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

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.

MLK Day of Action

The St Stephen's Youth Programs invites individuals and families with children ages 4 and older to participate in its 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

The day will begin at St. Stephen’s Church at 419 Shawmut Ave. for check-in and breakfast.

Volunteers will work on beautification and revitalization projects at one of three locations from 10 a.m. to noon.

At noon everyone will return to St. Stephen’s for lunch and discussion about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and why this day has become a day of volunteering.

Visit for registration and other information.

Granola tasting

A variety of free samples of Golden Girl Granola, recipe cards and kids stickers will be available at the Granola Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Whole Foods Market South End, 348 Harrison Ave.

Come in and make-your-own-yougurt parfaits for a temporary escape from the winter season.

Visit for other information.

Minni Design + Wine – Beeswax Candles

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Design + Wine – Beeswax Candles, a bright evening of wine sipping and relaxed candle crafting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Caroline will guide participants through the process of rolling clean-burning candles using sheets of natural beeswax and cotton wicks. Participants will learn how to roll and customize their own pillar or tapered candle with geometric shapes and patterns.

Each participant will leave with a set of three hand-rolled candles to light up even the chilliest winter night.

Visit for reservations ($40) and other information.

‘Bright Half Life’

The Actors’ Shakespeare Project will present “Bright Half Life” from Jan. 23 through Feb. 16 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 527 Tremont St.

Spanning a forty year relationship, this portrayal of two smart women finding, losing, and finding themselves and each other again is contemporary as a play could be, yet the theme is classic and timeless.

Visit for show times and tickets.


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.

‘Sailormade: The Knotworks Series’

Sip, nibble, chat and learn how to make Whatknot Beaded Necklaces – a long strand of gorgeous semi-precious stones strung along a silk cord that’s been hand knotted with one tiny little knot between each bead – at Sailormade, 450 Harrison Ave. #417.

The evening winter workshops will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 23, Jan. 29, Feb. 13, Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and/or Mar. 26, perfect for all level jewelry crafters.

Visit to reserve a spot ($65) or contact Bridget at or phone 978-500-6250.

‘Last Catastrophist’

The theatrical performance of the “Last Catastrophist” by the Fresh Ink Theater Company will be held from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 at the Plaza Theatres at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Marina, one of the last American climatologists, has hidden herself on the coast of Iceland to escape increasing threats from Eternal Sunshine, a shadowy cabal harassing climate scientists into silence. When Lucia, her one remaining peer, shows up unannounced, a cat-and-mouse game ensues. Are they allies? Enemies? Who works for whom? Drawing on climate science and real-world events, “Last Catastrophist” imagines life on the brink of extinction.

Visit for tickets ($5 to $25) and other information, including show times.

‘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.

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.

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.

Bel Canto Opera performance

The Boston Bel Canto Opera will perform Luigi Pirandello Lyceum 23rd Annual Italian Opera Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge.

Soprano Olga Lisovskaya will be making her BBCO debut during this afternoon of Italian arias, duets and ensembles. Others featured include soprano Meredith Hansen, tenor Giovanni Formisano, baritone Paul Soper, and on piano, Bradley Pennington.

Admission is $25, $22 for seniors (62 and older) and students with proper ID (cash and personal checks only). There will be opening seating.

Parking adjacent to building is free, but spaces are limited. There is also on-street metered parking which is also free on Sundays.

For more information, call 617-949-6543 or send an email to

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

Souper Bowl fundraiser

The 12th annual Boston Souper Bowl fundraiser will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury. There will be four entrance times on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m.

More than a dozen phenomenal chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients to benefit Haley House’s programs which include a soup kitchen, housing, education and training, and social enterprise.

Upon entering, attendees will select a handcrafted ceramic bowl, courtesy of MassArt’s Center for Community Partnership and Clay for Change. Moving from station to station, guests will be treated to delicious soups. At the end of the event, attendees are invited to take their handmade bowls home.

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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.

Sip + Stitch

Bring a craft of your choice and join other knitters and crafters for Sip + Stitch from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays at Bead + Fiber, 460A Harrison Ave.

They’ll provide the refreshments and offer those participating 10 percent off on any purchase made during the event. Two teachers will be in the store to answer any question you may have.

A suggested donation of $5 to $10 will help pay for the teachers and refreshments.

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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 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.

For more information, visit

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).

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.