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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 25

An arts festival, a student directing festival and the NewTV Red Carpet Awards.

1. The History of Newton Highlands. Historic Newton's series "A City of Villages" will continue tonight with a presentation on the history of Newton Highlands, "The Ideal Village." The free presentation will be held at the Newton Free Library and starts at 7 p.m.

2. Red Carpet Awards. NewTV will host its annual Red Carpet Awards tonight at NewTV studios from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

3. Art exhibit opening reception. The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology will host a reception tonight for the esilience." The exhibit, which runs until May 24, will feature Haitian artists of Jacmel and New England in support of the Jacmel Artists’ Network. Tonight's free reception will run from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

4. Student Directing Festival. Newton South's Student Directing Festival will kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Lab Theatre at Newton South. The show, which features "Wake-Up Call" and "WASP", will run Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $8 and available online.

5. Boston College Arts Festival. The three-day festival kicks off today at noon. More than 1,000 Boston College students and faculty will present music, dance, theatre, painting, film, sculpture and more. For a full list of the festival events, check out BC's Arts Festival website.

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