Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:

Greek festival

The annual South End Greek Festival will be held from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 15 Union Park St.

The festival will offer family fun with lots of homemade Greek food, including souvlaki, pastries, roast lamb and authentic Greek gyro. Other activities will include live music with the Greek Music Ensemble, dance performances, church tours, games, prizes and a bazaar.

Byzantine art and icons will be on view.

For more information, call 617-536-5692 or visit

Gala celebration

The Community Music Center of Boston invites the public to “Crescendo! Building Community Through Music,” a gala celebration dinner to honor David Lapin, from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The evening will honor and celebrate David Lapin’s 36-year commitment to arts education through his work at the Music Center, transforming the center from a neighborhood gem into the pre-eminent arts education leader that it is today. New director Lecolion Washington will be welcomed to the Music Center family.

To purchase tickets and for further information on this event, visit or call 617-482-6267.

Art exhibition

The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St., is displaying “Real/Ideal: Turning Utopia into Reality” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17.

Curator David Guerra presents works by artists from the Artist Studios Building along with 10 guest artists in a show that articulates utopian dreams and illuminates what might be possible in a perfect world. Visitors can re-imagine the gallery and explore their own conceptions of reality and idealism using a uniquely crafted scale model of the gallery and versatile hanging system.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-426-5000.

Open studios

The 30th annual South End Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, at various sites, including the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., 450 Harrison Ave., 535 Albany St. 35/59 Wareham St. and 46 Waltham St.

Sponsored by the United South End Artists, the weekend provides a backstage pass to visit studios and meet artists who work in Boston’s most exciting artists’ community. More than 200 artists will display paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, clothing design and bookbinding.

Visitors to the open studios can walk easily from building to building. A free shuttle bus will also be available. Free guides listing the location of artists and galleries as well as a free mobile app to enhance the open studios experience will be available. Volunteers at the BCA plaza and at 560 Harrison Ave. will direct walkers to the sites.

For more details, visit

Vision for USES

The community is invited to join United South End Settlements’ board of directors and president and CEO in a conversation about USES’s Vision 125 strategic plan and future direction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at 566 Columbus Ave.

They will share the renewed model and theory of change, provide updates on strategic planning implementation and discuss goals for utilizing the real estate in the South End, with the hope of engaging the community in furthering their mission, which is to harness the power of this diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-8610 for further details.

Women’s night

The Ellis Neighborhood Association will host the fall women’s night out event of 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at the Atelier Library, 505 Tremont St.

The guest speaker will be Barbara A. Robb, partner with Hartley Michon Robb LLP in Boston, who will share her thoughts on legal and employment matters related to women in their careers.

The evening will also feature wine paired with light fare and great conversation with neighbors.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Reservations are requested, as space is limited, at

South End tour

The South End Historical Society will present “The History of Hospitals in the South End” form 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Guide Alison Barnet will lead a free walk through the South End talking about the history of Boston City Hospital and other medical institutions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The South End was a popular hospital district with at least eight hospitals in the area at this time. Boston City Hospital, the city’s first municipal hospital, opened in 1864. The South End was also home to smaller hospitals, such as the Plymouth Hospital and Nurses’ Training School and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Reservations for this free tour are required as space is limited. The starting location will be given upon RSVP.

To make a reservation and for more information, visit or call 617-536-4445.

One-man play

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will present “Matiné y Noche” written by Puerto Rican playwright Leo Cabranes-Grant and starring Josean Ortiz, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

In this part autobiographical production, performed, produced and directed by Ortiz, a gay man begins to unravel a lifelong lie, while many miles away, a woman dreams of meeting her son for the very first time. Ortiz portrays both sides of this story with parallel monologues, as the pair try to imagine a life together once again.

This performance is presented entirely in Spanish with English subtitles and is an 18+ only event as it contains heavy content.

Tickets are $20.

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

Starring Lord Olivier

Film starring Laurence Olivier, considered by many to be the greatest actor of the 20th century, will be shown at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 22 and 29

Screenings will include Shakespeare’s “Othello” on Sept. 22 and “Boys from Brazil” co-starring Gregory Peck on the following week.

Call 617-536-8241 for more details.

Photography exhibition

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is displaying the photography exhibition “Off the Grid” now to Sept. 30.

Residents of the Lynn Shelter Association, who are living in or transitioning out of a homeless shelter, were given digital cameras to photograph the world around them.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Beantown jazz festival

The 17th annual Beantown Jazz Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 on three stages along six blocks of Columbus Avenue, between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

This free, annual, outdoor public concert has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk and groove performances, The afternoon will feature performances by up-and-coming artists from Berklee College of Music. Other performers will include the Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz; Assol Garcia, the Darrell Green Trio, the Blue Man Group drum-off, Emily Estefan, Kina Zore, Liz Wright and more.

KidsJam will provide kids’ interactive musical activities, an instrument petting zoo and vendors will offer a variety of food and drinks from local restaurants.

For a complete schedule of performances and other information, visit

New play

The Zeitgeist Stage Company is performing “Faceless” by Selina Fillinger at the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays now through Oct. 7.

In this timely new drama, 18-year old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commits acts of treason, and is being prosecuted by recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim, Claire Fathi. Though pitted against each other in the courtroom, these two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-933-8600 or visit

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Kalimah Muhammed and Murray Dewart now to Oct. 1.

Muhammed’s solo exhibition “Journey,” is a series of wood and concrete works that examine the external changes and behaviors manifest by internal alterations.

Internationally recognized sculptor Dewart’s exhibit is “Spirit Level,” serene sculptures that reflect the quest for a universal language of form.

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

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

Open market

The 14th season of the Sowa Open Market is underway at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 29.

The market hosts a wide variety of vendors, including original art, clothing, jewelry, photographs, house wares, handcrafted accessories, florists, bakers and local farmers’ produce. Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet the artists, vendors and farmers behind the work. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.