South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes
Ride for Breonna Taylor
Join Unnamed Run Crew for Ride for Breonna Taylor 2 (RFBTII) from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St. The Ride starts at 3 p.m. Remember to wear a mask and follow COVID guidelines.
This group is proud to announce their partnership with Ride for Black Lives Boston. Join them to speak and take action together.
It's been more than 213 days since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her Louisville, KY home by plainclothes officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison,and Myles Cosgrove.
Ride organizers says, “Today, many people who protested police brutality and racial injustices still sit in jail cells awaiting justice long overdue. Meanwhile, the arresting officers, violators of civil rights, walk free or get nothing more than a slap on the wrist…The work to demand justice is not done.”
Go to their website at https://r4bt2.splashthat.com for more information and to RSVP.
SpeakEasy Professional Development Seminars
Join SpeakEasy staff and Boston artists for a series of professional development seminars aimed at providing an inside look at how their administrative office operates, all the steps that go into bringing a show to production and what kinds of careers exist in the theatre industry.
The Professional Development Seminar Series will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom.
Each session will consist of a 30-minute information session, diving deep into a focused topic, and a 45-minute artist forum and discussion, applying the lessons learned into the real world, with time for questions and conversation in both parts of the session. Participants can attend any or all eight weeks.
Oct. 27: Fundraising, Relationship Building and Developing Your Community
Join Director of Development Cathi Ianno and Development Coordinator Frankie Concepcion for an introduction to the world of fundraising, including creating an annual fund strategy, relationship building with donors, applying for grants, and planning special events. They will then be joined by Andrew Russell (Museum of Science) for a Development forum.
Nov. 10: Creating Something New – Play Development & Dramaturgy
Dive into SpeakEasy’s new play development program, The Boston Project, with Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati. Learn what it takes to take a play from an initial idea to a fully formed production. She will then be joined by educator/dramaturg/director Pascale Florestal, playwright MJ Halberstadt, and playwright Eliana Pipes for a dramaturgy and playwriting forum.
Nov. 17: From the Page to the Stage: All About Directing
SpeakEasy’s Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault returns for a look inside the rehearsal room, outlining his process as a director. He will explore every step of the process – from the very first concept meeting to the tech process to the final curtain call. He will then be joined by other veteran Boston directors M. Bevin O’Gara and Maurice Emmanuel Parent for a director’s forum.
Nov. 24: Now for the Job Search: All You Need to Know about Job Hunting
SpeakEasy’s Production team Paul Melone and Dominique Burford will return for a crash course on all things related to getting a job in the theatre industry – resume building, interviewing, tax forms, and everything in between. Rather than a forum, this session will end with the opportunity for networking with other emerging theatre leaders attending the session.
Go to www.speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration. The sessions are “Pay What You Can” (suggested donation of $5-20 per session).
LVN: Civic Engagement (South End)
Join the Boston Public Library and Local Voices Network (LVN) from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for an online discussion about civic engagement.
There are three main purposes for this conversation: 1) to create a new space for community members to listen and learn about each other’s lives. 2) to connect across groups and build relationships with one another. 3) to create a unique listening channel to lift up the voices and needs of the community to candidates, local policy makers, and members of the media.
To this end, they are inviting participants to have a different type of conversation.
LVN conversations are focused on sharing participants’ personal stories from their lived experience, rather than beginning the conversation with LVN’s positions on issues. They are doing this in order to help build connections and to foster conversations that improve understanding of one another.
For more information about LVN, please visit to lvn.org.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to 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 Five “Honoring Asian Diaspora Storytelling,” hosted by local poet/performer Micah Rosegrant, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays – except as noted* as follows:
Oct. 29: Lavender Men by Roger Q. Mason with a guest appearance by playwright Roger Q. Mason
Nov. 12: House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar with a guest appearance by playwright Madhuri Shekar
Nov.18*: Do It For Umma by Seayoung Kim with a guest appearance by playwright Seayoung Kim (Wednesday*)
Visit speakeasystage.com to learn more about these plays or to buy an e-play or hard copy of the scripts.
Kanopy Club: ‘Carnival of Souls’ (1962)
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Carnival of Souls on Kanopy.com/video/carnival-souls-1 and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
About Carnival of Souls: In this surrealist cult-classic, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) mysteriously survives a car wreck. In an effort to put this traumatizing incident behind her, Mary moves to Utah where she takes on a job as a church organist.
However, her fresh new start is interrupted by the haunting, relentless presence of a strange man (Herk Harvey) who seems to follow where ever she goes. As her sightings of the man increase, she finds herself drawn to the dilapidated carnival on the outskirts of town. It isn't long before she discovers the terrifying secrets it holds...
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Celebrity Series of Boston debut at the Wimberly Theatre
Abilities Dance Boston will present a livestreamed production in collaboration with the Celebrity Series of Boston at the Wimberly Theatre in Boston Center for the Arts from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
See a showcase of repertory work and RSVP at www.celebrityseries.org/productions/abilities-dance-boston-celebrity-series-debut.
SoWa Farmers’ Market adds art booths
The SoWa Farmers’ Market at 460 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 29.
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 https://sowafarmersmarket.eventbrite.com for a specific time slot to visit the market. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.
Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-farmers-market for more information.
South End Writes hosting Sue Miller
Acclaimed novelist Sue Miller will offer insight into her new novel Monogamy at the next South End Writes event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Miller is a novelist and short story writer who has written a number of best-selling novels. Her books have been widely translated and published in 22 countries around the world. The Good Mother (1986), the first of her 10 novels, was an immediate bestseller (more than six months at the top of the New York Times charts).
Join in by requesting Zoom link from firstname.lastname@example.org or by www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheSouthEndLibrary.
SoWa Art Guild and Galleries open
SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200-plus art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market and more.
Many of the studios and galleries is 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 “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.
Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a complete listing of more than 80 artists and more than 25 galleries and follow them on social media.
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 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 2 to 6 p.m. on select Fridays following new protocols, including wearing a mask.
The Vintage Market is also on Instagram Live at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
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.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. The 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 www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036866336.
Visit www.ibaboston.org/events/zumba-class for more information.
Boston Project Podcast
The Boston Project is SpeakEasy’s new works initiative that supports the creation of new plays set in Boston. In an effort to reach a wider audience and engage with new work even while in quarantine, SpeakEasy has launched a new wing of this program – the Boston Project Podcast.
The SpeakEasy will bring people the first series of the podcast – a fully adapted, episodic version of The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, recorded by local artists, with one episode released each Friday.
The podcasts will be available at speakeasystage.com as well as on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms.
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 castleskins.org for more information, including a playlist.
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.
SoWa First Fridays
The artists’ studios, galleries, shops and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District (450 + 460 Harrison Ave.) will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month for an evening of art, culture and inspiration.
Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small and dine at one of SoWa's world-class restaurants.
Sowa First Fridays are family friendly and free. Plenty of parking is available.
Check with individual galleries and artist studios to get information about their open status, hours and guidelines for attendance. View their calendar for more details.
Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-first-fridays for more information.
The Wonderful World of Miniatures
The Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) installed a new local/focus exhibit in the Tremont Street window, the first since the pandemic began and the library closed, of beautiful dollhouses made by Durham Street resident, Floy Miller.
The display also includes a lighthouse.
For more information, contact Floy Miller @ email@example.com and/or Anne Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Gallery exhibition: Jeffrey Nowlin
The Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. will showcase the work of Jeffry Nowlin through Sunday, Oct. 25.
Jeffrey Nowlin's recent work imagines the complexities of human experience through weaving and embroidery. He makes connections between traumatic experiences such as illness and addiction, and the psychological and somatic responses engendered by these experiences. These works incorporate conscripted objects - wooden frames, bottle caps, vessels and ephemera - which he combines with various forms of weaving, sewing and quilting. These identifiable objects imbue his work with a sense of the common and the particular, a means of intersecting and highlighting what everyday events prove to be - highly regular but unique to the individual. In this process, Nowlin renders the experience through a visual format, unifying the perceptual fragmentation which occurs into coherent art objects.
Gallery hours: 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment (following health and safety guidelines).
Visit www.pianocraftgallery.com/category/2020-exhibitions for more information.
Reynolds: ‘The Slightest Shift’ | Valdez: ‘Unmoored’ Exhibitions
Two new art exhibitions will be on view at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Poised between creation and imminent collapse, Kirsten Reynolds’ architectural composition of precarious balance, The Slightest Shift alludes to the portent of change. This theatrical work uses humor and uncertainty to probe rational constructs embedded within language, architecture and the body.
The stone and wood sculpture featured in Unmoored by Nora Valdez are expressions of both personal and collective anxiety in a time of great upheaval, offering the viewer the opportunity to resonate with themes of change, movement, security and insecurity. This exhibition further explores themes in Valdez’s work of home, displacement and belonging.
Gallery hours: Wednesdays – Sundays from 11 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
Visit www.bostonsculptors.com 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 http://www/youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.
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/program/kids-and-family-programs for more information.
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.
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.
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 pianocraftgallery.com or facebook.com/gallerypf for more information and viewing opportunities.
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.