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

Local author at the library

Acclaimed author Suzanne Berne will be the guest of the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., in a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as part of the South End Writes series.

Berne will read from her latest book “Dogs of Littlefield.” She is the author of “The Ghost at the Table” and “A Perfect Arrangement,” as well as “A Crime in the Neighborhood” that won the U.K.’s prestigious Orange Prize. She is the fiction editor of “The Harvard Review.”

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

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

Improving credit scores

United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Ave., will present “Credit Matters: Tips to Build Your Score” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The USES coaching team, in partnership with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment and Boston Builds Credit, will offer a free credit report and financial check-up. Participants must bring their social security number and proof of identification, and the experts will give them tips on how to improve their finances.

This program is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melody Valdes at 617-375-8144 or by email to

Comedy movie

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen the comedy film “Sister Act” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Chorus cabaret

The annual Boston Gay Men’s Chorus cabaret “Thank You for Being a Friend” will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 and at 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Club Café’s Moonshine Room, 209 Columbus Ave. Doors open one hour before the performances.

A special VIP fundraising performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and café seating.

A dozen soloists from the chorus will perform their favorite television shows over the years, in a relaxed cabaret setting.

Visit or call 617-542-7464 for more information.

Fiber arts exhibit

United South End Settlements is hosting “The Theresa Show” now through March 29 at the Harriet Tubman Gallery, 566 Columbus Ave.

The Theresa Show is an annual exhibition honoring the late Theresa-India Young, a local fiber artist whose interest was to preserve the art, history and diverse culture of weaving.

Participating artists represent diversity in perspective, styles, processes and material usage while also illustrating the perpetual beauty of fiber arts. The range of materials and subject matter are open and include surface design, woven, quilts, stitching, handmade papermaking or any other contemporary art fiber technique, along with 2D work.

This show and silent auction raises funds for the Theresa-¬India Young Fiber Arts Scholarship at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The auction and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Call 617-375-8159 or visit for further information.

Children’s theater

The Boston Children’s Theatre is presenting the musical “The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through Feb. 23 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. February school vacation performances will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20 through 22.

Newly adapted for the stage, “The Runaway Bunny” is the heartwarming tale of a mother’s reassurances to always run after and find her “little bunny,” no matter how he tries to run away from home and evade her.

The show features endearing characters, stunning scenic effects and original music by Paul Lewis and Gabe Carbajal that will provide young audiences with an introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 617-424-6634.

Sculpture exhibition

Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Gods, Totems and Tricksters,” works by Joe Caruso, now through March 24.

A First Friday reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on March 1.

The show features sculptural assemblages representing Gods and power figures that reflect man’s enduring belief in the sacred and his strong connection to the natural world.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All are welcome.

Further information can be found at

Musical parody

The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting “Spamilton: An American Parody” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m on Sunday, now through April 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

This parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit “Forbidden Broadway” has been tearing it up in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. “Spamilton: An American Parody” will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in Boston for a limited time only.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 617-526-5000.

Tax help

Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., from Feb. 12 to April 11.

AARP volunteers will help in the electronic filing of simple 2018 Federal and Massachusetts tax returns. Appointments will be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 617-536-8241 to schedule an appointment or visit for more 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.