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

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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‘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.

‘She the People’

The theatrical performance of “She the People: Girlfriend’s Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves,” presented by the Huntington Theatre Company and the Second City, will be held from Feb. 18 through Mar. 8 at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

A high-octane show entirely created, designed and performed by the fearlessly funny women of world-famous comedy mecca The Second City, “She the People” is a mimosas-and-madness-fueled foray that proudly roasts the patriarchy in a mash-up of sketches and songs that reclaims comedy for everyone.

Visit for tickets ($25-$79) and other information, including afternoon and evening show times.

The Thistle Brothers concert

So Good Sounds presents The Thistle Brothers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley St.

Cameron and Devin, The Thistle Brothers, are a talented brotherly duo out of Northern Virginia (now attending Berklee College of Music) aiming to bring their music to the ears of anyone that feels inclined to listen. Influenced by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, they find that their music falls somewhere along this spectrum.

Tickets: $15 on; $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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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.


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.

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‘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. 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.

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.


The FeministFuturist exhibition is on view through Apr. 5 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.

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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‘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.