Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Weekend Concert Series

The Weekend Concert Series will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

The schedule includes Sphinx Virtuosi (Oct. 13); Fretwork (Oct. 20); Castle of Our Skins (Oct. 27); Claremont Trio (Nov. 3); Boston Children’s Chorus (Nov. 9); Thalea String Quartet (Nov. 10); Inmo Yang, Violin (Nov. 17); Handel and Haydn Society (Dec. 7 and Dec. 8).

For more information and tickets, visit

Halloween STEAM for Kids

Halloween STEAM for Kids will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street).

For more information and reservations, visit

‘Opening Our Doors Day’

“Opening Our Doors Day: Abundant Voices” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 throughout the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

To celebrate Indigenous People’s Day there will be local Indigenous artists, the South Korean dance duo All Ready, local youth performers and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Visit for complementary ticket information.

Fenway Opening Our Doors

Opening Our Doors brings together Fenway cultural institutions and community partners in a day of free family-friendly cultural offerings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.

Some of the featured indoor and outdoor activities will include a New Orleans style parade, musical, dance and martial art performances, a Japanese Tea Ceremony, interactive art and dance; historic walking tours, indoor kite flying, free admission to museums and a complementary cupcake.

For a Festival Map and Full Schedule, visit

Historic Gems Tour

The Historic Gems of the Back Bay Fens Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 26.

Join Emerald Necklace docents as they talk and walk the historic landscape, stopping at the Kelleher Rose Garden.

The tour will begin and end at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

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Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Enjoy free admission and special events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 65 Huntington Ave.

The Indigenous People’s Day celebration will include a tour of the galleries exploring the growing collection representing a broad diversity of indigenous cultural traditions across the US and Canada, along with music and dance, a variety of family art-making activities and more.

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Voice Department Recital

The BU School of Music voice students will perform works with piano collaboration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Dec. 3 in the BU Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

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Visiting Artist: Adam Pendleton

The Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series at Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts will host visiting artist, Adam Pendleton from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Ave.

Pendleton’s Black Dada, an ongoing interdisciplinary project in publishing, painting, installation and more, addresses the possibility of a new avant-garde language for African American experience. Pendleton poses urgent yet open-ended questions about the ownership of cultural history and the legacy of Modernism in the present.

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‘Wisdom and Transformation’

The Boston University Institute for Philosophy and Religion will present the 2019-2020 Lecture Series: “Wisdom and Transformation” at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the BU School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave. Room 325.

The fall lectures will include “Transformative Religious Experience and Empathy for Future Selves” on Oct. 16; “From Aspiration to Engagement: The Moral Logic of the Bodhisattva Path” on Oct. 30; “The Rationality of Trust” on Nov. 13; and “On Having Self-Knowledge while Lacking Self-Understanding” on Dec. 4.

For more information on the topics and guest lecturers, visit

BU Jazz Concert

The BU Jazz ensemble, under the direction of Aaron Goldberg, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the BU Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

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Gardner Museum Celebrates

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (25 Evans Way) will celebrate 25 years of the Artists-in Residence program with the opening exhibition “In the Company of Artists” on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Choreographers-in-Residence, All Ready, the spirited female dance duo from South Korea, will give several pop-up dance performances inspired by – and created especially for – the Museum in the galleries from noon to 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the creativity of artist who have called the Museum home and see the collection through fresh eyes with one-of-a kind performances, intimate conversations and hands-on-activities during Third Thursdays: Homecoming from 5:30 to 9 p.m. All Ready will perform a fusion of hip-hop and ballroom dance styles.

Visit for more information and tickets.

‘The Exonerated’

The performance of “The Exonerated” will be held from Oct. 18 through Oct. 27 at the Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, 820 Commonwealth Ave.

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, “The Exonerated” tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.

Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong – and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

For information, including show times and tickets, visit

Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Boston Palestine Film Festival will take place from Oct. 18 through Oct. 27 at the Museum of Fine Arts and other venues.

The opening and closing events will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.) with the opening film - “It Must Be Heaven” slated for 7 p.m. The Opening Party will begin at 9:30 p.m. with live music and dancing.

The closing film - “The Tower” will be shown at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27.

For a listing of all events and film titles along with tickets, visit

Concert Band and All Campus Orchestra

The Boston University Concert Band and All Campus Orchestra will perform works, under the direction of Jen Bill and Mark Miller, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 in the Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, visit

Behind the mask

Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The group will learn about the uses and significance of different types of masks and create a plaster mask that represents something unique about his or her self.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail or call 617-369-4027.

Movement Matters

Movement Matters will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street).

This free gentle, low-impact dance program led by Boston Conservatory at Berklee students is a great option for seniors, those with low mobility, or anyone looking to get active.

For more information and reservations, visit

BU faculty recitals

The BU Faculty recitals will be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave. and on Oct. 21 and Oct. 24 in the Tsai Performance Center at 865 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information and complementary tickets, visit

Boston Conservatory recitals

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present student, faculty and class recitals in theater, dance, music and opera through May.

To learn more, visit

‘Abigail Adams: Life and Legacy’

The “Abigail Adams: Life and Legacy” exhibition will be on view through Jan. 10 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Baroque opening concert

The Boston Baroque 2019-20 season opens with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 25 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The program includes symphonies and opera arias by Mozart and Haydn conducted by Music Director Martin Pearlman and featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Popular pre-concert speaker Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard, Visiting Researcher in Music and Dance History at Harvard University, will give a talk an hour before both performances.

Single tickets begin at $25, and season subscriptions start at $81.

Both may be purchased online at or by calling the Boston Baroque offices at 617-987-8600.

‘Havana Artful Night’ Gala

The Art Resource Collaborate for Kids (ARCK) will be hosting “Havana Artful Night” starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at 61 Brookline Ave.

The Cuban-themed auction benefit gala will offer philanthropists and business leaders the opportunity to dine, dance, win auction items and celebrate ARCK’s accomplishments.

For tickets and other information, go to

Family fun

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street) will be hosting the following children’s’ groups:

The free drop-in “Play Group” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays; “Mother Goose on the Loose,” an award-winning early learning program for babies and toddlers, will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 17; and “KidZone” drop-in playtime will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month.

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‘Housing as History’

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will present the “Housing as History” panel discussions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in October and November. A pre-talk reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This four-part series will look at the history of six housing sites across the city and examine the conditions for affordable and public housing today, highlighting the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead for Boston as follows:

Oct. 16: “Villa Victoria and Fenway CDC” at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St.; Nov. 13: “Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens” at Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr.; and Nov. 20: “New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past” at MHS, 1154 Boylston St.

For more information and reservations, visit

BSO concert in the making

BSO Open Rehearsals offer audience members a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between orchestra and conductor. Gain a better understanding of how the orchestra strives to refine its performance by occasionally repeating passages or focusing on a particular movement. All seats for Open Rehearsals are ticketed rather than general seating to provide a better experience for their patrons.

The open rehearsals will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, Mar. 5 and Apr. 2 at Symphony Hall.

More information and tickets may be found at

‘Polar Dreams’

“Polar Dreams: Paintings and Photographs” by Fenway Resident Ruth Khowais is a one-of-a-kind exhibit of original artwork and photographs inspired by the artist’s travels to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic.

“Polar Dreams” will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123.

For more information and reservations, go to

Teen studio

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for teens, ages 13 to 18, with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders. “Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” is held once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.

Each class focuses on a specific art topic and incorporates discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

‘Leipzig Week In Boston’

The 2019–2020 Symphony Gala offers an extraordinary opportunity to hear a joint concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig during the season’s “Leipzig Week in Boston” celebrating the multi-dimensional alliance between these two great ensembles. In this special concert, to be performed without intermission, Andris Nelsons and the orchestras are joined by principal players from both the BSO and GHO, and by celebrated French organist Olivier Latry. The evening will then feature an elegant post-concert dinner in the many rooms at historic Symphony Hall.

The Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, presented in association with the Celebrity Series of Boston to be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

Tickets for the gala begin at $1,250. For more information, contact Kathleen Pendleton at 617-638-9391. Tickets for the concerts are also available at

Activist and programming group

The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss and develop Activism campaigns at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall.

To join the Activist Group, email To join the Programming Group, email

Yoga dance

Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St. 123 - entrance on Jersey St.) will present Yoga Dance from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Activate your mind and body in this unique, free class featuring calming yoga and heart-pumping dance with certified instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav. Bring a yoga mat as supplies are limited.

For more information, visit, email or phone 857-246-9053.

Death café

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123, will host the Death Café from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 for a lively, friendly roundtable conversation about death.

Death Café is a movement that started in Switzerland in 2004 and has spread all over the world (with thousands of Death Cafés held in more than 33 countries to date).

The idea is to bring people together over tea and chocolate cake and, by putting death squarely on the table, help each of us make the most of our lives.

Participants say that the experience is meaningful, therapeutic and often very joyful.

For seat and cake reservations, visit

For more information about Fenway Community Center and other upcoming events, visit: or email

Free nights at MFA

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is complementary on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Voluntary contributions (suggested donation $25) are welcomed.

The MFA also holds a free "Drawing in the Galleries" program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit

Drawing in the Galleries

Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. hosts an opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. Limited drawing materials are provided to encourage spontaneous participation.

Gallery locations change each week. Check at the Sharf Visitor Center for current location.

This event is free with free admission Wednesdays at the MFA.

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Tour ‘The Fens’

The Back Bay Fens – normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks – has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Garden, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River and more.

Tours are offered on a variety of topics and at a variety of times until the end of October, and sometimes change at short notice due to weather conditions.

Tours are free, but a $10 donation per person is requested to help support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the area.

To find out what's on offer, check the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's website at

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fenway Community Center, (entrance of Jersey St.) 1282 Boylston St. #123.

The free classes, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav, will help participants reduce stress, better emotional health, and practice self-compassion.

For more information and reservations, go to

MFA ‘First Fridays’

The Museum of Fine Arts’ “First Fridays” festive cocktail and music event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Join is for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails and tapas available for purchase.

Advanced tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out. Tickets are $25 for adult, $23 for students and seniors and free for museum members. Call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone ($6 processing fee applies). Or get tickets in person at any MFA ticket desk. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Ave.

To learn more, visit

Teen studio

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for teens, ages 13 to 18, with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders. “Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” is held once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.

Each class focuses on a specific art topic and incorporates discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Open Night at Coit Observatory

The Public Open Night is held at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, located at 725 Commonwealth Ave., right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor next to room 520.

Starting times are 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer and 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter. The program lasts about an hour.

Tickets are available on If it's "sold out," right before the program starts and after all the ticketed guests that are present are admitted, any non-ticketed guests will be admitted until capacity is reached.

Open to everyone, this event is a chance for people to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not see while learning some astronomy as well.

The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.

To find out the status of Open Night, call the information number at 617-353-2630 or check, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly. There is no disabled access to the Observatory.

Countway Cuddles: Pet Therapy

Dayton (a puppy) will be ready for lots of pets and hugs in the Countway Library, Harvard Longwood Campus, 10 Shattuck St. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays.

For more information, visit

Warren Anatomical Museum

The Warren Anatomical Museum Gallery at the Countway Library of Medicine (10 Shattuck St.) is a historical anatomy museum. The Exhibition Gallery covers the history of Harvard Medical School, History of the Warren Anatomical Museum and the History of medical education and anatomical teaching.

The museum displays approximately 200 medical artifacts, anatomical preparations, models and plaster casts. The Exhibition Gallery, which is part of an active study and research space for Harvard students and faculty, has human remains on display.

Pencil sketching in the Gallery is welcome; easels are not permitted.

Eleven portraits of historical medical figures and Harvard Medical School professors hang around the atrium of the Exhibition Gallery, part of the Boston Medical Library collection.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays throughout the year with a few exceptions.

To learn more, visit

‘Jewelry and Metalwork’ exhibit

“Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” exhibit will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. through Mar. 29.

“Boston Made” includes more than 75 works – including jewelry, tableware, decorative accessories and design drawings – that illuminate the passions and philosophies of this interwoven community of jewelry-makers and metalsmiths from the beginning of the 20th century to the stock market crash of 1929 that signaled its decline.

This exhibition is accompanied by a complementary installation in the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery, 222, and an illustrated book from MFA Publication (Nov. 2018).

For more information, visit

ASD workshop

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 workshops will be held at 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.

Musical merriment

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., offers a specially designed program for children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon (gathering in Room 159 by 10:20 a.m.) on select Saturdays, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

“Beyond the Spectrum Kids” features a structured gallery tour led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Many cultures use music to celebrate special events and bring communities together.

For more information and to register, phone 617-369-4027, email or visit the Beyond the Spectrum page.

Falun Gong exercise and meditation

Falun Gong exercise and meditation classes will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on (most) Mondays through Dec. 9, presented by the Falun Dafa Club at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave., CAS 114B.

To learn more about Falun Gong and meditation that promotes tranquility and peace and to register for the classes, visit