Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Tito Puente Latin Music Series
The Puente Latin Music Series will feature exceptional artists, bringing captivating rhythms while creating a characteristic sound from their Puerto Rican roots, revolutionizing the Afro-Caribbean music of the 21st century. Get ready to sing, dance and have fun with the best and most original musicians of the moment at 7 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
July 16: ÌFÉ
The fascinating sounds, rhythms and percussion of the ÌFÉ, a musical project with a fundamental message of spiritual union, is an organic fusion of R&B, dance hall and hip-hop, in Spanish, Yoruba and English.
July 23: HENRY COLE
This extraordinary and multi-awarded percussionist, avant-garde of the Afro-Puerto Rican jazz movement, will be paying tribute to the timbalero who gave name to this musical series, the great Tito Puente.
July 30: MAHYA
The new and enigmatic Antillean sound of Mahya, who will captivate us all with her magic, will take us on a musical journey filled with those flavors, rhythms and colors representative of the Caribbean.
Visit www.ibaboston.org/events/tito-puente-latin-music-series for more information, including the links to their
The concerts series will Live Stream on IBA Boston’s Facebook, You Tube and Instagram pages.
BLUEbikes – Saturdays free in July
BLUEbikes is a fun and affordable way to get around - 3,000+ bikes; 300+ stations; 5 Municipalities.
BLUEbikes is offering free rides on Saturdays in July so you can get some fresh air and exercise, explore new places and take in new sights. Just download the app at bluebikes.com and select Adventure Pass.
Friends of the South End Library Advisory Board member Juan Carlos Gonzalez, who is the art director for Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), invites everyone to join the live-stream “Festival Betances” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.
This annual event has become a staple in New England’s Latino community with multiple musical and dance performances, ranging from local and regional acts to international Latin music icons such as Larry Harlow from Fania All Stars, Tony Vega and Tito Rojas.
The festival is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican independence advocate and physician, whose medical contributions benefited Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.
Tune in art youtube.com/IBABoston.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 13 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
FOSEL presents Martin Espada at South End Writes
Celebrated poet, Martin Espada, winner of many awards and honors, including the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for outstanding lifetime achievement and the 2017 Massachusetts Center for the Book Poetry Award, will ZOOM into South End Writes at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.
He will read from the 2021 Floaters; the 2017 Vivas to Those Who Have Failed; and the 2019 anthology he edited, What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump. For details, click here.
This program is presented by FOSEL at FriendsofSouthEndLibrary.org.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on July 16, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Kanopy Club: ‘Bernie’
The Boston Public Library invites you to watch the film “Bernie” at https://boston.kanopy.com/video/bernie-1, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.
About “Bernie:” In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.
Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (for ages three through five) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.
The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.
Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships, and developing a connecting with themselves.
Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.
Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.
Stretch Therapy Boston online class
Stretch Therapy is a comprehensive system that includes stretching, fascial remodeling, strengthening, neural re-patterning, and relaxation. The goals are moving with grace and ease, and this is experienced as enhanced awareness and elegance in movement.
Applications of the Stretch Therapy approach span rehabilitation of specific physical problems, through development of more efficient alignment and movement patterns, all the way to improvement of elite athletic performance. Everyone will find themselves somewhere on this continuum.
Stretch Therapy Boston (40 Fay St.) classes are held online from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a group of students to explore the benefits of practice together. Variations of the poses are introduced based on the individual’s needs. Students can focus on the proper techniques of each exercise and experience the holistic benefits from it. More variations of the poses are gradually introduced following the principles of the Stretch Therapy system.
Go to http://stretchtherapyboston.org/class for more information and to sign up ($10 per class).
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity
The 2020 Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity Dance will be held through Friday, Aug. 14 online for continuity and safety.
The classes range in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation for students ages 1 through 17 and participants can sign up for any or all of the weeks.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including schedules and registration.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Join Bead+Fiber (460A Harrison Ave.) via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays for Sip and Stitch. Bring your favorite beverage, share your current project, chat with other creatives, and if you have one, show your furry friend(s).
Bead +Fiber also has KAL (Knit Around) monthly projects from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit www.beadandfiber.com and their social media platforms for more details.
‘Live! from The Beehive’
The Beehive stage is coming alive once again (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course)!
Tune into Beehive's Facebook Live & Instagram Live at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for the Beehive Jazz Concert Series and at 7 p.m. on Sundays for a performance from their roster of musicians.
Visit www.beehiveboston.com for the latest updates.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.
Their website, www.bgmc.org, has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music created since the pandemic started for you to enjoy.
'A Language for Intimacy’
“A Language for Intimacy” is a digital exhibition presented by Boston Center for the Arts and Abrons Arts Center featuring new and existing works and corresponding texts that consider expressions of intimacy through language, the body, collaboration and community, and material and space.
This exhibition explores these concepts of intimacy in light of the social distancing efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also speaking to the politics of intimacy, from the racial health disparities the virus has exposed to the mass protests that have galvanized a global anti-racist movement to end state violence against Black bodies.
Pairing together nine artists with nine writers, the online group exhibition presents artworks in performance, video, sculpture, photography, drawing, and digital media, alongside original texts in prose and verse. These pairings serve a double purpose: to facilitate an exchange between artist and writer, while also creating a bond between their respective contributions – an intimacy between word and image.
Curated by Amanda Contrada and Terence Trouillot, the exhibition will be live at alanguageforintimacy.com through Aug. 30.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
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” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
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.
BPL To Go
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. 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.
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 and pick them up at the library.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Support Rosie’s Place
Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. still in operation following the Coronavirus guidelines, is looking for donations of money, gift cards, toiletries, non-perishable food, re-usable bags, mugs, towels, underwear, books among other items.
Visit rosiesplace.org to learn more.
SoWa Art + Design District (450 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200+ art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market, and more. Although many of the SoWa businesses are temporarily closed, some have limited hours by appointment and some remain "open" online and would love for you to check them out.
Follow them on facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild or twitter.com
Stay tuned for the return of First Fridays ad SoWa Second Sundays.
Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a complete listing of all artists.
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.
SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram
The SoWa Vintage Market is live on Instagram at 11 a.m. every Sunday @sowavintage.
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.
The Vintage Market, typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, is located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.in the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit as well.
Visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com to learn more.
AFH Virtual Gallery
The Artists for Humanity’s Social Distance Gallery showcases one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation. They hope that this artwork uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and the AFH’s mission.
Visit www.afhboston.org for your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston and to inquire about purchasing artwork.
SoWa Farmers Market
The SoWa Farmers Market at 460 Harrison Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Each week they will feature a wide selection of your favorite local farms and makers providing fresh foods and groceries in a safe and spacious outdoor environment.
Credit card, tap-to-pay, and other touch-less payment options are strongly recommended.
Please review the Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines and register at https://sowafarmersmarket.eventbrite.com for a specific time slot to visit the market. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.
Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-farmers-market for more information.
South End Neighborhood Aid Network
Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.
The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.
The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods.
Haley House – Ways you can help
During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:
Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
Purchase Gift Cards for Haley House Bakery Cafe or Order Take Out/Delivery – Help stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury) by purchasing gift cards or ordering their take out or delivery. Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.
Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations they can use, or send them items from their Amazon Charity Lists.
Haley House says, “We know this is hard on a lot of people and many of us feel isolated but for 54 years we have believed in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity and we’re not stopping now!”
Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response for more details.
MTW online purchases and book/textile donations
More Than Words stores are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.
A R E A Gallery
Construction A R E A is an online platform by A R E A to showcase off-site exhibitions and offer visitors a curated selection of works available for sale in Boston.
Visit www.area.gallery for more information, including the current exhibitions and a list of the featured artists.
Social Distancing Gallery
While Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild (where artists live/work in the South End) has temporarily closed, exhibition coordinator Erik Grau has since launched Social Distancing Gallery on its social media feeds and is sharing all submissions sent in by local artists and from abroad.
View them at www.instagram.com/artpcgboston.