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

Spring ensembles concert

The Community Music Center of Boston will present the spring ensembles concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Roland Hayes School of Music, 55 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing.

The chamber orchestra, senior wind ensemble and intermediate string ensemble along with others will perform in a free program.

For more details, visit or call 617-482-6267.

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, March 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.

Taste of the South End

The 22nd annual Taste of the South End will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

This benefit will bring together more than 40 restaurants for one spectacular evening of food, wine and fun. Participants will sample bite-sized noshes and enjoy live cooking demonstrations. In addition to the food and wine samplings, there will be a silent auction with items including trips, dinner for two at several leading restaurants, weekend getaways, cookware sets, wine and caviar gift sets. VIP tickets will include early entry to the tasting room and special VIP benefits.

Proceeds from this evening will benefit the Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 857-313-6733, visit or send an email to

Latina artist to exhibit

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is hosting “My Journey” by Betty Francisco, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

The gallery is displaying never-before-seen artwork by influential Latinx community leader and decorated attorney, Betty Francisco.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-927-1722 for more information.

Movie matinees

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is showing free movies from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 22 and 29.

The library will screen Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning “The Departed” starring Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio on March 22 and Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” with Albert Finney and Ingrid Bergman the following week.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.


The South End Stringfest will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the More Than Words Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley St.

The Soul Yatra Trio, Boston String Academy and Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program will perform in a free South End Stringfest.

Visit for more details.

Music of Handel

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium will perform Handel’s “Dixit Dominus HWV 232” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

Dixit Dominus is a psalm setting by Handel that uses the Latin text of Psalm 110, which begins with the words Dixit Dominus (“The Lord Said”). The work was written in the Baroque style and is scored for five vocal soloists , five-part chorus, strings and continuo.

Admission is free. Visit or call 888-266-1200 for more information.

Festival of women’s voices

The Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theater, 539 Tremont St., will host the second annual “She Said………A Festival of Women’s Voices” from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and 2:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

This year, the festival will feature staged readings by women identified playwrights and is taking place in March in commemoration of Women’s History Month.

Although this event is free to attend, a donation of $20 for each day or $40 for the entire weekend is suggested, to help ensure that the center can continue to provide vibrant and inclusive programming.

A complete schedule of performances can be found online at or by calling 617-526-5000.

Sculpture exhibition

Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Gods, Totems and Tricksters,” works by Joe Caruso, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

A photography workshop will be offered in conjunction with the show at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Following the workshop, the Black Sheep contemporary music ensemble will perform from 2 to 3 p.m.

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.

All are welcome.

Further information can be found at

Broadway musical

The Speakeasy Stage Company is presenting the Tony Award-winning msuical “Once” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 and 7:30 p.m on Sunday, now through March 31 at the Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

This enchanting tale of an unexpected romance between a down-on-his-luck Dublin street musician and a lively Czech immigrant is brought to life by an exceptional ensemble of actor/musicians. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show is a story about the importance of going for our dreams and the power of music to connect us.

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

Fibers and fabrics

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts is hosting the faculty exhibition “Fibers and Fabrics” from now until March 31 at Galatea Fine Arts, 460 Harrison Ave.

Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau and Kristina Goransson are showcasing work at the intersection of fibers and sculptures: narrative-based textile wall hangings, 3D sculptural forms that blend needlework with found objects and elegant wall hangings of sculpted felt.

Hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

The talk and exhibition are free, but reservations to the talk are requested, online at or by calling 617-524-3313.

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.

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.

Tax help

Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., now 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.