Here are the latest South end - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
OperaHub and the Diva Museum is presenting “Divas,” a new theatre work by Laura Neill with musical selections ranging from Purcell to Puccini at 8 p.m. on 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.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $13 below age 30 and $10 for Arts EBT.
Call 617-982-2952 or visit www.operahub.org to purchase tickets and for more information.
Centastage is performing “Noir Hamlet” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 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.
Further information is available at www.bcaonline.org or by calling 617-426-5000.
Starring Humphrey Bogart
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen a series of classic films starring Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays in July.
The featured films will include the Oscar-winning “Casablanca” co-starring Ingrid Bergman, on July 6; “The Big Sleep” with Lauren Bacall on Friday, July 13; John Huston’s “The Maltese Falcon” co-starring Mary Astor on July 20 and “Dark Passage” also with Bacall, on July 27.
Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for more information.
Latin American beats
Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS will host the 13th annual Tito Puente Music Series at 7 p.m. on July 5 and 12 at O’Day Playground, West Newton Street.
Zayra Pola, dubbed “the Queen of Timbales” in her native Puerto Rico for her rhythmic beats and melodious voice, will perform on July 5.
The July 12 show will feature Orquesta el Macabeo, a sensation of the current Puerto Rican salsa scene. The band has recovered the island’s salsa tradition and updated it with new ideas and the energy of its 11 musicians, who have backgrounds in punk rock, ska and reggae.
In case of rain the concert will be moved to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 617-927-1707 or visit www.ibaboston.org.
First Friday open studios
The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6 for First Friday programs.
Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works. Artwork will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.
Admission is free. Parking is available.
Visit www.sowaartistsguild.com for more information.
The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 in the park, West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.
Children will play real instruments with Little Groove such as drums, shakers, and tambourines while they dance, sing, and groove to songs about playtime, sleepy time, trains and planes, rainbows, pigs, monkeys, butterflies, ducks and dogs. They will use their bodies and voices to sing along to catchy songs that help them build important motor and social skills. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the musical experience.
For more information, visit www.titussparrowpark.org/kids or call 617-262-1120.
Legends of the summer
The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.
Legends of Summer is a Boston band playing legendary dance, pop, rock and hip hop – plus all the classics – from six of Berklee College of Music’s finest professional musicians. From Jay Z and Beyonce to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, the band will cover decades of party music in every performance, featuring keys, drums, guitar, bass, sax and male and female vocalists.
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 www.titussparrowpark.org or at 617-262-1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.
The Friends of Hayes Park invite friends and neighbors to a summer potluck dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the park at the corner of West Canton Street and Warren Avenue.
Beverages, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers along with condiments will be available. Attendees are requested to bring a favorite side dish or a dessert to share. There will also be live musical entertainment with the Stacey Peasley Band.
Visit www.hayespark.org for more information.
Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 12, 19 and 26 at Peters Park, Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue.
Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov or 617-635-4505.
Music in the park
Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, is hosting a children’s music series from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays from now 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 www.childehassampark.com.
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 www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617-482-7781.
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 www.sowaboston.com for more information.
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.