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

Two solo exhibitions

Two solo exhibitions, Jeffu Warmouth’s “Urgent Blowout” and John Christian Anderson’s “Dancing in The Bardo” is on view through Jan. 26 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

An Artists’ Talk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

New winter gallery hours are from 11 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday.

These events are free and open to the public.

Visit to learn more about the artworks and the artists.

Celebrate with Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market South End, 348 Harrison Ave. turns five years old. Celebrate with free samples, exciting giveaways, and, of course, cake (while supplies last) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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SoWa Second Sunday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 12. 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.

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‘Minni CollageShop’

“Minni CollageShop,” a lively look at recycled materials and found objects, will be held for little artists, emerging environmentalists and expert recyclers (ages four through 10) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Led by local artist and activity Jenna Talbott, participants will take inspirations from her current exhibition “Trash Rainbows” on view before creating a colorful collages and recycled rainbows of their own.

Each participant will leave with a completed collage and a greater understanding of how to care for our environment.

Visit for reservations ($30 with sibling discounts) and other information.

Cathedral concert and tour

The Victorian Society of America and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St. will present a half-hour concert followed by a tour of the newly renovated Cathedral from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Cathedral Organist, Richard J. Clark, assisted by the Archdiocesan Men’s Schola, will perform his “Gregorian Impressions” based on several beloved Gregorian Chants, a preview of the performance he will give on Jan. 19 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.

The concert and tour are free with a suggested donation of $20 ($10 for students and seniors) to benefit their Organ Restoration Fund.

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Author talk

Alison Barnet will talk about her new book, Once Upon a Neighborhood: A Timeline and Anecdotal History of the South End of Boston, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Never Too Late Group at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

Barnet will choose interesting excerpts for discussion about housing and protests in the late 1960s.

Trident Booksellers will be present for book selling.

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Minni Make + Play: Night Lights

A Minni Make + Play workshop will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Minni Studio, 71 Thayer St.

Take your little ones, ages 1.5 to 3 years old, to the moon and back in Minni Make + Play – Night Lights, a workshop all about starry winter skies and glistening reflections.

Instructor Maria will begin with a reading of Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me by Eric Carle before guiding star gazers through a series of sensory activities inspired by everything shiny and bright, from painting mini moons to collaging original constellations. No need to climb a ladder to the moon: They have everything you need to brighten your little one’s winter.

Visit for reservations ($30 with sibling discounts) and other information.


SHIMMER: A fashion-forward winter party to benefit the BCA – curated by Ethan Vogt will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. (Snow date: Friday, Jan. 24)

There will be live performances, art installations, DJ sets, signature cocktails, and late night bites.

All proceeds support Boston Center for the Art’ residency programs.

Visit for tickets and other information.

‘Pass Over’

The performance of “Pass Over” runs through Jan. 25 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company, 539 Tremont St. An Artists’ Forum will be held on select Sundays following the 3 p.m. performance.

Moses and Kitch chat their way through yet another aimless day on their local street corner crafting everyday profanity into poetic and humorous riffs until an ominous stranger changes their world forever. Potent, daring and breathtakingly theatrical, “Pass Over” unflinchingly exposes the reality of young black men just looking for a way out.

The show is recommended for people 15 years old and older. For tickets and other information, visit or phone 617-482-3279.

Dudley Reads Book Club

Join the Dudley Reads Book Club, hosted by the Dudley Branch librarians, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The book selections are Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Feb. 3); and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Mar. 2)

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‘We All Fall Down’

The Huntington Theatre Company presents “We All Fall Down” through Feb. 9 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

A riotous and heart-wrenching Passover Seder celebration is the setting for a family’s confrontation with major life changes and conflict.

For tickets and show times, visit


The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Cabaret” at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave. from Feb. 21 through Feb. 23.

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.

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 Villa Victoria / Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the St. Botolph House, 70 St. Botolph St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

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

‘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.

‘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.

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SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.