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

International Fine Art Show

The Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS) takes place through Oct. 27 at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Weekend admission is $15, under 12 free, and includes all special programs, re-admission throughout the weekend, show catalog and coat check.

Visit for a Special Valet Promotion.

Visit or phone 617-363-0405 for tickets and other information.

‘American Idiot’

Berklee Musical Theatre Club will present Green Day’s smash hit musical “American Idiot” through Oct. 27 at the BCA Plaza Theatres, 539 Tremont St.

For information including tickets and show times, visit

‘L’Merchie Frazier’

Galatea Fine Art (460 Harrison Ave. #B-6) will host the “L’Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments”exhibition on Oct. 27.

For more information, visit

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 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 for more information.

SoWa Spooktacular

SoWa Spooktacular will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at SoWa Open Market, 450 Harrison Ave.

The final SoWa Open Market of the season and the Halloween bash will include a SoWa Costume Contest (for humans and their furry friends), pumpkin painting, face painting, live music, and lots of costumed vendors showcasing and selling their wares.

Event times and contest information can be found at

Build a Beast

Drop by Minni at 71 Thayer St. from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 for a free afternoon of Halloween crafting for all ages.

Ryan and Kimberly will show you how to customize a colorful monster with all the tools and techniques to build a one-of-a-kind beast (while supplies last).

For more information, visit

Organ benefit concert

The annual Organ Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.

Guest organists from around the greater Boston area will perform on and for the upkeep of the newly restored historic E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Opus 801pipe organ (1875) of 101 ranks and more than 5,300 pipes.

For more information, visit

Halloween celebration

Project Place (1145 Washington St.) will host a family Halloween celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 filled with tricks, treats, crafts and more.

As families make their way through the decorated halls from 4 to 5 p.m., children 12 and younger can stop at the spook-tacular offices for trick or treats.

Then from 5 to 6 p.m. families can make Halloween crafts and enjoy light refreshments in the community room.

For registration, visit

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‘Night Painting’

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

Gentle yoga

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

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

Trick or Tease Burlesque!

Prepare to be shocked, amazed, titillated and more at the BOOhive Halloween Extravaganza from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at The Beehive 541 Tremont St.

It’s the most tantalizing way to celebrate the spooky season, featuring a cavalcade of glittery, glamour ghouls of burlesque, live music, delicious food and libations. Guests are welcome to dress the part (prizes for best) but a costume is not necessary to enjoy the evening.

For more information on the line-up and/or dining reservations (suggested), visit Otherwise, join the party at the bar.

Solemnity of All Saints

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St. will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, which is a holyday of obligation.

An All Saints Vigil (Spanish) will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.31.

The Cathedral will offer Masses at select times on Nov. 1 in English, Spanish and in the Extraordinary Form (Latin).

For Mass times and other information, visit

SoWa Artists First Friday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild invite everyone to visit SoWa First Friday, free and open to the public. More than 80 artists’ studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District in the South End will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.

People will meet artists and experience a wide variety of original contemporary art that is available to browse and buy.

Travel on the MBTA Orange Line to the New England Medical Center station and then take the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is available.

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Ink Spot Festival

The Fresh Ink Theatre will present The Ink Spot Festival from Nov. 1 through Nov. 3 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

Four plays will showcase a variety of voices from the new play community, working across styles and genres to bring dynamic new stories to life as follows:

“Death Wings” at 8 p.m. on Friday; “Transactions: Fantasia on a Theme by Da Price” 3 p.m. on Saturday; “¡Mamágua!” at 8 p.m. on Saturday; and “The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri” at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A conversation and reception with the festival artists will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday following the reading.

The events are free to attend; donations to support the artists and the festival are welcome.

For reservations and other information, visit

Celebrate Día de los Muertos: Coco screening

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with a screening of Disney/Pixar’s award-winning film “Coco” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley St.

Then, make your own paper marigolds to decorate their community alter.

Mexican hot chocolate and traditional Day of the Dead treats will be available for purchase from Boston’s Mr. Tamole cart.

Tickets at are available by donation. Ticket proceeds support More Than Words (

Renegade crafts

Celebrate the season at Renegade Boston’s cozy winter marketplace tucked inn SoWa’s Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

Shop Small for the holidays at Renegrade, featuring more than 80 national and local Makers and Designers, grab a craft beer, enjoy local DJ sets and get inspired.

Free to attend and all are welcome.

Visit for other information.

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.

Boston Art Book Fair

The Boston Art Book Fair will be held from Nov. 8 through Nov. 10 at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

BCA and Bodega will be teaming up to present one of the largest Art Book Fairs on the East Coast featuring more than 130 exhibitors, artists and publishers along with art installations, DJs, workshops, panels and a chance to mingle with contemporary, innovative artists and creatives.

The Ticketed Preview Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

The event is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit for preview party tickets and a list of programs and performances.

SoWa Second Sunday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. 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 or


“Admissions” will be performed through Nov. 30 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company (539 Tremont St.). An Artists’ Forum will be held following the Sunday matinees.

Sherri Rosen-Mason and her headmaster husband Bill have worked hard for many years to diversify the student body at the small New England prep school where they work. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are on the line, personal ambition and progressive values collide. From the provocative playwright Joshua Harmon, “Admissions” is a bold new comedy “of the left, by the left, for the left – for today.” (The New York Times)

For tickets and other information, visit or phone 617-482-3279.

‘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

ESL conversations

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.

Family gym

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

Homework help

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

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

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 or

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.

‘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