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Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

This event will also be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

SpeakEasy’s 30th Anniversary Season virtual launch event

This virtual launch event to officially kick off SpeakEasy Stage Company's 30th anniversary season will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Celebrate the past and look forward to the future with new and creative performances, a preview of their virtual programming this fall and the chance to mingle over Zoom with SpeakEasy artists and supporters.

Visit for more information.

South End Writes author talk

Award-winning foreign policy journalist, Stephen Kinzer, will return to the virtual version of South End Writes with a talk entitled How Our Presidential Election Could Reshape the World from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Kinzer will be introduced by Christopher Lydon, the erudite host of the WBUR radio show, Open Source.

Visit for more information and registration (Zoom and/or Facebook).

BCA Lunchtime Listening Series

The BCA Lunchtime Listening Series will be held live on Zoom on select Wednesdays at noon through Oct. 2l. These sessions are meant to be a source of healing and expression within the Black community and are in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Here is the featured lineup:

Sept. 16: Brandie Blaze (music)

Oct. 7: Cliff Notez (music)

Oct. 21: DJ WhySham (music)

Visit for more information.

Kanopy Club: ‘Exhibition’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Exhibition on and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

About Exhibition: When D and H decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface, and wife and performance artist D struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H.

Dreams, memories and fears have all imprinted themselves on their home, which exists as a container for their lives and has played such an important role in their relationship.

Visit for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to people who register.

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 Four “Spotlight on Latinx Voices,” moderated by playwright Alexis Scheer, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

Sept. 17: Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez

Followed by a Q&A with playwright Melinda Lopez

Sept. 24: Mojada by Luis Alfaro

Oct. 1: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer

Oct. 8: Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes

Followed by a Q&A with playwright Eliana Pipes

Visit to learn more about these plays or to buy an e-play or hard copy of the scripts.

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Shofar/tashlich family ceremonies

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston and get into the High Holiday spirit and celebrate with a brief Rosh Hashanah family-friendly celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. Services are open to all and are free of charge.

All services will be held outdoors following all MA health guidelines as follows:

9:30-10 a.m. – Shofar ceremony at Copley Place (on the stairs of the Boston Public Library)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and brief holiday inspiration.

5:30-6 p.m. – Shofar and Tashlich ceremony at the Public Garden (at the swan boat dock)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and tashlich ceremony, when people symbolically throw their mistakes in the water.

Reservation appreciated (but not required).

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Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 on Zoom.

Visit for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join 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 Oct. 27 at

Visit for more information.

Just Writing: A poetry workshop

When the world gets delayed and your truth sits silent inside, just write!

Join the Boston Public Library for Just Writing, an online poetry writing workshop hosted by Toni Bee – storyteller, community advocate and Poet Populist emeritus, of Cambridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 16.

Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”

Visit for more information and registration.

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:

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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 for more information, including a playlist.

Hyper Linked SE Crawl

For the 10th anniversary of its signature fall event, Urbanity Dance – a cutting-edge contemporary company – will escort guests in self-selected “quarantine pods” through a personalized journey through the South End at select times, starting at 5:30 p.m. from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept 26.

This year’s crawl, titled Hyper Linked, explores creative currents that facilitate human connection, challenging the ways humans tread through fear and isolation to find empathy and connection. Hyper Linked will feature a wide range of collaborations, including poets, visual artists, musicians, and dancers from Urbanity’s Professional Company and Creative Class. Rain dates are scheduled for the following weekend.

Visit for more information and tickets.

BGMC Match Campaign 2020

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

Please consider making a donation to Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Match Campaign 2020 where 1 (your dollar) + 1 (matching dollar) = 2 (Twice the Impact).

There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.

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 and nearly 400 musical videos on http://www/ that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

SoWa Farmers’ Market adds art booths

The SoWa Farmers’ Market at 460 Harrison Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Each week they will feature a wide selection of your favorite local farms and makers providing fresh foods and groceries in a safe and spacious outdoor environment.

Although SoWa’s Outdoor Market is still on hold, they have added a few local handmade arts booths at the Farmers’ Market.

Credit card, tap-to-pay, and other touch-less payment options are strongly recommended.

Please review the Farmers’ Market COVID-19 Guidelines and register at for a specific time slot to visit the market. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.

Visit for more information.

SoWa online

SoWa Art + Design District (450 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200-plus art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market, and more. Although many of the SoWa businesses are temporarily closed, some have limited hours by appointment and some remain "open" online and would love for you to check them out.

Follow them on or

Stay tuned for the return of First Fridays and SoWa Second Sundays.

Visit or for more information, including a complete listing of all artists.

SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram

The SoWa Vintage Market is live on Instagram at 11 a.m. every Sunday @sowavintage.

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 and rugs.

The Vintage Market, typically open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, is located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit as well.

Visit or to learn more.

‘Live! at The Beehive’ is onstage and online

“Live! at The Beehive” is back, in person and online from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course).

Come in, grab a table and spend generously on all the delicious food and drinks to support the artists, their staff and their business.

They will be live-streaming all performances on the Beehive's Facebook page as well.

Visit for the latest updates, including a list of performers.

Two new exhibitions at Boston Sculptors Gallery

Two new exhibitions will be on view at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Sept. 20:

Jodi Colella: Faculty of Utterance

Jodi Colella’s Faculty of Utterance investigates cultural tensions – identity politics, institutionalized prejudice and substance abuse – through several bodies of work. Relishing the labor of meticulous handwork Colella uses kitsch, nostalgia and needle art techniques to remind people that the “how” of making is as important as the “why.” Embracing dualities – beauty and malice, restraint and excess, power and oppression – Colella presents the erasure of identity as both repressive and liberating, challenging the viewer to question their own biases and imagine a more enlightened world.

Dennis Svoronos: Proof of Life

Using the tools and vocabulary of a 21st century world steeped in information and technology, Dennis Svoronos examines the primal subjects of our bodies, ourselves and our culture in Proof of Life. Stitching together elements of humor and horror, data and drama, insights and instincts, Proof of Life reflects our complex contemporary relationship to ourselves.

Deriving inspiration from his own diagnosis of brain cancer, the body – with its inherent uniqueness and frailties – is a point of departure for much of Svoronos’ work. His wearable sculptures monitor and analyze the artist’s brainwaves to produce images, music and animations linked to his current state of mind.

Other interactive work engages with the viewer’s pulse, exposing its pace and rhythm through the strident striking of a large chime. Embracing the very essence of our bodies and our selves, Svoronos collects, preserves and displays samples of DNA from multiple Boston-based artists. The resulting sculpture represents a genealogical ark celebrating our creative culture into the future.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays-Sundays and by appointment – following COVID guidelines.

For more information, go to

Gallery show: Roxbury/South End juried exhibition

Following a lengthy shutdown due to COVID-19, the Piano Craft Gallery Board of Directors issued an open call for work from artists that live or work in the surrounding South End and Roxbury neighborhoods. Jurors "The Daughter of Contrast" Althea Krisiukenas Bennet, Jamaal "Barry" Bonnette, Rion Folan, and Erik Grau selected work to be exhibited onsite and online in order to showcase a large amount of diverse local talent.

These works will be on view at the Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. through Sunday, Sept. 27 following health and safety guidelines.

Gallery hours: 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment

Visit for more information.

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.

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BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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 to learn more.

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 and/or for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email 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.

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 for more information and links to donate.

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 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 or for more information and viewing opportunities.

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 – to purchase food and materials; Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) serves an average of 70 take-out meals a day.

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 concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.

Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.

For 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit 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. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

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 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