Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
SoWa Artists events
The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7 for First Friday programs.
Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works.
Artwork includes paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture. Admission is free. Parking is available.
There is also the SoWa Second Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9 with more than 80 artists opening their studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District. Meet the artists, see a wide variety of original contemporary art and buy art from the people who make it.
Visit www.sowaartistsguild.com or facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild for more information.
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. on Wednesdays to Sundays.
Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617-482-7781.
Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.
The next workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).
For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.
Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.
The Street Theory Underground Mural Project Launch will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 25 Evans Way.
Street Theory is a creative agency transforming more than 100,000 square feet of Boston’s underutilized walls into a unique urban park and visual playground between Boston's South End and South Boston neighborhoods.
Street Theory will present a panel talk-back, DJ and multi-media installation in Calderwood Hall. Join the discussion with locally and internationally renowned street-artists, Massachusetts-based mural festival organizers and city stakeholders on the impact of street art on the urban landscape, communities and the people who live in them.
The event is free, but registration is required. Visit gardnermuseum.org to register.
For more information, visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/amplifier-project-20190615.
The Titanic Theater Company will present “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays through June 16 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theater, 539 Tremont St.
A young and successful television actor moves to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. He is offered the chance to play Hamlet onstage, but he hates Hamlet. To make matters worse, John Barrymore’s ghost arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore and the hot young television star, leads to a hilarious pas de deux over women, art, success, duty, television and even the apartment.
To purchase tickets, call 617-426-5000 or visit www.bcaonline.org.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of International Poster Gallery, founder and president Jim Lapides has curated "Winning Posters," a selection of 50 posters that represent the gallery’s diverse specialties.
These posters are on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday through June 21 at the International Poster Gallery, located in SoWa’s art and design district at 460 Harrison Ave., Suite C20.
Highlights include Bernard Minne’s kaleidoscopic Monaco XV Grand Prix of 1957, a product advertisement for Modiano cigarette rolling papers and a gracefully elegant advertisement for a Swiss silk merchant by Charles Loupot.
For more information, gallery hours and directions, call 617-375-0076 or visit InternationalPoster.com.
South End music festival
Celebrate the start of the summer solstice with a music festival in the South End from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
For the seventh year, Fête de la Musique will be celebrated in the South End with live musicians filling the streets with a wide variety of music for all ages. Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed by the neighborhood, visitors and passersby.
This free outdoor music event with food and activities taking place at five South End parks: BCA Plaza, Frieda Garcia, Hayes Park, Ringgold Park and Union Park.
Performances will be by the Fernando Brandão Choro Quartet, Urbanity Dance, Petrichor, Crocodile River Music, Dan and Claudia Zanes and more.
Among the activities are balloon twists by Kaleidoscope Art and Entertainment, face painting by Boston Face Painters, an instrument petting zoo and more.
Fête de la Musique began in the summer of 1982 in Paris, France, and has become a world-wide event, celebrated in more than 100 countries on five continents.
This event is presented by the Community Music Center of Boston. For more information, see https://cmcb.org/events/fete-de-la-musique.
‘Into the Jungle’
Boston novelist and essayist Erica Ferencik will give a talk accompanied by a slide show about her month-long sojourn in the Peruvian Amazon where she researched her latest suspense novel, “Into the Jungle” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
It's Ferencik’s second book after “The River at Night” and describes a woman's terrifying journey of survival in the Bolivian Amazon. Publishers Weekly called it a “ferocious fever dream of a thriller…Ferencik delivers an alternately terrifying and exhilarating tale.”
Books will be available to borrow or purchase.
For more information, visit bpl.bibliocomons.com or call 617-536-8241.
Oils on canvas
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a display on oils on canvas by Duncan Will during library hours now through June 30.
Will moved from Nantucket to Boston in 2017. He is a member of the Artists Association of Nantucket and his work was shown in the Johnson Gallery on Nantucket. Currently he is a volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts and Community Servings. He is a member of the Friends of the South End Library.
Call 617-536-8241 for further details.
The Fenway Challenge will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Carter Playground, 709 Columbus Ave.
The free series gives children, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to test their pitching accuracy, swing in a batting cage and practice base stealing.
The Fenway Challenge, featuring the Red Sox Showcase, will have food and entertainment – including virtual reality, a replica Green Monster and Red Sox mascots Wally and Tessie. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Red Sox tickets.
This event is sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 617-961-3085 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register please go to https://www.mlb.com/redsox/forms/fenway-challenge.
The 16th season of the Sowa Open Market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 460 Harrison Ave. The market is 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 www.sowaboston.com for more information.
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 www.thetrustees.org or https://ibaboston.org/events/mobile-farmers-market or by calling 617-399-1962.