Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes
Anti-Ableism, representation and accessibility in arts education
The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) will host the 2021 ABLE Conversation: Anti-Ableism, Representation and Accessibility in Arts Education symposium, which will take place as a hybrid, flexible event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20
The hybrid event will be held at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave. (with lunch) and Livestreamed through Zoom.
– Featured keynote speaker: Rebecca Cokley, First Disability Rights Program Officer at the Ford Foundation
– Keynote speaker and performer: Gaelynn Lea, Violinist, Songwriter, and Disability Rights Advocate
To register or for more information visit https://college.berklee.edu/BIAESN/able-conversation-anti-ableism-representation-and-accessibility-in-arts-education or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-747-2760.
Chamber Series 2: ‘a legacy of fearless song’
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will present “a legacy of fearless song” featuring the works of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Haas, & Part at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.
Go to https://chameleonarts.org for more information, including the program, and tickets ($22 to $49).
Give Thanks Story Time
Join the Boston Public Library librarians from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 as the group reads stories and sings songs all about being thankful.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Friendsgiving at the Trident
Join Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 for a special Friendsgiving celebration.
Come solo or bring a friend to enjoy board games, movies, food and more.
Their full menu will be available to order, including a Thanksgiving dinner special.
RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/friendsgiving-at-the-trident-tickets-197641510077.
Guitar Night: Rock and Pop Student Showcase
Guitar faculty members Jon Finn and Robin Stone will host the department’s Guitar Night: Rock and Pop Student Showcase at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.
This concert will feature selected, student-led ensembles representing the best rock and pop guitarists at Berklee.
Visit www.berklee.edu/events/guitar-night-rock-and-pop-student-showcase for more information and tickets ($10 in advance, $15 day of show | Free in advance, $5 day of show with Berklee ID).
AA/NEGHS: ‘The Yiddish of Yankeeland’ and ‘Intro to Heraldry’
Dr. Aaron Welt will present the live broadcasts of “The Yiddish of Yankeeland: The Jews of Boston and America, 1840–1924” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, hosted by the American Ancestors/NEGHS
Visit https://my.americanancestors.org for more information and Zoom registration ($85).
‘I Believe I'll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music’
Thomas Curren will trace a direct line from Yankee revolutionaries and 19th-century pacifists to the emergence of blues and rock 'n' roll, ultimately landing at the period of the folk revival from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The event will be held on Zoom and on site at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.
Go to https://masshist.org for more information and the links to register.
Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group
Geared toward young adults in their 20s and 30s, the Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group at the Central Library in Copley Square will meet online from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 to discuss Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant by Mashama Bailey & John O. Morisano.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Winter clothing drive
Help neighbors in need keep warm and enjoy the outdoors this winter by participating in the Emerald Necklace’s winter clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 17.
Drop-off new or lightly used cold weather gear for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at the Conservancy’s two main addresses: the Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway and the James Michael Curley House at 350 Jamaicaway.
Donations can also be delivered to City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain and REI Boston at 401 Park Drive; visit the Conservancy’s website for hours.
All donations will go to ABCD, a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides assistance to more than 100,000 low-income residents in the Greater Boston region.
Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/winter-clothing-drive for more information.
Point/Counterpoint: Fuguing in Renaissance Music
Enjoy the virtual premiere of the vibrant selection of Renaissance counterpoint from the wind ensemble Piffaro, presented by the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, available to watch through Dec. 9.
View https://bemf.org/concert-season/piffaro for more information and tickets ($15).
‘Sisters of the Brush and Palette: Women Artists of the Guild’
The Guild of Boston Artists will present “Sisters of the Brush and Palette: Woman Artists of the Guild” at its Newbury Street gallery through Saturday, Nov. 27.
In this moment rich with discourse concerning diversity and gender equity in every industry, this exhibition celebrates the significant contributions of the Guild's contemporary female members to the cultural life of the city of Boston.
Visit www.guildofbostonartists.org/events for more information and reservations.
‘The Last Five Years’
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St. will present “The Last Five Years” on select days and times through Sunday, Dec. 5.
This is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backwards while Jamie tells his story chronologically.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/47th-season for more information and tickets ($10-$80).
Holiday Small Works 2021
The Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St. will present Holiday Small Works, featuring work from their membership of more than 300 artists through Friday, Dec. 24.
This traditional holiday show offers affordably priced small works in a variety of media including paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media. Pieces from Co|So’s Holiday Small Works are perfect additions to growing art collections, as well as thoughtful and unique gifts for the holidays.
Visit https://copleysociety.org/events/holiday-small-works-2021 for more information.
Critical shortage of blood at MGH Blood Donor Center – please give
The Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Donor Center, 55 Fruit St. (GRJ 120) will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Visit www.massgeneral.org/blood-donor/contact for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Future Readers Book Club/Events
The Boston Public Library hosts the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.
Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.
In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.
Join Rev. Kim at the Arlington Street Church at noon on Mondays for a half hour of loving kindness meditation. She will give brief instructions, and the group will join in sending loving kindness to ourselves and to the world. No meditation experience necessary.
Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing 929-436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.
Gay Men's Coffee Connections
Gay Men's Coffee Connections will meet at 5 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month.
Feel free to listen or engage in discussion about experiences as gay men.
Visit ascboston.org for more information, including the week’s discussion prompt and the Zoom link.
The Buddhist book discussions and meditations
Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Meditation Center (feel free to come to one or both) will meet via Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
– Buddha's Belly at 6 p.m.: a book discussion group that explores a variety of books from Buddhist teachings. All are welcome.
– Arlington Street Meditation Center at 7 p.m.: these gatherings include seated meditation, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversation. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none!) are warmly welcome.
Visit www.ascboston.org for more information and links to attend.
Back Bay Chorale ESL Chorus
Do you love music or enjoy singing? Do you want to learn English and sing with new friends? The E.S.L. Singing Group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Tuesdays through Dec. 7 on Zoom and/or at the Central Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
Associate Conductor Katherine Chan from the Back Bay Chorale will teach basic singing skills and songs in English.
At the end of each class, participants will have the opportunity to practice English conversation skills and develop friendships. No singing experience required.
Go to https://bbcboston.org/bridges/esl or bpl.org/events for more information and (Zoom) registration.
Kundalini Yoga Class
Experience fun exercises and poses, breathing techniques, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation in this unique class at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Moving energy through your body brings positive change and growth. All are welcome.
There is a $10 charge that goes to the Arlington Street Church.
Email email@example.com for Zoom access.
A safe space for people of all colors
If you identify as a person of color, Old South Church invites you to a time of connecting, a moment of breath, a reprieve from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The group is open to people of all ages.
Visit www.oldsouth.org for more information and Zoom registration.
Virtual Jazz Coffee House
The Virtual Jazz Coffee House, featuring the Willie Sordillo Ensemble, will be livestreamed from the Old South Church in Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at www.oldsouth.org/jazz.
Friday Night Trivia
Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St will host a weekly Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays.
The event will feature seven rounds of general knowledge trivia with a few wildcards along the way (follow on Instagram to get a sneak peak of the evening's categories) and excellent prizes for the top three teams.
Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com for more information.
Queer Board Game Night
Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury St., will host a board game night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays in November for all queer-identifying folks and allies.
Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com for more information.
Bach Cantata Series at Emmanuel Church
Continuing their 50-year-old tradition, the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present Bach’s astounding human document in the liturgical setting for which it was intended, as well as other sacred works.
The performances can be enjoyed in person at the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. at 10 a.m. on Sundays through May 15 with a live stream option.
To learn more about the history of Bach cantatas and how Emmanuel Music presents them, visit emmanuelmusic.org.
LGBTQ Catholics Unite monthly meetings
LGBTQ Catholics Unite meetings are held virtually at 1 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month. The meetings provide an opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics and friends to gather and openly discuss relevant topics, scripture, and current events and share faith experiences, thoughts, beliefs and feelings.
Hosted by the St. Cecilia Rainbow Ministry, they hope that all LGBTQ+ Catholics will know that “God loves you, God created you, God is on your side, Jesus cares about you, and the church is your home.” All, including allies, are welcome.
For more info on how to connect via Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffany stained-glass windows
The Tiffany Education Center at the Arlington Street Church, 20 Arlington St. offers self-guided tours with an audio guide as well as docent-guided tours. Experience the resplendent beauty and history of the 16 Tiffany opalescent stained-glass windows – the largest Tiffany window collection of its kind in any one church.
The visitors center will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Group tours are also available.
Visit www.asctiffany.org/visit for more information.
Boston Open Market at Copley Square
In partnership with the Friends of Copley Square, New England Open Markets will operate the Boston Open Market - a new weekly arts market held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/events for more information.
Copley Square Farmers Market
The Copley Square Farmers Market – Boston's biggest and busiest farmers market featuring more than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offering a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat – will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Accepts: SNAP, HIP & Nutrition Vouchers
BPL reading challenge
The Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.” In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.
The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
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.
Genealogy for the next generation
Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.
These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.
Big Sister mentoring
Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.
The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister and Little Sister’s family.
To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.
Boston Ballet videos
Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, virtual choreography, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos posted Mondays through Fridays at www.facebook.com/bostonballet and/or www.instagram.com/bostonballet.
Support Boston Ballet at www.bostonballet.org/Home/Support/Donate.
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.
Friday Night Supper Program – needs help for and with onsite/to-go meals
The Friday Night Supper Program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served more than 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.
FNSP offers seated, family-style dinners at the church at 5 p.m. on Fridays or hot to-go meals for those who prefer or if room reaches its limited capacity due to the pandemic.
The Clothing Closet will also be opened every other Friday.
Donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards.
FNSP is also looking for help to serve the onsite and “to go” meals.
Visit www.Fridaynightsupper.org for more information.
Support BostonWarm/common art and common cathedral programs
The drop-in center, BostonWarm; the art program, common art; and common cathedral, all under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.), needs partners to help them serve the increasing number of homeless and underserved during this critical time.
There are three specific ways that you can help make a difference:
1) Purchase supplies from BostonWarm and common art Amazon wish lists.
2) Donate individually wrapped homemade or purchased sandwiches, soft fruits, granola bars and water.
3) Donate your time, your treasures (donations) and your prayers – they are always welcomed and valued.
Visit www.commoncathedral.org for other information, including links to keep this mission alive.
Support Women’s Lunch Place
Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. continues to serve women while maintaining all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.
WLP is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Saturday serving breakfast and lunch along with essential care packages.
Women’s Lunch Place needs donations – money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities – to keep their mission going.
Visit www.womenslunchplace.org for more information.
Support the Esplanade Association
The Esplanade is the stretch of public green space that extends for three miles one way along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge.
In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities and more than five miles of pathway for walking, running or biking.
Please consider making a donation to the Esplanade Association to help keep the green space thriving and the activities alive. All donations are tax deductible and people can use any means to send their support, including Donor Advised Funds.
Visit esplanade.org for more information and links to donate.
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.