Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Bostown Music Festival
Bostown Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at 604 Columbus Ave., between Douglass Park and Massachusetts Avenue.
Among the activities will be the Main Stage featuring the talent of 10 local bands; a Kids Corner with treats, activities and performances; an Art Walk Gallery showcasing the work of painters, sculptors and illustrators; a Small Business Marketplace featuring the crafts, products, art and food of local vendors; and a Bostown Cares tent highlighting the work and services of The Roxbury YMCA and the United South End Settlements.
“The Intersection” comedy show will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. presented by Bodega Productions in partnership with the F.U.N. Festival. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.
We all live at the intersection from code-switching between authenticity and survival to keeping your job and living your truth; finding and creating spaces that can handle all of your selves, whether it’s your blackness, queerness, love for Paramore, hate for white supremacy, or mixed feelings about any number of issues.
See your reflection as you witness the comedians, poets, sketch artists, improvisers and musicians create comedy on stage.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased on eventbrite.
A ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Blackstone Square.
Instruction and materials will be provided for budding artists, ages nine and up, with all skill levels to create an individual greenspace-inspired masterpiece.
For more information and to register, call 617-635-4505.
SoWa Second Sunday
The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8. More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District on the second Sunday of every month.
People can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original contemporary art and have the opportunity to art works from the people who created them.
To visit via the MBTA, take the Orange Line to the New England Medical Center, then the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is also available.
For more information, visit www.sowaartists.com or facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild.
Greater Boston Theater Expo
The Greater Boston Theater Expo will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at StageSource at BCA Cyclorama (539 Tremont St.)
There will be more than 60 Greater Boston theater companies promoting their 2019-2020 season.
Meet the artists and take advantage of Expo-only tickets offers and giveaways.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 617-350-7611.
Augment by Nick Cave presented by Now + There will be on exhibit at Cyclorama – Boston for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. through Sept. 13.
The artwork will fill the immense space with a cacophony of visual imagery for people to walk through, under and amidst the floating, inflatable sculpture and take in the whimsy, happiness and sharp wit of its creator.
Inspired by the question, “What brings you joy?” this multi-faceted project asks us to reflect on the power of the individual versus the collective and on the difference between happiness and joy as a means to confront a time fraught with division.
For more information on this free exhibit, visit nowandthere.org.
The SpeakEasy Stage Company at 539 Tremont St. will be opening the 2019-2020 Season with “Choir Boy,” running from Sept. 13 through Oct. 12.
Directed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play tells the powerful coming-of-age story punctuated by the soaring harmonies of live gospel, spiritual and R&B performers. Choir Boy was nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Play.
To purchase season tickets, that also include “Admissions” (Oct. 25 through Nov 30), “Pass Over” (Jan. 3 through Jan. 25), “The Children” (Feb. 28 through Mar. 28) and “Bright Star” (May 1 through May 30), visit bostontheatrescene.com or phone 617-933-8600.
To learn more, visit speakeasystage.com or phone 617-482-3279.
‘Augment’ parade, festival
The first ever joy parade, in conjunction with the new public artwork “Augment” by Nick Cave, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The parade will feature a variety of local artists, musicians, dancers and movement performers from an array of cultural organizations along with inflatables.
Stepping off from the Boston Center for the Arts at 11 a.m., the three-mile procession full of color, art, and of course joy, will travel through the streets of the South End, reach the half-way point in Dudley Square at noon, and finish up at Upham’s Corner.
The parade will culminate with the Arts & Health Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the
inPublic block party from noon to 7 p.m. with music provided by BAMS Fest and food.
For more information, visit nowandthere.org and/or uphamscornerhealthcenter.org.
Underground Mural Project
The Underground Mural Project will be on view from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 21 at Underground at the Ink Block, 90 Traveler St. located beneath highway 93 between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T station.
To learn more about the featured mural artists curated by Street Theory, visit undergroundinkblock.com.
The “Summer Selections” exhibition will be on view through Sept. 22 at Beth Urdang Gallery, SoWa Art and Design District at 460 Harrison Ave.
The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
For more information, visit bethurdanggallery.com.
The shrINK summer fitness series, featuring CorePower Yoga will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Underground at Ink Block. Bring a yoga mat and water.
Underground at Ink Block is located beneath highway 93 between South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T.
While there, check out the ever-changing amazing art murals.
QiGong will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 at the Elliot Norton Park in Bay Village.
Qi (energy) Gong (work) is a traditional Chinese meditative, restorative and self-defense practice that promotes balance, alignment, structural strength, circulation, longevity and mindfulness. It is an essential component of Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) and Traditional Healing (Zhong Yi) disciplines (which incorporates everything from acupuncture, to herbal medicine, to exercise/nutrition) based on the principles of the twelve meridians, five elements and holistic balance.
To view the schedule, visit bphc.org/summerfitness.
Abrams & Zwart exhibition
The works of Christopher Abrams: “Lie of the Land” and Christina Zwart: “Strength in Unity” will be on view through Sept. 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery (486 Harrison Ave.).
The gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment.
For more information, visit bostonsculptors.com or phone 617-482-7781. To learn more about SoWa, visit sowaboston.com.
The Huntington Theatre Company will present “The Purists” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St.) through Sept. 29.
The electric world-premiere of “The Purists,” written by Dan McCabe and directed by Billy Porter, brings together an unlikely group of friends who hang out and spar about music on a stop in Queens. When an outburst occurs, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, “The Purists” questions the meaning of friendship, importance of being authentic and the ability to embrace new ideas.
For tickets and information, visit https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/the-purists or phone 617-266-0800.
“Fringe” is a solo exhibit by Clint Baclawski at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave.
This exhibition features a site-related installation comprised of 120 light tubes, yellow mirrored Plexiglas, photographic imagery and a blue PVC strip curtain in which the artist questions the notion of boundaries.
The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 13. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
To learn more, visit abigailogilvy.com.
This event is part of SoWa Boston First Friday (sowaboston.com).
Salsa in the park
A free and popular outdoor summer series for people of all ages and abilities, Salsa in the Park (SITP) is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays throughout the summer at Blackstone Community Center Courtyard, 50 West Brookline St.
The evening includes multi-level lessons (also with ASL), social dancing and performances in a variety of genres (dance, song, theater, poetry, comedy, etc.).
For more information, visit www.salsainthepark.org.
‘Contours of Meaning’
“Contours of Meaning” will be on exhibit at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts (551 Tremont St.) through Oct. 6. The works in this show were selected and presented collaboratively between curator, Jameson Johnson and seven artists. Ranging in mediums from sculpture and drawing to video and performance, the installations are not isolated, but rather elicit an interdisciplinary examination of how humans create meaning.
A clock transformed into a musical instrument; a toy bathtub cast in resin; the construction of a sacred site; a display of relics. Together, these works invoke a broader examination of accumulation, ancestry, nostalgia and performativity.
There is inherent playfulness in situating this work within the context of the gallery walls. Here, the viewer becomes a spectator to memories, experiences or happenings that are not their own, creating a sense of distance while simultaneously inviting interpretation.
Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.
To learn more, visit http://www.bcaonline.org/visualarts/mills-gallery/upcoming-exhibitions.html.
English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St.
All adults with all levels of speaking ability are welcome to join the casual English conversations facilitated by a native English speaker.
For more information, phone 617-536-8241.
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.
SoWa Vintage Market
Vintage Market is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.
Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.
This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.
The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.
For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com.
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.
‘Gestures of Incompleteness’
“Gestures of Incompleteness,” a sculpture by Shaka Dendy, will be on view at BCA Public Plaza in front of 551 Tremont St. through Nov. 10.
Dendy is particularly interested in exploring the symbolic and formal relationships between the basketball and the milk crate and using his art as a way to discuss racial and personal identity, socioeconomic mobility and the commodification of the body.
To learn more, visit bcaonline.org.