Here are the latest neighborhood notes for the South End:

Contemporary dance

Dance troupe Jean Appolon Expressions, artists-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts, will showcase their new work at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Black Box Theater at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

“Lakou Ayiti” is an interdisciplinary production that meditates on the lakou, or home, and its loss in the Haitian imagination in a way that also speaks to a universal condition. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat guided the creation of the production soundscape that knits together stories of Haitians living in Boston, including Appolon’s own immigration story.

Call 617-426-5000 or visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

Music of Handel

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium will perform Handel’s biblical oratorio “Israel in Egypt” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

The oratorio is the Biblical story of the death of Joseph, the Pharaoh’s trusted advisor; Moses leading the Exodus of the Israelites out of bondage to the Promised Land; and the celebration of their deliverance.

General admission is $10; free admission with a student I.D.

Visit or call 888-266-1200 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Student recital

A music student recital will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave.

The community is welcome to watch the students perform in a free concert. Recitals are an opportunity for students to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

South Sudan challenges

Professor Justin Tata will be the guest speaker in a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

Tata, the acting director of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Juba in South Sudan, will explore the challenges of setting up a transportation system in this new nation.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Wearable arts

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts will offer a wearable arts workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, March 23 and 30 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The program teaches students, ages 10-17, to design for the human body. Students will experiment with different materials, using them as intended or inventing new techniques. Projects may include making jewelry, scarves, belts and bags.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

Opera premiere

The Boston Opera Collaborative will present the Boston premiere of “The Dangerous Liaisons” written by Philip Littell and composed by Conrad Susa, from March 24 to April 1 at the Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Based on the scandalous 18th century novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the opera explores the machinations of the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, two French aristocrats locked in a battle of wits, wills and sexual conquest.

It will be performed in English with musical accompaniment.

Call 617-426-5000 or visit to purchase tickets and for further information.

Spring celebration

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is presenting free films celebrating the return of spring from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 24 and 31.

Featured will be the “The Secret Garden” based on the children’s classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett on March 24 and the comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” with Jason Segal and Kristen Bell the following week.

Call the library at 617-536-8241 for further details.

Art exhibition

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is hosting “Mujeres,” the annual exhibition dedicated to female artists in celebration of Women’s History Month and women’s achievement now through March 25.

The gallery invited Latina artists of all disciplines and ages to showcase their artistic creations. This is an opportunity for undiscovered Latin American female artists to share their work with this diverse city.

Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-927-1722.

Ensembles concert

The Community Music Center of Boston will present the Ensembles Concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Roland Hayes School of Music, 55 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury.

The CMCB’s ensembles, including the Chamber Orchestra comprised of students of all ages, will perform in their semi-annual concert.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

Artists’ salon

The SoWa Artists Guild will host a “Salon Sunday” from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at 450 Harrison Ave., that houses studios for emerging and established artists in the SoWa Arts and Design District.

The public is invited to see the latest works, meet the artists and buy directly from the artists. There will be varied and original artwork in acrylics, oil, watercolor, encaustic, print, wire, jewelry, sculpting, fabric design, photography, drawing, collage and more, ranging in genre from traditional to abstract.

Free parking will be available at 460 and 500 Harrison Ave. Admission is free.

For further details, visit

Solo art exhibition

The Laconia Gallery at 433 Harrison Ave. is displaying “True Colors,” new works by Dan Roy, now through March 26.

Roy’s work concentrates on placing animals in surreal settings. The paintings encapsulate both the real and fantastic with his vivid use of color and expressive strokes. His process of layering glazes creates depth of color and emotion within the landscape.

Recently, he has experimented with adding repetitive marks in the background of his paintings that attribute a graphic, whimsical quality to his works.

For more information, visit

Author talk

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Gish Jen at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 as part of the South End Writes series.

Jen is the author of “Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Independent Self.” Her latest book, “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap,” was released in February.

Admission is free.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.

Window takeover

The Friends of the South End Branch Library have invited local creative entrepreneurs and artists to do window installations at the library based on library-related themes. The current takeover event is a foreign-language immersion program for young children, called “Language Together.” The brainchild of local resident Germaine Choe, it proposes that the Spot Color Immersion Method taps the natural inclination of children to use their “language instinct” and learn a foreign language with ease, all while having fun. It is on display until mid-April.

For more information, call Anne Smart at the library branch at 617 536-8241 or visit

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Marilu Swett and Susan Lyman now through April 2.

“Drift” is Swett’s solo exhibition of recent sculpture and drawings, her ruminations about things afloat or beached, buried or layered over. The work is comprised of a rainbow of colors and materials and the work reflects the energy and juxtaposition of coastal life.

Lyman’s exhibit is “Sculpture in the Unmaking,” 15 new sculptures made from found and milled wood, as well as oil paintings on panel. The exhibition is largely comprised of works reduced and reinvented from Lyman’s sculptures of the past 30 years.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-482-7781.

Tax help

Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., now to April 12.

AARP volunteers will help in the electronic filing of simple federal and Massachusetts tax returns. Appointments will be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 617-536-8241 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information.