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Starring Paul Newman

 

A series of films starring Hollywood legend Paul Newman will be screened at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 29 The classic films will include Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” co-starring Elizabeth Taylor on Jan. 22 and “The Long Hot Summer” based on the novel by William Faulkner, with Joanne Woodward and Orson Welles, the following week.

 

For more information, call 617-268-0180.

 

Writing a novel

 

Award-winning author Tom MacDonald will be the guest speaker in “How to Write and Publish a Novel While Keeping Your Day Job” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

 

MacDonald has published four best-selling crime novels since 2012 while working fulltime. He will speak about his writing and his latest novel “Murder in the Charlestown Bricks.” He works for St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish as director of social ministries and also teaches creative writing at Boston College.

 

Admission is free.

 

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

 

 

Contemporary dance

 

World Music/CRASHarts will present “Dance UP” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. This evening will feature Danza Orgánica, a social justice-oriented dance theater company that draws elements from contemporary dance, African diaspora and theater to rewrite mainstream narratives through movement that decolonizes the body and provides new ways of experiencing the world.

 

A free pre-performance talk with Boston Dance Alliance executive director Debra Cash will be held at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A with the dancers will follow the performance.

 

Tickets are $32 for members or $36 for nonmembers.

 

Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478- 3100 for more information.

 

Family play day

 

A free family play day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. Kids can investigate making art and movement by exploring William Forsythe’s “Choreographic Objects” and creating drawings inspired by actions and poses.

 

Admission is free for two adults per family with children under 12 years old.

 

Registration is not required.

 

Further information can be found at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478- 3100.

 

Open studios

 

Artists for Humanity at 100 West Second St. will host an open studio event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

 

The evening will include a tour of the student artwork and facilities, wine and cheese. Artists For Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth a chance for self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.

 

Admission is free.

 

Further information is available at http://afhboston.org/openstudios.html or by calling 617-268-7620.

 

Four artists to display

 

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying “There is No Band,” artwork by Natessa Amin, S.E. Benezra, Sarah Pater and A.J. Rombach, now through Feb. 10.

 

Through painting, sculpture, installation and video, the artists invite guests into their circle, a “coven” empowered by ritual practice, chance meetings, places of convergence and a celebration of feminine identity. The four have developed personal lexical symbols that reinterpret elements of reality for the willing guest: something on the periphery, a circle on the edge a tangential reality.

 

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and by appointment.

 

Further information is available at www.distillerygallery.com.