Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
SpeakEasy Professional Development Seminars
Join SpeakEasy staff and Boston artists for a series of professional development seminars aimed at providing an inside look at how their administrative office operates, all the steps that go into bringing a show to production and what kinds of careers exist in the theatre industry.
The Professional Development Seminar Series will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom.
Each session will consist of a 30-minute information session, diving deep into a focused topic, and a 45-minute artist forum and discussion, applying the lessons learned into the real world, with time for questions and conversation in both parts of the session. Participants can attend any or all eight weeks.
Nov. 10: Creating Something New – Play Development & Dramaturgy
Dive into SpeakEasy’s new play development program, The Boston Project, with Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati. Learn what it takes to take a play from an initial idea to a fully formed production. She will then be joined by educator/dramaturg/director Pascale Florestal, playwright MJ Halberstadt, and playwright Eliana Pipes for a dramaturgy and playwriting forum.
Nov. 17: From the Page to the Stage: All About Directing
SpeakEasy’s Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault returns for a look inside the rehearsal room, outlining his process as a director. He will explore every step of the process – from the very first concept meeting to the tech process to the final curtain call. He will then be joined by other veteran Boston directors M. Bevin O’Gara and Maurice Emmanuel Parent for a director’s forum.
Nov. 24: Now for the Job Search: All You Need to Know about Job Hunting
SpeakEasy’s Production team Paul Melone and Dominique Burford will return for a crash course on all things related to getting a job in the theatre industry – resume building, interviewing, tax forms, and everything in between. Rather than a forum, this session will end with the opportunity for networking with other emerging theatre leaders attending the session.
Go to www.speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration. The sessions are “Pay What You Can” (suggested donation of $5-20 per session).
South End Writes: Sue Miller ‘Monogamy’
Join the Friends of the Library (FOSEL) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for a virtual talk by acclaimed novelist Sue Miller, “one of the finest cartographers of the territory of marriage,” about her widely praised new work of fiction, Monogamy.
Join in by requesting Zoom link from firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheSouthEndLibrary.
SpeakEasy Stage Company Play Discussion Club
The SpeakEasy Stage Company Play Discussion Club is a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts. Participation is free, but people may need to purchase some of the scripts. Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the plays on your own time and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the plays’ major themes and impact on the American theatre canon.
The theme for Series Five “Honoring Asian Diaspora Storytelling,” hosted by local poet/performer Micah Rosegrant, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as follows:
On Thursday, Nov. 12: House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar with a guest appearance by playwright Madhuri Shekar.
On Wedneday, Nov.18: Do It For Umma by Seayoung Kim with a guest appearance by playwright Seayoung Kim.
Visit speakeasystage.com to learn more about these plays or to buy an e-play or hard copy of the scripts.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Florida Project’ (2017)
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film The Florida Project on Kanopy.com/video and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.
About The Florida Project: Set on a stretch of highway in a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
The Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) will host their annual Performathon – a week-long online series of student performances – to help raise funds for CMCB financial aid and student scholarship fund. These mini-recitals will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 through Thursday, Nov. 19 on youtube.com/user/CMCBvideo.
Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) is an arts education nonprofit founded in 1910, with a mission to transform lives by providing equitable access to excellent music education and arts experiences. Over 4,000 students participate in CMCB’s programs every week.
CMCB is the largest external provider of arts education to the Boston Public Schools, supporting rigorous, relevant, and culturally-responsive musical instruction for one of the most diverse school districts in the nation.
Visit cmcb.org/wp-event/fall-performathon for more information, including a link to donate and a link to be a fund-raiser.
SpeakEasy’s fall benefit concert
Join SpeakEasy Stage Company for “Celebrating 30 Seasons of Groundbreaking Theatre,” a virtual benefit concert to celebrate 30 seasons of telling important stories, creating meaningful conversation, and inspiring audiences and artists alike at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.
The evening will feature epic performances from some of SpeakEasy’s most beloved alumni, including Leigh Barrett, Daniel James Belnavis, Miguel Cervantes, Kerry Dowling, Jennifer Ellis, Crystin Gilmore, Kathy St. George, and many, many more!
There will also be cameo appearances by some celebrity guests, plus a very special guest host.
Sponsorships and tickets to the best seats in your house are available now at https://www.speakeasystage.com/30th-fall-benefit.
Me2/Boston Orchestra/*Flute Choir
Me2/ is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. Their focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.
The Me2/Boston Orchestra rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from September through May of each year. Rehearsals are currently held in the community room at VietAID in Dorchester. Ronald Braunstein is the Conductor.
The Me2/Boston Flute Choir rehearsals (*new this year) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on
Wednesdays from late September through May of each year. Rehearsal space is generously provided by Flutistry Boston, 801 Tremont St. Eileen Yarrison is the Director.
New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra and/or Flute Choir, please email Caroline at email@example.com. They would love to have you check out a rehearsal or jump right in.
Learn more at www.Me2orchestra.org.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Zumba class at home
Zumba classes will be held in English and Spanish from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and are open to all ages and fitness levels.
Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036866336.
Visit www.ibaboston.org/events/zumba-class for more information.
Castle of Our Skins
Tune into Facebook & Instagram @Castleskins at noon on Fridays to enjoy the Black Composer Miniature Challenge: 18 composers who identify as Black or part of the African Diaspora, writing/playing 30 second pieces for solo piano, sola viola or viola-piano duos.
Castle of Our Skins is a group of Push Project residents at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Visit castleskins.org for more information, including a playlist.
Boston Project Podcast
The Boston Project is SpeakEasy’s new works initiative that supports the creation of new plays set in Boston. In an effort to reach a wider audience and engage with new work even while in quarantine, SpeakEasy has launched a new wing of this program – the Boston Project Podcast.
The SpeakEasy will bring people the first series of the podcast – a fully adapted, episodic version of The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, recorded by local artists, with one episode released each Friday.
The podcasts will be available at speakeasystage.com as well as on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms.
SoWa Art Guild and Galleries open
SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200-plus art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market and more.
Many of the studios and galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Fridays. Artists will also be in their studios on Sundays and throughout the week, and galleries will be open during select hours or by appointment.
The normal attire “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.
Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a complete listing of more than 80 artists and more than 25 galleries and follow them on social media.
SoWa Vintage Market is open and live on Instagram
The SoWa Vintage Market, located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.in the SoWa Arts and Design District, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 2 to 6 p.m. on select Fridays following new protocols, including wearing a mask.
The Vintage Market is also on Instagram Live at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
The 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, rugs and other one-of-a-kind curiosities.
For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com and follow them on Instagram.
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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats 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 foodpantries.org 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.
Wyllo: Brick & Mortar Shop
Wyllo has a brick and mortar studio/store at SoWa, 460 Harrison Ave., B5 – enter through the door located under the 460 B sign – Wyllo is right downstairs.
In addition to their jewelry, Wyllo's shop features curated goods from more than 50 independent designers, artists and makers – all women-owned businesses.
Hours: Mondays-Fridays: noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Saturdays.
Visit www.shopwyllo.com for more information.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”
BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are
eight new videos at bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on http://www/youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.
MFA Playdates at Home
Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a Museum educator. Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make your art project, you can download the art-making instructions or read them online.
Visit mfa.org/program/kids-and-family-programs for more information.
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.
Social Distancing Gallery
Exhibition coordinator Erik Grau (Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild where artists live/work in the South End) has launched the Social Distancing Gallery to promote visual artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives on its social media feeds. He is sharing all submissions sent in by local and international artists at no cost.
Visit pianocraftgallery.com or facebook.com/gallerypf for more information and viewing opportunities.
Give to Rosie’s Place
In this time of uncertainty, Rosie’s Place’s doors remain open, offering sanctuary and support to the women with nowhere else to turn. They hope you will consider making a gift today so that they can continue to provide critical services and compassion to all who seek their help.
You can support Rosie’s Place with a monthly donation, tribute gift, events, or donated items.
Visit rosiesplace.org for more information and links to donate.
Help keep BGMC’s mission alive
Individual and corporate contributions fulfill the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ mission of creating musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate diversity. Your gifts allow BGMC to perform in great concert halls and theaters, serve our community, tour to new places, and support their volunteer members. Your donation – in whatever amount is appropriate for you – is greatly appreciated.
The power of their voices will amplify the value of your gift many times over, helping to create a world that values its LGBTQ citizens.
Visit www.bgmc.org for ways to make your tax-deductible donations.
Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café
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 their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
- Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.
- Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.
For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. 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. Monetary donations are also appreciated. All donations are fully tax deductible.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.
South End Neighborhood Aid Network
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.