Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors

Come meet four local authors as they discuss the ins and outs of Independent Publishing. Moderated by the Waltham Public Library, this one hour discussion panel will cover topics such as: how to get started, where/how to do research, and best marketing practices. Following the discussion panel will be a question and answer session and the chance to purchase books from the authors.

The Authors

Gledé Browne Kabongo

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes gripping psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the award-winning author of the Fearless thriller series, Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Gledé holds a Master’s degree in Communications, and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Boston Book Festival  https://www.gledekabongo.com/

 

Herb Pearce  

Herb Pearce is an expert in the Enneagram Personality Types, having taught over 2000 Enneagram workshops publicly and for hundreds of organizations and companies in the last 30 years.  He is the author of of six books - Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregivers's Enneagram, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump - Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, Lessons from the River (about whitewater canoe trips in Maine), and Herb's Tips for Living. www.herbpearce.com

 

Faye Rapoport DesPres 

Faye’s first full-length book, a memoir-in-essays titled Message From a Blue Jay, was published by independent press Buddhapuss Ink in 2014. Her second book, Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home, is a children’s book scheduled for publication by Writer’s Coffee Bar Press in October, 2018.   http://fayerapoportdespres.com/

 

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

At last count, Tilia has published three novels, numerous short stories, and a smattering of memoir.  She is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, and an instructor at Grub Street in Boston.  She also sits on the board of Mystery Writers of America. http://www.tiliaklebenovjacobs.com


Doors open at 7pm. This event is free. Advance registration recommended. Tickets will be available at the door if the event is not sold out.

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2nd SHIFT Concert: JEFFREY MARTIN
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: JEFFREY MARTIN

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

JEFFREY MARTIN

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jeffreymartinmusic.com

Former high school English teacher quits teaching for the troubadour’s path, after telling his students that it didn’t feel right to tell them to chase their dreams at all cost if he wasn’t going to do the same. And that really tells you all you need to know about the man and the artist. Martin is a literate man of integrity and his poetically plainspoken songs reflect his nature. In a sandy baritone, Martin sings of gritty, hard-won truths and blue collar characters who somehow find a way to hang on to hope and the promise of redemption.

Jeffrey may be a new voice to you—he only comes through Boston sporadically—but we are thrilled to present him to kick off our spring 2019 series.

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

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

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Joe Morris–Do Yeon Kim duo
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Joe Morris–Do Yeon Kim duo

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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 - Joe Morris–Do Yeon Kim duo

It is with great pleasure to have the Boiler House Jazz Spring 2019 season opening event be with two incredible musicians from two very different geographical birthplaces. New England native Joe Morris, a highly respected guitarist/improvisor/educator will perform with the Korean born Do Yeon Kim, a masterful performer on the gayageum, the national instrument of her homeland.

JOE MORRIS
https://www.joe-morris.com/
Originally from New Haven, CT, Joe Morris, a leading figure in the improvisational music field on the east coast, began playing in 1969. He considers Cecil Taylor,  Eric Dolphy, Leroy Jenkins, Thelonious Monk, Jimi Hendrix, and West African string music to be his major influences. Morris moved to Boston in 1975 where he further developed his unique approach to guitar playing, composition, and improvisation. His recordings are wildly eclectic, ranging from solo performances, traditional acoustical settings, to collaborative outings. The most recent of these is a recording that was just released with Do Yeon Kim called Macrocosm, where they perform improvisations using a diversity of approaches.

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DO YEON KIM
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Do Yeon Kim, a Seoul native, plays the gayageum, a Korean silk-stringed zither like instrument. Do Yeon has been making her own genre of music by incorporating traditional Korean music, world music, jazz, and improvisation. She has focused her career on broadly sharing and bringing new approaches to music and the development of unique techniques. Fully immersed in in traditional Korean music and Western modern works alike, Do Yeon has given several solo recitals and concerts in the US, Korea, and Europe. In 2017, Do Yeon released her first album, GaPi, with American pianist Chase Morrin and performed a sold-out release concert in Korea where the album was nominated last year for a Korean music award in the best music category. In addition to Joe Morris, she has also worked of late with Anthony Coleman. She has performed several times at John Zorn's The Stone in NYC. For a performance she gave with her group in Budapest, the press there described it as "everlasting, timeless, space-barred ...unforgettable, overwhelming."

On their recent release Macrocosm, Do Yeon Kimon gayageumcollaborates with Joe Morris on guitar for five incredible string improvisations using a diversity of approaches from both players, including pointilistic improv, rich rivers of chords, languid moments of beauty, and moments where it is difficult to discern who is playing what.

Expect some of this magic to occur at the Boiler House Jazz event.

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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Vintage Irish Dance Night
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Vintage Irish Dance Night

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

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

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INSTRUCTOR RUTH BENSON LEVIN

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

Costumes are welcomed!

Admission:

$15 for General Public
$10 for Museum Members

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: JEFFREY FOUCAULT

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

JEFFREY FOUCAULT

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In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, lauded for his “stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker).

Jeffrey’s 2018 release BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend. 

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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27th Annual WALTHAM FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

27th Annual WALTHAM FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

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RETURNING TO THE CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM!

It's Waltham's biggest celebration of its diverse area restaurants, Massachusetts' best breweries, and some great wine–The WALTHAM FOOD, WINE, & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, now its 27th year, and returning to where it all began, The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation!

The Charles River Museum is located in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, one of the great historic sites of the American Industrial Revolution, and you will be able to roam the artifacts and exhibits highlighting the history of our great country–all right over the river from the Moody Street "Restaurant Row" 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 Festival. American, Cuban, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, Persian, and more are all a part of city's food scene, and we will be presenting many of our fine local restaurants, and highlighting their unique tastes and flavors, for you to savor.

Alongside all that great food, you'll be able to sample and try some of Massachusetts best craft beers, 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 music, 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.

All proceeds will benefit the exhibits and programs of THE CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY & INNOVATION, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

Check back here for updates on the great restaurants and breweries joining us for 2019!

THANK YOU! TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:

The Chateau

The Waltham Tourism Council

Watertown Savings Bank The Nelson Companies

Waltham Chamber of Commerce The Downtown Waltham Partnership

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Yoron Israel-Martin Haroutunian Duo
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Yoron Israel-Martin Haroutunian 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.

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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ -Yoron Israel-Martin Haroutunian Duo

An Armenian traditional instrument master meets a master of jazz drumming for an unforgettable evening of unique and spontaneous music!

Yoron Israel’s illustrious career includes 13 recordings as a leader and over 200 recordings as an accompanist. His latest project, New Dreams is slated for release early in 2019; other recent works include This Moment and Visions.

Yoron has toured and recorded with such acclaimed artists as Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, David Newman, Kenny Burrell, Larry Coryell and Joe Lovano.

Currently Assistant Chair and Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music. Mr. Israel is a world-class educator and clinician, his educational DVD, Creative Improvisation for the Drum Set, continues to inspire countless drummers and percussionists. He is also the author of the popular Berklee Online course, Drumset Fundamentals.

He endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Sonor Drums, Evans Heads and Vater Signature Sticks. For more information, visit www.yoronisrael.com

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Martin Haroutunian a highly regarded musician and a student of Armenian folk music.  He performs and teaches traditional Armenian wind and percussion instruments, including dap, dhol (kopal), duduk, parkapzuk, pku, saz, shvi, sring (blul), and zurna. Martin has studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Folk Instruments Department under Khachatur Avetisian in the Wind Instruments Division under Jivan Gasparian and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has also received private instruction from Professors Ohannes Salibian, Georgi Minasov, Ararat Petrosian, Gevorg Dabaghian and Norayr Kartashian. His critiques and reviews have been published in the Armenian Forum, Armenian Mirror-Spectator and Armenian Weekly.

Martin has performed in Armenia, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Holland, Italy, Lebanon, Switzerland, Syria, and Turkey. He was a guest artist with the Navasart Armenian Folk Ensemble of Paris, France during their United States tour with performances in Boston, New York, Fresno, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Martin has also toured with the Erebouni and Garni Armenian Folk Ensembles as principal soloist performing at various prestigious international festivals including the Festival of Nations in Albany, New York and the Wolf Trap International Children’s Festival in Vienna, Virginia. He has also has toured with Kurdish folk singer Şivan Perwer. Martin arranged and performed the music for New Repertory Theater’s 1998 production of Richard Kalinoski’s “Beast on The Moon” as well as acted as a consultant and recorded for the play’s 2005 Off-Broadway production.

In 1989 Martin founded and has since directed the Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble performing extensively in the United States and Canada, including performances with the 2002 Christmas Revels. The ensemble’s first recording in 2003 received two nominations at the Armenian Music Awards. Martin is featured on various recordings including “An Anthology of Armenian Patriotic Songs”, “Portable Planet”, “Lullabies From The Cradle Of Civilization” and various film and television soundtracks, including the “Everything is Illuminated” original motion picture soundtrack. In 2007 Martin was invited to be recorded by Academy Award winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla for the film soundtrack of "Things We Lost In The Fire". He is also featured on recordings of Berklee Studio Production Projects, Raffi Adourian, Janette Khalarian, The Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble as well as The Komitas Project and Musaner (both directed by Ara Sarkissian). In 2006 Martin founded the Lusin Armenian Experimental Improvisation Group. He developed and taught a music appreciation program at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School. Martin has been invited to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra as well as with legendary folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan and the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. He was invited by Carnegie Hall's Weil Music Institute to perform as part of its Musical Explorers program with Ara Dinkjian and Zulal a cappella trio. Most recently, Martin was invited to play at the premier of the new opera "Role Playing Game" by Jacob Shulman. Martin has also served on the Eastern Regional Executive Committee of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

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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: SUSAN CATTANEO
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

2nd SHIFT Concert: SUSAN CATTANEO

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

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Singer/songwriter Susan Cattaneo’s creed is be “respectful of tradition, but not bound by it,” which sums up her music—and the entire Americana genre—perfectly. Cattaneo, a one-time member of the Boxcar Lilies, is a mainstay of the Boston roots music scene and a respected songwriting professor at Berklee College of Music.

If you like vivid, timeless storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin, this is the show for you.

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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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BOILER HOUSE JAZZ - Charles Overton - Julian Loida Duo
Apr
18
to Apr 19

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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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 - 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: 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 - 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
https://www.gabrielamartina.com/
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
http://www.maximlubarsky.com/

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: 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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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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23rd annual NEMES Model Engineering Show
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

23rd annual NEMES Model Engineering Show

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The 23rd annual NEMES Model Engineering Show!


The New England Model Engineering Society brings their annual show to the Charles River Museum on Saturday, February 16th!

See operating scale:
steam engines • gasoline engines • aircraft engines • locomotives • traction engines • model boats
and meet the craftsmen who built them!


This event is a popular, great time for all ages, and a chance to view wonderful working engines and machines and interact with their creators. We at the Museum look forward to this event every year!

Standard Museum admission applies.


EXHIBITORS:
free admission for show exhibitors
setup starts at 8:00 am
compressed air for running models provided
gas engines allowed
non-member exhibitors welcome!



For more information on the New England Model Engineering Society, visit: www.neme-s.org

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Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors
Jan
30
10:00 AM10:00

Independent Publishing; a Discussion Panel with Local Authors

Come meet four local authors as they discuss the ins and outs of Independent Publishing. Moderated by the Waltham Public Library, this one hour discussion panel will cover topics such as: how to get started, where/how to do research, and best marketing practices. Following the discussion panel will be a question and answer session and the chance to purchase books from the authors.

The Authors:

Gledé Browne Kabongo

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes gripping psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the award-winning author of the Fearless thriller series, Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Gledé holds a Master’s degree in Communications, and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Boston Book Festival  https://www.gledekabongo.com/

Herb Pearce  

Herb Pearce is an expert in the Enneagram Personality Types, having taught over 2000 Enneagram workshops publicly and for hundreds of organizations and companies in the last 30 years.  He is the author of of six books - Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregivers's Enneagram, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump - Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, Lessons from the River (about whitewater canoe trips in Maine), and Herb's Tips for Living.www.herbpearce.com

Faye Rapoport DesPres 

Faye’s first full-length book, a memoir-in-essays titled Message From a Blue Jay, was published by independent press Buddhapuss Ink in 2014. Her second book, Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home, is a children’s book scheduled for publication by Writer’s Coffee Bar Press in October, 2018.   http://fayerapoportdespres.com/

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

At last count, Tilia has published three novels, numerous short stories, and a smattering of memoir.  She is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, and an instructor at Grub Street in Boston.  She also sits on the board of Mystery Writers of America. http://www.tiliaklebenovjacobs.com

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SOLD OUT - Archery at the Museum
Jan
27
10:45 AM10:45

SOLD OUT - Archery at the Museum

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Archery RETURNS to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation Sunday, January 27, 2019!

The industrial meets the archaic during this special #Round3 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: 12:05 PM-12:35 PM
Class 4: 12:40 PM-1:10 PM
Class 5: 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Class 6: 1:50 PM - 2:20 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. All equipment is provided.

$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.

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The TARBOX RAMBLERS' HOLIDAY BARN-BURNER!
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

The TARBOX RAMBLERS' HOLIDAY BARN-BURNER!

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Holiday cheer? You want cheer?

Brothers and sisters, THE TARBOX RAMBLERS practically INVENTED the term!

Join us for a raucous evening of great music and revelry when the Ramblers take over the Museum for a special holiday throwdown!

Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music, backwoods blues and gospel meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more. The band’s rough-hewn sound goes right to the heart of American traditional music, and in a live setting they’re a force of nature.

The New Yorker says “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you.” If you’re a fan of roots music that’s real and uncompromising, this is a must-see show.

“Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling.” — All Things Considered

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. 14-16 Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Dec. 14-16 Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This December 14-16, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts, hosts the Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest, a celebration of the art and science of the short film.

This is an opportunity to view exceptional works from around the world in a historic industrial museum, whose mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation. Documentary, animated, experimental, and narrative films of one to twenty-five minutes will be screened during this three-day festival.

*PLEASE NOTE: Parental discretion advised. Some of these films contain strong language and images.

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.

Day 1: Friday Evening Screening

SOLD OUT! Day 2 Part 1: Saturday Day Screening SOLD OUT!



Day 2 Part 2: Saturday Evening FINALISTS SCREENING & AWARDS PRESENTATION. Tickets $15

WALTHAM FILM FACTORY SHORTS FEST Awards Night

Join us in the soaring Main Gallery of the Charles River Museum, surrounded by historical artifacts from the American Industrial Revolution, as we recognize the very best of our Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest selections with a special awards presentation. Prior to the awards presentation, we will be screening the six finalists chosen by the Waltham FIlm Factory jury as the finest in each category–narrative, experimental/animation, and documentary–as well as our grand prize award recipient.

Beer and wine will be available during the event, with the oppurtunity to meet and chat with filmmakers in attendance. Filmmakers and artists from as near as Waltham and as far as Los Angeles currently planning to attend, include Raouf Zaki, Tim O'Donnell, Patrick Johnson, Nathan Hepp, Meaghan Dempsey, Kathleen O'Connell, and Jerry Bisantz. This will be a magical "Night at the Museum" not to be missed!

This event is sure to sell out so get your tickets now!

Day 3: Sunday Day Screening featuring a post awards screening of all 20 of our selected films. Tickets $10

Announcing the schedule & film selections for the
Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest!
Congratulations to everyone!

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The Best Way Is By Hand

6:35
Submitted by Cathleen O’Connell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

On a busy Saturday morning in Waltham, Massachusetts, seventh generation cobbler John Elhilow takes time to talk about the past, present and future of shoe repair. This short documentary takes you behind the counter and into the workshop as Elhilow plies his ancient craft in the modern world, saving the soles (and heels) of his customers. 

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Big Boy

15:54
Submitted by Yuri Solodov, filmmaker
Russia - narrative

The boy turns 6. His father for the first time sends him to the store to buy bread. The boy will receive his birthday present, a camera, as long as he completes this mission. In order to prove that he has grown up, the boy decides to take up this challenge. But he has to face many difficulties in the itinerary. Will the boy pass the test?

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Blue Division

12:47
Submitted by Sergi Marti, writer/director
Spain - narrative

Leningrad, summer 1943. German attempts to conquer the strategic location of Leningrad have failed miserably. Hitler, desperate, plays his last available card: Mission Spark.But to carry out the mission he will need his best men… He will need the Spanish soldiers of the… BLUE DIVISION.
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Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Brand New Day

4:00
Submitted by Pat Wells, filmmaker
Sylmar, California - animation or experimental

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Fractal patterns and Golden Ratio Pulses have been discovered in the stars, and we are stardust. A parents love is a strong example of chaos theory, where love is passed down from generation to generation, regardless of blood line or adoption, creating a fractal of loving family. 'Brand New Day' is a narrative short without voice over, set to the music of Big D and the Kid's Table, 'Brand New Day'. Song 'Brand New Day' is based on the solo by Brad in Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


The Brick Story

3:45
Submitted by David Wittkower, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - animation or experimental

Based on a joke, The Brick Story tells the story of a Brick Layer's unfortunate turn of events as he tries to rid some extra bricks left over from a job.

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Day Off

3:00
Submitted by Nathan Hepp, filmmaker
Boston, MA - animation or experimental

A hardworking man looks forward to relaxing on his day off. The distractions of everyday life, however, interfere with his plans.

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Fireflies

13:00
Submitted by Raouf Zaki, filmmaker
Holliston, MA - narrative

In this silent film, when a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston café, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.
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Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Happy Hour

23:53
Submitted by Paul Duff, producer
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

A drunk young man stumbles up to the bar with an outrageous story about a magic pocket watch which he believes will solve all his troubles, put him on the path to easy street AND help him win back the love of his life.
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Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


iRony

7:53
Submitted by Radheya Jegatheva, filmmaker
Australia - animation or experimental

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Just Words

23:57
Submitted by Lila Antonenko, filmmaker
Russia - narrative

A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Last Time I Heard True Silence

22:01
Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marine corp during the 2005 Operation Spear in Iraq. During an over-watch mission his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.  When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventual hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods.  Noah, now a father and husband, enters the 50-mile wilderness race with only completing one 26-mile marathon prior. This race represents the journey a young soldier has to face to help cope with a past that haunts him every day.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Life On The Ledge

14:00
Submitted by Marc Kornblatt, filmmaker
Madison, WI - documentary

In this short documentary filmed in Israel, two laughing doves nesting outside his window capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent passing of his mother. Website

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Memories For Sale

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25:00
Submitted by Jerry Bisantz, writer/producer
Waltham, MA - narrative

Charlie, a struggling young writer from Lowell, MA has finally hit pay dirt with a biography about his favorite old time comedian, the great Sidney Freedman. BUT at the 11th hour the book will be rejected unless Charlie gets Sid to expose long held secrets about his past. What price is a man's dignity? Is there any privacy in this tabloid era?

Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Misappropriation

8:58
Submitted by Anna Maria Ferri, filmmaker
Spain - narrative

Coco is Sergio's inseparable friend since Carla left. One day Coco takes him to "Láquesis", Carla's favourite shop. It seems to emit a powerful magic. This is a dark tale about how everything that makes you happy can disappear in the blink of an eye. One moment of distraction is enough for our life to end up in the hands of a destiny that was not ours ... or maybe yes.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Pirate Captain Toledano

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10:00
Submitted by Arnon Shorr, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

When the Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway on his ship, he finds that the young man is a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition. The stowaway wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank. “The Pirate Captain Toledano” is the world’s first film set in the little-known world of Jewish piracy in the Caribbean.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


Pizza Birdy Bath Waterfall

8:14
Submitted by Tim O’Donnell, filmmaker
Waltham, MA - documentary

Tommy is a young man with Landau–Kleffner syndrome, an extremely rare neurological disorder with only 100 cases diagnosed every ten years. LKS is characterized by frequent seizures and sudden aphasia (the inability to understand or express language). Over the past five years, Tommy’s caretaker, Erin, has developed a way to communicate with him using words and phrases from his favorite Disney films. Tommy and Erin take their weekly walk on Walden Pond to reflect and get away from the world.
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Screening Friday Evening & Sunday Day


Ready for a Baby

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5:00
Submitted by Anastasia Dyakova, filmmaker
Australia - animation or experimental

A young woman in her thirties feels very happy and excited – she has a partner, everything in her life is under control, so now is the perfect time to have a baby. It should be easy and natural, with love and fun and everything else––right?
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The School Of Honk

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11:42
Submitted by Patrick Johnson, filmmaker
Somerville, MA - documentary

The School of Honk is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


The Tent Village

24:45
Submitted by Nilima Abrams, producer/director
Burlington, VT - documentary

A nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. An unflinching yet gentle exploration of the interplay between external oppression, internalized self-defeat and hope, highlighting the innate worth of all people.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day


What Metal Girls Are Into

15:30
Submitted by Laurel Vail, filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA - narrative

Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.
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Screening Saturday Day & Sunday Day

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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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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Dickens Holiday Festival

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Dickens Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 9, 2018

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


2018 Entertainment Schedule

Jackson Room (2nd Floor)

Very Merry Dickens Carolers: 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

The Sasanach, Fiddler: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Very Merry Dickens Carolers: 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

The Sasanach, Fiddler: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Victorian Carolers: 2:10 PM 2:40 PM

Grant Furgiuele & Mike Shannon, w/Holiday Favorites: 2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

The Victorian Carolers: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Main Gallery

The Sasanach, Fiddler: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Splendid Teapot Racing: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Hovey Players "A Christmas Carol": 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Actors Company/Marci Diamond "Tea with Mrs. Dickens": 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Hovey Players "A Christmas Carol": 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

2018 Festival Vendors

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

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MILL TALK: CYCLING IN BOSTON: Race and Revival (1880-2000) with author Lorenz Finison
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

MILL TALK: CYCLING IN BOSTON: Race and Revival (1880-2000) with author Lorenz Finison

CYCLING IN BOSTON: Race and Revival (1880-2000) with author Lorenz Finison.

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Lorenz Finison will cover more than a century of cycling history, featuring the roles Boston, Cambridge, and Waltham played in the cycling craze of the 1890s.

Topics will include racing, touring, commuting, bikeways, rails-to trails, bike-trains, bike building, women's cycling, the Tour de Trump, and more.

Finison will feature Kittie Knox, star character from his book, Boston’s Cycling Craze. 1880-1900 (2014). The cycling world immune to prevailing prejudices allowed Knox, a young bi-racial seamstress, to break the color line and challenge gender norms. She was well known in Boston (and Waltham) during the 1890s, and then largely forgotten, as cycling slid into the shadows of the automobile, until it came back in the Renaissance of the 1970s. Finison will feature this revival as well—the topic of his forthcoming book, Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance.

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Kittie Knox

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Lorenz Finison

A Needham resident, Finison is a social psychologist and historian. He researches issues of race, class, and gender and how these factors influence who can ride with whom— who is included and who is excluded? He feels privileged to write about a city he's loved since his arrival as a teenager in 1954, despite its warts and troubles, and its very real racial conflicts.

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

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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.
Tickets are $15 and include one glass of wine or a beer. 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 of $15. 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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SOLD OUT! Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS - with live improvised accompaniment by international sonic artist Peter Krasinski
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

SOLD OUT! Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS - with live improvised accompaniment by international sonic artist Peter Krasinski

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Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS
with live improvised accompaniment by international sonic artist Peter Krasinski

Doors open at 7PM with the screening beginning at 7:30.

Few films have as lasting a legacy as Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1927 German silent film, METROPOLIS. Based upon the 1925 novel by Lang's wife Thea von Harbou, it presented a dystompian vision of a future depicting a struggle between a privledged wealthy class and the repressed workers who keep everything in its complex world running. Its influence can be felt in science fiction films to this day, with such movies as Blade Runner and Star Wars (whose C-3PO owes much to Metropolis' iconic robot Maschinenmensch) paying both visual and thematic homage.

We are pleased to present the 2009 restoration along with live musical accompaniment by Peter Krasinski in the Main Gallery of the Charles RIver Museum,of Industry & Innovation surrounded by historic machinery and artifacts of the American Industrial Revolution.

Peter Krasinski is a conductor, organist, and music educator who consistently delivers imaginative performances that elevate and inform diverse audiences. He is well respected in both the secular and sacred genres of his field and has taught the enchantment of music to both public and private institutions in the greater Boston area. His Bach playing has been hailed in the press as "sublimely spiritual" and his improvisations have been called "stunning" and "seamless."




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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.
Tickets are $15 and include one glass of wine or a beer. 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 of $15. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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CANCELED: Sentimental Journey - A Big Band Dance Party Celebration
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELED: Sentimental Journey - A Big Band Dance Party Celebration

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We regret to announce that the big band concert event, “Sentimental Journey,” scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2018, has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. 

We are considering rescheduling this event for sometime in the future but no decision on that possibility has yet been made. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

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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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Photograph by LauraPartain

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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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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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.
Tickets are $15 and include one glass of wine or a beer. 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 of $15. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Diane Taraz “Til We Meet Again” : Songs of the First World War
Nov
4
2:30 PM14:30

Diane Taraz “Til We Meet Again” : Songs of the First World War

Diane Taraz “Til We Meet Again” Songs of the First World War

THIS CONCERT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Registration is required

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Stirring and poignant, the popular songs of “The Great War” help us understand what the average person, here and abroad, was thinking and experiencing during a worldwide upheaval. New technology and inventions improved daily life but brought death on the battlefield on an unprecedented scale.

Many World War I songs are patriotic and upbeat, but others lament the futility and waste of trench warfare, or poke cynical fun at those in charge. After three years of striving to remain neutral, the U.S. plunged into war in 1917, and songwriters literally changed their tune overnight. “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” became “It’s Time for Every Boy to Be a Soldier.” As in all wars, cheery songs lifted spirits despite hard reality, while others expressed longing for safety and home.

Diane wears the graceful clothing of the time and accompanies her crystal-clear singing on a parlor guitar. Enjoy, and sing along, to:

“Til We Meet Again”

“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” (and a sly variation, “That’s the Wrong Way to Tickle Mary”)

Stay Down Here Where You Belong” (by Irving Berlin, set in hell!)

“Stille Nacht” (from the spontaneous Christmas truce of 1914)

“Over There!”

“Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip!” (slip a name of any nationality into the “Zip” and get a patriotic American)

“Pack Up Your Troubles”

“Forward, Joe Soap’s Army”

“You’d Better Be Nice to Them Now” (meaning the ladies, who were taking over every job imaginable)

“The Worst is Yet to Come”

“How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?” (now that they’ve seen Paree?)

“Keep the Home Fires Burning”

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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

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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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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.
Tickets are $15 and include one glass of wine or a beer. 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 of $15. 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.
Tickets are $15 and include one glass of wine or a beer. 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 of $15. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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

SOLD OUT - 2nd SHIFT Concert: Stephen Kellogg

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS SOLD OUT.


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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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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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. 

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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

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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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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!
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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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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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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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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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