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

New sculptures

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Jessica Straus and David A. Lang now through Jan. 27.

An artists’ and curator’s talk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Straus’s new work “Trans Atlantic” commemorates the long and strong alliance between France and the United States. The installation is both political and personal. Her parents met as a result of her American father’s participation as a soldier in the Normandy invasion and march into Paris, where he met the artist’s mother, a French student. For this exhibition, the walls and floor are clad in a room-sized World War II era map. A fleet of airplanes and an ocean liner crisscross the Atlantic carrying correspondence between the artist’s American and French families.

Lang’s exhibit “Flights of Fancy” includes Lang’s signature kinetic pieces which, when set off by motion detectors, come to life when closely inspected by viewers. Cunning wit and word play defining much of the work and many of the pieces reference classical mythology.

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 art studios

The artists of the SoWa Artists Guild will host a new event, SoWa Second Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13.

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

Local author at the library

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome local author Joan Diver from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 as part of the South End Writes series.

Diver will read from “When the Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey,” a book that is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Diver’s odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. Imbued with the wisdom of great spiritual teachers from both East and West, she shares a remarkable journey through urban violence, family crisis, physical pain and spiritual awakening.

Diver and her husband Colin are former South End residents who were featured in “A Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families,” the Pulitzer-Prize winning book about the 1970s school integration crisis in Boston by J. Anthony Lukas.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

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

Starring Clint Eastwood

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is screening movies starring Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 and 25.

The library will show Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western “For a Few Dollars More” with Lee Van Cleef on Jan. 18 and the award-winning drama “Gran Torino” with Bee Vang the following week.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Student recital

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in a free recital concert of seasonal music.

Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

Opera concert

The Luigi Pirandello Lyceum of Eastern Massachusetts will host the 22nd annual Italian opera concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge.

Sopranos Lisa Correnti and Meredith Hansen, tenors Giovanni Formisano and David Rivera-Bozon from Boston Bel Canto Opera, under the direction of South End resident Bradley Pennington, will perform favorite arias and duets from Italian operas.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

Send an email to for more information.

Benefit party

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., will host the “Prism” benefit party from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Jan. 25 in the Cyclorama. The snow date will be Feb. 1.

Winter’s hottest ticket will light up the Cyclorama with art and music from Boston’s most innovative artists. This immersive art experience and dance party will feature live performances, art installations, DJ sets, trademark cocktails and food from the hottest restaurants. Soul, funk and R&B band Soulelujah will headline the evening.

Tickets are $75 or $125 for VIP tickets. Parties of six or more can purchase discounted tickets.

All proceeds will support Boston Center for the Arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-426-1119 or visit

Off Broadway comedy

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is performing “Small Mouth Sounds” now to Feb. 2 at the Roberts Studio Theatre, 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.

Six strangers in search of serenity meet at a wellness retreat for what they all hope will be a life-changing five-day experience in this hit Off-Broadway comedy by Bess Wohl. This luminous and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

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

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit for January in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features books of mystery and suspense and thrillers.

Chosen by FOSEL board member Nick Altschuler, a suspense writer himself, the stories will all either take place in or around Boston, or be written by people from the area.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or or by calling 617-399-1962.