Cultural Affairs/Arts in the Parks

Mayor's Office For Cultural Affairs
Newton Cultural Affairs Offices 
Newton City Hall (second floor room 203) Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-796-1540 
Linda R. Plaut, Director: 
Jeannie Smith, Associate Director: 

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Check out the Summer 2016 Activities in Newton!
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 Dancing in the Parks – Women in World Jazz

Wednesday, July 27th, 6:30pm
345 Walnut Street, Newton Senior Center, Newtonville

Bring a picnic, a blanket or chair to sit on, don’t forget your dancin’ shoes, and enjoy a free summer concert by Women in World Jazz, presenting an educational performance for the whole family featuring an international ensemble of all-female performers showcasing music and dance from around the world. The concert features musical styles from Cuba's Cha Cha to Cape Verde's Coladeira, as well as songs from Israel, Brazil and Japan, mixed in with jazz favorites. The ensemble’s goal is to give the audience a taste of different cultures from around the globe through the expression of music and dance. Dancing in the Parks concerts are sponsored by the Village Bank.


Free Greek Theater Outdoor Performance – ‘Agamemnon’
Stokes Amphitheater, Boston College 
Saturday, July 30 at 7:30pm (Raindate: Sunday, July 31 at 7:30pm)

The Newton Theatre Company performs Aeschylus’ Agamemnon  in three outdoor locations. Fans of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as newcomers to Greek Mythology, will be riveted as the thousand-years-old story of the aftermath of the Trojan War is told again - this time through Clytemnestra’s eyes. Ten years have passed since Agamemnon has sacrificed his oldest daughter in order to appease the gods and let the Greek army sail to Troy. And for ten years Agamemnon’s wife, Clytemnestra, sits at home in Argos, waiting for the day her husband will return from the war so she can exact revenge. The production of Agamemnon is sponsored by The Newton Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, and The Newton Cultural Council. 

Hyde Playground Bandshell, Newton Highlands 
Saturday Aug 6 at 7:30pm
(Rain location in the Newton Highlands Community Center)
Theater Steps of Newton City Hall 
Sunday Aug 7at 7:00pm
(Rain location inside the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall)


Heritage Festival Concert - New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Sunday, July 31st, 6:30pm
Newton Center Green, Centre & Beacon Streets

If you like the uplifting and soulful music of New Orleans you'll love the sound of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Bring a picnic, a blanket or chairs to sit on, and enjoy a free summer concert by the band that  has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920's and 30's. The group has a mature mastery of this great American music- from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington to Cole Porter; from blues to rags to popular songs of the era. Bringing the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz to audiences all over the world for more than 40 years, they regard themselves as the "Keepers of the Flame”. 


Time for Partners

Summer Classes- Now enrolling -

Art & Music classes for kids 18 months to 4 years, with an adult.

Franklin Elementary School, 125 Derby St., West Newton
9:30am - 11:15am
                                                          Art                              Music  
Tuesdays, 7/5
 - 8/9         Terry Curtin          
David Polansky 
Wednesdays, 7/6 - 8/10   Terry Curtin           David Polansky
Thursdays, 7/7 - 8/11        Terry Curtin           David Polansky 

To register:, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Activity Registration, choose your day.  
Newton resident $130, Non-resident $150

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