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

Music of Telemann

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a concert “Telemann Kammermusik for Recorders” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Harpsichordist Alastair Thompson and Janet Fink, recorders, will play music by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

South of Washington Street

“SoWa: South of Washington Street,” the August tour of the month presented by Boston by Foot, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. Participants will meet at the Broadway MBTA station at the corner of Broadway and Dorchester Avenue.

This area of the South End is experiencing yet another change since it first came into being when the South Cove was filled in the 1830s. It saw another transformation in the ’50s when Boston’s first urban renewal development project obliterated the area called the “New York Streets.” The tour will explore all of these events and visit the new buildings of the Ink Block as well as vestiges of the old neighborhood.

Tickets are $15 general admission or $5 for members and can be purchased in advance or from the guide.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-367-2345.

Jazz and blues

The final summer jazz concert offered by the Friends of the South End Library will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 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.

Historic South End tour

The South End Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour with Ken Kruckemeyer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Participants will meet at the society offices, 380 Massachusetts Ave.

Kruckemeyer will lead a neighborhood walk in the Southwest Corridor Park and reflect on its history.

Admission is free.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-536-4445.

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Kalimah Muhammed and Murray Dewart from Aug. 30 to Oct. 1.

A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

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

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

Photography exhibition

La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will display “Mis Raíces: Tracing My Steps,” photographs by Pedro Cruz, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

A lifelong Villa Victoria resident and first generation Bostonian, Cruz felt that growing up in Boston made him feel removed from his own heritage. He longed to reconnect to his culture and learn more about himself; so, he returned to the streets of Puerto Rico to do this the best way he knew how – through photography.

Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment.

Admission to the gallery is free.

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

Open art 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. Friday, Sept. 1, for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free and parking is available.

For more information, visit

Local author to visit

The South End Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest speaker Charles Clemons Muhammad from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Boston community activist Muhammad will read from his autobiography and discuss his city council campaign.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

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.