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Here’s a view of the old Hancock Building as seen from the South End.

Interphase: Black feminist archive

For this first program in the Combahee Conversations series, visual artist and educator Mithsuca Berry, graphic designer and print innovator Zoë Pulley, and writer, editor and empowerment facilitator Nakia Hill (invited by curator Jen Mergel) will explore what it means to revisit past Black Feminist ideas both critically and tenderly to make an impact in the present, share ideas on how to break old cycles and build new structures through creative acts, and timestamp what it means to be a Black Femme/Feminist creative at this moment, including challenges as well as joys and hopes for further realizing their visions. They will share on issues of recognition, healing and generative growth. 

This program will be live streamed on from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 through the BCA Youtube Channel.

Visit bostonarts.org/experiences more information.

Better Future: Joy + Wellness                                                        

People have been through a lot this year. That’s why Company One Theatre (C1) and The Theater Offensive will dedicate their energy toward making space for health, relaxation and artistically-fueled joy, with virtual, participatory workshops as varied as their community: from Drag Story Hour to skin care consultations, from trivia nights to social justice embroidery circles, and Yoga, too. 

All Better Future: Joy + Wellness events will take place at various times through Sunday, Feb. 28 and are pay-what-you-want.

Visit companyone.org/joyandwellness for more information, including a lineup of events and registration.

Alice Henderson: ‘A Solitude of Wolverines’ at SE Writes

Alice Henderson will be at SE Writes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2 to talk about her new book.

A Solitude of Wolverines is the first book in a new thriller series featuring a wildlife biologist who courts trouble as she saves endangered species and a mysterious killer who buries his dead in the land she helps preserve. Henderson’s writing is heavily influenced by her work as a dedicated wildlife researcher.

Visit www.friendsofsouthendlibrary.org for more information and Zoom registration.

SpeakEasy’s spring season premiere                                                         

SpeakEasy Stage Company’s 30th anniversary season will continue this spring with the New England premieres of three new productions: the genderqueer comedy The Pink Unicorn (March 5-18); the scorching satire TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (April 16-22); and the inspirational tales of The Boston Project: Project Resilience (June 4-10).

Each of these spring shows will be fully produced and professionally filmed with the goal of offering a viewing experience as close to live theatre as possible.

Subscriptions for the three-play series ($75; $30 for students) along with a synopsis of each show is available at www.speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-spring-season-2021. All streamed productions will be closed-captioned.

First Fridays at SoWa                                                                                 

SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200-plus art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, including the SoWa Art Guild at the flagship space, 450 Harrison Ave., the award-winning SoWa Open Market and Vintage Market.

Many of the studios and galleries will be 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 of masks is required as well as physical distancing.

Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory and follow them on social media.

‘This Ain’t No Party, This Ain’t No Disco’

This Ain’t No Party, This Ain’t No Disco, an exhibition of new work by Boston-based painter, Colleen Kiely will be on view at the Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, #47 through Thursday, March 25. An Artist’s reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 5 during SoWa First Friday.

The exhibition’s title, This Ain't No Party, This Ain't No Disco, references a refrain in the Talking Heads’ song “Life During Wartime,” from the 1979 album Fear of Music. This album was a touchstone for Kiely during her formative years as an artist and it continues to speak to our current cultural moment – where isolation breeds a heightened emotional awareness, as we turn to new ways to connect.

Learn more at www.stevenzevitasgallery.com.

‘A Month in Brittany’ exhibition with opening reception

A Month in Brittany by Alexandra Sheldon will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. from Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 28.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 during SoWa First Friday.

This exhibition features artwork that touches on two ways of seeing things or that encourages an open mind and heart – or simply art that makes you look twice or examine it more closely.

Gallery hours: Fridays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Learn more at www.bromfieldgallery.com.

‘Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles’ exhibition

The exhibition, Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles, a solo show by artist and composer Guillermo Galindo, will run through Sunday, May 2 at Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. with an opening reception on Friday, March 5.  

Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles features Galindo’s “genome scores” which consist of graphic representations of his musical compositions and artwork merging textures of plants, animals, and microbes. These pieces illustrate, in Galindo’s unique symbolic language, how research and data have historically expressed and sustained systems of power, particularly relating to colonialism.

The intention of this exhibition is to demonstrate how science, while often considered to be neutral and objective, played – and continues to play – a role in colonizing and conquest.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays &Thursdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays- noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays - noon to 5 p.m.; and by appointment

Learn more online at beacongallery.com.

‘Unfolding Roads’ exhibition

Fountain Street Gallery, 460c Harrison Ave. #2 will exhibit Unfolding Roads, featuring painting and collage by Alexandra Rozenman and sculpture and drawing by Nora Valdez through Sunday, Feb. 28.

The artists have traveled through time and across continents – Rozenman is originally from the Soviet Union and Valdez from Argentina. Their respective journeys and powerful artistic visions cross paths in SoWa.

The works in this exhibition are inspired by the arduous road that immigrants travel and the related search for belonging, rootedness and home.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com for more information, including the link to RSVP.

‘RENEW’ exhibition

To celebrate the refreshed hope and possibilities that 2021 brings, Bromfield Gallery Artists present artwork on the theme of renewal. The Renew exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Gallery hours: Fridays-Sundays - Noon to 5 p.m.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com/upcoming-exhibitions for more information.

Four great shows at Gallery Kayafas                                                        

Four exhibitions will be on view at Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave, #37 through Saturday, March 6 – Nicole Buchanan: Strange Fruit, Audrey Goldstein: Shadowtime, Robert Knight: Thirteen Ways and Herb Snitzer: Such Sweet Thunder.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Visit www.gallerykayafas.com for more information.

SpeakEasy University

The second semester of SpeakEasy University will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 30 via Zoom.

They will explore an in-depth analysis of theatre producing and arts administration by walking through the production process of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Each week, a different part of the theatre industry will be covered, illustrated through the lens of Curious Incident. 

People can sign up for any or all of the sessions. All sessions are ‘Pay What You Can.’

Go to speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration.

‘Combahee’s Radical Call’ public installations

Combahee’s Radical Call is a series of public installations that recenter the vital legacy of Black feminism(s), archives and the written word in Boston. Inspired by direct dialogue with Demita Frazier, co-founder of Boston’s Combahee River Collective, the project commissions Black Femme artists to occupy public spaces with visual installations, designed prints, and digital resources.

These works will amplify the voices (and counter the erasure) of Black Femme cultural leaders across Boston’s neighborhoods: 

Boston artist Mithsuca Berry presents a new hand-painted installation across all eight windows of the Mills Gallery (551 Tremont St.) titled Protect Your Seedlings on view through the Spring.

The Roots That Bind is a series of hand-illustrated banners and posters created by Boston artist and writer Arielle Gray on view through June 30. This Call-and-Response project features key Black feminist texts to call forth our own expressive reactions to the lineage of Black feminist thinkers including June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara and Audre Lorde. Passersby can scan the QR code at the corner of the banner to access the readings relevant to the text.

Visit bostonarts.org for more information.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                  

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

Winter essentials for guests at Rosie's Place                                             

Every winter brings more women in need, both at Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. and in the community. 

Donating cold weather essentials such as sets of hats, scarves and gloves will help them provide a warmer seasonal experience that will be – like everything else at Rosie’s Place – wrapped in unconditional love and respect.

For more information, go to rosiesplace.org/volunteer/holiday.                    

Winter apparel & sock drop                       

We all put on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, a warm pair of socks every winter morning with hardly a thought, but for homeless people, these items are often a luxury.

To participate, donate at least one new winter hat, scarf, pair of gloves/mittens or pair of socks (warm winter coats and sweaters in very gently used condition are also most welcome) to the Friends of Boston’s Homeless that supports Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Boston's Long Island Shelter) in Boston’s South End.

Go to fobh.org/how-you-can-help for more information.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

Online knitting classes                                                         

Third Piece (631 Tremont St.), a South End yarn shop welcomes virtual crafters of all levels at their online knitting classes. The sessions are offered at various times throughout the week. Fees vary; some free. 

To learn more, go to www.thirdpiece.com.

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 of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Dance with Parkinson’s

Urbanity Dance offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease to keep individuals moving in a fun, welcoming, and safe environment.

Certified Urbanity’s instructors will guide participants through exercises designed to enhance and maintain mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and strength, which are all easily modifiable for various levels of mobility.

In this social, creative outlet, participants can discover or rediscover the joy of movement. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend, although not required. All are welcome; no previous dance experience required.

Visit urbanitydance.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Social Fridays

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción – will host a social hour from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom to spend quality time with their neighbors. Virtual Bilingual Bingo will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Go to www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays for more information and Zoom registration.

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/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home for more information.

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 younger. 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.

Urbanity dance classes

Urbanity Dance offers adult digital dance classes for all levels in a variety of styles. Taught by top faculty, including Urbanity Professional Company dancers and guest artists, these classes are designed to be taken on a drop-in basis or through 8- to 12-week seasonal sessions.

Go to urbanity.org for more information.

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 year-round from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Fridays following safety protocols, including wearing a mask.

The Vintage Market is also on Instagram Live at 11 a.m.

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.

SoWa Art Guild / SoWa Art + Design District open                                

SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to more than 200 art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market and Vintage Market, as well as the SoWa Art Guild at the flagship space, 450 Harrison Ave.

Artists will be in their studios on Sundays and throughout the week, and galleries will be open during select hours or by appointment. Many of the studios and galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Fridays.

The normal attire “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.

Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a SoWa Artist Directory, and follow them on social media.

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.

Shop 5,000 original vintage posters

The International Poster Gallery at 460C Harrison Ave. is online with more than 5,000 posters in stock. International Poster Gallery’s goal is to find beautiful, well-designed posters in every price range from all corners of the globe.

Power search their inventory any way you want – by subject, country, style, artist, keyword and price – even by color and room setting at www.internationalposter.com.

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.

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.

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.