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

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.

Further information can be found at

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.

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.

For more information, visit

Dog portraits

Artist Jessica Perry Lang will create dog portraits in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street.

Visit or send an email to for more information.

Hayes Park fundraiser

The 23rd annual Hayes Park fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The evening will feature a wine tasting, appetizers, live music and neighborly good cheer. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends of Hayes Park.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Fine arts show

The 22nd annual Boston International Fine Art Show will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

A gala premiere will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Art for Justice Fund. Patrons will enjoy fine food, wine, festive music and a chance to be the first to view the artworks.

More than 40 galleries from the United States, Europe and Canada will offer artwork in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, glass, ceramics and fine prints. There will be guest speakers and panel discussions throughout the weekend, a bistro café and complimentary catalogue, lectures, coat check and re-admission. Tickets are $15 and children under 12 admitted free.

For further information, visit or call 617-363-0405. Valet and discount parking will be available.

Sci fi films

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen Science Fiction films from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 26.

The library will show “Children of Men” with on Oct. 19 and the sci fi classic film “Dune” the following week. Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Benefit performance

“Twist & Shout,” an evening of dance, spoken word and music to celebrate 24 years of the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwell Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the performances starting at 8 p.m.

Featured will be the Nia Dance Troupe, Girlz of Imani, Imani Jr. and Aleye Boyz Troupe in new works by Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, Britney Wilkerson and Muadi B. Dibinga. There will also be a special guest performance by Demetrius Burns. The evening will honor Janine Busby, David C. Howse, Jose Mateo and Liz Miranda.

Admission is $100 for VIP and the reception, $75 premium seating and $50 for performance seating.

Visit or call 617-541-1875 for more details and to purchase tickets.

House tour

The South End Historical Society will hold its 50th annual South End house tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, rain or shine, beginning at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The popular, self-guided walking tour of private homes and public spaces in Boston’s historic South End allows participants to tour private row houses and glimpse the interiors of these unique historic homes. Tour goers are given a ticket that gains them admission to the homes, a guidebook with descriptions of the homes and a map of the tour route so they can take the tour at their own pace.

Visitors are free to follow the self-guided tour in any order. Food, drink, smoking, strollers and photography are not allowed inside the homes.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance online at or $35 on the day from Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 679 Tremont St.

Proceeds will benefit the society’s efforts to preserve the neighborhood’s architectural integrity and promote its rich social history.

For more information, visit or call 617-536-4445.

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.

Visit for more information.