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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and sponsored by Berklee College of Music Summer Programs, features young teens. The TCAN Players present three plays a year. Family programs include classes for children and popular entertainers like Ben Rudnick & Friends, and Karen K and The Jitterbugs. "TCAN has transformed Downtown Natick," says Tim LePain, a longtime Natick resident who serves on TCAN's Finance Committee. "Restaurants do better because of it, galleries have opened, and largely because of it Massachusetts has designated the Natick Center Cultural District as one of 25 in the state." Movies are a coming attraction. A $1.2 million capital campaign is underway to ren- ovate the building's second floor as a 160-seat digital screening room. "We'll program it like an art house cinema, like the Coolidge Corner," Lavalley says. "We'll screen anima- tion, short subjects, and independent films. It will also benefit our expanding partnership with Walnut Hill School for the Arts, particu- larly their new Writing, Film and Media Arts Program." A partnership with the interna- tionally known school in Natick includes a six-week intensive theater workshop for teens at TCAN taught by Walnut Hill faculty. Act III Eighteen years ago, Gwenn Vivian, who studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music, decided instead to focus on the business side of entertainment. She opened the Acton Jazz Café first in the basement of an industrial building, later moving it to a less-than-hip shop- ping center in the same town. Despite being 30 miles outside Boston, the club earned a spot on DownBeat magazine's list of great international jazz and blues venues five years in a row. "That's how we get a lot of European tourists who know about us," Vivian says. "Jazz has a 191 w i n t e r 2 014 / 2 0 15 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e P H O T O S B Y S C O T T B U M P left: Stanley Clarke, middle: Buckwheat Zydeco, right: Joan Osborne

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