The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a Valentine’s book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The Friends of the South Boston Branch will sell a large assortment of adult and children’s books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more at low prices. All proceeds will benefit the community programming of the branch.
Call 617-268-0180 for further details.
Boston dance premiere
Gallim Dance will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.
The contemporary dance company from New York will perform the Boston premiere of “WHALE,” an evening length piece created by Andrea Miller in collaboration with the dancers, sound designer Jordan Chiolis and lighting designer Nicole Pearce. The new work addresses the tensions involved in love, sex and domesticity.
A pre-show talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. with Debra Cash of Boston Dance Alliance exploring the program. Tickets are $ 36 for members and $40 for non-members.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3100.
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host “A Proper Gentleman,” a series of free films starring British actor Brian Aherne, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during February.
The films from the 1940s and ’50s will showcase both Aherne’s comedic and dramatic skills. Featured will be the comedy “My Sister Eileen” with Rosalind Russell on Feb. 14; the rom-com “A Night to Remember” co-starring Loretta Young on Feb. 21; and the thriller “A Bullet is Waiting” with Jean Simmons on Feb. 28.
Call the library at 617-268-0180 for further information.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host noted Italian choreographer and theater director Alessandro Sciarroni in a dance program at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18.
Sciarroni is known for stagings that feature dance, performance art and ritual anthropology. In “FOLK-S,” he refines the Schuhplattler, a Bavarian folk dance, to its most essential form, invoking a sense of playful experimentation.
Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3100 to purchase tickets and for further information.
Memorial fund gala
The community is invited to the annual Higgins Memorial Fund Winter Gala from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer St.
Festivities will include music by North Shore A Cappella, the World Premier Band and DJ Ron. Attendees will enjoy complimentary beer and wine, delicious food and an opportunity to win prizes including overnight hotel stays, dinner at some of Boston’s best restaurants and a chance to win $10,000. Tickets must be purchased in advance – no tickets will be sold at the door.
The purpose of The Donny Higgins Memorial Fund, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization, is to maintain the street hockey rink and to promote and support South Boston youth sports programs.
Visit http://donnyhiggins.yolasite.com to purchase tickets and for more details.
The 26th annual Boston Wine Expo will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.
Events include the grand tasting of more than 1,800 wines, cooking demonstrations and samplings with 20 celebrity chefs, guided tastings and seminars, silent auctions and meet-and-greet with the winemakers. The celebrity chefs will include Ming Tsai, Barbara Lynch, Nick Foley and many others.
The beneficiary of this expo will be the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center’s summer camp program for children with disabilities.
For more information, visit www.wine-expos.com or call 877-946-3976.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host the 11th annual screening of Academy Award nominated short films at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 20.
The ICA will present the nominated short films, featuring live action, animated and documentary films.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 members and students.
Call 617-478-3103 or visit www.icaboston.org for more information.
Free day at the museum
In honor of President’s Day, the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is offering free admission for all on Monday, Feb. 20.
Visitors can check out three new exhibitions: the James and Audrey Foster Prize winners of the biennial showcase of exceptional Boston-area artists; a short film and Venice Biennale standout by artist Steve McQueen makes its U.S. debut; and “New Acquisitions,” featuring works by Sadie Benning, Sophie Calle, Jimmy DeSana, Shannon Ebner, Jenny Holzer, Ree Morton, William Pope, Mika Rottenberg, Keith Sonnier, Henry Taylor and Haegue Yang, among others.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can design a miniature gallery to add to a group installation or go on an architectural adventure.
Further information is available at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3103.
Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast will perform in a free concert at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.
Pancoast will help kids shake off the wintertime cabin fever with interactive songs and dances about the seaside. A singer, songwriter and recording artist, Pancoast creates clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart.
Call 617-268-0180 for more information.
The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting a new group show “Work By Pairs” now through Sunday, Feb. 26.
A reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, with entertainment by the Safarani Sisters and Lina Tullgren.
This exhibit attempts to draw out the processes and possibilities of collaboration. The artists featured span the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, music and performance. Their relationships are those of friends, romantic partners, sisters and mother-daughter.
Featured artists will include Caitlin and Nicole Duennebier, Jodie Mack and Sharon Marney, Lina Tullgren,
Mary Provenzano and Scout Hutchinson, the Safarani Sisters, Tom Maio and Gordon Feng and more.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment.
Further information is available at www.gallery.distilleryboston.com.
An exhibit of watercolors by local artists Pat and Tom Steiner is on display during library hours at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, through Feb. 28.
The husband and wife team will display watercolors featuring landscapes, houses and other subjects.
For further information, call 617-268-0180.
All about the Bard
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying “All About the Bard” now through April 30.
The life and works of William Shakespeare are the focus of the branch’s exhibit that is on view at street level. The exhibit is part of the Boston Public Library’s “All The City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare” programs to commemorated the 400th anniversary of his death.
Admission is free.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-268-0180 for more information.
Pop-up art talk
A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.
Tickets are free with museum admission.
Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3103 for further details.
Fun at the library
A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during February at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.
Featured will Mother Goose on the Loose at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays; Pre-school Music at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Wiggle Giggle Yoga at 4 p.m. on Thursdays; Reading Roundup for preschoolers at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays and Circle Time for babies and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Fridays.
For more details, call 617-268-0180.