Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
The SpeakEasy Stage Company at 539 Tremont St. will be opening the 2019-2020 Season with “Choir Boy,” running 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.
SoWa Second Sunday
The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. 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.
The DIY Workshop: Necklace Making will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the SoWa Art + Design District at 460 Harrison Ave.
Design and create your own one-of-a-kind necklace with Christina Garcia.
Tickets are $20. To reserve a spot, visit sowaboston.com.
“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).
‘Black + White’
The performance of “Black + White” will take place through Oct. 13 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
The Fernanda Ghi Dance Company (FGDC) fuses Argentine tango with other styles of dance to present the premier of Black + White, a theatrical dance performance that explores the concept of opposition in four acts: Love + Hate, Dream + Reality, Man + Woman, and Naked + Clothed.
For tickets and show times plus additional information, visit bostontheatrescene.com.
More Than Words (242 East Berkeley St.) will host an author/book talk with Vaibhav Saini from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Saini will talk about his new book, “Innocence Lives in an Eyrie,” set in the villages and metropolises across India. This novel is a coming-of-age tale examining gender, identity, ambition, first love, friendship, and family obligations in a society mired in superstition and prejudice. Learn more about the book at vzanary.com.
Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can-basis at morethanwords.org. All proceeds support their youth program.
Support Hayes Park
The Friends of Hayes Park big annual fundraiser takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Revolution Hotel, 40 Berkeley St.
Join friends and neighbors for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while supporting Hayes Park at this annual auction and raffle.
Tickets are $45 in advance, $60 at the door. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 180110, Boston, MA 02118. Also pay online at www.hayespark.org.
The Friends of Hayes Park is a non-profit organization that is responsible for all the planting, maintenance and events in this South End park.
‘Twist & Shout!’
“Twist & Shout! An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Music” will be presented by the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
The $90 VIP ticket will include a 6:30 p.m. reception, a silent auction, light appetizers and a meet and greet with the directors and special guests.
Cello Recital celebrates Pablo Casals
Nine all-star soloists will celebrate the legacy of the legendary cellist Pablo Casals and his musical connections to Boston and Puerto Rico at the Cello Recital from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Ave.
There will also be a pre-concert talk.
Visit tickets.celebrityseries.org for more information and $5 tickets – proceeds to benefit the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Funds.
South End House Tours
The South End House Tours will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The South End House Tour, sponsored by the South End Historical Society, is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public spaces. Tour goers will be given a ticket that gains them admission to the homes, a descriptive guidebook and route map for self-paced enjoyment.
Advanced tickets ($30) for the Tour can be purchased at southendhistoricalsociety.org; event day tickets ($35) can be picked up at Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 679 Tremont St.
The Make + Play – Fall Fest will be held on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in the Minni Studio at 71 Thayer St.
On Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., 1 ½ to 3 year olds and caregivers will explore all the crunchy textures and warm hues of fall through a selection of seasonal sensory activities such as pumpkin painting, apple printing and leaf collaging.
On Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m., 4 to 10 year olds are invited to join instructor Christa at the spookiest and gooiest SlimeShop to make fluffy pumpkin slime and bubbly witches brew.
For more information including tickets ($30 with sibling discounts), visit sowaboston.com.
Galatea Fine Art (460 Harrison Ave. #B-6) will host the “L’Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments”exhibition on Oct. 27.
There will be an artist talk at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 with Eliot School Artist in Residence L’Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge participants who created the art in collaboration with the community on the theme of “new monuments.”
For more information, visit eliotschool.org.
The “Night Painting” Exhibition by Susan Coffey will be on view through Oct. 30 at the Alpha Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave.
For more information including gallery hours, visit alphagallery.com.
Gentle Yoga for adults with Hansa Edwards will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays through Oct. 30 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
All abilities and levels are welcome. Bring your own mat.
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
Titus Sparrow Halloween Party
The annual Friends of Titus Sparrow Park Halloween Party takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. Enjoy Halloween in the park with refreshments, roving entertainers and lots of pre-treat or treat fun.
The Kingsley Montessori School is sponsoring this event.
To learn more about this beautiful South End park, visit titussparrowpark.org.
Exhibitions and dance performances
Caroline Bagenal’s, “Crossing Lines,” and Susan Lyman’s “WASHASHORE” will be on view through Nov. 3 at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.
“Crossing Lines” is an intersection of sculpture, drawing and painting. Bagenal’s fluid, lyrical grids reference music, mapping, weaving, scaffolding and walls, as well as traps and cages, reminders that objects and actions do not exists in isolation, there is always a connection and an impact.
Lyman’s exhibit will include a woodland themed sculpture and “tree” paintings.
The SoWa First Friday Reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 1.
A Music and Dance Performance featuring Nicole DeMaio and The Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
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.
‘Caring For Your Soul’
The “Caring for Your Soul” group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.
No one should feel alone in their struggle with any physical or emotional illness, in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. Sharing each other’s stories can be liberating and a welcome break in the silence that often surrounds emotional illness.
This is the place to speak out and be heard in a safe confidential and non-judgmental environment, where isolation and stigma dissipate as supportive community is created.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.
Meetings are held in Rosa Hall (lower level of the church). The entrance is on Union Park Street.
For more information, visit holycrossboston.com.
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.
A free play program for families with children ages three through eight years of age will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23 at BCYF Blackstone Community Center 50 West Brookline St.
There will be games, music and giveaways.
For more information, contact Kevin Wong at 617-635-4920, ext. 2207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the South End Branch Library (685 Tremont St.) through May 21.
Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.
No registration is required.
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
BTU Homework Help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 28 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
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.