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

Student recital

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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

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

South End new construction

As part of Boston Preservation Month activities, a free South End new construction walking tour will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20. Walkers will meet at the Delux Café, 100 Chandler St.

A longtime Boston Landmark commissioner and a South End Landmark District Commission staff preservationist will lead a walking tour of the South End Landmark District, using it as a case study for new construction in a historic district, explaining what makes a building a “South End building” and demonstrating through many examples how new construction, even contemporary new construction, can best express itself as a “district” building.

The tour will be held rain or shine. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes.

For more information and to register, send an email to or call 617-921-5579.

Community conversation

United South End Settlements, 48 Rutland St., will host community conversations at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

All are invited to hear president and CEO Maicharia Weir Lytle share information about USES and their Vision125 plan.

For more information, email or call 0617-536-8610

Album release

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will welcome an album release by jazz alto saxophonist Patricia Zárate-Pérez at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at Oberon, 2 Arrow St.

The album features works Zárate-Pérez has been writing for the past decade, alongside her band mates, Ben Street and Fernando Huergo on bass, Adam Cruz and Nate Winn on drums, Jorge Perez on percussion, Carlos Capacho on Venezuelan cuatro and Lucia Pulido on vocals.

The special guest is bass virtuoso John Patitucci and the record is produced by Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Perez, who also plays piano on the recording.

As the first Chilean woman to graduate from Berklee College of Music, Zárate-Pérez trained under well-known saxophonists such as Jerry Bergonzi and Jackie McLean. She has performed all over the world, including Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, Conservatory of Paris and the Havana Jazz Festival.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at Call 617-927-1737 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 “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.

Neighborhood gala

United South End Settlements will host the annual Neighborhood Gala from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Heart of SoWa, 365 Albany St.

Festivities will include delicious food from more than 15 South End restaurants, signature cocktails, games, dancing, mingling with neighbors and a chance to support the innovative work of USES, including Camp Hale, the early childhood education program, job training, financial workshops, afterschool programming and more.

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 617-536-8610

Sewing lessons

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

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.

Sculptor showcase

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

A First Friday reception will be held 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.

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.