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VIDEO: 5 Things You Need to Know Today in Framingham: Friday, July 20

1 Tonight is the 4th summer concert sponsored by the City of Framingham’s Parks & Recreation department.

Performing tonight is Unfinished Business, classic rock and roll band, with ties to Framingham, including Fire Chief Joseph Hicks on guitar and vocals.

Music starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Framingham Centre Common


2. The Christa McAuliffe Library branch will host a community song circle from 3 to 4 p.m. today. “Everyone can sing! Come share your traditional folk songs. Grab your guitar, ukulele, drum or tambourine, and bring the family—this program is for all ages,” says the library.




3.  Just a reminder, the Memorial Building will close today at 12:30, as part of the City of Framingham’s summer hours.



4. According to Mayor’s public calendar on the City of Framingham’s website,  Mayor Yvonne Spicer has no public events today.


5. Tonight is opening night for Disney’s Newsies at Weston Drama Workshop. Curtain rises at 8 p.m. at Regis College.

Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken  and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.  While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

The cast tonight includes several Framingham High alumni like Jordana Kagan and Andrew Caira as well as current Framingham High students including Jack Williams, AJ Sherwood, Max Connor, Ethan Kerr, and Madi Spear.

It is directed by Framingham High teacher Chris Brindley, who is also the executive producer.

There are performances on Saturday and Sunday and Thursday and next weekend.


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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