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January 2019
Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!
Featured Region: Cape Cod
The arts are alive this January on Cape Cod! Opening January 12 and running through February 23, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host the winter art exhibit "Bon Appetit" at Cotuit Center for the Arts. The interactive exhibit will feature artists' interpretation of this theme - literally and figuratively! The exhibit visit is accompanied by a hands-on workshop in the Art Barn, where students will create their own piece inspired by the exhibition. Next up, the Cape Symphony Orchestra will present "Opera Without Words" January 19-20. The orchestra is the diva in this extraordinary larger-than-life concert, held at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis! End the month in a sea of vibrant blooms at the annual Cape & Islands Orchid Show and Sale January 26-27 at The Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis.

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Greater Springfield
Start off the New Year with a laugh at the brand new comedy club Roar at MGM Springfield, offering nationally known comedians as well as rising stars. Explore the new and improved Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame showcasing the latest technology for visitors to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Springfield Museums and enjoy access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. For more information, visit

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Hampshire County
Amherst Cinema, Photo by Lynne Graves
No matter how frosty it gets, there's always a reason to bundle up and head out to Western Mass! Snowy days provide a perfect excuse to stay inside at Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art. Cozy up to a show: Shut UP! Emily Dickinson plays at the Academy of Music on January 19 and Bolshoi Ballet's Don Quixote screens at Amherst Cinema on January 13. We can't think of anything more "hygge" than browsing the 8th Annual Small Works Show and Auction at Hope & Feathers Framing before warming up with a hot beverage at one of Amherst's downtown cafes. Find more reasons to visit the Cozy Side of Massachusetts!

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Johnny Appleseed Country
Forget the chilly temperatures and snow-covered fields. January is a great time to escape winter weather with a stroll through the galleries of the region's museums and art galleries! While memories of sugarplums still dance in your head, visit the Museum of Russian Icons' exhibition Corncobs and Cosmonauts and experience holiday seasons in the former Soviet Union. Explore Furniture in Contemporary Art at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Or see what local artists and craftspeople have been creating, in the cozy galleries of the Petersham Art Center. Let it snow! There's plenty to explore indoors!

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Martha's Vineyard 
Internationally recognized hip-hop dancer and choreographer Amirah Sackett takes the stage Saturday, January 12 at the Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs!  Amirah Sackett explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip-hop movement and Islamic themes inspired by the 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi. Her newest heartfelt piece - Qadar - explores the barriers we create within ourselves and appealing us to always choose love. Performances at 2 pm and 7 pm. Cost is $25 adults; $15 students, seniors & military; $5 children.

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Mohawk Trail Region
Visit the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown this winter for an exceptional look at two of the most revered landscape artists of all time! Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape features more than fifty works by Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable, exploring the importance of the built environment and the human figure within their landscapes. Highlights include Constable's masterpiece The Wheat Field and J.M.W. Turner's Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steam Boats of Shoal Water

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If your New Year's resolution involves strengthening your commitment to learning, then MetroWest is the place to be in January! As part of MetroWest Kids Initiative, Senate President Karen E. Spilka will be hosting a forum discussing social emotional learning strategies for children at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland (January 8). As for adult education, Harvard University's Christopher White will lecture on the interesting connections between science and spirituality in the modern age at Wayland Public Library (January 14).

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket January's warm inside! Faregrounds' Island Tunes with local singers/songwriters weekly; celebrate Elin Hilderbrand Weekend with Cooking Demo & Lunch with Sarah Leah Chase and more! Nantucket Cuisine cooking demo  4-course food/wine pairing. Dreamland's MET LIVE Adriana LeCouvreur, BOLSHOI LIVE La Bayadere! LIVE music daily at Cisco Brewers. Tai Chi anyone? This ancient non-impact martial art class is FREE Thursdays. If it gets too hot inside, explore Coskata Coatue Wildlife Sanctuary's 16 miles of trails!

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North of Boston
From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy is on display at the Addison Gallery of American Art now until January 20. The exhibition celebrates the artistic legacy of this early twentieth century artist. Celebrate comedy and locally crafted spirits & cider January 17-19 at The Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival! The three-day festival features top area performing comedians at a variety of renowned Salem venues.

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Plymouth County

The North & South Rivers Watershed Association invites you to join them every Wednesday night in January for a free public lecture series focused on the natural and human history of New England waters. The Waterwatch Lecture Series will be held at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell on the following Wednesdays at 7 pm: January 9, 16, 23, 30. For more information visit or call the NSRWA Office at 781-659-8168.

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Southeastern Mass

2018 is ending on a high note in New Bedford. City Celebrates! New Year's Eve 2018 will be taking place in downtown New Bedford on December 31. Festivities begin at 5 pm and are for all ages. There will be live music, Toe Jam Puppet Band, magic, fortune telling, a Cirque de Light performance and more! The night will include fireworks at 8:30 pm. Bristol County Savings Bank is one of the leading sponsors for this event.

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The Berkshires

Join us in the Berkshires this February for the 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival, 10 fun-filled days in downtown Pittsfield! From February 14-24, enjoy fireworks, a play festival, comedy, dance & music performances, unique art shows and more. There is something to do for everyone, every day, so don't miss out - visit the Berkshires this February!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

For a small town, Concord has a big history. From the "shot heard round the world" to the writers of the American literary renaissance, things have happened here, words have been spoken here, and books have been written here which changed the face of a nation. And nowhere is that important heritage captured more dramatically than at the Concord Museum, the ideal place to begin your visit to this picturesque community!

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate the start of 2019 in Central Massachusetts. Join the DCU Center in Worcester in welcoming Cirque Du Soleil-Corteo from January 3-6. Enjoy a production of The Marx Brothers-Animal Crackers at the Open Sky's Singh Performance Center in Whitinsville January 11-20. Celebrate the new year with a Winter Soiree on January 25 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Enjoy local youth talent during the JOMPATHON 2019 show put on by the Joy of Music Program in Worcester on January 26. Learn more about things to do in Central MA.

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Franklin County
Rococo: Celebrating 18th-Century Design and Decoration will be on exhibit at Flynt Center of Early New England Life in Deerfield through February 17! It's the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker and disseminator of what is commonly known today as the Rococo style. "Rococo" has been used to describe a variety of 18th-century decorative art forms that bear particular ornamental characteristics.  The exhibition celebrates both Chippendale's legacy and the iconic style he helped promote through a number of English and American Rococo decorative art forms from Historic Deerfield's rich collection.

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Greater Boston
Paint the town to explore an abundance of theatre, music, dance, comedy and nightlife. Boston theatres offer an extensive selection, from award-winning Beautiful, The Little Foxes and An Inspector Calls to family favorite Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. An iconic visual legacy of Ansel Adams In Our Time is on view at the MFA, while at the PEM never-before-told stories and never-before-seen treasures illuminate female power and influence in the Empresses of China. The Boston Symphony Orchestra features a robust lineup of performances with guest artists, while the city's jazz clubs ward off the winter blues. The Boston Wine Festival celebrates the 30th year of the grape and January 21 honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with many notable events, including an annual concert with the Harlem Gospel Choir. Remember to make time for a few spins on Frog Pond Skating Rink!

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