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

‘Last Catastrophist’

The theatrical performance of the “Last Catastrophist” by the Fresh Ink Theater Company will be held 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.

Minni Make + Play – Happy Hearts

In Minni Make + Play – Happy Hearts, little artists, ages 1.5 to 3 years, and their caregivers will be whisked away by playful projects and sensory station inspired by Valentine’s Day from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Instructor Maria will guide participants through a series of sweet activities, including collaborative heart prints, collaged cards and a special book reading. Join them for a creative morning of happy crafting and happy hearts.

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


The FeministFuturist exhibition will be on view from Feb. 8 through Apr. 5 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.

An Opening Reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. FeministFuturist attire encouraged.

A Young Futurist Spaceship Workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

A FeministFuturist Fashion Forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 11 (Snow date: Mar. 18).

This exhibition includes work that speculates on future earth communities and the potential lives of beings of all kinds, while offering visions of coexistence, healing, and community.

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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 Feb. 9. 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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‘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.

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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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Minni WashiShop – Valentine’s Edition

“Stick” the kids at the Minni WashiShop – Valentine’s Edition, a most cheerful and colorful collaboration with renowned Japanese brand MT Washi Tape from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

The group will explore a suite of sticky properties as little designers, ages 4 through 10, use a veritable rainbow of washi pieces to create unique Valentine’s cards for special loved ones, friends and even classmates. Instructor May will teach about lines, color and repurposed materials as the children create completely original works of art.

Student s will take home two rolls of washi tape of their choosing in addition to their finished valentines.

Visit for reservations ($40 with sibling discounts) and other information.

#HellaBlack: Hip Hop Edition

Boston Center for the Arts is bringing back #HellaBlack with a special hip hop edition featuring Boston’s most fire female emcees co-curated by Candace McDuffie at 7:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the BCA Plaza Theatres, 539 Tremont St.

This intimate one night only event with explicit language (for 18+) gives you a look inside the world of hip-hop through a female lens.

Visit for a lineup of performers, tickets ($25 on line; $30 at the door) 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 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.

Minni Design + Wine – Paper Blooms

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Design + Wine – Paper Blooms, a relaxing evening of bubbly and bright paper bouquets, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, local artist, paper engineer and owner of Yeiou Paper Objects Abigail will guide participants through the simple process of creating single stem flowers as a gift for someone special – including you. Treat yourself to an evening away from home and let your creativity bloom.

Visit for reservations ($40) and other information.

I Heart Books Half-Off Sale

More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley St. will hold an I Heart Books 50 percent off sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

All used books and vintage vinyl are half-off, so you can shop to your heart’s content. All purchases from More Than Words support their mission of empowering young people to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

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Children’s coat drive

The South End Community Health Center, 1601 Washington St. is collecting children’s new and gently used and clean coats, hats, mittens and gloves. The SECHC is a non-profit agency which celebrated its 50th year of serving the South End in 2019.

For more information about SECHC, visit

To make a donation, phone 617-425-2000 for more details.

‘Bright Half Life’

The Actors’ Shakespeare Project will present “Bright Half Life” 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.


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.

RING exhibition/reception

RING, the Annual Members Group Exhibition, will be on view through Feb. 23 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

This year’s theme circles round the concept of “ring.” Featuring diverse talents of their 36 sculptors, the exhibition offers innovative, engaging and affordable work in myriad styles and media.

From Saturn’s rings to coffee rings, this exhibition offers something for everyone. Priced from $100 to $1000, the works are “cash and carry” with a 10 percent discount for first time collectors.

The Gallery winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment.

Visit for other information.

Winter Family Gym

A free drop-in play program for families with children, ages three through eight, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Apr. 11 at the BCYF Blackstone Community Center, 50 Brookline St.

Visit, phone 617-635-5256 or email for other information.

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.

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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.