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

Musical performance

Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St., will present “Lavender” by Audrey Harrer from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

“Lavender” is a cross-modal musical performance that celebrates how experience shapes and guides us; the feeling of soft linen, the slam of a door, a party, an ending the smell of a perfume. In this multi-sensory work, customized refreshments, soundscapes, cinematic projections and a “Sensory Program” provide a backdrop to mirrored pairs of performers, Harrer on harp/vocals/electronics with cellist Jesse Christeson, complimented by dancers Kristin Wagner and Tony Guglietti. A prologue will be performed by writer/humorist Jeannie Greeley.

Admission is $20.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sculptor showcase

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Julia Shepley and Marilu Swett now through June 9.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 and a First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 7.

Shepley’s work “Strata,” features dimensional prints, cast paper reliefs and bamboo structures that are stitched, layered and collaged. The work highlights her trademark process: the stratification of material, imagery and mark-making to give the illusion of depth and transience.

In her exhibition “Bump and Swag,” Swett’s new work reflects recent stresses in the natural and cultural realms. Biological entities have physical reactions to stress. Last summer she had the opportunity to work in rural Minnesota. The heavily worked agricultural landscape, contemporary farming practices and old and new farm equipment evoked new imagery for the artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to 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 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12.

More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave., in the SoWa Art and Design District. Visitors can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original contemporary 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

Multimedia exhibit

La Galeria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will present “Walls on Fire/Paredes en Fuego” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

The community is invited to the Youth Program End of Cycle Celebration as they use art to make their voices heard in this multimedia exhibit. They channeled their fears, dreams, moods and powerful perceptions to create a special exhibit of visual and performing arts.

For the first time ever, the artwork from IBA’s youth programs will be for sale. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-927-1737 for more information.

Musical theater

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present “Old and New: Musical Theater Classical to Contemporary” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

The program will include classics by Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim, and more, as well as contemporary pieces by Kander and Ebb and Jason Robert Brown. Samantha Gambaccini, mezzo soprano, will be the featured performer.

Admission is free.

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

Sewing lessons

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host sewing “crafternoons” from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays from May 17 through 31.

Kelli Bos, teacher and master seamstress, will lead the classes for children, ages 6 – 12, teens and adults. Bos will show basic stitches and techniques to learn on a sewing machine and help with sewing projects. There will be sewing machines and fabrics available to use.

Space is limited; call the library at 617-536-8241 for more information.

Friday matinees

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen recent releases from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during May.

Featured will be “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz on May 17; “The Motorcycle Diaries” with Gael Garcia Bernal on May 24 and “Frida,” the story of Frida Kahlo starring Selma Hayek, on May 31.

Call 617-536-8241 for more details.

Open market

The 16th season of the Sowa Open Market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 27.

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 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 live entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

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.