Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Acting basics

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 for Acting Basics – a six-week course that will teach fundamental skills in acting, including observation, listening, engaging the body and ensemble work. The class, facilitated by Ameilia Boyce Munson, will culminate in a public viewing of your progress.

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‘Our Liberation is Bound Together: AntiRacism Workshop’

Kavod will lead a five-part virtual workshop series that explores the Jewish obligation to create a more just world from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 through Dec. 7, hosted by Temple Israel Boston.

The group will examine the connection between racism and antisemitism throughout history and into the present. What does it mean to imagine a world in which Jews of all racial and ethnic backgrounds build authentic, sustained solidarity with one another? How can we evaluate our personal and family histories to identify if and how we have benefited from or been harmed by racism and antisemitism? How can we create relationships with other communities targeted by white supremacy?

Participants will leave this course with a commitment to concrete action, ready to begin or expand their community’s justice work.

Visit for more information and Zoom registrations (“Pay What You Can” Per Class/Series).

Virtual Berklee in the Round No. 2

Berkee in the Round (BITR) No. 2 will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Five songwriters/performers will take turns playing songs and telling stories for four rounds on Berklee’s Facebook livestream.

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Contemporary Improvisation at NEC: Mandé West African Ensembles

The Mandé Music ensemble is an introduction to West African history and culture through the music. It offers students the opportunity to learn songs from a repertoire of West African music, including songs from the Wassalou, Bambara, Songhai ethnic groups and the Djeli tradition.

Enjoy the sounds of the Mandé Music ensemble from 7 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Go to for more information and the link to enjoy the concerts.

‘The Secret Jews of Majorca: A Virtual Tour Experience’

The Spanish Island of Majorca is known for its beach resorts, limestone mountains and being home to tennis celebrity Rafa Nadal. But Majorca holds a secret, never discussed in most travel guides. During the Inquisition, the Crypto-Jews or Chuetas publicly professed Catholicism while privately adhering to Judaism. Still, hundreds of Jews were murdered and only 15 families survived.

Experience new places and ideas from the comfort of home as Temple Israel of Boston joins guide Dani Rotstein for a special virtual tour of Majorca’s history and its lessons for all Jews today from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration ($).

‘Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation’

"Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation" is the first major exhibition to contextualize Jean-Michel Basquiat in relation to hip-hop and the subversive abstractions that characterized New York’s post-graffiti movement.

Explore the interdisciplinary connections between the visual and verbal language of artistic expression in the 1980s. Sessions will be led via Zoom by MFA educators and include opportunities for questions and dialogue.

Recommended for College/University faculty and students, sessions will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Drawing Together: Edward Monovich and Basil El Halwagy’s Superheroes

Join MAAM and MassArt Studio Foundation professor Edward Monovich from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 for an artmaking experience that blurs the boundaries between observational drawing and performance art.

This session will feature Basil El Halwagy’s elaborately costumed “Fine Art Superhero” avatars. The group will explore the theme of transformation while El Halwagy’s two Superheroes create kinetic poses for participants to draw.

'Oscar D'León Meets Berklee' (Virtual concert)

In celebration of Berklee College of Music's 75th anniversary, Venezuelan artist Oscar D'León will perform a virtual concert with Berklee students at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 on

Berklee's YouTube channel.

Known as the "Pharaoh of Salsa,” D'León was named Best Salsa Artist at the Venezuela Music Awards in 2014, and has had a successful touring and recording career that has spanned 50 years.

D'León will perform one song with a large student ensemble, and then students will pay tribute to D'León and the music of Venezuela. The concert is produced by Oscar Stagnaro, professor in the Bass Department, with musical director Matthew Nicholl, dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division, and with dance choreography by Mila Thigpen, chair of the Dance Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

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Contemporary Native American Art

Students in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to explore the work of contemporary Native American artists and learn how these artists use their artwork to engage others in a dialogue about Native American communities and cultures, both past and present from 11:10 to 11:40 a.m. or from 1:10 to 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

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Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Royal Reflections

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be royal? What would you wear? How would you want the world to see you? Come explore royalty through antiquity and make your own crown to march away with.

The Museum of Fine Arts will host this Beyond the Spectrum program for kids, ages 8-12, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 via Zoom. Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

Visit for more information and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Virtual gala: ‘Celebrating our healthcare heroes’

Join the Longwood Symphony Orchestra online from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 for their first ever virtual gala. The evening will include music, silent and live auctions as well as tributes to the healthcare heroes who keep the community safe and healthy.

For information about sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Gala or if you are interested in donating an item for the silent or live auction, contact Executive Director Bridget Brazeau at or 617-987-0100.

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NEC Philharmonia + Christopher Wilkins

New England Conservancy Philharmonia and guest conductor Christopher Wilkins will present the works by George Walker, Aldemaro Romero, Clarice Assad and Benjamin Britten, performed live in Jordan Hall and streamed to your home at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Go to for more information and the link to enjoy the concert.

Baking and breaking bread across the diaspora

Let’s break some bread! Join Sara Gardner, culinary historian and all-around lover of bread, for this virtual adventure across the diaspora through baking hosted by Temple Israel of Boston.

The group will be exploring the diverse culinary traditions that comprise the global Jewish diaspora as they hone their technical baking skills.

In each session of this five-class series, the participants will learn a different baked good and the corresponding baking technique that makes it so delicious. From phyllo-wrapped to bulemas to versatile safouf to airy babka, they’ll travel to Jewish communities all over the globe, kneading and sampling along the way. Come ready to dig in and get flour-y.

These virtual classes will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 15.

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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 for more details.

World of Wonder

The Fenway Community Center will host World of Wonder for children, ages 3 through 8, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays via Zoom.

This program delves deep into our connection with nature. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring during childhood begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.

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FCC's Virtual 5K

The Fenway Community Center will host an intergenerational support group to help you prepare to roll, walk, jog or run your own 5K. Walk on your own and meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 9 to encourage each other and receive tips on walking/running, healthy eating, sleep and relaxation and more. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

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Seventh-Inning Stretch slides into Monday

After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor will, for the duration of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, move his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

Tune in live at and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Voice and Justice

The Voice and Justice program at the Fenway Community Center seeks to open communication about issues of social and racial justice. They offer a weekly list of resources via a variety of media for you to explore, including an estimated time for each resource and a weekly action for you to take to combat racism.

Join the group at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month to share your voice with your neighbors and work toward racial justice one step at a time.

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Navigators USA

The Boston Chapter of Navigators USA will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom. The Boston Chapter offers free a uniform, membership, and outings. Currently, the Fenway Community Center will provide the material and admission for outings, and families will complete activities independently.

Navigators USA is a progressive international program whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting through inclusion. By encouraging all families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, activities, and trips, Navigators USA goes beyond youth development to community development.

Navigators USA is open to all people, regardless of their gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. They believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to learn how to get along with people different than ourselves.

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Movie Club

Join the Fenway Community Center’s popular movie club online at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 9 p.m. on Fridays. A video chat will follow the film.

Email to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.

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Guided meditation

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 for the Zoom links and more information.

Arts and Crafts Club

An intergenerational Arts and Crafts Club at the Fenway Community Center will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on Zoom. Explore the elements of art with paints and markers, bead a backpack buddy or try hand lettering.

Free materials which can be picked up at FCC monthly or delivered within the Fenway neighborhood will include everything people need for these projects.

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Trivia Night

All ages are welcome to join the Fenway Community Center for a casual, noncompetitive fun night of trivia – music, Harry Potter, movies and more – from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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Encore BSO Recitals (Virtual)

Encore BSO recitals – a weekly online series featuring 50 musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in nine video stream performances – will be released at at noon on Thursdays through Nov. 19.

With newly recorded musician intros and special live Q & Ss for select programs, the encore BSO recitals series reprises programming initially recorded and aired this past summer for the Tanglewood 2020 online festival.

BSO musician-programmed series features contemporary composers of color and women composers, including Valerie Coleman, Paquito D’rivera, Kevin Day, Marti Epstein, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chad 'Sir Wick' Hughes, James Lee III, Allison Loggins-Hull, Charles Overton, and Daniel Bernard Roumain.

All nine video concert streams are available for a minimum donation of $25, with free access offered to subscribers to the 2019-20 BSO season and Tanglewood 2020 online festival; most encore BSO recitals will be available for up to 30 days.

Visit for more information, including a complete program listing.

Game Night

Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Visit for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Celebrate Shabbat with your TI community. Light candles, say blessings over juice and challah, sing favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into your homes from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

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TGIS at Home

A special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy will present “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

If you are between the ages of 6 days to 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you.

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Boston Baked Books

The Fenway Community Center will host the Boston Baked Books group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Monday, Nov. 16. All are welcome to join.

The group will discuss The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

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Reading great plays

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to discuss a diverse collection of well-and-lesser known plays and engage in lively discussion.

The group, facilitated by Katie Swimm, will not only discuss the work, but the work’s historical context, its place and impact in the theatre, and its production history.

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The Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview

The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.

Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.

All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year. Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.

For more information about memberships, visit

Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio.

The 2020-2021 virtual season schedule includes:

Handel’s Guilio Cesare (Nov.); Handel’s Messiah (Dec.); New Year’s Celebration (Jan.); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (Feb.); Highlights From Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione Di Poppea (March); Handel’s Water Music Suite (April); Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

Tickets for the pop-up concerts will be available three weeks before each performance. The first pop-up program will include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Visit for more information, including Virtual Season Subscriptions.

Beethoven's complete works for piano

Back in the pre-pandemic days, the New England Conservatory kicked off its Beethoven250 concerts, a yearlong initiative to commemorate the composer’s birth by playing every one of his solo piano works. The unique series, a world’s first, returned in virtual form on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will culminate in a sweeping, 11-hour concert of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas on Feb. 6, 2021.

Approximately one-third of each concert program will feature rarely performed sets of variations that may offer insight into Beethoven’s own performances as an improviser.

Visit for more information, including dates and times of each concert performance.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Game Changers exhibit

The group exhibition, Game Changers at MAAM explores artists working at the confluence of contemporary art and video games. Whether highlighting under-explored narratives, pushing technological boundaries, or imagining alternative worlds through game aesthetics, the artists featured in Game Changers are discovering new possibilities for what game-related art can be and do.

Visit for more information about this exhibition on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream: ‘Yesterday is Here’

For the grand opening of the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), artist collective Ghost of a Dream transformed the new lobby with a site-specific installation titled Yesterday is Here, which will be on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream's artwork centers on people’s hopes and dreams and is made from the ephemera they create in pursuit of those aspirations. In Yesterday is Here, the collective uses the past to create a new future for the Museum; the duo has cut up, combined, and spliced together images from over 30 years of exhibition catalogs and announcements from the MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries to create a kaleidoscopic look through the history of the Galleries and create an experience that speaks to MAAM’s future.

Valkyrie Mumbet exhibition

Renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos premiered a new monumental site-specific installation at MAAM, which will be on view through 2020. Known for her unprecedented multimedia works, Vasconcelos, in her first U.S. solo show, will honor Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in August 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. The large-scale installation titled Valkyrie Mumbet, is the newest in her Valkyries series, named after Norse female war goddesses, which pays homage to inspiring women.

Visit for more information including a list of activities that honor the life of this courageous woman.

Free Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry at 105 Jersey St. will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1-2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at

Email, phone 617-383-9864 or visit for more information.

#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.

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BSO and Pops at home

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 and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

MFA is open

The Museum of Fine Arts will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays following health and safety protocol and utilizing advance-purchase timed tickets.

A limited number of galleries and exhibitions will be open, and temporarily closed galleries will continue to reopen as they reconfigure spaces and traffic routes for safe and socially distant visits. See Gallery Updates for the most up-to-date information.

Members - free | Nonmembers - $25 | Youths, ages 17 and under - free | *Modified admission pricing ($5 minimum) during the 3 to 4 p.m. entry slot every Wednesday.

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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 courtesy of MFA’s curator.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum open

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has reopened following health and safety guidelines. Visitors will be required to pre-purchase, timed tickets (up to 30-minutes before closing).

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on *Thursdays; Closed on Tuesdays; Holiday hours vary with some dates closed.

*Free admission on the first Thursdays of the month from 3 to 9 p.m.

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Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

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‘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 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.”

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Fenway Cares

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, email or phone 617-446-3949.

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