Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

FCC Book & Film Club

The Book and Film Club will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and Mar. 6 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St.

The group will discuss the book Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memories of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel on Feb. 21 and watch and discuss the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? on Mar. 6.

Visit for registration and other information.

MassArt Art Museum Grand Opening

MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), 621 Huntington Ave. – Boston’s newest contemporary art museum – will hold its grand opening, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The inaugural features will include the U.S. premiere of internationally-renowned artist Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet exhibition on view through Aug. 2; a group exhibition titled Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art on view through Apr. 19; and a site-specific installation by artist duo Ghost of a Dream: Yesterday Is Here on view through Feb. 28, 2021.

Always free, MAAM year-round hours: Wednesday & Friday: noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday: noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Visit to learn more about the grand opening, the art and artists and the museum.

‘In Search of Beethoven’ film

“In Search of Beethoven” will be shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Mar. 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Delving beneath the image of the tortured, cantankerous genius to find the real Ludwig van Beethoven, “In Search for Beethoven” examines the romantic myth of the composer as a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic deafness, who searched for his “immortal beloved” but remained unmarried. The real man was someone quite different and far more interesting.

Featuring more than 60 performances by the world’s finest musicians, “In Search for Beethoven” offers a comprehensive and dynamic account of the life and works of the great composer.

Ticket required: Member: $10; Nonmember: $13.

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Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

A concert presented by the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

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JRO & YPSO winter concert

The Junior Repertory Orchestra and the Young People’s String Orchestra Winter Concert will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

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Weekend Concert Series

The Weekend Concert Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through May 17 as follows:

A Far Cry: Sibling Rivalry (Feb. 23); Nicolas Namoradz, Piano (Mar. 1 debut); Musicians from Marlboro (Mar. 8); Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor with Myra Huang, Piano (Mar. 15); Christopher Taylor, Piano: Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies Project Pt. I (Mar. 22); Spektral String Quartet (Mar. 29 debut); Rebel Ensemble for Baroque Music: Earth’s Delight, Heaven’s Glory (Apr. 5); Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello with Michael Behringer, Harpsichord (Apr. 19); Christopher Taylor, Piano: Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies Project Pt. II (Apr. 26); A Far Cry featuring Moe Pope (May 10); and Christopher Taylor, Piano: Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies Project Pt. III (May17).

Also included in the Series is: the Boston Children’s Chorus: Under My Skin (from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 4).

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‘Little Women, the Musical’

The performance of “Little Women, the Musical” will be held through Feb. 23 at the BU Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, this musical play weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

For more information, including show times and tickets, visit

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan will be held through Feb. 23 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

For a list of films, show times and other information, visit

Countway Cuddles: Pet Therapy

Feeling stressed? Come relax with one of the trained therapy dogs.

Cooper will be ready for lots of snuggles in the Countway Library, Harvard Longwood Campus, 10 Shattuck St. from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Mar. 11, Mar. 24 and Apr 8.

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Muddy River Restoration Project

A public meeting and community update on Phase 2 of the Muddy River Restoration Project will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway.

Listen to the guest speakers present information regarding Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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A Soulful Delight Concert

Thursdays Live will host A Soulful Delight Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

Explore your own meaning of eternal happiness with melodic vocals, self-affirming lyrics, and live instrumentation.

Headliners: Carolyn Malachi with BOOMscat and Dokum Oke; Opening Act: Aleecya; Pre-Show Act: DJ Real P.

Visit for tickets ($15-$27) and other information.

Concerts and Conversations

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory will present “What I Hear” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 and on Sunday, 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.

Haydn + Beethoven

The Handel and Haydn Society will present Haydn + Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 1 the New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The program will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 6, “Le Matin” and Symphony No. 92, “Oxford” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

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

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Junior Artists

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. hosts an (almost) weekly Saturday pop-in program with Museum educators from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children, ages 5 to 8 with an adult, are invited to look closely at art, make and take art, and have fun.

No registration required; free with Museum admission. Visit for other details.

Moving Images Film Festival

Vinfen will hold its 13th annual Moving Images Film Festival, “Without Judgment,” on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pateur.

This year’s event will explore the lives of people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges through five powerful and touching films: “The Public,” “This Is My Brave, Living With High-Functioning Anxiety,” “I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia” and “INTELLIGENT LIVES.”

Films will be followed by three inspiring panel discussions featuring stars of the film “This Is My Brave+ - Jennifer Marshall, Jason Wright, Kasey Maher and Nneka Hall; Star of the film “I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia” - Cecilia McGough; Star of the film “INTELLIGENT LIVES” Micah Fialka-Feldman; and special guest Emma Fialka-Feldman, a Boston Public Schools Elementary Educator and Micah’s sister.

CART Interpreter Services will be provided for panel discussions. Lunch will be served and parking at the venue is complimentary.

The event is free and open to the public, but a donation of $10 is suggested and appreciated. Donations can be made online at or at the event.

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Applications have also been submitted for Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers.

If you have questions, contact Rebecca Batzold at

Roaring ’20s Extravaganza!

A Roaring ’20s Extravaganza will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 29 at The Westin Copley Place, Boston at 10 Huntington Ave.

This welcoming event is open to all young adults, ages 21 through 40, hosted by the St. Cecelia’s Young Adults and Paulist Center Young Adults.

Tickets are $40 available at and will include a night of music, dancing and fun. Since Prohibition is over this time around, one drink is included with your ticket.

‘Deal Me Out’

The Boston Playwrights' Theatre at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre (949 Commonwealth Ave.) presents “Deal Me Out” through Mar. 1.

“Deal Me Out” is a comic drama set inside the world of gamers.

Visit the Boston Playwrights' Theatre at for show times and tickets.

String Masters Series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present the String Masters Series featuring world-class artists at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 1 and Apr. 5 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

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First Mondays at Jordan Hall

First Mondays at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. 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.

Concerts will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. as follows:

American Sonorities (Mar. 2); Beethoven, Part 1 (Apr. 6); and Beethoven, Part II (May 4).

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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 Tuesday, Mar. 3 and Apr. 14 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

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BSO concert in the making

BSO Open Rehearsals will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 5 and Apr. 2 at Symphony Hall.

These events 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.

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Boston Baked Books group

The Boston Baked Books group will read and discuss Gangland Boston: A Tour through the Deadly Streets of Organized Crime by Emily Sweeney from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 9 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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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, prices and special events such as skating lessons and themed-nights.

Falun Gong Exercises/Meditation Class

The Falun Dafa Club at BU will host a Falun Gong exercises and meditation class from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Apr. 28 (or by appointment at Boston University, CAS 310, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Join them and experience the tranquility and peace coming with this practice.

Visit for an introduction to the practice of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) and registration.

Yoga – Form, Function & Flow at FCC

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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Cyclists activist group

The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall to discuss and develop organizing strategy for city-wide campaigns.

To join the Activist Group, email

Little Hands Art at FCC

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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Wednesday nights free at MFA

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is complimentary on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

"Drawing in the Galleries" are slated for 6 to 9 p.m.

Voluntary contributions (suggested donation $25) are welcomed.

Visit to learn more.

Drawing in the Galleries at MFA

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.

Visit to learn more.

Guided meditation at FCC

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.

For more information and reservations, go to

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.

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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Toddler Sing and Play at FCC

Toddler Sing and Play will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (entrance on Jersey Street).

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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.

Senior/Adult Bingo at FCC

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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MFA ‘First Fridays’

“First Fridays” are 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.

Tickets are $25 for adult, $23 for students and seniors, and free for museum members.

Visit to learn more.

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.

‘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. on 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.”

Visit for other details on these fun, festive – and always a little risqué –fabulous nights out (for 21+), including show times and tickets.

Jurassic World Live Tour

Felt entertainment presents the Jurassic World Live Tour from Mar. 27 through Apr. 5 at the Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, including show times and tickets, visit

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 presents student, faculty and class recitals in theater, dance, music and opera through May.

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‘Jewelry and Metalwork’ exhibit at MFA

“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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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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