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

‘Shakespeare in Love’

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting “Shakespeare in Love” now through Feb. 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love” tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, who is suffering a case of writer's block. Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear in his play. When the playwright and his muse fall in love, they find themselves living the play.

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.

Further information can be found at or by calling 781-426-5000.

Jazz, pop and rock

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a free concert of jazz, rock and pop music at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The community is invited to a concert given by members of the jazz, rock and pop department. There will be five to six bands performing, with musicians with ages ranging from 11 years old to adult. Performances will include a wide range of jazz styles plus pop.

For more details, visit or call 617-482-6267.

Mambo mania

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will present Mambo Mania with Eguie Castrillo from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19.

Castrillo, a Grammy Award-winning timbalero, alongside his 18-piece big band, will turn the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts into their very own Palladium Ballroom with their mastery of mambo rhythms. Concertgoers can wear their best suits or cocktail dresses and let the booming music and dancing take control.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www or by calling 617-927-1737.

Starring Kim Novak

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is screening a series of free movies starring Hollywood icon Kim Novak from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 and 26.

The library will show the crime thriller “Five Against the House” with Guy Madison on Jan. 19 and “Third Girl From the Left” co-starring Tony Curtis the following week.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Student recital

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.

A recital is an opportunity for students to showcase their work in a professional setting. Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in the free recital concert.

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

Opera concert

The Luigi Pirandello Lyceum of Eastern Massachusetts will host the 21st annual Italian opera concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge.

Soloists from Boston Bel Canto Opera, under the direction of South End resident Bradley Pennington, will perform favorite arias and ensembles from Italian operas.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

Send an email to for more information.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome Russ Lopez in a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 as part of the South End Writes series.

Local historian Lopez will read from his new book “Boston 1945-2015: The Decline and Rise of a Great World City,” the story of how the city, seemingly in an unstoppable downward spiral, righted itself into something new and vastly better.

Lopez is also the author of “Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood.”

Copies of the book will be available for sale. This program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

Visit or call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Latina art

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is displaying a new art exhibition “Marca X” now through Feb. 15.

The opening night reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 and an artist talk and panel discussion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8.

This exhibition will offer a platform of self-expression for LGBTQIA Latinx artists. Often marginalized by the dominant culture even within their own communities, this show celebrates the intersectional identities of these artists, offering a space for empowerment, community, representation and visibility. This exhibition will contain several unique, distinctive voices that also function as part of a larger collective conversation.

Featured artists will include Anais Arias-Aragon, Izzy Berdan, Ethel Calderin, Jay Calderin, Maynor Campos, Nathaniel Devarie, Rixy Fernandez, Eddie Maisonet, Audrey Rodriguez and Ming Li Wu.

Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.

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

Break beat play

Company One Theatre is performing “Hype Man: A Break Beat Play” by break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin now through Feb. 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

The play follows a hip-hop group on the verge of making it big, until the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager on the eve of their globetrotting tour shakes the trio and forces them to navigate issues of friendship, race and privilege.

Tickets are $20 to $38 or $15 for students.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 for a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.

New sculptures

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Kirsten Reynolds and Waldo Evan Jespersen now through Jan. 28.

An artist’s talk with Reynolds will be held at 2 p.m. and a free concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Reynolds’s new installation, “Spin,” her debut exhibition at Boston Sculptors, features a baroque cascade of architectural structures tumbling through the gallery. She transforms ordinary materials into playful exaggerations of the real to complicate the installation’s physical presence.

“Stretched” is Jepersen’s inaugural solo exhibition of new work at the gallery. It is comprised of three large luminous works, each a construction of planes, twisted and bent into irregular volumes. The combination of disparate characters and forms provide for endless interpretations of the scenes laid out before them, whether tense, intimate, comic or tragic.

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

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