Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Acting basics

Have you ever had a desire to perform onstage? To perform a monologue or do a scene with a great partner?

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays through Nov. 14 for Acting Basics – a six-week course that will teach fundamental skills in acting, including observation, listening, engaging the body and ensemble work. The class, facilitated by Ameilia Boyce Munson, will culminate in a public viewing of your progress.

Dates: Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

Boston Book Festival 2020

The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our City.

The Festival will host virtual author interviews, panel discussions and readings throughout the month of October, with events for children and adults on weekdays and the weekend of Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

A list of WBUR moderated events can be found below:

Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. – “The Fierce Urgency of Now” with authors Eitan Hersch ("Politics is for Power"), Catherine Sanderson, ("Why We Act"), DeRay Mckesson ("On the Other Side of Freedom") and Here & Now co-host Tonya Mosley.

Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. – “American Elections: Is This The Best We Can Do?” with authors David Daley ("Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy"), Alex Keyssar ("Why Do We Still have the Electoral College?"), Katherine Gehl ("The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save our Democracy") and WBUR senior political reporter Anthony Brooks.

Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. – “Love and Technology” with authors Debora Spar ("Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny") and Merle J. Berger ("Conception: A Fertility Doctor's Memoir") and health and science editor Carey Goldberg.

Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. – “The Internet of Stings: How Silicon Valley is Making Us Miserable” with Dipayan Gyosh ("Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley is Destructive by Design"), Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, ("Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About the Work They Do – and How They Do It") and On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. – "Memoir: Race and Identity" with Isaac J. Bailey ("Why Didn't We Riot?"), E. Delores Johnson ("Say I'm Dead"), Sejal Shah ("This Is One Way to Dance") and Radio Boston producer and Consider This co-host Paris Alston.

Visit bostonbookfest.org for the most up-to-date roster of speakers.

Beethoven's complete works for piano

Back in the pre-pandemic days, the New England Conservatory kicked off its Beethoven250 concerts, a yearlong initiative to commemorate the composer’s birth by playing every one of his solo piano works. The unique series, a world’s first, returns in virtual form on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and culminates in a sweeping, 11-hour concert of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas on Feb. 6, 2021.

Approximately one-third of each concert program will feature rarely performed sets of variations that may offer insight into Beethoven’s own performances as an improviser.

Visit necmusic.edu for more information, including dates and times of each concert performance.

Reading great plays

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. bi-weekly on Wednesdays through Nov. 18 to discuss a diverse collection of well-and-lesser known plays and engage in lively discussion.

The group, facilitated by Katie Swimm, will not only discuss the work, but the work’s historical context, its place and impact in the theatre, and its production history.

The group will meet on Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

Connecting art, writing and historical thinking within digital platforms

Digital images of works of art can be powerful tools within online teaching. Join the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 to learn from two Boston-based teachers about their strategies for engaging students in interactive experiences with works of art. The group will consider how using art can foreground representation and expand historical narratives. MFA staff will also introduce a new service for educators to submit a description of their lesson or unit and receive recommendations of artworks from the MFA they can utilize in their teaching. This session, recommended for K–12 Educators, is led via Zoom and includes opportunities for questions and dialogue.

Go to www.mfa.org/event/educator-workshops/connecting-art-writing-and-historical-thinking-within-digital-platforms?event=63666 for more information and registration.

Live: Drawing Together | ‘Noodle & Doodle’

MAAM and the MassArt Illustration Department will present “Noodle & Doodle,” a free live music drawing event featuring Blackwolfgoat and Jim Healey from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Join them for an evening of sketching to experimental layers of textural guitar loops and soulful acoustic Americana with haunting overtones.

This event is for all ages. Use the materials that you have on hand to draw the musicians or create as the music inspires you.

Visit http://maam.massart.edu for more information and registration. Free and open to the public.

Paint Party at FCC

You'll love painting your own canvas creation under the guidance of Claudia Shepherd, a professional artist.

This monthly program will begin with a Halloween painting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.

Public speaking lessons

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on select Mondays through Nov. 2 for a public speaking program facilitated by Katie Swimm.

Learn to be an effective speaker in any environment. Whether it’s a presentation at work, a toast at a wedding, or a speech in a public forum, this class will make you comfortable, persuasive, and organized. The group will also focus on transferring these skills to an online environment.

Dates: Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio.

The 2020-2021 Virtual Season schedule includes:

Beethoven’s Fidelio (Available for free through Oct. 15); Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas (Oct.); Handel’s Guilio Cesare (Nov.); Handel’s Messiah (Dec.); New Year’s Celebration (Jan.); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (Feb.); Highlights From Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione Di Poppea (March); Handel’s Water Music Suite (April); Monteverdi’s Vespers Of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

Tickets for the pop-up concerts will be available three weeks before each performance. The first pop-up program will include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Visit https://baroque.boston for more information, including Virtual Season Subscriptions.

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.

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.

MFA re-opens

Along with new safety protocols, the Museum of Fine Arts will utilize advance-purchase timed tickets, reduced capacity and shortened hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. There will also be special morning slots for high-risk populations. Masks will be required for all attendees at all times.

When the building first opens, visitors will be able to explore galleries in the museum's Art of the Americas wing. The rest of the building will open in three stages as walking routes are redesigned to create adequate distancing measures.

Members - free | Nonmembers - $25 | Youths, ages 17 and under - free | *Modified admission pricing ($5 minimum) during the 3 to 4 p.m. entry slot every Wednesday.

Visit www.mfa.org for more information.

World of Wonder

The Fenway Community Center will host World of Wonder for children, ages 3 through 8, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays via Zoom.

This program delves deep into our connection with nature. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring during childhood begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the Zoom link.

FCC's Virtual 5K

Find support as you prepare to roll, walk, jog, or run your own 5K. Walk on your own and meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Mondays to encourage each other and receive tips on walking/running, healthy eating, sleep and relaxation and more. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

The participants will walk the 5K independently over the Halloween weekend. All participants will receive a medal.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the Zoom link.

Seventh-Inning Stretch slides into Monday

After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor will, for the duration of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, move his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

Tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Voice and Justice

The Voice and Justice program at the Fenway Community Center seeks to open communication about issues of social and racial justice. They offer a weekly list of resources via a variety of media for you to explore, including an estimated time for each resource and a weekly action for you to take to combat racism.

Join the group at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month to share your voice with your neighbors and work toward racial justice one step at a time.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

Navigators USA

The Boston Chapter of Navigators USA will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom. The Boston Chapter offers free a uniform, membership, and outings. Currently, the Fenway Community Center will provide the material and admission for outings, and families will complete activities independently.

Navigators USA is a progressive international program whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting through inclusion. By encouraging all families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, activities, and trips, Navigators USA goes beyond youth development to community development.

Navigators USA is open to all people, regardless of their gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. They believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to learn how to get along with people different than ourselves.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

Movie Club

Join the Fenway Community Center’s popular movie club online at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 9 p.m. on Fridays. A video chat will follow the film.

Email fccfirstfridayfilms@gmail.com to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.

Guided Meditation

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.

Trivia Night

All ages are welcome to join the Fenway Community Center for a casual, noncompetitive fun night of trivia – Music, Harry Potter, Movies and more – from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Game Night

Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night at 8 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.

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.

The Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) 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 three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

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.

BGMC Match Campaign 2020

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

They ask people to 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 people can help: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St., Boston 02116. People can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.

Game Changers

The group exhibition, Game Changers at MAAM explores artists working at the confluence of contemporary art and video games. Whether highlighting under-explored narratives, pushing technological boundaries, or imagining alternative worlds through game aesthetics, the artists featured in Game Changers are discovering new possibilities for what game-related art can be and do.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu for more information on this exhibition, on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream: ‘Yesterday is Here’

For the grand opening of the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), artist collective Ghost of a Dream transformed the new lobby with a site-specific installation titled Yesterday is Here, which will be on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream's artwork centers on people’s hopes and dreams and is made from the ephemera they create in pursuit of those aspirations. In Yesterday is Here, the collective uses the past to create a new future for the Museum; the duo has cut up, combined, and spliced together images from over 30 years of exhibition catalogs and announcements from the MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries to create a kaleidoscopic look through the history of the Galleries and create an experience that speaks to MAAM’s future.

Valkyrie Mumbet exhibition

Renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos premiered a new monumental site-specific installation at MAAM, which will be on view through 2020. Known for her unprecedented multimedia works, Vasconcelos, in her first U.S. solo show, will honor Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in August 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. The large-scale installation titled Valkyrie Mumbet, is the newest in her Valkyries series, named after Norse female war goddesses, which pays homage to inspiring women.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/mumbets-declaration-independence for more information including a list of activities that honor the life of this courageous woman.

Free Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry at 105 Jersey St. will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1-2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com, phone 617-383-9864 or visit Facebook.com/lifeboatboston 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 www/youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

‘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.

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.

Isabella Stewart 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.

Other exhibits include Adam Pendleton: “Elements of Me” on view through Nov. 15 and Lorraine O’Grady: “The Strange Taxi, Stretched” on view through Nov. 24.

All onsite programming remains canceled through Nov. 13. Digital program offerings will continue through early fall.

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

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.

Fenway Cares

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 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.

Fenway Health also offers periodic events.

Visit fenwayhealth.org for more information.

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.

Boston Mounted Police try to control fans at Fenway Park during the 1912 World Series. Temporary stands were constructed for big games on the grass incline in front of the wall. The incline was named Duffy's Cliff because of Duffy Lewis's skill at playing on the incline. Learn more at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.