Films depict remarkable undertakings far away
REBUILDING A SYNAGOGUE “Raise the Roof,” a documentary about recreating a Polish synagogue destroyed by the Nazis, will be shown at Temple Shalom of Newton on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Inspired by images of these exceptional 17th- and 18th-century houses of worship, professors Rick and Laura Brown of MassArt and Handshouse Studio set out to build a replica of the mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue. Working with a team of about 300 from around the world, using only period hand tools and techniques, the Browns realized their decade-long dream in 2014. A panel discussion will follow the screening; the Browns and Krista Lima, a college student who participated in the project, will answer questions. Tickets at $10 per person may be purchased at bit.ly/2l0OW96 or at the door. Temple Shalom is at 175 Temple St.
HEROIC SIBLINGS As part of the Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, which focuses on stories of people with disabilities, the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton, will screen “My Hero Brother” on Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. This Israeli documentary, directed by Yonatan Nir, depicts a journey through the Himalayas by a group of young Israelis with Down syndrome and their siblings. The film is in Hebrew with English captions. A discussion will follow. Admission is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. For information on Reelabilities screenings throughout the Boston area, go to www.boston.reelabilities.org.
WAIT A MINUTE The Wellesley Conservation Council presents meteorologist Tim Kelley of NBC Boston and NECN discussing “Why New England Has the Most Interesting Weather on Earth” on Tuesday, April 4, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St. Admission is free. For more information: 781-235-1610.
MUSIC AND DANCE, PAST AND PRESENT The Halalisa Singers present “Music Down in My Soul: Songs of hope and spirit from around the world” on Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, and on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. The program features heartfelt, joyful selections to inspire hopefulness, strength in action, and togetherness, with a mix of spirituals, gospel, and contemporary choral music spanning 300 years of courage and resistance from the Americas, Yemen, China, Tanzania, and South Africa, sung in Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew, Swahili and Zulu. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and senior citizens, available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. For more information: www.halalisa.org.
Burning Bridget Cleary, a band known for its high-spirited Irish/Celtic folk music, performs at OCC Coffeehouse in Wrentham on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The coffeehouse is in the Original Congregational Church, 1 East St. For tickets and more information: www.musicatocc.org or 508-384-3110.
Pro Arte presents “Across the Universe” on Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. The program features “In the Forests of the Night” by Howard Frazin; Violin Concerto Op. 14 by Samuel Barber; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.” The concert takes place at First Baptist Church in Newton Centre, 848 Beacon St. Tickets are $20 to $70. Call 617-779-0900 or go to www.proarte.org.
Travel back in time at the Sudbury Companies’ annual Regimental Ball, featuring the costuming and dancing of Sudbury’s 18th-century Minute Men. The ball takes place Friday, April 7, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury. Dancing master Jacob Bloom along with the Colonial Minstrels lead the dancing; period costuming is optional. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACROBATS AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL Littleton High School Drama flashes back to the days of rotary phones and poodle skirts with “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances run April 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 3 p.m. in the Littleton Performing Arts Center at 56 King St. Tickets are $14 reserved; $12 general admission, available at the door or at www.MKTIX.com. In addition to the regular performances, the troupe will use their final dress rehearsal on April 6 at 7 p.m. as an autism/special needs-friendly performance, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space for all. Reservations for this performance must be made by contacting Bonnie Marchesani at 978-842-1255 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington on Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques in this spellbinding show. Tickets are $39 to $49 and can be purchased at www.caryhalllexington.com or by calling 617-531-1257.