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

Open studios

The 32nd annual South End Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at various sites, including the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., 450 Harrison Ave., 535 Albany St. 35/59 Wareham St. and 46 Waltham St.

Sponsored by the United South End Artists, the weekend provides a backstage pass to visit studios and meet artists who work in Boston’s most exciting artists’ community. More than 200 artists will display paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, clothing design and bookbinding.

Visitors to the open studios can walk easily from building to building. Free guides listing the location of artists and galleries as well as a free mobile app to enhance the open studios experience will be available. Volunteers at the BCA plaza and at 560 Harrison Ave. will direct walkers to the sites.

For more details, visit

Introduction to meditation

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St, will offer a four-week introduction to meditation class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6.

All are welcome to attend this progressive introduction class. Admission is free.

Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Greek festival

The annual South End Greek Festival will be held from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 15 Union Park St.

The festival will offer family fun with lots of homemade Greek food, including souvlaki, pastries, roast lamb and authentic Greek gyro. Other activities will include live music with the Greek Music Ensemble, dance performances, church tours, games, prizes and a bazaar.

Byzantine art and icons will be on view.

For more information, call 617-536-5692 or visit

Lager beer festival

The inaugural Lager Beer Festival will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The festival will highlight more than 30 lager beers. This 21-plus event will also feature food for sampling and purchase. Breweries will include Jack’s Abbey, Brooklyn Brewery, Moat Mountain, Dirigo Brewing Company, Von Trapp, Cisco Brewers, Castle Island Brewing Co., Foolproof Brewing and more.

Tickets are $55.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-5000.

Boston’s hidden history

The South End Historical Society will welcome author and history buff Dina Vargo for a discussion of her new book “Hidden History of Boston” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the society’s offices, 532 Massachusetts Ave.

Boston is one of America’s most historic cities, but it has quite a bit of unseen past. Riotous mobs celebrated their hatred of the pope in an annual celebration called Pope’s Night during the colonial era. A centuries-long turf war played out on the streets of quiet Chinatown, ending in the massacre of five men in a back alley in 1991. And William Monroe Trotter published the Boston Guardian, an independent African American newspaper, and was a beacon of civil rights activism at the turn of the century. Vargo will shine a light into these stories and others in the cobwebbed corners of Boston’s hidden history.

Admission is free.

To RSVP, call 617-536-4445 or by email to

South End walking tour

Boston by Foot will offer a walking tour of the South End of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Participants will meet at the plaza across from the entrance to the Back Bay MBTA station on Dartmouth Street.

The South End was Boston’s first big land-making project designed for new housing for Boston’s growing upper class. It is based on an English plan, with lovely parks and squares framed by rows of houses. With one of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the country, the latter parts of the 1800s brought a wonderful array of brick row houses of many different architectural styles to the South End.

After Back Bay provided a newer and more fashionable place to live, the South End evolved into an area occupied by many different immigrant groups. Major institutions, like the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Boston City Hospital, came into the South End to serve these new populations. .

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for members.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Back to school films

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will celebrate Back to School with free films from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 28.

The library will show John Hughes’ iconic ’80s drama (celebrating its 30th anniversary) “The Breakfast Club” with Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald on Sept. 21 and the award winning “Akeelah and the Bee” with Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne on Sept. 28.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Award-winning drama

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is performing “Between Riverside and Crazy” now to Oct. 13 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ dark urban comedy explores, with street-smart wit and disarming tenderness, the slippery nature of justice and the grit it takes to move on. In an effort to hang on to one of Manhattan’s last great rent-stabilized apartments, ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington does battle with a dazzling array of outlandish characters.

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

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features an installation about the Ayer Mansion on Commonwealth Avenue, the only surviving building designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Longtime South End resident, community activist and former Friends of the South End Library board member, Jeanne Pelletier, has been instrumental in its restoration.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Resident artists

Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave., will show the art of eight Laconia Lofts resident artists during September.

Featured artists are Jean-Pierre Angel, David Binder, Jane Cooper Brayton, Barbara Corkey, Lisa Costanzo, Cynthia Kozdeba, Liette Marcil, Dan Roy, Joan Resnikoff, Deena Schnitman, Alex Tisserand and Donna Veverka

Gallery hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.

The gallery will also be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for USEA Open Studios on Sept. 16 and 17.

Visit for more information.

Sculptor exhibition

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Peter DeCamp Haines and Amy Archambault now through Sept. 30.

A reception with the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Haines will display “More Fish Than Usual,” a solo exhibition of new bronze sculptures. It continues the artist’s exploration of the formal aspects of sculpture in an abstract “modernist” style. Haines meticulously crafts his sculptures, carving the bronzes after casting, refining the forms until they are “true. ”

Archambault’s exhibition “16 on Center” features an immersive installation that explores the creation of constructed space through the lens of the artist’s roles as a mother and home renovator.

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

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

Two-person drama

The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting “Niceties” by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess, now through Oct. 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

In this explosive story, a black student and a white professor meet to discuss a paper about slavery’s role in the American Revolution. Their polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege and social justice.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 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.