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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 “Transform”. Whether learning about the transformation of people and places over time, or being transformed themselves through music or art, attendees will be immersed in a broad range of unique and engaging events, designed to showcase the best that Medford has to offer year-round.

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

Saturday, October 1 | 1:30-3 PM
Sing-Along with Matt Heaton

Enjoy an afternoon with Matt Heaton, one of the area’s most popular children’s performers, as he gets children up and moving to an engaging mix of old favorites and new originals. Whether they are pretending they are superheroes, dancing animals, or riding on a train, children in the audience will help Matt transform the ordinary into the extraordinary through music. Arts and craft activities with the Medford Family Network will accompany the performance. FREE.

Location: Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street
Presented by Medford Family Network


October 1, 6, 7 & 8

Check website for more dates and times.
Letters to Medford: A Play About the Past According
to the Future (2016)

If you missed this lively and local production in 2014, Two Roads Performance Projects is pleased to remount the play during the 100th anniversary of the Medford Historical Society & Museum. “Letters to Medford” is inspired by a “Letter to Future Medford 2055” that historian Charles Brooks wrote in his History of Medford in 1855. In his letter, he described his vision for the transformation Medford would undergo over the course of 200 years. History and the present collide in this production when Charles Brooks, Lydia Maria Child, and Lucy Osgood confront the archivist who wants to protect their history and meet Medford teens who remain anxious about what future transformations in Medford will mean for them. Tickets: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students. Dates and times: October 1 and 8 at 4 PM; October 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 PM. Visit www.tworoads.org to purchase tickets and for all dates and times, including earlier dates in September.

Location: Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue
Written by Kyna Hamill & Directed by Wanda Strukus of Two Roads Performance Projects


Saturday, October 1 | 7 PM
Chevalier Charades
Three silent films accompanied by organist Peter Krasinski


Step back in time as Chevalier Theatre is transformed into a grand movie palace of the silent film era. While movies back then carried no sound, the experience was hardly silent; a pianist, organist, or small orchestra played along to enhance the mood, drama, and humor. At Chevalier, acclaimed improvisational organist Peter Krasinski will accompany two silent favorites. In “The Rink” (1916), Charlie Chaplin transforms from a bumbling waiter into man of wealth, crashing a posh party and displaying his amazing roller skating ability. In “Grandma’s Boy” (1922), Harold Lloyd’s meek character transforms into the town’s brave hero, emboldened by a good luck charm from his grandmother. Rounding out the program, Krasinski will accompany a silent film made by the Medford community! It’s transformative fun for the whole family! Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 for ages 10 and under. www.chevaliertheatre.com

Location: Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street
Presented by Chevalier Theatre Organ Society, Friends of Chevalier Auditorium & Gene Mack Gym, and Chevalier Theatre Commission


Sunday, October 2 | 1-3 PM

Life, Death, and Rebirth at the Brooks Estate

The Brooks Estate in Medford has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past 150 years, from a Victorian Estate and working farm, to a neighborhood for World War II veterans, to historic open space for all to enjoy. The buildings have changed as well, from their original construction, long decay, and finally their ongoing rebirth as community assets. This presentation of before-and-after photographs will demonstrate how the Estate – the land, the buildings, and the people who use them – has and will continue to transform over time, much like the city it calls home. A tour of the Shepherd Brooks Manor will follow the talk. FREE. www.brooksestate.org

Location: Shepherd Brooks Manor, Brooks Estate, 275 Grove Street
Presented by Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust


Wednesday, October 5 | 7 PM
Transforming a Neighborhood: The Story of Our French-Canadian Colony

Once populated by ship carpenters, the Riverside Avenue neighborhood reinvented itself starting in the 1880s when a wave of energetic newcomers from Quebec found work in brickyards, print works, and other industries. These French-Canadians infused a vitality into the community and transformed the neighborhood as they pursued citizenship. Join us for an appreciation of the vanished colony that prospered alongside the Mystic River. FREE.

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 160 High Street
Presented by Dee Morris, Historian, and Lawrence Sands, Fire Chief (ret.)


Friday, October 7 | 6:30 PM
Faith and Film: “TransAmerica” -  A Meditation on Identity, Family, and Gender

In this film, the protagonist has just been approved for male-to-female gender reassignment surgery only to find out that she had fathered a son seventeen years ago. In the midst of her own physical transformation, she must delve headlong into a complete transformation – mind, body, and spirit. A group discussion about making the most out of – and understanding – the puzzle of life will follow the film. Recommended donation $10 per person; $5 student; $20 max per family. www.sanctuaryucc.org/event/transamerica/

Location: Sanctuary UCC, 458 High Street
Presented by Sanctuary UCC


Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29 | 1-2:30 PM
Transformative Mural Project

Over the course of four weeks, families will work with artist Susan Altman to transform a “hole in the wall” at the Medford Family Network into a beautiful work of mosaic art. Families will learn how sand transforms into a liquid, solid, and to glass, where it is then incorporated into a unique work of collaborative art. At each event, children will work on craft projects to take home as well as contribute to the mosaic, which will be installed in the final week. Craft time, stories, and songs will also take place. FREE.

Location: Medford Family Network Family Center, 489 Winthrop Street
Presented by Medford Family Network


Thursday, October 13 | 6-7 PM
Transforming Your Tales: Digital Story Workshop

Pictures, stories, and words can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. In this workshop, elementary-aged children will explore different ways to craft a story and work collaboratively to create a single digital story. Also, throughout October, the Medford Public Library will host a series of authors and illustrators who will talk about their craft, answer questions, and inspire everyone to write, illustrate, and imagine their own stories. Registration is required. Call 781-395-7950 or email ssednek@minlib.net. FREE. www.medfordlibrary.org

Location: Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Presented by Medford Public Library


Friday, October 14 | 7 PM
The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus

The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus is the second all-trans chorus to form in the U.S. Founded by Sandi Hammond in the fall of 2014, the group will premiere a new original work during this performance dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub. Part One of the show will begin with solo numbers by members of the BMTC. Following an intermission, the second part of the show will include the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus. Tickets: $10 per person; $5 student; $20 max per family. www.sanctuaryucc.org/event/butterfly-music-transgender-chorus/

Location: North Prospect Union UCC, 144 North Street
Presented by Sanctuary UCC


Saturday, October 15 | 2:30-3:30 PM
Plein Air in the Square Exhibit Reception

Local artists will work immersed in the spirit and rhythms of the Mystic River Celebration on Saturday, September 24. Their challenge: to transform their impressions of this one-day festival into images on paper and canvas. Meet the artists at a casual reception celebrating their finished artworks, on display at Mystic Coffee Roaster throughout October. All sales will benefit CACHE. FREE.

Location: Mystic Coffee Roaster, 30 Riverside Avenue
Presented by Works-in-Progress Art Group


Sunday, October 16 | 1-4 PM
Artworks In2Shades Open Studio and Hands-on Art Demonstrations

Learn how to transform paper and materials into a work of art. At this hands-on event for adults and children alike, Artworks In2Shades will inspire and guide attendees as they explore their artistic talents. Every hour on the hour, a new art form will be demonstrated and taught. Watercolor at 1 PM; Drawing at 2 PM; Cartooning at 3 PM. FREE. www.in2shades.com

Location: Artworks In2Shades, 11 Salem Street
Presented by Artworks In2Shades


Sunday, October 16 | 3-5 PM
“The Ghost of Lydia Maria Child” and Silver Tea

Famous for writing the Thanksgiving song, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” Medford’s Lydia Maria Child, born in 1802, is portrayed by Laura Duggan in a one-woman play. Mrs. Child was a champion of abolition and rights for women and Indians, using her pen to transform public opinion in the nineteenth century in regards to slavery and acceptance for all members of the human family. Written, directed, and starring Laura Duggan, this premiering production is family friendly and includes a Silver Tea. Supported by ArtsAlive Medford Foundation, Inc. Tickets: $15. www.gracemedford.org, www.remarkablewomenreenacted.com

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 160 High Street
Presented by Grace Episcopal Church


Saturday, October 22 | 12-3 PM
MACI Transforms City Hall

At this fun, family friendly event, the Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI) will transform City Hall into a robot workshop. Attendees of all ages will creatively transform recyclables into robots, create a programmable robot using Lego Mindstorms, and take part in other robot-transforming crafts. Medford’s elementary and middle school robot team will be there to show off their own creations as well. FREE. www.medfordart.org

Location: Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive
Presented by Medford Arts Center, Inc.


Saturday, October 22 | 8 PM
On Stage! Music Series at Chevalier Theatre:
Singer/Songwriters Jess Klein and Gaelynn Lea

The OnStage! Music Series transforms the historical Chevalier Theatre into an intimate coffeehouse-style venue. The audience will be likewise transformed by two extraordinary performers. Jess Klein’s powerful voice and thoughtful lyrics, combined with her skillful guitar-playing, will captivate the audience. Gaelynn Lea, a recent winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, will awe the room with her Celtic and Folk violin music. For more information about the artists, visit www.jessklein.com and www.violinscratches.com. Tickets: $22 advance; $25 at the door. Doors open at 7 PM.
www.chevaliertheatre.com

Location: Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street
Presented by Chevalier Theatre Commission