Sunday, November 15, 2015

Amahl and the Night Visitors - Nov 22

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Music Department presents the beloved holiday classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. Featuring students from FSPA’s voice program, the performance will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin, on Sunday, November 22 at 2 p.m.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
The inspiring story is of a crippled shepherd boy, Amahl, who offers his crutch as a present to the Christ child, is healed, and joins the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. With a compassionate message about faith, love and charity, this enchanting and family-friendly story perfectly captures the spirit of the season.
Featured roles will be performed by Franklin’s Amanda Wylie (Amahl), Jason Barney (King Kaspar) and Tatiana McAlpine (The Page), as well as Nicholas Steiner (King Melchior) of Millis and Joey Soares (King Balthazar) of Hopedale. The ensemble cast includes Lily Barney, Dora Ebbeling, Anya Fox, Kelly Irwin, Catherine LeClair, Ria Mathur, Grace Olah, Michaela Olah, Daniel Vaccarezza, Katharine Waples, Caitlin Woodcock, Katie Wylie, Jaiden Wyner, Lyndsey Wyner, Melissa Wyner and Delaney Zolnowski of Franklin; Ellie Skalaski of Medway; Elina Tavarez of Millis; Abby McDonough of Norfolk; Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; and Susauna Wickstrom of Wrentham.
Mariko Matsumura directs the production. Soprano Shauna Martin, of FSPA’s voice faculty, performs the role of Mother. Pianist Synthia Sture accompanies the vocalists.

THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Central St
THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Central St
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-8668. Visit www.FSPAonline.com for more information about FSPA, including class schedule and course catalog.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

BLACK BOX features, Cabaret, Jamie Barrett, and Electric Youth!

On Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m., BLACK BOX Cabaret debuts the inaugural performance of Rising Stars Cabaret. Presented by the Franklin Performing Arts Company, this special cabaret revue spotlights the vocal talents of promising young area performers. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, Rising Stars Cabaret is presented in an intimate night-club atmosphere with professional accompaniment. 
Jamie Barrett
Jamie Barrett
THE BLACK BOX Children’s Series kicks off its second season at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. Franklin’s Jamie Barrett, singer-songwriter, guitarist and music teacher, is back by popular demand with an engaging mix of family-favorite songs. The afternoon delivers a fun and interactive program for audiences of all ages. THE BLACK BOX Children’s Series concert is sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.
On Friday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m., Electric Youth members past and present rock THE BLACK BOX for the venue’s first-ever EY reunion show. Relive the group’s hits from the last decade and more. Enjoy performances by popular Electric Youth alumni and hear fan-favorite songs from EY’s extensive repertoire of high-energy contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.
Electric Youth posed before their trip to Europe in the Summer of 2015
Electric Youth posed before their trip to Europe in the Summer of 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Laughter Yoga - Monday, November 23rd

Laughter Yoga
Trade in your stress for laughter on Monday, November 23rd (and every fourth Monday) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin.  
Laughter Yoga is a unique and playful practice that does not rely on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter Yoga will have you smiling frequently and laughing heartily. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! 
New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family.   
Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating. 
Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail  billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com 
See other opportunities to laugh at www.letslaughtoday.com.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Big Band Brunch - Kenny Hadley Big Band - Sunday, November 15

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music, and event venue, presents a Big Band Brunch, featuring the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band, on Sunday, November 15. The critically-acclaimed 16-piece juggernaut, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more.  
Kenny Hadley Big Band
Kenny Hadley Big Band
The Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. Brunch selections feature Belgian waffles, cheddar scrambled eggs, red bliss home-fried potatoes, bacon, muffins, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. 
A cash bar is also available, serving brunch cocktails including Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Enjoy this memorable pairing of Big Band music and delicious fare. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with entertainment starting at noon. 
Combination tickets for the brunch and performance are $45; tickets for the Big Band only are $20. THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

“Tea for Two” on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music and event venue, presents a wide-ranging lineup of live music entertainment this November. Events are slated to feature concerts in genres ranging from classical, jazz and pop to Southern rock, cabaret and children’s programming. The broad-based calendar of entertainment offers something for everyone.  THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street.
Violinist Irina Fainkichen and pianist Irina Kotlyar present “Tea for Two” on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m., featuring classical arrangements of popular North and South American music. Tea service will be available in THE BLACK BOX lobby.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Fainkichen received degrees from Rachmaninoff Music College, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Israel. She is a busy freelance violinist in the Greater Boston area. Irina was concertmaster of San Francisco’s Russian Chamber Orchestra for many years, appearing as soloist numerous times.
Currently, she is a member of Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of Brockton Symphony Orchestra and co-founder of “Flying Hearts” duo, which performs in a number of musical genres including jazz, Klezmer and classic American tunes. Irina Kotlyar, born in Kharkov, Ukraine, earned her degrees from Rubin Academy of Music.

THE BLACK BOX Classical Series presents violinist Irina Fainkichen and pianist Irina Kotlyar in “Tea for Two” on November 7
THE BLACK BOX Classical Series presents violinist Irina Fainkichen and pianist Irina Kotlyar in “Tea for Two” on November 7
 For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Addams Family - Oct 24, 25, 30, 31

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the hit musical comedy, The Addams Family, on October 24 at 7:30 p.m., October 25 at 2:00 p.m., and October 30 at 7:30 p.m., with two shows on October 31 at 2:00 and 8:30. Celebrate a bewitching holiday with a performance before or after Trick or Treating on Halloween; audiences are invited to come dressed in costume, and prizes will be awarded.
Part of FPAC’s 25th anniversary season, The Addams Family will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, the company’s new home and performance venue, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.
The devilishly delightful musical serves up an original story based on the iconic characters of legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. Inspiring a TV sitcom, TV cartoon series and two feature films, Addams’ illustrations for The New Yorker spawned a pop culture phenomenon. His famously motley group – Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Lurch – has a taste for everything macabre.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family

Yet there’s a sweetness, charm and humor at the heart of their twisted and dark world. With book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family musical tests that world when outsiders – the respectable Ohio family of Wednesday’s “normal” fiancĂ© – come to dinner, setting in motion a chain of riotous events on one memorable night!
Area performers featured in lead roles include Nick Paone (Gomez) of Franklin; Casey Andrade (Morticia) of Lincoln, RI; Katie Gray (Wednesday) of Milford; Andrew Falanga (Pugsley) of Franklin; Alan Mercer (Fester) of Medway; Aaron Frongillo (Lurch) of Franklin; Michael Fajardo (Lucas Beineke) of Hopkinton; Kellie Stamp (Mrs. Beineke) of Westport; and Guy Rezendes (Mr. Beineke) of Franklin.
Ensemble cast members include Janene Asgeirsson, Madison Asgeirsson, Lily Barney, Jason Barney, Christine DiMartino, Greg Leach, Sydney Leach, Michele Webster, Melissa Wyner and Peter Wyner of Franklin; Caroline Merten of Hopedale; Colie Vancura of Medfield; Maddy Williams of Medway; Anna Makova of Norfolk; Susauna Wickstrom of Plainville; Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; and Jenna McDermott of Wrentham.
The production’s creative team includes Casey Andrade, Raye Lynn Mercer, Nick Paone, Kellie Stamp and Hallie Wetzell.
Middlesex Savings Bank is the Production Sponsor. Tickets are $34.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Franklin Art Association: Fall Art Show - Nov 7 and Nov 8

The Franklin Art Association is proud to present their Fall Art Show at the 
Fall Art Show - Nov 7 and Nov 8
Fall Art Show - Nov 7 and Nov 8
Tri- County High School 
147 Pond Street, 
Franklin 

Saturday, Nov. 7th from 12:00 - 8:00 pm 
Sunday, Nov. 8th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Exhibit & sale of fine art paintings and photography 
small works table, greeting cards, prints, 
small paintings and photography 

Scholarship Raffle Complementary food and beverage 

Free admission and parking 

Opened to the public 

Franklin Art Association since 1971 for further information www.franklinart.org and www.facebook.com/FranklinArtAssoc

Sunday, October 18, 2015

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Monday, October 26th

Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter every fourth Monday at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  
Laughter Yoga is a fun and healthy combination of laughter exercises, yoga breathing and gentle stretching. It's a great stress buster with real health benefits. Join in the laughs, fun and finish with a restful cool down meditation.Wear a funny hat for Halloween if you like! "Monster Mash" will be played afterwards!  
Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family.  Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 
Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See www.letslaughtoday.com for additional information.  If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com   
Also ask for the information on the week-end workshop/certification on how to bring more laughter into your life on November 14th and 15th!
Linda and BIll Hamaker
Linda and BIll Hamaker

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkins in the Park - Friday, Oct 30

The Franklin Art Center presents....
 
Pumpkins in the Park
in cooperation with the Franklin Recreation Dept.
 

Where?  
At the Sculpture Park on Panther Way (before the Police Station)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

6th Anniversary of LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Monday, September 28th!

Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of Let’s Laugh Today in Franklin with laughter and milk and cookies and feel like a little kid again! Boost your joy factor, lighten up, release happy chemicals and open channels of expression and well-being to source your natural aliveness! 
Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Monday, September 28th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 
get your happy on!
get your happy on!
Laughter Yoga is a body/mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. 
Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating. Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com. See other opportunities to laugh at www.letslaughtoday.com.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LiveARTS: Linda Bento-Rei, flute and Vytas Baksys, piano

Looking over the upcoming LiveARTS season, the realization dawns: this will be a season of friends, both old and new. Fourteen years ago when LiveARTS was just an idea in the minds of a few dreamers, a council of expert music professionals was formed to advise the dreamers of the practicability of their dream. 
One of the counselors was flutist Linda Bento-Rei; officer in the Massachusetts Flute Association; leader of the Arlington Street Chamber Players; soloist; private teacher, one of whose students went on to study with James Galway. In other words, an artist and leader. Her advice was enthusiastic: go for it! So we did. 
In the meantime, this longstanding friend and supporter has gone on to do wonderful work herself. Most recent is her Jongen project CD that has won exceptional notice. Linda Bento-Rei returns to LiveARTS to open the 2015-2016 season, along with her enormously talented partner--and new friend to LiveARTS--pianist Vytas Baksys, long associated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is an honor to bring to the LiveARTS audience these two creative and original musicians.

LiveARTS image of Bento-Rei and Baksys
LiveARTS image of Bento-Rei and Baksys

Sunday, Sep 27 - 3:30 PM
Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street

Doors open at 3 pm. Open Seating. Handicapped accessible.  

For additional information, visit http://www.liveartsma.org/

Friday, September 18, 2015

Circle of Friends 2015-16 Schedule



Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

262 Chestnut St

Franklin, MA
  02038
Phone: 508 528 2541


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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

 

UPCOMING SHOWS
  Sat Sep 26 2015, 08:00 PM
Vance Gilbert
Tickets: $20
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PLAY Sat Oct 10 2015, 08:00 PM
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams/Grand Slambovians, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams/Grand Slambovians
Tickets: $25
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PLAY Sat Oct 17 2015, 08:00 PM
Pesky J. Nixon, Miles to Dayton
Tickets: $20
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PLAY Sat Nov 07 2015, 08:00 PM
Burning Bridget Cleary
Tickets: $20
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PLAY Sat Dec 05 2015, 08:00 PM
Anne Heaton, Winterbloom, Antje Duvekot, Natalia Zukerman, Meg Hutchinson
Tickets: $25
Winterbloom featuring Anne Heaton, Natalia Zukerman, Antje Duvekot, and Meg Hutchinson
 
PLAY Sat Dec 12 2015, 08:00 PM
Ellis Paul
Tickets: $25
CD release
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PLAY Sat Jan 09 2016, 08:00 PM
John Gorka
Tickets: $25
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PLAY Sat Feb 27 2016, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier
Tickets: $20
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PLAY Sat Mar 12 2016, 08:00 PM
Susan Werner
Tickets: $27
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  Sat Apr 09 2016, 08:00 PM
Billy Novick, Guy Van Duser
Tickets: $20
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  Sat Apr 23 2016, 08:00 PM
Forever Young
Tickets: $20
A Tribute to the Music of Neil Young
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PLAY Sat May 07 2016, 08:00 PM
Dala
Tickets: $20
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PLAY Sat May 14 2016, 08:00 PM
Jim Kweskin
Tickets: $25
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