Art and Soul in the Heart of Waltham

The Francis Cabot Lowell Mill becomes Waltham’s cultural epicenter for the first week of November 2016, with a series of events filling a broad artistic, intellectual, and cultural canvas.

It all begins on Wednesday evening, November 2, at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation with the next in the museum’s “Mill Talks” lecture series. This talk by the Charles River’s resident historian, Amy Green, Ph.D., on “Almost Forgotten Female Inventors” will explore in depth the motivations and successes of four female inventors. Dr. Green will also give an overview of a range of inventions credited to women, the reasons for their success and failure, and more generally evoke the spirit of innovation in America writ large.

Thursday evening, November 3 the Museum’s eclectic 2nd Shift Music Series continues with a concert by Klezwoods, a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay.

On Friday evening, November 4th, modern dance takes over the Museum with a ground-breaking dance event called Tangling Echoes Off Brick & Steel. This interweaving of two innovative recent works by the award-winning Jody Weber and her contemporary modern dance company, Weber Dance, will make use of the entire museum.

The audience upon their arrival will make their way through the museum’s galleries, experiencing short solo and ensemble dances, en route to a larger “main event” in the museum’s banquet space. Together the dances are an exploration of workspaces and the environment, the proliferation of material wealth generated by the Industrial Revolution and its effect on both our personal and spiritual lives, and its wider impact through Climate Change.

The weekend marks the return of the annual and much celebrated Waltham Mills Open Studios. This year the Waltham Mills Artists Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary. On Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th, from noon to 6:00pm each day, visitors may tour more than 70 studios, meet the artists, and purchase their work. The event takes place at 144 Moody Street at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, and 289 Moody Street at the Linco`ln Arts Building. Admission is free.

Finally, on Sunday evening November 6th, the new Boiler House Jazz Series at the Charles River Museum continues with a performance by Ara Sarkissian & Musaner Small Ensemble. Having performed widely in the Greater Boston area, as well as New York, Washington, D.C., Zurich, and Milan, Musaner brings together ancient melodies, new arrangements, traditional instruments and modern harmonies for a unique jazz experience.

So, head downtown November 2nd through 6th and catch the rhythm of the cultural heartbeat of Waltham!