Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
The Student Ensemble from the Community Music Center of Boston will perform in the sixth annual family concert from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
All are welcome to hear the talented student musicians and their teachers in this free performance. Children will be able to meet the musicians and their instruments after the concert. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 617-536-8241 or visit www.bpl.org.
The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Johnathan Derry and Laura Evans now through June 10.
An artists’ reception and talk will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 and a concert featuring the Black Sheep Ensemble will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.
In “As Above, So Below,” Derry explores the notion that oppositional forces can be complimentary and interconnected. The oppositional play of material and form creates tension, manifesting in visual motifs such as black and white, heavy and light, over and under, wherein two disparate ideas must co-exist.
Evans’ solo exhibition “Greater Than,” is an expansive mixed media installation. Similar to many of her previous installations and sculptural work, this work utilizes humble materials and simple hand-built methods to create unexpected dynamic work that activates the whole gallery space. Related small sculptures will also be on view.
Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.
Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617-482-7781.
United South End Settlements will host the Neighborhood Gala from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave.
Festivities will include delicious food from more than 15 South End restaurants, signature cocktails, games, dancing, mingling with neighbors and a chance to support the innovative work of USES, including Camp Hale, the early childhood education program, job training, financial workshops, afterschool programming and more.
Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.uses.org or by calling 617-536-8610
Wine and music
The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will host a program of art songs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.
The vocal quartet will perform while certified educator of wine and spirits Jo-Ann Ross introduces a unique blend of wine selections that pair with the art songs.
The musicians will include Czarina Shocker, soprano; Louise-Marie Mennier, alto; Martin Thomson, tenor; and Michel Epsztein, bass.
Admission is free.
Visit www.cmcb.org or call 617-482-6267 for more information.
New musical production
Palavar Strings, in collaboration with theater company Strange News, will present “Trapped” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St.
This intriguing new music and theater performance explores what it means to be trapped.
It features short excerpts from Goethe’s “Faust,” Poe’s “The Telltale Heart,” Bram Stocker’s “Dracula,” Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Buchner’s “Woyzeck,” Dumas’ “Count of Monte Cristo,” Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Twelfth Night” and Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.”
The play pairs each text with complementary musical compositions to delve into the experience of confinement and deceit contained within tragic, comic, horrific and romantic traps.
Tickets are $30 premium, $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.
To purchase tickets and for more details, visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-426-5000.
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will celebrate the return of baseball to Fenway Park with a series baseball films from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 18 and 25.
The library will screen the comedy “Bull Durham” with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon on May 18 and “Mr. Baseball” with Tom Selleck the following week.
Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further details.
Bach suites and sonatas
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will present “The Master Himself: J.S. Bach Suites and Sonatas:” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.
Janet Fink, recorder, and Alastair Thompson on harpsichord, will perform works by Bach in a free concert.
Call 617-536-8241 for further details.
As part of the Boston Preservation Month activities, the South End Landmark District Commission will host a free walking tour of the neighborhood from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, meeting at the Delux Café, 100 Chandler St.
Originally marshland bisected by a narrow strip of land called The Neck, the South End consists of historic residential blocks, parks and main thoroughfares with commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. The 2018 tour will be updated with new buildings. The South End, the country’s largest Victorian row house district, was made a Landmark District in 1983.
Registration is required, by calling 617-635-3850 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov/calendar.
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Allegra Goodman from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 as part of the South End Writes series.
Noted author Goodman will read from her newest novel “The Chalk Artist.” Her novels include “Intuition,” “The Cookbook Collector,” “Paradise Park” and “Kaaterskill Falls,”a National Book Award finalist. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.
Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for more information.
Faculty art show
The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts announces a new partnership with Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s South End, where they will present faculty artwork twice a year. The gallery is at 460 Harrison Ave. #B6.
The partnership will kick off with “Attention to Detail” showcasing three painting and printmaking faculty members: Maggie Carberry Pasquan, Sean Dunstan-Halliday and Vicki Kocher Paret, whose attention to detail creates mesmerizing works of art.
An artists’ talk will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
The exhibition is open now through May 27.
For more information, visit www.eliotschool.org or call 617-524-3313.
The 15th season of the Sowa Open Market is open at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 28.
The market will host 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.
This year will feature Boston’s first ever Beer Barn, a beer hall and taproom housed in the SoWa Power Station. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, it will showcase a curated selection of local brews and ciders. There will also be workshops and entertainment. Admission and parking are free.
Visit www.sowaboston.com for more information.
The new Local/Focus exhibit in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features the South End Historical Society and is focused on historic Chester Square between Tremont Street and Shawmut Avenue.
The display features maps of the once-unified square and it surroundings dating from 1912.
A flat screen displays a continuing loop of historic South End images from 1972, when the SEHS received its historic designation from the National Register of Historic Places. That was when every building in the South End existing at that time was photographed. Some of the books on display about South End history will be available for sale inside the library.
Call 617-536-8241 for further information.
Help at Titus Sparrow Park
The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park seeks help with park activities. The group provides concerts and events in one of the South End’s most used and beloved open spaces. Some areas that need volunteers are: organizing and helping with Easter and winter parties, coordinating children’s tennis lessons, clean ups, graphic design and various board positions.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Steven Sloan at Ftspres@outlook.com or visit