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

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from Aug. 5 through 10 and Aug. 12 through 17.

Dine Out Boston features a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Participating restaurants in the South End will include Beehive, Cinquecento, Metropolis, Gaslight Brassiere du Coin and more. Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, MLK Boston.

For more information and reservations, visit

Children’s author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome award-winning author Ralph Masiello in a free program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.

Masiello will lead children, ages 5 and older, in a series of baseball-themed drawing techniques. Materials will be provided, but space is limited.

Call 617-536-8241 to register and for more information.

Kids’ concert in the park

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program with Kira Helper from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the park on West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.

The morning will feature a family-friendly and interactive, multicultural performance by Kira Helper, one of the Music Center’s music therapists.

For more information, visit or call 617-262-1120.

Music in the park

Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, is hosting a children’s music series from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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

For more details, visit

One-man show

The Fellowship for Performing Arts will present “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert” at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 551 Tremont St., at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, from Aug. 8 through 12.

After sold-out performances in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., awarding-winning actor Max McLean will bring his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis to Boston. Using Lewis’ own words, McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’ extraordinary theatrical journey from vigorous debunker of faith to one of the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-426-5000.

Steel drums

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening with Pan Neubean Steel at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Boston’s premier steel drum band Pan Neubean Steel will perform in a variety of music genres including reggae, jazz, soca, classical, calypso, contemporary and soul.

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.

Gangsters in film

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host the “Original Gangster” film series from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays during August.

The library will screen “White Heat” starring James Cagney on Aug. 10; “I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” with Paul Muni on Aug. 17; “Touch of Evil” with Charleton Heston and Orson Welles on Aug. 24 and “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” starring Jason Robards and George Segal on Aug. 31.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Contemporary dance fest

The sixth annual Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will be held at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the

The afternoon Boston showcase will feature local ensembles and troupes and the evening national showcase will feature professional dance companies carefully selected from across the country. A host of talented dance companies will perform, including Alexander Davis, the Boston Community Dance Project, Kariography, Paula Meola Dance, Urbanity Dance, Ariel Rivka Dance, Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu, the LV Dance Collective of San Francisco and many more.

Camille A. Brown and Dancers will headline the evening performance.

For a complete list of artists and further information, visit or call 617-572-3727.

Historic South End tour

The South End Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour with John Neale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Walkers will join SEHS historian Neale for a walking tour down Washington Street to discuss its history from a narrow isthmus to a major thoroughfare. The starting location will be given upon RSVP, by e-mail to

Admission is free.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-536-4445.

Sculpture and poetry

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Breath and Matter,” poet and sculptor collaborations, from now through Aug. 12.

A concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. Each sculptor and each poet has created a new work in response to his or her partner’s art or writing. The exhibit is about the essence of inspiration and is a unique collaboration between two art forms: poetry, which is ephemeral and sculpture, which is concrete. The sculptors interpret in form what the poets have alluded to in words, using materials as varied as silk, steel, bronze, rawhide, granite, wood, wax, glass, light and sound. The wide range of poetry encompasses hip-hop, free verse, rhymed couplets and ekphrastic poetry, which is a tradition of vivid verbal descriptions of works of art.

Participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate; Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston; Danielle Legros Georges, current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston; Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska; Anaïs Duplan, founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies; and Dany Crosby Baez.

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

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

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.