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Contemporary dance

The fifth annual Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will be held at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

A host of talented dance companies from across the United States will perform, including Abilities Dance, the Eclipse Dance Company, Jackie Nowicki, Kat Nasti Dance Company, the Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Kizuna Dance, Urbanity Dance and more.

Doug Varone and Dancers will headline the evening performance.

For a complete list of artists and further information, visit or call 617-572-3727.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from Aug. 13 to 18.

Dine Out Boston features a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Participating restaurants in the South End include Aquitaine, Beehive, Cinquecento, Oishii Boston, Estragon, Masa Restaurant, Union Bar and Grille and many others. Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, the Boston Parks Beautification Fund.

For more information and reservations, visit

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Joyce McDaniel and Guests now through Aug. 20.

A musical concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13.

“Ode to Joyce McDaniel: Sculptor and Teacher” will include new and seminal works by McDaniel and works by 11 artists who studied with her: Peter Andruchow, Rory Beerts, Cree Bruins, Rand Borden, Ken Hruby, Matt Koestner, Charles McQuillen, Sarah Hollis Perry, Maria Ritz, Dennis Svoronos and Andrea Thompson.

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

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

Children’s concert

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the park, West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.

Wayne Potash and his band will put on a high-energy show that involves young audiences with sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping and lots of fun.

For more information, visit or call 617-262-1120.

Jazz and blues

The third of four summer jazz concerts offered by the Friends of the South End Library will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Library Park, 685 Tremont St., next to the library.

The jazz and blues concert will feature Pat Loomis on alto sax; Scott Aruda on trumpet; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Steven Higgs, piano; Dave Zox bass; and Dave Fox on drums.

Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share, and the library will be open so that restrooms will be available. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the library.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more details.

A night of storytelling

The Trustees of Reservations will present a night of live storytelling in the garden from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Berkeley Community Garden, 500 Tremont St.

The evening will begin by meeting neighbors with mingling and guided storytelling, followed by a live performance of personal stories on the theme of “Roots,” from literal of a tree to figurative roots of culture.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and snacks will be available for sale. No dogs or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the garden. Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115.

Fun stops

Boston Centers for Youth and Families is bringing back the annual Fun Stops, offering free, daily drop-in activities from noon to 6 p.m., on Monday to Friday now through Friday, Aug. 18 at the Blackstone Community Center, 50 West Brookline St.

Kids, ages 8 to 18, can enjoy a variety of structured activities including board games, sports, arts and crafts and more. Registration is not required.

Further information can be found by sending an email to or by calling 617-635-5162.

Starring Joan Crawford

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is hosting a series of films starring film legend Joan Crawford from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 and 25.

The lineup will include “Johnny Guitar” with Sterling Hayden on Aug. 18 and the romantic comedy “Dancing Lady” co-starring Clark Gable the following week.

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

Traditional Chinese culture

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a program “Reviving the Essence of Traditional Chinese Culture Through Shen Yun” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The audience will discover what this 5,000 year-old culture has to offer the global society in a free program.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Salsa evening

The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will present “Music on the Square: Salsa!” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24.

The community is invited to enjoy Latin music on a summer evening in the park on Worcester Square. They can bring a picnic snack, meet their neighbors and enjoy the breeze under the trees.

Further information can be found at

Art exhibition

The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St., is displaying “Real/Ideal: Turning Utopia into Reality” now to Sept. 17.

Curator David Guerra presents works by artists from the Artist Studios Building along with 10 guest artists in a show that articulates utopian dreams and illuminates what might be possible in a perfect world. Visitors can re-imagine the gallery and explore their own conceptions of reality and idealism using a uniquely crafted scale model of the gallery and versatile hanging system.

Admission is free.

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

Open market

The 14th season of the Sowa Open Market is underway at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 29.

The market hosts 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. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.