Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Art demonstration

The South Boston Arts Association will host an art demonstration at its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14 at the Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road.

Guest artist Tommy Cherry has been painting all his life and will offer an oil painting demonstration. He is a charter member of the SBAA and has recently been promoted to the rank of captain in the Boston Fire Department.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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Poetry readings

South Boston Poet Dorothy Morris will host the semi-annual neighborhood poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

High school students and adults are welcome to read two to three poems of their own or a favorite poem or two.

The event is free and refreshments will be served. Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Pet clinic

The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the Condon Community Center, 200 D St.

Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.

The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females.

Call 617-635-5348 or visit for more details.

Art activities

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host family art activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, April 17 to 19, during school vacation week.

Families can enjoy exploring art from the present time, trying gallery games, taking the museum architecture challenge and exploring hope, change and coding in the Bank of America Art Lab installation “Hybrid-Digital House.”

Tickets to the art activities are free with museum admission. Youth, ages 17 and under, are admitted free.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-478-3103.

Under the big top

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen movies featuring the circus life from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 and 24.

The library will screen the “The Big Circus” with Victor Mature and Vincent Price on April 17 and “Lili” with Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrer on April 24.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Boston Ballet story time

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Ballet premiere

World Music/CRASHarts will present Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

Visionary choreographer King actively develops bold original works with other artists from diverse disciplines and cultures. World Music/CRASHarts has commissioned the ballet company’s new collaboration with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who has composed music especially for this project and will perform the East Coast premiere on stage, with Sabir Khan playing sarangi.

Boston Dance Alliance director Debra Cash will give a talk 30 minutes before the performances. A post-performance Q&A with the artists will be held on Friday.

Tickets are $54 for members and $58 for non-members.

Call 617-478-3100 or visit to purchase tickets or for more details.

Two artists to display

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., will host “Reptile Aliens Made of Light,” works by Rosie Winthrop and Daniel Joseph, from April 20 to May 27.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

Winthrop and Joseph collaborated to create a space where collage, paintings, ephemera, sculptures and works on paper collide, intersect and interact with each other and the viewer. The subject matter explores interpretation of perspective, color, the natural world vs. synthetic repetition and objectifying emotions.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment.

Further information is available at

Spring book sale

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host the annual springtime book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Organized by the Friends of the South Boston Branch Library, the sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books, CDs, audio books and other audio-visual materials at low prices.

All proceeds will benefit the programming of the branch library. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Art at the courthouse

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through June 29.

The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Clayton Curtis and “Words of New England: A Calligraphic Exhibition of Poetry and Prose from Boston and New England” is on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice Presents: The Justice Seekers Biography Project.”

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further 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 or call 617-478-3103 for further details.