IMPORTANT: This show has mature themes and language and is not appropriate for children under 15. These are not your Sesame Street-type muppets.
SPONSORED POST: The big day is coming up as the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) prepares to welcome runners of all talent levels for its 4th annual Wonder Run 5k and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, May 21 at 8:30am. Think of it as your own personal “Boston Marathon” without all the arduous training and fundraising. This is a race that you can easily get your mind and body around, and it starts at our own Wellesley High School. Plus, the weather is finally cooperating so you still have plenty of time to take a few training jaunts. Now is the time to get out there and celebrate the wonder of the vastly improved weather.
Whether you’re in it to win it (sure, there are always a couple of those to keep everybody on their toes) or you just want to low-key get out there, one thing stays the same in this race — all proceeds help organizer WHJWC provide scholarships and other charitable aid. In 2016, Junior Women’s funded $65,000 of charitable grants in program areas including seniors, civic and community, education, and healthcare.
The 5k starts at 8:30am at the Wellesley High School track and takes runners on a scenic tour of town. The Kids Fun Run, which takes place on the High School track, starts at 9:30am. Sensei Nicco DeMasco will be on hand with kid-friendly activities before the event.
Online pre-registration is $30 (Wonder Run 5K) and $10 (Kids Fun Run) and is now available. Register early to secure your Wonder Run 5K T-Shirt! The first 250 5K registrants will receive a race t-shirt and a water bottle. For questions about the Wonder Run road race, please contact the event directors at [email protected]
The next time you’re in the mood to catch a movie but not at all in the mood to schlep to some far-flung, charmless multi-plex, venture a mere two miles down the road from Wellesley Square and give The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) a try.
TCAN, located at 14 Summer St., Natick in a beautifully renovated historic firehouse, is well-known for its concerts and live-theater offerings. Somehow, though, the venue’s second-floor movie theater is something of a secret. Even my Bunco group, made up of Natick moms I’ve been hanging out with since my 11-year stint in the town, didn’t know that hiding in plain sight in their own town center is nestled the quintessential independent theater. There, in a former storage space of the former firehouse, the 120-seat theater shows everything from small-run indies to more mainstream fare such as Disney’s Aladdin.
David Lavalley, executive director of TCAN, brought the art-house-type cinema to life through a $180,000 grant awarded from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s facilities fund to the arts center in 2014. The grant, plus additional money raised, allowed TCAN to transform underutilized space that just happened to already have great acoustics (although soundproofing was added) and soaring ceilings into a multi-use performance space, with an emphasis on cinema. According to Nicola Anderson, Cinema Program Director, no effort was spared in ensuring a quality movie-going experience. She says, “The newly installed Screening Room at TCAN has been renovated to the highest of technical standards with a 2K (DCI Compliant) digital cinema projector and full 7.1 Dolby surround audio . Wherever possible the films are projected from a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) – 2K digital prints that are mastered to the highest industry standard to ensure the visuals stay perfect and the audio is crystal clear throughout the presentation.”
In addition, comfortable, movable seats allow the space to also host concerts, conferences and other activities. In fact, in a recent collaboration with Babson Arts, the space was used during some rehearsals for An American Hamlet. It seems the actors needed room to practice their fight scenes.
On a recent date night we settled into the comfortable red chairs to watch A Man Called Ove on the 20-foot screen. The crowd was clearly into the experience of it all, the way the theater is tucked away upstairs (TCAN is handicapped accessible, and the movie theater can be accessed by elevator), the fun of being able to walk to a number of nearby restaurants either before or after the show, the sheer non-stickiness of the floors. That last one was big for me. Not that TCAN is stingy with the snacks, they’re just scrupulously tidy, that’s all. Popcorn, candy, and beverages, including beer or wine, are for sale.
About the chairs, just a heads up, don’t expect the Craftmatic bed treatment at this theater. I don’t know about you, but that suits me fine. Once, at one of those Craftmatic bed multiplexes, I couldn’t even enjoy the movie because the man lying next to me, who was not my husband, fell asleep. As you can imagine, I became very uneasy, wondering if I was dangerously close to infidelity. Fretfully, I wondered if it counted as cheating. First I figured yes it did, because there was nothing but an armrest between us to suggest our two “chairs” were anything less than a double bed, and there he was, sleeping. Therefore, logic demanded that it must be a bed, ergo we were sharing a bed, ergo ergo it was an infidelity.
Then I figured no, it wasn’t an infidelity, because don’t be ridiculous.
Of course after all these Socratic mental gymnastics, I was drained and didn’t enjoy the movie at all. Plus, the sleeping man wasn’t even hot, so what a waste of moral philosophizing, and of a movie ticket.
Save yourself from such problems and catch your next movie at TCAN. On the April schedule: Aladdin; The Wizard of Oz; Lamb (screening and talkback with with Director Yared Zeleke); I Am Not Your Negro. Ticket prices are generally $12 for the public, $10 for TCAN members, and $9 for children under 12.
Collegium Musicum, Wellesley College
Director, Andrew Areci
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 — 7:30pm
Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College
106 Central St. Wellesley, MA 02481
The Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists open to Wellesley College students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The Collegium specializes in the performance of Western music from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. The Collegium is often joined by faculty and outside guest artists who enrich the ensemble for special projects.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Wellesley Free Library will run 1964 classic comedy A Shot in the Dark, the second of the Pink Panther series, on Thursday, April 13, 6:45 – 9pm.
Peter Sellers is the bungling Inspector Jacques Clouseau, called to the country home of millionaire Benjamin Ballon to investigate the murder of his chauffeur, who was having an affair with one of the maids (the plot thickens!). There is a literal smoking gun, amnesia figures into things, and love muddies the waters.