South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Mexican love ballads

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion will host Armando Manzanero in concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St.

A world-renowned singer and musician, Manzanero is celebrated as the foremost Mexican love ballad composer in the world. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 after producing work for major artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Andrea Bocelli over the course of his career.

Tickets are $20 to $30 and are available at or by calling 617-927-1737.

Neighborhood cleanup

Love Your Block, formerly Boston Shines, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, meeting at Franklin Square Park and the Boston Center for the Arts.

Participants can drop by the BCA Plaza at 551 Tremont St. and pick up city-supplied brooms, rakes and trash bags and enjoy coffee and treats before heading out to clean up the neighborhood.

To signup online, visit

SoWa Artwalk

The 13th annual SoWa ArtWalk will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 on Harrison Avenue between East Berkeley and Plympton streets.

The ArtWalk will feature more than 300 artists of the SoWa Artist Guild, Boston’s most vibrant arts community, opening their studios or displaying their work throughout the area. Works will include sculpture, clothing, paintings, jewelry and more, all one-of-a-kind-hand crafted artwork. Stores, cafes, boutiques and restaurants will take part by hosting artists, displaying their artwork and offering special discounts.

The ArtWalk is free and open to the public.

Further information can be found at

Open market

The 15th season of the Sowa Open Market will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 28.

The market will host 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.

This year will feature Boston’s first ever Beer Barn, a beer hall and taproom housed in the SoWa Power Station. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, it will showcase a curated selection of local brews and ciders. There will also be workshops and entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.

May Day celebration

The Friends of Hayes Park will present a special May Day in the Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

The celebrations will feature Morris dancing, lots of children’s activities, including face painting and arts and crafts and music for young and old with the Stacy Peasley Band.

Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-5557 for further information.

Author talk

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Megan Marshall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 as part of the South End Writes series.

Best-selling historian Marshall will read from her new book “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,” the biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer considered one of the finest poets of the 20th century.

Marshall is a professor at Emerson College, historian, writer and biographer. Her first biography “The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism” earned her a place as a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography. She is also the author of “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.”

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

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Johanthan Derry and Laura Evans from May 9 through June 10.

An artists’ reception and talk will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 and a concert featuring the Black Sheep Ensemble will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

In “As Above, So Below,” Derry explores the notion that oppositional forces can be complimentary and interconnected. The oppositional play of material and form creates tension, manifesting in visual motifs such as black and white, heavy and light, over and under, wherein two disparate ideas must co-exist.

Evans’ solo exhibition “Greater Than,” is an expansive mixed media installation. Similar to many of her previous installations and sculptural work, this work utilizes humble materials and simple hand-built methods to create unexpected dynamic work that activates the whole gallery space. Related small sculptures will also be on view.

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

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

Baseball movies

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will celebrate the return of baseball to Fenway Park with a series baseball films from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays during May.

The library will screen “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford on May 11; the comedy “Bull Durham” with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon on May 18; and “Mr. Baseball” with Tom Selleck on May 25.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Student concert

The Student Ensemble from the Community Music Center of Boston will perform in the sixth annual family concert from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

All are welcome to hear the talented student musicians and their teachers in this free performance. Children will be able to meet the musicians and their instruments after the concert. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 617-536-8241 or visit

Faculty art show

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts announces a new partnership with Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s South End, where they will present faculty artwork twice a year. The gallery is at 460 Harrison Ave. #B6.

The partnership will kick off with “Attention to Detail” showcasing three painting and printmaking faculty members: Maggie Carberry Pasquan, Sean Dunstan-Halliday and Vicki Kocher Paret, whose attention to detail creates mesmerizing works of art.

An artists’ talk will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

The exhibition is open now through May 27.

For more information, visit or call 617-524-3313.

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features the South End Historical Society and is focused on historic Chester Square between Tremont Street and Shawmut Avenue.

The display features maps of the once-unified square and it surroundings dating from 1912.

A flat screen displays a continuing loop of historic South End images from 1972, when the SEHS received its historic designation from the National Register of Historic Places. That was when every building in the South End existing at that time was photographed. Some of the books on display about South End history will be available for sale inside the library.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Help at Titus Sparrow Park

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park seeks help with park activities. The group provides concerts and events in one of the South End’s most used and beloved open spaces. Some areas that need volunteers are: organizing and helping with Easter and winter parties, coordinating children’s tennis lessons, clean ups, graphic design and various board positions.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Steven Sloan at or visit