Art, Entertainment, and Culture

April Arts and Cultural Events in Medford

April showers more than just precipitation on Medford . . . arts and cultural happenings also rain down on the city throughout the month, in particular two of the year’s largest and longest running art events:

– From April 6-9, the ninth annual Medford Children’s Art Showcase will take place at Medford City Hall. Featuring the work of more than 400 city students from several age groups, the event displays the richness of art education in the Medford Public School and celebrates Medford’s talented students and art educators.

– On April 29-30, the 18th annual West Medford Open Studios will feature more than 70 artists from Medford and surrounding communities. Visit the 28 venues to see paintings, sculpture, pottery, photographs, woodwork, drawings, fabric arts, blown glass and jewelry — and meet the artists who create them. Local writers and musicians also will be performing throughout the weekend. Celebrate the creativity and skill in our city that many of us take for granted!

Also among the more than 60 events in April are:

– Dramatic presentations of the musical “Chicago” and Eugene O’Neil’s “Desire Under the Elms” at Tufts University, an adaptation of the musical “Closer Than Ever” by the Tufts Opera Ensemble, and a concert performance of songs from the musical “Godspell” at Grace Church

– The Medford High drama club’s always excellent spring musical (this year it’s “Pippin”)

– Special school vacation week events at the Medford Public Library including a family-friendly production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Boston Shakespeare Project

– The start of the Medford Public Library’s 2017 Community Read program, which includes a talk by Jane Ziegelman, author of this year’s book, “97 Orchard,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the Medford Historical Society

– Brazilian singer-songwriter Maria Gadu and Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard in concert at Chevalier Theatre

– The Medford Family Network’s 10,000 Lights Gala featuring “Sounds of the Century” vocalist Venessa Salvucci of Medford

– Other live music ranging from classical piano, jazz, Ghana/Ashanti, Arabic, West African kora (21-string harp), funk rock and soul, and chamber, early and symphonic music.

There also are an assortment of Mystic Makerspace workshops, author talks, book and writers’ group gatherings, film screenings and more!

For details, visit the arts and culture calendar on the website for CACHE – the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy in Medford.

If you know of other events taking place Medford, in April or beyond, please send the details to cache.event[AT]gmail.com for inclusion on the calendar.

– Information from Ken Krause

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