Shaken, Stirred, & Punched
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Shaken, Stirred, & Punched

What better way to celebrate mid-summer than with an ice cold margarita? Join Meredith for this month's mixology class at Orange Door Kitchen to learn about different types of tequila and its smoky cousin, mezcal.  We'll be mixing up three different cocktails (one shaken, one stirred, and one punch) that celebrate this spirit with so much more than a wedge of lime and a shake of salt.  While we're at it, you'll learn foolproof techniques for your home bar and get hands-on to practice measuring, mixing, and mastering flavor with steal-the-recipe craft cocktails.  Chris will serve up thoughtfully paired snacks to soak up some of that booze. 

Tickets are $65 and include heavy appetizers and two cocktails.

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Wine Dinner with Chef Michael Leviton @ ODK
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Dinner with Chef Michael Leviton @ ODK

Award-winning chef and sustainability expert Michael Leviton is returning to Orange Door Kitchen to cook up a delicious four course wine dinner! Wine guru Chris Graeff will be pouring some fantastic wines and talking about his approach to pairings as well as the wines themselves. 

***MENU*** (Subect to Change)
Watermelon and Green Tomato Salad
Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder w/ Corn & Merguez Ragout
Nectarine Berry Crisp

Tickets are $105, and include food and wine pairings. Orange Door Kitchen is a no tipping establishment - your ticket price is your final price.

Due to the nature of the feast we cannot accomodate substitutions, but a vegetarian entree is available upon request. 

More about Chef Leviton:

Michael Leviton’s career pathway as a chef has been forged by a belief in sustainable change. After seventeen years at Lumière, four at Area Four, eight James Beard Foundation Award nominations and honors from Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Saveur, he has stepped away from the day to day of the kitchen. As a founder of Region Foodworks and through his work with Marlo Marketing, Michael is now expanding his reach by focusing his time and talent on projects and partnerships that demonstrate the promise of broadening food systems sustainability. He is long-time member, and former Board Chair of the Chefs Collaborative, as well as a member of the Chef Action Network, an Impact Program of the James Beard Foundation. Having attended two Chefs Boot Camps for Policy and Change, Michael continues to build on his advocacy for a sustainable future. A longtime advocate for sustainable seafood and fisheries, Leviton is also on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force.

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Lori Zuroff & The Four Alices 
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lori Zuroff & The Four Alices 

Lori is a blues, rock, and jazz singer known for her sultry, smoky, and swinging take on classics from the American songbook. She’s joined by the Four Alices, an emerging quartet of established Boston-area musicians: Diane Heffner on sax, clarinet, and chalumeau; Diana Mascari on keys; Tal Shalom-Kobi on upright bass and accordion; and Michelle Hirsch on percussion.

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The Love Dogs
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Love Dogs

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It’s a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it’s THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next,” says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie “Duato” Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

“We’re all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we have a real reverence for the music. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of Scheer, Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), and Steve Brown (drums, vocals).

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 online • $18/door

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Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s Brewery and Restaurant
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DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 16

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so pleased to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online now.

Bar provided by True West.
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Kemp Harris
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Kemp Harris

Kemp is a storyteller, composer, musician, children’s author, and actor. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He has written and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and WGBH public television, and now enjoys making music with his band, “The Kemp Harris Group.” His music has been described as “a thoughtful tapestry exploring the intersection of American roots music, jazz, and African folk influences.” He has recently been cast in Netflix’s “SMILF.” (Yep, a truly Renaissance man!) But, perhaps most important, he was a 30-plus-year educator of kindergartners and first-graders in Newton.

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440
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

440

440 expands the gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with swing standards from the era of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Benny Goodman — as well as some originals by the band. 440 is lead by violinist Tomoko Iwamoto and features Mark Chenevert on clarinet and tenor sax, Jack Soref on guitar, and Sven Larson on bass.

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Fugitive Productions Presents Mike Payette
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Fugitive Productions Presents Mike Payette

Fugitive Productions features high-quality “blow-your-hair-back” local dance bands in The Gallery at Villageworks. Our regular performers include The Love Dogs, Jeff Purchon & Friends, HighCamp, The Johnny Hoy Band, The Big Little Band and The Response. We’ve also hosted The Daniel Miller Band, The Salty Dawgs, Jimmy Connor and Lauren Weintraub, 35th Parallel, BJ Magoon, and Four-Legged Faithful, among others. Many of our patrons bring their dancing shoes to share their moves on our more-than-ample dance floor. True West Brewery brings their bar and provides a 15% discount on food served in the brewery on the nights of our performances to folks who purchase advance online tickets.

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

  • The Love Dogs — Saturday, September 15
  • Mike Payette — Friday, October 12
  • Chris Fitz — Saturday, October 27
  • Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish — Saturday, December 1

Tickets on-sale 4-6 weeks prior to the show at Fugitive Productions Ticket Page.

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 16

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so pleased to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online now.

Bar provided by True West.
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Dunham Shoe Factory
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Dunham Shoe Factory

Dunham Shoe Factory is a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions. It is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach, and Dave Haughey. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion, and cello, their music draws from a myriad of styles including Brazilian, Egyptian, Jazz, Turkish, Classical, and Indian music. Individual members have performed in a variety of settings locally, nationally, and internationally over the past 25 years.

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Chris Fitz Performs Live!
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Fitz Performs Live!

Fugitive Productions features high-quality “blow-your-hair-back” local dance bands in The Gallery at Villageworks. Our regular performers include The Love Dogs, Jeff Purchon & Friends, HighCamp, The Johnny Hoy Band, The Big Little Band and The Response. We’ve also hosted The Daniel Miller Band, The Salty Dawgs, Jimmy Connor and Lauren Weintraub, 35th Parallel, BJ Magoon, and Four-Legged Faithful, among others. Many of our patrons bring their dancing shoes to share their moves on our more-than-ample dance floor. True West Brewery brings their bar and provides a 15% discount on food served in the brewery on the nights of our performances to folks who purchase advance online tickets.

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

  • The Love Dogs — Saturday, September 15
  • Mike Payette — Friday, October 12
  • Chris Fitz — Saturday, October 27
  • Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish — Saturday, December 1

Tickets on-sale 4-6 weeks prior to the show at Fugitive Productions Ticket Page.

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313

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Myanna
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Myanna

One of the hottest and most soulful saxophonists based in Boston, Myanna plays music that mixes jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing, and catchy tunes. Her music has been described as funky, bluesy, rootsy, and spontaneous. In years past, she performed with the all-female band Lilith, then worked with the Bill Bellamy Project, followed by Girls’ Night Out. She has been playing with local favorite The Love Dogs since the ’90s. Myanna has recorded three CDs for the Bridge City label and has won awards for best jazz artist from both the “Boston Music Awards” and “The Boston Phoenix Readers Poll.”

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 16

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so pleased to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online now.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

 

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The Elements
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Elements

Seth Connolly, Keith Jacques, and Ted Powers haven’t met a song they could not call their own. Great instrumentalists and singers in their own rights, when they come together they create a unique blend — three voices backed by some of the best finger picking around. Most important, there is a joyous energy that is infectious, leaving listeners with long-lasting smiles. They’re just plain fun!

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Johnny Hoy + The Bluefish
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Johnny Hoy + The Bluefish

IN NOVEMBER 2017, JOHNNY HOY SOLD OUT VILLAGEWORKS IN WEST ACTON. Check out what you've been missing or come on back for more (and bring your dancing shoes)! Formed in 1991, the band has released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability for the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

PRESENTED BY FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS.  QUESTIONS? CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (978) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 online • $18/door (Tickets will be on sale in mid-January)

Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s new brew pub.
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RD King / Walter & The Night Owls
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

RD King / Walter & The Night Owls

RD King is a Boston-based composer and acoustic guitarist and the winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival’s International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, deeply memorable, and — at times — extraordinary. His debut album, “vs. Self,” was released in 2017. Opening for RD is Acton-based Walter & The Night Owls, an alternative-folk music quartet that has been making waves in the independent Boston music scene. Combining acoustic guitar, violin, and cello with soft vocal harmonies they create a sound all their own. Music from their initial EP has been featured in commercials and films, and has been licensed for use on MTV2 network specials along with other international media outlets. Their debut album, “Living in all Directions,” was released in 2015.

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Summer Sips @ ODK
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Sips @ ODK

Escape to Mallorca, Crete and Santorini with wine tasting and snacks at Orange Door Kitchen! Usher in the weekend with Boston-area wine expert and 15-year veteran beverage director, Chris Graeff, for an exploratory flight of sun-soaked, ocean-washed, mineral-steeped, and herbaceous wines from hidden corners of the Mediterranean Islands.

Chris strives to make wine tastings informal, but informative - with nary a hint of the pedantic stuffiness found in some circles. With each passing class, you'll gain some experienced perspective on how to taste, how to pair wine with food, and what makes wine so compelling.  

Tickets are $65 and include five tasting pours and Mediterranean snacks.  

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Summer Cookout Tips
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Cookout Tips

Up your grilling game in time for 4th of July cookouts! Join us for a demonstration of two versatile dry rubs and one boozy barbecue sauce. We will be serving up some sliders to showcase the rubs and sauce during the demo. You will leave with samples of both dry rubs and a couple of recipes to impress your friends and family with.

Tickets include one beer (or non-alcoholic beverage if you prefer), three sliders and the dry rub samples!

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Family-Style Feast with Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Family-Style Feast with Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings

Matt & Kate Jennings, chef/owners of Townsman in Boston, are popping up at Orange Door Kitchen to prepare a family style feast! Enjoy four lively and inventive courses celebrating Matt & Kate's love of New England ingredients and their deep commitment to locality. Matt will also be signing copies of his award winning cookbook Homegrown, which will be available for purchase!

***Menu***

Beautiful American Artisan Cheeses & Charcuterie
Striped Bass Crudo - avocado, basils, lime & nori
Dogpatch Farm Pork Leg - spring vegetable fricassee, mustards & field salad
Kate’s Lemon Biscuits with Maple Ice Cream - strawberries

Tickets are $105 and include food and beer or wine pairings! Purchase Tickets Here!

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True West at deCordova's Park Fest
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

True West at deCordova's Park Fest

  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join True West Brewery at deCordova's annual campus-wide celebration Park Fest on Saturday, June 23! The event kicks off with a 5K trail run in the morning, followed by a day-long outdoor festival for all ages. Enjoy live music and dance performances, have fun with art-making activities inspired by deCordova's spring exhibitions (including a giant parachute painting project!), observe ceramic studio demonstrations, shop at a local arts and crafts market, play mini golf, treat yourself to Ben & Jerry's, and grab a bite to eat or a beer from deCordova Café, Compliments Food Truck, and True West Brewery! Details and tickets at decordova.org/park-fest.

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online now.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Spring 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, March 23
•  Friday, April 20
•  Friday, May 25
•  Friday, June 22

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so pleased to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

TONIGHT'S COMICS

Wes Hazard (our host)
A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy, and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast — based on the critically acclaimed IFC television show with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book Questions For Terrible People was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick. He also co-hosts WGBH/World Channel’s new TV series, “Stories from the Stage.”

Peter Martin
Peter is a comedian hailing from Somerville. His humor resonates with the same gritty taste and sensibilities of the Boston blue collar working class. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, over the past seven years, Peter has become a well-known and established talent in the Boston comedy scene.

Kathe Farris
Kathe is a stay-at-home mom, stand-up comedian, and snack cake enthusiast. She shares her unsolicited wisdom about hot button topics from calcium supplements to the political awfulness behind book groups. Her unoriginal, understated demeanor both surprise and impress audiences all over New England. Some of her credits include the Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival and the Chicago Funny Festival. In August 2016 she was Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio, a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival 2016 as well as 2017 and opened for Todd Barry. Off stage, she teaches Intro to Stand-up at ImprovBoston and comedy workshops for the Boston Comedy Chicks/Women In Comedy Festival organization.

Orlando Baxter
Orlando exploded onto the Boston comedy scene in 2005, and was quickly established as one of the areas hottest young comics. His fresh perspective and unique relatability soon made this former high school teacher a fan favorite and led to a string of finalist positions in a host of contests and festivals all over the world including NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity,” Boston Comedy Festival,  Montreux Comedy Festival, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Turku Comedy Festival, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Orlando currently tours across the country performing at clubs and colleges. And when he's not doing his own thing, you can catch him on the road opening for Whitney Cummings and Jo Koy. In 2016, Orlando made his late night TV debut on the Conan show on TBS. You can watch it here!

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

 

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Shaken, Stirred & Punched
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Shaken, Stirred & Punched

Summer is here, and that means that it's time to toast to sunrises on the beach, lazy afternoons on the lake, and long nights in the backyard. If you're looking to branch out from cold beers and burgers on the grill (which is awesome in its own way), join Meredith for our monthly mixology class at Orange Door Kitchen. She will demonstrate three different cocktails (one shaken, one stirred, and one punch) to teach foolproof techniques for your home bar. We'll get hands on to practice measuring, mixing, and mastering flavor with steal-the-recipe craft cocktails. Chris will serve up thoughtfully paired snacks to soak up some of that booze. Tickets include heavy appetizers & two cocktails.

Tickets are $65 and include heavy appetizers and two cocktails. 
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The Black Ale Project at True West
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

The Black Ale Project at True West

 

Join True West and the Fisher House for a family-friendly fundraiser.  Buy a beer, Help a Veteran! 

Feel free to arrive any time between event start and finish. $20 per person cover charge at the door will be collected by Fisher House Boston with all profits benefiting veterans.  Cover charge includes one full pour of the special Black Ale Project beer, live entertainment, and a Color Guard and Musket Salute by the Boxborough Minutemen Company.  Cash/credit bar and taproom menu will be available during the event. Fisher House Boston will be selling custom collaboration t-shirts for $25 with all profits benefiting veterans. We look forward to seeing you there! Cheers! #blackaleproject

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AB United Way Annual Public Meeting
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

AB United Way Annual Public Meeting

Join the AB United Way to celebrate the power of community and give thanks to the outgoing Directors, welcome new Directors, and honor the Volunteer of the Year: David Naparstek.  Srija Nagireddy, ABRHS '19 and AB United Way Board member, will present the Illumination App, a mobile app she co-created to support teen mental health and the Open Door Theater will perform from Cinderella.
 

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Neighborhood Cookbook Event
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Neighborhood Cookbook Event

Orange Door Kitchen is teaming up with our friends down the street at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore for a discussion with author and activist Pam Lowell.  Pam will share stories of grassroots activism through the lens of her new cookbook, The Resistance Cookbook: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres in the Kitchen.  The book is a collection of 100 recipes contributed by members of Action Together Massachusetts(ATMA), the state-wide social and political action organization borne out of the results of the 2016 Presidential election.  A sweet treat cooked from the book will be provided by Orange Door Kitchen.  

This event is free to the public, all are welcome to join the conversation!  

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The Big Little Band
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Big Little Band

PRESENTED BY FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS

QUESTIONS? CONTACT FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313

The Big Little Band plays slick, colorful tunes with a big, fat sound from their usually unusual repertoire of re-imagined standards from the Golden Grooveyard, B-sides. . . tunes with stories from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. All in all — indescribably delicious!

The Biggies are: Jason Eisenberg (guitar/vox), Emilie Faucher (vox/percussion), Al Garay(bass), Jon Golden (drums), Jeff Box (harmonicas/vox/percussion). Plus Special Guests (to be announced).

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

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Bar provided by True West.
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Summer Sips: Wine Tasting
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Sips: Wine Tasting

Find your new favorite bottle for summertime sipping with wine tasting and snacks at Orange Door Kitchen! Usher in the weekend with Boston-area wine expert and 15-year veteran beverage director, Chris Graeff, for an introduction to some of the delicious wines featured at Orange Door Kitchen this season.

Chris strives to make wine tastings informal, but informative - with nary a hint of the pedantic stuffiness found in some circles. With each passing class, you'll gain some experienced perspective on how to taste, how to pair wine with food, and what makes wine so compelling.  

Tickets are $65 and include five tasting pours and summery snacks.  Register here.

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In The Kitchen With: Chef Michael Leviton
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

In The Kitchen With: Chef Michael Leviton

Join Orange Door Kitchen for an evening in the kitchen with award winning chef and sustainability expert, Michael Leviton!

Part demonstration and part hands on cooking, Chef Leviton will work with the class to prepare a three-course seasonal spring dinner with sustainability lessons woven throughout. Then, sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your classmates and thoughtful pairings.  

Tickets are $125 and include a welcome drink and wine or beer pairings.
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Danny's Place U-Project Celebration
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Danny's Place U-Project Celebration

Join Danny's Place Youth Services Tuesday May 29th from 6-8pm at The Gallery at Villageworks for their annual U Project Celebration! We’ll be honoring the outstanding accomplishments of High School Seniors at ABRHS who have led their own community service projects. The student-led projects range across diverse topics including: Smart Houses for Healthy Living; The Body Positivity Project; Fulfilling the dream - Integration & Equity in Schools; The Living Greenhouse; and Design for Sustainable Living: Backpacks for the Homeless.

We hope you’ll join us for a fun evening, with light refreshments, and an opportunity to learn more about these amazing projects that young people in our community are leading!

Learn more about the U Project program here: http://dannys-place.org/programs/the-u-project/

Questions? Email info@dannys-place.org

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Community Open House @ Orange Door Kitchen
May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Community Open House @ Orange Door Kitchen

Curious about what's been happening in the old Savory Lane building at 251 Arlington Street?  Drop on by Orange Door Kitchen for our first community open house! Come meet the team, grab a bite and take a peek around our new home - and your new culinary destination - in West Acton. Complimentary snacks and non alcoholic beverages will be available and we will have beer and wine for sale. No tickets or RSVP required. We hope to see you there!

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The Response
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Response

MODERN RETRO ROCK FORGED IN FRIENDSHIP AND COMMUNITY

Featuring Jon Golden (drums), Jic Davis (batar/bass/keyboards), George Middleton(guitar), Mac Ritchey (electric oud/vocals), Emilie Faucher (lead vocals), and Neil Kruszkowski (saxophone).

The band’s unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive atmospheric rock, rock/blues, improv, and world influences. With a nod to the classic era of the 70’s and a sound that is both new and yet familiar at the same time, they spin crafted lyrical tales that explore such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch.

The ensemble’s mission is pretty clear — make music together, share it, have fun, and help to foster community through the arts. When they play together, the audience can immediately feel their kinship emanating from the stage, a ­ truly infectious joy that gets you on your feet dancing.

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 online • $18/door

Order your tickets online now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

 

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Celebrate Mother's Day at Villageworks!
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrate Mother's Day at Villageworks!

Join us on Saturday the 12th at Villageworks to celebrate Mother's Day! Bring your mom to a free class at Modern Barre, grab a drink at Acton Coffee House and find gifts and giveaways at Wish, Stamm & Black, Birchtree Esthetics, and Revolution Community Bodywork. 

Modern Barre
FREE Mother/Daughter or Son Barre Class (ages 13+) 12:00-12:45 + 20% Off Beyond Yoga, New Balance, & Mb Apparel
Prior registration for class required: https://bit.ly/2riVPTR

Wish Boutique
FREE Gift and Sweet Treats

Birch Tree Esthetics
Complimentary Upgrade to a Sea Mineral Peel when purchasing 60 Minute Facial Gift Cert (purchase via email /text)

Stamm & Black
Surprise Giveaway!

Acton Coffee House
15% Off Select Items for Moms: Nitro, Fresh Juice, Smoothies, and Retail

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Fugitive Stories: "Bad Timing"
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories: "Bad Timing"

Each month, we bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

$10/online • $12/door
Order your online tickets here.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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Marketing & Mingle presented by the West Acton Village Merchants Association
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Marketing & Mingle presented by the West Acton Village Merchants Association

Join the West Acton Village Merchants Association for a FREE presentation on marketing your business by small business consultant Michelle Brown-Droese, and an opportunity to network with fellow business owners from West Acton and the surrounding area. 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Refreshments provided by Legend Cafe and cash bar from True West Events + Catering
 

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"Grounded in Dreaming" Art Reception
Apr
22
4:30 PM16:30

"Grounded in Dreaming" Art Reception

Join artist Nancy Tobey for a reception celebrating her exhibit "Grounded in Dreaming", on display in The Gallery at Villageworks through April.  Nancy works in encaustic medium -a combination of beeswax, damar, resin, and pigment - to create abstract works that are reminiscent of landscapes, cityscapes and geology.  'Grounded in Dreaming' represents Nancy's exploration of lightness, color, transparency and space.

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Tickets Available at http://fgtiv.com/tickets
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Winter/Spring 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, January 19
•  Friday, February 23
•  Friday, March 23
•  Friday, April 20

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a four-event Winter/Spring 2018 series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so please to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs this winter.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

 

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Arlington International Film Festival Presents EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Arlington International Film Festival Presents EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE

The Arlington International Film Festival will be hosting the film, narrated by Kathleen Turner, along with a Q&A with the film's award-winning writer and director, Eric Stange.

Edgar Alan Poe | Trailer | Eric Stange, director | Doc | 2017 | USA

Doors open at 7pm • Showing starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $12/online • $15/door • Order tickets

EDGAR ALLAN POE

After his death, writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) became a global icon of modern literature and a pop culture brand. Best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem “The Raven,” Poe’s stories are the basis of countless films and TV episodes and have inspired even more, as has his name and image. At least four American cities claim this literary legend as their own — Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, and New York: an NFL football team is named after one of his poems, and his image appears on everything from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to lunchboxes, bobbleheads, and socks. Creating the detective fiction genre with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), Poe wrote over 100 short stories and poems altogether, beginning with Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), his first published work.

THE FILMMAKER, CAST & NARRATOR

Written and directed by ERIC STANGE (“The War That Made America,” “American Experience: Murder at Harvard”), the new documentary American Masters — Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. Starring Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor DENIS O’HARE (“This Is Us,” “American Horror Story,” “Take Me Out’) and narrated by Oscar- and Tony-nominated, two-time Golden Globe-winner KATHLEEN TURNER.

THE ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AIFF fosters an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through the independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. The Festival is a means for recognizing that such diversity enriches our communities. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family. For more information, visit aiffest.org.

SPONSORS

This showing is co-produced by AIFF and Fugitive Productions and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Acton Real Estate and The Gallery at Villageworks.

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League of Women Voters Speaker Series: The Role of Press in Our Democracy
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

League of Women Voters Speaker Series: The Role of Press in Our Democracy

Join Managing Editor of The Boston Globe Jennifer Peter and The League of Women Voters in The Gallery at Villageworks for an important and timely discussion on the changing landscape of news journalism and its impacts on Freedom of the Press.  For more info on this free event, please visit The League of Women Voters at lwv-aa.org.

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Fugitive Stories: "Arrival"
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories: "Arrival"

Each month, we bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

March Theme: “ARRIVAL”
Are we there yet? Have you recently arrived at a surprising conclusion? Did you finally take that big step in life you've been avoiding? Have you met little green people? Have you ever waited four days for a boat to take you up the Niger River to Timbuktu — and it was a no show (I have!)?

FEATURED TELLERS

Janelle Codianni
Jannelle, a Massmouth StorySLAM winner and Massmouth Grand Champion Finalist (2nd place), is an author and theater arts producer.

Katie Liesener
Katie Liesener is a co-coordinator for Massmouth. As a storyteller, she’s performed in over 80 shows across eight states. She’s also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Katie was the 2016 Massmouth “Big Mouth-Off” champion.

Christine Gentry
Christine joins BBQ on the list of good things to come out of Texas. She holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University and currently serves as Director of Teacher Development and Licensure for a network of public high schools in Boston. Christine likes to write short stories, perform in oral storytelling shows and is the co-producer and host the Boston branch of “The Story Collider.” Her writing has been published in Word RiotThe English Record, and Printer’s Devil Review magazines, and her oral stories have been featured on the “Story Collider,” “Best of RISK!,” and “This American Life” podcasts. Christine is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and Mainstage performer.

$10/online • $12/door
Order your online tickets here.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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Revolution Community Yoga Annual Open House
Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Revolution Community Yoga Annual Open House

If you’ve been curious about what Revolution Community Yoga's Studio is all about, now is your chance to pop in and take a casual look around! Here’s what will be happening:


FREE 30 minute classes of different styles where you can get a taste of the classes we offer… all Beginner-Friendly mini-classes!  No pre-registration for these… First-come first-served until the room fills up!

Upstairs In The Loft
2:45 – 3:15  →  Teen Yoga (w/ Jen Mast)
3:30 – 4  →  Vinyasa All Levels (w/ Keri Straka)
4:15 – 4:45  →  Gentle Flow (Lia Romani)
5 – 5:30  →  Beginner’s Slow Flow (Julie McKay)
5:45 – 6:15  →  Gentle/Restorative (Anastasia Fayerman)

Downstairs in The Buddha Room
2:45 – 3:15pm  →  Tween Yoga Ages 8 – 11 (w/ Christine Fox)

FREE “Ask The Yoga Teacher” Booth
Get all your burning Yoga questions answered!

FREE RAFFLES!

  • Win A $50 RCY Gift Certificate
  • Birch Tree Esthetics raffle for $25 gift certificate and the Winter Skin Saver Gift Pack. (includes 302 Sensitive Cleanser, 302 Lip Balm, and Beverly Bees Cream. All Organic and Cruelty Free! ($47 retail value)
  • Acupuncture of Boston at Healthy Channels in Acton raffle for $50 off an initial session and a free bottle of my hormone balance tincture.

FREE Chair Massage from 3 – 5pm
Compliments of Revolution Community Bodywork!
Visit w/ these terrific Massage Therapists!

LIVE MUSIC!
Enjoy live music from 3 – 5pm
The Grass Gypsys

FREE Henna Tattoos
by Henna Cafe from 3 – 5pm!
www.hennacafe.com

FREE Kids’ Mandala Coloring

Refreshments, Yogi Friends, Fun & More!

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Tickets Available at http://fgtiv.com/tickets
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Winter/Spring 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, January 19
•  Friday, February 23
•  Friday, March 23
•  Friday, April 20

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a four-event Winter/Spring 2018 series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so pleased to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

TONIGHT'S COMICS

Wes Hazard (our host)
A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy, and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast — based on the critically acclaimed IFC television show with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book Questions For Terrible People was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick. He also co-hosts WGBH/World Channel’s new TV series, “Stories from the Stage.”

Srilatha Rajamani
Srilatha, tech nerd, born and raised in India is a Cambridge-based stand-up comedian and storyteller. She shines a spotlight on cultural absurdities from the unique perspective of an Indian born woman living in today's America. She has opened for several national headliners like W Kamau Bell, Myk Kaplan, Ahmed Bharoocha, and Judah Friendlander . Last November, she was Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio in Boston. She is the co-producer and co-host of Laughing Liberally Boston, Boston's first and only progressive political comedy show. (Her family in India is not aware of these shenanigans.)

Chris Pennie
As a life-long bachelor and full-time single dad, Chris relies on his dysfunctional family and off-beat view of the world to find humor in everyday life. Chris was a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Riots. He has performed at Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and The Boston Comedy Festival. Chris was a finalist in CMTs Next Big Comic competition and was also seen on CMT. In 2013, Chris won the Foxwoods Casino “Last Comix Standing” comedy contest. Chris can be found on ulive.com, where his material was made into an animated short, and at chrispennie.com.

Corey Rodrigues
Corey was the winner of The Catch a New Rising Star, The Funniest Comic in New England, and the 2017 Big Sky Comedy Festivals. He has been featured on the hilarious Gotham Live and Laughs on Fox television shows and currently can be heard on Sirius XM. In the early years of his career, he honed and developed his skills on the stage of Boston’s Improv Asylum, after which he became a part of his own short-form improv troupe, “Flaming Awesome.” Referred to as funny, endearing, edgy, quick and exceptionally likeable when he is on the stage, Corey owns the crowd.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

 

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The Stupendous Mr. Magichead!
Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

The Stupendous Mr. Magichead!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present The Stupendous Mr. Magichead in The Gallery! Bring your kids for the show while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer from True West.  If you are feeling hungry, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

About The Stupendous Mr. Magichead
Hilarious, high-energy kid's entertainer The Stupendous Mr. Magichead, performing exclusively for children since 1997!  Appearing (and disappearing) to rave reviews at thousands boffo family & children's magic shows to date, Mr. Magichead has achieved master status among kid's entertainers. Aimed at children aged 3-10 and their families, Mr. Magichead's wild & wacky magic show combining physical comedy, and quickly-paced fresh original trickery.

TICKETS
ABFN Members: $5/pp - Must Reserve in Advance with ABFN via BigTent to get discount!  Discounted tickets are limited, so order today.  Interested in becoming an ABFN member? Go to www.abfamily.org to join.

Non-Members General Admission: $10/pp - Purchase online at EVENTBRITE.

PLEASE NOTE: These events can sell out and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Order tickets in advance to reserve space for your family!

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Jeff Purchon & Friends
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Purchon & Friends

Jeff Purchon & Friends return to The Gallery at Villageworks.

Jeff has performed with some of music's greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer, and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

As usual, Jeff will be accompanied by some of the best musicians in the area. Tonight's band features Stax recording artist Suzanne BuellVicki Zelski, and Boston's own Michael Payetteon vocals, Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Daniel CoutuPhilip Antionades on drums, andHal Denham on percussion.

Check out Jeff’s video, filmed at Villageworks in December!

PRESENTED BY FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS.  QUESTIONS?  CALL FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS AT (617) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7pm.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking Map

$15 online • $18 at the door
Click here to order tickets.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Art Reception for Jeri Kim
Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art Reception for Jeri Kim

Join Jeri Kim for a reception celebrating her photography exhibit in Wellness at Villageworks.

The Natural World on Washi: The natural world as seen through a digital lens, printed on Japanese paper.  Inspired by the simple yet equally complex beauty found in plants, fruit, and landscape, Jeri Kim wanted to combine images captured on her phone or digital camera, with elements of something handmade. This exhibit shows works that have been printed on bamboo coated paper made in Japan, designed specifically for digital and alternative photography.

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