children in grades K-12, as well as adults. Children in grades 3-5 can join the Wicked Gross Science Lessons, and Crafts and Games is available for students in grades K-2. A variety of sports offerings are available for students in all grades, including Junior Raiders, Sports Saturdays and the Survivor Series, which includes activities such as snowshoeing, flag football, futsal soccer, obstacle courses, relay races, mini Olympics, hiking, and street hockey.

Oscar Winner Spotted Filming in Watertown Neighborhood

Hollywood star George Clooney was spotted in Watertown this week working on his latest film. The two-time Oscar winner was seen near Bemis Park, off Waltham Street on the Westside of Watertown, on Thursday, according to WBC Channel 4. View this post on Instagram A post shared by WBZ-TV 4 (CBS Boston) (@wbztv)

Clooney is directing the Amazon Studios film The Tender Bar, whose stars include Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan (Cyclops in X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Lily Rabe, whose credits include American Horror Story, according to IMDB. IMDB describes the plot as: A boy growing up in Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar. The screenplay was written by William Monahan, who also wrote The Departed.

The Power of Visualization in This Week’s Small Saves Comic

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

New Rep Theatre Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The following information was provided by New Rep Theatre:

New Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that they have receivedfunding through the Grants for Arts Project Fund from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $25,000. These funds will be used to help support New Rep’s newly commissioned Indigenous Moving Play, our upcoming 2-person production of Romeo & Juliet, as well as other programming to come. The Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover these artistic disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts. In February 2020, the agency received 1,674 eligible GAP applications requesting more than $82.4 million in FY 2021 support. Approved for funding are 1,073 projects totaling nearly $25 million, with grants recommended to 64% of all applicants and an average grant amount of $23,190.

This Week’s Virtual Events for Watertown Seniors

Watertown Senior Center

The following information was provided by the Watertown Senior Center:

Programs for Week of February 15, 2021

Join us via Zoom for the following programs. Call for access info: (617) 972-6490. New participants always welcome in every program! We hope you’ll join us! Monday:   Presidents’ Day~Senior Center Closed~No ProgramsTuesday:     10:00 AM, Reader’s Advisory with WFPL’s Emily Levine12:30 PM, Tai Chi & Meditation with Marie2:00 PM, Line Dancing with Bradley                                     Wednesday: 11:00 AM, Exercise with Joanna2:00 PM, Zoom Tour Part 2 of Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumThursday:        9:00 AM, Pilates with Marina Z.10:30 AM, Talk with Tom: Coffee & Casual Conversation12:00 PM-1:30 PM, Grab-n-Go pickup for those who pre-registered2:00 PM, “Love Songs of Valentine’s Day” with John Clark, American Music ExperienceFriday:            10:00 AM, Exercise with Shannon Lee Jones     12:00 PM, Seated Strength & Balance with Pearl1:00 PM, New! Weight Management with Pearl ~ see the newsletter for details.NEW TIME! 2:45 PM, Mellowtones Chorus with Anne Silverman

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID-19 vaccines are on everyone’s minds right now and there are many questions about how to get a vaccine.

A Valentine’s Day Cartoon for Small Saves

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Revels Hosting Free Online Sea Chantey Concert

David Coffin will lead the Chantey Sing on the Revels Facebook site. The following announcement was sent out be Watertown-based Revels:

Join us for a rousing Chantey Sing us as we explore the history and traditions of sea chanteys! WHEN: Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm ETWHERE: On Facebook Live – www.facebook.com/therevels/live

Join us Friday, February 19th at 7:30pm ET on Facebook Live when Revels Artist-in-Residence and master chantey man David Coffin leads a rousing chantey sing with special guest, maritime musician, educator, and chantey expert, Celeste Bernardo. Making a cameo appearance will be Revels North Artistic Director Nils Fredland. Through the course of the evening we will explain but mostly SING many different forms of chanteys; capstan/pumping/windlass, halyard, long and short haul chanteys, to name a few.