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

Student recitals

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18.

Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in these free recital concerts.

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

New sculptures

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Ed Andrews and Nora Valdez now to Dec. 10.

A free concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

“Invasive Spaces” is Andrews’ first solo exhibition at the gallery. His work juxtaposes literal and metaphoric interpretations of the phrase invasive species. The installation combines the artist’s part-time work as an environmentalist with his concern over electronic surveillance and the threat it poses to civil liberties and freedom.

Valdez’s work “Immigration Nation II” builds on the theme of her recent collaborative community art project

“Immigration Nation.” The exhibition tells the stories of individual immigrant journeys that have come to represent the collective American experience. Her sculptures and drawings are shaped by the feeling of dislocation immigrants experience while constantly moving yet seeking the solace of roots.

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

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

Upcoming theatrical works

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., will present “Amuse Bouche: Small Delights for the Theatrical Palate” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The evening will feature samples of upcoming projects from some of the BCA’s performing artists, including Jean Appolon Expressions, SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Boston Project,” Sleeping Weazel, Liars & Believers, Palaver Strings and special guests Nate Tucker and Off the Grid Theatre Company. Dawn M. Simmons, director of performing arts, will guide the audience through this theatrical adventure.

Admission is $15.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-426-5000.

French Provence paintings

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is displaying luminous paintings of the French Provence by South End artist Jean-Pierre Dubreuil now through Nov. 30.

Local resident Dubreuil has been painting and exhibiting his work for many years in the South End and surrounding communities. Currently on display at the library are a colorful series of studies of the Provence. He was born in France in the 1950s and worked in the corporate world in many countries in Europe, the Middle and Far East before settling in Boston in the 1980s. Although his recent paintings center on France and New England, many of his watercolors reflect his past travels.

For more details on this free exhibit, call 617-536-8241.

‘The 39 Steps’

Moonbox Productions will present “The 39 Steps” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 9 at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Alfred Hitchcock and Monty Python collide in the madcap spy-melodrama-turned-comedy. Richard Hannay is just an ordinary man living a quiet life… until he meets Annabella Schmidt, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past. Richard soon becomes the target of both a nationwide manhunt and a nefarious ring of spies.

Admission for the Nov. 22 performance will be non-perishable food donations. E-mail to request tickets.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-426-5000.

Bette Davis films

The South End Branch Library will screen films starring Hollywood legend Bette Davis from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 and 24.

Featured will be the Oscar-winning “All About Eve” with Anne Baxter on Nov. 17 and the psychological thriller “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte” co-starring Olivia de Havilland the following week.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Book festival

The third annual South End Authors’ Book Festival will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Harry Dow Community Room in Tent City, 130 Dartmouth St.

The afternoon will be a chance to meet the neighborhood’s rich diversity of authors and to mingle with like-minded book lovers. There will be an opportunity to purchase books about the South End and by local authors and have them signed. Over 20 local authors are expected to attend.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

For more details, send an email to or call 617-536-8108.

Celebrating Juan Rulfo

In partnership with the Mexican General Consulate in Boston, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will present “100 Years of Juan Rulfo” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

This year marks 100 years since the birth of prominent Mexican novelist, screenwriter and photographer Juan Rulfo. A panel of three authors and academics with a particular interest in Latin American culture, Adela E. Pineda, Pedro Ángel Palou and Daniel Chávez, will discuss topics surrounding the theme of Rulfo’s global influence.

Registration is recommended for this free program, online at www or by calling 617-927-1737.

Community collaboration

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is displaying “Insight Boston,” an exhibition by Rashin Fahandej, now to Nov. 30.

The result of community collaboration, this exhibition sheds light on issues of mass incarceration through narrative, sound and visual art. A project led by Boston’s artist-in-residence Fahandej, the piece weaves together the personal narratives and life experiences of impacted individuals, including neighbors, academics, artists and activists to imagine a future where cities and social policies are based on support and not criminalization.

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.

Award-winning play

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is performing the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” now to Nov. at the Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Based on the international bestseller by Mark Haddon, the play goes inside the mind of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic math savant who talks in loud declamatory sentences and can’t stand to be touched. When he discovers one night that his neighbor’s dog has been murdered, he sets out to solve the crime, embarking on a thrilling journey that will upend his world.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-5000.

Drawing show

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., is displaying “The Gig Economy: Depictions of Life and Responses to Work in the Digital Bazaar,” the 25th installment of the BCA Drawing Show, now through Jan. 7.

The exhibit is juried and curated this year by artist, writer and independent curator Robert Moeller. It seeks to portray and explore the emotional, economic, and truly disruptive nature of work based on the new technology-centered model.

Featured artists include Rory Fitzgerald Bledsoe, Alex Callender, Sammy Chong, Furen Dai, Carol Greenwood, Yikui Gu, Georgina Lewis, Andy Li, Robert A. McCann, Tim McCool, Hans van Meeuwen, Melaney Ann Mitchell, Yorgos Papafigos, Aaron Pennington, Brian Reddy, Chris Revelle, Carlos Enrique Rodriguez, Justin C. Rounds, Pat Shannon, Sophia Sobers, Jxmie Timms and Mandy Cano Villalobos.

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