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Offerings at the Parish Center for the Arts

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In The Gallery – George Seeley, WWI Posters and Lecture Sunday, April 29th 2:00 p.m.

The PCA is offering an exhibit of original WW I posters in conjunction with a lecture and slide presentation by George Seeley, Instructor of History and Government, Bentley University.  FREE admission and refreshments.

Evening Barn Dance Saturday, April 28th, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) This is the final evening barn dance of the season. The barn dances will resume next season on the fourth Saturday of the month, October – April.  Music provided by OH, CONTRAire!  Various callers throughout the season. Tony Parkes will be the caller on April 28.  Beginner’s Workshop starts at 7 p.m.

Fee: $6 per person, FREE to students with ID.

Art Reception — Saturday, May 5, 1 -4 p.m. featuring John Forcucci, Gerry McGaunn, and Beth Smith.

These three local artists have each developed a unique artistic voice while sharing a passion for the medium.  Each has a personal style, technique and sense of color developed through their experimentation and exploration.  The three have undertaken a portion of their artistic journey and exploration together; critiquing, supporting and encouraging one another’s work and skill.  Free and open to the public.

Nashoba Players presents “In The Heights” Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)

This revolutionary musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase dreams as one clings to his roots and celebrates her community. Over the course of the 2008 Tony award-winning show, theater-goers encounter the colorful residents of Washington Heights — a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard-working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents. In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and how these same individuals come together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. We see that community grapple with love and lust, identity and racism. All while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever.

Tickets available at NashobaPlayers.org.

The Parish Center for the Arts is located at 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Call us at 978-692-6333; e-mail us at [email protected]; visit our Web site at http://Westford.org/PCA.  The PCA is handicap accessible.  “Like us” on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.