Watertown Weekend Fun: Lots of Music, One-Woman Show, Plant Sale & a Book Launch

Eden Rays will perform at Mount Auburn Cemetery to celebrate the
100th Anniversary homecoming of the Bigelow Chapel organ. This is a weekend for your ears to experience a dazzling variety of music in a wide range of settings. Catch some original music at Bigelow Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery, reminisce about the good ole’ 80’s and 90’s at the Jana Grill, and explore the city during our first annual Watertown Porchfest. There is also time for more quiet gatherings, a one-woman show at the Mosesian Center, a book launch at the Library, and for those reveling in the joys of spring gardening, a plant sale at the Gore Estate. It’s time to get your hands dirty and your garden beautifully productive.

Mosesian Arts Exhibit Features Artworks Inspired by Literature, Myths & Fairy Tales

Adrienne Der Marderosian’s “I, Too America” will be part of the Entwined: Visual and Textual Narratives exhibition at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. The following announcement was provided by Mosesian Center for the Arts:

At Mosesian Arts, artworks influenced by literature, mythology, fairy tales, and personal narratives are exhibited together to form a tribute to the written word. “Entwined: Visual and Textual Narratives” will be on display from May 17 to June 21, with an opening reception on June 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is excited to present an exhibition that finds inspiration in literature, the written word, folk tales, and tales of all kinds from fairy tales to narratives that are autobiographical or speak of the human condition. Visual arts have been inspired by the written word since antiquity. There are strong connections between literature and visual arts.

Author, Storyteller Cindy Pierce Performing Solo Show in Watertown

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

Acclaimed author, comic storyteller, innkeeper, and educator Cindy Pierce will perform her latest solo show at Mosesian Center for the Arts on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 PM. Keeping It Inn is an intimate, rousing portrayal of her functioning, dysfunctional family. Cindy Pierce wrote, produced, and stars in the show. She plays the role of her mother, Nancy Pierce through six decades of raising seven kids and running an inn. 

“My parents, Nancy and Reg, left suburban Connecticut to run the ramshackle Pierce’s Inn in Etna, New Hampshire for 31 years,” says Pierce. “I created this show through the lens of my mom, who was a wholly unique, no-nonsense, and memorable character, even when suffering from dementia later in her life. With her quick wit and outspoken nature, my mom navigated life with flare and unrelenting optimism, bucking the conventional life expected of her as a woman born in the 1920s.” Much of the show is relatable to all audience members with a major theme of the play being: How do we process difficult emotions and what happens if we don’t?

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

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.

Britain’s Got Talent Father-Son Duo Surprise April Break Students With Concert

Courtesy of Mosesian Center for the ArtsJack and Tim (center left and right) play for young artists and actors at the Mosesian Center on April 18. On April 25, the Mosesian Center for the Arts will welcome Jack & Tim, who were finalists in the Britain’s Got Talent TV show, but some youngsters attending programs at the Arts Center got a sneak peek performance this week. See the announcement from the MCA, below. Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack & Tim surprised young artists and actors at the Mosesian Center for the Arts’ vacation-week program on Thursday (April 18) with a short performance in the art center’s lobby gallery. The father and son pair were there to promote an upcoming concert on Thursday, April 25, on the art center’s main stage, the Charles Mosesian Theater.

Art Exhibit and Performances to Celebrate Women’s Voices at Mosesian Center for the Arts

“Woman’s Work” by Stephanie Todhunter is part of an exhibition at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. (Contributed Photo)

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

The Mosesian Center for the Arts at the Arsenal in Watertown has programmed a collection of events celebrating the talents and voices of women in both visual and performing arts. Feminist Art: Contemporary Perspectives opens as a gallery exhibition on March 22 and runs through May 3. SheGrooves: Using Our Voices for Positive Change (March 27), Lil Bit of (Almost) Everything Comedy Showcase (April 12), and Melodies of Ukraine with the Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America (April 14) are three related events taking the Mosesian Arts stages during the exhibition dates. Feminist Art: Contemporary Perspectives

There is a long line of artists who have created feminist art — Judy Chicago, Faith Wildling, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson, and many more. Their work continues to be relevant today as women and other marginalized genders are facing the same issues of oppressive body politics. 

Restriction and lack of reproductive rights were some of the issues addressed by feminist artists in the 1970’s, and reproductive justice issues have had a particularly devastating impact on Black and Indigenous communities. Artists in this exhibition are grappling with the same issues and injustices because of conservative and oppressive polices created in recent years. 

The present-day resurgence in feminist art, as well as an interest in its history and connection to current intersectional feminist political and art activism, has opened a re-examination of themes of the body, particularly the bodies of women and trans individuals, and how it is viewed.

Singers from American Idol & Britain’s Got Talent Performing in Watertown

The following announcement was provided by ON3 Events:

Prepare for an unforgettable musical experience as Jack and Tim, the dynamic duo from Britain’s Got Talent, are set to grace the stage alongside the sensational Casey Bishop from Season 19 of American Idol. The Boston area is in for a treat as these extraordinary artists come together for two exclusive performances. Watertown Show Details:

Date: April 25, 2025Venue: The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the ArtsAddress: 321 Arsenal St, WatertownTime: 8 PMSpecial Guest: Casey BishopSpecial Local Guest: TBA

Ashland Show Details:

Date: April 26, 2025Venue: Marconi’s Co Event Center / Ashland VFWAddress: 311 Pleasant Street, AshlandTime: 8 PM Special Guest: Casey BishopSpecial Local Guest: Steve & Mike Spector

Both shows promise an evening filled with outstanding performances and surprises that will leave the audience in awe. In addition to the incredible talent of Jack, Tim, Casey Bishop, and local guests, the shows will contribute to the support of performing arts programs at the respective venues. Ticket Information:

Tickets can be purchased at www.jackandtimmusic.com or www.on3events.com

Benefiting the Arts:

Proceeds from these shows will directly benefit the performing arts programs at The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown and the Ashland Community Theatre Program.

Watertown High School Musical, “Working,” Takes the Mosesian Center Stage This Weekend

For two nights and one afternoon, Watertown High School students will bring Working: A Musical to the stage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. “This year’s spring musical will take place on March 1st and March 2nd at 7 p.m. and March 3rd at 2 p.m. All shows will take place at the Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts at 321 Arsenal Street,” the announcement from the school said. General admission is $10 and Watertown Students are free. 

Working is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, and paints a vivid portrait of the workers that the world so often takes for granted. The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards, and features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Micki Grant, and more.