Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Online Pride Story Time with drag performers
Celebrate Pride Month with a virtual story time with local drag performers Just JP and Nüqueer Power from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
This story time will feature picture books affirming diverse families and queer identities. The stories will be best enjoyed by kids, ages 3through 5, but all families are welcome to attend.
Please register at bpl.org/events to participate in the live Zoom story time. Participants can choose if they would like to participate with or without video.
‘The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is being organized, energized and driven primarily by poor and directly impacted people through the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
A two-hour program will be broadcast at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 and again at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. It will include the stories, solutions and songs of movement leaders and artists.
Organized by each state’s coordinating committee of the Poor People’s Campaign, the digital stage is being built for the “plight, flight and insight of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, joined by moral leaders, advocates and artists to present to the nation and the world… interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.”
The organizers believe that “we have to root out and rectify the same enmeshed evils that have kept people down for centuries.”
Visit June2020.org to tune in.
Visit www.PoorPeoplesCampaign.org for more information.
‘The Pineapple Project’
In honor of Pride Month, the Boston Public Library will host “The Pineapple Project,” an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22 and Thursday, June 25.
“Boys can’t be princesses!” As a non-binary person and theatre artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement made by their niece. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children, ages 3 to 8, to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.
This class will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration. People will receive instructions via email on how to logon to the Zoom conference 24 hours prior to the start of the program.
Author event with Brandy Colbert
Teens are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a conversation with author of books for teens, Brandy Colbert from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22 via Zoom.
She will discuss themes of her books as well as her path to becoming an author.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom access information.
School busing: Past and future impact
The Boston Public Library will present “School Desegregation in Boston and the United States: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.
Farah Stockman is an American journalist who has worked for The Boston Globe and currently reports for The New York Times. In 2016, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in recognition of a series of articles examining the effects of busing on Boston schools. During this talk, Stockman will discuss her experiences reporting on busing in Boston as well as the past and future impact of this monumental moment in Boston and Unites States history.
Join Stockman and Boston Public Library President David Leonard for this virtual conversation about this significant time in Boston history.
This conversation is part of the Lowell Lecture Series. The event is free to the public.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information, including registration.
‘Season 30 Spotlight’ series
Learn more about SpeakEasy’s 2020-2021 season with the “Season 30 Spotlight” series, celebrating 30 years of thought-provoking, cutting-edge theatre in Boston.
Tune into SpeakEasy’s Facebook page from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for a live 30-minute Q&A with artists to learn more about the selection process, production plans, and the artists’ inspiration, and get a chance to ask your questions too.
The SpeakEasy’s 2020-2021 season Spotlights will conclude on June 24 with “Slave Play.”
Visit www.speakeasystage.com for more information, including a link to donate to help them continue “to tell stories that matter.”
SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club
The SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club, a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.
Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the play on your own time, and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the play’s major themes and impact on the American theatre canon.
For this series of plays, the theme is “Celebrating Contemporary Female Voices” and will include:
June 25: “Cambodian Rock Band” by Lauren Yee
For more information on this program or any of the plays included, email Alex Lonati at email@example.com.
Pride Month documentary discussions
In honor of Pride month, join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of the documentaries, “Paris Is Burning” and “The Cockettes” with Fayette Hauser, co-founder of The Cockettes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. These films explore the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in different eras.
Fayette Hauser is an artist, actress, costume designer, author and co-founder of the Cockettes. The Cockettes were a psychedelic drama troupe comprised of male, female, Black, white, American Indian, straight, queer, cis and trans members who pushed the norms and limits of gender and sexuality.
The documentary is available to watch with a BPL card via Kanopy.
“Paris is Burning” chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The documentary is available on YouTube.
Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Tai Chi will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays, hosted by the Fenway Community Center.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.
Poetry small group
Poetry Small Group presented by the Riverway Project will meet from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom.
Each week a poem will be read and talked about together. Prompts will be given for those who would like to write, though they will not require anyone to share this writing. They will also welcome participants to bring their favorite poems to share. In this way, they are hoping to foster the Temple Israel caring community and nourish our souls.
Visit jewishboston.com and/or tisrael.org for the link to join.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
FCC’s Movie Club
Join the Fenway Community Center’s popular movie club, now online, and now twice a week at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 9 p.m. on Fridays. A video chat will follow the film.
Email email@example.com to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.
With baseball season on hold, there are no cracks of the bat or late-inning homers, but you can still enjoy the sound of the organ playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor plays 30 minutes of songs on his show “Seventh-Inning Stretch” on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. every day. So take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs. He also takes requests.
Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank. Tune in at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020.
Guided Meditation & Kirtan
Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health, or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom links and more information.
Enjoy seeing friendly faces and competing in fun trivia competitions at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84198272551.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.
Harry Potter League
All ages are welcome to the Harry Potter League at 7 p.m. on Thursdays hosted by the Fenway Community Center. Enjoy the wizarding world with friends. Find out your house and patronus. Listen to chapters and complete fun activities.
Link to Zoom: https://bit.ly/3ckdCjO.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.
Fenway Community Center will host online Bingo at 1 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom. Link: https://bit.ly/3fDXqMm
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Voice & Justice
The Fenway Community Center will host Voice & Justice from 8 to 9 p.m. on Fridays.
Join in to share and listen about the recent police violence against African-American people and other injustices. Express yourself through art, poetry, music, etc.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the Zoom link.
Studio Ghibli Watch Party
The Studio Ghibli Watch Party will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturdays hosted by the Fenway Community Center. Fall into a world of fantasy and beauty with stunning Japanese animation.
Keep your markers and pencils handy. They’ll take a break and draw a character.
Zoom Link: https://bit/ly/3cAAJGZ.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the movie titles.
Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Village Parent’s Happy Hour will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Struggling to manage the new normal? Exhausted from full days juggling the needs of your little ones and your professional life while stuck at home?
Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community.
Join Zoom at: https://zoom/us/j/7282752816 or visit tisrael.org for more details.
Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020
The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.
Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses
For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020
For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.
The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.
Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.
BPL To Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
True Crime Book Club
True Crime Book Club hosted by the Fenway Community Center will read and discuss The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement – the 1955 lynching of Emmett till – “and demands that we do the one ital. thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it.” (The Atlantic)
Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information, including the link to Zoom.
Boston Baroque Live: Mozart's ‘Requiem’
Boston Baroque is proud to release its next full-length live recorded performance of Mozart's Requiem, Symphony No. 40, and "Exsultate, jubilate." Led by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque's renowned orchestra and chorus perform Mozart's masterpieces alongside soloists soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas.
The Mozart program is currently available to stream for free on Boston Baroque Live.
Visit https://baroque.boston for more information.
Free Lifeboat Food Pantry/Fair Foods
The Fenway Community Development Corporation is holding a Lifeboat Food Pantry from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Boston Temple, 105 Jersey St. Fair Foods will also be there with free, fresh food as well. Register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.
Lifeboat Boston Food Pantry collaborates with Boston Temple, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Food Link, Fair Foods, Fenway CDC and many in-kind sponsors.
All community residents in need are welcome.
Gardner at Home: Asian art and culture
Read about Isabella’s personal connection to The Tale of Genji, the music of 11th-century Japan and the many surprising ways this story appears in the Gardner’s collection.
Wind your way through 1880s China with Isabella and Jack in this in-depth blog post documenting their Asian travels – you can even see Isabella's travel routes in map form.
As you read about Mrs. Gardner Takes to Jiu Jitsu, learn about the recent conservation of this beautiful Japanese katana, which holds both personal and artistic significance.
Visit gardnermuseum.org and/or #MuseumFromHome for more information, including a tour of their greenhouse.
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation
Discover Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation online via a slideshow with accompanying playlist at mfaboston.org through Sunday, Aug. 2.
The MFA takes a deep dive into the artworks and history of Basquiat and his post-graffiti peers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, guided by exhibition co-curators Liz Munsell and Greg Tate as they share alternating insights on the elements central to these artists’ movement to infiltrate the art world and spread hip-hop culture throughout the globe.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue produced by MFA Publications, edited by co-curators Liz Munsell, the MFA’s Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, and writer and musician Greg Tate.
People can also read the full story of the explosive era of art and pop culture explored in “Writing the Future: Basquait and the Hip-Hop Generation” at www.mfa.org/exhibition/writing-the-future.
‘What the World Needs Now’ – Virtual Orchestra
What started as an idea on a student’s flight home from Berklee College ended in collaboration with some of the most incredible people.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee student Shelbie Rassler convened a virtual orchestra of 74 of her peers to create connection in a time of social distancing. Watch this moving performance of “What the World Needs Now.”
Visit www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video or YouTube.com for a little something special to brighten your day.
BSO music online
The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.
There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.
These offerings are all available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.
Museum of Fine Arts at home fun
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.
Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.
Visit mfa.org for more details.
#NECMusicHub & Monday Videos
The New England Conservatory of Music musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe – follow the series at #NECMusic Hub.
In addition, NEC is releasing new concert videos every Monday.
Visit necmusic.edu for more details.
The creation of Fenway Cares, a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E./Peterborough Senior Center) to gather and share information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as to pair volunteers and services with those in need, has been launched.
To learn more visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.
Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer your support, request assistance or share information.
Fenway Health Telehealth Services
New Telehealth Services are provided by Fenway Health to help patients schedule an appointment to see a clinician from the safety of their own home. Via video chat, healthcare providers will be able to assess the patient’s condition and make recommendations for ongoing care, individual therapy, group therapy, and psychiatry services.
The Fenway Health Pharmacy is now offering free shipping on all prescription orders. Shipments can be made virtually for any prescription medication to any address in Massachusetts. New patients are welcome to place prescription orders online through registered accounts. Also, refills can be requested electronically or via the Rx2Go app on mobile phones.
Visit fenwayhealth.org for more information.
Support the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
As a result of the lengthy Coronavirus shutdowns, the cost to the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be upwards of $350,000. In addition to lost revenue, it also includes the costs of fulfilling their contracts to the orchestra and everyone who makes the magic happen during the season. As a result, the chorus faces a crisis of its own.
The only way they can make up the lost revenue, which is close to half their annual budget, is through donations.
There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.
MFA first year free membership
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. wants to share its milestone 150th anniversary year in a way that is truly for everyone.
In the spirit of generosity, they are inviting visitors who haven’t been MFA members before to sign up for a first year of membership completely free when they attend one of their 2020 Community Celebrations or MFA Late Nites.
Visit mfa.org/membership for more details.
Open Night at Coit Observatory – Canceled until further notice
The Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave. holds a Public Open Night on most Wednesdays throughout the year, weather permitting. It is canceled for now due to the virus.
When this program begins again, 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.
Visit bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night for more details and tickets.
Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.