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Fans pack the route to see the Red Sox during the 2013 celebration of their World Series championship. There won’t be any such celebration for this year’s team, but they were certainly better than expected.

‘Head Over Heels’ performance                            

The performance of “Head Over Heals” will be held at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 6 and at 2 on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

This fantastical pop-rock fable follows the escapades of a royal family who sets out to save their beloved kingdom and discovers the key to their prosperity lies within. A celebration of gender-fluid romance and unconditional love set to the songs of the iconic all-female rock band the Go-Go’s, including “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips are Sealed.”

This performance has been selected as part of Boston Conservatory at Berklee's fall 2021 Center Stage collection. 

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/head-over-heels for more information and tickets ($0-$30).

On Broadway presents ‘Sweeney Todd’

Boston University's On Broadway will present “Sweeney Todd” at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/tsai/visit/calendar for more information and tickets.

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Terrific Tiles

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. will host Adventures in Art for Children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6.

People from all over the world use painted tiles as decoration in their homes and places of worship. Join them in the museum to look at painted tiles from different cultures. Then, paint decorative tiles in the art studio.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).


The performance of “Colossal" will be held at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Bu Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, 820 Commonwealth Ave.

A star football player – a pro prospect, one of the most graceful runners in the world, and a man in love with a teammate – struggles to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal cord injury. With full-contact choreography, this play about love, ability and extraordinary feats of strength tackles definitions of masculinity and the male body as vehicles for language, violence and silent expression through dance, football, and disability.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/opera/news/fringe for more information and tickets ($15).

BSO: Tchaikovsky and Dvořák featuring pianist Beatrice Rana

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana will play the towering “Piano Concerto No. 1” in her BSO debut in concerts led by Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk.

One of the most popular and evergreen concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s piece never fails to please with its combination of virtuoso fireworks and soaring melody. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s darkly majestic “Symphony No. 7,” which reveals both his love for his native Bohemia and the influence of his mentor, Johannes Brahms.

This BSO concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Symphony Hall.

Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114005 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Laurence Equilbey, star conductor of Paris’s Insula period instrument orchestra and accentus chamber choir, makes her H+H debut accompanying you into Beethoven’s pastoral landscape…with bird calls, a babbling brook, a summer storm, and merrymaking with friends. A sensation in 19th century musical Paris, admired by Berlioz and Schumann, and a champion of women’s rights, Louise Farrenc demands to be heard! The H+H premiere of her symphonic masterpiece—alive with melody and drama—will have you saying: where has she been all my life?

This concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit https://handelandhaydn.org/concerts/2021-22-season/beethoven-symphony-6 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Founded in 1964, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players combine the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire. One of the ensemble’s four-concert series, this concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.      .

Go to www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114067 for more information, the program and tickets (prices vary).

String Masters Series: Saul Bitran and Sally Pinkas

Saul Bitran, Cuarteto Latinoamericano violinist and newest member of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee violin faculty, will join forces with pianist Sally Pinkas in a program titled “From Paris, Con Amor,” featuring works by Latin American and French masters at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4.

String Masters Series is a recital series celebrating the art of great string playing, featuring acclaimed artists from around the world.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/string-masters-series-saul-bitran-violin-and-sally-pinkas-piano for more information and tickets ($15 | Free with Berklee ID).

Linda J. Chase: ‘For Our Common Home,’ an oratorio for ecojustice

In collaboration with world renown theologian and author Harvey Cox, Boston-based composer, flutist and professor, Linda J. Chase has composed a 75-minute, 18-movement genre–crossing oratorio for choir, soloists and chamber ensemble (string octet, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and piano).

In addition to the orchestral and choral score, 10 songs from the oratorio will be arranged for community singing and assembled into a songbook for piano or guitar and voices. After each performance, the audience will be invited to participate in a post-concert dialogue to explore ways their community can respond to the human caused environmental crisis.

This performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 in NEC’s Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/events/linda-j-chase-our-common-home-oratorio-ecojustice for more information (Donations welcome).

FCC enrichment programs

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123 will offer the following programs for seniors to socialize, exercise and revitalize from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays:

– Arts & Crafts: Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 (hybrid)

– Games & Puzzles: Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 (on site)

– Pickleball: Nov. 22 (Zoom)

– Book Club: Nov. 29 (on site)

Bingo will be offered from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays (on site).

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information about these and other programs and (Zoom) registration.

João Pedro Fonseca Semedo: Jazzing up the Nations

João Pedro Fonseca Semedo presents an atypical group of musicians, featuring vibraphone and trumpet - instruments normally associated with a "standard" jazz combo. Showcasing their interests and music from their countries of origin, the group will play bossa nova, jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban and original material. 

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/joao-pedro-fonseca-semedo-jazzing-up-the-nations for more information and the link to watch at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

Elisha Wiesel on ‘The Human Rights Legacy of Elie Wiesel’

Elisha Wiesel will present “The Human Rights Legacy of Elie Wiesel” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 online and at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Go to www.bu.edu/jewishstudies/calendar/upcoming-events/?eid=258553 for more information and reservations (Suggested tax-deductible donation: $18).

Ted Reichman Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles

Performances by small contemporary improvisation at 7 p.m. and jazz ensembles at 8:15 and 9:30 p.m., coached by NEC's Ted Reichman, will be held live and streamed in real time from the Eben Jordan Ensemble Room, 255 St. Botolph St. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/contemporary-improvisation-and-jazz-nec-ted-reichman-jazz-ensembles-and-ci-ensemble for more information.

‘Beneath and Beyond Human: Race and Technology Between Singularities

2021 University Lecture "Beneath and Beyond Human: Race and Technology Between Singularities" will be presented by Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English, the George and Joyce Wein Chair and Director of African American Studies at Boston University, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/provost/awards-publications/award-opportunities/lecture for more information and reservations.

NEC Symphony + Hugh Wolff: ‘Across Continents’

The NEC Symphony, conducted by Hugh Wolff, will present “Across Continents” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Russian composers Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky join two composers interested in non-European sounds. Chinese composer Tan Dun explores the sounds of nature and the folk music of his home country and William Grant Still draws on the rich Black American musical tradition.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-symphony-hugh-wolff-across-continents for more information and tickets.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Brahms

Benjamin Zander will conduct the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Stefan Jackiw on violin, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. 

Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114859 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

BSO: Mozart and Beethoven

A champion of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, Dutch conductor Ton Koopman will lead BSO Principal Clarinet William Hudgins in Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, one of the composer’s warmest and sunniest works at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11; at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12; and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. 

Go to www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114010 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Sonata Night

Under the direction of NEC faculty pianist Pei-Shan Lee, Sonata Night is an evening of piano-instrumental masterworks featuring collaborative pianists in partnership with their instrumental colleagues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 at NEC’s Burnes Hall, 255 St. Botolph St.

Highlights of the 2021-22 season include an all-Stravinsky concert and Mozart’s complete sonatas for piano four-hands. 

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/sonata-night-3 for more information.

FCC Virtual Game Night

The Fenway Community Center will host casual online games from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Chamber Series: Beethoven Reloaded

The pandemic prevented the world from fully celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020. This concert offers another opportunity to honor the master with a program dedicated to some of his most beloved works, performed by faculty from different divisions and featuring the guest ensemble the Lydian Quartet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4. Markus Placci, artistic director.

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/chamber-series-beethoven-reloaded for more information and tickets ($15 | Free with Berklee ID).

BSO Family Concert: ‘Peter and The Wolf’

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a family-favorite concert “Peter and The Wolf” at noon on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. 

Federico Cortese, Conductor; Genevieve Lefevre, Narrator

Visit www.bysoweb.org/event/peter-and-the-wolf-2 for more information and tickets ($20 per adult; children, ages 18 and under are free - limit four per family).

‘miXxhibition 2021’

Boston University's miXx Kpop Cover Dance Crew will present the 7th annual "miXxhibition 2021" showcase, bringing their YouTube dance cover video live on the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Watch favorite K-Pop songs performed by the talented and hardworking dancers of miXx at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/tsai/visit/calendar/?eid=257935 for more information and tickets.

Berklee student recitals

Visit www.berklee.edu/events for more information regarding the variety of student recitals being held throughout the school year and the links to watch.

‘Gone Nowhere’ by Daniel C. Blanda

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre will present “Gone Nowhere” through Sunday, Nov. 14. The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

At an old cabin in rural Minnesota, something is lurking in the corn. In the wake of his father’s death, strait-laced Riley has left his fiancée and the big city to find peace by visiting his old friend Hunter…and it turns out that Hunter knows the cure for grief - old stories, the great outdoors, and plenty of beers. But both men are running from their own demons, and something between them can’t be outrun.

Go to www.bu.edu/bpt/our-season for more information and tickets ($10 to $35).

Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Colorful Glass

The Museum of Fine Arts , 465 Huntington Ave. will host “Adventures in Art for Teens on the Autism Spectrum,” for ages 13 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Colored glass has been produced since ancient times, and artists use it in numerous different ways. Join them in the museum to learn how colored glass is made and investigate examples of this complex craft. Return to the studio to make your own stained glass keepsake jar.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).


“Beginnings” – a group exhibition combining early NFT artworks from the collection of the Museum of Crypto Art with early computer pen plotter work from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter – will be on view through Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/beginnings2 for more information.

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

NEC’s First Monday                                                                                   

Join NEC as they celebrate 37 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed at Jordan Hall by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all at 7:30 p.m.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/first-monday for more information and tickets.

Seventh-Inning Stretch                                                                                

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.

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

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/togetherwithti for more information and the Zoom link.

MFA Wednesdays                            

Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit www.mfa.org/tickets 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 link.

Free First Thursdays at the Gardner

Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

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.

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.

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.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

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.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.). 

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. 

Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.

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 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.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                 

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

Fenway Cares                                                                       

Fenway Cares is 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) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

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.