Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: CATIE CURTIS

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Catie Curtis
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After 14 albums, songs featured in major TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, and hundreds of concerts everywhere from Lilith Fair to the White House, Catie Curtis assumed the New Yorker’s mantle of “folk rock goddess” the old fashioned way: she earned it. In a career been peppered with professional accolades, she is best known for songs that forge intimate connections through honest stories and clear-eyed courage.

Curtis has noted that her songs are “like a conversation with a friend,” and we can’t think of a more intimate and open-hearted artist to kick off our fall 2019 series.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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Margaret Airplaneman: record release "Live at the Charles River Museum of Industry"
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Margaret Airplaneman: record release "Live at the Charles River Museum of Industry"

Magic happens quickly.

Late in the evening of May 9th, 2019, Margaret Garrett, aka Margaret Airplaneman, came across the Charles River Museum (hosting a musical performance that night) during an evening walk through Waltham. She immediately became fascinated by the building, the history, and most of all, the SOUND of the room.

Two weeks later, 6 songs were recorded in a single day under the 42 foot ceiling of the Museum's main gallery: Live at Charles River Museum of Industry.

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We are proud to welcome Margaret back to celebrate the release of that exciting album, in the very room where it was recorded.

Please join us, Margaret Airplaneman, and special guests, The Concerns, for a night to remember.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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2nd SHIFT Concert: KRIS DELMHORST
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: KRIS DELMHORST

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Kris Delmhorst
krisdelmhorst.com

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Some songwriters float on the surface and keep it light, while others dive deep and illuminate the the darkness. Delmhorst is of the latter tribe, and her beguilingly haunted songs are delivered in a voice that is at once soothing and melodically sophisticated. Her most recent album, The Wild, was a stark and stunning career high watermark.

Come on out for a night of songs imbued with Delmhorst’s disarmingly fierce wisdom, which feature equal measures of shadow and light.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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PALATE2PALETTE: an evening of Wine & Art
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

PALATE2PALETTE: an evening of Wine & Art

PALATE2PALETTE: an evening of Wine & Art

This event is 21+

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“In wine, there is truth.” – Pliny the Elder
"We must never forget that art... is a form of truth." – John F. Kennedy


Wine and Art – without a doubt, two of life's great pleasures, equally rich with evocative qualities. Join us for a celebration of both in this fundraiser for the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Palate2Palette- an Evening of Wine+Art will present 10 unique and quality wines for your tasting pleasure. Each will be paired with a work of fine art, curated by Waltham-based artist Sallie Strand to complement and evoke that wine's qualities and tasting notes.

This piece, along with other works, will be on display in our Jackson Room function hall and available for purchase*. Many of these artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and wine representatives will discuss the selections in depth.

On our Main Gallery level, we will be presenting moderated Q&A sessions with wine professionals and featured artists in a fun, relaxed setting. Additionally, we will be offering a silent auction of exceptional items and services donated for this unique fundraising event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening.

The WINES

2009 Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza
2017 Granbazán Albariño “Ambar”
2016 Pernot-Belicard Meursault
2015 Domaine Parent Pomone
2014 Domaine Dublere Beaune Rouge clos des Blanches
2015 Bret Brothers Pouilly-Fuisse En Carementrant
2014 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Occidental Pinot Noir
2014 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga
2016 Felsina Chianti Classico Reserva


We will also feature a Whiskey Lounge, accessible via ticket upgrade.

Buffalo Trace
Four Roses Single Barrel
Russell’s Reserve
Balblair 1999
Gordon & MacPhail 15 yr
Old Pulteney 15 yr


Visit Palate2Palette.com for event updates and news on featured artists as they become available.

Ticket pricing and details:

  • $75 Single admission - Includes admission to the event and sampling of all 10 wines

  • $125 Duo admission - Includes admission for 2 to the event and sampling of all 10 wines

  • + $25 per Attendee UPGRADE Includes admission to the event, sampling of all 10 wines AND access to our Whiskey Lounge**

** Our Whiskey Lounge will feature tastings of 3 scotches and 3 bourbons, selected for their quality. TICKET QUANTITIES LIMITED.

These ticket prices are advance sale ONLY.

  • At the door tickets will be subject to availability: At the Door pricing: $95 wine only and $125 for upgraded.

  • There will be NO Duo ticket pricing at the door.

  • On-site Upgrade Whiskey Lounge access will be available to Presold Ticket-holders at the event for $30 per attendee, subject to availability.

All of the wines presented will be available to purchase for future delivery from Gordon's Fine Wine & Liquors (there will be no on-site carry-away sales).

The Museum's Spring Food, Wine, & Craft Beer event sold out weeks in advance, so don't miss out on this amazing evening!

*Ticket sales, proceeds from the silent auction, and a portion of art sales proceeds will support the exhibits and programs of THE CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY & INNOVATION, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.


BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR

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Boston Typewriter Orchestra
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra returns to the Charles River Museum!

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

Boston Typewriter Orchestra!

We're thrilled to have the BTO back for another year! 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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Boiler House Jazz: CHRISTINA GOH & NOAH PREMINGER Duo
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Boiler House Jazz: CHRISTINA GOH & NOAH PREMINGER Duo

CHRISTINA GOH & NOAH PREMINGER


Boiler House Jazz is proud to present the first time collaboration of French singer, songwriter, and poet Christina Goh and the critically acclaimed American jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger.

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CHRISTINA GOH
christinagoh.com 
Christina Goh is a French vocalist of Ivorian and Caribbean descent internationally known for her unique artistic style. She is also a songwriter, member of the jury of the 15th Independent Music Awards in the United States, a poet, and a member of the Board of the French Association for Percussion.

For two decades, “The Afro-Blues Black Pearl” has developed her specific musical universe on a vocal technique for high-range percussion with unique configurations: 13 string bass - percussion - voice among others as well as creative collaborations with the Western medieval world. Her show “Immersion” was labeled MOCA France in 2017 (selection of the best shows inspired by Africa). 

Christina Goh has a dozen discographic achievements to her credit, including adaptations of English original songs in French. She is also a published poet, essayist, and the author of several articles published in the world magazine "Mondes Francophones". Christina is also the initiator of the collaborative blog More of Us Project.

South African international "Tropics Magazine" mentions the vocalist among African icons in its 2011 issue. In 2019, the Hong Kong based international label, Plaza Mayor Company Ltd, released the “best of Christina Goh”, summarizing her  double decade conceptual music.

Christina is a passionate believer in the beauty of all the cultures and is always ready to collaborate with new musicians ...

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NOAH PREMINGER
noahpreminger.com
Of saxophonist Noah Preminger, The New York Times declares: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”  Preminger, just 32 and the winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Best Tenor Saxophonist, has recorded over twelve critically acclaimed albums. Multiple recordings were released in 2017-18, including Meditations On Freedom, released on Inauguration Day, 2017, as a musical protest of ominous political developments in America.  In addition, a duo album recorded in NEC’s Jordan Hall with pianist, Frank Carlberg, a Quartet recording on Criss Cross Records, and a recording of the music of Otto Preminger’s films – on French, vinyl-only label, Newvelle Records. In 2018, Preminger and co-leader Rob Garcia created the Dead Composers Club and released The Chopin Project, the first of the quartet’s planned annual examinations of deceased composer’s oeuvres.  In 2018, Preminger has contributed music to a major motion picture, was awarded a composition Fellowship at Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists Studio and is recording two new albums of original music.

The Boston Globe hails Preminger as “A master with standards and ballads, as well as an adventurous composer.” The saxophonist has performed on key stages from the United States to Europe and Australia, and he has played and/or recorded with the likes of Jason Moran, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Cecil McBee, George Cables, and Roscoe Mitchell.

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ANIMATED FILMS OF KAREN AQUA w/KEN FIELD Alto Sax Quartet + Drums
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

ANIMATED FILMS OF KAREN AQUA w/KEN FIELD Alto Sax Quartet + Drums

ANIMATED FILMS OF KAREN AQUA w/KEN FIELD Alto Sax Quartet + Drums

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

Saxophonist-composer Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble) teamed with his wife, award-winning independent animator Karen Aqua, to create soundtracks for her animated films for several decades until her untimely passing in 2011. 

In 2017 Field was invited by the ANIMATOR Festival (Poland) to perform live for a program of Aqua's films and assembled an unusual instrumentation of four alto saxophones and a drummer. The resultant performance was celebrated as the highlight of the festival.

This program at CRMII serves both as a tribute to Aqua and as an opportunity for Field to share with the public his ongoing engagement with her creative spirit. Since 1988 Field has been a member of the internationally acclaimed electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, with whom he has recorded eight CDs. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental and improvisational brass band, and performs with the community-based Second Line Social Aid & Please Society Brass Band. Since 2015, Field has annually led a pick-up band of unaffiliated musicians at the HONK!Oz Festival in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His music is also heard regularly on the children's television program Sesame Street. 

Karen Aqua (1954-2011) completed 12 independently-produced animated films and one collaborative animation/live action video since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, and before her untimely death at age 57 in 2011. Her award-winning films have screened worldwide. In 2005, a special program of Aqua's animated films was presented at the Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran. During the 1990's she directed/animated 22 segments for the acclaimed children's television program Sesame Street. Aqua's film Twist of Fate was screened at Telluride Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Kos Ippokratis International Health Film Festival (Greece), and international animation festivals in Ottawa, Hiroshima, and Annecy (France). It received awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, James River Film Festival, and Black Maria Film & Video Festival. Her final film, Taxonomy, debuted at the ICA/Boston in May 2011. Aqua's work is included in the permanent collections of the Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA), the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell, NM), and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (Lincoln, NE).

PERFORMERS:
Ken Field
 - alto saxophone
Lihi Haruvi - alto saxophone
Neil Leonard - alto saxophone
Stan Strickland - alto saxophone
Savannah Marshall - drums

PROGRAM:
Vis-á-Vis (1982 - 12 minutes) - With original soundtrack - Music by Jacques Dorier
Penetralia (1976 - 4 minutes)
Kakania (1989 - 4 minutes)
Perpetual Motion (1992 - 5 minutes)
Ground Zero / Sacred Ground (1997 - 9 minutes)
Sensorium (2007 - 5 minutes)
Taxonomy (2011 - 4 minutes)
Parade of Numbers (1994 - 1 1/2 minutes)

All films directed and animated by Karen Aqua except Sensorium co-directed by Karen Aqua & Ken Field
All music composed by Ken Field except Vis-á-Vis by Jacques Dorier, Kakania by Karlo Takki

For additional information please visit:
kenfield.org 
karenaqua.com

Karen Aqua's complete body of animation is available at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/animationbykarenaqua or via a link on her website.



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Evenings at the Museum
Oct
23
5:00 PM17:00

Evenings at the Museum

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Beginning in Fall 2019, the Museum will be opening once a month on various Wednesday and Friday evenings. It’s an excellent chance for those who struggle to find daytime visiting opportunities or folks who just might enjoy a night out, surrounded by history.

When:

Friday, August 30th

Wednesday, September 18th

Wednesday, October 23rd

Friday, November 15th

5 PM- 9PM
final admission at 8:30PM

Standard Museum Admission Fees apply

SPONSORED BY:

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Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: DANNY SCHMIDT

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Danny Schmidt
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Danny Schmidt is a modern troubadour cut from the timeless cloth of the likes of Leonard Cohen or Townes Van Zandt. Though his tools are unadorned and intimate—a voice, an acoustic guitar—the songs are poetic, fantastical, and vibrantly imaginative. As Jeffrey Foucault, who was featured in our 2019 spring series so aptly puts it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”

Schmidt has recently been touring as the musical guest of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale.

This show is a relatively rare New England headlining appearance for this Austin-based singer/songwriter, and is not to be missed.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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GROVER CRONIN Reunion Fundraiser
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

GROVER CRONIN Reunion Fundraiser

GROVER CRONIN Reunion Fundraiser

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Doors open at 6:30-mingle through the exhibits, meet Santa and the Easter Bunny and reminisce. Our Presentation Program, including a fashion show, begins at 7:30..

Come join us in celebrating the impact of the Grover Cronin family on the Waltham community. For many years the Grover Cronin department store supported citizens with employment, philanthropy and cultural events. Meet the grandson of Grove Cronin: Phil Cronin and other family members. Remember and reminisce about the days when Moody Street was a celebrated shopping destination.

Have your picture taken with Santa and the Easter Bunny at the same time!

Participate in a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Grover Cronin Scholarship Fund.

$25 General Single Admission
$45 General Pair Admission
$5 discount per person for Museum Members purchases (either the Charles River Museum or The Waltham Museum).

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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Ghost Stories by Candlelight
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Ghost Stories by Candlelight

Professional actor & storyteller J.T. Turner spins a great mix of ghostly traditional New England tales, from silly to spooky (not recommended for very young children), including the Fiddler of Maine, John and the Ghost, Robert Frost’s Witch of Co’os, The Devil’s Footprint and many more, in which Turner brings all the characters to life


...even the dead ones!

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2nd SHIFT Concert: HONEYSUCKLE
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: HONEYSUCKLE

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Honeysuckle
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This trio, which marries timeless influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration, is a band on the rise. They have graced the Newport Folk Festival stage, and have been nominated for Best Americana Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards for four years in a row. Bands like Honeysuckle prove that “folk music” isn’t some tired recreation of days gone by, but rather a vital and sonically-adventurous marriage of tradition and innovation, immersive and intimate.

We can’t wait to hear the warmth of their three-part harmonies swirl up to the top of our 40-foot ceilings.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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Boiler House Jazz Concert: RUSS GERSHON and JOHN MULKERIN Duo
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Boiler House Jazz Concert: RUSS GERSHON and JOHN MULKERIN Duo

RUSS GERSHON and JOHN MULKERIN

Boiler House Jazz proudly presents the first time duo collaboration between Russ Gershon, saxophonist/arranger/composer and leader of Either/Orchestra and John Mulkerin, the long time veteran of the New York downtown jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking and influential group called Defunkt.

Mulkerin and Gershon grew up in adjacent towns in Connecticut, and began playing together in 1976, among a coterie of young players influenced by Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, John Coltrane et al. Although they haven’t lived in the same area since 1977, they have played together regularly since, often in a funk or rock setting.

Tonight’s program represents a new chapter, as the two horn players will go at without rhythm section, but drawing on their multi-instrumental skills, electronics and their studio experience.

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RUSS GERSHON
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Russ Gershon has been a force on the Boston music scene for almost 40 years, from early days on the rock scene with the Sex Execs to decades of international touring with his ten-piece Either/Orchestra to today’s assortment of projects including his Trio and the Latin Bugalu band Lookie Lookie.

A saxophonist/composer/arranger, he has recently added flute and reintroduced vocals to his arsenal.

At the helm of the Either/Orchestra, Gershon has headlined at the Chicago Jazz Festival, played the Glastonbury Pop Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the National Theater of Ethiopia, Sanders Theater, the Berklee Performance Center and Jordan Hall, as well as clubs like the Village Gate, Sweet Basil, Yoshi’s, Le Poisson Rouge, the Regattabar and the Green Mill. Alumni of the Either/Orchestra include John Medeski, Miguel Zenon, Matt Wilson and Jaleel Shaw. The group was one of the first non-Ethiopian explorers of now-trendy Ethiopian jazz, beginning in the 90’s, and in 2004 was the first US big band to play in Addis Ababa since Duke Ellington’s, in 1973. The group has collaborated with Ethiopian greats Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, Teshome Mitiku and others, across North America and Europe. Gershon has performed with Ahmed’s band at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap.

Collaborators in Boston’s rock scene include the late Mark Sandman and the Willie “Loco” Alexander, as well as innumerable others live and in the studio.


JOHN MULKERIN
http://www.johnmulkerin.com/
John Mulkerin is a veteran of the pivotal downtown NYC punk-funk scene, having performed, toured and recorded with: Defunkt, Liquid Hips, Konk, James Chance and the Contortions, Murphy's Law, Pee Wee Ellis, William Parker, Luther Thomas and Dizzazz, Charles Bobo Shaw’s Human Arts Ensemble, I.Q., Foreign Legion, and others. He is best known as a long time member of Joseph Bowie's groundbreaking and influential band Defunkt, which was an early influence on bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, and Living Color. John toured with Defunkt throughout the '80s and early '90s performing at major international festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Roskilde, Parkpop, Berlin Jazz Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, and many others, as well as opening shows for Prince, The Talking Heads, The Clash, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff, The Neville Brothers, and King Sunny Ade. He also fronted the crossover funk/punk/noise/rap band Liquid Hips, which released three critically acclaimed albums on Enemy Records in the ‘90s and opened shows for Public Enemy, Ice-T and The P-Funk All stars.

The classic ‘80s lineup of Defunkt has also been hitting the road in recent years in Europe.

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Evenings at the Museum
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Evenings at the Museum

Evenings at the Museum

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Beginning in Fall 2019, the Museum will be opening once a month on various Wednesday and Friday evenings. It’s an excellent chance for those who struggle to find daytime visiting opportunities or folks who just might enjoy a night out, surrounded by history.

When:

Friday, August 30th

Wednesday, September 18th

Wednesday, October 23rd

Friday, November 15th


5 PM- 9PM
final admission at 8:30PM

Standard Museum Admission Fees apply

SPONSORED BY

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Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: GOODNIGHT MOONSHINE

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Goodnight Moonshine
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Goodnight Moonshine showcases the sophisticated funk and silky grit of Eben Pariser and Molly Venter (of Red Molly). The chemistry between this married musical couple plays out in songs that are both viscerally potent and minimally orchestrated. Both wholesome and irreverent, the duality inherent in their approach allows them to explore, and reconcile, emotional extremes through their work. Molly and Eben live life out loud, and the chemistry they share, on their albums and on stage, is open-hearted and utterly captivating.

If cathartic performances of songs marked by substance and grace is your thing, you’re going to love this duo.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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SCREENING: Charlie Chaplin's MODERN TIMES
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

SCREENING: Charlie Chaplin's MODERN TIMES

Charlie Chaplin's MODERN TIMES
Screening begins at 7:30, doors open 30 minutes prior

Join us for a special screening of Charlie Chaplin's 1936 classic MODERN TIMES, projected amongst the machinery and industrial artifacts of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

This, Chaplin's final "silent" film depicts his enduring "Little Tramp" character (the last time he would portray him) struggling to keep up with the ever-increasingly demanding machinery of his factory job. Paulette Goddard shines as the poor orphan girl who steals his heart.

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Boiler House Jazz Concert: ZOË AQUA & PHIL SCARFF Duo
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Boiler House Jazz Concert: ZOË AQUA & PHIL SCARFF Duo

Zoë Aqua/violin & Phil Scarff/saxophones

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Advance tickets $15.00, at the door $20.00

New York klezmer & world music violinist Zoë Aqua meets saxophonist & master of Indian classical music Phil Scarffall hell breaks loose!!

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ZOË AQUA

http://zoeaqua.com
Zoë Aqua is a violinist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. From February to August of 2017, she served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”, ultimately going onstage over 18 times. She will reprise the role in another production of “Indecent” in Weston, VT in fall 2019. Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of Tsibele and Farnakht, and performs regularly with Litvakus, Ternovka, the Honorable Mentschn, and more. Tsibele’s debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" was released in 2017 and features dark and atmospheric original arrangements of Yiddish songs. Farnakht’s debut album “Ultraviolet” was released in 2018 and combines new compositions with klezmer, Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian folk music.

Zoë frequently composes music for dance and theater productions, most recently “A Life of Many Seasons” (2018) with dancer-choreographer Joya Powell, and “Between the Threads” (2019), a new devised theater piece with director Coral Cohen and five women actors.

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PHIL SCARFF

http://www.philscarff.com
Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and contemporary jazz, and leads the world-jazz groups Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. Phil is pioneering the performance of North Indian classical music on soprano saxophone, exquisitely capturing the subtlety and depth of this music on this Western instrument. His performance at India's legendary Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior, India, with Saskia Rao de Haas was "The highlight of the festival." [Dainik Bhaskar]. Indian classical appearances also include India's Nehru Center (Mumbai); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); and ICCR Theater and India Habitat Centre (Delhi). Phil has performed with icons of Indian classical music including Ronu Majumdar, Shashank, Kadri Gopalnath, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Trichy Sankaran, and Chitravina Ravikiran. Phil performs jazz with Aardvark, Jazz Composers Alliance, OddSong, and Filmprov, and is featured on 40 CDs/DVDs. He has performed at the JazzYatra (Mumbai, India), Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Berks Jazz Fest (Reading, PA), Lake George Jazz Festival (NY), and PANAFEST (Ghana).

“Phil Scarff… weaving magic through his saxophone with Raga Puriya… soul-stirring… sonorous… Raga Bihag was refreshing and delightful. He played… with great finesse and mesmerized the audience.” - Deccan Herald, Bengaluru

"Phil Scarff… delirious tenor sax solo." - All About Jazz.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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2nd SHIFT Concert: THE BROTHER BROTHERS
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: THE BROTHER BROTHERS

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

The Brother Brothers
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We are honored to conclude our fall 2019 series with identical twins Adam and David Moss, who perform on fiddle, cello, and guitar as The Brother Brothers. This is the folk tradition framed for a new generation, with harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one voice. Their shows have a cozy and inviting vibe reminiscent of hanging out in a living room with your friends, where a couple of guys with seamless harmonies and jocular wit can make the world outside disappear for a little while. 

They’ve recently opened national tours for I’m With Her and Lake Street Dive, and The Brother Brothers are clearly going places, so catch them in a room this size while you still can.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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2019 Dickens Holiday Festival
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

2019 Dickens Holiday Festival

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 15, from 10am to 4:00pm.  

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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 from the Hovey Players 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. For more interactive fun: “Splendid Teapot Racing” returns 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 singers/carolers and a fiddler.   For your shopping needs, vendors will be hawking holiday wares for seasonal celebrations. There will be soap makers, chocolate, fantastic art, unique jewelry and so much more!

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 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

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Boiler House Jazz Concert: JEFF PLATZ and BRIAN RICHBURG JR Duo
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Boiler House Jazz Concert: JEFF PLATZ and BRIAN RICHBURG JR Duo

Jeff Platz/guitar & Brian Richburg Jr/drums

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

Boiler House Jazz: JEFF PLATZ & BRIAN RICHBURG JR. Duo

Advance tickets $15.00, at the door $20.00

Free jazz guitarist meets funky New Orleans drummer and the result is magic!

JEFF PLATZ

http://jeffplatz.com
Jeff Platz, guitarist composer, has toured extensively for the past decade throughout the US and Europe. He has performed in various music festivals worldwide such as New York City’s What is Jazz? festival, the Heidelberg jazz festival, Amsterdam's Crossing Borders festival, the Munster International Jazz festival in Munster Germany and most recently the Bia Jazz Festival in Milan Italy. The Berlin based music journalist Wolf Kampmann writes, “Platz’s music is generous although never accidental. The secret of its uninhibited quality lies more in Platz’s playful use of the familiar where intuition, feeling, and memory are the most important navigational instruments”. Jeff Platz received a grant from the city of Muenster Germany for Werkstadt Tage, a multimedia arts festival. Platz collaborated with visual artists to present a musical score for live improvisation featuring German bassist Meinrad Kneer and veteran jazz drummer Bill Elgart. In May of 2010 Jeff released his quartet cd “Panoramic” featuring New York City legend Daniel Carter on reeds and trumpet. Free Jazz.com writes, “The ensemble is a wonderful example of cohesive playing and total sound, full of lyricism”. In a recent live review Downbeat magazine said “Platz's group was truly amazing, on fire!”

Jeff has been working in Italy with ensembles featuring bassist Sylvia Bolognese, multi reeds player Achille Succi, pianist Giancarlo Tossani and alto saxophonist Fabio Delvo. Platz has recorded for a variety of jazz music labels including Skycap Records, Evil Rabbit, Konnex, Glitch, and Setola di Maiale records. In 2015 Jeff performed solo electric guitar improvisations in collaboration with choreographers Janet Aisawa and Beth Soll in the Spring Forward dance festival in New York City. Most recently Platz has performed in Mexico City Mexico as part of the 13 Muestra de Musica Radical festival as well as the FIME Festival Internaciona. Platz’s latest 2019 release “Theory of Colors” featuring bassist Damon Smith, drummer Matt Crane and cornet player Stephen Haynes is now available on the German label Umland Records.

BRIAN RICHBURG JR.

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Drummer Brian Richburg Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, and began playing in his father’s church at an early age. Growing up in New Orleans exposed him to the diverse sounds & cultures that define the unique music of that city. Richburg's drumming incorporates the African and Caribbean inspired rhythms of New Orleans street bands.

He has appeared with Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Christian Scott, Delfeayo Marsalis, Amina Figarova, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and many others.

Richburg is also an ASCAP Louis Prima Award winner.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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Evenings at the Museum w/Grover Cronin Easter Parade footage screening
Sep
18
5:00 PM17:00

Evenings at the Museum w/Grover Cronin Easter Parade footage screening

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Beginning in Fall 2019, the Museum will be opening once a month on various Wednesday and Friday evenings. It’s an excellent chance for those who struggle to find daytime visiting opportunities or folks who just might enjoy a night out, surrounded by history.

When:

Friday, August 30th

Wednesday, September 18th

This "Evening a the Museum" features a very special treat in celebration of Waltham's 135th Anniversary Parade scheduled happening on Sunday, September 22nd:

Everyone loves a parade and to celebrate the upcoming Waltham City parade, the Charles River Museum is hosting a special Evening at the Museum with a look back at the Grover Cronin Easter Parade.

For many years, Rex Trailer would deliver the Easter Bunny to the parade via helicopter. 16mm film footage from The Rex Trailer Collection will be shown on a screen featuring parade footage from 1963 through 1968. The 20-minute film loop will include a soundtrack of popular music recorded by Rex himself.

Come and watch this incredible time capsule of memories and look for your family and friends among the crowd lining the streets. See, Rex on Goldrush, Pablo, Cactus Pete, Bozo, Willie Whistle and many more who were highlights in the parades.

If you see yourself or someone you know, be sure to let us know!

Upcoming Evenings at the Museum:

Wednesday, October 23rd

Friday, November 15th

5 PM- 9PM
final admission at 8:30PM

Standard Museum Admission Fees apply

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An Evening with Filmmaker Jonathan Boschen
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Filmmaker Jonathan Boschen

An Evening with Filmmaker Jonathan Boschen

Jonathan will be screening two of his works about local landmarks: Waltham’s Music Hall Building and the Waltham Watch Factory. There will be a Q&A with Mr. Boschen to end the evening.

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The Music Hall Building 
A ‘live documentary’ on the history of Waltham’s Music Hall Building that applies Boschen’s belief that Keynote/PowerPoint presentations should be treated as a form of video production. This show was first performed for the Waltham Rotary Club in 2012 to show the historical significance of the Music Hall building to the City of Waltham, and the importance of restoring its facade. That restoration took place in 2018.

Waltham’s Watch 
A twenty minute video that focuses on the golden age of the iconic Waltham Watch company. This documentary was Jonathan Boschen’s 2011 student film for the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and was created as a flagship piece to demonstrate Boschen’s skills in the art of video production -- specifically interviewing, video editing, story telling, and graphic design. Not only did this video receive recognition from the Boston Globe and Student Filmmaker’s Magazine, it also landed Boschen his first job out of film school.

This event begins at 8:00pm; doors open 30 minutes prior. Tickets are FREE

BIOGRAPHY 
Jonathan A. Boschen is an award-winning videographer who specializes in the production of educational videos, common interest documentaries, and event documentation videos. In 2011 he completed a digital filmmaking certificate program at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts that was located in Waltham MA. His final thesis project was a highly received history documentary on the Waltham Watch factory. In addition to video production Boschen is also very interested in the art of public speaking and creation of PowerPoint/Keynote presentations; he personally believes that presentation design should be treated as a form of video production. His favorite filmmakers include: Walt Disney, Jamison Handy, Frank Goldman, Jerry Fairbanks, Pete Smith, Max Fleischer, George Pal, Chuck Jones, and Ray Harryhausen.

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uP-CYCLE Time Exhibition Opening
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

uP-CYCLE Time Exhibition Opening

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This event is FREE and open to the public REGISTER HERE

Join us for the official gallery opening of our newest artistic exhibition: uP-CYCLE Time!  Local physician and artist David Shein has repurposed old and used bicycle and car parts into unique time pieces.  On display will be over twenty items, including a few sculptures you can touch/play with.

Doors open at 7pm.  Dr. Shein will give a short presentation at 8pm describing how he became inspired to delve into this interesting hobby. 

Refreshments will be available.

This exhibit is viewable from Labor Day through Jan 2, 2020

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Archery At The Museum!
Sep
8
10:45 AM10:45

Archery At The Museum!

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Archery returns for Round 5 to be held in the historic the Museum's Jackson Room, originally the Boston Manufacturing Company's historic 1901 Engine House. Don't miss out on this opportunity to soak up the knowledge and develop the skill of a bygone era!

Archery can be enjoyed at all levels regardless of athletic ability or skill and it is quickly becoming a favorite sport across Massachusetts. Enjoy a friendly high score tournament raffle for a chance to win some unique prizes!

Certified instructors will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes in 30-minute accelerated sessions. No prior experience necessary, all equipment is provided. Participants will learn the fundamentals and then try to win one of the prizes outlined below by earning the highest score of the day:

  • 1st Place - A brand new recurve bow and arrow set AND a one year membership to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

  • 2nd Place - Four #OpenRangeNight tickets to an On the Mark Archery event

  • 3rd Place - Guided tour of the museum

Five different sessions, with start times at 10:45am, 11:20am, 12:10pm, 12:45pm, and 1:25pm!

Admission Tickets: $20 per person (includes museum and archery)

Capacity limited to 14 spots per class, sessions open to adults and youths (height requirement of 4'2).

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Waltham Mill Workers Walking Tour
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Waltham Mill Workers Walking Tour

 THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Once again the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation and the Waltham Historical Society are teaming up and combining their popular “Bricks and Windows Tour” with the “Mill Workers’ Housing Tour”.

Join us as we walk around and explore the outside of the buildings that once housed the Boston Manufacturing Company (BMC).  As you do, you will see the progression though the years from a small company site to a sprawling manufacturing complex. 

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Then we will visit the nearby early workers' housing used by the individuals who worked at the BMC. This portion of the tour will describe the historical development of the living accommodations of both workers in the mill and their neighbors along River, Jackson, and Central Streets. We will view and discuss some houses from as early as the 1830s that are still on their original foundations, along with others that have been moved and renovated to accommodate changes in use.  The latter include the earliest mill-girl boarding houses in the nation, from 1817, and the mansion of Patrick Tracy Jackson, a founder of the BMC and a giant of the American Industrial Revolution.

Presented in conjunction with the Waltham Historical Society

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Evenings at the Museum
Aug
30
5:00 PM17:00

Evenings at the Museum

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Beginning in Fall 2019, the Museum will be opening once a month on various Wednesday and Friday evenings. It’s an excellent chance for those who struggle to find daytime visiting opportunities or folks who just might enjoy a night out, surrounded by history.

When:

Friday, August 30th

Wednesday, September 18th

Wednesday, October 23rd

Friday, November 15th

5 PM- 9PM
final admission at 8:30PM

Standard Museum Admission Fees apply

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Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Doors open at 7:00, performance begins at 7:30

Join us for a far-out groovy time in this beach party rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our nymphs will be from the sea, our music inspired by Elvis and Motown, and our wayward wonders will emulate the likes of Frankie and Annette.

Presented by Hovey Players in partnership with the Charles River Museum.

Tickets $20 Regular admission, $15 Museum Members


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Mill Talk: WHEEL HERO: Charles H. Metz- inventor of Bicycles, Cars and Motorcycles
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: WHEEL HERO: Charles H. Metz- inventor of Bicycles, Cars and Motorcycles

Mill Talk: WHEEL HERO: Charles H. Metz- inventor of Bicycles, Cars and Motorcycles

Presented by Bob McGann, in conjunction with The Waltham Museum

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

This is the story of Waltham's Charles Herman Metz (1863-1937), a bicycle racer who became an inventor and entrepreneur.

Metz was a visionary who could see that the future of America was on the roads and byways. Originally famous for the Oriten, a sensation-causing 10 person bicycle that toured the country, he went on to build motorcycles and finally a line of Metz automobiles. 

He literally got the city moving.

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This MILL TALK is presented to coincide with the Waltham Museum's annual "Metz Meet" - a gathering of Metz automobile owners at the Museum on Saturday, July 13th to show off their cars. The Waltham Museum is located at 25 Lexington St. in Waltham

BOB McGANN is a lifelong Waltham resident. His family has a long history of service to the city. The corner of Church and Main is dedicated to his uncle Leo T. McGann while the corner of Church and Summer is dedicated to his father Joseph F. McGann, both WWII veterans and formerWaltham city employees. Bob worked for four years at Rex Trailer's TV studio on Main St. and has produced many shows for the Waltham cable channel including ones on the Waltham Museum and the Gore, Payne and Lyman estates. He has been on the board of the Waltham Museum for the last three years.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

This Mill Talk is generously sponsored by The Lowell Institute.

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Independence Day Swing Dance
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Independence Day Swing Dance

Independence Day Swing Dance

Doors open at 7:00, dance begins at 7:30
(dance instruction 7:00-7:30 and 8:50-9:10)

Come celebrate our nation’s birth by going back in time when swing ruled the land. Dan Gabel and The Abletones, an authentic eighteen piece swing band, will set the stage for a full evening of swing dance, accompanied by the Moon Maids, a 4-piece vocal group.

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Don’t know how to swing? No problem! Vintage Dance instructor Ruth Levin will be on hand to help get you started a half hour before the show starts and during the intermission.

Don’t want to dance? Come enjoy live the exceptional, iconic music that defined a golden age in American history! Refreshments will be available, including a beer and wine cash bar.




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Arlington Explores the Museum
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Arlington Explores the Museum

We are inviting the Arlington community to come and enjoy the Charles River Museum at the start of our new “Friday Nights at the Museum” Series.

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On various Friday nights we will open to a select group of visitors in order to provide a unique experience. On this particular night, one of our staff will provide an overview of groundbreaking business founded on the site which houses the Museum, and which skyrocketed the Northeast into the American Industrial Revolution: the Boston Manufacturing Company.

Highlights of a few of the exhibits currently on display will follow.

Doors open at 5:30. Presentations will occur twice: 6PM and 7PM Special Event Admission: $8 for Adults, kids 17 & under are FREE

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Arni Cheatham - Elizabeth Steen
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Arni Cheatham - Elizabeth Steen

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 at $20/each unless sold out.

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Arni Cheatham - Elizabeth Steen

ARNI CHEATHAM 
Saxophonist Arni Cheatham is a Boston area legend, and this unlikely but very intriguing pairing with keyboardist/accordionist Elizabeth Steen (Julaiana Hatfield, Tanya Donelly, Natalie Merchant) should prove to be a revelation, taking both of their styles to an entirely new level.

Saxophonist, bandleader, educator, master teacher/performer, community activist, and photographer Arni Cheatham was the recipient of the 2013 Boston Jazz Hero Award by the Jazz Journalists Association and the 2015 Community Catalyst Award by the MPDC-Hibernian Hall. These awards acknowledged his long term dedication to bringing Jazz Education to children.

As a musician, Arni has been a stellar musical presence in the Boston scene.  His own ensembles – Thing and Search, and currently Smoke and Synergy – have always demonstrated the highest level of musicality, adventure, and exploration while honoring the widest sense of the jazz tradition. As lead alto for the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, a Boston institution now in its 46th year, Arni has been one of the anchors and soul-stirrers from the beginning. He is also a member of that other fabulous big band, the Makanda Project, which performs the music of “Makanda” Ken McIntyre, and he has made guest appearances with the many national as well as local Jazz artists. Arni can be heard on various recordings under his own name and 14 albums with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. His most recent recording is entitled “Telecoustic”.

Finally, Arni is also an accomplished photographer. He exhibits frequently; his work is in the permanent collection of the Boston Athenaeum and many private collections. He specializes in photographing nature, birds, landscape, and of course, local jazz artists.

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ELIZABETH STEEN
Elizabeth Steen is a multi-keyboardist, accordionist, and singer/songwriter who grew up in Pennsylvania, where she soloed with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 16. After receiving a Masters of Music degree from the University of Michigan in Classical Piano Performance, Elizabeth moved to Boston to immerse herself in the music scene, and quickly became active in a far-reaching range of bands, from surf to electronic rock, including Juliana Hatfield, Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly,) and Natalie Merchant, with whom she toured and recorded for many years. Her first recording as an accordionist was on the Billy Bragg/ Wilco project “Mermaid Avenue,” and she has shared the stage with luminaries Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan, among others.


In between her touring and performing, she taught classroom music in the Boston Public Schools for 15 years, bringing music of many cultures to students throughout the city, and currently maintains a full studio of piano students.

She has recorded two CDs of original works, and is currently working on a third, with her new project, Famous Grouse.

She continues to collaborate on many projects, in the studio and onstage. Her accordion repertoire spans music of many cultures and genres including swing, French, Balkan, Irish, Latin, Americana, Zydeco, polka, and rock n roll, and she finds an ever-flowing inspiration in music from anywhere and everywhere.

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Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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May
25
11:00 AM11:00

An Aerialist's Travel In Time

Show times are 11am, 12pm, and 1pm

Join us as we travel through time this Memorial Day Weekend.

Three 30 minute sets of aerial delights depicting different eras will be performed. The first show will feature the Roaring 20's and Swinging 30's. The second performance will showcase the Awesome 80's. The last set will be of a Fantastic Futuristic interpretation.

The aerialists performing will be Kelley Jones and Josephine Somerville.

Show times are 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Show price is included with your general admission to the Museum - $10 for Adults, $5 for Children 6-17, Seniors, Active Military, Students w/ID, and kids 5 and under are free.
No advance ticket purchase is required

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2nd SHIFT Concert: JENNIFER KIMBALL
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: JENNIFER KIMBALL

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

JENNIFER KIMBALL

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Jennifer Kimball is a wildly creative force on the Boston music scene, known for her unusual note choices, her love of dissonance, and ability to create harmony where none has been envisioned before. In the 23 years since the disbanding of her seminal folk-pop duo The Story (with Jonatha Brooke), Kimball has walked her own relentlessly creative and individual musical path. Jazz-inflected folk? Chamber pop?

It’s hard to know what to call the music Kimball makes, but one thing is certain: through it all floats the unadorned and honest voice of a truly literate songwriter; a voice which conveys warmth without affect.

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Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available


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Archery at the Museum
May
19
10:45 AM10:45

Archery at the Museum

Archery at the Museum RETURNS to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation Sunday, May 19th!

The industrial meets the archaic during this special Round 4 edition of the archery range being set up inside the historic the Museum's historic 1901 Engine House. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to soak up the knowledge of a bygone era!

Archery Class Schedule:
Limited to 10 participants each

Class 1: 10:45 am - 11:15 am
Class 2: 11:20 am - 11:50 am
Class 3: 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
Class 4: 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Class 5: 1:25 pm – 1:55 pm
Class 6: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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. Enjoy a friendly high score tournament raffle for a chance to win some unique prizes!

Our certified instructors will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes in 30 minute accelerated sessions. No prior experience necessary, all equipment is provided.

Participants will learn the fundamentals and then try to win one of the prizes outlined below by earning the highest score of the day :

  • 1st Place - A brand new recurve bow and arrow set AND a one year membership to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

  • 2nd Place - Two #OpenRangeNight tickets to an On the Mark Archery community event

  • 3rd Place - Guided tour of the museum

$20 Class Enrollment Fee, includes Museum admission
Participants must be age 9 or 50" tall or older to shoot on the range.

There is a Spectator Fee of $5 to enter the Museum for non-archery participants.

REGISTER AT: www.onthemarkarchery.com/crmii

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Drone 101: Hands On with Micro Racing Drones
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Drone 101: Hands On with Micro Racing Drones

Drone 101: Hands On with Micro Racing Drones

Availability limited to 10 participants

This 2 hour introductory workshop is targeted at newcomers. We will start with an overview of the anatomy of a drone, how the parts work, where to buy them, and briefly overview possible uses with a focus on literacy of underlying technologies: how things work. There will be at least an hour of hands on operation including both simulators and TinyWhoop indoor micro drones.

Everyone will get a chance to experience flying a drone through a VR-headset, and understand the next steps towards proficient and safe operation.

Ages 10 and above

Availability limited to 10 participants

Children 13 and under must be accompanied by adult
(Non-participating adult supervisors admitted free)

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Gabriela Martina - Maxim Lubarsky
May
16
9:00 PM21:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Gabriela Martina - Maxim Lubarsky

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 at $20/each unless sold out.

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Gabriela Martina-Maxim Lubarsky Duo

The Swiss-born eclectic jazz vocalist Gabriela Martina will team with Ukrainian born pianist Maxim Lubarsky as a duo performing material they will have rehearsed together as well as improvisation they will create on the spot.

GABRIELA MARTINA
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Gabriela Martina  is a stunning accomplished and versatile jazz vocalist/composer who can sing in four languages and is currently performing with various groups up and down the East Coast. She co-founded the In Momentum concerts which, like Boiler House Jazz. paired duos who rarely, if ever, performed as a duo, in an improvisational format. She is also a social activist who is passionate about learning about other cultures, helping to develop  a sense of community, and fighting inequality and racism.

Gabriela released a album in 2016 called No White Shoes, which received a four star review in Downbeat, and represented a major step in the singer's sojourn as a 21st century musician. It featured her own compositions along with her arrangement of the Wayne Shorter piece "Witch Hunt" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia".  She has also had the opportunity to perform with heavyweights like Meshell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, and Angelique Kidjo. Her latest project, Homage To Grämlis, tells the story of her upbringing on a beautiful dairy farm in Switzerland. It includes Swiss traditional jodel sounds, cow bells and accordion fused with her American music influences (gospel, soul, jazz, etc.) 

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MAXIM LUBARSKY
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Maxim Lubarsky, a native of Odessa Ukraine, is a pianist, arranger, and composer with a rare spectrum of talent and virtuosity. He is equally comfortable performing jazz, classical, and music of Latin America. 

Maxim came to the Boston area in 2001 to study jazz at the Berklee School of Music where he studied with such renowned musicians as Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, and Joe Lovano. He has been involved in numerous projects and recordings. He leads his own group and also performs as a member of Gabriela Martina's group as well as the Macayu Trio with flutist Yulia Musayelyan, and cellist Catherine Bent. He has performed at festivals throughout the world and also has led master classes in China, South Africa, and Russia.

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Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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2nd SHIFT Concert:  Peter Mulvey
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: Peter Mulvey

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

PETER MULVEY
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A restless and inventive iconoclast, Peter Mulvey has been one of the country’s most respected singer/songwriters for over 25 years. Eighteen records, one illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals…Mulvey never stops.

He has built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, and a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.

We are thrilled to welcome Peter to our 2nd SHIFT series on the heels of the release of his 18th album, There Is Another World.

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Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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Mill Talk: The Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: The Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell

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The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is located in what was, for 117 years, the Boston Manufacturing Company — the first fully integrated textile mill in the world, and the precursor to the famous mill cities and towns that followed in Lowell, Lawrence, Nashua, Chicopee, Saco/Biddeford, and many more. 

The brainchild of Francis Cabot Lowell, what happened here established America's first industrial dynasty and propelled the transformation of the young United States from an agrarian nation into an industrial powerhouse.

Author Chaim M. Rosenberg

Author Chaim M. Rosenberg

Chaim M. Rosenberg's book, "The Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell," chronicles the life of its visionary subject, what inspired Francis Cabot Lowell, and what he and those he recruited to manifest his vision of American self-sufficiency ultimately achieved.

In this talk, Mr. Rosenberg will lead us on a journey from Lowell's 1775 birth, through his career as a shipping merchant, on to his transformational sojourn to England and Scotland where he extensively toured the great British textile mills. Upon returnng to the United States in 1812 Francis Cabot Lowell set about to implement his vision for helping the United States earn their financial independence from the British Empire through industrialization.

After a long career as a psychiatrist, Chaim M. Rosenberg turned his attention to research and write about the American industrial revolution that had its start with cotton textiles in early 19th century Massachusetts. His 2007 book "Goods for Sale" describes the products made, using water, steam and then electric power. His 2011 book describes the extraordinary "Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell, 1775-1817". In his 2015 book "Yankee Colonies Across America" Rosenberg describe thes great migration that seeded New England ideas and enterprise across the nation. And his 2019 book will explore the International Harvester Company, once America's leader in farm equipment, tractors and trucks.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration, on Eventbrite, is requested.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the talk.

Light refreshments will be served.

This Mill Talk is generously sponsored by The Lowell Institute.

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Oscar Stagnaro- Fabio Pirozzolo
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Oscar Stagnaro- Fabio Pirozzolo

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 at $20/each unless sold out.

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ -Oscar Stagnaro & Fabio Pirozzolo Duo

Italian percussionist and vocalist Fabio Pirozzolo meets six-time Grammy-winning Peruvian-born bassist Oscar Stagnaro!

OSCAR STAGNARO
Hailing from Peru, Oscar Stagnaro studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lima while working extensively as a first-call session musician and live performer for many international artists and local bands. He moved to the U.S. in 1979, where he continued his studies with pianist/educator Mike Marra, and Jazz great Jerry Bergonzi. Since then, Oscar has become one of the most in-demand performers the on the East Coast. His mastery of different music styles from Jazz and Fusion to Latin, Brazilian, and South American music, has allowed him to travel the world performing with a virtual who's who in the Latin and Jazz worlds respectively. Throughout his illustrious career, Oscar has accrued four Grammy Awards with a total of six nominations.

Oscar has also been a Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1988. He's been largely responsible for the school's development of Latin education, instituting several courses on Latin and world bass styles. Oscar has represented Berklee at the International Association of Jazz Educators conferences and has held clinics in music communites all over the world, including Peru, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Germany Switzerland, Canada, Uruguay. He also teaches Latin Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Improvisation in the Latin Jazz Idiom at the New England Conservatory of Music. During his tenure at Berklee, Oscar has produced concerts for numerous guest artists including Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Eva Ayllon, Larry Harlow, Jorge Drexler, Ivan Lins, Issac Delgado, Rosa Passos, and Luis Enrique, among many others.

Oscar is the co-author of the “Latin Bass Book” published by Sher Music, a complete work on how to play bass lines in the Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, and South American music styles. He has also written the Afro Cuban Slap Book published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard. He is currently working on a a new book for Bass, Drums and Piano “New Trends in Latin Jazz” an intensive study of Latin American rhythms from Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay and their applications in Latin Jazz.

Oscar is a contributing writer for the Magazine “Musico Pro” for the monthly articles “Latin Bass Masters,” and “Bass Concepts.”

FABIO PIROZZOLO
Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques.

A summa cum laude Berklee College of Music graduated, he performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world wusic to rock. He’s the co-founder of the world music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer for The Guruganesha Band, Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys and the Union United Methodist Church Band and he’s the percussionist for Revma Greek Ensemble, Musaner and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. His experiences led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario Frangoulis, George Perris, Jon Butcher and Petroloukas Halkias among other world class performers. He also collaborates with Berklee College world-class teachers Skip Haddenand Casey Scheuerell. He taught master classes at Berklee, Harvard and Tufts University and worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as an accompanist for dance classes. He’s the author of the drum transcriptions for Skip Hadden’s drum book "Profiles in Jazz Drumming" and "Broken Eight’s Time Feel". His transcriptions are also featured on the Italian drum magazine "Batteria e Percussioni", "Batteria", "Percussionista" and on Polish drum magazine "Top Drummer". In 2012, Fabio was accepted at Tufts University and in 2014 he completed his master's degree in ethnomusicology with a thesis titled "Central and Southern Italian Tambourines: Between Tradition and Innovation", the first-ever scholarly work in the English language entirely focused on tamburello and tammorra. 

In 2015, Fabio earned the highly competitive Iguana Music Fund award. The fund will help with the production of a series of instructional videos that will eventually culminate in a commercially available DVD entirely dedicated to the art of playing central and southern Italian tambourines.

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available



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Mill Talk: Poetry Fuels Democracy - An Evening with Poet Richard Blanco
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Mill Talk: Poetry Fuels Democracy - An Evening with Poet Richard Blanco

Join Cambridge Forum and Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for a very special collaborative event at the Museum featuring former poet laureate Richard Blanco who will read and talk about his new book, How To Love A Country.

The evening will begin with a wine reception at 6:00pm; the event itself will kick off at 7 pm and a book-signing will follow. There will be live jazz preceding and following the reading by Ken Field/saxophone and Blake Newman/bass. - This free event is sponsored by the Lowell Institute.

Richard Blanco

Poet, author, educator
(and engineer!)

As presidential inaugural poet, educator, and advocate, Richard Blanco has crisscrossed the nation inviting communities to connect to the heart of human experience and our shared identity as a country. In this new collection of poems, his first in over seven years, Blanco continues to invite a conversation with all Americans. Through an oracular yet intimate and accessible voice, he addresses the complexities and contradictions of our nationhood and the unresolved sociopolitical matters that affect us all.

The poems form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics: the Pulse Nightclub massacre; an unexpected encounter on a visit to Cuba; the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868; a lynching in Alabama; the arrival of a young Chinese woman at Angel Island in 1938; the incarceration of a gifted writer; and the poet’s abiding love for his partner, who he is finally allowed to wed as a gay man. But despite each poem’s unique concern or occasion, all are fundamentally struggling with the overwhelming question of how to love this country.

Blanco unravels the very fabric of the American narrative and pursues a resolution to the inherent contradiction of our nation’s psyche and mandate: e pluribus unum (out of many, one). Charged with the utopian idea that no single narrative is more important than another, this book asserts that America could and ought someday to be a country where all narratives converge into one, a country we can all be proud to love and where we can all truly thrive.

Please join Cambridge Forum at the Charles River Museum for an extraordinary evening experiencing how Poetry Fuels Democracy. 

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2nd SHIFT Concert: DENNIS BRENNAN
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: DENNIS BRENNAN

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

DENNIS BRENNAN

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There are artists that hit it big, rocket to stratospheric levels of success and, more often than not, combust upon re-entry to our atmosphere. Then there are the lifers, the ones who stick around, tapped into something deeper, more eternal and enduring…like Dennis Brennan.

Blues, country, soul, folk, and good ole’ rock n’ roll are all expertly represented in equal parts at one of his shows, which can often feel like the entire Boston music scene distilled down into one electrifying experience.

You can usually find Dennis holding down a Wednesday night residency at Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge, but we are thrilled to welcome him to our 2nd SHIFT series, where he will perform in a rare, stripped-down, more acoustic format.

Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Charles Overton - Julian Loida Duo
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Charles Overton - Julian Loida Duo

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 at $20/each unless sold out.

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Charles Overton - Julian Loida Duo

Boiler House Jazz presents two remarkable musicians, both of whom are well versed in the jazz world and the classical world, string harpist Charles Overton and vibraphonist Julian Loida. They will be performing as a duo for the first time. 

CHARLES OVERTON
http://www.charlesovertonmusic.com/

Virginia native, Charles Overton, is a classically trained harpist who moved to Boston in 2012 to attend Berklee College of Music. While continuing to study classical music, Charles also began to explore the world of jazz and other improvised music. He became the first string harpist to be admitted to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute - a prestigious and highly specialized program at the school where students are able to learn from and work intimately with master jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and Terri-Lynn Carrington.

Currently Charles maintains an active performance schedule as a performer of classical, jazz, and contemporary music. He has performed all over the world participating in both ensemble and solo performances in London, Tokyo, Milan, and Rome as well as America's finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall. Recent performances include shows at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the LIlypad, and at Symphony Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His latest jazz album, Convergence, was released in 2017 and debuted the Charles Overton Group.

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JULIAN LOIDA
http://www.julianloida.com/about/ 
Julian Loida
 is a percussionist, multimedia artist, and curator exploring repertoire spanning Western Classical Music, to Cuba Bata drumming, to Jazz and R&B. Julian grew up in St. Louis performing both in a rock back and also as a member of the St. Louis Youth Orchestra. Since then he has gone on to perform with Alarm Will Sound, Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He was also a percussionist and contributed as a composer and arranger with the critically praised folk-world band Night Tree who have recently decided to disband.

Beside being a proficient sideman, Julian is a passionate entrepreneur, curator, and producer having directed a number of interdisciplinary projects. He leads a folkloric Cuban & Brazilian band called INA and a modern world-jazz quartet called Mojubá, and more recently is half of a synthesizer and vibraphone duo called Loida & Lenahan.  

This meeting of these two musicians with some shared background in multi genre interests and projects, should make for an electrifying evening.


Performance begins at 8:00PM, doors open 30 minutes prior.

A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available



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Laika – A Puppet Play
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Laika – A Puppet Play

Two Performances!

11:00AM and 1:00PM


Laika tells the true story of the first ever animal to orbit the earth.

A stray mutt launched in Sputnik II serves as our protagonist as she whizzes through the Milky Way Galaxy and communicates with Sirius, the canine constellation of lore. This story of innovation by Massachusetts author, Cat Dossett meets with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation’s mission to inspire future innovation by preserving and studying history. This theatrical adaptation will feature puppetry, projection, music, and multi-media effects to weave an informative story that delights children and engages adult audiences equally. Performance runs about 45 minutes.

Ticket price: included in General Museum Admission price.

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 SOLD OUT - VOICES FROM THE BASEMENT: The story of Filene's Basement–Waltham Film Factory Film Screening
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

SOLD OUT - VOICES FROM THE BASEMENT: The story of Filene's Basement–Waltham Film Factory Film Screening

THIS SCREENING HAS SOLD OUT
Voices from the Basement

Screening begins at 7:30, doors open 30 mins prior

Film Screening with Filmmakers Michael Bavaro and Susan Edbril, PhD

110 years ago Edward and Lincoln Filene opened the doors to Filene’s Basement and started a retail phenomenon. No matter how you pronounce Filene’s, everybody knew The Basement.

The 45-minute film was first released in 2010 on WGBH in Boston and was nominated for a local Emmy Award. This special screening will include conversation with the filmmakers and audience. Come and share your Basement story and bring along your favorite bargains if you still have them.

In addition to the film, we will be presenting shorts scenes that were not included in the film due to time format for Public Broadcasting. Go beyond the Basement and see what the customers didn’t see, like The Morgue, The Big House, Loss Prevention, and travel all the way down to 4B.

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