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Symphony Hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Located at 301 Massachusetts Ave., it opened in 1900.

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).

ABLE Conversation: 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 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 biaesn@berklee.edu,  617-747-2760.

BU Saxophone Ensemble Concert

The Boston University Saxophone Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.

‘The Bacchae’

A live theatrical performance of “The Bacchae” – an ancient Greek revenge tragedy by Euripides – will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Northeastern University Curry Student Center, Studio Theatre.

Visit http://calendar.northeastern.edu/event/the_bacchae#.YYFV0Z7MJPY for more information and tickets ($5-$10).

BU All-Campus Orchestra and Concert Band Concert

The Boston University All-Campus Orchestra and Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.


The theatrical performance of “Everybody” will be held at 8 p.m. on 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 Saturday, Nov. 20.

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

BYSO: JRO and YPSO Fall Concert

BYSO's Junior Repertory Orchestra and Young People's String Orchestra will hold its fall concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/jro-and-ypso-fall-concert-tickets-181732977227 for more information and tickets ($15 - $20).

BYSO: Repertory Orchestra Fall Concert

The Repertory Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-fall-concert-tickets-181751552787 for more information and tickets ($15 - $20).

Celebrity Series: David Sedaris

The Celebrity Series will present best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

After the spoken word performance, Sedaris will sign books in the Symphony Hall lobby. 

Go to www.celebrityseries.org/productions/david-sedaris for more information and tickets (prices vary).

BU Symphonic Chorus Concert

The Boston University Symphonic Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 in the Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

Program: “Eagle Poem,” Heitzeg; Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser, Wagner; Mate Saule, Vasks; Hymne au Soleil, Boulanger; When the sun rose up this morning, Feigenbaum; A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays, Berger; Daybreak Song, Raminsh; Mariah Wilson, conductor.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.

Recital: Sarah Matsushima, Jazz Voice

NEC student Sarah Matsushima '21 MM studies Jazz Voice, accompanied by Dominique Eade and Cristi Catt will perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 in the NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room, 255 St. Botolph St. The performance will also be livestreamed.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/recital-sarah-matsushima-21-mm-jazz-voice for more information.

BU Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Boston University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 in the Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events for more information.

BSO’s Andris Nelsons conducts an all-Brahms program

Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Brahms program pairing early and mid-career orchestral works at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Concerned with living up to Beethoven’s precedent in the genre, Brahms labored on his First Symphony for 20 years before finally allowing it to see the light of day in 1876.

With references to Beethoven, Brahms clearly places himself in the great German symphonic tradition. The warm and idyllic Serenade No. 2, written in 1859, is a five-movement work that omits violins, creating strong contrasts between strings and woodwinds. This lovely piece was dedicated to Brahms’s lifelong friend Clara Schumann.

The concerts will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 27 and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26. Friday Preview will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Visit www.bso.org/events/all-brahms-program for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Recital: Hanzheng Li, Collaborative Piano

Hanzheng Li '22 DMA studies Collaborative Piano, accompanied by Cameron Stowe, will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at NEC’s Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave. The performance will also be livestreamed.

Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/recital-sarah-matsushima-21-mm-jazz-voice for more information.

Two Track: Emily Sangder (Virtual Concert)

Two Track is a music video series designed for Berklee’s YouTube and social media channels that features artists in an intimate setting with only one microphone and continuous camera takes. Each recording session will revolve around a single theme (i.e., connection, love, dreams) that can be expressed by the artist either through their track selection or through a short storytelling segment that will be recorded as part of the performance.

This week will feature Emily Sangder performing "October Sky" by Yebba and "Look Up" by Joy Oladokun at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/two-track-emily-sangder-virtual-concert for more information and the link to watch.

H+H’s Handel: ‘Messiah’

The H+H Orchestra, Chorus and soloists, under the direction of Harry Christopher, perform this stirring music – played the way Handel himself would have heard it. High-wire arias, dazzling instrumental fireworks, and awe-inspiring choruses make it Boston’s must-see Messiah.

The concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

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

MassArt x SoWa: ‘Yeah, I'm Doing Great: 2021 Juried Alumni Exhibition’

MassArt x SoWa is pleased to present “Yeah I'm Doing Great: 2021 Juried Alumni Exhibition,” on view through Sunday, Nov. 28 at 460 Harrison Ave. Suite C-08.

“Yeah, I'm Doing Great” features work from 27 graduate alumni representing all of MassArt's MFA programs in Fine Arts and Design (Photography, Film/Video, 2D and 3D Fine Arts, Fine Arts: Low Residency and DMI: Dynamic Media Institute), as well as the Master of Architecture and graduate programs in Art Education. 

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 11 to 4 p.m.; First Friday receptions from 5 to 9 p.m.

Visit http://sowa.massart.edu for more information.

Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra Fall 2021 Concert

Listen to the beautiful melody of the strings during the Symphony Orchestra’s Fall 2021 Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3at the Fenway Center, Saint Stephen St.

Go to https://camd.northeastern.edu/calendar for more information and free tickets.


“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.

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.