Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Chinese flower market
The eighth annual Chinese New Year flower market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, Feb. 10 to Thursday, Feb. 15 indoors at 33 Harrison Ave.
Chinatown Main Street will celebrate the Chinese New Year with as they kick off the 2018 flower market at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. This year, they have extended the pop-up market for a total of six days.
Visit www.chinatownmainstreets.com for further information.
‘Shakespeare in Love’
The SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting “Shakespeare in Love” at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love” tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, who is suffering a case of writer's block. Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear in his play. When the playwright and his muse fall in love, they find themselves living the play.
Further information can be found at www.speakeasystage.com or by calling 781-426-5000.
Music from immigrant communities
Palavar Strings will perform “Seeking Sanctuary,” stories and music from three immigrant communities in Boston, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
The evening will showcase the experiences of Irish, Cape Verdean and Chinese communities and features new music compositions, spoken word personal narratives and art installations inspired by the stories of immigrants and their descendants.
The program will include a China folk song set featuring Zhantao Lin on erhu; a Cape Verde traditional music set featuring Benvindo Cruz on vocals and Cape Verdean instrumentalists on cavaquinho and piano; and an Irish traditional fiddle and classical fusion composition composed by Charlie Lennon and featuring Joey Abarta on uilleann pipes.
Miriam Shenitzer and John Powell created the art installations.
Tickets range from $30 to $10.
Call 617-426-5000 or visit www.bcaonline.org to purchase tickets and for more details.
‘Cat in the Hat’
The Boston Children’s Theatre are performing Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 10 to 25 and during school vacation week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 to 23 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
The Cat in the Hat busts the boredom of two children on a rainy afternoon with all sorts of zaniness, including the acrobatic Thing One and Thing Two. The play was adapted by Katie Mitchell, based on the children’s favorite by Dr. Seuss.
Further information can be found at www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or by calling 617-933-8600.
The 10th annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser for the Haley House soup kitchen in the South End will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. There are four entry times: 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
Attendees can enjoy great company and sample a diverse array of soups made by a dozen local chefs with locally sourced ingredients. They can take their handcrafted ceramic bowls home with them, courtesy of MassArt’s Clay for Change student group.
Tickets are $40 and are available online at www.souperbowl10.brownpapertickets.com.
Visit www.haleyhouse.org or call 617-445-0900 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., from Feb. 13 to April 11.
AARP volunteers will help in the electronic filing of simple federal and Massachusetts tax returns. Appointments will be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 617-536-8241 to schedule an appointment or visit www.friendsofsouthendlibrary.org for more information.
The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present the Gramercy Trio in concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.
This concert connects with the CMCB theme for the year, with Mozart’s “C Major Trio K 548,” written at 32 years old and Mendelssohn’s “Concerto in D minor, Op. 49” written when he was 30 years old.
The trio of Sharan Leventhal, violin; Jonathan Miller, cello; and Randall Hodgkinson, piano; tours the country presenting concerts and residencies with programs that include standard repertoire and new works by such composers as Gunther Schuller, Scott Wheeler, British composer Simon Bainbridge, jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch and more.
Admission is free. Visit www.cmcb.org or call 617-482-6267 for more details.
La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is displaying a new art exhibition “Marca X” now through Feb. 15.
This exhibition offers a platform of self-expression for LGBTQIA Latinx artists. Often marginalized by the dominant culture even within their own communities, this show celebrates the intersectional identities of these artists, offering a space for empowerment, community, representation and visibility. This exhibition will contain several unique, distinctive voices that also function as part of a larger collective conversation.
Featured artists will include Anais Arias-Aragon, Izzy Berdan, Ethel Calderin, Jay Calderin, Maynor Campos, Nathaniel Devarie, Rixy Fernandez, Eddie Maisonet, Audrey Rodriguez and Ming Li Wu.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more information, visit www.ibaboston.org or call 617-927-1722.
Sleeping Weazel will present “A Winter Gathering of New Music and Multimedia Performance” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 15 to 24 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St.
Sleeping Weazel’s production in the form of a Salon-style show invites music and theatre lovers to be transported by new works exploring notions of home, memory and the human cost of involuntary migration. Thread Ensemble, Kirsten Volness, Ioana B. Jucan, Adara Meyers and their artistic collaborators have created a blend of enchantment, melancholy, humor and the tragic to make this a memorable winter evening. Warming refreshments will be served.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Further information can be found at www.speakeasystage.com or by calling 781-426-5000.
Starring Eddie Murphy
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is screening a series of free movies starring comedian Eddie Murphy from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 and 23.
The library will show “The Nutty Professor” co-starring Janet Jackson on Feb. 16; and “Beverly Hills Cop” with Judge Reinhold the following week.
Call 617-536-8241 for more information.
Sculpture group show
The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is hosting “HeART,” the annual members’ group show, now through Feb. 25.
There will be a wine and chocolate event honoring the Boston Art Dealers Association from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 and a concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 featuring Jim and Maggi Smith-Dalton.
This annual fundraising exhibition features new works by all 38 members. Exploring the theme “art that speaks to the heart,” the work displayed will evoke heart-felt sentiments, spanning the love spectrum from sweetheart to heartless.
Nearly 100 works will be on display, representing diverse media and techniques, and priced affordably from $200 to $500. Artwork purchases will be “cash and carry.”
Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.
Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617-482-7781.
Student art contest
Mayor Martin J. Walsh in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Diversity, Arts and Culture, Boston Public Schools and media partner Boston25 announced an open call for student artists to submit artwork inspired by landmarks related to Black history in Boston, in honor of Black History Month this February.
The purpose of the art contest is to inspire Boston students to celebrate the city’s Black history and envision themselves as future contributors. As part of the contest, students will be asked to visit one or more sites related to Boston’s Black history and submit artwork inspired by or related to the place they visited, as well as a photo of themselves visiting their selected site. Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: music, performance art (including dance, short play, comedy), and spoken word poetry.
The contest is open to all students of public, private, charter or home school programs residing in the City of Boston and currently enrolled in grades six through 12. Students are invited to participate as individuals or in teams. The online portal for digital submissions will remain open until Friday, Feb. 16. Students interested in submitting their work are encouraged to visit www.boston.gov/news/black-history-month-art-contest.
South End history
Lauren Prescott, historian and executive director of the South End Historical Society, will be the guest speaker from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
Prescott will discuss her new book “Boston’s South End,” which is illustrated with the society’s postcard collection.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Friends of the South End Library and the South End Historical Society are sponsoring this event.
Admission is free. For further details, call 617-536-8241 or visit www.bpl.org.