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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.

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 Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

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.

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, 527 Tremont St., at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 and 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.

Cookout, fair

The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts will host the annual cookout and community health fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 at Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St.

This free, family-friendly cookout will celebrate healthy initiatives. The afternoon will be filled with fun and useful activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, live music, backpacks for youth, exercise programs, family resource and employment vendors, free health screening checkups and raffles and giveaways.

Visit or call 617-927-1722 for more information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from 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

Kids’ concert in the park

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program with Wayne Potash from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 in the park on West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.

Wayne and his rock ‘n’ roll band will put on a high energy show that involve young audiences with sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping and lots of fun.

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

Countdown to kindergarten

A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

Children entering kindergarten in the Boston public schools and their caregivers are invited to attend the celebration and join in the fun. They should wear their yellow “I Am Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more details.

‘Music on the Square’

The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will present “Music on the Square!” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16.

The community is invited to enjoy music on a summer evening in the park on Worcester Square. They can bring a picnic snack, meet their neighbors and enjoy the breeze under the trees.

Further information can be found at

New play

Also Known As Theatre will present “A Good Death” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, from Aug. 17 to 31 at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

The play is a compelling and human take that explores identity and estrangement, the conflict between science and faith and the power of familial bonds. The play received a workshop at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival and received critical acclaim for both its strong writing and its empathy towards all characters involved.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-426-5000.

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 “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.

Sculpture and poetry

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Breath and Matter,” poet and sculptor collaborations, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 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.

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.