Arts Across Medford is a month of arts and cultural events throughout Medford in October. The festival provides a month-long snapshot of the wide range of events happening every week throughout the year, including theatrical productions, musical performances, art exhibits, films, and more. This year, all festival events explore the theme “Connections”.

Read the full list of events below, or view the PDF of the brochure here.

 
Sunday, October 1 | 12:00-1:30 PM
Everything is Connected: Six Degrees of Brooks Separation

Over their nearly 300-year tenure as one of Medford’s most prominent families, the Brooks family left behind a deep legacy with countless links to different people, places, and institutions throughout the world. In this informative and entertaining presentation, Brooks Estate board member Doug Carr will explore the Brooks family’s relationships with different cities throughout the United States and connections with modern architecture, the American Revolution, H.H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Isabella Stewart Gardner, two governors, a senator, and Barbra Streisand (!). A tour of the Shepherd Brooks Manor will follow the presentation. BrooksEstate.org (FREE)

Location: Shepherd Brooks Manor, Brooks Estate, 275 Grove St.
Presented by the Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust


Sunday, October 1 | 1:00-3:00 PM
Family Stories: Connect and Reflect

True Story Theater and the Medford Family Network invite you to share a piece of your family story, and watch as the stories come to life in a unique and engaging theatrical performance. Actors will listen deeply to stories and portray the feelings, joys, strengths, and challenges that emerge. Whether you contribute a story or simply watch and enjoy the performance, the audience will connect with one another and the actors through shared experience. After the interactive performance, each family will create their own books about themselves and their families to take home. (FREE) 

Location: Caron Theater at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St.
Presented by the Medford Family Network


Thursday, October 5 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Dancing Through Time and History with Dance Caliente

In this exciting interactive ballroom dance show, performers Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves (owners of Dance Caliente) display their irresistible charm in dazzling costumes depicting the era of each dance, which include waltz, tango, swing, and more. The audience is encouraged and guided to try each dance right from their seats and sometimes on the dance floor while they connect to an earlier time in their life and the lives of generations past. This event is supported in part by the Medford Council on Aging and the Medford Arts Council. DanceCaliente.com (FREE, but reservations required; call the Medford Council on Aging,
781-396-6010)   

Location: Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Ave.
Presented by the Medford Council on Aging featuring Dance Caliente 


Thursday, October 12 | 7:00 PM
A Fresh Look at Heroes of Yesteryear: The Public Art of Emilius Ciampa

Sculptor Emilius Ciampa (1896-1996) loved to create public art that connected our city with some of the outstanding men and women who lived here. Historian Dee Morris will offer a contemporary look at this nationally-known artist from the Lawrence Estates whose stunning Supreme Sacrifice (WWI) and Angel of Victory and Peace (WWII) sculptures adorn Oak Grove Cemetery. His admiration for the American spirit also inspired him to design City Hall’s bust of our first mayor, Samuel C. Lawrence, and Chevalier Theatre’s plaques commemorating WWI flying ace Godfrey Chevalier. This presentation will celebrate Emilius Ciampa’s famous but often overlooked civic showpieces, the silent messengers that link us to our Medford heroes of yesterday. (FREE)

Location: Magoun Room, Medford Public Library, 111 High St.
Presented by Dee Morris


Thursdays, October 12 & 26 | 6:00 PM
Cultural Connections for Kids

You won’t need your passport to travel the world this October! In these two interactive events led by Cultured Kids, children ages 6 and up will connect with different cultures through art, science, and even food. On October 12th, participants will take a trip to Uganda, and on October 26th, they will jet over to India. Kids will get a taste of what life is like in other countries, while making connections between the cultures of these regions and their own lives. MedfordLibrary.org (FREE)

Location: Medford Public Library, 111 High St.
Presented by the Medford Public Library


Sunday, October 15 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Opening Reception: The 20th Century is History Exhibit

This exhibit features memorabilia from the Medford Historical Society & Museum collection, focusing on commerce when Medford moved out of the era of bricks, rum, and shipbuilding. Do you remember Ginny dolls, Volpe’s Fruit, midget car racing, or the Bal-A-Roue? Enjoy refreshments and presentations by members of the community who will share their recollections and invite you to reminisce as well. Presentations begin at 2:30 PM.  Exhibit will be ongoing at the MHSM starting October 1st and open to the public every Sunday from 12:00-4:00 PM. MedfordHistorical.org (FREE) 

Location: Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Ave.
Presented by the Medford Historical Society & Museum


Sunday, October 15 | 3:00 PM
Montage Music Society: Music Based on Visual Art

Montage Music Society returns to Granoff Music Center to present the Massachusetts premieres of two new works written for the group exploring the connection between visual art and music. Bruce Wolosoff’s The Astronomer’s Key is based on artwork of Milton Resnick, and Ofer Ben-Amots’s Montage Music is inspired by the artwork of Bebe Krimmer. Founded in Boston, Montage has established itself as a versatile ensemble, primarily dedicated to music inspired by visual art. (FREE)

Location: Tufts University, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave.
Presented by Tufts Music


Sunday, October 15 | 3:00-6:00 PM
Medford Film Collaborative: Allah Made Me Funny

The Medford Film Collaborative in conjunction with Medford Conversations presents Allah Made Me Funny. This landmark film in concert follows three acclaimed Muslim comedians on stage and off as they present their comedy show throughout the country and share the humorous truth of what it’s like to be Muslim in America. Comedians Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Moss poke fun at themselves, their communities, and human nature—inviting the audience to connect with their experiences of living in post-9/11 America. MedfordFilm.org  (FREE) 

Location: Caron Theatre, Medford High School
Presented by The Medford Film Collaborative in partnership with Medford High School’s Arab Club and Tufts University‘s Interfaith Center


Wednesday, October 18 | 7:00 PM
Lining Up the 20th Century: A Poetry Reading

This reading will explore poems that capture the great and tragic moments of the 20th century. Invited speakers will offer poems that connect or converse with the Medford Historical Society & Museum’s exhibit of 20th-century objects.  The exhibit will be an ongoing display at the MHSM throughout October and the opening reception will be on October 15th. MedfordHistorical.org (FREE)

Location: Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Ave.
Presented by the Medford Historical Society & Museum


Friday, October 20 | 7:30 PM
Brazilian Violin Collective Concert

South African violinist Elinor Speirs leads a cohesive group of accomplished musicians from Brazil and the US, united and connected through their love for Brazilian music and jazz. Joined by Juliano Vendemiatti (rabeca), Gaia Wilmer (alto sax), Caio Afiune (guitar), Mayo Pamplona (bass), Gustavo Ramanzini (percussion), and Adam Bahrami (percussion), the Brazilian Violin Collective’s performance is sure to be engaging, soulful, and uplifting. Enjoy an evening of innovative approaches to choro, forró, as well as original works. FirstBaptistChurchMedford.org (FREE)

Location: First Baptist Church, 29 Oakland St.
Presented by the First Baptist Church, Medford


Friday, October 20 | 7:00 PM
Other People’s Clothes by Caleb Cole"
BYOB Reception and Reflections with the Artist

The exhibit Other People’s Clothes is a fascinating series of photographed portraits in which the artist connects with the experience of people he has never met by donning their clothes. Caleb Cole captures scenes of what he imagines their lives to be like. In an artist statement, Cole says, “The images in Other People’s Clothes are a product of my exploration of private moments of expectation, a visual expression of my experiences stepping into the shoes [of others]. . . ” In this artist reflection, Cole will discuss his process and how through trying on the transitional moments of others’ lives, he seeks to connect with and better understand his own life. CalebColePhoto.com/other-peoples-clothes. Exhibit will be on display October 1st through 31st. SanctuaryUCC.org ($10 donation recommended)

Location: The Gallery at Sanctuary UCC, 458 High St.
Presented by Sanctuary UCC


Saturday, October 21 | 12:00-2:30 PM
Mystic Makerspace/MACI Open House

In this Mystic Makerspace Open House, participants will use different methods to “connect” materials through activities such as sewing, weaving, gluing, duct taping, and more. Mystic Makerspace will also present an overview of the free programming offered throughout the year at the Medford Public Library, and other locations, including those supported by MARV, the ArtMobile, which will be parked at City Hall during this event. Mystic Makerspace and MARV are programs of MACI, the Medford Arts Center Inc. MedfordArt.org (FREE)

Location: Medford City Hall Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Dr.
Presented by Mystic Makerspace/MACI


Sunday, October 22 | 2:00 PM
Conquest, Conversion and Resistance in Colonial Peru: 
The Archaeology of an Early Church and Town 1578-1750

Archeology connects the past to the present through the discovery of objects and places that came before us. In this talk, Dr. Jeffrey Quilter, director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, will discuss his archeological research on the prehistoric and Early Colonial cultures in Peru and Costa Rica. He will review his investigation of a 16th-18th century town and church complex on the North Coast of Peru in Magdalena de Cao, Viejo. He will focus on the social and political world at that time and the detailed view of the daily lives of the people of this community as revealed by the collaborative efforts of a multinational investigative team. (FREE)

Location: Grace Church, 160 High St.
Presented by Medford Historical Society & Museum and Grace Episcopal Church/Medford


Sunday, October 29 | 3:00 PM
Boston Shakespeare Project: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The course of true love never did run smooth... Boston Shakespeare Project and Tufts University’s Lord Barnum’s Players present an abridged, family-friendly performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This interactive show invites the audience to trace the comic web of character connections when kings and queens, amorous adolescents, rustic actors, and mischievous fairies collide in a classic tale of love, power, and magic. Suitable for all ages. BostonShakespeareProject.org (FREE)

Location: Medford City Hall Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Dr.
Presented by CACHE in Medford