Fenway neighborhood notes
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, go to https://calendar.massart.edu.
True Crime Book Club
The 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 www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information, including the link to Zoom.
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 www.bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want 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 watch 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. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
Tai Chi is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Reading the Rainbow: ‘Fun Home, a Family Tragicomic’
The Boston Public Library’s newest book club – LGBTQ-Reading the Rainbow – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.
Join the group on July 9 for a discussion of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.
All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Access to the book group’s Slack will be provided on the registration confirmation page.
Free ‘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 email@example.com 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.
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.
You 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.
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.