Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

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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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.

Chamber Concert/Reception

A free Community Chamber Concert will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at WBUR City Space (890 Commonwealth Ave.), followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Visit for program information and to reserve a ticket.

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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MLK Day of Service

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 throughout the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

Carry on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special performances by artists committed to social justice and service and participate in a hands-on service project.

For more information about free admission and the events, visit

MLK Day at MFA

Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. by surrounding yourself with art, culture and community.

There will be performances, tours, talks, art-making activities and more.

Visit for more information about free admission and the free events.

Commemoration of MLK, Jr.

The annual commemoration of alumnus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Boston University, Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

This year’s event celebrates the contributions of Coretta Scott King and Sue Bailey Thurman to the Greater Boston community. The event will also include a celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin by the BU Bands and additional music by the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

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‘Still I Rise’ MLK Tribute Concert

The Boston Children’s Chorus will present “Still I Rise” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Now in its 17th year, BCC’s signature concert, featuring all the choirs, honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shines light on the historic artists who fought to be seen and recognized. Maya Angelou’s anthemic poem reminds us our hidden power to transcend boundaries. Featuring pieces by composers like Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, and Rosephanye Powell, their performance at Symphony Hall will inspire you to rise and reach for your sky.

Visit for tickets: $15 to $50.

Dreaming of a better world

Mary McNeil will present “For I’d Rather Be Dead Than Not to Dream of a Better World: Mae Gadpaille’s Vision of the Montessori Family Centre Community” from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

In 1967, Mae Gadpaille, the director of a black Montessori preschool in Roxbury, faced displacement; the church that housed her school was slated to be cleared for an urban renewal project. In response, Gadpaille launched a campaign to build the Montessori Family Centre Community, a living community for approximately 140 families with a Pre K-12 Montessori school in the center.

This talk traces Gadpaille’s efforts to realize her vision, paying special attention to how she thought Montessori methods could help advance a black nationalist project of self-determination, while also considering the limitations of such a vision – namely, who could “belong” to this community and who might be left at the margins.

Visit for requested registration at this free event.

‘The Puritans: A Transatlantic History’

David Hall (Harvard University) will present “The Puritans: A Transatlantic History” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Hall presents a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Shedding new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, Hall provides a multifaceted account of a cultural movement that judged the Protestant reforms of Elizabeth’s reign to be unfinished. Hall describes the movement’s deeply ambiguous triumph under Oliver Cromwell, its political demise with the Restoration of the English monarch in 1660, and its perilous migration across the Atlantic to establish a “perfect reformation” in the New World.

Visit for requested registration. There is a $10 fee; no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or Connector Care cardholders.

Biography seminar at MHS

“The Art of Family History: Visual Imagery, Family Narrative and Native American Modernism” will be presented from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

Decades ago, historian Philip Deloria (Harvard University) found some drawings in the basement. These distinctive prints turned out to be the iconic work of his great aunt. Deloria will speak about his new book, Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Aesthetic with Julie Dubros (Tufts University), author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. The event will focus on how an intensely personal story interweaves Sully’s life and works with the “richness of their historical situation” in Native studies and art history.

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AJLM Symposium

The 2020 American Journal of Law and Medicine Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

The AJLM will explore the bioethical and legal issues in new and developing areas of healthcare.

The symposium will feature presentations on gene editing, DNA testing, biobanking, telehealth, opioid prescribing and treatment, artificial intelligence, and other important topics.

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Senior Choreographers’ Concert

B.F.A. ’20 contemporary dance students will present original dance compositions at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

Visit for complementary tickets and other information.

‘Mozart + Haydn’

The Handel and Haydn Society will present “Mozart + Haydn” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The program will feature Mozart’s Violin Concert No. 4, Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 “Military;” and Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.”

Musically Speaking, a lively discussion about the music and composers on the program, will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

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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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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.

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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Boston Baked Books

The Boston Baked Books group will read and discuss The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday Feb. 10 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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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.

Creative Galaxy

Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. will present Creative Galaxy from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 20.

Children, ages two through six, are invited to join Arty, Juju, and their friends as they explore the universe of creativity. Each week, the group will watch a short episode of “Creative Galaxy,” an award-winning children’s program and then complete an art project related to the episode. Get ready to have fun and get creative.

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Sing & Play Group

A Sing and Play Group for babies and toddlers will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 20 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

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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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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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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.

Senior/Adult Bingo

Senior/Adult Bingo will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (at the corner of Jersey St.)

Join the group for bingo, snacks and fun prizes.

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‘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.

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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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.

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 6:30 to 8 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’

“First Fridays” festive cocktail and music event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

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. To learn more, visit

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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‘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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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).

Visit for required complementary tickets.

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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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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