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

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.

Mayor’s coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Elliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Jazz in the meadow

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will welcome the Fifth Season Quartet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Plamen Karadonev and his jazz ensemble will perform. Their debut album “Crossing Lines” received national and international recognition among jazz critics and musicians. Their music is influenced by Eastern European folklore, classical music including some 20th century composers, jazz and other contemporary styles.

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.

Music festival

As part of the fifth annual Make Music Boston Festival, live musical entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at the plaza at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Childe Hassam Park, 324 Columbus Ave.

Musicians at the BCA will include classical and jazz musician Federico Balducci; indie-folk singer/songwriter Kelli Eagan; blues group Harmonica Mass Appeal; and world music ensemble Box Not Found. Soul and pop singer Melissa Fine and rock and pop performer Kyle Bourque will entertain at Childe Hassam Park.

Make Music Boston is a program of Kadence Arts, a Boston-based non-profit organization.

Further information on this free festival and a schedule of performances can be found at

World premiere

OperaHub and the Diva Museum will present “Divas,” new theatre work by Laura Neill with musical selections ranging from Purcell to Puccini, from June 21 to 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

This world premiere play with opera music finds nine great opera divas from across three centuries locked together in the afterlife, pitted against each other to fight for the soul of opera. It is a hilarious and often poignant showcase of larger-than-life women whose voices reverberate across the centuries, packed with true stories and gorgeous music and fashion.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $13 below age 30 and $10 for Arts EBT.

Call 617-982-2952 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Smartphone workshop

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will host a workshop “Get the Most Use of Your Cellphone” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

This workshop covers the basics of smartphone use, demonstrating how to turn the phone on and off, making and receiving calls, adding and searching contacts and changing the ringer volume. It will also introduce apps — what they are, how to download them and their associated costs.

Admission is free.

Visit www or call 617-399-1964 for more information.

Starring Bette Davis

A series of films starring Hollywood legend Bette Davis is being screened from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 22 and 29 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The films will include the melodrama “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.

Fête de la Musique

The Community Music Center of Boston will present the sixth annual Fête de la Musique in celebration of the summer solstice at seven locations from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

The first festival was held in Paris in 1982 and has become a worldwide celebration in more than 100 countries and five continents.

This is an opportunity to travel between sites and enjoy live music and visit galleries, businesses and restaurants in the South End. Musicians will fill the streets with a wide variety of music for all ages. There will be a festive block party on Warren Avenue with food, music and activities. Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed by the neighborhood, visitors and passersby.

The sites include Ringgold Park, Union Park, Childe Hassam Park, Frieda Garcia Park, Hayes Park, Watson Park and plaza at the Boston Center for the Arts.

An information table will be set up at 537 Tremont St., near the music center.

For more information about this free event, call 617-482-7494 visit

Food festival

The sixth annual Boston JerkFest will be held on Saturday, June 23 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St.

The Caribbean-style food festival will feature two sessions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m., celebrating all foods spicy and hot, with Caribbean, international and local food and drinks from top chefs.

The festival will also feature live music with steel bands and reggae bands; chefs’ demonstrations; a kids’ zone with art activities and games; a seafood throw-down; jerk cook-off competitions; and a sale of ethnic arts and crafts.

Tickets are $5 for children and $20 for adults. Proceeds will support Cambridge Carnival International, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.

For more information, visit or call 617-395-7680.

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “The Wait,” works by Liz Shepherd, from now 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 is performing “Noir Hamlet” now to June 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.

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.