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This is one of two statues added in 2016 to join the Bill Russell statue in Government Center. This statue of a 16-year-old girl, as well as one of a 9-year-old boy, were added to honor Russell’s mission of mentorship.

‘inPUBLIC Festival’ coming this weekend

The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) presents the 2021 “inPUBLIC Festival,” bringing the social-justice-inspired work of 60 local and national artists to the Downtown Crossing steps at Washington and Franklin streets for a three-day interactive art experience that will transform the area with art and art-making centered on solidarity and healing, with powerful messages of resilience and interdependence.

This will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.

The DS4SI team will construct a site-specific experience around the Downtown Crossing steps, including a stage area for opening/closing ceremonies and performances, and a gallery-like atmosphere designed to encourage reflection and interaction.

Members of the public will participate, watch and be moved by a mix of vibrant visual and performance art, sound installations and participatory art-making fueled by the question, “What will you tend to?”

“inPUBLIC Festival” curators Letta Neely and Sheila Novak put out a national call to artists for work that addressed the question, “What are you tending to?”

Local artists are from Boston neighborhoods (Allston, Dorchester, Downtown Crossing, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, the Seaport and the South End) as well as Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.

There are also artists from other parts of Massachusetts and country as well as Canada.

Learn more at https://www.ds4si.org.

Multicultural Celebration of All the Saints

The Diocesan Office of Immigration and Multicultural Ministries invites everyone to join them for the multicultural celebration of all the saints who struggled for justice and freedom at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 via zoom.

Register for Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkc--qrTIqGtxwQSmpNDolk-OFBD1T9jtC.

Beyond The Stage 2021

Beyond the Stage honors the resilience and strength of LGBTQ and allied youth members of True Colors OUT Youth Theater, as well as the program’s key supporters.

This year’s gathering will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 both virtually (on Zoom) and in-person at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. to witness performances and testimony that demonstrates how the community’s generous support impacts the lives of True Colors youth and alums.

Founded in 1994, True Colors is the longest-running LGBTQ youth theater program in the country. True Colors uses a proven community-engaged theater model to train LGBTQ and allied youth leaders in writing and performance skills.

The majority of True Colors youth are 14-22 from Boston neighborhoods. This program transforms real-life stories of queer youth into powerful performances and workshops, based on their lived experiences of topics such as bullying, homelessness, coming out and discrimination. By touring local schools and community groups, these performances combat bigotry, hate and discrimination.

True Colors provides direct service to 100 youth annually and reaches an average of 3,000 audience members each year.

Visit https://thetheateroffensive.org/events for more information and reservations (Pay-what-you-like with a suggested ticket price of $50. Sponsorships and donations also welcome).

Singing Tree Concerts at The Rocks

The Seaport Singing Trees will sing in concert from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Rocks at Harbor Way.

A new audio installation – powered by PlantWave and sponsored by Delta Air Lines – will transform ordinary trees into master musicians. Listen as the biorhythms of several Sugar Maples – and a few Sassafras backup singers – are translated into music

Learn more at www.bostonseaport.xyz/venue/rocks-harbor-way.

Wolf convection steam oven demonstration

Join Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide S. for a demonstration as the in-house culinary team bring to life the various cooking modes and features of the Convection Steam Oven.

They will share some tips and techniques to help people get the most from new appliance, or learn all about it if considering a purchase. This class will boost confidence and enthusiasm for preparing daily meals with steam.

Demos will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9; from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-convection-steam-oven-demonstration-tickets-168478314173 for more information and registration.

Wolf product demonstration

Planning a kitchen project? Thinking about a griddle or charbroiler? Induction or gas surface? See what each of these Wolf options, and more, have to offer. A Clark chef will demonstrate several of Wolf’s unique cooking appliances to help build a kitchen that complements your lifestyle.

Demonstrations will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-product-demonstration-tickets-168480964099 for more information and registration.

Nurturing Our Voices: Virtual Showcase + In-Person Art Crawl

Everyone is invited to join the Pao Center for Nurturing Our Voices, a Virtual Showcase and an in-person art crawl to celebrate and strengthen the API community.

– Virtual Showcase (on Zoom) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9

Experience a preview of the upcoming season at Pao Arts Center and hear from community members about what the Center means to them. Find out how to support, uplift and amplify API voices.

– Art Crawl (in-person) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12

(Free ticket includes one drink ticket and refreshments)

5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – At Pao Arts Center, view their latest exhibit, Embodied Identities, curated by Leslie Anne Condon

6:15 to 6:30 p.m. – Crawl from Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St. to LaiSun Keane Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave C8A, in the South End

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – At LaiSun Keane Gallery, view Home Cooking curated by John Yau

Visit https://givebutter.com/NurturingOurVoices for more information and registration.

Events are free, donations encouraged. All proceeds raised support Pao Arts Center.

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Bright Lights: Not Going Quietly

A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation political movement called “Be a Hero.”

Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice and Ady holds groundbreaking interviews with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. 

On Demand Streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with director Nicholas Bruckman and activist Liz Jaff starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-not-going-quietly for more information and registration.

This event is co-presented with the ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival, SEIU local 888 and Boston Jewish Film.

Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum

To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Children’s Museum will offer two different versions of the Morningstar Access Program for all staff and visitors, ages two and older:

– Mask Exceptions Considered! from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12

Mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.

– All Masks On! from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 27

Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form for more information and registration.

‘Iphigenia’

Iphigenia was born to be sacrificed – or so the Greek myth would have people believe. But what if she contests her fate? What if the winds don’t blow and the sails hang limp in the sea air? Staring down the history of opera, “Iphigenia” makes some demands on its future: no more tragic women singing through suicide and going mad in perfect pitch and no more spectacles of women dead and dying. With music by jazz legend Wayne Shorter, libretto by multi-GRAMMY® winning musician Esperanza Spalding, scenic design by famed architect Frank Gehry, and direction by the acclaimed Lileana Blain-Cruz. “Iphigenia” disrupts the traditional tale of the sacrificial daughter of Greece in a work that envelopes the classical with the contemporary. 

The world premiere performance of “Iphgenia” will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.

A conversation between Iphigenia librettist Esperanza Spalding, musicologist Dr. Carolyn Abbate, and Boston While Black Founder Sheena Collier moderated by Emerson assistant professor Dr. Dana Edell will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.

Please be aware that this production contains scenes of violence against women.

Go to https://artsemerson.org/events/iphigenia for more information and tickets (From $25).

Kari Jobe - The Blessing USA Tour - Volunteers needed

Loop Volunteers is recruiting volunteers to fill a variety of positions (with specific time slots) for the Kari Jobe - The Blessing USA Tour. They would love to have people serve at this event on Saturday, Nov 13 at the Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl. Must be 16 years of age or older. One of the positions will receive a stipend.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kari-jobe-the-blessing-usa-tour-volunteers-boston-ma-tickets-174435089047 for more information and registration.

Celebrate Diwali

Diwali is a festival of light observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains throughout the world and is celebrated in many different ways.

The Boston Children’s Museum will welcome local friends and families to share their Diwali experiences, and together will offer immersive drop-in activities that explore the sights, sounds, and spirit of this holiday on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar for more information.

Art Lending Showcase

Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. to view the latest art exhibit in partnership with FPAC, Art Lending Showcase, on display through Dec. 10.

Artist participating in Art Lending are FPAC members working in a range of media, materials and styles.

For more information visit fortpointarts.org.

Sundance Film Festival Shorts

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years.

Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of the festival and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.

ICA will host this event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information, including the list and synopsis of the shorts, and tickets ($5 - ICA members + students | $10 - nonmembers (gallery admission sold separately).

ARC Blood Drive at 125 High St.

Help end the critical shortage status by donating blood with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 125 High St.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

AFH'S virtual open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at https://afh-open-studios.vercel.app/studios/painting-studio.

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Beacon_Hill for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information.

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.

DivorceCare

If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing divorcecare@parkstreet.org to receive the link for the meeting.  

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2            

In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.

Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com 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 (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.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email office@stjosephboston.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving

Serving these individually-packaged meals at the to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.