Fenway neighborhood notes
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.
People 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.
The ICA’s annual summer concert series Harborwalk Sounds goes virtual this August with a series of weekly online concert events created in collaboration with Berklee College of Music.
With performances spanning from R&B to pop to Latin to soul, Berklee’s talented musicians will bring the party right to your home at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27.
Visit icaboston.org for more information. Although these concerts are free, please consider making a donation to support the event.
The History of the State of Israel: Zionism through 2020
Join Temple Israel of Boston as they explore 72 years of Israeli history through a lens of transition from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 18.
During the five sessions led by Jewish educator Uri Feinberg, “we will strengthen our foundation of knowledge about the Jewish State, we will be able to zoom out and zoom in, contextualize, and look forward, and ultimately feel more comfortable asking the question, ‘Why do I care and what does this mean to me?’”
Aug. 4: The First Decade after the Mandate
Aug. 11: Achievements and Challenges through the Early Decades
Aug. 18: Present Day, and What Does this Mean to Me?
Click here for more information and registration. The Zoom link will be shared in your confirmation email.
Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Tisrael.org for more information, including Zoom registration.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
Virtual Vinyassa Yoga
Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a virtual vinyassa yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org for more information, including required pre-registration to access the Zoom link.
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 on the Emerald Necklace goes virtual
The Emerald Necklace signature series of summer programs will be offered online as a variety of live and on-demand events – including virtual tours and concerts, contests, online yoga and more.
Make the most of your summer by exploring, connecting with and learning more about one of the many historic parks that make up the Emerald Necklace and the natural world. Whether you’re at home or on a socially-distanced stroll in your favorite park, they have an activity for you. New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 people 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.
All ages are welcome to join the Fenway Community Center for a casual, noncompetitive fun night of trivia - Music, Harry Potter, Movies and more – at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.
Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org 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.
Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.
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.
Visit tisrael.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.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the movie titles and the Zoom link.
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
Reading the Rainbow – an Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.
Join the group on Aug. 13 for a lively discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging – for love, identity, home and a mother.
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 bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.
Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings, includes both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Enjoy video and audio streams at www.tanglewood.org. Visit www.bso.org for an overview.
Gardner Museum is 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.
The Museum has extended the Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller & John Singer Sargent exhibition, now running through Oct. 12.
All onsite programming remains canceled through Nov. 13. Digital program offerings will continue through early fall.
Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee:
Volunteer working groups 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 Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
It can be fun to be at Boston Cyclists Union events such as the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash. Interested in helping develop their bike repair education programs such as Bike to Market or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly:
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations:
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
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.
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, CDC and many in-kind sponsors.
All community residents in need are welcome.
Isabella Stewart Gardner – #MuseumFromHome
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is filled with recorded concerts; video and audio content featuring curators, conservators, and artists; and information on collections and horticulture that can bring the Gardner to you until you can visit them again in person.
Visit gardnermuseum.org and/or #MuseumFromHome for more information, including a tour of their greenhouse.
‘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.”
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 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 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.
The museum invites visitors who haven’t been MFA members before to sign up for a first year of membership free when they attend one of their 2020 Community Celebrations or MFA Late Nites.
Visit mfa.org/membership for more details.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
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. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.