Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Namaste Saturday

Namaste Saturday will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

Come see the MFA in a new light, with a one-of-a-kind experience of a morning yoga practice in the soaring glass Shapiro Family Courtyard, before the Museum opens for the day.

Yogis are encouraged to bring their mats, build friendships, and feel the energy of the art that surrounds you.

After class, explore the galleries, visit that exhibition you’ve been meaning to catch, or grab a post-workout cup of coffee in the New American Café.

Visit for required tickets: Nonmembers $25; Members free.

‘Celebration’ screening

The screening of “Celebration” will be shown from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 and from 6 to 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Director Olivier Meyrou presents an opulent and immersive behind-the-scenes look at haute couture designer Saint Laurent’s final show and is a priceless addition to our understanding of the man, the myth, la marque, that is Yves Saint Laurent.

In French with English subtitles.

Visit for required tickets ($13 Nonmember; Member Free) and other information.

‘Kick Your Sugar Habit’

The Good Witch Kitchen and the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street) will present “Kick Your Sugar Habit in 2020” from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan 12.

We all laugh about being addicted to sugar, but our reliance on our favorite treats could be the underlying cause of low energy, depression/anxiety, and many difficult health problems.

In this class with holistic nutritionist Kristen Ciccolini, you will learn tips to manage cravings, mindfulness strategies that help you make healthier choices and get more enjoyment out of your food, how to avoid self-sabotage, and how to enjoy your favorite foods again without taking away from your health.

The workshop will end with a multi-sensory, chocolate-focused exercise.

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Fenway Health and Wellness Weekend

The Fenway Health and Wellness Weekend will be held through Jan. 12 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

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Boston Baked Books

The Boston Baked Books group will read and discuss Blood and Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard by Paul Collins and The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 and Feb. 12 respectively at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

All are welcome to join this monthly popular book club that explores the culture and history of the Boston area through a variety of authors and genres.

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‘Deborah Sampson: A Revolution of Her Own!’

Judith Kalaora (founder of History at Play) will reimagine Deborah Samspon’s remarkable story through a living history performance from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Deborah Sampson was the first woman to fight in and be honorably discharged from the American Military. An indentured servant by age five, Sampson grew up in a man’s world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. As a self-educated master-less woman, she felt a higher calling, and in the final years of the American Revolution, Samson bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the continental Army, as “Robert Shurtlieff.”

Visit for required registration. There is a $10 fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders or Boston Public School students).

‘Tip of the Tongue’ artist talk/reception

An Opening Reception and Public Conversation with artist Kate Costello and Gloria Sutton, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at Northeastern University will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Anderson & Grossman Galleries at SMFA at Tufts, 230 The Fenway.

“The Tip of the Tongue” highlights Kate Costello’s ongoing interest in the shared abstraction of visual and spoken languages. If speech begins with and at the body – at the tip of the tongue – then Costello’s work lingers at this exact border, using figuration to explore the myriad ways in which communication flows and breaks down, on both the personal and societal levels.

In her work, bold, simplified shapes engage with archetypes, ideas, and images that circulate through culture in narratives of gender and power. With a practice rooted in drawing and encompassing sculpture and photography, Costello orchestrates a poetic narrate that is deeply legible yet completely allusive – much like a phrase at the tip of one’s tongue.

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‘Increasing her Stock’

Rashuana Johnson (Dartmouth College) will present “Increasing her Stock:” Two Harriets and the Louisiana Borderlands from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

This paper uses the sexual biographies of two enslaved women, both named Harriet, in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes to explore the workings of intimacy and empire in the plantation South during its transition from borderlands to hub of King Cotton.

Visit for required register at this free event.

‘Date Night’

New Year, new you! If you’re single and ready to mingle, looking to make new friends or wooing your significant other, let sparks fly at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, at Third Thursdays: Date Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Participate in art-making and ice-breaking activities that open your eyes to new connections.

Visit for more information and tickets, which also includes admission to the Museum.

‘Adventures in Science Communications’

“From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communications” will be presented by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 236 Richards Hall, 360 Huntington Ave. from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

Nicole Sharp will talk about her journey of creating FY Fluid Dynamics and lessons about communicating science to general audiences.

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Shabbat Tzedek celebration for all faiths

People of all faiths are invited to join the Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave. for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

Honored guest Yavilah McCoy, CEO and Executive Director of DIMENSIONS Inc., will speak about shifting our mindset towards diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All families are welcome to the pizza dinner at 5 p.m. Babysitting for ages 6 months to 3 years will begin at 5:30 p.m.

During the service, there will be children’s programming for ages 4 through first grade as well as second grade and older.

Visit to learn more.

MFA Playdates: ‘Sculpture’

MFA Playdates: “Sculpture” will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Themed sensory-friendly tours, art activities and story time are designed for children, ages 2 through 4, free with admission.

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KidZone, a monthly drop in play group, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

Activities are geared toward children, ages five and under, but all are welcome with adult supervision. Refreshments will be provided.

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Scroll Stories

Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

For thousands of years, Chinese artists have been creating beautiful ink paintings showing historical events, landscapes, myths, and personal narratives.

Participants will learn how these artists used scrolls to tell a story and compare ancient storytelling to modern comic books and movies and then make their own hand scrolls that tell a story.

All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

For more information and registration, phone 617-369-4027, email or visit

Celebrities of Renaissance Rome

Celebrated by Erasmus as “the Cicero of our era,” Tommaso Inghirami served two Popes as the Vatican librarian, composed eloquent public speeches, and became the most famous actor in Rome.

Join Professor Ingrid Rowland at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way for a lecture that explores the fascinating life and times of this Renaissance celebrity.

Visit for tickets ($0 to $15) and other information.

Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert series will take place at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19, Mar. 22 and Apr. 26 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

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Ice Skating at the Rink at 401 Park

Fenway’s new 6,000-square-foot, outdoor ice rink at 401 Park, sponsored by REI, will give families and friend, neighbors and colleagues, a spot to get outside and get active all season long.

Visit to learn more about hours of operation and prices and special events such as skating lessons and themed-nights.

String Masters Series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present the String Masters Series featuring world-class artists at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26, Mar. 1 and Apr. 5 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

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BMOP concerts

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performances will be held at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservancy, 30 Gainsborough St. as follows: The Chronicle of Nine at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1; Joseph Schwantner Portrait at 8 p.m. on Mar. 28; and Music of the Spheres at 8 p.m. on May 22.

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Piano Masters Series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present a recital series celebrating the art of great piano playing featuring acclaimed artists from around the world at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, Mar. 3, and Apr. 14 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

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Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 165 Park Dr. (enter back parking lot) from 3 to 5 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays.

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For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

Chair Yoga

The Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a family-friendly Chair Yoga class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through April 30 at the Morville House at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Rd.

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the floor while using the chair for support.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Social Dance

Social Dance is held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

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‘Make Believe’ exhibition

“Make Believe” presents an enchanted realm where sleeping figures float, women weave spider webs, magicians cause children to disappear, and homemade dirigibles fly over icebergs.

The exhibition brings together five artists who stage fantastical scenes for the camera to address a wide range of social and cultural issues, including the role of women in the Middle East, climate change, the passage from childhood to adolescence, and existential fears of loneliness and loss.

“Make Believe” is an ongoing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Yoga – Form, Function & Flow

Yoga – Form, Function & Flow is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

Form, Function & Flow begins with 45 minutes of vinyasa-inspired flow to prepare you for 15 minutes of guided meditation. This class is designed for beginner-intermediate level participants, although all levels are welcome.

FCC has a limited supply of yoga mats; bring your own mat if you have one.

General Admission is $10; Members are free.

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Little Hands Art

Little Hands Art will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

These early art experiences are designed for babies and toddlers.

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Toddler Movement

Toddler Movement will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

All toddlers are invited to stretch and bend their little muscles at these free classes.

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Beyond the Spectrum 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.

Vision disorder study participants needed

Do you have a confirmed diagnosis for Macular Degeneration or other ophthalmic condition such as Glaucoma, Optical Neuritis or Multiple Sclerosis?

If so, you may be able to participate in a research study designed to test a new non-invasive vision diagnostic test.

The assessments will be done at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave. The test time is about an hour in a comfortable office setting. Appointments will be taken through May 29.

Compensation will be provided for non-Northeastern subjects.

If interested, contact Sri Sridhar at 617-755-3838 or s.sridhar@northeastern .edu.

‘Born This Way’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the world premiere of “A Peacock Amongst Pigeons” at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. from Mar. 14 and Mar. 15.

With vibrant costumes, animation and an original score from a Broadway composer, the award-winning story teaches the importance of celebrating our differences and learning to love the feathers we live in. The second act showcases music and stories that rejoice in how we are “Born This Way.”

Ticket Sales (for 21+) are now on sale for these fun, festive – and always a little risqué – fabulous nights out. Visit for show times, other details and tickets.

Boston Conservatory recitals

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

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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

FCC Game Night

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street) will host Game Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

Monopoly? Azul? Catan? Spades? Bingo? PS4? N64? Any and all classic and new board and card games are on the table, or feel free to bring your own game and introduce something new to the group.

Open and free to all.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 in 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.

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Open Night at Coit Observatory

The Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave. holds a Public Open Night on most Wednesdays throughout the year, weather permitting.

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.

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. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly.

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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.

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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.

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Chamber series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present a program of chamber music on select Fridays at 8 p.m. at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway as follows: Eastern European Flair (Feb. 21); and Unexpected (Apr. 17).

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‘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).

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‘Beyond the Spectrum Kids’

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.

Casual Fridays at the BSO

Casual Friday concerts will take place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, Mar. 20 and Apr. 17 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Wear your favorite casual attire and arrive early for a free, pre-concert reception.

This lower-priced series features a special section for Conductor-Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective.

Immediately after the performance, there will be a post-concert reception with live music, snacks, and a cash bar plus an opportunity to mingle and share what you’ve just experienced at the concert.

The Post-concert performance on Apr. 17 will be the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Concerts and Conversations

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory will present “What I Hear” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 and Apr. 12 at the New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

These composer-curated chamber music programs will feature performances by NEC students and include conversations between the composers and BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator, Eric Valliere.

Admission is free, but RSVP is suggested. Visit for more details.

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 Mar. 5 and Apr. 2 at Symphony Hall.

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First Mondays at Jordan Hall

First Mondays at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

First Mondays will be celebrating 35 years with well-loved classics and new compositions, performed by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all.

Visit to learn more about the programs: American Sonorities (Mar. 2); Beethoven, Part 1 (Apr. 6) and Beethoven, Part II (May 4).

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