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Venturing Out Event

Now through Monday, tickets for From Offender to Entrepreneur: A Staged Reading of The Castle are 50% off
Please support Venturing Out and enable us to continue to educate and inspire future entrepreneurs by attending this important event.

When: December 8th, 7pm  

(6pm for VIP ticket holders joining us for the pre-show reception)


Where: Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Ticket prices (after discount): 

VIP seating and reception, NOW $75

Orchestra NOW $30

Balcony, NOW $15

Students, NOW $5 

Enter code halfprice during checkout.



If you cannot attend,

you can still make a difference


Donate your ticket

Purchase a ticket and we will donate it, in your name, to a Venturing Out alum, criminal justice student, a formerly incarcerated adult or court involved youth enrolled in a residential or community based reentry or rehabilitation program. Just email your order confirmation to Laura Winig (lwinig@venturingout.org) with the word DONATE in the subject line.

Generously sponsored by:
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About Venturing Out

Venturing Out is a Massachusetts-based non-profit that provides entrepreneurship and self-employment training to incarcerated men and women who are nearing their release from prison. 


For more information, email or write to:


Venturing Out
PO Box 812276
Wellesley, MA 02482
The Cast of The Castle
The Cast of “The Castle”
“Profoundly eloquent!” –Variety
 “Gripping theater, true and compelling. 
Brings the audience to tears!”
 — Ida Siegal, NBC TV
Originally written and performed off-Broadway by four ex-offenders,
The Castle shares their real life stories from childhood to crime to straight and sober lives filled with hope and promise. The play conveys a powerful message about the challenges that ex-offenders face and societal treatment of people coming out of prison.
Directed by Shira Milikowsky, Artistic Director Fellow for the American Repertory Theater. The talented and dynamic cast includes professional and local actors, some whose life experiences are echoed by the themes in The Castle.


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“Work in Progress” at Khaki Gallery


December 2011, Reception: December 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.                                  

Khaki Gallery Boston is pleased to present “Work In Progress,” an exhibition of works by six artists, including John Martino, Wally Gilbert and introducing four new artists: Farnaz Mobayyen, Ali Farhoodi, Jeff Ringdahl, and Christian Demare.

The title “Work In Progress,” is not only the subject of one of John Martino’s black and white photographs, but also describes the six featured artists’ most recent works in progress from a wide range of mediums, including color and black and white photography, painting and sculpture.

John Martino’s black and white photographs are in the tradition of “street photography.”   As he says: “Photography for me is a means to transform the world, not to reproduce it. Although the subjects of my images consist largely of ‘chance moments’ and ‘found objects’ from the world outside, the photographs themselves are works of fiction. As such, their aim is not to document or confirm, but to suggest and entertain…” In contrast to Martino’s black and white photographs, Wally Gilbert’s four 18×27″ color photographs from his most recent work “Grass Series,” welcome the viewer with their strong and vibrant colors – which are consistent with the artist’s use of bold colors in creating intriguing abstract designs. As Gilbert explains about his work: “These images are studies in extreme color, based in the natural world. I seek an essence beyond the ordinary…”

In “Movement Heh,” Farnaz Mobayyen’s colorful and bold painting; the artist uses the letter “Heh” from the Persian alphabet, as the main element of her painting. As she describes: “In this series, the art of Persian calligraphy is not exploited rather I incorporate the alphabets in my paintings as pure abstraction, exploring their forms and shapes to create flow and movement throughout my work.”   Complementing Mobayyen’s painting are a group of nine 15×10″ color photographs by Ali Farhoodi from his “Sublime Series.” Farhoodi captures pictures of objects and elements that are elusive, beautiful and real, but frequently go unnoticed in our fast-paced and visually cluttered environment. As he explains about his work: “These images are comprised of angles, forms and compositions that seem unreal, unfamiliar, and even exotic but always harmonious…”

Jeff Ringdahl’s sculptural works “The Bog Series,” is a colorful and provocative statement about life, death and the unseen energy that is the life force. In his words: “My work is an effort to explore expressions of ever evolving life force, that dynamic energy that cannot be created or destroyed, …A documentation of the stages of deterioration, of the physical form is profound and sometimes disturbing…” On a separate wall is a preview of the dark, lush, and mysterious photographic world of Christian Demare – in his eight 10×10″ photographs arranged in groups of four. According to Demare: “Stopping for a moment, seeing, trying to take the time to look at things humbly; between contemplation and meditation. Trying to offer a view of the immensity of things,..This reality that contains all the tragic and the magic. All the light and the incredible hope. The torn hearts and the dazzling nature…My art is figurative even if sometimes the subject disappears; my art is narrative even if the stories are fragmentary. The images are nothing other than furtive traces and testimonies; a few clues left here and there…”


Nahid Khaki’ s “Silent Crowd” continues in Boston untill Jan 2012

Jalal Sepehr’s “Carpets Unbound”

Continues through end of December 2011 in Welleslely Gallery (9 Crest Road, Wellesley, MA 02482)

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Israel’s Aviv String Quartet Debuts at Wellesley College

The acclaimed Aviv String Quartet, one of today’s finest up-and-coming chamber ensembles, brings the Wellesley College Fall 2011 Concert Series to a rousing finale on Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.  The quartet’s program features Erwin Schulhoff’s String Quartet No. 1, Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30.  Held at Wellesley College’s Houghton Chapel, the concert is free and open to the public.
Founded in Tel Aviv, Israel and more than a decade into its expanding musical life, the Aviv String Quartet (Sergey Ostrovsky, Evgenia Epshtein, violins; Timur Yakubov, viola; Aleksandr Khramouchin, cello) has given critically acclaimed performances at leading worldwide venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall to London’s Royal Festival Hall. The numerous prizes they have received include Grand Prize and four special prizes at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, top prize and Critics’ Prize at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, and First Prize (Amadeus Prize) at Holland’s Charles Hennen Competition.
Aviv means “spring” in Hebrew – signifying new beginnings, a fresh outlook, the season of birth, and the shedding of coverings to reveal true nature, sharper definition and heightened awareness.  Since its formation, the Aviv String Quartet has developed an international reputation for the eloquence and conviction of its interpretations of everything from Viennese masterworks to the riches of Russian chamber music, past and present.
The quartet has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Herbst Theatre for San Francisco Performances in North America; Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre in London; the Louvre Auditorium, Chatelet, and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris; the Sydney Opera House, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland (complete Shostakovich quartet cycle), Vienna Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Beethovenhaus in Bonn and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. They give masterclasses around the world – recently at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Mizra Chamber Music seminar in Israel, the University of Southern California, and the University of Winnipeg.
They have counted among their mentors Isaac Stern, the Alban Berg Quartet, Walter Levin, Henry Meyer, and Ben-Zion Shamir and have collaborated with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Boris Petrushansky, Anton Dressler, Toby Appel, Boris Berman and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Most recently, the quartet recorded string quartets of Ernst von Dohnányi for Naxos and a CD of three quartets of Erwin Schulhoff has been released on the same label.  A month-long tour in North America and Israel and summer at the Kfar Blum Festival in Israel were followed by concerts in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and the United Kingdom – including two appearances at Wigmore Hall – and the complete cycle of Shostakovich quartets in Canada.
Watch and listen to the Aviv String Quartet perform the third movement of Schulhoff’s String Quartet at http://web.wellesley.edu/web/Events.


More information visit www.avivquartet.com
Largely forgotten in the decades after his death during the Holocaust, the wide-ranging output of the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff has come to greater prominence over the last quarter-century.  His Quartet for Strings No. 1 dates from a productive period in which he forged a distinctive and highly personal musical style.  The work, which fuses Czech and Slovak folk influences with expressionist style, achieved a notable success at its première in 1924, and is among the most enduring of Schulhoff’s compositions. 


Felix Mendelssohn composed his String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80, in 1847 and it is essentially his last major composition (he died prematurely at the age of 38 only two months after its completion). Composed during a very tumultuous time in his life, only months after the death of his beloved sister Fanny, the powerful and highly emotive music is somewhat uncharacteristic of Mendelssohn’s five previous quartets.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat minor, Op. 30, was composed in 1876, and is the last of his three string quartets.  The work is dedicated to the memory of Ferdinand Laub, a violinist who was not only Tchaikovsky’s friend, but also a fellow professor atthe Moscow Conservatory and the leader of the string quartets that premiered his first two string quartets. 


Orchestrated by the Department of Music, the Concert Series at Wellesley College brings a diverse array of world-class performers to campus, complementing the department’s academic offerings and augmenting the cultural life of the College and surrounding community.


For more information about the Concert Series at Wellesley College, call Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, director of publicity and coordination for the arts, at 781-283-2028 or visit the Music Department website at web.wellesley.edu/Acad/Music  Concerts are free and open to the public. 


Wellesley College is located at 106 Central St., Wellesley, Mass.  Free parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility and the Founders Parking Lot.  Directions and a map of the campus are online at web.wellesley.edu/web/AboutWellesley/VisitUs/mapsanddirections.psml.




The Wellesley College arts curriculum and the highly acclaimed Davis Museum and Cultural Center are integral components of the college’s liberal arts education. For decades, various departments and programs from across the campus have enlivened the community with world-class programming — classical and popular music, visual arts, theater, dance, author readings, symposia, and lectures by some of today’s leading artists and creative thinkers — most of which are free and open to the public. For information about upcoming events, visit web.wellesley.edu:80/web/Events. 


Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,400 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.