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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.

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 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).

‘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).

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Trifonov, now one of the world’s most in-demand recitalists, will play an elegant and sophisticated program of time-tested classical compositions in this anticipated performance. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, this concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The event will also be streamed live and available on demand until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/performance-event-calendar for onsite/digital tickets (prices vary).

contraBAND: Rítmicas

This concert of contemporary music features masterworks by the Japanese avant-garde impressionist Toru Takemitsu (Rain Tree), the French spectralist Gérard Grisey (Périodes) and two newer percussive opuses: Rítmicas by the Cuban-born and most recent Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León and the American premiere of genre-bending composer Judd Greenstein's “Move Like This” for solo percussionist and ensemble performed by Associate Professor of Percussion Samuel Solomon as soloist. 

This performance has been selected as part of Boston Conservatory at Berklee's fall 2021 Center Stage collection and can be enjoyed at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 at Studio 106 in the Richard Ortner Studio Building at 132 Ipswich St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/contraband-ritmicas for more information.

NEC Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Concerts

These concerts will be performed live and streamed in real time at NEC’s Eben Jordan Ensemble Room, 255 St. Botolph St.

Monday, Nov. 15:

– Joe Morris Ensembles will begin at 7 and 8:15 p.m.

– John McNeil Ensemble will start at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17:

–  Liz Knowles Ceol Irish Music Ensemble will begin at 7 p.m.

In this ensemble, students work with renowned Irish fiddler Liz Knowles to explore many facets of the tradition.

– CI Chamber Orchestra will start at 8:15 p.m.

This interdepartmental ensemble explores the boundaries between composition, improvisation, and international music traditions, through written and aural paths.

– Greg Liszt Bluegrass Ensemble will open at 9:30 p.m.

This ensemble explores contemporary and traditional offshoots of American string band music, ranging in style from Bill Monroe to Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck and beyond.

Thursday, Nov. 18:

– Mark Zaleski CI Non-Majors Ensemble at 8:15 p.m.

– Mark Zaleski Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 p.m.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/events for more information.

BU Chamber Orchestra Concert

The Boston University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Program: La clemenza di Tito, K.621: Overture, Mozart; Concerto, Clarinet, K.622, A major, Mozart; Darker America, Still; New York Profiles, Dello Joio; Jonathan McPhee, conductor. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events/?eid=256870 for more information.

Piano Masters Series: Kristhyan Benitez

Venezuelan pianist Kristhyan Benitez is exciting audiences worldwide with his vivid and passionate concerts, presenting both classical and Latin American repertoire with depth, passion, and charisma.

Enjoy the concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4,

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/piano-masters-series-kristhyan-benitez for more information and tickets ($15 | Free with Berklee ID).

NEC Chamber Singers + Erica J. Washburn: ‘Path of Miracles’

Inspired by the 9th century Roman Catholic Camino de Santiago, Joby Talbot's “Path of Miracles” explores the walk of a pilgrim through four major staging posts on the Camino Francés. Those who have tread the path claim their life is forever changed by the journey. In homage to those who came before, and in recognition of the challenges the global community has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber Singers offer this performance to all seeking comfort, contemplation, and courage.

This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-chamber-singers-erica-j-washburn-path-miracles for more information and tickets.

NEC Chamber Orchestra + Donald Palma: Contrasts

Consider this program as a study in contrasts, an exploration of the endless coloristic possibilities of a string orchestra. Elgar’s beautifully constructed Serenade evokes the English countryside in warm and heartfelt hues. Rodolf Barshai’s masterful transcription of Shostakovich’s 10th string quartet serves to amplify the expressive powers of this deeply personal work. And finally, Fazil Say’s Chamber Symphony sets out as a portrait of Turkish life in all its complexities inspired by Turkish as well as Turkish-Roma musical sources.

This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-chamber-orchestra-donald-palma-contrasts for more information and tickets (donations welcome).

Moth StorySLAM: Fortune

The Moth StorySLAM is an open-mic storytelling experience that invites up to eight tellers to share a true, personal story on a given theme. The SLAM ends with the audience voting for their favorite story, crowning the StorySLAM winner.

StorySLAM will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

The theme of this StorySLAM is "Fortune." Prepare a five-minute story about Lady Luck. The unexpected discoveries or a peek into the future. A one in a million chance, the flip of a coin or the spin of a wheel. Wishing well wins or four-leaf clover fails. The tea leaves say the next one will be the one, so when opportunity knocks, open the door.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/706191/the-moth-storyslam-fortune for more information and registration ($15).

TILLI Lunch and Learn Series

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for their Fall 2021 Lunch and Learn Series from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays. These talks are open to all, with an option to participate online or onsite at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.

Listen and ask questions to experts on a wide range of topics and current issues:

– Nov. 18: Lunch and Learn with Ted Greenwood

“The 2021 Israeli Election and Its Outcome.”

– Dec. 2: Lunch and Learn: A Winter Preview

Learn about the upcoming Winter and Spring TILLI programs

Visit www.tisrael.org for more information, including Zoom registration.

This Changes Everything: How Can We Rebuild The Restaurant Industry?

More than any other industry, restaurants have been hit hardest by the pandemic. The industry had long been held together by a frayed thread that the pandemic only exacerbated: the precarious livelihood of restaurant workers, many without health insurance; the high cost of rents and difficulty of breaking even for owners; the often racist, sexist and abusive work environments; educating diners to value the labor that goes into growing, transporting, cooking and serving their food.

How should the restaurant industry rebuild? Irene Li, co-founder of Mei Mei Restaurant Group, will moderates a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The event will be held both virtually and in-person at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/696473/this-changes-everything-the-restaurant-edition for more information and tickets ($5-25).

NEC Wind Ensemble + Charles Peltz: Great Pens!

Celebrate three NEC composers with premieres of their work at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

The music of Pulitzer Prize winner and former NEC President Gunther Schuller resonates still at NEC with the premiere of an arrangement of his monumental Organ Symphony. The next generation of creators is featured through premieres of works by Ian Wiese '21 DMA and alumnus Lior Navok.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-wind-ensemble-charles-peltz-great-pens for more information, including the program, and tickets (donations welcome).


The theatrical performance of “Everybody” will be held at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at The Zack Box Theater, 8 Fenway

They say you can’t take it with you, but that won’t stop Everybody from trying. Hounded by the embodiment of Death and guided by Love, Everybody desperately searches among everything and everyone in his/her/their past in hope of finding redemption on life’s final journey. A bold, contemporary reimagining of the 15th-century allegory Everyman by one of America’s most innovative playwrights.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/everybody for more information and tickets ($10 | Free with Berklee ID).

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Widmann and Mahler

Andris Nelsons will conduct the works of Widmann and Mahler featuring Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

Go to www.bso.org/events/widman-mahler for tickets (prices vary).

BU Wind Ensemble Concert

The Boston University Wind Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Program: “El Camino Real - A Latin Fantasy,” Reed; “Seascapes, Gipps; Eyes of the World,” Jolley; “Yosemite Autumn,” Camphouse; “Symphony for Band,” Persichetti; David Martins, conductor. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Go to www.bu.edu/cfa/current-students/music-resources/ensembles 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. 18.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.


Join the Museum of Fine Arts online from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 to celebrate Diwali, the ancient festival of lights observed by cultures and religions around the world.

On Diwali, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains light a diya (oil lamp) with family and friends, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.

This free event, hosted in partnership with SubDrift Boston and streamed on the museum website, Facebook, and YouTube, features music by guitarist and vocalist Agney Mulay, Highlights from Diwali 2019, a prose reading from Hafsa Arain, and music by vocalist Sujatha Kumar.

Visit www.mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/diwali for more information.

Crime & Crafts

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. will host Crime and Crafts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

Visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org for Boston University Symphony more information and registration.

NEC Percussion Ensemble

The NEC Percussion Group performs music that is largely centered around the unique and never-ending possibilities within the percussion world, as well as being augmented by extra-percussion musical offerings and instruments. This year's concert selections will include both fiery and introspective works that will represent established pieces in the repertoire as well as recently composed "ink still wet" pieces. NECPG concerts always bring the fascinating combination of the aural and the visual aspects of music-making.

This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Go to www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-percussion-ensemble-0 for more information and tickets (donations welcome).

BU Symphony Orchestra Concert

The Boston University Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Program: “D’un soir triste,” Boulanger; “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand,” Ravel; “Symphony No. 1,” Walton; James Burton, conductor.

This event is free and open to the public.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events/?eid=256874 for more information.

BPYO: Barber, Mozart, Mahler

The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The program will include Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35,” Mahler’s “Symphony No 4” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” conducted by Benjamin Zander.

Visit www.bostonphil.org/concerts/2021-2022/bpyo1-mozart-mahler for more information and tickets (prices vary).


“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.

Shabbat Puppet Show for Families with Young Children

Calling all kids under 5 and their grownups - A Shabbat puppet show featuring Anna Sobel from Talking Hands Theater will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20* in the outdoor garden at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.

Alternating between songs and stories, the puppeteer will retell the classic story of the tortoise and the hare, as well as several other famous puppet duos.  

After the show the group will make their very own puppets.

* Registration closes on Nov. 19.

Go to www.tisrael.org/event/shabbat-puppet-show for more information and registration.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.