Exhibition Opening: "With These Hands" - Photographer Steve Dunwell
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Exhibition Opening: "With These Hands" - Photographer Steve Dunwell

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The textile industry dominated the New England social landscape for 150 years. From his first visit to a Fall River textile mill in 1973, Steve Dunwell has been fascinated and obsessed with documentation of this industrial environment. Over a four-year period, he was able to visit dozens of mills around New England, from tiny factories on country streams to huge industrial complexes on our biggest rivers. Several mill owners gave “go anywhere” permission, with the warning “don’t get hurt.” While textile employment had dropped precipitously, there were still many thousands of people at work. “You should have seen this 20 years ago,” they often lamented.

With These Hands” presents 24 portraits of textile workers made between 1973 and 1977. This core was supplemented with images from mill communities and an illustrated history to create The Run of the Mill (Godine Press, 1978).

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With antique job titles – weaver, doffer, fixer, beamer, millwright, mule spinner – these workers were proud of their skills and mostly pleased with their trade. Typical comments: “I could retire, but I wouldn’t think of it.” “ I can run every machine in the mill.” “I brought the lunch pail to my dad, and started when I was 14.”  At the same time, pride was colored by sadness and some anger that the industry was declining so fast. “I don’t want my kids to work here,” was often heard, and no one likes a lay-off.

“With These Hands” captures a special time in a unique environment. These workers are primarily the children of immigrants. Their parents came from Ireland, Quebec, Poland, and Greece; all drawn to jobs in the mills that ran full bore for over a century. The cycle continued with new immigrants from the Azores. It takes hard work to keep these machines running. These are the ones who did it.

This exhibit is at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, from September 26 to January 24.  

STEVE DUNWELL makes photographs of New England – its people, landscape, and industry – for publications, for collectors, and for advertising. Many of his photographs are featured in fourteen picture books on regional subjects.

Industrial history has been a primary interest for Dunwell throughout his professional career. Between 1973 and 1977, he photographed inside and around numerous textile mills in New England. Combined with a rich illustrated historical narrative, this work was published as The Run of the Mill by David R. Godine Press in 1978.

“With These Hands” is a collection of the textile worker portraits that formed the core of that mill documentation project.

In 1980, Dunwell worked with Michael Folsom to document the existing condition of the F. C. Lowell mill at Waltham for the Historic American Engineering Record. Folsom did the groundwork for the re-use of this mill for housing, and created the Charles River Museum of Industry on the site.

Since that time, Dunwell has continued to visit and document industrial sites around New England, with a special emphasis on early hydro power and textiles. He also works on corporate and editorial assignments, concentrating on architecture and aerials. His outstanding regional images are published by Back Bay Press, including Extraordinary Boston and the best-selling Boston Freedom Trail.

Steve Dunwell lives in Boston. His photographs are included in numerous corporate and private collections as well as museums and libraries.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Barnstar!
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Barnstar!

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.


BARNSTAR!
www.wearebarnstar.com

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The exclamation point on Barnstar!’s name is intentional, referring as much to the enthusiastic reaction of audiences in the US and abroad as it does to the band’s high-energy, spirited performances. The members of Barnstar! collectively share over 80 years' worth of musical experience, as both sidemen (with artists like Ray Lamontagne, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Robert Earl Keen and many others) and as vital artists in their own right (our 2nd Shift series curator, Mark Erelli, for example). Expect soaring originals and unexpected covers—delivered with 5-part harmonies and consummate musicianship—where every song is more than just an excuse for everyone to solo. We are delighted to kick off our fall 2018 season on such a high note.
 

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Sunniva Brynnel/Elinor Speirs duo
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Sunniva Brynnel/Elinor Speirs duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Sunniva Brynnel (Sweden) & Elinor Speirs (South Africa)
The Boiler House Jazz Series is proud to present two incredible improvising musicians from 2 different parts of the world who will be playing together as a duo for the first time. Sunniva & Elinor met while attending the New England Conservatory and found a common bond. This event is sure to have the magic that is often created when two creative musicians exchange ideas ideas while improvising.

Sunniva Brynnel
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Sunniva Brynnel is an accordionist, pianist, vocalist and composer within jazz, improvised music and folk music. She comes from a lineage of seven generations of female musicians, and her mother – a Swedish folk singer – is one of her major influences. She was born in Uddevalla on the Swedish west coast.

Sunniva is currently based in Boston, US, where she graduated with a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation (Academic Honors) from the New England Conservatory in May 2018. Her teachers at The New England Conservatory include: Ran Blake, Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Hankus Netsky, Dominique Eade and Frank Carlberg.

Some of her many current musical projects include being a member of a Night Tree, a fast rising global music influenced folk sextet based in Boston (www.nighttreemusic.com),  a duo collaboration with Finnish accordionist/composer Timo AlakotilaBrynnel/Reising/Boudreau, a jazz trio based in Boston, and Druids and Androids, a Danish/Swedish/Czech sextet playing mantras and bhajans (freely improvised trance/dance music), and much more.

Sunniva’s original music and recordings has been broadcast on Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Irish and American radio stations.

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Elinor Speirs
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Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and an experienced orchestral and chamber music performer, Elinor has been crossing over to jazz and world music for several years. She has performed klezmer, yiddish, balkan, flamenco and jazz concerts and recorded on several albums in various parts of the world. In 2012, Elinor relocated to New York City in pursuit of a music education that only such a city can provide. She completed her master's in jazz performance at NYU under the tutelage of formidable jazz pianist, Kenny Werner. Inspired by the education she received, Elinor won a place in the prestigious doctorate of musical arts program at NEC, relocating once again to educational hub, Boston.

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'For me the ultimate thing is not the language or the style...though that's important of course...but rather it's about getting to the heart of a thing...getting right into it and adding your own passion. Then you will carry an audience with you - and that place... where we're tracking together and moving as one...that's heaven...that's why I play the violin.'

–Elinor Speirs

For the more musically inclined:
Elinor studied classical violin with Noel Travers and Diana Cummings and received master classes from Anker Buch, Hu Kun, Lydia Mordkovitch and Siegmund Nissel among others. Elinor freelanced in the UK and France and performed with all the major ensembles in Cape Town as member, leader or soloist. While in New York, Elinor studied with Kenny Werner, frequently performing in venues in the west village and Brooklyn. Since her arrival in Boston, Elinor has received instruction from John McNeil, Dominique Eade and pedagogue extraordinaire Jerry Bergonzi.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Mill Talk: Mill Village / Mill City - Our Manufacturing Landscape
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: Mill Village / Mill City - Our Manufacturing Landscape

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

This talk will be given by renowned photographer Steve Dunwell.

New England is blessed with abundant streams and rivers, offering many opportunities for industrial waterpower.  For the first 40 years of American industry, hydro was the only power available.  A half-century later, it was still the dominant source.  

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Photo: STEVE DUNWELL

Let’s explore the way in which mills were located to exploit the hydro opportunities at various sites.  Some started small, then expanded gradually.  Later, more ambitious plans were promoted, tapping huge hydro power sites and creating the great mill cities at Lowell, Lawrence, Holyoke, Manchester and Lewiston. 

The Francis Cabot Lowell mill in Waltham is an excellent starting point, with its 500-horse-power dam, and its incremental growth from all-hydro to mostly steam. 

The hydro story takes us to fascinating mill villages in rural areas such as Ponemah (Taftville, CT), North Grosvenordale, CT, and Pontiac, RI.  Each has its own quirky story, and its own mix of immigrants who kept the machines running.

With this geography in mind, Steve Dunwell will also show each of the portraits in the exhibit “With These Hands” and tell us about these mill workers. 

  Photo: STEVE DUNWELL   STEVE DUNWELL makes photographs of New England – its people, landscape, and industry – for publications, for collectors, and for advertising. Many of his photographs are featured in fourteen picture books on regional subjects.  Industrial history has been a primary interest for Dunwell throughout his professional career. Between 1973 and 1977, he photographed inside and around numerous textile mills in New England. Combined with a rich illustrated historical narrative, this work was published as The Run of the Mill by David R. Godine Press in 1978.  “With These Hands” is a collection of the textile worker portraits that formed the core of that mill documentation project.  In 1980, Dunwell worked with Michael Folsom to document the existing condition of the F. C. Lowell mill at Waltham for the Historic American Engineering Record. Folsom did the groundwork for the re-use of this mill for housing, and created the Charles River Museum of Industry on the site.  Since that time, Dunwell has continued to visit and document industrial sites around New England, with a special emphasis on early hydro power and textiles. He also works on corporate and editorial assignments, concentrating on architecture and aerials. His outstanding regional images are published by Back Bay Press, including Extraordinary Boston and the best-selling Boston Freedom Trail.  Steve Dunwell lives in Boston. His photographs are included in numerous corporate and private collections as well as museums and libraries.

Photo: STEVE DUNWELL

STEVE DUNWELL makes photographs of New England – its people, landscape, and industry – for publications, for collectors, and for advertising. Many of his photographs are featured in fourteen picture books on regional subjects.

Industrial history has been a primary interest for Dunwell throughout his professional career. Between 1973 and 1977, he photographed inside and around numerous textile mills in New England. Combined with a rich illustrated historical narrative, this work was published as The Run of the Mill by David R. Godine Press in 1978.

“With These Hands” is a collection of the textile worker portraits that formed the core of that mill documentation project.

In 1980, Dunwell worked with Michael Folsom to document the existing condition of the F. C. Lowell mill at Waltham for the Historic American Engineering Record. Folsom did the groundwork for the re-use of this mill for housing, and created the Charles River Museum of Industry on the site.

Since that time, Dunwell has continued to visit and document industrial sites around New England, with a special emphasis on early hydro power and textiles. He also works on corporate and editorial assignments, concentrating on architecture and aerials. His outstanding regional images are published by Back Bay Press, including Extraordinary Boston and the best-selling Boston Freedom Trail.

Steve Dunwell lives in Boston. His photographs are included in numerous corporate and private collections as well as museums and libraries.

 THIS MILL TALK IS SPONSORED BY THE LOWELL INSTITUTE

THIS MILL TALK IS SPONSORED BY THE LOWELL INSTITUTE

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Boston Typewriter Orchestra
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

The show begins at 7:30, with doors opening a half hour before the show.


Join us for an evening of creative, irreverent fun!

Q: What is the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, you ask?...

A: "A collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire."

More from their website: BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members. 
*BTO promises to protect customer confidentiality with the utmost vigilance while remaining irreverent at all times.

This is your chance to come and see and hear typewriters make music! - For those of you who've enjoyed a concert in our Main Gallery before, just imagine what the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is going to sound like in that amazing space!

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For those 21+, your first bevereage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Stephen Kellogg
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Stephen Kellogg

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Stephen Kellogg
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Is it possible to hold on to your rock n’ roll dreams, maintain your faith in the power of a great song, and still be a great husband and father to four daughters? If it isn’t, then apparently no one’s told Stephen Kellogg. Over the last decade, the Connecticut native has performed more than 1500 concerts around the world, raised thousands of dollars for causes close to his heart, been named Armed Forces Entertainer of the Year, and penned singles for artists like “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani and the platinum selling rock band O.A.R.

When it comes to performing, CBS radio has called him “the best live act you’ve never seen” and another writer for No Depression gives him the oddly flattering title “the best songwriter you’re not listening to." His is a potent and soulful mix of Americana, pop and rock n’ roll, and no one brings more heart and positive energy to everything he does.

So we’ll just say that this is a show you don’t want to miss.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Neil Leonard/Miguel Nuñez duo
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Neil Leonard/Miguel Nuñez duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Neil Leonard/Miguel Nuñez Duo

Legendary Cuban pianist Miguel Nuñez will make a rare Boston-area appearance for this collaboration with award-winning saxophonist and sound artist Neil Leonard. The two will present a program of exciting original and improvisational work never before performed in the US.

Neil Leonard
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Neil Leonard works as a sound artist, saxophonist and composer. Recent concerts were presented by documenta 14 (Germany), Tectonic Festival (Israel), Tate Modern (UK), Moscow Autumn (Russia), Jazz Plaza International Festival (Cuba). Leonard performed and recorded with Terence Blanchard, Juan Blanco, Joanne Brackeen, Alvin Curran, Richard Devine, Vijay Iyer, Phill Niblock, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Stephen Vitiello, Hal Wilner and Amnon Wolman. Leonard's work with visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons spans twenty-nine years. Their collaborative performance, film, video and installations were featured by documenta 14, 11 Havana Bienal (Cuba), 49th and 55th Venice Biennale (Italy), Smithsonian Museum National Portrait Gallery (USA), Guggenheim Museum (USA), Museum of Modern Art (NYC).

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Leonard’s latest album is Matanzas (2017) a 12” vinyl disk published by Akoh. His sound composition "Lavender Ruins” can be heard in Fujiko Nakaya’s large scale fog installation at Overlook Shelter in Franklin Park, on exhibit now through October 31. Leonard is the Artistic Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, at Berklee College of Music.

Miguel Nuñez
Miguel Nuñez has worked for 40 years as a pianist, composer, arranger and band director for the greatest Cuban musicians, including Chucho Valdés, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodríguez, Isaac Delgado (N.G la Banda), Leo Brower, Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club), Yoruba Andabo (leading Afrocuban folklore group in Havana). Nuñez also performed with Luis Represas (Portugal) Mafalda Veiga (Portugal) Fito Páez (Argentina), Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Milton Nascimento (Brasil), Víctor Manuel (Spain), Soledad Bravo (Venezuela), Lucecita Benítez (Puerto Rico), Joan Manuel Serrat (Spain), Luis E. Aute (Spain), Joaquín Sabina (Spain).

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As a pianist/band director, Nuñez toured in more that 30 countries including: USA, Puerto Rico, México, El Salvador, Panamá, Canadá, Spain, Francia, Inglaterra, Portugal, Suiza, Venezuela, Colombia, Brasil, Perú, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Martinica, Santo Domingo, Costa Rica, among others.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Clarence Bucaro
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Clarence Bucaro

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Clarence Bucaro
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Noted producer and esteemed singer/songwriter Joe Henry said “Entering Clarence Bucaro’s folksy and soulful new album, ‘The Passionate Kind,’ is like coming upon a small town blinking in darkness.”

Wow, isn’t that what we all want from music, summed up in once phrase? To discover something off the beaten path, full of character and spirit? To happen upon a warm and sheltering oasis, where new connections can be made and old things seen in new light? This is kind of what listening to Clarence Bucaro’s buoyant songs and velvety voice feels like.

But don’t take our word for it—or even Joe Henry’s word, for that matter—come on out and hear it for yourselves.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Mister Rourke/Marty Ballou duo
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Mister Rourke/Marty Ballou duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Combining DJ electronics and upright acoustic bass in a real-time meeting of the technological and analog, Rourke and Ballou will channel jazz freedom with the audacity of live sampling and record scratching, by reverse engineering traditional sounds, and re-constructing them into an improvised turntable & bass jazz-synthesis.

Mister Rourke
www.misterrourke.com
Incorporating scratching, sampling, and mixing alongside top musicians since 1989, Boston based scratch DJ Mister Rourke has established himself as an innovator in using the turntable as a live instrument. His focus has been playing in improvisational ensembles and is well known for the quality of his ears, the size of his sound arsenal, and for pushing the creative envelope. Rourke has performed and recorded with countless bands in several genres of music including Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Electronic, Blues, Ambient, Moroccan, African, and others.

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His work, which has earned him four Boston Music Awards, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, MTV’s The Real World and HBO’s The Chris Rock Show. His extensive range of projects include: the dub-trance collective Club d’Elf, the annual Jazz Meets Hip Hop concert at The Cleveland Jazz Festival, re-mixes for Medeski, Martin and Wood, and Soulive, multiple DJ residencies at area clubs, and "Turntables as an Instrument" a DJ workshop he developed and teaches at public schools, non-profit organizations, music festivals and colleges.

Marty Ballou
Marty Ballou is high on the list of New England’s “first-call” bassists. Highly regarded nationally for his work in the jazz and blues fields, he is equally at home in other genres including folk, rock, pop and Americana. He has accumulated a substantial list of credits in the studio and on the stage, both on the upright and electric bass guitar. He has lent his special talents on his instrument, as an arranger, and as a producer to dozens of performers including Peter Wolf, Herb Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Cheryl Wheeler, Duke Robillard, John Hammond and Jimmy Witherspoon.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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A Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

A Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Local award-winning actor J.T. Turner portrays the author Washington Irving as he spins this timeless ghost story.

Mr. Turner takes on all the roles of this beloved Halloween classic in his dramatic portrayal. Prepare to be spooked anew as the Headless Horseman rides again in our atmospheric, haunting setting -the cavernous Boston Manufacturing Company Boiler House of the Charles River Museum.

$15 general admission, $10 for Museum members

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Mill Talk: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World

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This talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.

In this talk, based on his book, Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman will provide an illuminating overview of the global history of the factory and its effects on society. - - And what better setting for this talk could there be than the first integrated factory in the world, the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill in Waltham Massachusetts, the longtime home of the Boston Manufacturing Company!

We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them "dark Satanic mills." Many factories that operated over the last two centuries - such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn - were known not only for their great productivity but also for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation caused by factory production from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up to today.

In this major work of scholarship that is also wonderfully accessible, Professor Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England, including Waltham, to the colossal steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today's behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam.

"Rich and ambitious. . . . More than an economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements, Behemoth depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination." - The New York Times

"Fascinating. . . Freeman shows how factories have had an overwhelming influence on the way we work, think, move, play and fight." - Washington Post

"A lively chronicle of the factory [that] delves into the nitty-gritty of manufacturing [and] successfully melds together those nuggets with social history on the shop floor and beyond the factory walls." - Economist

"You may have no detailed knowledge of factories except that they can be converted into cool lofts. In that case, you'll learn much from historian Joshua Freeman." - Wall Street Journal

Joshua B. Freeman is a Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. His previous books include American Empire and Working-Class New York, among others. He lives in New York City.

This talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration is recommended.

 THIS MILL TALK IS SPONSORED BY THE LOWELL INSTITUTE.

THIS MILL TALK IS SPONSORED BY THE LOWELL INSTITUTE.

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Boiler House Jazz: Lloyd Thayer/Junko Fujiwara duo
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Lloyd Thayer/Junko Fujiwara duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Lloyd Thayer
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Lloyd Thayer puts the ‘multi’ in multi-instrumentalist, playing a mind boggling assortment of stringed instruments including but not limited to: Dobro and Weissenborn lap steel guitars, Turkish Oud, Saz and Cumbus, Indian Chaturangui and Mohan Veena, Ragmakamtar, Ukulele and more. A recovering street performer and determined songwriter, his indoor shows combine a mixture of American folk and blues with elements of Indian, Arabic, Turkish, and Southeast Asian musical ideas, often all in the course of the same song. Lloyd is also well known for his extended free improvisations, which incorporate many styles of music, including, blues, jazz, rap, folk, funk, Middle Eastern, Indian, punk, & Hawaiian.

Lloyd, in addition to performing solo, is also a member of SeaSmoke, with Hindustani vocalist and composer Warren Senders, cellist Junko Fujiwara, oudist Mac Ritchey, and percussionist Jerome Deupree. He also performed earlier this year at the Thousand Incarnations of the Rose Festival, a first time festival organized by Glenn Jones in tribute to his mentor John Fahey, held in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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Junko Fujiwara
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Cellist Junko Fujiwara has been performing and advocating innovations in contemporary and improvised music while teaching and maintaining Western classical and jazz traditions over a span of nearly thirty years. Based in New England, she has enjoyed the diversity of performing in a variety of musical genres at many venues not just on the East Coast but also in the Midwest and internationally in Europe. Among her current performing groups are: Eric Hofbauer Quintet, BOLT: Adventurous Improvised Music, and Mimi Rabson’s String Theory Trio, where some of her own original compositions are featured. Downbeat Magazine, Boston Globe, and Spontaneous Music Tribune (Poland) are some of the internationally-renown publications that have given recognition of her work.

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As an active educator, Ms. Fujiwara holds cello faculty positions at Boston College (where she also coaches chamber groups and directs the BC Cello Ensemble), The Governor’s Academy, Masconomet Regional School, and Ipswich Public Schools. She has also taught guest master classes at MIT, Longy School of Music, and at Salem (MA) Public Schools. Ms. Fujiwara has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Dietrich Strause
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Dietrich Strause

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Dietrich Strause
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There is way more to Dietrich Strause than meets the eye. To look at him—relaxed and modest in denim and flannel—does not prepare you for what comes out when he plays his songs. Beneath his humble, journeyman-like veneer lies a deeply romantic voice, with a penchant for natural imagery and a fluency in old-school melodicism reminiscent of Tim Buckley and Ron Sexsmith. In a modern musical scene where everyone feels they know what to expect when a white guy with an acoustic guitar takes the stage, Dietrich Strause is an unexpected and fresh-faced alternative.

You will be humming his songs for days after you see his show.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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An Evening with MARY GAUTHIER, with guest Jaimee Harris
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with MARY GAUTHIER, with guest Jaimee Harris

An Evening with MARY GAUTHIER,
with guest Jaimee Harris


$10 of each ticket sale will go to SongwritingWith:Soldiers.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers is a nonprofit organization which transform lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections, and strengths, and with which Mary works very closely. – Mary Gauthier's latest album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, is the fruit of that work.  

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

about MARY GAUTHIER and "Rifles and Rosary Beads"
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Every day.  

Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.  

Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide.    

Every day.  

That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.   

It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved — healed, even — by a song. By the process of writing a song.   

And yet.   

And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier's tenth album, Rifles & Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of the five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program. 

It has become a calling. “My job as a songwriter is to find that thing a soul needs to say,” Mary says. “Each retreat brings together a dozen or so soldiers and four songwriters, three songs each in two days. We don’t have a choice. We have to stay focused, listen carefully, and make sure every veteran gets their own song. And we always do.”

“None of the veterans are artists. They don’t write songs, they don’t know that songs can be used to move trauma. Their understanding of song doesn’t include that. For me it’s been the whole damn deal. Songwriting saved me. It’s what I think the best songs do, help articulate the ineffable, make the invisible visible, creating resonance, so that people, (including the songwriter) don’t feel alone.”

The impact of these songs becomes visible quickly, unexpectedly.

For more on Mary Gauthier and her album "Rifles and Rosary Beads," visit marygauthier.com

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about JAIMEE HARRIS
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Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. 

Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.

"You keep comin over... I keep goin under... 

Harris isn’t afraid to get personal, but her vulnerability never veers into the self-indulgent. Each little confessional gem she puts out there is something the listener will connect to; these are things we’ve all felt, though many of us are less than likely to admit them. 

“In a depressive state… how long will I feel this way?” 

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Harris's songs have a depth to them, and her lyrics betray a wisdom beyond her years. “I write as a way of dealing with things," she says. "There’s also a lot of acknowledging my own faults. These songs feel pretty vulnerable… to the point where I wonder if people are going to ask me ‘Are you okay?’ But I really just hope they see a little bit of themselves in the songs and find something they can connect to.”
 

"Songs build bridges over broken human connections."

"Songs are what feelings sound like."

"Songwriting is empathy, for self and for others."

"Songs make beauty out of the beast"

–Mary Gauthier

The Charles River Museum is presenting this concert in honor of all American veterans as we mark the centennial of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, when World War 1 — The Great War — finally was ended.

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Boiler House Jazz: Eric Hofbauer/Oliver Burns duo
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Eric Hofbauer/Oliver Burns duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Boiler House Jazz presents one of the significant forces in Boston's improvised-music scene, guitarist Eric Hofbauer paired with the eclectic modern dancer, Oliver Burns. The night will consist of planned'pieces' (tempos, textures, rhythmic figures etc) within which Eric will improvise based on the musical framework Oliver will choreograph. It promises to be an exciting night of creativity structured out of movement & music.

Eric Hofbauer
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Eric Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston’s jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past twenty years. He has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, Sean Jones, John Fedchock, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson.

 

Hofbauer, recently recognized in the 2017 DownBeat Critics’ Poll for Rising Star – Guitar, is perhaps best known for his solo guitar work featured in a trilogy of solo guitar recordings (American Vanity, American Fear and American Grace). Of the trilogy, Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe writes, “No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer. His most recent solo release Ghost Frets, was described by Chris Haines of The Free Jazz Collective “as a real testament to Hofbauer’s musical style and vision…The playing is virtuosic throughout providing a real master class in creative solo performance.” Ghost Frets is a tribute to Hofbauer’s departed friend and frequent collaborator, Garrison Fewell, and features several Fewell compositions as well as pieces by diverse artists including Eric Dolphy, George Harrison, and the Psychedelic Furs!

Oliver Burns
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Oliver Burns is a graduate of Regis College with a B.S. in Communications and Business Management. He has been dancing for 17 years and has been choreographing since 2010. Although he performs many styles from Contemporary to Latin, his main focus is Hip-Hop. In November 2017, he was featured as one of the dancers with renowned Boston based choreographer Anna Myer in a program at the ICA that explored the disconnection and the connection we experience between around ever-changing cultural differences in America that are always in motion, stretching boundaries.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Tracy Grammer
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Tracy Grammer

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Tracy Grammer
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Someone once said that “with Tracy, it’s it’s never just about the music; it’s a soul journey.”

And what a journey it has been. From her highly-acclaimed “postmodern, mythic American folk” duo with Dave Carter, a stint in folk legend Joan Baez’s band, to her solo career in the wake of Carter’s passing, Grammer has come to a place of deep wisdom the hard way. Revelations, confessions, and ultimately, her healing is audible in every track of her new album, Low Tide—the first consisting of all-original material—released earlier this year.

An evening of vulnerable intimacy, hard-won insights and peerless musicianship: not to be missed.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz:  Bruno Raberg/Ned Rothenberg duo
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Bruno Raberg/Ned Rothenberg duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Bruno Raberg/Ned Rothenberg duo
These two seasoned and creative improvisors will respond to the moment, to each other, and to the wonderful sonic environment of the CRMII boiler room in an intimate dialog employing traditional and non-traditional sounds and colors.

Bruno Råberg
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Since arriving in the US from his native Sweden, internationally renowned bassist & composer Bruno Råberg has become a mainstay on the Boston music scene.  He has released 11 recordings as a leader and 30 as a sideman.  Råberg has performed and recorded with Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Ted Poor, Mike Mainieri, and others, with performances throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Japan, India, Africa, and Central America, and at jazz festivals in Pori, Umbria, Monterey, Nancy, Bologna, Graz, Stockholm, Boston, and Cape Town.  Råberg is a professor at Berklee College of Music and has conducted Berklee clinics & performances in Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Japan, and Costa Rica.  He teaches in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute’s Masters Program, led by Danilo Perez.   

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Ned Rothenberg
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Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has received international acclaim for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents.  He performs primarily on  alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own.  In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors.  Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker,  and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

 

 

 

 

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Dickens Holiday Festival

Dickens Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 9, 2018

From 10AM to 4:00PM.  

This year the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will pay homage to the holiday spirit and Charles Dickens with its Dickens Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 9, from 10am to 4:00pm.  

Housed in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution — the site of Francis Cabot Lowell’s first manufacturing Mill — the Museum is the perfect backdrop to showcase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and "Tea with Mrs. Dickens."  In the Museum’s Main Gallery, which once functioned as the last boiler house for the Boston Manufacturing Company, costumed actors will be reading scenes from the classic holiday tale.  Additionally Catherine Dickens (as portrayed by actress Marci Diamond) shares stories about her life, Victorian Christmas and culinary traditions, and what it's like to be married to the most famous author in the world. New this year: we’ve added “Splendid Teapot Racing” to the roster of events!

The holiday merriment continues upstairs in the old engine room of the Boston Manufacturing Company.  Now a ballroom, this space will be filled with musical performances by carolers and a fiddler.   For your shopping needs, vendors will be hawking holiday wares for near future seasonal celebrations. There will be soap makers, chocolate, fantastic art, unique jewelry and so much more!

All this to be enjoyed in the decked out halls of the Museum for standard Museum admission of: $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Students, Free for Kids under 5, Members, and Active Duty Military

Watch This Space

for lists of Vendors and Performers!

Coming Soon!

 

Contact elana.winkler@charlesrivermuseum.org with any questions. 

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2nd SHIFT Concert: Lula Wiles
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Lula Wiles

The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Lula Wiles
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Deeply rooted in traditional folk and passionately devoted to modern songcraft, Lula Wiles is a vital new addition to the roots scene. Pretty Polly, the Knoxville Girl—many of the women featured in the old traditional songs and murder ballads—were both defined by male voices and didn’t fare so well by the last verse.

Lula Wiles is changing all that, and their bold voices and fresh perspectives are exactly what Americana needs right now. They are a band on the rise, having both made their Newport Folk Festival debut and released their highly-anticipated sophomore record on the venerable Smithsonian Folkways label this year.

We are honored to have Lula Wiles close out our Fall 2018 season.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This three-day, inaugural film festival is hosted by the Waltham Film Factory, a community-based collaboration residing at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Logistical details on the Festival itself will be announced in early March, 2018. In the meantime, full details for filmmakers, including instructions and deadlines for submissions, are available on FilmFreeway.

The core of the Museum's mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation in America. The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest has been created to celebrate the filmmaking industry and the art and science that it manifests. The short film genre was chosen because of its inclusiveness; more films can be viewed in the time available, and more aspiring filmmakers are able to complete high quality short projects than feature-length films—a truth that will inspire—in a very inspiring place.

The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest welcomes films of up to 25 minutes in length. Festival categories are:

• Animation
• Documentary
• Narrative, and
• Experimental.

English-language subtitled Foreign Language submissions are welcome.

Refreshments will be available. There will be panel discussions that explore the art, science, and technology of filmmaking. The Festival will include a family-friendly track.

The Inaugural Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest offers filmmaker awards in several different categories and more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize is $1,000.

NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS!

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Mill Talk — Bells and Bonnets: Mill Girls Both Dutiful and Defiant
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk — Bells and Bonnets: Mill Girls Both Dutiful and Defiant

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This talk is FREE and light refreshments will be served. 

This talk will be given by our Resident Historian, Amy S. Green, Ph.D., and is part of a collaboration with many of our fellow historical organizations in Waltham to celebrate near Labor Day 2018 the history of workers in our great City. 

This talk will explore how Yankee farm women became the first large-scale industrial labor force in the United States, how factory work transformed the lives of these women, and how women transformed the world they worked in. 

Historians all agree that Yankee farm women comprised the first large-scale industrial labor force in the United States. Factory agents recruited unmarried women from Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts.  The large machinery in these massive brick buildings required large, able-bodied women, eliminating the demand for children.  Yankee men, most likely, would have chafed at becoming a factory operative, and remained on farms or worked in the building trades. 

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Lowell Mill Girls

First, this talk will explore the “push-pull” factors that resulted in a major demographic shift from farm to factory.  For example, a massive wave of Vermont women ended up in the factory cities along the Merrimack River.  But why did they come?  Did corporate propaganda draw women away from their homes, with promises of great bounty?  Or did declining conditions on New England farms motivate women to leave? 

After examining an array of economic factors, the talk will shift focus to the “psychic shock” of entering an alien world of clanging bells and noisy crowds.  No longer did the sun, fields and stone fences shape women’s sense of time and space. 

While countless poems raged against the tyranny of the ever-ringing bell, testifying to mill girls’ despair, operatives also employed an amazing array of coping strategies as well: 

·      Improving their minds through educational opportunities.  Writing essays, published in magazines like the Lowell Offering on subjects from botany to boarding houses, increased their self-esteem. 

·      Whether creating bonds with other women, or encouraging relatives to join them, “sisterly” affection provided a rich social network, a powerful counterpart to psychic alienation. 

·      Enjoying their new-found independence, now free from the patriarchal control of father or husband, now free to spend cash wages on themselves, whether improving their attire or saving for college.

·      Finally, letter writing connected women to the places of their past, bridging the farm with the factory. 

In the end, not only did many women successfully negotiate the world of the unknown, but many made it over to fit their needs.

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This talk is FREE and light refreshments will be served.

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Archery at the Museum
Aug
26
10:45 AM10:45

Archery at the Museum

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We're bringing archery back! Come join us on Saturday, August 26 to participate in the live archery range that will be open from 10:45 am – 1:40 pm inside the Museum's historic 1901 Engine House.

This timeless activity is one that can be enjoyed at all levels regardless of athletic ability or skill and it is quickly becoming a favorite sport across Massachusetts. The certified instructors from On The Mark Archery will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes, in 30 minute accelerated sessions.

All equipment is provided.

Program hosted by On the Mark Archery
$20 Class Enrollment Fee, includes Museum admission
Participants must be age 9 or older to shoot on the range

Online registration is available at https://www.onthemarkarchery.com/crmii

Schedule (limited to 10 participants each slot):

Class 1: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 

Class 2: 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Class 3: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 

Class 4: 12:35 PM - 1:05 PM

Class 5: 1:10 PM - 1:40 PM

 

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Dance Like a Revolutionary
Jul
1
2:30 PM14:30

Dance Like a Revolutionary

Join us as we learn to dance like George and Martha Washington! 

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There will be three group dance patterns to learn with names like: “ The Pilgrim” and “The Fisher’s Hornpipe.”  These group pattern dances are fun and easy to learn, and will be taught by vintage dance instructor Ruth Benson Levin.  No experience needed!  Ruth will have everyone gleefully dancing within minutes.

All levels of experience welcome!

Tickets $15

$10 for Members
$5 for Children under 10


SPACE is LIMITED!  REGISTER TODAY!
Water and juice will be provided for all attendees.

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CANCELED - The Importance of Being Earnest
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELED - The Importance of Being Earnest

June 3, 2018

Hello,

I’m sorry to have to inform you that circumstances have arisen that have made it necessary for us to cancel the production of The Importance of Being Earnest that was due to be performed at the Museum on Friday-Sunday, June 8-10, 2018.

On behalf of the Museum and the entire theatre production team, I apologize for the cancellation, especially to those of you who had already purchased tickets and made plans to attend a performance.

Unfortunately the circumstances driving this decision were beyond our control and insurmountable, but please know that we intend to stage live theatre productions at the Museum in the future and we do hope you can join us then.

Sincerely yours,

Bob Perry
Executive Director
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Ana Egge

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Ana Egge

Growing up as the daughter of wheat farmers in a 50-person North Dakota town, Egge came by her independent streak honestly and at a young age. She’s worked with songwriting legends like Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith, cut collaborative albums with bands like The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals, but no matter the musical context it’s the quiet strength of her spirit and her singular voice that shine through. Egge will close out our spring season in a rare Boston-area appearance with her acoustic trio.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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The Waltham Sound: Latin with Mariachi Internacional Boston and Jorge Omar
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: Latin with Mariachi Internacional Boston and Jorge Omar

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior. 
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

MARIACHI INTERNACIONAL BOSTON
In 2000, Mariachi Internacional Boston was founded by Guatamalan-born Carlos Alfredo. Alfredo has vast experience working with musicians from Mexico and renowned mariachis. He has worked with "Mariach Mujer 2000” from Los Angeles CA, and Jose Hernandez with members of "Vargas de Vargas de Tecalitlan" at the New Mexico Mariachi Festival.

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JORGE OMAR
Jorge Omar
 is a Colombian-born singer, musician and composer. He has toured the United States with his music, as well as countries in South and Central America. His style is derived from using ancestral instruments and rhythms from the Central and South America.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Jason Palmer/Boujemaa Razgui Duo
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Jason Palmer/Boujemaa Razgui Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Jason Palmer & Boujemaa Razgui
Unique improvisations, and a first-ever collaboration, from award winning jazz trumpeter Jason Palmer and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Boujemaa Razgui.

Trumpeter/Composer/Educator Jason Palmer is becoming one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, etc. Jason was recently named to the inaugural class of the Boston Artist in Residence Fellowship for Music Composition. Jason was a recipient of the 2014 French American Cultural Exchange Jazz Fellowship and was named a Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2011 and 2017. Jason took 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”. In addition to performing on over forty albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded ten albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist (three of his recordings receiving 4 stars or better in Downbeat Magazine). Jason is has toured over 30 countries with saxophonists Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, Matana Roberts, as well as a featured guest artist on multiple projects.
http://jasonpalmermusic.com

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Boujemaa Razgui was born in Marrakech, a city known for its percussive musical culture. Since 1975, he has been performing internationally with different groups and in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Morocco and Europe. His proficiency of many different instruments makes him a musician appreciated for his versatility. Boujemaa has often been called to perform using the ney (a middle eastern bamboo flute), oud, kamanja, and a variety of flutes, percussion, singning voice and more. His vast knowledge of oriental, african and Andalusian music and his considerable scene experience got him to perform with groups like Boston Camerata, Al-Andalus, the Sharq Ensemble and Atlas Soul. Boujemaa was also called for various recording sessions, including a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the song Beautiful Liar by Beyoncé and Shakira and appearances on major channels like Fox News, Radio-Canada and Boston NPR.
https://razgui.com

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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May
17
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Suitcase Junket

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

The Suitcase Junket

If there’s another artist who better embodies the industrial spirit celebrated here at the museum in such a fiercely independent and creative way, we haven’t heard of them. Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, is a one-man band who can entertain with the spectacle of a single guy playing four instruments and singing multiple notes at once. But whether he’s wringing salvation from a salvaged guitar or the blues from a box of bones, it is his songs that leave the most memorable impression.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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The Waltham Sound: opera & classical w/soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: opera & classical w/soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet

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The Waltham Sound: opera & classical featuring: soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet

Doors open at 7:00 with the first performance beginning at 7:30.

Soprano MOLLY JO RIVELLI
A Waltham resident for 20 years, Soprano Molly Jo Rivelli, has impressed audiences throughout New England with “one, incredible voice and great stage presence.” Singing many times with Boston Lyric Opera, Ms. Rivelli portrayed the role of Bianca in their production of La Rondine. Additional opera roles include Frasquita in Carmen with Granite State Opera, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Providence, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Longwood Opera, and both Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Opera New England. An active recitalist, Ms. Rivelli has sung numerous times for “Friends of the Marlborough Public Library” series and Opera Providence, programming varied repertoire covering Opera, Baroque, Music Theatre, and the American Songbook.

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Additional operatic performances include singing with the Fine Arts Chorale and Orchestra as Lucia in excerpts from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Rivelli also premiered the role of Constance for Granite State Opera in the world premiere of Oscar, a new opera by composer Thomas Oboe Lee. Ms. Rivelli has performed frequently with Raylynmor Opera in roles such as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen and as Violetta in La Traviata . Additional roles with Raylynmor Opera include Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Adina in L’elisire d’amore.

Ms. Rivelli’s various concert performances include singing as soloists for the Waltham Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert, Handel’s Messiah with the Nashua Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Waltham Philharmonic and the Wellesley Choral Society, both the world premier of Requiem for September 11 by Germani and Handel’s Messiah with the Scituate Choral Arts Society Orchestra, and the Poulenc Gloria with Central Congregational Orchestra.

A long-time teacher, she is the owner of MJ’s Music School in Waltham, MA, where she has taught voice and piano for over 15 years. She is also the Classical Vocal Instructor and co-Choral director at the Boston Arts Academy for the Boston Public Schools. In addition to preparing students for entrance to various music conservatories and operatic careers, Molly Jo is passionate about early music education and working with students of all levels. She has spent years working on ways to adapt standard teaching methods to use successfully with students with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Accompanying pianist STEPHEN STEINER
Stephen Steiner has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a teacher, performer and arts administrator. For many years, he served in a number of capacities for Boston Lyric Opera, including director of productions and chorus master. He has also been closely associated with many other opera companies around the country. He was head of music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he also was supervisor of its young artist ensemble program. For Houston Grand Opera, he was engaged as guest principal coach, working on a variety of productions, later returning to work with the singers in the Houston Opera Studio. Other affiliations have included the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Saratoga.

One of Boston’s most respected coaches, Mr. Steiner has served on the faculties of Boston University and The Boston Conservatory, his extensive work with aspiring young singers also taking him to the Chautauqua Institution as Principal Coach for its Summer Vocal Program.

Mr. Steiner is frequently asked to sit on a number of panels, and has also been involved as an adjudicator for a variety of vocal competitions for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

He currently maintains an active coaching studio in the Boston area

THE WALTHAM PHILHARMONIC WOODWIND QUINTET
The Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet is made up of wind players from the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra. These musicians have been together as a chamber ensemble for over 12 years. They have performed concerts at venues throughout Waltham including Waltham Library, Government Center, and Bentley University.

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They frequently perform works composed for woodwind sextet- the quintet plus piano.

The group members are: Jane Pollack- flute, Haig Iskenderian- oboe, Richard Yospin- clarinet, Nancy Rosen- horn, Rachel Kos- bassoon, and David Salstein- piano.
www.wphil.org

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Boiler House Jazz: Ryan Lee Crosby/Danny Mekonnen Duo with guest Koushik Chakrabarty
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Ryan Lee Crosby/Danny Mekonnen Duo with guest Koushik Chakrabarty

Performance begins at 7:30, with doors opening 30 minutes prior.

THE RYAN LEE CROSBY/DANNY MEKONNEN DUO with guest Koushik Chakrabarty

Another exciting first time collaboration, this one between Ryan Lee Crosby, a Boston based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has grown from punk rock roots to develop a personal guitar approach that finds inspiration in traditional folk and blues sounds of the American south and in the classical music of north India, and Danny Mekonnen, an Ethiopian-American saxophonist and founder and leader of Debo Band whose self titled debut was included on NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012. This led to performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, South by Southwest and the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa. He is also a member of the Nile Project, an international coalition of musicians from every country bordering the Nile River.

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Ryan Lee Crosby

 Danny Mekonnen

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When asked to describe what the audience should expect in this project, Ryan Lee Crosby stated "I anticipate that it will be a mix of American and African sounds, played on 12 and 22 string guitars, saxophone, and calabash. While the emphasis will be on improvisation, I imagine we will may use some songs or song fragments as spring boards to blast off from."
https://www.ryanleecrosby.com/
http://nileproject.org/danny-mekonnen/

Koushik Chakrabarty has been trained in Lucknow gharana (lineage) of Indian classical tradition. He is a percussionist for Boston area band Philomela and regularly performs in greater Boston area. He has been collaborating with Ryan Lee Crosby for the last few years to create a unique blues-raga sound with tabla and Chaturangui.

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Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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May
3
5:30 PM17:30

Charles River Museum 30th Anniversary Gala

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The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation's
30th Anniversary Gala...
 

...will take place on Thursday evening, May 3, 2018, at the Museum, located at 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, the cornerstone of the American Industrial Revolution.

in addition to celebrating the 30 years since opening to visitors in 1988, we will be honoring with a new exhibit "The Boston Associates," America's first industrial dynasty, whose work led the transformation of the United States into a strong, industrialized nation. 

The evening schedule is as follows:

5:30pm: Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and exhibit viewing
7:00pm: Dinner and program in the Jackson Room

The enticing dinner menu includes an Arugula Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette to start, with an entrée choice of Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Demi-glace or Crab Cake and Remoulade with Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Greens, and a vegan option of Quinoa Stuffed Squash.

Please join us for an evening of excitement and celebration at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation! 

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our 30th Anniversary Gala from the Lowell Institute, whose mission it is to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status. 

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Boiler House Jazz: Zach Mayer/Utsav Lal Duo
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Zach Mayer/Utsav Lal Duo

Performance begins at 7:30 with doors opening 30 minutes prior

ZACH MAYER/UTSAV LAL DUO
This will be the debut collaboration between two outstanding musicians who met while attending the New England Conservatory.

Zach Mayer is a baritone & soprano saxophonist , composer and singer from New York City who currently resides in Boston after attending the New England Conservatory. He is a member of the very inventive Boston based band Night Tree who have been creating quite a buzz in the Northeast and beyond performing music infused with elements of Celtic, Swedish, Jewish, Afro-Cuban, jazz & classical influences while incorporating a healthy dose of improvisation. Zach has contributed many of his own compositions to the group. He is interested in music from around the world and has sat in with groups from other cultures whenever he has the opportunity. While at NEC he performed with musicians from Seoul, Korea.

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https://www.facebook.com/zachmayermusicnyc/ 
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Utsav Lal is an extraordinary musician who has set a precedent in the world of music by performing the tradition of Indian ragas on the piano often accompanied by a tabla player. Choosing to perform on an instrument that has traditionally been considered unsuitable for Hindustani Classical Music, Utsav's innovative handling of a raga blends his diverse musical influences and has left listeners spellbound. Utsav also experiments with a number of other music forms including Irish & Scottish traditional music, jazz, and free form improvisation. He has performed with the great Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and more recently collaborated with Irish-American fiddler and educator Winnie Horan (Solas).

http://www.indianragapianist.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/utsavlalragapianist/ 

Zach Mayer and Utsav Lal come from very different backgrounds yet both are true music explorers so this collaboration should prove to be an exciting and adventurous one.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Dan Bern

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Dan Bern

*We're pleased to share that, despite a recent injury, Dan is committed to making this performance, most likely with a special guest guitarist accompanying him. In addition, 2018 2nd Shift Music Series Curator Mark Erelli is now scheduled as a special guest this night!* 

One of the marks of a great artist is to absorb all the tags that critics try to hurl at you and, despite the long odds against anyone who creates for a living, simply endure. Dan Bern has sloughed off comparisons to Dylan and Guthrie, teamed up with Ani DiFranco and Judd Apatow, and generally followed his own road for over 20 years and 26 albums. Bern is a master at threading the artistic needle, effortlessly balancing immediacy and timelessness, humor and poignancy. He’s one guy with a guitar, and you may think you know what that sounds like, but Dan Bern will make you think again.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Boiler House Jazz: Jenny Herzog/Jim Guttman Duo
Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Jenny Herzog/Jim Guttman Duo

Performance begins at 7:30, doors open 30 minutes prior.

JENNY HERZOG/JIM GUTTMANN DUO
Jenny Herzog is a classically trained, jazz-loving tap dancer, vocalist, and improvisational musician based in Boston. She grew up on the Great American Songbook, musical theater, Thelonious Monk, and the Nicholas Brothers. Her belief is that the voice and body are intertwined; voice informs body informs voice. Improvisation is an essential ingredient to who she is and what she does. She received a Masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory where she sang and tapped her way through genres, structures, and ideas. She also has extensive knowledge of Yiddish Theater music and klezmer tunes. She is presently the founder and executive director of Moving Stories, an organization that partners with local organizations to create live, full-length performances integrating storytelling, music, and dance. To sum it up, Ms. Herzog is truly an eclectically adventurous artist and her vibrant personality and her sheer originality has delighted audiences especially those seeing her for the first time.
http://www.jennyherzog.com/

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From smoky dives to Carnegie Hall, Jim Guttmann’s career spans 40 years and many musical idioms. As a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, he has toured the world and has performed & recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey. He has worked with Eartha Kitt, Mark Murphy, western swing legend Tiny Moore, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, the new acoustic music stars Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers and the Artie Shaw Band.

He spent many years with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1999, with the young Peter Evans, premiered Gunther Schuller’s “Fantastical Colloquy,” a duet for trumpet & contrabass.  Along with Richard Stolzman and Dan Stepner he was part of the Grammy Award winning ensemble on Yehudi Wyner’s “The Mirror.”

In 2010 he released his first album as a leader, “Bessarabian Breakdown” a culmination of his experience to date, playing traditional klezmer music with small and large ensembles, and creating fusions of klezmer with traditional Afro-Cuban guajira and guaguanco, a nod to Tower of Power and calypso, a swinging jazz trio and a brief hip hop interlude. 


http://www.jimguttmann.com/

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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The Waltham Sound: rock with Rolling Nectar and Background Orcs
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: rock with Rolling Nectar and Background Orcs

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Doors open at 7:00pm and the first performance begins at approximately 7:30pm.

ROLLING NECTAR
Boston-based ROLLING NECTAR embraces vintage to modern rock 'n roll influences- creating a uniquely honest and gritty modern rock sound. Their music is laced with psychedelic overtones, Americana, old-school blues, and soul.

The band won the Boston Hard Rock Rising competition in 2016, was nominated for the 2016 "Rock Act Of The Year" by the New England Music Awards, and was a 2015 finalist in the "Last Band Standing" competition at the Hard Rock Cafe. They opened for international touring act Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, the legendary Rusted Root, and a special tribute featuring members of Foghat and Badfinger. They are a personal local rock favorite of the Boston Red Sox organization- having been invited to perform before games on several occasions.

ROLLING NECTAR is fronted Kevin J. Graham lead vocals and guitar. He is backed by rhythm section of bruising drummer Tony St. Cyr, and bassist Aaron Haynes and rhythm guitarist Nick Moreira. They are also accompanied onstage by backing vocalists Leah Hinton and Christine Moser, known as the "Nectarines". 
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https://m.facebook.com/RollingNectar/
 

BACKGROUND ORCS
With a unique sound that defies normal categorization, Background Orcs combine musical styles and feels from around the globe to deliver a high-energy atmosphere for listeners as well as keep them on their toes. While some have attempted to package the Orcs' sound with brands such as "deep pocket immersive groove" or "heady psychedelic jazz fusion", one must experience the group first hand to grasp their diverse musical directions. Regardless of genre, constant craftsmanship by all four members has been a hallmark of Background Orcs from the very beginning.

The band has a strong presence in the Northeast music scene, sharing stages with artists such as Bernie Worrell, Dopapod, Consider The Source, The New Mastersounds, Rebirth Brass Band, The Nth Power, and many more. In 2014, the Orcs dropped their first full length album Villains. The Orcs have set their sights on world domination.
www.backgroundorcs.com

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Mill Talk: Civil War Massachusetts
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: Civil War Massachusetts

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Massachusetts recruited over sixty regiments during the Civil War and their records are preserved in the Massachusetts Archives.  Highlighting original materials from the files of the "Great War Governor,"  John Albion Andrew, the lecture presents the stories of three unique regiments:  the 20th "Harvard Regiment," the " Irish-American" 28th Regiment, and the  "African-American" 54th Regiment, featured in the motion picture Glory!  It also includes material on the technology that made the Civil War so devastating.

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Our speaker, Stephen Kenney, has been Director of the Commonwealth Museum, the Massachusetts state history museum, since 2002.  He has a Ph.D. from Boston University and has been a faculty member and administrator at several colleges including service as Interim President at Quincy College. He has been curator for several exhibits at the Commonwealth Museum, including Civil War Massachusetts, Sacco and Vanzetti, Road to Revolution: the Stamp Tax Crisis of 1765, and Freedom's Agenda: African-American Petitions to the Massachusetts Government.

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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Boiler House Jazz: Maria Finkelmeier/Tim Hall Duo
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Maria Finkelmeier/Tim Hall Duo

Performance begins at 7:30 with doors opening 30 minutes prior

MARIA FINKELMEIER/TIM HALL DUO

Cincinnati native Maria Finkelmeier has been called a "one-woman" dynamo" by the Boston Globe. She is a percussionist, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston. She founded and directs Kadence Arts, a non-profit devoted to incubating artistic projects, curating performances and engaging local communities through music making. A nuanced interpreter and creator of new music, Maria is also a co-founder of the artist collective Massary Studios and has been commissioned to create works for several different projects. She also finds time to tour with the Swedish-American band, Quartet Kalos who re-work traditional folk music with unique arrangements and instrumentation as well as perform original compositions and commissioned works. She also got lots of attention for a project she did with Illumininus for HubWeek in 2015, where she turned Fenway Park's Green Monster into an instrument and projection canvas combining music performance with triggered animation.
http://www.mariafinkelmeier.com/

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Detroit born Tim Hall is an educator, saxophonist, writer, and producer who has performed all around the country. He began playing music at the age of 10, and found poetry in college as a way to share his thoughts on paper. Tim Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences, charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He has performed in spaces all around the Midwest and Greater Boston areas, and has opened for artists such as Neiel Israel, Regie Gibson, the Asia Project of BET’s Def Poetry Jam, and soul singer Lalah Hathaway. 
http://hipstory.org/timhall/

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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26th annual WALTHAM FOOD WINE & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL at the Waltham Westin Hotel
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

26th annual WALTHAM FOOD WINE & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL at the Waltham Westin Hotel

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The 26th Annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival will take place on Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, from 5:30-8:30pm in the Eden Vale Ballroom at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel.

Located at 70 3rd Avenue in Waltham, Massachusetts, this wonderful venue is easily accessible from all points in the Greater Boston Metro West.

This great event, now an annual tradition, is an excellent opportunity to go on a culinary tour of one of the most celebrated American food towns: Waltham, Massachusetts. 

Famous for its ethnic diversity, Waltham’s dynamic food scene will be on elegant display at the 2018 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival where you can embark on your personal city food tour through American,Cuban, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, Persian, and more ----- or thematically through baking, barbecuing, braising, grilling, roasting, sauteing and and stir-frying, and more. 

Of course you’ll want to enjoy choice beverages, too! Local breweries will be serving samples of their latest creations and the connoisseurs at Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors will be serving samples of an array of noteworthy and delicious wines to complete the evening’s gourmet experience. — Whether you want to pursue your newest culinary curiosities or established passions, this is the event for you! 

As if all the delicious food, wine, and craft beer weren’t enough to make for a great evening out, there will also be live jazz and blues by Session450, as well as a Silent Auction featuring a diverse selection of great lifestyle prizes, including (of course!) restaurant meals, hotel stays, theatre and sporting event tickets, and many more great experiences. 

The Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, a Museum of the American Industrial Revolution located in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, just off Moody Street. All proceeds of this event support the Museum, its exhibits and programs. 

The Museum is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.

PARTICIPATING WALTHAM RESTAURANTS

Check back soon! MORE RESTAURANT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME!

The Charles River Museum would like to thank the following for their support of this year's Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival


MASTER CHEF LEVEL: Hobbs Brook Management


TOP CHEF LEVEL: Waltham Tourism Council
IRON CHEF LEVEL: The Nelson Companies, Park Lodge Hotel Group
SOMMELIER LEVEL:Dinner and Company, Watertown Savings Bank, Carol & Jack O'Neil
SOUS CHEF LEVEL: Boston Properties, Stanton Insurance, Anchor Line Partners, Joyce Funeral Home, Waltham Chamber of Commerce, Saltbox Kitchen

If you are interested in joining the fine businesses below as a sponsor of the 26th annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival, please visit here for full details on sponsorship levels.

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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

What do you get when you cross mandolin, guitar, upright bass, accordion and percussion with an accomplished Americana instrumentalist who has studied meditation and violin with masters in India? Our second act of the season, Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, answer this riddle with a unique and kaleidoscopic take on roots music. Sometimes shimmering and hypnotic, sometimes rhythmic and brassy, we are proud to welcome Phoebe Hunt and her band to the 2nd Shift series.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Mill Talk — Liberty Street: Anti-Slavery Activists in Waltham
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk — Liberty Street: Anti-Slavery Activists in Waltham

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF MARCH 21st.

Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

In the 1830s, Waltham's first middle-class residents built a neighborhood near the Common that came to include some of the town's most radical abolitionists. Starting as a small group, they became a force in the antislavery movement and drew abolitionist leaders to Waltham, including Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In a house at the corner of Main and Liberty Streets, one man also harbored runaway slaves.

With the discovery of a largely untouched room papered with Civil War images from Harper's Magazine, historian Alex Green uncovered Waltham's hidden role in the Underground Railroad. Green will share his findings and what they mean for Waltham residents today.

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Author Alex Green

Alex Green is a Fellow at Harvard Law School. A longtime Waltham resident, he is the former chairperson of the Waltham Historical Commission. His writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Huffington Post, and Lapham's Quarterly, and he is a contributor to WBUR-NPR's Cognoscenti.

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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Boiler House Jazz: Mike Rivard/Dave Tronzo Duo
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Mike Rivard/Dave Tronzo Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Mike Rivard & Dave Tronzo
An evening of exciting improvised duos from two internationally-acclaimed musicians.

Composer/bassist Mike Rivard has brought his skills on acoustic and electric bass to a diverse roster of artists including John Medeski, Billy Martin, Hassan Hakmoun, Ryan Montbleau, Either/Orchestra, Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, Mark Sandman & Morphine, and many others. He leads the award-winning dub-jazz-trance group Club d'Elf, recipient of the Boston Music Award in 2007 for Outstanding Jazz Act. He performs with Indo-jazz group Natraj, the Boston Pops Orchestra, as well as Broadway tours of Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, The Color Purple, Mary Poppins & many others. Rivard has a passion for Moroccan trance music, particularly that of the Gnawa and Amazigh (Berber) people of the Atlas mountains, becoming one of the few non-Moroccans to master the sintir, a camel-skin covered bass lute. In 2009 he served as musical ambassador during a cultural exchange to Morocco, and has since led workshops on the sintir and Gnawa music at Berklee, South Shore Conservatory, Northeastern University and Wellesley College.

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David Tronzo is a master slide guitarist, improviser, and composer. He has been voted among the “Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century” and the “Top Ten Jazz Guitarists” by Musician Magazine; “Best Guitarist in NYC” by the New York Press; Tronzo was one of thirty musicians worldwide to receive a nomination for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts for music. Tronzo’s unique playing style has resulted in an innovative body of extended techniques for the slide guitar: fluid single lines, finger-behind-the-slide chords and harmonic slaps, using plastic cups, rags, pencils, and wires.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Tronzo

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The Waltham Sound: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds

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THE WALTHAM SOUND: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

STEVE OUNDO
Born and raised in Africa Uganda Jinja Town. A singer, song-writer, producer, voice teacher, and a multi-Instrumentalist.

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"I use music to share my heart with the world, to inspire thoughts and ideas of love, unity, peace and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I write and create music taking inspiration from my very near surrounding ,world events and also as the Holy Spirit puts it on my heart. When words are not enough, I chant and scat that unspoken spontaneous message. I would call my genre world music!

"A great friend and mentor Tshaka Winston Mayanja once said to me - 'a good song is a good song and there is enough room in this world for all musicians to be heard'."

AFRO DIAMONDS
Afro Diamonds is a group of talented young passionate dancers who love to express the beauty of Africa through dancing. We are a part of the Africano center (African Cultural Services Inc.) that is located at 703 Main Street Waltham Massachusetts. Our main motive is to bring cultural awareness to whoever is willing to listen. We love to connect with different people through the energy and passion we give while we dance. We perform at many cultural events, universities, shows, churches, competitions etc. We want to dominate the world and spread love through the positiveness of our dances.

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Aside from dancing, Afro Diamonds is a team of inspiration. We are a family that cultivates each other’s gifts. We believe that the future belongs to anybody who believes in the beauty of their dreams. Afro Diamonds’ dream is help individual pursue their dreams.

 

 

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Allan Chase/Ted Reichman Duo
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Allan Chase/Ted Reichman Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Allan Chase (soprano, alto, bari saxes) & Ted Reichman (accordion with electronics)Saxophonist Allan Chase and accordionist Ted Reichman will explore sounds in time and space, extended techniques and unusual textures and timbral combinations, and free approaches to melody, harmony, and rhythm, in a series of structured and free duets (and short solos).

Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist and composer. Since 2008, he has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. He appears as a soloist on over 40 jazz, pop, and classical recordings, in addition to several movie scores. Chase has taught a wide range of college courses in ear training, transcription and analysis, harmony, counterpoint, music theory, and music history, as well as ensembles and private lessons. He began his teaching career at Berklee in 1981, and has also taught at Tufts University and New England Conservatory, where he served as chair of jazz studies and dean of the faculty. From 1992 to 2000, he performed and recorded with John Coltrane's former drummer Rashied Ali, and he has been a member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet since 1981. Chase studied music theory and composition at Arizona State University (BM, 1978) and ethnomusicology at Tufts University (MA, 1992). He also did graduate study in music theory and jazz at New England Conservatory and studied new music improvisation for two summers at the Creative Music Studio.
http://allanchase.com

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Ted Reichman is an accordionist, keyboard player, and composer, focusing on connections between improvisation and various forms of folk, popular music, and jazz. He works as a film composer and record producer, in addition to performing worldwide in John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, and other jazz and rock bands.
http://www.tedreichman.com/

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For more information on these and other Boiler House Jazz Series artists, please visit the Charles River Museum webpage: charlesrivermuseum.org/boiler-house-jazz-series

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Vintage Irish Dance Night
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Vintage Irish Dance Night

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Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day mill-style! 

  Instructor Ruth Benson Levin

Instructor Ruth Benson Levin

Join us as we dance three 19th century Irish Ceili dances in the period setting of our 1901 Engine House. These group pattern dances are fun and easy to learn.  The dances, with great names such as “The Siege of Ennis,” will be taught by vintage dance instructor Ruth Benson Levin, who will have everyone gleefully dancing within minutes.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and, of course, feel free to emphasize the color green!

Costumes are welcomed!

Light refreshments will be served.

Admission:

$15 for General Public
$10 for Museum Members

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Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Joyce Andersen

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Joyce Andersen

Equally at home with a fiddle tune, a spare country waltz or an intricately woven tapestry of violin and percussion loops, Andersen is a versatile and beguiling musician. She’s a modern artist hailing from the Maine seacoast, but when her crystalline voice harmonizes with her fiddle playing, pedestrian concerns like time and place fall away. Andersen’s blend of original songs, Celtic ballads and transformative covers of everyone from Steve Winwood to Jimi Hendrix makes her the perfect choice to kick off our 3rd season.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Exhibit/Artist Opening - The Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibit/Artist Opening - The Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian

This event, hosted by Mr. Robert Megerdichian, is really a full-throated expression of a son's love for his father, Abraham, sharing with all of us his machinist father's love for his work.

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Abraham Megerdichian

Abraham Megerdichian was born in 1923 to Armenian immigrants. After completing a special machinists' technical training secondary education and serving in the United States Navy in World War II, he then worked a full career at General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts.

During the early 1960s, Mr. Megerdichian began using his 20 minute breaks to craft precious keepsakes for family and fiends. His earliest items were utilitarian, domestic, and full size. As his technical proficiency increased, however, his works became more intricate, smaller, and often included many very small parts.

Among these items created entirely out of metal to please and amuse were jewelry, doll house furniture, a cash register, a miniature vacuum cleaner, a tool box with individual tools to scale, toy trucks and cars, and a train set. Over the course of his working life, Abraham Megerdichian created over 400 metal art objects.

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A wagon with a keg

Please join us for a special evening hosted by Abraham Megerdichian's son, Robert, who will give a short talk about his father's life, art, and legacy, and will be on hand to discuss Abraham's work and what it was like to grow up the son of such a talented and generous tradesman-artist.

This event runs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission is free. Please RSVP by clicking the button below.

We hope to see you on March 14th!

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A machinist's toolbox

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Archery at the Museum
Mar
3
10:45 AM10:45

Archery at the Museum

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Want to try your hand at archery? Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd to participate in the live archery range that will be open from 10:45 am – 1:00 pm inside the Museum's historic 1901 Engine House.

This timeless activity is one that can be enjoyed at all levels regardless of athletic ability or skill and it is quickly becoming a favorite sport across Massachusetts. The certified instructors from On The Mark Archery will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes, in 30 minute accelerated sessions.

All equipment is provided.

Program hosted by On the Mark Archery
$20 Class Enrollment Fee, includes Museum admission
Participants must be age 9 or older to shoot on the range

Online registration is available at www.onthemarkarchery.com/charlesrivermuseum.

Schedule (limited to 10 participants each slot):

Class 1: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 

Class 2: 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Class 3: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 

Class 4: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

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The Waltham Sound: jazz with The Fringe w/Dave Fox Trio
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: jazz with The Fringe w/Dave Fox Trio

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Doors open at 7:00 with the first performance beginning at 7:300.

The Fringe
Starting in 1972, The Fringe is one of America’s longest running and working bands. This award-winning jazz trio formed while still students at Berklee College of Music. The trio has performed at many international jazz festivals including: Red Sea Jazz Festival, Bergin Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz, San Paulo Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. With 15 recordings to date, The Fringe has had a Monday night residency in Boston for over 40 years! All three members are currently professors at Berklee College of Music.
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Dave Fox Trio
The Dave Fox Trio is an acoustic, modern jazz trio that draws from a deep repertoire of classic jazz standards as well as arrangements of modern jazz and original compositions. Featuring Bruno Raberg on bass and Bill Jones on saxophone, The Trio has extensive experience performing at numerous hotels and high-end corporate events in the Boston area and its members have also performed in Boston’s finest Jazz Clubs such as The Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Wally’s Jazz Café, The Beehive, The Beat Hotel, Devlin’s and The LilyPad. Since 2014, The Trio has hosted a bi-weekly Jazz Brunch at The Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park, MA.
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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

22nd Annual NEMES New England Model Engineering Show

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See Operating Scale:

Steam Engines
Gasoline Engines
Aircraft Engines
Stirling Cycle Engine
Clocks
Machinist’s Tools and Fixtures
Locomotives Traction Engines
Model Boats – Steam and Gas

And Meet the Craftsmen Who Built Them

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General museum admission applies for spectators.

Exhibitors Setup Starts At 8:00 Am

Compressed Air for Running Models

Gas Engines Allowed

Non-Member Exhibitors Welcome

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

MassDestruction

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Metal versus Metal!

Engineers versus Engineers!

ROBOT versus ROBOT!

 

MassDestruction
returns to the Charles River Museum!

Fighting Robots return to the Charles River Museum! Come watch as talented engineers, designers, and programmers pit metal against metal in our ninth robot MassDestruction. Robots range from 3lb highly-kinetic destruction machines to sumo-style 12lbers, as well as a specialty 3D printed-only class!

This event is fun for the whole family as all the destruction is contained inside of our sealed bulletproof-glass box and robots are operated by their talented builders!

Standard Museum admission rates apply for spectators.

If you're interested in getting involved in this event,
please register at:

 and check out our Facebook page here.

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