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

Art in the park

Artist Liliana Marquez will display her new works in the park from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street.

This exhibit is part of the South End Art Project, “Artists in the Park” sponsored by Friends of Childe Hassam Park. Visitors are invited to check out the artwork, listen to flamenco music and hang out with artists.

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Two-person drama

The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting “Niceties” by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St

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.

Odyssey opera unveiled

Celebrated conductor Gil Rose will be the guest of the South End Library, 685 Tremont St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of the South End Writes/the South End Invites authors’ series.

Rose, the artistic director of Odyssey Opera, will present an overview of the 2018-19 season of the opera series, including a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod with two of his operas, “The Queen of Saba” and “The Doctor in Spite of Himself.” Odyssey’s three spring 2019 operas are inspired by Helen of Troy: “Paris and Helen” by Christoph Willibald Gluck; “The Egyptian Helen” by Richard Strauss; and “The Beautiful Helen” by Jacques Offenbach.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

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Art book fair

The Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega will host the second annual Boston Art Book Fair from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

A preview party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Attendees will get the first look at the offerings while sipping drinks, experiencing pop-up readings and performances and enjoying the party atmosphere with local DJs. Tickets are $25.

International and local artists, thinkers, collectors and publishers will convene to celebrate and trade print in all forms—including art books, zines, prints, catalogs, and analog recordings. The fair will bring together exhibitors and collectors for a weekend of presentations and programming including workshops, book signings, screenings, panel discussions, performance art and music by local DJs. Admission to the book fair is free.

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Benefit luncheon

The 11th annual luncheon to benefit the Community Music Center of Boston will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the City Winery, 80 Beverly St.

The fundraiser will include live musical performances and the awarding of the John Kleshinski Prize to Mary Carney. Guests are invited for a three-course lunch coupled with specialty in-house produced wines. Lecolion Washington, executive director, will introduce CMCB’s upcoming year and award the John Kleshinski Prize.

A special invitation is extended to newcomers and those with young children to help toast a new year of music. This portion of the fundraiser runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and includes a glass of champagne and a concert by Say Darling. There will be an early childhood activity in an adjacent room, so the whole family is welcomed to join in the celebration.

Proceeds will benefit the John Kleshinski Memorial Fund, an endowment supporting CMCB’s faculty and guest artist concert series.

Call 617-482-7491, ext. 33 or visit for more information.

Open art studios

The artists of the SoWa Artists Guild will host a new event, SoWa Second Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave., in the SoWa Art + Design District. Visitors can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original art and buy directly from the artists. Works will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free and parking is available.

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South End urbanscape

Artist Leon Robinson will be the guest artist for the month of October at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

Robinson will display oils on canvas of the South End urbanscape during library hours. An opening reception for the public will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

For more information, call 617-536-8241.

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.

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.

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