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

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.

New musical production

Palavar Strings, in collaboration with theater company Strange News, will present “Trapped” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 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 or call 617-426-5000.

Walking tour

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 Further information can be found at

Author talk

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.

Bay Village tour

Joseph Cornish of the Boston Landmarks Commission will offer a guided walking tour of the Bay Village historic district from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, meeting at the Elliot Norton Park, Charles Street South.

Prior to 1825, the Bay Village area consisted of mudflats created by the Back Bay tides. Once the land was drained, construction began immediately and most Bay Village buildings were built between 1825 and 1899. The village boasts a variety of architectural styles, from Federal to Greek Revival to Victorian. There are also some examples of Art Deco in the neighborhood.

The Bay Village Historic District was created in 1983 to preserve this unique Boston neighborhood.

Registration is recommended for this free tour, online to or by calling 617-635-3850.

Student recital

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Wind, brass and percussion department students will perform in an end-of-year recital.

Admission is free.

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

Play festival

The Open Theatre will present “Gay Shorts: We Are Family,” the second annual Play Festival that explores family life in the GLTBQ community, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, from May 24 to June 2 at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave.

The production will feature seven short plays that explore the ins and outs of LGTBQ families, by, for and with LGTBQ artists from all walks of life.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $18 for students and seniors.

Further information can be found at

Shakespeare to hip hop

Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St., will host “Shakespeare to Hip Hop” at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy is a multi-media, musical and literary concert exploring the mysteries of William Shakespeare through blues, jazz, hip-hop, country, funk and more as a backdrop for stories, poems, songs and humor relating Shakespeare. Hip hop poet and actor Marlon Carey and slam poetry champion and educator Regie Gibson will team up with musicians to create a literary performance combining poetry, spoken word, stories, songs and rap.

Admission is $10.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Youth conference

The 2018 Asian Pacific American Youth Conference will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education, 145 Harrison Ave.

May is Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month and the conference for high school youth will celebrate the culture, traditions and history of Asian American communities. The theme is “Unity in Community” with free workshops on how youth can initiate and enact change in the community; performances ranging from hip hop to live music; and snacks and lunch.

To register and for more information, email or call 617-635-5129, ext. 1023.

First Friday open studios

The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1 for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works.

Artwork includes paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture. Admission is free. Parking is available.

Visit for more information.

Gala ball

The third annual BCA Ball celebrating the center’s commitment to fostering theater, dance and visual artists will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 2 at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont S.

Partygoers will enjoy a catered dinner and cocktails from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

At 9:30 p.m., they can dance the night away with Disco Under the Dome while enjoying desserts and signature cocktails. The dress is cocktail attire.

Tickets for the ball and the disco are $300 and tickets to attend just the disco are $100. Proceeds will provide support for exhibitions, residency programs and professional development for today’s most innovative visual and performing artists.

For more information, call 617-426-2748 or send an email to

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Johnathan Derry and Laura Evans now through June 10.

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 or by calling 617-482-7781.

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 or call 617-524-3313.

Open market

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 for more information.

Local focus

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 or visit