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

Children’s musical

“Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” will be performed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

The musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first polkadot in all the Square school, she faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. Her quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected friendship.

Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, this show serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

The Create. Inspire. Change Theater Company is performing this musical adventure.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Concert in the meadow

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will welcome Women in World Jazz at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

This international ensemble of all-female performers showcases music from around the world. The ensemble’s goal is to give the audience a taste of different cultures from around the globe through the expression of music and dance and this performance will feature the music of Cape Verde.

The performance will consist of two 40-minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.

Further information can be found at or at 617-262-1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Strings ensemble to perform

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present the Boston String Academy Ensemble in concert at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display “The Wait,” works by Liz Shepherd, from June 13 through July 15.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

This exhibit explores the artist’s search for meaning in the aftermath of long days attending a dying parent. The installation uses Shepherd’s printmaking expertise as a springboard. Grids of small etchings recall the now absent figure; four large paintings on panel are in dialogue with the etchings on a facing wall. Painstakingly constructed silk-screened paper mâché chairs hover and seem to evaporate into a silk-screened mural landscape.

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

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

Noir Hamlet

Centastage will perform “Noir Hamlet” from June 14 to 30 at the Boston Center for Arts, Plaza Theater, 539 Tremont St.

“Noir Hamlet” is a new and wild re-imagining of the Shakespeare classic written by local playwright John Minigan. The action takes place in 1949 in the City of Angels where Hamlet must get the better of rival detective Paolo Niro, discover the truth of his father’s death, keep his mother Gertrude from marrying the guy who may have aced him and hold on to the love of his secretary.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. A special performance at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18 is pay-what-you-can with a $10 minimum.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-426-5000.

Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will display a photo exhibition “Estelas de María” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

WBUR reporter Simón Rios and photographers Jessica Rinaldi and Jesse Costa visited Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The team documented the country’s destruction and reconstruction after the storms. This exhibition will feature photos from their travels across Puerto Rico, during which they looked at how local fundraising efforts affected the natives.

Admission to the gallery is free.

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

Starring Bette Davis

A series of films starring Hollywood legend Bette Davis is being screened from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays during June at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The films will include the melodrama “Dark Victory” co-starring Humphrey Bogart on June 15; “The Letter” with Herbert Marshall on June 22; and the Oscar-nominated “The Little Foxes” on June 29.

For more information, call 617-536-8241.

South End garden tour

The 25th South End garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, rain or shine.

Located in the country’s largest district of surviving brick Victorian row houses, this popular neighborhood event provides an opportunity to explore some of the South End’s most spectacular private outdoor spaces. Visitors will thread through alleys and walkways for a self-guided, behind-the-scenes look at gardens ranging from intimate, informal and even quirky spaces designed by resident gardeners, to the work of noted landscape designers, many of which are open to the public only on the day of this tour.

The self-guided garden tour will begin at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., and features gardens in an area bounded by Dartmouth Street, Columbus Avenue, Rutland Square and Tremont Street.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour, with discounts for Trustee of Reservation members.

Proceeds will benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Gardens through the Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit organization supporting community gardens and urban green spaces.

For further information, visit or call 617-542-7696.

Book sale

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

Gently used books and audio visual materials for adults and juveniles will be on sale for $1 for hardbound books, 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for DVDs. Special editions will cost from $5 to $10.

Proceeds will support the children and teen programs of the branch.

Visit or call 617-536-8241 for more details.

Open market

The 15th season of the Sowa Open Market is open at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

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