NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – One doesn’t have to travel far this weekend for art and entertainment. It’s all available at Alternatives on Douglas Road.
The opening reception for the play “Crimes of the Heart” will be Friday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Singh Performance Center, Alternatives' Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville.
The play, which will be performed Sept. 7 and 8 and Sept. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., was written by Beth Henley and is being directed by Matthew J. Carr of Pilgrim Soul Productions.
The Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle award-winning comedy examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.
Tickets are $15, $12 for groups of 10 or more.
For information call 508-296-0797 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
A wine and cheese reception to open an exhibition of work by Massachusetts artist Jon Sarkin will be held Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives.
The public is invited.
Sarkin has gained international renown as an artist, and, coupled with his extraordinary life story, sets a powerful example of the positive contributions individuals with disabilities can make.
In 1988, Sarkin was a successful chiropractor who had little interest in art. But, a risky operation to relieve Tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears - caused him to suffer a serious stroke. While in recovery, Sarkin began to draw. From that point on producing art has become his life.
Alternatives has more than 35 years of experience helping individuals with disabilities build meaningful lives in the community. Part of Alternatives mission is to build stronger, more inclusive communities by bringing the community and the individuals Alternatives serves together through cultural events that people of all abilities can enjoy.
“Perhaps more than any other exhibit Alternatives has hosted, Jon Sarkin’s story and work resonate with Alternatives’ mission and vision,” said Alternatives Executive Director Dennis Rice. “He suffered life changing brain damage but moved forward and made a great contribution to the community through his art.”
The exhibition will continue through November 19. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is open evening and weekends by appointment. For more information, call 508-266-6502 or visit the www.alternativesnet.org.
Alternatives provides services to individuals with disabilities throughout Central Massachusetts and sponsors community events that people of all abilities can enjoy together.