“Superboy,” from the “Jennifer Goldfinger: At Play” show in Framingham.
“Superboy,” from the “Jennifer Goldfinger: At Play” show in Framingham./handout

WRITE LOCALLY, SPEAK LOCALLY An emerging novelist herself, Anjali Mitter Duva of Arlington wanted to attend readings and talks by other authors. But she found that traffic, weather, and household commitments often kept her from making the trip into Boston or Cambridge, where it seemed most of the region’s literary events were centered.

Then one day, while writing at Kickstand Café, her favorite local haunt, she saw a poster advertising an open mike night for musicians. If musicians could use the space, she thought, why not writers?

The owners of the café were instantly agreeable. With help from colleagues and friends at the Robbins Library, Grub Street Writers, and elsewhere in the literary community, Duva set about organizing a new series of events that she calls the Arlington Author Salon. The inaugural session takes place Wednesday, April 1, with the theme of historical novels. Featured local authors will be E.B. Moore, author of “An Unseemly Wife,” Michelle Hoover, who wrote “The Quickening,” and Duva, whose first novel is titled “A Faint Promise of Rain.”

Not only does this spotlight local writers and offer something new to the community, said Duva, but “it also ties in to Arlington’s new master plan, with its focus on community and the arts.” For now, the salon will be held quarterly, though interest from writers and readers alike is already so keen that Duva hopes to ramp up to once every other month within a short period of time.


Duva, Moore, and Hoover will present their work Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m. The Kickstand Café is at 594 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington Center. For more information, go online to arlingtonauthorsalon.wordpress.com.

SHOWS SPRINGING UP “Jennifer Goldfinger: At Play,” a new exhibition on view through May 17 in the Children’s Gallery at Danforth Art, 123 Union St. in Framingham, is a celebration of childhood, imagination, and active play featuring artwork by noted local artist and children’s book illustrator Jennifer Goldfinger. For museum admission information, hours, and other details, call 508-620-0050 or go to www.danforthart.org.

The theme of this year’s spring art show at the Waban Library Center through April 24 is “Landscapes and Portraits,” featuring local artists Mary Russell and Phyllis Forbes Kerr, at 1608 Beacon St. in Newton. For hours and more information, call 617-244-0700 or go to www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.


Gallery 93 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., presents “The Intimacy of Memory,” a mixed-media exhibition on death and remembrance by artist Nancy Marks. The show runs from Wednesday, April 1, through June 26. A reception with the artist will be held April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., and a gallery talk and discussion with Marks will be held April 24 at 1 p.m. A show featuring works by the artist’s students will be on display in the three-floor exhibition space at the Senior Center. For details, visit www.brooklineseniorcenter.org.

ART DEADLINE Artists of all ages and experience are invited to participate in the Musketaquid Earth Month Exhibit, a nonjuried show that will run in the Umbrella Community Arts Center Gallery, 40 Stow St. in Concord from Thursday, April 2, through April 30. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Confluence of Art and Nature.” Submissions should be delivered Monday, March 30, between 3 and 6 p.m. An opening reception with the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. For complete guidelines, go to www.theumbrellaarts.org.

MUSIC OF MANY KINDS Italian-Israeli singer Shulamit performs “For You The Sun Will Shine,” a program of songs written by women who died in World War II concentration camps, in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, on Thursday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m. Free.


Newton Baroque holds its annual “Good Friday Music for Voices & Viols” Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland St. Selections include works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, Samuel Scheidt, and Michael Prätorius, along with Good Friday readings, and the event will also feature the medieval tradition of extinguishing 15 candles. Admission is free. For more information, call 617-244-2690 or go to www.2ndchurch.org.

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist George Winston performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, at the Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St. Tickets are $45, or $40 for TCAN members. For more information call 508-647-0097, ext. 201, or go to www.natickarts.org.

MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO DANCE Sudbury resident Jonathan McPhee, music director for Boston Ballet Orchestra, is this year’s speaker at the annual Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury Talk on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirshner Auditorium at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Admission is $10, with proceeds going toward grants for educators in the Lincoln-Sudbury school system.

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