WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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much bigger audience in Europe and Japan than it has in the US where it was born." This fall, the venue moved again, to a mid-1800s farmhouse in Littleton. With the new location comes a new name, ACT III. While live jazz, blues, Latin, and folk music are still the core, food and drink were always part of the mix. Act III alters the recipe with Turkish- born chef Joseph Alptekin running a more upscale dining operation, featuring mostly Mediterranean cuisine for lunch, dinner, and Sunday buffet brunch. "This is a place for people who love music," Vivian says. "But there's no money in clubs. The restaurant and bar are the bread and butter that allow me to pay musicians what they deserve." The guiding principle here is a belief that live music creates a rela- tionship between musicians playing and listeners listening. Act III is intimate; seating 30 in the dining room and 25 in a bar that Vivian hopes will attract a younger crowd to jazz. In an unusual layout, the venue co-mingles with Gallery 529, an artist's cooperative. You enter near the bar, a handsome room with dark woodwork, deep red walls, and a gold ceiling, then walk through the art gallery to reach the com- bined performance space and dining room where picture windows overlook gardens and an outdoor patio. There's light music through dinner but no cover charge until 9:00 pm when shows begin. Vivian, a vocalist who heads her own quintet, says that nearly every musician she books teaches at Berklee or the New England Conservatory of Music, or is a national artist on tour. Continuing longstanding Acton Jazz Café traditions, there's Blues Jam on Thursday nights, Folk Open Mic on Tuesday evenings, and Jazz Jam every Sunday from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Firehouse Center for the Arts FIREHOUSE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Newburyport is another repur- posed historic building, rescued by local citizens who gave it a vibrant new life. Last July in the brick-walled theater, Bellevue Cadillac, a 192 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 excursions Suburban Live Music Venues n THE CENTER FOR ARTS IN NATICK (TCAN) 14 Summer Street, Natick 508.647.0097 www.natickarts.org n ACT III 529 King Street, Littleton 978.844.3711 www.act3restaurant.com n FIREHOUSE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1 Market Square, Newburyport 978.462.7336 www.firehouse.org n WELLESLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA In residence at MassBay Community College, Wellesley Hills. Celebrating its 65th year. Concerts Sundays at 3:00 pm. 781.235.3584 www.wellesleysymphony.org n AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER 160 Hollis Street, Framingham – R&B, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Cabaret, and Comedy 508.405.2787 www.amazingthings.org n LEVENTHAL-SIDMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 333 Nahanton Street, Newton – from cabaret to seating for 450 for literary events, Hot Button panel discussions, family programs, author readings, and performances by such celebrities as Broadway and TV's Mandy Patinkin and comedian Richard Lewis. 617.558.6522 www.bostonjcc.org The Center for Arts in Natick "joyous roomful of singing, laughing friends" S C O T T B U M P

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