Here are the latest South End neighborhood notes:

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.

Beer festival

Beer Advocate’s Belgian Beer Fest will be held from on Saturday, June 23 at the Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St. There will be two sessions: from noon to 3:30 p.m. and from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Attendees will discover everything from authentic Belgian ales to inspired American interpretations and twists on historical styles. Brewers will pour samples of beers ranging from classic Saisons to Quads, Lambics to Witbiers, Belgian styles inspired by American brewers and American styles inspired by Belgian brewers.

Tickets are $65 and include all beer samples, Govino drink ware and a fest guide. Attendees must be ages 21 plus with a valid I.D.

Visit for further details and to purchase tickets.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Karen Day from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 as part of the South End Writes series.

Karen Day will read from her first adult novel, “I’ll Stay,” the complex story of a college friendship that sparks a life-changing sacrifice that connects two women forever, even as it shatters their closeness. Day is also the author of young adult novels “A Million Miles From Boston,” “No Cream Puffs” and “Tall Tales.”

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

Music in the park

Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, will host a children’s music series from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays from June 27 through Aug. 8.

Children can experience the joy of creating and exploring sound through movement, song and play. Admission is free.

For more details, visit

Reggae sounds

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Dub Apocalypse, an instrumental dub reggae band and winners of the Boston Music Award, will perform. The band has appeared at many clubs and festivals throughout New England and was named “One of 10 Local Acts You Need To Hear Now” by The Improper Bostonian.

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.

Science magic

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host “Science Magic” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

An educator from the Museum of Science will help children investigate the science behind several classic magic tricks, such as snatching a tablecloth without disturbing the dishes or use electromagnetism to defy gravity. The program is best for children ages 6 and older.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 617-536-8241 to register and for more details.

After Hurricane Maria

La Galeria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will host a panel discussion on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

Attendees will learn about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico from notable Puerto Rican community leaders. Panelists Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Jossie Valentin, Gladys Rodriguez-Parker and Pedro Reina-Perez will discuss the challenges of recovery for Puerto Rico. WBUR reporter Simon Rios will moderate the discussion.

Admission is free.

Visit www or call 617-927-1737 for more information.

World premiere

OperaHub and the Diva Museum is presenting “Divas,” new theatre work by Laura Neill with musical selections ranging from Purcell to Puccini, now to June 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.

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “The Wait,” works by Liz Shepherd, from now through July 15.

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.